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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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SentriLock: Top 7 safety tips for real estate agents

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:33
Technology can help Realtors stay safe on the job, but a number of common-sense steps, such as "no first meetings at a listing," are still important.

New York joining fair housing lawsuit against HUD

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:32
Advocacy organizations say HUD Secretary Carson unlawfully delayed a rule requiring local gov'ts to analyze housing data and submit plans to address segregation.

More buyers using crowdfunding downpayments

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:30
Mortgage lenders have downpayment-gift rules, such as a donor pledge that the money is a gift and not a loan. With crowdfunding, buyers can bypass that.

Blog: Tech Helpline is a Florida Realtors success story

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 04:16
Tech Helpline, a Florida Realtors-owned company, started by serving only Fla. association members, but it now serves 600,000 U.S. Realtors – and it's still growing.

Win over more Instagram followers

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 04:15
Instagram has more than 200 million active monthly users after it quickly emerged as one of the more popular social media platforms. How can it grow your network?

Single-family rentals 'stabilizing' after years of growth

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:59
Post-recession, companies bought up single-family homes and turned them into rentals, but a Harvard study finds that the sector's dramatic growth has slowed.

Fla.'s housing market: New listings, median prices up in 1Q 2018

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:58
Single-family home prices rose 9.7% to $248K, and condo sale prices rose 7.8% to $180K year-to-year. Tight inventory continued to dampen sales, but the number of Fla. owners who listed their homes for sale inched higher quarter-to-quarter.

The 'art effect' allows nearby landlords to charge higher rent

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:57
Public art has been linked to building booms and price increases, so developers and planners are now weaving it throughout real estate projects and public spaces.

Low inventory pushes median home price up 5.7% in Q1

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:56
A dearth of for-sale homes caused a spike in prices, says NAR's Yun: "Strengthening job-market and income gains are not being met by meaningful sales gains."

Most U.S. states are struggling to regulate Airbnb

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:55
A homeowner should have the right to rent out rooms to help make ends meet – but hotels should also have the right to a level playing field in attracting guests.

Yun: Fla. real estate market healthy but challenged

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:29
NAR's chief economist predicts that tax reform will boost Fla. in-migration from high-tax states, and foreign investment will be double what it was 10 years ago.

Older adults have option to sell a home without moving

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:27
A new investment system not yet in Fla. may appeal to aging boomers: In exchange for some money now and perhaps more later, "Irene" buys houses, allows residents to stay "forever," and pays for all structural maintenance, real estate taxes and insurance.

Mortgage rates steady – unchanged from last week's 4.55%

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:26
The average FRM rate rose steadily in April but reached at least a temporary plateau. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.05%.

Co-living a more appealing option as rents soar

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:25
There's strong demand now for apartments that offer activities, shared communal space and small private units – "Class B pricing for a Class A product."

NAHB: Homes were more affordable in 1Q 2018

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:24
For the average American, a rise in wages offset higher home prices and interest rates in the Jan.-March period, according to the Housing Opportunity Index.

Interest rates: Better to buy a home now or wait?

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:23
No one can accurately predict future mortgage rates, but at 4.5% on a $160K mortgage, owners pay $811 per month; at 7.5% it's $1,119; at 18%, it's $2,411.

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

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:14
Come to Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo to see Penn and Teller and network, but also take a free CE-credit course to prepare for your next license renewal. (Link underlined to: http://convention.floridarealtors.org

Should sellers pay for their own inspection?

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:13
Smooth transactions can hit speedbumps if an inspection finds minor damage, but sellers might preempt trouble by having a maintenance inspection before listing.

Today's buyers are discouraged but hanging in there

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:10
Most active buyers say they can't find an affordable home they want, so they're starting to lower their expectations – only 13% say they're giving up for now.

Mortgage rates up to .6% lower if buyers 'shop around'

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:08
LendingTree: Tampa is one of top three U.S. cities where buyers who "mortgage shop" can save a significant amount of money over the life of their loan – but buyers who compared mortgage products saved money in every city studied.