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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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15 ways to grow your real estate business

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:46
How can new Realtors hit the ground running? On Thur., Aug. 9, Cynthia DeLuca will tell them – it's a free session for Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo attendees.

No flood insurance, no real estate market. Act NOW

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:18
Call for Action: National flood insurance will lapse again on July 31 – and since Fla. has 35% of all policies, Florida Realtors asks all members to contact lawmakers NOW.

Property insurer reliability: New study ranks Fla. firms

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:07
According to Weiss Ratings, not all Fla. property insurers are equally prepared to handle post-hurricane claims based on the safety of their investments, cash reserves, profitability, liquidity/cash flow and years in operation.

Housing starts surge 5% higher in May

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:05
Commerce Dept.: It's the strongest pace since July 2017, though the increase occurred primarily due to a 62% jump in the Midwest.

Study: Rising seas will lower some home values, raise others

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:04
While some Fla. homes face "chronic inundation" by 2045, values could rise for property at higher elevations based on a "high scenario" for sea level rise.

Credit scores: Get yours to know more

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:02
Survey: Consumers who recently got their credit scores know more about important factors such as how scores are calculated or how to raise a lower credit score.

NY buyer wires scammers $500K for Deerfield Beach condo

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:57
Good news: The buyer got money back because the Feds quickly froze the scammers' account. Bad news: Billions have been lost to this "business email compromise" scam that even hijacked the victim's phone and internet access. Watch the CBS newscast.

Builder confidence slips as lumber prices soar

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:07
NAHB's latest confidence survey finds a 2-point drop. While builders remain optimistic, NAHB says the lumber tariffs add about $9,000 to the cost of a new home.

Freddie will help at-risk homeowners find jobs

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:06
A Freddie Mac partnership with NextJob will provide employment-search assistance to current and aspiring homeowners living in high-need or other poverty areas.

Judge sides with environmental groups that sued Fla.

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:05
In 2014, voters OK'd a constitutional amendment for 33% of a real estate tax to go toward land preservation, and the judge said some money was used incorrectly.

New $25K homestead property-tax break on Nov. 6 ballot

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:04
Almost everyone expects a tax amendment exempting another $25K in property taxes (not school taxes) to pass with 60% but not all groups are onboard.

Brokers: Redesigning your office? Avoid these mistakes

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:00
A real estate office should encourage productivity among agents and staff; it should also reflect the agency's brand.

Phones and tablets becoming virtual assistants

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:58
You don't need to know everything – you just need to know where to find it via a smartphone or tablet. About 1/3 of Realtors spend 7 hours a day on them.

Help a Fla. developer be the 'ENVY' of all

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:57
Encourage builders to apply for Florida Realtors 2018 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Deadline is July 6.

Post-hurricane priorities: AC or cellphone charger?

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:24
Floridians without post-hurricane damage often face a week or more without electricity, and storm preparation should include a plan on how to handle it.

The top 10 threats to real estate in 2019

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:22
The Counselors of Real Estate's annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.

Material costs could push new-home prices 5% higher

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:20
The recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum will probably acerbate an existing U.S. labor shortage and existing tariffs levied on Canadian lumber.

Eight myths that can affect your small-business future

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:19
Entrepreneurs aren't born that way; 50% of businesses don't close within the first few years; and a great idea doesn't mean you can skip marketing and selling.

Millennials may become the 'renovation generation'

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:34
Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they're more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.

Getting the best deal on your cell-phone plan? Who knows

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:33
It's tough to pick an inexpensive, quality cell plan, and it's getting tougher. Sprint offered a great $15-per-month plan only to pull it one week later.