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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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Survey: Americans would give up voting rights for a home

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:49
Of 1,000 homebuyers surveyed, 22% said they'd give up their right to vote in exchange for a 10% downpayment that they didn't have to pay back.

Millennials: Don't let a downpayment scare you off

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:15
If this question sends you into a shame spiral, making you second-guess your career, the city you live in and the jacket you bought yesterday, stop right there.

Market change: Higher prices, rates unsustainable

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:08
The real estate market is cyclical, and a disconnect between slowly rising incomes and affordability suggests that the current cycle may be close to its peak.

Federal flood program still waiting for reauthorization

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:06
Congress' latest short-term extension for national flood insurance ends July 31, and while the House passed a massive five-year extension bill last Nov., the Senate has neither taken it up nor moved forward with on its own version of the bill.

Rent vs. buy? Ownership getting less advantageous

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:01
A price-peak risk in some U.S. cities has escalated as they near cycle highs – but renting is better only if renters' savings are invested rather than spent.

New company building 3-D homes in SW Fla.

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:00
3D Build Systems says its homes can be built in only a few hours yet still withstand hurricane winds up to 200 mph and 8.0 earthquakes on the Richter Scale.

Should retirees pay off the house early?

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 03:52
More retirees are carrying mortgage debt into retirement. About half of all retirees ages 65 to 69 were mortgage-free in 2015, down from nearly 60% in 2000.

2017 storms have little impact on property insurance rates

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:06
While the nation's three hurricanes and Calif. wildfires created $140B in losses, the cost of reinsurance – insurance for insurers – has remained low.

When will boomers move out? Sooner than some think

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:05
Baby boomers own a lot of homes, and most plan to stay put and work past their retirement age – but many could be forced to sell because they saved too little for retirement, especially if an unexpected health crisis arises.

Report: Many large metros remain segregated

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:04
An analysis by Apartment List found "significant patterns of residential segregation" among major metro areas despite their reputation as cultural melting pots.

Road to homeownership gets rockier as rates rise

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:03
The cost of ownership continues to go up for new buyers: About 1/3 of the increase is due to higher mortgage rates and 2/3 the result of rising home prices.

A pre-fab skyscraper? Housing crisis changes modular homes

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:02
Piece by piece along a factory line, workers erect walls, string electrical wires, fasten plumbing, hang drywall and paint stackable move-in-ready apartments.

Amendment 2 supporters say it's for everyone: "No catch"

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:01
A2 would extend a 10% yearly tax increase cap on non-homestead Fla. properties, a topic covered in a recent "Florida Politics" article and Monday Facebook Live event.

Don't spend a lot of money to get real estate leads

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:00
In the "20 under $20" session at Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo, you'll get "20 tips, ideas and lead hacks to generate new leads for under $20." Find out more. http://convention.floridarealtors.org/

Fannie, Freddie want gig economy buyers to qualify for loans

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
How does an Uber driver qualify for a home loan? Whatever solutions lenders develop, those loans must be high-quality, automated and have a low risk of default.

'Opportunity zones' offer new way to invest in real estate

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 04:07
Last year's tax overhaul created a new incentive to promote investment in some of the poorest U.S. neighborhoods. New "opportunity zones" should persuade private investors to move profits into areas that rarely attracted outside business interest.

Fla. group warns owners about assignment-of-benefits fraud

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 03:59
While assignment of benefit (AOB) abuse is usually part of an insurance-cost discussion, it's also an easy way for scammers to steal money from homeowners.

The new-home option may be getting more affordable

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 03:45
The median price of a new home fell nearly 6.9% from March to April, suggesting that builders may be trying to build at lower price points.

Fla.'s Babcock Ranch: America's first solar-powered town

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 03:35
The development for up to 50K people near Fort Myers has preserved 80% of its land and it hopes to have almost all energy needs supplied via solar energy.

Listings: Which amenities will fetch a higher price?

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 03:28
While "claw-foot tub" won't increase a home's value by 29%, a study of listings found that higher-priced ones had things like "mid-century" in the description.