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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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Toys 'R' Us closures prompt spike in retail vacancies

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:14
Over 80 Toys 'R' Us stores closed in 40+ metros in 2Q. The retail sector saw its largest quarterly declines since 2009, with national retail vacancy rate at 10.2%.

More Facebook comments = better exposure

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:11
Real estate pros can boost their brand on Facebook by getting engagement on their posts by asking open-ended questions or holding caption contests.

Give yourself credit: Get CE credit at the convention

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:08
Come to Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo for business strategies, peer-to-peer networking and more; but also take a free CE-credit course to prepare for your next license renewal.

3 housing trends: Fast buyers, higher rates, tapping equity

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:23
As summer slides into fall, homebuying will remain competitive, with the edge going to buyers who act fast. Mortgage rates likely will continue to rise or plateau.

Neighbor's smoke is getting into my unit; what can I do?

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:21
Real estate QandA: First, talk with the neighbor to see if he can help mitigate the issue, then speak to the condo board to see if they have rules about smoking.

Urban population growth rivals that of suburbia

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:19
Urban Land Institute report: With more jobs being created in urban areas in recent years, now more than 29M Americans now live in urban neighborhoods.

Single women over 55 double their buying force

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:18
U.S. Census: Single women over 55 have been fastest-growing segment of home buyers since 1981. In 2017, older single women made up 8.2% of all home buyers.

Smart ways to market to affluent buyers

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:12
When targeting the luxury niche, real estate pros should promote high-end furniture in their listings and promote good add-ons, like a top security system.

UF: Fla. consumers' confidence dips a bit in June

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:16
The index that measures sentiment dipped 1.9 points last month to 98.3. Attitudes about current conditions and future expectations both dropped a bit.

Credit scores: It's more than simply qualifying for a loan

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:15
Some homebuyers know they need a minimum credit score to qualify for a mortgage, but they don't understand how much lower credit scores cost them even after they nudge it high enough for a bank to approve their loan application.

Company trying to create one-stop international RE website

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:14
GlobalListings.com bought Miami's World Property Journal for $33M as it strives to become the top go-to website for all property sale listings worldwide.

Does carrying a credit-card balance help a credit score?

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:13
About 43 million Americans think they can improve their credit score by never completely paying off their credit-card balance – but they're wrong.

Design trends and tech upgrades creating noise pollution

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:12
A home's open spaces and trendy minimalist design can create problems, such as echoes from turned-on TVs, and some owners are hiring "acoustic consultants."

It's not that simple: 4 renovation lies reality TV created

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:11
Want a great room? We'll just tear out a wall. Want to completely update the kitchen? We can get that done in a day – two at the most.

Stop the madness: Tell Congress to reauthorize flood insurance

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:09
1,000 Realtor voices send a message – 50,000 voices send a powerful one. Take a minute, add your voice to NAR's Call for Action and take a stand for Fla.'s homeowners. https://realtorparty.realtor/member-consumer/calls-for-action/take-action.html

Fla. lawmakers say they'll target lease tax again

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 04:04
Incoming leaders of the Fla. House and Senate say they'll continue to chip away at the state's commercial lease tax during the 2019 legislative session.

Home equity lines of credit rose 18% in 1Q 2018

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 04:03
Analysts thought tax reform would make home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) less appealing since the interest is no longer tax deductible if it isn't used for home remodeling – but rising home values convinced more owners to get a HELOC anyway.

Who has the right to vote on updated condo documents?

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 04:02
Legal QandA: A condo owner's home is part of an association, and a sub-association pays to use its amenities. Does that give them any voting rights?

6 things buyers must do before they move in after closing

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 04:00
Contingencies, clear titles, disclosures, mortgage approvals, walk-throughs and tons of paperwork? It's a bit of journey moving from contract to closing.