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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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FEMA changes encourage private flood insurance

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:54
Only Congress can make major NFIP changes, but FEMA lifted some restrictions: Owners who go private no longer pay two bills, and insurers can offer both policies.

Many Hurricane Irma insurance claims still not settled

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:53
As the next hurricane season looms, fewer than 57% of 942,000 Hurricane Irma insurance claims have been closed with insurance payments, state records show – and state-owned Citizens has reopened more than one-third of its Irma claims.

Does master association trump neighborhood groups?

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:52
Legal QandA: A large HOA has sub-HOAs. What happens if rules conflict? Also: We didn't have a quorum and couldn't hold our scheduled election. Now what?

Florida Realtors, Canadian Real Estate Assn. sign agreement

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:51
A Memorandum of Understanding will encourage collaboration and the development of mutual opportunities to benefit the two organizations' collective memberships.

Builders' optimism slides for fourth consecutive month

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:49
Any reading above 50 means more optimism than pessimism, but April's 69 represents a downward trend as higher mortgage rates and home prices take their toll.

5 signs that it's time to remodel the office

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:48
If the paint is peeling or the floor worn, it's time – but even okay-looking real estate offices may need work if they don't reflect the company's brand image.

HUD, DOJ boost focus on sexual harassment in housing

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 04:05
The groups' new effort includes the creation of an interagency HUD-DOJ task force, an outreach toolkit and a public awareness campaign.

Taxes get trickier if you're self-employed

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 04:03
The nasty secret of being a new entrepreneur is that your tax bill might be way higher than you imagined – but you have ways to make it hurt less.

Zillow is getting into the home-flipping business

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 03:35
If a homeowner chooses to accept one of Zillow's "Instant Offers," the buyer may actually be Zillow itself. The company said on Thursday that it will test a pilot program in select markets, where it will directly buy and sell homes for the first time.

Judge gives green light for man to grow marijuana

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 03:34
Does a homeowner or tenant have the right to grow marijuana for medical reasons? A judge said "yes," and it now depends on whether an appeals court agrees.

Home solar dims as Tesla, others curb aggressive sales

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 03:29
Until last year, the sellers of home solar systems were more used-car salesmen than counselors, but many installers have dropped their aggressive sales practices.

Why you should (or shouldn't) still use Facebook's login

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 03:24
If you worry about your data on Facebook – a reasonable anxiety right now – how nervous should you be about logging into other sites using your Facebook account?

The future of the MLS? NAR releases report

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:16
NAR says the real estate market is "vibrant, healthy and vigorously competitive," and that government intervention isn't needed to keep it that way.

Mortgage rates move slightly higher

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:15
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.42% this week, up from last week's average 4.40%. Rates have bounced around 4.40% since mid-February.

Citizens' OKs coverage caps for outside contractors

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:13
The state still must OK it, but Citizens wants to cap repairs for non-weather-related water damage at $10K unless customers use its new repair contractor network.

Can I get my neighbor to pay for her tree's damage to my house?

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:11
RE QandA: If the tree was dead and you warned about the danger it could cause, the fallen tree's health could be considered. A court may hold your neighbor responsible.

Get the facts on new 'customary use' and beach access issue

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:58
Some media outlets published incorrect info about recent changes to Fla.'s "customary use" process, which is a common law term about public access to private beachfront property. What's really going on? This FAQ can you get up to speed.

How new agents can build an online brand

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:56
How does a new agent get clients? It takes some time, but these steps can help them focus their efforts on activities that get results.

NAR halts implementation of newly announced logo

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:48
NAR will postpone rolling out the new logo announced earlier this week because Realtors' comments "ranged from strong support to outright disapproval."

Multigenerational households hit new high

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:16
What initially seemed to be a result of the recession may be a new housing trend: Households with two or more adult generations hit an all-time high in 2016.