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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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How will self-driving cars change real estate?

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:37
Transportation always has a big impact on real estate, and most communities today were built for cars. In 5-10 years, how could that change? Start planning now.

Buyers finding it easier to qualify for a mortgage

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:37
Post-recession financial jitters are fading. As mortgage companies slowly ease lending guidelines, more once-rejected buyers find they now qualify for a loan.

Where (and why) budgets are stretched the farthest

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:36
Many Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando residents don't appear to be saving money for a downpayment, according to a LendingTree study that analyzed U.S. cities.

Legal QandA: How can I help my children avoid probate?

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:35
There are three good choices – a Life Estate Deed, an Enhanced Life Estate Deed or a living trust – but each family is unique and an estate planning attorney is invaluable.

Fed doesn't increase interest rates – but it may in Dec.

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:34
The Federal Reserve's rate that affects ARMs and, indirectly, FRMs, wasn't changed this week, but an accompanying statement suggests it may go up soon.

Mortgage rates hit seven-year high, close in on 5%

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:46
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose 11 basis points to 4.94%, due to "strong business activity and growth in employment," says Freddie Mac's chief economist.

National flood insurance expiring again in 3 weeks

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:45
Signing contracts for listings located in flood zones? If closing in early Dec., plan now for the possibility of a flood-program lapse since lenders generally won't release mortgage funds to buyers that don't have flood insurance secured.

Think your website is hard to hack? Think again

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:45
Robust technology can cut down on hacking, but most criminals gain access to records by enticing or tricking one person to reveal their password.

Wells Fargo error caused 545 unnecessary foreclosures

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:43
In addition to the 545, the lender says 870 customers were incorrectly denied modifications to their loans or changes in their repayment plans.

Bound to fail: Poor choices ruin business partnerships

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:43
Securing a business partner or team member is a little like getting married: Chemistry counts as much as finding someone with a complementary skill set.

Agent says 'customer service' led her to commit fraud

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:40
An ex-agent says she made a series of legal mistakes because she feared "disappointing others." Her desire to serve overwhelmed her knowledge of what's right.

Team-created business plans work best

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:20
Rather than have a team leader write a business plan and dictate it to their group, the plan will be more effective if the team works together to create it.

NAR: Realtor-supported candidates did well nationwide

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:09
Nationally, NAR supported hundreds of local, state and federal candidates – and of those candidates it supported, almost 60 are Realtor members of NAR.

NAR's Realtor Relief Foundation: $400K for hurricane victims

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:03
Hurricane victims can apply for aid from NAR's grant even if they previously applied to Florida Realtors' program. Qualified applicants, which may include non-Realtors, can receive up to $1,500 for housing relief.

Will declining stocks hurt luxury housing? Probably not

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 03:59
Rising interest rates have scared homebuyers and Wall Street investors, but it's not as much of a concern for people who can afford one or more luxury homes.

NAR: Do homes near marijuana dispensaries go up in value?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 03:58
What happens to property values if Fla. loosens weed rules? NAR asked Realtors in states where it's legal, and 10% said it increases nearby property values.

Officials: U.S. veteran homelessness declines 5%

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 03:57
The decrease shows the federal government is making progress in its decade-long efforts, but it's fighting headwinds in areas with high housing costs.

Realtors' role in property valuations and appraisals

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:35
NAR: No federal, state or agency level rule prohibits an appraiser and agent from speaking to each another – but each has a separate and distinct role.

Investors have growing appetite for Fla. affordable housing

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:34
Fees generated during ownership and the benefit of writing tax liabilities off over a 10-year timeframe makes it a great investment, says Collier's VP.

Spyware, malware and ransomware threaten transactions

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:34
Data security is no longer a good idea, it's as important to business as printer paper. NAR says it's working on a new "ground-breaking industry approach."