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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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Realtor.com: In Oct., inventory rose in most U.S. markets

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:31
The declining home inventory bottomed out and is heading higher in Fla. markets. New U.S. listings grew by 4% – and they're also 8% cheaper and 10% smaller.

The top 8 mortgage lenders in 2017?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:30
Wells Fargo re-entered the No. 1 spot for total lending volume in 2017, according to an iEmergent analysis, with Quicken Loans now at No. 2.

NAR: 3Q U.S. home prices up 4.8%, sales down 2.6%

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:28
A lack of moderately prices homes stifled sales by limiting buyers' options, and it pushed prices higher for the few homes that were listed for sale.

Study: 1st-year Realtors' income doubles in their 2nd year

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:25
Most agents entering the real estate business can make a reasonable income, as long as they've saved enough money to make it through their first year.

Florida Realtor Rewards' new partner: PureTalk USA

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:24
PureTalk USA offers low-cost, no-contract cell service with unlimited talk, text and data. Prices start at $20/ month, and members get $25 Amazon gift cards for new lines. https://www.puretalkusa.com/landing/fargc1

Last-minute wire transfer scam targets home seller

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:38
Savvy buyers sometimes get taken in by scammers, but this time a pair of SW Fla. sellers lost a $450K payment and, over a year later, have not gotten it back.

Home prices still rising rapidly in a few Fla. metro areas

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:36
ATTOM: In seven Florida metro areas, price increases aren't slowing – but in 11 Fla. metros, they are. Also: Pensacola, Jacksonville, Lakeland and Tampa metro prices today have surpassed their previous peak hit just before the recession.

New AI tech identifies commercial real estate opportunities

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:36
A number of websites offer home valuations based on public data, and a new version for commercial will operate similarly – but it won't give the public access.

Fair Housing Act criminal charges filed against Fla. firm

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:28
The U.S. alleges that a Fla, law firm discriminated against Hispanic homeowners with a predatory loan modification and foreclosure rescue services team.

Homeowner associations are getting sued: 3 reasons why

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:27
Issues related to drone usage, image copyrights and mold have increased the risk of litigation for HOAs, according to national insurer USI Insurance Services.

How to apply recent tax changes in your 2018 return?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:26
Taxes are complicated even when changes save you money. What must you do different for 2018? NAR breaks down the changes in a series of videos.

Case-Shiller: Home price gains slow for 5th month

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:55
Prices continue to move higher every month, but the rate of increase appears to be slowing. In Aug., it was 5.5% higher year-to-year; in July, it was 5.9%.

Listing a haunted house? Millennials won't care

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:54
Don't believe in ghosts? Some people do. Fla. does not require a disclosure if spirits roam the halls – but realtor.com's latest haunted house report finds that 34% of sellers would voluntarily tell potential buyers about spectral oddities anyway.

November starts tomorrow: What are you thankful for?

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:53
Realtors have a chance to count their blessings next month. What are you thankful for? Helping people achieve their dreams? Family support? We want to know.

Floridians' consumer confidence a little bit lower

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:52
UF: Sentiment dropped 3/10ths of a point to 97.8 this month. While attitudes about personal finances fell, many still think it's a good time for a major purchase.

Americans' consumer confidence a little higher

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:51
Nationally, attitudes about the economy improved a bit this month. The Oct. Consumer Confidence Index rose to 137.9 from last month's 135.3.

Seasonal anxiety affecting home sales

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:50
Negative political ads, falling stock prices and upcoming holidays could put a temporary dent in sales if buyers and sellers opt to hold off for a month or two.

Hurt by Hurricane Michael? We're here to help

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 04:49
Many Panhandle Realtors, brokers and staff must now rebuild their lives and cope with daily stress. If you need help, apply today to Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund. https://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/DisasterReliefFund/

Opendoor's co-listing program could offer opportunities

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 03:40
How will the new cash-offer trend play out? It's unclear – but one of the biggest, Opendoor, says it will start testing a co-listing program with outside agents.

NAR buyer/seller study: Women a force, first-timers struggle

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 03:39
The Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers identifies trends that impact the market, such as higher student debt, a rising interest in pet-friendly homes, higher downpayments, older repeat buyers; and an all-time low in FSBO transactions.