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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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Post-hurricane help: Here's where to find it

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:59
Florida Realtors updated its hurricane relief page to answer your questions about insurance claims, temporary residences, leaky roofs, business loans and more. https://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/DisasterReliefFund/Disaster-Relief-Efforts.cfm

Hurricane Michael update: Biz loans, insurance predictions

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:51
Fla. activated the small biz Bridge Loan Program that provides short-term, interest-free loans. Also: insurers estimate $4.5B in damages – less than first feared.

ATTOM: Foreclosures sink to 13-year low

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:33
A decade ago, foreclosures were big part of the housing market; today, they're almost a non-issue – but a few Fla. metros are seeing a foreclosure resurgence.

ULI: Midsized markets poised for 2019 investment boom

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:31
Pointing to more affordable housing and a younger workforce, the Urban Land Institute's Emerging Trends list includes Orlando (No. 4) and Tampa (No. 10).

When will NAR offer a health plan for Realtors?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:21
In June, the Dept. of Labor released a rule allowing associations to offer health plans to members – but lawsuits and confusion continue to delay an announcement.

Assignment of benefits: Easier not always better for storm victims

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:55
Floridians with Hurricane Michael damage should make temporary repairs, but contact their insurer before making permanent repairs. And while signing an AOB might make recovery easier, remember that it's a legal document – and watch out for scammers.

Tips for creating a great Realtor logo

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:54
To start, colors are important, and warmer colors suggest friendliness. Area sights, market specialties, "wordmarks" and abstractions should also be considered.

Amendment 2 campaign takes to the airwaves

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:02
TV spots promoting Amendment 2 now air in selected markets across Fla. The 15- and 30-second spots will run on broadcast and cable stations through election day, Nov. 6.

Mortgage rates hit 7-year highs – 30-year at 4.9%

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:18
The Fed raised short-term interest rates, and a general fear of future increases pushed mortgage rates to their highest level since April 201l.

Congress passes water-quality act, sends to president

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:17
A far-reaching water-quality bill now needs the president's signature to become law. Good news for Floridians fighting green or red algae: The bill has a provision to create a new Everglades storage reservoir and funding for an algae study.

Storm-area homeowners can delay mortgage payments

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:16
Under Fannie Mae's guidelines for single-family mortgages, homeowners in disaster areas can request up to a 12-month delay in their monthly mortgage payments.

QandA: I co-own a house. Can I legally sell my half?

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:15
Thanks to an inheritance, two brothers co-own a property they wish to sell – but one seems to be dragging his feet. Can the other brother sell only his half?

HUD awards $47M in housing counseling grants

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:15
Fla. will receive a little over $900K, with the money distributed to 21 home-counseling centers located throughout the state.

The latest luxury amenity? Panic rooms

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:13
Remodelers say that demand for security services and amenities goes up after a nearby event shakes homeowners' sense of security.

Florida Realtors' Tallahassee office closed through Friday

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:12
It will take the Panhandle time to clean up after the storm. Realtors, associations and staff facing heavy losses are encouraged to apply for aid through Florida Realtors' Disaster Relief Fund. https://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/DisasterReliefFund/

How does the 20% business income deduction apply to you?

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:59
Changes stemming from tax reform allow Realtors who earn income as independent contractors or via pass-through businesses to deduct a major part of that income.

Lawmakers call for investigation into all-cash deals

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:50
Feds first looked at all-cash deals in Miami and NYC for money laundering and then expanded the program. Two senators are now want an even broader investigation.

Hurricane Michael strikes Fla. – Realtors ready to help

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:49
The strong Cat 4 storm slammed the Panhandle. Members and local associations impacted by Michael are encouraged to contact Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund, which is ready to help, says Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen.

Mortgage fraud grows along with home prices and demand

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:46
Approximately one out of every 109 mortgage applications, or 0.92 percent, contained indications of fraud – an increase from one in 122 last year.

First comes a home, then (maybe) love and marriage

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:45
Only "being able to retire" (80%) beat homeownership (72%) as a millennial desire. Getting married (50%) and having children (44%) lagged.