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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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Bitcoin fever grips U.S. real estate

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:12
Some people roll their eyes at Bitcoin, but it's buying more Fla. homes for a pragmatic reason: No government controls it, and buyers can transfer unlimited funds to the U.S. even when their home country caps the amount allowed to move overseas.

Tax reform may hit middle-class, second homebuyers hardest

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:10
Reuters analysis: Tax changes that recently took effect will make owning a vacation home costlier and could even hurt resale values in the second-home market.

New employee benefit helps fund workers' downpayment

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:08
A website that helps buyers crowdfund downpayments says companies can create a program that matches employees' saved funds just as they do now for 401(k)s.

NAHB: Potential buyers sidelined by availability, affordability

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:06
Survey: Homes grew marginally larger in 2017, and renovating grew more important. In 2018, a great room remains popular – but it may be falling out of favor.

It's not what they say – it's how they say it

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:01
Most people have a hard time controlling body language, especially when stressed. Understanding nonverbal cues can help close your real estate deal.

ALERT: Last day to pre-register for Mid-Winter Meetings

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 02:59
Register now: After Jan. 16, all registration for Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings, Jan. 24-27 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, will be done onsite.

Fannie-Freddie overhaul could impact hedge funds, investors

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:35
The fates of hedge funds and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could hinge on a yet-to-be written provision of the latest bill to overhaul the entities.

NAR announces restructuring, senior management team

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:35
CEO Bob Goldberg: The new structure will "drive greater innovation, put more focus on member engagement and satisfaction, and improve NAR's decision-making."

HUD awards $83M to support Fla. homelessness efforts

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:31
The federal agency will spend a record $2B nationally. In Fla., the money will be distributed among 327 local service organizations statewide.

RE QandA: What to do about a neighbor wasting water?

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:24
Conserving water resources is a serious issue, but it's doubtful state law bans someone from hosing off their sidewalk or drive. Check community association rules.

Changes on the way for your Facebook news feed

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:23
Facebook is altering the news feed formula so that you'll soon see more status updates from friends and family that will hopefully spark meaningful social exchange.

Population boom helps fuel demand for dirt bonds

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:15
Fla.'s growth in jobs and population, plus a shortage of housing, is driving rising demand for local municipal debt sold for neighborhood developments.

Average 30-year mortgage rates rise to 3.99%

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:32
The cost of borrowing money to buy a home rose slightly this week but stopped short of crossing the psychologically significant 4% mark.

Realtors celebrate 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:31
In 1967, many buyers signed a document at closing swearing they would never sell their new home to African Americans. But in 1968, the Fair Housing Act brought fairness to the real estate market and changed everything for a number of minority groups.

More states want to be exempted from drilling

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:29
Fla. had five days to ponder new coastal oil rigs before the Interior Secretary said Fla. was off the table. However, other states now want that same guarantee.

Florida Realtors seeks student scholarship winners

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:27
Want a new way to connect with your clients? Tell them about Florida Realtors Education Foundation's student scholarships: The entry deadline is noon on March 5.

Calif. Realtors discuss MLS changes to compete online

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:26
Will Realtors be left behind if websites such as Zillow and dominate? In Calif., Realtors are discussing the future of their broker-run MLSs.

Client's families can sabotage real estate transactions

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 03:25
Everything was going smoothly until your client's family botched the deal? There are steps an agent can take to minimize a chance of that happening.

Florida Chamber: State economy will hit $1 trillion in 2018

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 03:43
The Florida Chamber Foundation expects the state to hit the major $1T milestone and create 180K new jobs that outpace the U.S. job-growth rate.

Florida Realtors announces 2018 legislative priorities

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 03:41
The 2018 session of the Florida Legislature kicked off this week, and Realtors are working to keep lawmakers focused on issues that impact the state's homeowners, such as property insurance, vacation rentals and affordable housing.