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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 do Realtors use technology? NAR survey finds out

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:07
Realtors said that the most valuable tech tools increase efficiency and make it easier to work remotely. The most valuable tools in their arsenal? Local MLS websites/apps (64%), lockbox/smart key devices (39%) and social media (28%).

N.C. will test mitigation as a tool to lessen hurricane damage

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:05
FEMA lowers flood insurance costs if owners harden homes against storms, but N.C. weakened its mitigation laws in 2013 due to complaints about the cost.

Facebook ads again under fire – this time job discrimination

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:04
Should advertisers be allowed to choose who sees ads? HUD allegations led Facebook to limit real estate ads; a new lawsuit seeks to impact job notices.

Time to upgrade to iPhone XS or Max?

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:01
Most cellphone carriers are starting to discount the just-announced iPhones by hundreds of dollars as a way to lure customers to their networks.

Lack of flood insurance heaps misery on N.C. homeowners

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:45
Flood damage will hurt about 250K N.C. homes but only 3% have flood insurance – many owners outside FEMA high-flood zones didn't think it necessary.

Most vacation buyers want income – not family getaways

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:43
Study: In the 1970s, 9 out of 10 second-home owners used the property only for their own needs, but now – thanks in part to the ease of short-term renting through firms like Airbnb – a majority of buyers view second homes as a financial investment.

Top reason for risky RE behavior? Fear of losing a deal

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:42
Most Realtors won't put their life on the line to close a deal – but agents who have skipped safety protocols say they did it to save a potential transaction.

More older homeowners delay downsizing

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:41
In 2005, the key age to downsize was 75; by 2016, it was 80. Many older adults work longer, but the current lack of smaller homes is also delaying their move.

Mortgages are safer but tougher to come by

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:40
No-money-down mortgages – which gave borrowers low upfront home costs but often saddled them with high balances or steep payment increases – have vanished.

Study: Waiting 1 year costs buyers $168 per month

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:12
The 20-city study by realtor.com found that higher home prices and interest rates led to the difference – but the home prices had a bigger impact.

Fla. license renewal deadline: 12 days and counting

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:11
About 1 in 4 members must renew their license by Sept. 30. Need CE credit or first-cycle associate/broker credits? Florida Realtors offers them online. Find out more.

You need a mobile-friendly website – here's why

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:45
It takes time and often money to make your website look good on mobile devices – but you could lose money from lost leads if you don't do it.

Report: Property managers not ready to fight rental fraud

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:42
Rental fraud is growing and costing landlords thousands, according to a new survey from Forrester Consulting and TransUnion.

NAR supporting efforts to boost black homeownership rate

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:41
The Congressional Black Caucus, NAR and NAREB will work together to try to increase the 41.6% black homeownership rate, which is the same as the 1970 rate.

Buying a pre-construction home: Do you have to close?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:40
Real estate QandA: I'm disappointed by the home I bought pre-construction and after some delays was told I have to close in 10 days. Do I have options?

Support Amendment 2 toolkit now available

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:39
Florida Realtors launched a new online toolkit to help Realtors spread the word about the importance of passing Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. If approved, it would make the current 10% cap on annual non-homestead tax increases permanent.

Survey: Most buyers now seek financing first

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:38
At one time, buyers relied on their Realtor to tell them how much house they could afford – but today, most buyers figure it out on their own.

Mortgage rates rise for third straight week

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 04:10
The one-two punch of strong job and consumer credit growth drove FRMs up to 4.6%, the highest since Aug. 2 and biggest year-to-year increase since May 2014.

Mortgage fraud up 12.4% – Fla. still a top state

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 04:09
CoreLogic: 1 in 109 mortgage applications had indications of fraud in the second quarter of 2018, a 12.4% year-to-year increase. In this seller's market, CoreLogic says most fraud is "by bona fide borrowers trying to qualify for a mortgage."

NAR to launch '.realestate' domain on Sept. 18

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 04:06
Realtors who own a ".realtor" domain will have first dibs on securing ".realestate" next week. After Nov. 26, ".realestate" will be offered to the general public.