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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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6 rules for effective blog posts

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:44
Mesmerizing content isn't worth much if no one reads it. Effective blog marketing requires good headlines, great lead-ins, graphics, a call-to-action and more.

Using public Wi-Fi? Your data isn't safe

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:13
Meeting clients at Starbucks or Panera? That free public Wi-Fi makes it easier for thieves to steal your customer's personal information – and your info too.

Commercial forecast: Economic strength sparks optimism

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:10
A strengthening economy and job growth nearing historic levels have given Realtors confidence in future commercial real estate market conditions.

NAR launching new '.realestate' domain name in the fall

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:09
Planning to launch a new website? Realtors will have a new option starting in Sept. for those who want something like "" as a domain name.

HUD withdraws its fair housing assessment tool

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:02
A computer tool to help local governments "affirmatively further fair housing" has been pulled. HUD called it "confusing (and) difficult to use."

NAR's board boosts ethics enforcement, increases dues

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:00
The Board of Directors met in Washington on Saturday and raised dues by $30 starting in 2019. It also empowered local associations to post names and photos of two-time ethics violators, changed escrow confirmations and made other membership changes.

No bubble yet – but a dearth of construction could hurt

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:55
A panel of economists at NAR's convention generally agreed that there isn't a housing bubble, but a tight inventory and too-few new homes might create problems.

Upstream debuts: Tool makes data entry easier for brokers

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:40
The data management system that allows brokerages to streamline data entry officially launched after a few delays. It plans to enter 5-6 U.S. markets each month.

'Good' credit score lowers avg. mortgage cost by $21K

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:39
Buyers with "good" credit generally land a better mortgage rate than those with a "fair" credit score, and a study to determine what that meant for buyers found that it lowered the cost of an average 30-year FRM by $21,000 over the life of the loan.

PulteGroup using virtual reality instead of model homes

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:38
Why build a home potential Fla. buyers can walk through when they can explore multiple home layouts simply by donning a pair of 3-D goggles?

SentriLock: Top 7 safety tips for real estate agents

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:33
Technology can help Realtors stay safe on the job, but a number of common-sense steps, such as "no first meetings at a listing," are still important.

New York joining fair housing lawsuit against HUD

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:32
Advocacy organizations say HUD Secretary Carson unlawfully delayed a rule requiring local gov'ts to analyze housing data and submit plans to address segregation.

More buyers using crowdfunding downpayments

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:30
Mortgage lenders have downpayment-gift rules, such as a donor pledge that the money is a gift and not a loan. With crowdfunding, buyers can bypass that.

Blog: Tech Helpline is a Florida Realtors success story

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 04:16
Tech Helpline, a Florida Realtors-owned company, started by serving only Fla. association members, but it now serves 600,000 U.S. Realtors – and it's still growing.

Win over more Instagram followers

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 04:15
Instagram has more than 200 million active monthly users after it quickly emerged as one of the more popular social media platforms. How can it grow your network?

Single-family rentals 'stabilizing' after years of growth

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:59
Post-recession, companies bought up single-family homes and turned them into rentals, but a Harvard study finds that the sector's dramatic growth has slowed.

Fla.'s housing market: New listings, median prices up in 1Q 2018

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:58
Single-family home prices rose 9.7% to $248K, and condo sale prices rose 7.8% to $180K year-to-year. Tight inventory continued to dampen sales, but the number of Fla. owners who listed their homes for sale inched higher quarter-to-quarter.

The 'art effect' allows nearby landlords to charge higher rent

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:57
Public art has been linked to building booms and price increases, so developers and planners are now weaving it throughout real estate projects and public spaces.

Low inventory pushes median home price up 5.7% in Q1

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:56
A dearth of for-sale homes caused a spike in prices, says NAR's Yun: "Strengthening job-market and income gains are not being met by meaningful sales gains."

Most U.S. states are struggling to regulate Airbnb

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 03:55
A homeowner should have the right to rent out rooms to help make ends meet – but hotels should also have the right to a level playing field in attracting guests.