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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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A breakthrough in the Fannie, Freddie problem?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:21
The House financial services chair admitted that his mortgage reform bill probably won't become law and said he's reaching across the aisle to find a bipartisan solution.

Under tax reform, 14.9% more Fla. sellers could owe capital gains taxes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:20
If an owner today sells after two years, he doesn't pay capital gains taxes. But under tax reform, the minimum stay increases to five years, which NAR says would force 14.9% of Fla. owners to wait up to two years if they want to sell their home.

Mortgage rates rise as economy shows signs of strength

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:19
The benchmark 30-year mortgage rose to 3.94% from last week's 3.9%, but overall mortgage rates are still low by historical standards.

Legal QandA: How many gates does a gated community need?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:17
A new homeowner bought a home in a gated community still under construction, but the gates stop only cars – not people. What does "gated community" mean?

Fla. regulators approve Citizens insurance rate hikes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:15
The Office of Insurance Regulation OK'd an average 6.6% increase for homeowners' multi-peril policies after the 90-day rate freeze due to Hurricane Irma ended.

Is it worth hiring an inspector if a home has this?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:14
While a home inspection is important, buyers could see a few red flags on their own – items they should factor into their decision to make an offer on a home.

U.S. homelessness up – first time in 7 years

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:58
Homelessness increased for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in people living on the streets in West Coast cities. Fla. had a 4.1% yearly decline.

Tax overhaul could chill affordable housing construction

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:53
In addition to forcing owners to live in their home at least five years to avoid capital gains taxes, tax reform is set to change affordable-housing bond rules and nix tax-exempt status – another reason to respond to NAR's latest Call for Action.

Shakeup at U.S. consumer bureau: What's at stake?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:48
The CFPB, the fed's consumer watchdog agency for all things financial, will probably become friendlier to banks and lenders under its new director, Mick Mulvaney.

Housing trend to watch: The 'Surban'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:46
"Mixed use" development is so last year. A "surban" space is a suburban location with urban amenities, such as the ability to walk to restaurants and stores.

Boost commissions by breaking into the luxury market

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:45
Commissioned agents make more money selling a million-dollar estate than a $100K cottage, and a four-year plan helps agents work their way up the luxury ladder.

Show property without actually being there

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:40
Imagine a machine that holds an iPad and moves on command, allowing you to show rental units, answer questions and sign contracts from a thousand miles away.

Great American Realtor Days – You've got to go

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:39
What should lawmakers understand about Fla. real estate? Tell them. Realtors will travel to Tally Jan. 9-11 for Great American Realtor Days. Registration is now open.

Need flood insurance? Process could grow difficult

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:09
Nat'l flood insurance expires Fri. and renewal could be tedious. Other issues are involved, and there's talk of extending it multiple times for only two weeks.

NAR announces new Call for Action

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:08
The House and Senate approved tax-reform bills, but a joint committee must now reconcile differences in the two. NAR sees this reconciliation effort as a new Call-for-Action opportunity to make sure the tax code keeps supporting homeownership.

Condo QandA: Challenging a board approval decision

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:05
A neighbor picks ugly paint for his condo and says the HOA approved it. How do I check? Also: Does membership have to approve a big 2018 budget increase?

NAR survey: 1 in 4 deals don't close on time

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:04
In Oct., 73% of transactions closed on time. Of those that didn't, most (32%) had financing issues, followed by appraisal (20%) and inspection problems (16%).

Want to raise your FICO credit score? Pay off bills

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:03
Most mortgage applicants need a credit score of 640 or higher to qualify, but with a little planning, buyers can raise their score before shopping for a home.

Realtors honor veterans – but is he really a vet?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:01
Safety-conscious Realtors still tend to trust U.S. vets and active-duty military, which is why scammers may try to imitate one. Here's how to spot the difference.

Last call: Apply for 2018 Florida Realtors Leadership Academy

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 03:59
Florida Realtors Leadership Academy "identifies, educates and inspires" the next generation of association and local leaders. Act now: Applications must be in by Dec. 31.