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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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Using auto-texts to market? Understand the risks

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:27
More consumers are filing lawsuits against businesses that auto-send texts without following regulations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Builders focusing more on new middle-income housing

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:26
Developers tend to focus on the type of housing that maximizes profits, and a recent trend to build luxury homes has faded a bit in favor moderate-income properties. As a result, the average new home has dropped from 2,500 square feet to 2,320.

Florida Housing relaunches first-time homebuyer program

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:25
First-time homebuyers can get up to $15K in downpayment and closing-cost assistance if they live in Clay, Duval, Hillsborough, Osceola or Pasco counties.

Data breach prompts call for more mortgage protections

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:24
A recent hack hit 54K owners with loans from Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others. Crooks stole a treasure trove of personal data including Social Security numbers.

Dear homebuyers: Please stop thinking you need 20% down

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:23
Most buyers pay only 5% to 10% down – some even pay zero – and there are a number of first-time homebuyer programs that can help secure a house.

Credit scores may impact both homeownership and dating

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:21
3 out of 10 singles research a partner's financial info online before committing to a relationship, so bad credit can impact more than just the cost of a loan.

You have a license to support homeownership

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:19
The Florida Realtors-backed "Support Homeownership for All" license plate raised over $1M so far for Fla. affordable housing projects. Go to: homeownershipforall.org. https://homeownershipforall.org

Lawmakers wrestle with AOB insurance claims' attorney fees

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:32
A Fla. Senate committee last week stifled a proposal that would limit attorney fees in "assignment of benefits" (AOB) property insurance cases.

Experts: Can't have a bubble with under-supply of homes

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:31
Bubble fears are based on memories of the housing meltdown more than reality, some experts say. As long as buyer demand remains high and new-home production low, there's no bubble to burst. Prices are a result of demand, not risky lending.

Legal QandA: Can I turn my condo into a timeshare?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:30
The owner of an ocean-view condo wants to sell and figures she'll get the highest amount of money if she makes it a timeshare – but can she legally do that?

Tight housing trend: Married with roommates

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:29
More married couples can't swing the full cost of a new home, so they're taking on roommates to help cover expenses for the first few years.

NAR's Good Neighbor Awards celebrate 20 years

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:28
In two decades, the awards have granted $1.3M to Realtor-led nonprofits, helped 200-plus organizations, and had an impact in 40 states and 15 countries.

Help minimize spats between married home shoppers

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:27
Buying stresses couples, and major decisions often end up in major disagreements. But a few tactics can nip potential problems in the bud.

Due March 4: Scholarship applications

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:26
The deadline looms for any Fla. student, including ones now enrolled, to apply for an academic scholarship from Florida Realtors Education Foundation. Learn more.

Mortgage rates fall to 12-month low – 30-year at 4.37%

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:41
Indications that inflation and economic growth around the world slowed have been pushing mortgage rates lower, experts say.

More buyers may qualify for zero-down rural loans

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:39
More small-town residents will qualify for no-money-down rural housing loans because the full population of nearby military bases and prisons won't be counted.

Home affordability unchanged – but at a 10-year low

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:38
NAHB: A modest increase in interest rates offset a slight decline in home prices to keep housing affordability essentially level in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Florida Supreme Court warns of scams

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:37
Fla. courts never send legal notices by email, but crooks use fake court letterhead to scam recipients over an array of issues, including professional licensing.

Fla. House, Senate differ on 'fracking' bans

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:36
Lawmakers appear willing to ban the controversial oil-drilling technique in Fla., but the House and Senate have separate bills with different levels of support.

Wallpaper: Should sellers tear it down or keep it up?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:35
While wallpaper has once again become a hot decorating trend, beauty is in the eye of the (buyer) beholder. Generally, neutral is okay – vibrant not so much.