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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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You're never too old to buy a first home

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:33
Renters' dreams of homeownership don't end at age 65. However, older buyers who are banking on retirement income have a few details that they should consider.

How do you calm an angry client?

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:32
Things go wrong and clients sometimes get angry. But if a situation starts to move out of control, ask them to wait while you get a pen in order to write it down.

National Association of Realtors installs 2019 leadership

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 04:31
Minnesota Realtor John Smaby is NAR's 2019 president. Maria Wells, Florida Realtors 2017 president, will serve in 2018 as regional vice president for Region 5. https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/national-association-of-realtors-installs-2019-leadership

Voters elect 93% of Florida Realtors PAC-endorsed candidates

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 22:38
The 2018 general election has come to a close, bringing with it numerous victories for Florida Realtors PAC-endorsed candidates and the successful passage of Amendment 2.

What threatens your real estate business?

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:26
If you can identify threats, you can turn them into advantages – or at least minimize damages. Some current hot spots include interest rates, politics and prices.

NAR outlook: Existing sales stable, price growth continues

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:16
"The forecast for home sales (in 2019) will be very boring – meaning stable," says NAR chief economist. He quickly shut down speculation of a housing price bubble, and foresees home prices continuing to rise, though at a slower pace.

NAR commercial forecast: Confidence and stability

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:10
Commercial real estate has improved, and economic growth will hasten leasing and property activities – but be wary of regulatory issues and rising interest rates.

Retirees without paychecks have other mortgage loan options

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:09
Older adults may have solid 401(k) accounts but trouble proving income when applying for a loan – but some programs will treat distributions similar to income.

Zillow expands into mortgages – buys national lender

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:08
According to the media release, the acquisition "will streamline and shorten the home-buying process for consumers who purchase homes through Zillow Offers."

Breaking: NAR votes to support remote notarization

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:06
The Board of Directors met in Boston and, among other things, agreed to support any laws, regulations or standards that advance the use of remote notarization.

It's Election Day: Go be an American — vote

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:04
How will pro-real estate candidates supported by Florida Realtors PAC do in today's elections? Find out tomorrow morning in Florida Realtors News.

Want $50-$60K per year? Join construction industry

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:38
Survey: 82% of Fla. builders need skilled workers, and the industry is trying to attract talent by telling people how much they make working in a skilled trade.

Hurt by Hurricane Michael? We're here to help

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:38
Many Panhandle Realtors, brokers and staff must now rebuild their lives and cope with daily stress. If you need help,

Could commercial's focus on secondary markets be ending?

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:33
When values hit all-time highs in top-tier U.S. cities, investors moved to secondary markets with strong fundamentals – a trend that might now be winding down.

Where does Fla. rank in average downpayment amounts?

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:32
Study: The average Fla. buyer put down almost 20% (No. 13 nationwide) – and overall U.S. downpayments declined almost 10% in the third quarter.

Florida Realtors signs agreement with Panama RE association

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:30
Pres. Christine Hansen: "We look forward to continuing our partnership and building more connections that increase business opportunities for all our members."

Buyers' credit scores bounce back after 1 year

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:28
LendingTree study: Fla. homebuyers will see their credit score drop from 13 to 16 points after five months, but they should return to pre-transaction levels before a year has passed. In Miami it will take 300 days; in Jacksonville it will take 332 days.

The future is now: Why you should vote YES for Amendment 2

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:28
The general election is finally here and for voters who haven't already cast their ballot, Nov. 6 will be the last chance to vote YES on Amendment 2.

Buyers catch a break: Mortgage rates drop to 4.83%

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:33
Rates remain near seven-year highs, but the drop from last week's 4.86% offers a bit of relief after market anxiety over rising interest rates.

Fla.'s home sale, median prices, new listings up in 3Q

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:32
Existing single-family home sales up 7.5% from year ago, median price up 6.3% to $255K; condo sales up 9.5%, median price up 6.13% to $182.5K. But Hurricane Irma hit a year ago, notes Florida Realtors Chief Economist Brad O'Connor.