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Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as The Voice for Real Estate® in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 67 boards/associations.
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New fed mortgage website for non-English-speaking buyers

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:41
FHFA, Freddie and Fannie jointly announced Mortgage Translations – a centralized clearinghouse for RE pros who serve limited English proficient borrowers.

How will 2 seasons' storms affect Fla. property insurance?

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:39
Experts believe Fla.'s insurance industry can weather the latest losses from Hurricane Michael without significant premium increases, even though major storms have historically bankrupted some insurance firms and sent rates skyrocketing.

U.S. housing starts down 5.3% in September

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:37
Hurricanes and rising mortgage rates took a toll, notably on multifamily starts. Single-family starts were mixed: Up in half the U.S., down in the other half.

Kiplinger: Fla. No. 4 tax-friendly state – and top 3 are cold

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:30
The overall taxes paid by Floridians are bested only by Alaska, Wyoming and South Dakota; and the top 5 of 10 "best" states have no income tax at all.

The yin and yang of rising interest rates

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:29
Fed interest rate increases are a sign of a healthy economy – but they're also a problem for homebuyers when higher rates increase the cost of ownership.

Give or receive: Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:04
The Disaster Relief Fund accepts aid applications from members of the Realtor family, including RE employees, Realtor board/associations and their staff.

Housing market facing a gentler slowdown than in 2007

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:26
This cycle is different, in part because construction never took off and an inventory shortage remains. Worst case scenario: Stagnant prices for a year or two.

Sender of scam 'Realtor Board' mail identified, charged

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:25
Over the past two years, many Realtors received a scam bill from the "Florida Board of Realtors," a fake name. The Office of the Attorney General has now identified the sender and filed a complaint in Jacksonville alleging deceptive trade practices.

Zero-down loan program aims to expand mortgage access

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:24
The Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America is hosting events around the U.S. to help buyers with low credit scores get home mortgages with low interest rates.

New top reason for loan denials? High debt-to-income ratios

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:22
CoreLogic: High debt-to-income ratios have superseded poor credit histories as the number one reason mortgage applicants get turned down by lenders.

Panhandle's weaker building codes tested during hurricane

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:22
An old argument claimed Panhandle trees would be a natural barrier to high winds – but many people now agree that homes shouldn't be exempted from building codes.

How to give investment buyers the best service

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:19
Agents often must be the "boots on the ground" for investors. Understand clients' goals upfront and keep communication channels open.

Give or receive: Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:17
The Disaster Relief Fund accepts aid applications from members of the Realtor family, including RE employees, Realtor board/associations and their staff. Find out more. https://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/DisasterReliefFund/

HUD announces disaster assistance for Fla. storm victims

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:09
Five counties within the federal hurricane disaster declaration will have a 90-day moratorium on FHA foreclosures, access to home-repair mortgages and more.

Hurricane Michael, Fla. contracts and 'force majeure'

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:06
How does the "force majeure" provision in the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar "As Is" contract work now that Hurricane Michael has interrupted some transactions? Meaning "superior force" in Latin, it outlines how a buyer and seller will move forward.

State freezes insurance rate increases after Michael

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:05
Property insurance rates won't go up for 90 days in order to give hurricane-impacted homeowners time to grapple with the massive damage.

Realtors report a change in buyers retiring to Fla.

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:04
Women, alone or in a marriage, appear to be making more decisions – and they want an active lifestyle, but that often no longer includes golfing and tennis.

New options opening for reverse mortgages

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:03
Government-backed reverse mortgages have hit hard times, but some private-backed ones are now coming to the market. Are they a good deal? It depends.

Live video marketing may be your most powerful tool

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:01
100 million internet users watch live video every day, and they'll spend eight times longer watching a live video than a pre-recorded one.