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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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Fla.'s housing market continues positive track in 2Q

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:02
State's single-family sales up 1% year-to-year, median prices up 6.7% to $256K. Condo sales up 4.7%, median prices up 8.5% to nearly $190K. Tight supply continues.

Fla.'s 'Realtor license plate' generates $1M for affordable housing

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:00
Fla. first issued a new "Support Homeownership for All" license plate in 2006 under then-president Mike Dooley, the "godfather" of the program. This year, total sales hit a major milestone: $1 million used to fund Fla. affordable housing projects.

NAR strives to shed its 'ivory tower' perception

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:59
NAR says it's "squarely focused on improving the member experience in the coming year ... and launching an initiative to 'retell' the Realtor story to consumers."

Fannie Mae: Optimism about buying/selling may have peaked

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:58
Survey: Current homeowners are torn: They believe it's a great time to sell their home but a bad time to try to move up. As a result, many are hunkering down.

NAR: U.S. 2Q metro home prices hit all-time high

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:56
Thanks to "staggeringly low inventory levels in much of the country," U.S. existing-home sales cooled as home prices maintained a robust level of appreciation.

Relax: There's no housing meltdown on the horizon

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:55
A whiff of slowing home-price gains has led some media writers to speculate that another housing crisis is possible – tell buyers they have little to worry about.

Zillow enters mortgage biz to help its instant-offer buyers

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:02
The company says its acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America will allow it to streamline home buying for consumers who purchase through Zillow Offers.

Is a buyers' market right around the corner?

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:00
If boomers see the pool of buyers shrinking and home-price increases slowing, will they decide it's time to cash in and downsize? And if they do, will the market be flooded with listings? Some economists think that things could change quickly.

Condo QandA: Can semi-retired CPA work out of her home?

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:59
Also: I love my neighbors but hate their dog. When the dog escapes, it often approaches our lanai and scares my children. What can be done?

Bank giant allowing borrowers to forgo escrow accounts

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:59
One of the nation's highest-volume lenders, United Wholesale Mortgage, is now allowing borrowers to pay property taxes and insurance on their own.

Some banks request 'comfort letter' from mortgage borrowers

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:56
Sometimes existing data provides enough info to green-light a loan, but in a few cases, lenders are now asking for a more in-depth explanation before an approval.

Podcasting for real estate: Tips to get started

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:54
Creating a podcast isn't as hard as you think. A little planning and a small investment can lead to an increase in new clients who already trust you.

Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:52
41% of Fla.'s principal brokers are women yet they make up 58% of membership. Why? Find out and be empowered Aug. 29 at WIRE, the Women in Real Estate Conference.

Wells Fargo: Mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:54
The company says it foreclosed on about 625 owners during the post-recession meltdown even though they were eligible for a mortgage modification.

Should the U.S. adopt Fla.'s private flood-insurance model?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:52
A former state insurance commissioner says private-flood insurance more than doubled over the past two years, and FEMA should include it in any NFIP renewal.

Fla. public beach access: It's not a simple question

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:51
A newly enacted beach-access law opened up a statewide discussion – but many times it's tough to tell where the "public" part ends and the "private" part begins.

Property management uses tech to help landlords, tenants

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:50
The uptick in investors who own only one or two properties has sparked demand for property managers, though the concept confuses many of these smaller owners.

Cushman and Wakefield makes stock market debut

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:49
On Thursday, the commercial giant debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. IPO shares jumped 7% and ended the day at $17.81.

What would you give up for a free dream home?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:48
Survey: 26% of consumers would give up a dream career for their dream home; 49% would drink only water for 4 years; 18% would give away their pets

2 days, 40+ education sessions, 5 CE courses, 200+ Expo vendors

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 04:46
It's not too late to join us at Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo Wed.-Thurs. Come to Orlando, see parking signs, go to registration and learn to earn more. Costs vary.