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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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The 2020 Session of the Florida Legislature Has Begun

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 03:01
On Jan. 14, the Florida Legislature’s 60-day session begins. Realtors’ top priorities include the environment, affordable housing, private property rights and taxes.

Trump Admin. Proposes Rule to Ease Construction Regulations

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
The plan would ease environmental rules for some projects, set time limits for federal reviews and allow regulators to assess “cumulative” effects on climate change.

Buy Vs. Rent: U.S. Evenly Divided but Buy Is Better in Fla.

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
ATTOM: In 47% of U.S. markets, it’s better to rent than buy – but buying is better in most Fla. high-population counties, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough.

Fla. Chamber Survey: Bullish on Doing Business Here

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Ongoing international crises and a possible minimum-wage hike haven’t dampened the Florida Chamber Foundation’s upbeat outlook, economist Jerry Parrish said Thursday.

3 Staging Trends That May Turn Off Buyers

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Buyers’ tastes vary, so staging should have mass appeal. For that reason, the latest decorating trend may fascinate a small niche but turn off other potential buyers.

Homelessness, Hospitals and Real Estate Go Together

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Hospitals are buying more real estate and turning it into low-income housing because they can’t free up beds by discharging homeless patients who have no place to go.

No. 1 Fla. Beats Texas in U-Haul Movers Survey

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
More DIY movers chose Fla. in 2019 than any other state, bumping Texas to No. 2 after four years in the top spot. Seven Fla. cities made U-Haul’s top 25 list for growth – five made the top 10. Raleigh-Durham, N.C., ranked first, followed by Kissimmee and Ocala.

Realtor.com: For-Sale Inventory Lowest in Two Years

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
The number listings on realtor.com in three U.S. cities are down over 30% year-to-year. In the Fla. cities listed, however, the drops range from 16.5% to 8.8%.

NAR Creates ‘ACT’ to Combat Fair Housing Violations

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
In the shadow of recent fair housing problems, NAR leadership unanimously agreed to create a program called ACT (Accountability, Culture change and Training). NAR says ACT includes a multi-pronged approach to fair housing that includes Realtor education, law changes and more.

Pools, Floors, Fireplaces: What Do Couples Fight Over?

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Couple buyers can be deeply in love and still argue the benefit-vs.-cost of hardwood floors or swimming pools – but they rarely fight over a listing’s recent renovations.

Fla. Supreme Court Bumps Energy Amendment from Ballot

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
A proposed constitutional amendment for a “competitive” Fla. electricity market won’t go before voters. The court did not rule on its merits; instead, it called it confusing because the ballot summary voters see includes a right to “sell electricity” while the complete proposal does not.

Forecast: Fla.’s Economy Will Grow – New Homes Not So Much

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
UCF forecast: Fla.’s gross domestic product will grow 2.8% this year and new-home construction will rise – but not enough to make up for the current shortage.

Developers Consider Climate Change – Buyers Not So Much

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
An annual study of South Fla. commercial developers found that climate change was their most pressing issue. In previous surveys, the problem barely registered.

NAR Survey: 4Q 2019 a Good Time to Buy and Sell Home

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Almost 2 in 3 Americans (63%) think it’s a good time to buy a home; 1 in 3 (33%) strongly believe that. On the flipside, 3 out of 4 (74%) think it’s a good time to sell.

Plastic Surgeon Sues Zillow over Inaccurate Home Listing

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Zillow has won some court cases that claim its “Zestimates” impacted a home’s value, but the latest claims that an inaccurate “foreclosure” label hurt the home’s value.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall – 30-Year at 3.64%

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Investors rushed to Treasury bonds after the U.S. and Iran confrontation, pushing rates to a 13-week low, with a 15-year mortgage down to an average 3.07%.

Millennials Still Face Homeownership Challenges

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Young adults can’t catch a housing break thanks to student loans and few listings. But postponing ownership may financially hurt an entire generation later in life.

AI Could Increase Minority Homeownership

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:01
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is literally color-blind, and a study found that 6% more minority applications are rejected if a human is making the lending decision.

Is an Armoire Your New Staging Ally?

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
A home that’s short on storage can turn off potential home buyers, so home stagers are turning to the armoire in homes that are tight on closet space.

Remote Notary Now Legal in Fla. – But Maybe Not for You

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
While remote notarizations became legal Jan. 1, existing notaries must register with the state in order to perform online notary services, and some mortgage lenders may still require in-the-room signatures. By the end of 2020, 36 states will have e-notary laws, remote notary laws or both.