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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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Free keyword tool can boost online marketing results

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:17
A research tool that helps users choose the best keywords for their business – Ubersuggest – can be useful for real estate marketing.

Invited to a local high school Career Day?

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:03
What do you do now? Florida Realtors can help: Go to Getting Started on floridarealtors.org for a downloadable flyer about the real estate profession to share. https://www.floridarealtors.org/GettingStarted/index.cfm)

Kiplinger ranks Fla. No. 8 for job-growth rate

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:12
Fla. GDP is predicted to grow about 3.8% in 2018 and 2019 – well above the national average –and tax law changes may increase relocations from out of state.

Rising sea levels? Most Fla. coastal buyers aren't worried yet

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:07
Agents in some of the state's most scenic communities – Coral Gables, Navarre Beach, Cedar Key and Longboat Key – say most clients aren't asking yet how high the nearby waters might rise before their 30-year mortgage is paid off.

Legal QandA: Trees now block my ocean view. What can I do?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:06
An oceanfront condo owner once had an unobstructed ocean view, but it's now 90% blocked by grown palm trees. Can she do anything about it?

Housing affordability hits 10-year low in 2Q

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:00
NAHB/Wells Fargo: 57.1% of new and existing homes sold April through June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $71,900.

Who's in/out in small business tax break? It's complicated

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:59
Since independent contractors qualify for a 20% biz tax deduction, the IRS feared people would find a way to game the system – so they made the rules complex.

Another 'client' to please: The family pet

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:57
2018 homebuyer survey: 75% of buyers would even pass up an otherwise perfect home – their dream home – if it did not meet their pets' needs.

Florida Realtors 2018 Board of Directors actions

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:56
The Board met during Florida Realtors convention last week. It created a "Spirit of Advocacy" award and approved other association changes. A full report is posted online. https://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/AboutUs/2017-BOD-actions.cfm

FREC considering new ad rules for individual licensees

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:55
On Wed., Aug. 15, the Florida Real Estate Commission will consider rules to bring individual ads in line with FREC's new regulations over team advertising.

One Miami street could be blueprint for handling rising sea level

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:54
What can low-lying coastal neighborhoods do if sea levels rise? A small group of Miami waterfront neighbors have drawn up an ambitious set of recommendations with the help of a landscape architect and urban designer.

Buyers and sellers doing more of the legwork

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:52
More real estate pros realize their role has switched from information broker to trusted advisor, and buyers are reporting higher satisfaction in a recent survey.

Credit score too low? Here are steps to boost it

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:52
While more Americans now understand elements of their credit score, many also incorrectly think that marital status, tax liens and civil judgments count too.

RE investor pleads guilty to bid rigging online auctions

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:50
A West Palm Beach man pled guilty last week to bid-rigging online public foreclosure auctions in Florida. The investigation is ongoing.

Some neighborhood names attract wealthy buyers

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:42
A survey found that you can judge a neighborhood by its name, and wealthier owners can often be found in subdivisions that end in "Hills," "Island" or "Village."

Florida Realtors honors 2018 award winners

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:11
Mike Dooley, 2006 president, is 2018 Realtor of the Year; Tom Scaglione is Associate Realtor of the Year – awards were given out yesterday at the convention.

New IRS tax rules suggest big deduction for Realtors

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:10
It's complicated, but an IRS interpretation of new tax-reform rules suggests that independent contractors – a category that includes many Realtors – can deduct 20% of qualified business income from their annual income taxes, according to NAR.

Mortgage rates decline marginally – 30-year hits 4.59%

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:08
Rates continue to remain relatively steady, albeit at their highest level in about seven years, amid a restrained summer home buying season.

New Freddie Mac program aims to cap rent hikes

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:06
The program offers discounted financing if investors agree to cap rent increases for the life of the loan and make 50% of units available to lower-income renters.

Buyers: 'Single-family home' has a specific definition

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:05
There's a legal definition for "single-family," and pros and cons to freestanding homes that buyers should understand before they begin their home search.