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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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Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.47% this week

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:53
The rate rose from last week's 4.42%, according to Freddie Mac, and slightly worsened affordability for homebuyers.

NAR report: U.S. housing supply and affordability at odds

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:50
Rising mortgage rates and home prices have made ownership less affordable, especially for first-time buyers, though a handful of metros – including North Port-Sarasota and Palm Bay-Melbourne –have seen affordability increase over the past year.

Have a private router? Prepare for a Russian cyberattack

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:49
Most wireless internet access goes through private routers, which makes them a one-stop shop for cyber-attackers who want to uncover all your passwords at once.

Want flood insurance before hurricane season? Apply now

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:49
With a 30-day waiting period before NFIP flood insurance kicks in, owners should apply now if they want coverage before the June 1 start of hurricane season.

Save 50% by building your own house

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:45
A do-it-yourself home kit arrives on flatbed trucks and even includes nails, so landowners can save on construction costs if willing to invest sweat equity.

What if your ready buyer isn't really ready?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:41
A real estate pro's job is to guide buyers through the process – even if that means telling them to wait until they can afford the higher costs of homeownership.

Investing? Fla. location matters most as appreciation slows

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:24
As the recession ended, almost all Fla. cities were an investment opportunity. But now a handful of smaller cities see the most dramatic home price increases.

Summit: Brokers must adapt to agents – and help agents adapt

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:23
What were the eye-openers at the recent NAR Broker Summit? For one, tech has changed. The latest is no longer a strong marketing tool, but "big data" may help some companies thrive. And watch statistics: Your market has changed substantially.

Insurance Institute ranks Fla. No. 1 for building codes

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:19
In an assessment of 18 hurricane-prone states' residential building code systems, Fla. got the highest score – 95 out of 100.

Builder trend: Homes that adapt and change with us

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:18
Innovations like moveable walls, smart technology, multifunction furniture and space-saving features are the future, according to a new exhibit at the National Building Museum.

S. Fla. officials prepare to help overwhelmed renters

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:16
S. Fla. has the U.S.'s highest percentage of severely burdened renters, so Broward may create its own affordable housing trust fund and take other steps to help.

'Don't miss out' may be top millennial marketing tip

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:11
Fear of missing out – or FOMO, according to millennials – has become a powerful motivator for young buyers to pursue homeownership, according to a BofA survey.

Help! Florida Realtors needs you for a 2019 committee

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:11
Deadline: 11 days. Fla.'s Realtors succeed only if members sign up and serve. Download and review committee descriptions and submit your application before May 1, 2018. http://www.floridarealtors.org//FARBusiness/FARCommittees/index.cfm

'Nonprime' loans expand mortgage options

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:53
Banks have money to lend yet fewer applications, so one lender is qualifying borrowers with FICO scores as low as 500 and manually underwriting each loan.

Tax cuts aren't good news if you plan to get a mortgage

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:52
Experts see two trends that will push mortgage rates higher: 1) Inflation, thanks to a stronger economy, and 2) the U.S.'s greater need to borrow money, which means that businesses and consumers (homebuyers) will have less funds to access.

Housing starts rise in March – but not single-family

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:50
U.S. housing starts rose 1.9% last month, but the single-family component fell 3.7% as apartment starts surged 16% higher.

Doggone confusion over service, support animals

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:48
Comfort animals differ from support animals; housing industry laws differ from other businesses; and two different U.S. agencies oversee the issue.

Home affordability down 5% in 1Q – 10-15% by year end

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:47
Report: Rising home prices and interest rates have made it harder for the average American to buy a home; however, the risk prices will drop is "unusually low."

The Property Brothers: How they did what they did

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:46
USA Today interviewed Drew Scott who, along with his twin brother Jonathon, kicked off a mega-property-flipping business with $250. How did they do it?

Make Magic: Florida Realtors 102nd Convention and Trade Expo

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:45
It's $150 to register now for 35 education sessions (5 CE and an NAR-approved ethics course) during the association's Aug. 8-9 convention in Orlando. Find out more now. http://convention.floridarealtors.org