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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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RE Q&A: Can We Put Candidate Signs in Front of Our Home?

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 04:02
State and local government sign laws apply, but signs could also be restricted by an HOA, providing the rules are written down and applied across the board.

5 Home Improvements that May Not Pay Off when You Sell

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:02
Many homeowners get a spark in their eye and a fire in their gut watching home-improvement television, but not every upgrade pays off when it comes time to sell.

NAR: 4Q Home Prices Up in 94% of Metro Areas

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:02
The national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $274,900 – a 6.6% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 ($258,000).

Study: Borrowers Save Big Shopping for Mortgages

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:02
“Oh good, we’re approved,” should be, “I wonder if we can get a lower rate?” By shopping around, the average borrower can save $44.5K over the life of a loan.

Chinese Drywall Lawsuits Wrap Up After Decade of Litigation

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:02
More than 1,800 Florida homeowners who bought homes made unlivable by drywall manufactured in China will be sharing in a $248 million settlement.

Tax Overhaul Could Impact Divorcee Lending This Year

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:02
Taxable income changed in 2019. An alimony sender now pays IRS taxes on the money, but the receiver’s lower IRS-taxable income could make it harder to get a mortgage.

Fla.’s Home Sales and Median Prices Show Gains at End of 2019

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:02
Fla. Realtors data: Single-family sales up 5.9%, median price up 3.7% year-over-year while condo median price up 3.8% over 2018’s end. Condo sales eased slightly, down 0.8%, compared to a year ago. A growing economy and strong jobs outlook bode well for 2020.

NAR Examines Racial Homeowner Gap at Forum

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:02
The homeownership-rate gap between white and black Americans at the end of 2019 was larger than it was 50 years ago when the Fair Housing Act was passed, speakers said.

Legislature Considers Amendment to Extend ‘Save Our Homes’

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:02
How long should Florida’s homeowners have to “port” property tax savings to another home? It’s officially two years now but can be barely over one year depending on the timing of the sale. Proposed amendments for the Nov. ballot would give sellers up to three years.

What Makes Buyers Fall in Love with a Home?

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:02
Survey: Buyers want things in a home but fall in love with unexpected perks. In Fla., canals are the big love, but man-caves, she-sheds and workshops top the U.S. list.

NAR Study: Legal Marijuana = Higher Commercial Demand

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:02
In states with legal prescription and recreational marijuana use, more than a third of Realtors polled saw an increase in requests for warehouse or storage property.

4 Ideas to Revive a Lingering Listing

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:02
A listing just won’t sell. Does it look stale in the MLS? Is there a fault that’s obvious to others but not you? Realtors suggest four changes that might get it moving.

HUD’s Budget Proposal for 2021 Released

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 04:02
The 2021 president’s budget requests $47.9B for HUD’s programs, or about $8.6B less than the enacted level for 2020. Some programs would get a boost as others are cut.

Legislative Update: The Status of RE Bills in Florida

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Important Realtor issues are wending their way through committees. Property rights, affordable housing, emotional support animals and more saw movement last week.

Millennial First-Time Buyers Overwhelmed by the Process

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Study: While 2 out of 3 millennials think it’s a good time to buy, 75% of want-to-be owners find the process overwhelming and haven’t taken steps to get there.

Fla.’s Vacation Home Rentals Contribute $27.4B to Economy

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Direct vacation-rental spending was almost 20% of Fla.’s tourism industry in 2017 and 1.6% of state GDP. In 2018, more than one in 10 (11.2%) tourists stayed in a vacation-rental home. Industry direct spending supports 115K jobs and creates 13 jobs every hour.

Buyers Waiting for Home Price Declines? It Won’t Be Soon

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Recession notwithstanding, housing prices rarely go down – and the financial underpinnings that led to steep drops a decade ago aren’t present in today’s market.

Experts: Loss of IRS Tax Incentives Hurting Homeownership

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Tax code changes eliminated many homeowner tax advantages, and some analysts say new affordable-housing tax measures are now needed to keep homeownership attractive.

The Generational Shades of Social Media

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 04:02
Social media makes it easy to stay in touch with clients after a closing – providing they’re on the same site you are. Top social media choices can vary by age.

Top U.S. Spot for Single Female Buyers? The Villages

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:02
Central Fla.’s hotspot for 55-plus adults is also the top metro in the U.S. for women. No other U.S. city has a higher percentage of female buyers vs. male buyers.