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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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Most people think there's a housing affordability crisis

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:20
NAHB survey: 73% of Americans say the U.S. has an affordable housing problem; 68% say it directly impacts their state; 58% say it impacts their neighborhood.

Millennials should take on debt before buying a home

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:19
Burned by the recession, many millennials are financially cautious, but their fear of taking on debt – a prudent short-term move – could make them look like a credit risk to lenders when they eventually apply for a mortgage, loan or credit card.

HUD provides $1.5M for Fla. fair housing enforcement

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:17
The grants offer assistance to the U.S. network of fair housing organizations that conduct testing and enforce compliance. Nationwide, HUD awarded $23M.

Rent vs. buy? FAU sees it still moving closer to 'rent'

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:16
20 of 23 metros studied by FAU moved closer to "rent" in latest study, though not Miami, the only Fla. metro analyzed. Denver and Dallas are now "overheated."

Reduce your tax burden before year-end

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:15
The new tax law is adding a wrinkle to traditional end-of-year money moves, but the clock is ticking: Taxpayers only have 24 days to take action.

In the Keys, tiny homes = affordable housing

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:13
Hurricane Irma's 2017 Florida Keys hit wiped out most affordable housing, but a land trust is now building elevated tiny homes to help lower-income residents.

Foreclosure trend reverses, spikes in many cities

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:10
The U.S. foreclosure high – and then low – may be returning to "normal." Most Fla. cities outside the Panhandle saw an uptick in foreclosure starts in Oct.

What happens to closings if flood insurance expires?

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:09
Congress usually extends the National Flood Insurance Program before an expiration, but a funding-battle threat to shut down the government could make this Friday's deadline an exception. What do buyers of flood-zone homes do if they can't get coverage?

Fla. consumer sentiment drops despite strong economy

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:08
UF: Floridians' consumer sentiment dropped 2.7 points in Nov. to 95.1, the fourth consecutive decline. Only attitudes about future finances improved.

Freddie Mac to back new loans for manufactured homes

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:07
A CHOICEHome conventional financing program can help fund affordable housing since per-square-foot costs can be up to 50% less than conventional housing.

More buyers choosing ARMs to lower purchase costs

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:06
The loans have lower initial interest rates than conventional mortgages but buyers could pay the price in 5-7 years when they adjust to then-current market rates.

Give thanks: Good for you, your customers, your business

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:05
While appreciation is good year-round, the holidays are ideal for thanking the customers, co-workers, referrers and others who helped make your year a success.

'Tis the season for Code of Ethics training

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:04
Completed NAR's mandatory 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training? You only have until Dec. 31 to do so when the current two-year training cycle ends. https://www.nar.realtor/about-nar/governing-documents/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-training

Flood insurance extended – but only until Friday

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:03
It's the 8th short-term extension in 2 years, with little hope of a long-term solution by Friday. Buyers of flood-zone homes should prepare for a possible lapse.

Hurricane season ends – but Michael will be remembered

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:02
The 2018 hurricane season ended on Friday, and, for the third consecutive year, Fla. felt the wrath of a major storm. Panhandle towns are still cleaning up from the Oct. 10 Hurricane Michael hit and total costs have not yet been finalized.

What are the rules when military renters get called away?

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:01
Real estate QandA: A landlord un-furnished a home to accommodate a military renter who was called to active duty before moving in. Is the owner just out of luck?

Self-driving hotel rooms could disrupt travel, real estate

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:00
Imagine furnished rooms that move themselves. A plan for self-driving hotel rooms envisions them traveling 24/7 or parking around the U.S. in "hotel"-owned lots.

NAR wins Realtor copyright protection case in Spain

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:00
A Spanish firm claimed the word "Realtor" is used generically and unworthy of copyright protection, but NAR won a fight to protect it – a major international win.

Real estate's important social media metrics

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:59
It's nice to get Facebook "likes," but they're not a great gauge of marketing value. Plus Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram measure "reach" differently.

Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings: Register now

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:57
Taxes, algae, flood insurance, business – what can Florida Realtors do to help? Join the discussion Jan. 23-26 in Orlando. Find more info and register online by Jan. 15.