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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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Freddie will help at-risk homeowners find jobs

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:06
A Freddie Mac partnership with NextJob will provide employment-search assistance to current and aspiring homeowners living in high-need or other poverty areas.

Judge sides with environmental groups that sued Fla.

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:05
In 2014, voters OK'd a constitutional amendment for 33% of a real estate tax to go toward land preservation, and the judge said some money was used incorrectly.

New $25K homestead property-tax break on Nov. 6 ballot

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:04
Almost everyone expects a tax amendment exempting another $25K in property taxes (not school taxes) to pass with 60% but not all groups are onboard.

Brokers: Redesigning your office? Avoid these mistakes

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:00
A real estate office should encourage productivity among agents and staff; it should also reflect the agency's brand.

Phones and tablets becoming virtual assistants

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:58
You don't need to know everything – you just need to know where to find it via a smartphone or tablet. About 1/3 of Realtors spend 7 hours a day on them.

Help a Fla. developer be the 'ENVY' of all

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:57
Encourage builders to apply for Florida Realtors 2018 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Deadline is July 6.

Post-hurricane priorities: AC or cellphone charger?

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:24
Floridians without post-hurricane damage often face a week or more without electricity, and storm preparation should include a plan on how to handle it.

The top 10 threats to real estate in 2019

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:22
The Counselors of Real Estate's annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.

Material costs could push new-home prices 5% higher

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:20
The recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum will probably acerbate an existing U.S. labor shortage and existing tariffs levied on Canadian lumber.

Eight myths that can affect your small-business future

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:19
Entrepreneurs aren't born that way; 50% of businesses don't close within the first few years; and a great idea doesn't mean you can skip marketing and selling.

Millennials may become the 'renovation generation'

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:34
Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they're more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.

Getting the best deal on your cell-phone plan? Who knows

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:33
It's tough to pick an inexpensive, quality cell plan, and it's getting tougher. Sprint offered a great $15-per-month plan only to pull it one week later.

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.