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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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Procuring cause: Who gets the money?

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:29
Find out on Aug. 9 during Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo when Bruce Aydt covers the "myths and misconceptions" – a free ed session for convention attendees.

Fed raises interest rates and expects more this year

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 05:42
As expected, the Fed boosted interest rates 0.25 points – which directly impact ARMs – but it also increased expectations to a total of four rate hikes this year.

Long-term mortgage rates move higher again

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:16
The 30-year FRM hit 4.62% this week – the second week for an increase and a notable jump from last week's 4.54%.

Will new federal rules slow PACE energy funding?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:15
The PACE program for funding energy-efficient upgrades with a loan collected via property taxes may have hit a stumbling block: A new federal law requires an ability-to-pay analysis that makes the application process more difficult.

Fastest-growing U.S. luxury market? Sarasota County

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:14
A study looked only at the top 5% of homes in a metro area and found that Sarasota (up 19.1%) and Collier (up 13.7%) counties ranked first and third.

Trends in property portals worldwide

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:12
While U.S. buyers lean toward and Zillow, other countries have their own top advertising portals, and many are diversifying their roster of services.

Free FEMA Hurricane Irma help ends today

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:11
Irma hit Fla. last Sept. and affected homeowners who still need legal assistance but can't afford it must call today to get a referral for legal advice.

Targeting older adults? Traditional marketing may be best

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:09
Not all older buyers are the same. They may want a home for themselves, for family or as an investment – and you should communicate via the channels they prefer.

Can condo make owner replace old hurricane shutters?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:09
A homeowner bought his condo 15 years ago with hurricane shutters already installed. The property manager, however, can't find a record of architectural approval and says they may have to come down. That's not right – is it?

Feds arrest 74 people for wire-fraud transfer scams

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:41
Wire transfer scams entice readers to wire money to a fake bank account; in real estate, that includes hijacking a Realtor or title company's email account to scam a buyer out of closing money. The arrest included a 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale man.

Use 'social listening' to strengthen your brand

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:37
"Social monitoring" means responding to comments. "Social listening" means paying attention to people, trends and desires in order to hone your marketing message.

Kill 2 birds with 1 stone: Get CE credit at the convention

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:36
Come to Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo to see Penn and Teller, network and learn – but also take a free CE-credit course to prepare for your next license renewal.

Fla. a top 5 state for residents ready to make a move

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:20
According to ATTOM's Pre-Mover Housing Index a high number of Floridians want to relocate, especially those in Orlando, Tampa-St. Pete and Jacksonville.

Uncommon ways to prepare for a hurricane

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:11
Most Floridians know they should get flood insurance and buy a generator, but there are other hurricane-prep tasks that can minimize troubles should a storm hit.

Buyer beware: Some home flippers aren't trustworthy

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:09
Home flipping is almost artistic for buyers who watch TV, but Chicago inspectors issued a warning about flippers selling beautiful homes that become a money pit.

Florida home price gains fall short of U.S. average

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:26
Thanks to an active hurricane season, Fla. home prices increased more slowly at 5.8% last year, but that should change in 2018 without any similar stormy weather.

Survey: Buyers not worried about rising mortgage rates

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:25
Title agents and real estate pros believe that mortgage rates would need to hit 5.6% – a 1% increase from current averages – before the industry would start to see first-time homebuyers withdrawing from the market.

6 tips for keeping real estate marketing legal

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:24
Be careful using Facebook. It allegedly enables housing discrimination by allowing advertisers to exclude audiences protected under the Fair Housing Act.

Commercial: 'Hypervacancy' reaches 'epidemic levels'

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:22
Vacant buildings – notably ones that cover blocks of neighborhoods – are a growing problem in some cities, according to a Lincoln Institute land policy report.

Important insurance coverage you probably overlook

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:21
Most companies know they need property, liability and workman's comp, but other coverage types could mean the difference between going public and going bust.