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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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Report: 'Underinsurance' rampant in disaster-prone areas

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:53
Reconstruction costs rose up to 7.6% between 2016 and 2018, and many Fla. homeowners might have less insurance than they need if a major disaster occurs.

How to make a million dollars in real estate investing

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:52
A 34-year-old Illinois firefighter bought his first house right out of college and now owns and manages 93 rental properties with an eight-figure total value. He does all rehab work and says his wife, a real estate agent, is the key to his success.

Florida Legislature: Update for the week ending April 12

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:50
Positive milestones: The House AOB bill passed with a 96-20 vote, and the Senate might vote soon. Open/expired permits and remote notary bills also advanced.

Builder confidence edges higher in April

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:47
Builder confidence is well above the 50-point level that's neither positive nor negative, but they say a "chronic shortage" of workers and lots holds them back.

Digital hacks to make your life a little easier

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:47
Adopting one small tech trick for a task done every day can save a lot of time or stress – but only if you know that the trick exists in the first place.

NAR tool a clearinghouse for Realtor safety threats

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:45
One third of Realtors say they've faced some type of safety threat in the field, according to NAR's latest Member Safety Report. In response, NAR is making it easier for members to alert each about potential threats through a new Realtor Safety Network.

HUD wants to know how it can improve Opportunity Zones

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:49
Investors have flocked to the tax advantages offered by Opportunity Zones, and HUD is now taking public comments on how to maximize the benefits for communities.

Most first-timers now consider homes that need renovation

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:48
Thanks to rising home prices and a limited inventory of homes at the entry level, 60% of first-time buyers will consider a home that needs TLC – and many would spend more than $20,000 on the renovation, according to a realtor.com survey.

Fla. Senate bill would end state's condo dispute program

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:47
The Fla. Legislature might eliminate a condo mediation program in favor of private mediation and the courts to settle disputes between residents and condo boards.

Buyer's market, seller's market or something in-between?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:46
Six months ago, "I was guardedly optimistic. Now I'm just plain optimistic," says Michael Fratantoni, chief economist of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Why do many mortgage lenders have a 'junk' bond rating?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:45
In the eyes of Wall Street credit raters, Quicken is a relatively risky business: It's debt is below investment grade and it's too dangerous for pension funds.

Want to be a luxury agent? This might be the ideal time

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:44
Lots of money is being inherited or transferred, and real estate was the only asset class with a notable increase in high-net-worth allocation in 2017-2018.

'If you're not here, you're falling behind' – Realtor Dara Khoyi

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:44
The 2019 Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo isn't just for leaders, top producers or brokers. It's for you – small business owners who want to make more money.

One Alexa at home is great – two not so much

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 03:21
More homeowners are starting to add a second Alexa to their smart homes, but the voice-recognition tool can be problematic if it hears itself in the next room.

Artificial intelligence may be next fair housing problem

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 03:06
AI sounds impartial without human involvement, but any decisions based on existing data could lead to accidental discrimination if used to help homebuyers.

Brazil again a top market for S. Fla. real estate sales

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 03:05
Miami-Dade remains attractive to foreign buyers who make up 65% of real estate purchases, with Latin American buyers viewing it as a good investment opportunity.

Fla. House passes insurance bill addressing AOB

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 03:04
The bill would make a series of property insurance changes, such as restricting attorney fees and allowing insurers to sell policies that don't allow assignment

Apartment rents climbing, poised to go higher

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 03:02
Good news for landlords – bad news for renters. The U.S. median rent climbed 3.4% in March year-to-year to $1,535, according to rental housing portal HotPads.

We need you for a Florida Realtors' 2020 committee

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 02:23
We have a lot to do, and Realtors succeed when you sign up and serve. Download and review committee descriptions, and submit your service request before May 1, 2019.

What makes a house a home? The answer is changing

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 02:22
Evolving technology and lifestyles are changing the way people view their homes. They're spending more time there and starting to reimagine ways to use the space.