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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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Hurricanes make us poorer but don't slow the economy

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:24
The devastating aftermath of a hurricane like Florence hurts regional economies initially but over time, rebuilding usually creates new economic opportunities. However, poorer, rural communities may be left behind.

After a lull, new-home sales up 3.5% in August

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:23
Commerce Dept.: Newly built homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000, snapping a two-month decline. New home sales have advanced 6.9% this year.

Tariff wars don't spook Chinese investors

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:21 Chinese investors bought $39.7B in U.S. real estate in 2017, despite rising tension from new regulations. Fla. is a top state for their investments.

Homeowners reveal their top nonnegotiable amenities

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:19 Central air conditioning and a private patio or backyard are top priorities for owners; renters want central air plus and in-unit washer and dryer.

Fla.'s jobless rate remains at 3.7%

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:17
The state's unemployment rate held steady from July to August, remaining at this 12-year-low figure, according to the Fla. Department of Economic Opportunity.

U.S. home prices rise at slowest pace in nearly a year

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:43
The SandP CoreLogic Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.9% in July vs. a year ago, down from a 6.4% annual gain in June. Rising mortgage rates could be a factor.

Buyers resort to fraud to obtain loans

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:41
Income misrepresentations on home-loan applications were up 22.1% in 2Q 2018 vs 2Q 2017, say mortgage fraud researchers; and it's coming from "bona fide" borrowers.

U.S. consumer confidence increased in September

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:34
Consumers' assessment of current conditions remains favorable, bolstered by a strong economy and robust job growth, says Lynn Franco of The Conference Board.

How delayed marriage rates could benefit housing

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:33
While some worry that later marriages may mean a delay in homeownership, others say it may result in wealthier millennials who can afford to buy high-end homes.

What's the status of year-round Daylight Savings Time in Fla.?

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:32
Gov. Scott signed the bill to adopt Daylight Savings Time year-round into law in March; but now it's waiting on Congress for the official go-ahead.

One-stop virtual home-shopping tours?

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:30
Buyers try on virtual reality goggles to view up to 50 Arthur Rutenberg model homes nationwide while walking around one of the builder's Gainesville model homes.

CoreLogic: Strong economy boosts homeowner equity in 2Q 2018

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:42
The equity of U.S. homeowners with mortgages rose by 12.3% year-over-year – a gain of about $1T; the average homeowner gained $16.2K in equity in that same time.

What businesses must know when starting back after storm

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:34
After a disaster like Hurricane Florence strikes, what's next? How do you begin the recovery process? Call your insurance agent, but also be let your vendors and customers know you plan to reopen. Even a "we'll be back" sign on a store can help.

Are HOA board members immune from lawsuits by condo residents?

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:32
And, can an HOA change its community entrance gate access system and now charge residents for something that they didn't charge for initially? Is that legal?

Tech can help reduce home energy costs

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:30
Electricity costs can hurt your wallet, but replacing old bulbs with LED lights can mean a big drop in utility bills since they sip rather than gulp electricity.

Real estate agents and local SEO: What you need to know

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:24
Digital marketing can help you stand out in a competitive market, and Google can help you make local search engine optimization more effective.

Fla. license renewal deadline is Sept. 30

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 03:09
About 1 in 4 members must renew their license by Sept. 30. Need CE credit or first-cycle associate/broker credits? Florida Realtors offers them online. Find out more.

In-person mortgage staffs becoming thing of the past

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:55
BMO Harris Bank is eliminating most mortgage-loan staff who meet face to face, and people who wish to buy or refinance a home will soon be directed to a centralized mortgage call center. "We don't use horses and buggies" anymore, said one BMO analyst.

Devastating hurricanes have a few beneficial side effects

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:45
It's hard to overestimate the troubles facing hurricane-impacted homeowners and businesses, but in the long-term, they often have a beneficial economic impact.

Survey: Married LGBT couples swarm 'move-up' market

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:42
Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals survey: Marriage equality appears to be expanding the number of LGBT couples moving up or buying a first or second home.