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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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NAR seeks nominations for 2018 Good Neighbor Awards

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 03:48
71% of Realtors volunteered in their community last year, and NAR's Good Neighbor Award competition is now accepting applications to honor some of those members.

Home prices post 6.2% year-to-year increase

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 03:47
SandP CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index: The national index is 6.1% above the peak it reached in July 2006 before prices went into the recession-era freefall.

The 2017 homeownership rate rose - first time since 2004

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 03:42
The U.S. homeownership rate rose to 64.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017 from 63.7% one year earlier, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Slow website? Google may ding you

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 03:37
If your website doesn't load quickly onto mobile devices, it might appear lower in internet searches when Google starts dinging slow-loading sites in July.

See what you missed from Florida Real Estate Trends

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 03:32
Couldn't make the 2018 event at Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings? See presentations from speakers Dr. Tony Villamil, Kevin Foreman and Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O'Connor on floridarealtors.org.

Florida consumer sentiment soars entering 2018

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:43
UF: Consumer sentiment among Floridians started the year at its highest level in 16 years, up 2.3 points in Jan. to 99.8 from a revised Dec. figure of 97.5.

Fla.'s Hardest-Hit Fund program expires Wednesday

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:42
The state's program to help owners facing foreclosures ends Jan. 31 with about $88M unspent – about 8% of its $1.1B share of federal funds. Once scheduled to end in 2020, Florida Housing says it's now able to end ahead of schedule.

Study: The affordability crisis is over-stated

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:41
House-buying power – based on changes in income and interest rates – was unchanged between Oct. and Nov. and actually improved 1% year-to-year.

3 Fla. cities in top 10 for increase in millennial residents

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:40
A Census data study on millennial population growth finds Orlando in the top 10 along with two attractive retirement areas: Cape Coral and Sarasota.

U.S. consumer confidence up 2 points in Jan.

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:39
The Conference Board: "Consumers remain quite confident that the solid pace of growth seen in late 2017 will continue into 2018."

5 things you wish home sellers would tell you

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:38
Can anything throw a monkey wrench into the transaction later, like liens, disputes or property flaws? Is the seller flexible on allowing buyers to visit?

LRG: The who's who from Florida Realtors now online

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:37
Florida Realtors' Leadership Reference Guide (log-in) is the go-to source for leadership names, addresses, committee members, bylaws, association staff info and more.

Protecting clients' privacy is good for business

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:26
For legal and ethical reasons, it's important to protect clients' privacy - but it's also good marketing since 81% feel they've lost control over personal data.

The 'State of the (Housing) Union' address

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:25
To coincide with the president's "State of the Union" address, realtor.com released a recap of current market conditions: a robust and growing economy; home sales dampened by a lack of inventory; and strong demand from frustrated millennials.

Some small fees can drive away customers

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:20
A $2 item can alienate clients if they think it's unfair, inflated or without value, even if they're willing to pay thousands for dollars overall for your services.

TransUnion exec talks credit scores and real estate

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:18
Renters planning to buy during the traditionally hot spring season should check credit scores now and take steps to improve it if they want a lower mortgage rate.

Buying a home as an unmarried couple? Do these 3 things

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:17
Unmarried couples made up 16% of 2017's homebuyers, but co-buyers without a wedding certificate should consider a few extra steps to protect their investment.

Social skills: A consistent brand across multiple platforms

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:10
Potential clients should immediately grasp what you represent no matter where they discover you, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, your website, etc.

Florida Realtors Board of Directors meets

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 03:06
The BOD met Sat. and took action on issues including Amendment 2 advocacy and support for initiatives being considered by the Fla. Legislature.

Fla. mayors worry that tax reform will hurt home values

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 04:27
A group of mayors worries that tax reform might not hurt buyers much, but NAR's "home values will go down" predictions could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.