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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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Post-recession buyers look at housing differently

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:09
Buyers learned a hard lesson during the recession: Prices don't always move higher. As a result, they're more cautious today.

June is National Homeownership Month

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:08
The first month of summer is when HUD and others mark the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families and local neighborhoods – and how it benefits the nation's economic health.

Buy flood insurance now or it may be too late

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:06
If a major storm is slowly moving across the Atlantic toward Fla., it's too late to buy flood insurance, which has a 30-day waiting period in most cases.

Some cities fighting blight by raising property taxes

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:04
It happens often: A small business closes and the storefront sits empty for months or years – but some cities are now fighting it with a property tax surcharge.

Disconnect grows between jobs and mortgage requirements

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:02
Most lenders still prefer borrowers with regular paychecks and solid job histories, even though more and more people are self-employed "gig workers."

New email scam appears to come from NAR

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:01
Scammers say they're the IRS, Florida Realtors, the local police – any group that draws your attention. In the latest, NAR appears to be creating a directory.

Need something? You'll find it at the Trade Expo

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00
Go old-school with marketing calendars, magnets and signs – or explore cutting-edge tech and discover new mortgage options at Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo.

Businesses expanding opportunities for disabled workers

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:02
More small biz owners are hiring or actively recruiting disabled adults. Some do it to help out only to discover that they're a great often-overlooked resource.

Harney: Racial disparities notable in mortgage rejections

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:57
A new analysis of nationwide lender data finds significant differences in mortgage approval rates for both new-home purchases and refis.

CoreLogic: 6.9M homes at risk for hurricane storm surge

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:54
Got flood insurance? Study finds that homes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts face a potential $1.6 trillion loss if a storm triggers excessively high tides.

NAR: April pending sales drop as supply stagnates

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:53
Buyer demand is robust but shoppers have few options – and the inventory challenge could even get worse as interest rates and asking prices keep moving higher.

Study: Rents still rising but not as fast

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:53
Average U.S. rents rose 2% year-to-year, according to a RentCafe study, but Fla. rent increases ranged from 8.5% in Hollywood to 2.5% in Miami.

Average mortgage rates fall – 30-year hits 4.56%

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:51
Recent trade and geopolitical issues led to a sudden decrease in long-term mortgage rates this week, according to Freddie Mac economists.

Consumer protections added to clean energy program

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:50
PACE helps owners add energy upgrades with little money down, but homeowners should expect property taxes to go up and possible problems if they wish to sell.

Floridians feeling better and better about economic outlook

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:44
At 100.6, the monthly consumer sentiment index from UF also passed the 100 mark for only the second time since March 2002.

NAR study: Active military and veteran homeownership

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:43
How do active-duty and retired military veterans compare to the general home-buying public? NAR's study finds that 82% move due to job changes, 33% flip homes and 11% want to live in a better neighborhood.

Own a router? You can help stop a cyberattack

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:42
The FBI is asking people to turn their routers off and then back on. It's a good policy to avoid hacking, but it also may help thwart a foreign gov't cyberattack.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won't be fixed any time soon

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:41
When the two mortgage giants went under federal control a decade ago, regulators saw it as a short timeout, but lawmakers aren't any closer to fixing the problem.

New construction isn't always perfect: 3 pros and cons

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:39
A newly built home often has just as many inspection issues as a resale property. On the other hand, they do have advantages because they're not worn.

Hurricane season and a tax-free holiday kick off Friday

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:43
Floridians have three extra days to stock up on tax-free hurricane supplies like flashlights, batteries and generators this year – from June 1 through June 7.