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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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Shakeup at U.S. consumer bureau: What's at stake?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:48
The CFPB, the fed's consumer watchdog agency for all things financial, will probably become friendlier to banks and lenders under its new director, Mick Mulvaney.

Housing trend to watch: The 'Surban'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:46
"Mixed use" development is so last year. A "surban" space is a suburban location with urban amenities, such as the ability to walk to restaurants and stores.

Boost commissions by breaking into the luxury market

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:45
Commissioned agents make more money selling a million-dollar estate than a $100K cottage, and a four-year plan helps agents work their way up the luxury ladder.

Show property without actually being there

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:40
Imagine a machine that holds an iPad and moves on command, allowing you to show rental units, answer questions and sign contracts from a thousand miles away.

Great American Realtor Days – You've got to go

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:39
What should lawmakers understand about Fla. real estate? Tell them. Realtors will travel to Tally Jan. 9-11 for Great American Realtor Days. Registration is now open.

Need flood insurance? Process could grow difficult

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:09
Nat'l flood insurance expires Fri. and renewal could be tedious. Other issues are involved, and there's talk of extending it multiple times for only two weeks.

NAR announces new Call for Action

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:08
The House and Senate approved tax-reform bills, but a joint committee must now reconcile differences in the two. NAR sees this reconciliation effort as a new Call-for-Action opportunity to make sure the tax code keeps supporting homeownership.

Condo QandA: Challenging a board approval decision

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:05
A neighbor picks ugly paint for his condo and says the HOA approved it. How do I check? Also: Does membership have to approve a big 2018 budget increase?

NAR survey: 1 in 4 deals don't close on time

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:04
In Oct., 73% of transactions closed on time. Of those that didn't, most (32%) had financing issues, followed by appraisal (20%) and inspection problems (16%).

Want to raise your FICO credit score? Pay off bills

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:03
Most mortgage applicants need a credit score of 640 or higher to qualify, but with a little planning, buyers can raise their score before shopping for a home.

Realtors honor veterans – but is he really a vet?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:01
Safety-conscious Realtors still tend to trust U.S. vets and active-duty military, which is why scammers may try to imitate one. Here's how to spot the difference.

Last call: Apply for 2018 Florida Realtors Leadership Academy

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 03:59
Florida Realtors Leadership Academy "identifies, educates and inspires" the next generation of association and local leaders. Act now: Applications must be in by Dec. 31.

NAR says Senate tax package 'bad news for homeowners'

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:56
The Senate version must now be reconciled with the House version. NAR says the package nullifies ownership savings and will lower home values more than 10%.

Federal flood insurance expires again on Friday

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:38
Does one of your transactions require the buyer to secure flood insurance? Do so before Friday. While Congress is generally expected to extend the current rules for perhaps six months, it could lapse for a bit if they don't do so before Saturday.

Court rules against insurer on 'assignment of benefits'

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:37
Security First wanted to restrict "assignment of benefits," but Fla. regulators, a hearing officer and court of appeal have ruled that the insurer can't do so.

IRS wants to know: Is that a second home or vacation home?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:35
How you use a home throughout the year determines its IRS classification, and a true second home is one used only by your and your immediate family.

More boomers seek no-fuss apartment life

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:32
Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters ages 55 and older jumped 28%, while renters ages 34 and younger only increased 3%, according to Census data.

Phone App can predict which contact will sell first

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:28
Take a client list, add big data (publicly available info), toss in an algorithm, and an app tells you which owners are most likely to sell their homes first.

Register now for Mid-Winter Business Meetings

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 03:27
Florida Realtors' Mid-Winter Business Meetings will take place Jan. 24-27, 2018, in Orlando. Review the daily event schedule on Florida Realtors' website and register now.

Housing trends favor builders focused on entry-level buyers

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:09
It's lining up to be another strong year for investors who own home building stocks, and especially those builders that focus on entry-level housing.