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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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Why have a website if it's not mobile-friendly?

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 04:28
Mobile buyers use a phone to research listings, find nearby schools and check prices. As a result, they prefer websites that can adjust to their smaller screens.

NAR's Brokers Edge summit coming to Fla. Aug. 28

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 04:27
A one-day version of NAR's Broker Summit, Brokers Edge, takes place the day before Florida Realtors' Women in Real Estate on Aug. 29. Book now: Space is limited for both.

Transaction trouble: Flood insurance still expires July 31

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:54
If a lender requires flood insurance, buyers should secure it before July 31 to avoid a potential program shutdown before Congress OK's a short-term extension.

Fla.'s housing market: Median prices continue to rise

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:40
The median price for existing single-family home sales was $260K in June, up 6.1% from year ago; condo median price was $190K, up 7.5%. A tight inventory supply "continues to put upward pressure on prices," says Florida Realtors Pres. Christine Hansen.

Want hurricane shutters? You're too late for 2018 season

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:35
Thanks to higher demand and new tariffs that impact the price of steel and aluminum, the wait for shutters is 4-6 months rather than last year's 4-6 weeks.

NAR: Existing-home sales down 0.6% in June

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:34
Existing sales decreased for the third straight month as drops in the South and West exceeded gains in the Northeast and Midwest. But prices hit an all-time high.

Federal court says FHFA structure unconstitutional

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:33
Ruling: The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is too "insulated" and the president should be able to remove the director.

6 terms to stop using NOW in your real estate listings

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:29
"Location, location, location," for example, doesn't help a listing description anymore. It's better to describe the location and explain what makes it special.

Hurry! Convention preregistration ends in 7 days

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 04:27
After July 30, Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo attendees must register onsite rather than online – and it costs more to attend. Simplify your life: Register today.

Lost a listing to a competitor? Learn from the loss

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:39
Agents who lose a listing to a competitor should rue the loss but then ask themselves what happened ¬– and honestly answering the question.

Smartphones starting to get a little funky

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:38
If the idea of a foldable smartphone sounds appealing – one with a bendable screen that looks a bit like a wallet – you might want to wait a bit to upgrade.

Millennials raiding their 401(k)s to buy homes

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:35
Once-cautious millennials now view real estate as a cornerstone of their investment portfolio, and 29% say they took money from a retirement fund to get started.

Real estate QandA: Quick answers on rental leases

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:34
If renting without a lease, how often can a landlord raise my rent? Can an owner start making me pay the water bill? What happens if my rental house is sold?

Miami's secret home deals dried up when feds started watching

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:33
In March 2016, the federal government said that shell companies could no longer pay all-cash for real estate without naming the person(s) who actually own the firm. A new study analyzes the impact that had on the South Fla. market.

NAR: Number of Realtors grows 'whopping 6%'

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:32
The typical Realtor is a 54-year-old white female who attended college and owns a home. She's an independent contractor working for an independent brokerage.

95% likelihood home prices will rise over next two years

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:20
Arch MI Report: The U.S. home-sale inventory hasn't been this low since Arch started tracking in the early 80s; lower-level homes should see the highest gains.

TaxWatch: Fla. still a low-tax state – No. 42 out of 50

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:18
Fla. retains its rank as one of the lowest-tax U.S. states based on state-local tax collections. But while "per capita state tax collections" are lower than all but one other state, its "per capita local tax collections" are closer to average (No. 27).

Mortgage rates lower this week – but barely

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:17
The 30-year FRM remained relatively unchanged this week, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey, falling to 4.52% this week from last week's 4.53%.

Buyers undeterred by rising prices and higher interest rates

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:15
Today's buyers do their homework. If they decide to enter the market, they've already taken home prices and interest rates into account.

Pop-up hotels sprouting up all over

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:14
Startup WhyHotel introduced a new concept in 3 cities so far – rent out empty luxury apartments in newly opened projects as the developer tries to secure tenants.