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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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Simple Ways to Start Using Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
AI can identify “homeowners likely to sell soon” leads, but it can also conduct simple tasks, such as turning on lights or summarizing tasks while driving to work.

Lawsuit: Trulia’s ‘Premier Agent’ Platform Is ‘Deceptive’

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
A lawsuit that could be a class action alleges that Trulia’s Premier Agent program is “unfair” and “deceptive” because it diverts buyers away from listing agents.

Legal Q&A: Can HOA End Elevator Maintenance Contract?

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
In the turn-over from developer to residents, owners discovered a 15-year contract in place. Also: Does federal law allow owners to install outside satellite dishes?

Future Open Houses May Not Require an Actual House

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
An open house is a hands-on experience, but technology has changed the ways agents collect leads, and it could also change the way buyers take a tour.

2020 Prediction: Sellers Will Remain on Sidelines in 2020

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
‘Tis the season for real estate forecasts. Realtor.com predicts a 1.8% drop in 2020 U.S. home sales as economic uncertainty convinces current homeowners not to sell. But prices will increase in all but one Fla. market studied and in 75% of U.S. markets.

Study: Which Tactics Work Best in a Bidding War?

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 02:12
No surprise: Cash offers are the top negotiating tool, and personal letters come in second. However, waiving the inspection contingency didn’t help very much.

FBI Warning: TV Hackers Can See and Hear You at Home

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
Smart TVs may be a little too smart. Internet-connected televisions can be hacked. Once hacked crooks can view the house and listen in on conversations.

Legal: HOA Message Board a Hotbed for Unfounded Rumors

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
Condo residents frequent social media sites for social updates and recommendations, but false news can catch fire without HOA input. How should this be handled?

Drop in Fla. International Buyers Doesn’t Slow Sales

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
Study: A strong dollar, worsening global economic outlook and rising U.S. prices slowed Fla.’s international sales over the past year. However, domestic buyers may have stepped in. Fla. home sales and prices continued to rise, potentially fueled by more U.S. buyers.

How Can Realtors Remain Relevant in 2020?

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
iBuyers, data security, MLS changes and venture capital growth may change the 2020 housing industry – but understanding and planning can keep a business healthy.

Fla. Oks $44M for Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyouts

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
The grant funding enables local governments to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Irma if they’re located in flood zones and the owners are willing to sell.

Fla. Dispute Continues Over Underground Power Lines

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:12
While the Florida Legislature passed a law moving more power lines underground, disputes and delays continue as utilities focus on the method and cost of doing so.

How to Avoid the Pitfalls in Homeowners Insurance

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:12
CoreLogic: In 2017, about one in four homes was underinsured by at least 20% – and many policies won’t cover replacement costs if it drops below that threshold.

RE Q&A: Why Can’t We Park a Truck in Our Driveway?

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:12
HOAs, local governments and even counties may have laws that oversee driveway parking – rules intended to maintain the residential character of a community.

Enjoy Exclusive Concerts? Buy a Condo

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:12
The “condo circuit” is big business as upscale communities host named entertainers for scheduled concerts. Tickets aren’t free but only residents can buy them.

Some ‘We Buy Houses’ Investors Put Squeeze on Seniors

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 04:12
An Atlanta study found that a few house flippers with “We buy houses” signs aggressively push deals if an owner without industry-savvy calls for more information.

Act Now to Save Money on 2019 Taxes

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 04:12
With less than a month until the year ends, business owners should take time now to analyze purchases and investments that will minimize their tax burden when they fill out IRS forms in a few months. Upgrade the office? Start a retirement fund? This is the time.

Conforming Loan Limits to Top $500K in 2020

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 03:11
Single-family loans bought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can be as high as $510,400 ($484,350 currently) starting in January – up to $765,600 in high-cost areas.

NAR: Pending Home Sales Down 1.7% in Oct.

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 03:11
After two months of increases, the number of homes under contract declined in Oct. NAR Economist Yun attributes it to a slight increase in mortgage rates.

3 Things to Spot During a Final Walkthrough

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 03:11
It’s easy to notice that a chandelier is missing – but you can’t discover that the A/C system broke down after the home inspection unless you turn it on.