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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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Viral marketing: Agent uses T-Rex to promote home

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:12
A listing's photos went viral for a Texas home because some shots included an inflatable T-Rex fishing, lounging and checking out the fridge.

NAR issues scam warning: Don't offer help to 'Jim'

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:11
NAR says it "never solicits donations for personal or individual charities ... All donations go through the Realtors Relief Foundation." If you received a fraudulent email, delete it and file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Housing starts tumbled 12.3% in June

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:05
The drop may be an isolated event, but builders cite problems with new lumber tariffs, and a challenge finding both construction workers and land to build on.

NAR backs 21st Century Internet Act bill

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:04
The bill backs net neutrality, which is a legal mandate that all websites have equal access to consumers, among other things. Without neutrality, small brokers may find it harder to compete with deep-pocket, mega-real estate ad companies.

If algae lowers home values, should property taxes go down?

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:59
The Martin County property appraiser has one complaint so far about too-high property values due to algae – but she expects more after notices go out in August.

Do ARMs still spook borrowers?

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:57
Adjustable-rate mortgages played a negative role in the housing meltdown, but their temporary lower rates could appeal to more borrowers as interest rates rise.

Property rights: Homeowners win, can keep van Gogh-style house

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:55
Homeowners in Mt. Dora have fought City Hall for year to keep their entire house painted in a "Starry Night" theme that they say calms their autistic child.

Public speaking? Be a storyteller – not a presenter

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:52
It's not worth speaking if you can't you can't keep your audience intrigued, focused and engaged. To do that, don't speak at them – entertain them.

Florida Realtors Rewards: Hotel discounts up to 70%

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 04:45
A new hotel discount program with BookingCommunity.com saves members up to 70% off hotels and resorts. In its first two months, 2,600 members have signed up. (Link underlined to: https://www.bookingcommunity.com/floridarealtors

Congress floats flood insurance ideas – but passage iffy

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:49
Lawmakers are considering amendments and bills that seem to favor a six-month extension. To get something passed, Realtors must respond to NAR's Call for Action.

Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:47
41% of Fla.'s principal brokers are women yet they make up 58% of membership. Why the disconnect? Should the industry change? Find out and be empowered on Aug. 29 when Florida Realtors presents the "Women in Real Estate Conference" (WIRE).

Too few buyers question the need for a 30-year mortgage

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:26
The 30-year loan is almost an industry standard, but buyers who can swing a 15-year loan save lots of money due to lower interest rates and a quicker payoff.

Over 50% of homeowners are under-insured

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:22
CoreLogic analysis: Over half of U.S. homes have policies that average 20% less than full replacement value – but luxury owners tend to over-insure.

Builder confidence steady in July

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:19
America's builders remain extremely confident in the market, though NAHB's July index of 68 (anything above 50 is positive) is unchanged from June.

3 easy ways to transform a yard into an outdoor oasis

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:18
When it comes to home-improvement projects, owners rate outdoor projects highest, such as wood decks, water features, statement landscaping or new patios.

15 ways to grow your real estate business

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:17
Learn how to generate more leads with less time and money on Thursday, Aug. 9, at a free session for Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo attendees in Orlando. http://convention.floridarealtors.org/

Fla. GDP hits $1 trillion mark

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 04:01
If Fla. was an independent country, it would be the world's 17th largest. The state's economy has grown larger than Saudi Arabia's, Switzerland's and Argentina's

Fla. senators' bill would extend Canadian visitor stays

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:56
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would allow retired Canadian citizens older than 50 to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the U.S. – two months longer than they may stay now.

Even algae 'state of emergency' hurts some home sales

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:52
Something must be done about algae in Fla. waterways, but the new "state of emergency" may ding home sales in the 7-county region even if nearby water is clear.

Condo QandA: Can owner stop development next door?

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:43
Can condo owners stop their association from changing the recreational facilities? Also: Does a new law force a condo board without a website to create one?