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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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Questions buyers should ask after the home inspection

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:43
Inspections can be scary, and buyers can quickly feel overwhelmed when it's not 100% perfect. But they can regain confidence by asking a few simple questions.

Hurricane Michael looks like a monster

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:17
How strong will Michael be? Where will it hit? Panhandle owners evacuated and businesses, including Florida Realtors Tallahassee office, closed for the storm.

Is Florida looking at a renter crisis if Amendment 2 fails?

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:16
Many renters live on fixed incomes and don't have much budget flexibility to absorb a rent increase – but property owners who start to see tax increases over 10% per year won't have much choice if Amendment 2 fails to pass in Nov.

Kiplinger's: Retirement guide for snowbirds

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:15
How do you go from year-round cold-state resident to snowbird? There are many routes, but it usually starts with renting for a bit before buying a Fla. home.

Research: LGBT homeownership rates lag general population

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:13
A comprehensive study by Freddie Mac finds a strong LGBT desire for homeownership but some unique challenges, notably within a few subsets.

Many drone operators might not be doing it legally

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:12
A SW Fla. engineer and attorney says Realtors use drones a lot, and he's not sure how many actually follow FAA rules. However, FAA enforcement is lax so far.

Agents credit social media for most high-quality leads

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:09
More than 2,500 real estate professionals and respondents asked about "best leads" cited social media (47%), the MLS (32%) and their broker's website (29%).

Give or receive: Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:07
Need help? The Disaster Relief Fund accepts aid applications from members of the Realtor family, including real estate employees, Realtor board/associations and their staff. Want to help? Donations to the DRF directly support your real estate family.

Owners, brokers and associations prepare for Michael

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:32
Hurricane Michael continues to grow and target Fla.'s Panhandle as residents prepare both their buildings and businesses for possible storm damage.

More lawsuits target websites without disabled access

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:15
Activists are filing lawsuits to guarantee that people with hearing, sight and other impairments can access a business website as easily as everyone else. Fla. has already been affected, and activists are now moving into other areas of the U.S.

Condo QandA: How do we stop inaccurate board meeting reports?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:14
Can we stop one owner from emailing everyone an inaccurate report about our board meetings? Also: Who has to spray for termites and insects?

Fla. offers some owners up to $10K for septic-tank upgrade

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:12
DEP has a Septic Upgrade Incentive Program to help springs-area owners add advanced features to their septic systems that will lessen nitrogen pollution.

Fannie Mae offers $10M for affordable housing ideas

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:11
Fannie says its Innovation Challenge hopes to find solutions to affordable housing challenges by identifying non-traditional partners and outside-the-box ideas.

Amendment 2 editorial: The only one worth a 'yes'

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:07
According to the editorial board of the News-Press, a Fort Myers newspaper, Amendment 2 is the only amendment worth a "yes" vote on the Nov. ballot. They call most other ballot amendments "a train wreck."

Registered to vote? Today's the last day to do it

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:03
The registration deadline ends 29 days before an election, and you can update your information at any time. Visit Fla.'s online registration website for more info. (Link underlined to: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/en/Registration/Index

Appraisal Institute: 'Green' home improvements can pay off

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:05
"The latest research shows that green and energy-efficient home improvements have the potential to pay dividends for buyers and sellers," says AI president.

IRS says business meals are still deductible

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:04
Temporary guidance from the IRS says that the meal portion of an entertainment activity can be deducted from income taxes at 50%, as long as receipts clearly show that the food was paid for separately from the entertainment costs.

Legal QandA: What happens to my timeshare when I die?

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:03
From a legal perspective, a timeshare is a single unit owned 100% for a specific week each year, such as "Week 23." In other weeks, someone else owns it.

HUD charges landlord over unaccompanied-minors rule

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:02
A Texas owner and management company rent to families but allegedly ban unaccompanied children from playing outside, which HUD says is a fair housing violation.

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 49-year low of 3.7%

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:00
During the recession, economists said that more jobs would translate into home sales. Ten years later, most Americans are now employed.