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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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Ellie Mae: 91% of June new-home loans went to millennials

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:50
The percentage of millennial borrowers has slowly risen for months; 69% opt for conventional financing while 27% prefer FHA.

Handful of signs suggest seller's market may have peaked

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:49
"This could be the very beginning of a turning point," says Nobel Prize-winning Economist Robert Shiller who is famous for predicting the dot-com and housing bubbles. But he's not quite ready to make the call yet.

Blockchain technology will impact real estate investing

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:48
The UK recently announced plans to move the country's land registry to blockchain by 2022, and Sweden, Ukraine and Dubai are also considering the new technology.

Developing code-compliant tiny homes for Fla. workers

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:47
At the 2018 ULI Florida Summit, panelists discussed innovative solutions to Florida's affordable housing crisis.

Buyers want to know: What type of mortgage should I get?

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:46
New buyers find mortgages confusing when hit with terms such as adjustable-rate, fixed-rate, FHA, VA, USDA and jumbo or conforming loans. Where to start?

Does the IRS still allow me to deduct property taxes?

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:45
The correct is answer is "yes," but so is "in some cases to a limited extent" and "but you may not want to do so anymore."

Average mortgage rates rise again: 30-year at 4.6%

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:29
The FRM rose for the second week in a row and is closing in on its high for the year: For the week ending May 24, it averaged 4.66%.

Owners tend to have flood insurance when it's not needed

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:28
There's a flood insurance pattern: After a flood recedes, many nearby homeowners apply for coverage. But after a flood doesn't recur for years, they start dropping it as an unneeded cost – and then another flood inevitably hits.

Real estate QandA: Why won't my HOA board listen to me?

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:25
Many HOA residents think they should bring up concerns at the next board meeting, but that's often the least effective way to push for change.

Wells Fargo to pay $2.1B for its role in housing bubble

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:24
The fine settles allegations that it misrepresented loans sold to investors during the housing crisis – one of the last remaining banks that has not yet done so.

Affordable housing challenge: A look at Central Fla. data

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:22
How big is the affordable-housing problem? A look at some key numbers shows the challenge many Floridians face trying to secure a roof over their head.

My buyer had a good offer – why was it rejected?

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:20
It always feels personal if a seller rejects a buyer's offer if they loved the home – yet many times the problem wasn't related to the amount of money offered.

Prepare for Aug. primary elections with online voter guide

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 03:50
At BeReadyToVote.org, Floridians can check their voter status, find polling places and create a sample ballot. For info on the candidates, visit VOTE411. https://bereadytovote.org; http://www.vote411.org/ballot

Fed keeps key interest rate unchanged, signals future hikes

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:27
The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged while signaling further gradual rate hikes. Private economists predict another increase in Sept.

Florida Realtors announces CEO succession

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:12
On Jan. 1, 2019, Florida Realtors will have a new CEO when Margy Grant, current COO and general counsel, takes the helm from retiring CEO Bill Martin.

Trump administration looking at tax break on capital gains

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:09
The simple explanation for capital gains taxes is based on a property's selling price minus original purchase price. The proposal to adjust that amount for inflation would lower its total taxable value and, consequently, the taxes owed.

Case-Shiller: Home prices up – but gains less dramatic

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:07
While a tight inventory continues to push home prices higher and higher (up 6.5% in May), buyers may be reaching a limit to what they're willing to pay.

Feds allege Venezuelans laundered $1B via S. Fla. real estate

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:04
Prosecutors charged 8 people last week in an alleged scheme to launder money embezzled from Venezuela's oil company via Miami real estate and fake investments.

How much does a cigarette smell lower home values?

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:03
Indoor smokers may reduce their home's resale value up to 29% – and buyers who love it anyway shouldn't assume the odor will go away after the smoker moves out.

Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:54
41% of Fla.'s principal brokers are women yet they make up 58% of membership. Why? Find out and be empowered Aug. 29 at WIRE, the Women in Real Estate Conference. (Link underlined to: https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=2andid=368918