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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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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.

NAR updates its brand and Realtor mark

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:36
The iconic Realtor "R" is the same color, but in June it will be 3-D with an updated font. Members and associations who use the "R" in marketing may update products over time, but the transition should be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.

Retiring? Where does $1M last longest in Fla.?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:34
Of 11 Fla. urban areas, $1 million lasts longest in Palm Coast, where you can live 32.5 years – but in Fort Lauderdale you'll run out of cash in only 25.2 years.

Golf anyone ... Anyone? Developers reimagine golf courses

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:32
Many golf courses find that the cost to maintain the property isn't completely offset by declining revenue; as a result, they're forced to look at alternate uses.

Should empty nesters stay put or downsize?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:20
It's a mistake to rush into selling a newly non-child home, but it's also a mistake to wait say analysts who back up their "sell now" argument with statistics.

4 ways to capture more international business

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:17
About 14% of Realtors in 2016 had a client searching for property abroad – more than double the number from the previous year, according to NAR.

NAR-DOJ agreement on virtual offices ends soon

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 04:03
Today's MLSs give consumers 24/7 access to local home listings thanks to technology, even as NAR's agreement for online-only brokers ends soon.

Audit: Mortgage borrowers tax data is easily hacked

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 04:02
Lenders request "tax transcripts" from the IRS to confirm mortgage applicants tax returns. But a federal audit found that the system lacks adequate security protections to keep that tax data out of the hands of people who shouldn't be allowed to see it.

Who is responsible for damaged caused by golf balls?

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 04:01
Legal QandA: Also, a condo owner understands that people on the board owe members a "fiduciary duty," and he wants to know what that means.

Fla. receiving $567,928 to help homeless vets

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:58
HUD and the VA will provide housing vouchers to help 5,211 U.S. veterans nationwide find a home. In Fla., 13 agencies across the state will split the funding.

Realtors Property Resource (RPR) sees record usage

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:56
RPR, a subsidiary of NAR, reached a milestone: Overall engagement among NAR members in March 2018 soared to 178,000, a notable 16% year-to-year increase.

Millennials who keep renting will pay $92K by age 30

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:51
That's $92,600 they'll never get back – the cost of postponing a home buy until later in life. It's also comparatively higher than what boomers and Gen X paid.

Sign up by May 1 for Florida Realtors' 2019 committees

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:50
The state's Realtors succeed when members sign up and serve. Download and review committee descriptions, and submit your service request before May 1, 2018.

Prediction: Another busy, above-average hurricane season

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 04:05
After a rough 2017 hurricane season featuring Harvey, Irma and Maria, many are hoping for a quieter 2018 – but a forecasting group says that won't be the case.

Are prepaid property taxes deductible?

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 04:00
Some people paid 2018 property taxes in 2017 because they were deductible on income taxes until Jan. 1 – but it's still not clear whether that's legal or not.