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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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Real estate QandA: Do I really need a title insurance policy?

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:38
Home buyers ask why they need title insurance if their home is newly built, one of many, and being bought from the developer who purchased the land.

Homeowners looking for new ways to cut property tax

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:37
There's a new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions under tax reform, and some homeowners near that cap are trying to lower their property tax bill.

Boost a home's curb appeal: 3 lawn tips

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 02:48
A good-looking lawn can make a listing more appealing in listing photos, which is the first point of contact for many buyers who begin their search online.

Report: Fla. building codes thwarted hurricane damage

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:42
Fla.'s building codes top all other states, according to a report that found the state's newer construction was better able to withstand Hurricane Irma damage.

Fla.'s housing market continues positive track in Feb. 2018

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:40
Florida Realtors' data: More closed sales, more new listings and higher median prices in Feb. even as inventory remained tight. Statewide single-family sales up 3.3%, median price up 9.6%; condo sales up 6.4%, median price up 7.2%.

NAR: Existing-home sales rebound 3% in Feb.

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:39
Despite too few homes to sell, higher mortgage rates and rising home prices, existing-home sales bounced back in Feb. after declining for two months in a row.

Stewart Title acquired by Jacksonville title company

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:33
The third-largest U.S. title company will be acquired by its rival and largest U.S. title company Fidelity National Financial Inc., which is based in Jacksonville.

Surprise tax savings for owners who paid PMI in 2017

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:32
It turns out private mortgage insurance is deductible after all for last year. Homeowners who pay PMI recently began receiving amended 1098s from their lenders.

Marketing: Create a powerful YouTube persona

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:26
Most agents don't take advantage of YouTube, even though producing a steady stream of video content can help them stand out from their competition.

Economist calls home construction 'vastly inadequate'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:18
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun calls home construction "the key to economic prosperity" but sounds an alarm because numbers are moving in the wrong direction.

HUD focuses on landlord-tenant sexual harassment

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:17
Landlords may not sexually harass tenants under U.S. fair housing laws, but two St. Louis landlords now face a $625K fine and other penalties for doing so. HUD says the fine "sends a loud and clear message."

Study: FEMA severely lowballs flood risk

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:15
FEMA says 13 million homeowners live in a flood plain, but EPA and others think 41 million are actually at risk – and flood insurance expires again this Friday.

Mortgage applicants want both high-tech and human-touch

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:14
Study: Buyers now expect to apply for a mortgage online, but they also want to deal with real people – and millennials were most likely to desire both.

U.S. switch to 5G wireless could impact neighborhoods

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:12
While 5G is a quantum leap for mobile computing, it requires big boxes every 500 feet along suburban streets – and that could ding curb appeal for some listings.

4 activities that waste your time

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:11
Most of the big time-wasters for business involve must-do tasks, such as emailing, checking social media sites, attending meetings and talking/texting.

Time's up: License renewal time for many Fla. Realtors

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 03:10
Many Realtors must renew their license by March 31. Need CE credit or first-cycle associate/broker credits? Florida Realtors offers them online. Find out more.

Big question for Fed: 3 or 4 interest rate hikes this year?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 04:00
The Fed meets again this week to consider hiking interest rates, which directly impact short-term mortgage rates and, indirectly, fixed-rate loans.

Mortgage policy cutbacks could hurt some buyers

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:58
A key policy change by mortgage giant Fannie Mae that offered homeownership to thousands of new buyers – many of them minorities – could face significant cutbacks. The reason: Private mortgage insurers are re-thinking their decision to participate.

What happens if neighbors plant a hedge on my property?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:57
Legal QandA: Fla. courts have considered more than one property line dispute, and the problem can sometimes be a legitimate misunderstanding.

Is historic shortage of new homes the next housing crisis?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:55
Land and construction costs have increased sharply since the end of the last boom a decade ago, and construction activity remains at an almost 60-year low.