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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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Why Buy a Home? Owners Less Stressed than Renters

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:01
Many renters think they save money when they look at closing costs and upkeep, but that’s a short-term outlook. Over the long-term, ownership is financially better.

How Much Savings Can a Higher Credit Score Unlock?

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:01
Even a fair credit score costs you money: A buyer with a fair score pays $41.4K more than a good score over 30 years – and all other forms of credit cost more too.

Home Builders Remain Bullish Heading into 2020

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:01
The index gauging builder confidence bumped one point lower to 75 this month, but each of the two previous months broke 20-year optimism records.

The Good News: No Fla. City in Top 25 for Bedbugs

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
The top U.S. city for bedbug infestations? Washington, D.C. But even if Fla. metros seem safe, every out-of-state visitor is a potential carrier of bedbug hitchhikers.

NAR Study: A Lack of Affordable Housing Slows Job Growth

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
During the recession, “more jobs” was cited as the solution for “more home sales.” But now “home prices” appear to impact employment in some metros. NAR’s study found that areas with unaffordable home prices are starting to see a decline in job growth.

Landlords Are Finding Security Deposit Alternatives

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
Families that can barely afford rent find it challenging to pay a security deposit and moving costs. As a result, fewer landlords are requiring an upfront deposit.

Decade-Long Legal Battle Ends Over Houseboat Owners’ Rights

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
After two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Riviera Beach will pay $875K for seizing a man’s houseboat. The ruling: Just because something floats doesn’t make it a boat.

Q&A: Electronic Voting Helps Homeowner Associations

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
It’s sometimes difficult to get a quorum of homeowners to attend meetings, but boards that allow electronic voting find that it can often solve this problem.

Real Estate Leaders in Florida Named to SP200 Power List

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:01
Florida Realtors: Several influential figures in Fla. real estate are on this year’s Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful leaders in residential real estate.

World’s Largest Asset Manager Shifts Focus to Climate Change

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
BlackRock says it will now make climate change central to its investment decisions, which could also affect 30-year mortgages. “Because capital markets pull future risk forward, we will see changes in capital allocation more quickly than … changes to the climate itself,” its CEO said.

New Law May Help Small-Biz Workers Save for Retirement

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
A new law has key twists for people who work at small businesses, steadily work part time or worry that they’re on a bleak path to outlive the money in their 401(k).

Insurer Ratings Could Lead to Higher Rates, Lender Denials

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
18 Fla. insurers may lose their A rating, which could spur more rate-hike requests. If an A rating is lost, lenders can force insured homeowners to switch carriers.

Still Using Windows 7? Stop Now and Upgrade

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7, making its users vulnerable to any new computer virus on the internet. The longer you wait, the greater the danger.

Realtors Partner with U.S. Census to Support Count

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
Census numbers directly impact the amount of money metros receive and its representation in Congress. In 2020, Realtors will help ensure complete and accurate data.

2020 Real Estate Trends: What’s Ahead for Fla. Real Estate?

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:01
Real estate helps drive growth, so insight into 2020 trends is valuable to Realtors and policymakers who should plan to attend the Florida Realtors’ event on Jan. 23.

Q&A: What If My Contractor’s Bill Is Higher than We Agreed?

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
First piece of advice: Always have a written contract. Second: Try to work things out one-on-one. Third: At a minimum, pay all billed charges that you agree with.

Buyers May Purchase a Second Home First

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
Some buyers see real estate as a sound investment, but they can’t afford homes locally and buy a second home, hoping it will build equity to pay for their first home.

It’s Tax Season: These Things Will Drive You Crazy

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
Expect problems if you have a question for the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service is among the lowest-performing federal agencies for a positive customer experience.

The Most Popular Words in Real Estate Listings?

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
“Hardwood floors,” “granite countertops” and “stainless steel appliances” work regardless of price, but “dual sinks” and “covered patio” appear more often as prices rise.

You Could Be Sending Illegal Robocalls and Not Know It

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
Federal concern is growing as are the fines for noncompliance. If you send 50 texts simultaneously via computer, you likely broke the law, leaving you and your broker exposed to monetary demands up to $500K from lawyers threatening a class action lawsuit.