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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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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.

Florida Realtors honors Fair Housing Act's 50th anniversary

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:15
Fair housing became law when Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on April 11, 1968. Says Florida Realtors Pres. Christine Hansen: "This is a great time to reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law."

Fla. No. 2 for late Jan. mortgage payments

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:14
Natural disasters in 2017 bumped up the number of homeowners paying their mortgage at least 30 days late, which CoreLogic calls the "pig in a python effect."

3 ways parents can help grown kids own a home

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:12
Parents can lend money, give gifts or co-sign a loan – but it's important to document agreements, treat kids equally and keep an eye on tax laws.

Crooks harm credit scores by pretending to pay off debt

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:10
A good rule of thumb is "never pay a fee upfront if you're trying to get out of debt or fix your credit." And never pay using a retail store's gift card.

Take these steps before looking for a second home

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:07
Factor in additional costs, learn more about insuring a second home, research downpayments and interest rates, and make sure to study the tax implications.

More renters give up on buying a home

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:37
20% of current renters have no interest in buying a home – an increase from 17% last August and 13% in 2016, according to Freddie Mac research.