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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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Robots break new ground in construction industry

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:54
Just as self-driving cars may reinvent the suburbs, self-driving bulldozers, excavators and drones may redefine the way homes are constructed.

Study: Agent incomes get a lift from referrals

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:43
A new survey of more than 1,700 real estate agents by ReferralExchange found that 42% of respondents earned $10,000 to $50,000 from fees for referrals in 2017.

Feb. housing starts fell 7% after Jan. surge

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:05
The construction slowdown came from a 28% plunge in multifamily building starts. Groundbreakings for single-family homes rose 2.9%.

5 surprising stats about buyers in NAR's latest study

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:04
Millennials' home buying habits may not be all that different from their parents. A higher percentage of older generations, for example, check the internet before calling an agent – and millennials care less about virtual tours than older adults.

Selling a home to millennials? Add plants

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:03
Millennials bought 31% of house plants in 2016, and some multifamily developments are adding indoor gardens to appeal to this demographic.

Congress' change to Dodd-Frank does little for Wall St.

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:02
The final version of a bill easing financial rules under Dodd-Frank helps smaller lenders but doesn't do much for the big banks, according to Bloomberg News.

Investors cringe as bitcoin, other crypto prices plunge

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Cryptocurrency's Dec. millionaires just lost a lot of money. To enter mainstream use, experts say bitcoin et al must move from "Wild West" to "serious business."

1M homeowners missed opportunity to refinance

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:58
However, owners who didn't refinance have one less reason not to move, because any new mortgage could come with a rate similar to what they have now.

Flood insurance expires again next Friday

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:58
While Congress will likely extend the program, it might not do so by the midnight, March 23 deadline. Prepare now if buyers need flood cov https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/national-flood-insurance-program-reauthorization-guidance

Mortgage rates fall for the first time this year

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:08
The average rate on a 30-year FRM slipped to 4.44% from 4.46% last week due, in part, to a government report that inflation pressures may be easing.

NAR to Congress: Make debt cancellation relief permanent

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:07
Barry Grooms, a broker in Sarasota, testified to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee that 2.5 million homeowners could face "a financial catastrophe" if they're forced to pay tax on the mortgage debts that their bank forgave.

Few homeowners are moving – why?

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:06
NAHB surveyed owners who had not moved in at least 10 years and asked why they weren't moving. The top answer? They like their current house.

Legal QandA: Why can't I park my truck in my driveway?

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:05
Why do associations forbid owners from parking commercial vehicles overnight? Small businesses make up this country. It doesn't make sense.

Many buyers don't really know what they want

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:04
"Homebuyers tend to be more naive than anything else," says Richard Courtney, author of a light-hearted book called "Buyers Are Liars and Sellers Are Too!"

NAR: Protect your office from mass casualty events

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:02
It's good to have a plan, whether it be fire-escape routes or hurricane procedures. Given recent headlines, NAR lists ways to prepare for human-caused disasters.

Make Magic: Florida Realtors 102nd Convention and Trade Expo

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 03:56
The website is live and registration is now open! This year's convention (Aug. 8-9) features comedy duo Penn and Teller, 35 education sessions, more. Click here to explore. http://convention.floridarealtors.org/

NAR study: Millennials buying the most homes

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:58
Millennial purchases ticked up year-to-year, but a tight inventory and higher costs subdued activity, and forced many to keep living in their parents' basements.

'Assignment of Benefits' rules remain unchanged

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:56
Fla.'s property insurers cite AOB as a primary cause for rising rates. While the Legislature considered bills to deal with the problem this year, however, they failed to find agreement, which could potentially push homeowners' rates even higher.

11-month high for mortgage delinquency

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:55
CoreLogic: Loan performance continues to be impacted by last year's hurricanes. In Florida, the non-current rate was 9.2 percent – worse than any other state.