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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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Homebuyers Have Tactics to Lower Frustration and Stress

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 04:09
Move-up buyers have unique challenges, and more may be landing with iBuyers because they can fairly easily buy one home and sell another home on the same day.

IRS Wants You to Confirm Your Bank ID? Don’t Do It

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 04:09
The IRS has gotten a record level of phishing complaints about stimulus payment offers sent via enticing and believable fake emails – the hallmark of an effective scam.

Real Estate Firms, COVID and Returning to the Office

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 05:09
As in firms nationwide, real estate companies vary greatly in return-to-the-office policies. A handful mandate vaccines for everyone; others say they never closed.

Mortgage Rates Oddly Stable, 30-Year 2.88% This Week

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 05:09
The economy appears balanced if mortgage rates are an accurate reflection. This week’s average 30-year, fixed-rate loan rose only slightly from last week’s 2.87%.

Transaction Check: NFIP Flood Rates to Change on Oct. 1

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 05:09
Buyers who close after Oct. 1 and need flood insurance should understand upcoming flood insurance changes. The new rating system is property-specific and not yet published, but 12% of Fla. homes will see at least a $120 yearly increase. Buyers may be able to assume a seller’s policy and rates, however.

Ransomware, Data Theft, Hacking? Consider Cyber Insurance

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 04:09
Cyber insurance is tricky because it focuses on intangible data. How do you value that and then insure potential risk? But in today’s world, it’s worth considering.

Sea-Level Rise Could Impact Homes 20 Miles from Water

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 04:09
While ocean-view homes seem most at-risk for rising seas, coastal metros that rely on canals and water management can find that floodwaters have no place to go.

Buyers Writing a Love Letter? Give Them a Reason Not To

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 04:09
NAR is still warning Realtors about the dangers of “love letters” that some buyers write to sellers. In some cases, they create a potential fair housing violation.

Legislative Solution Seen As ‘Fastest Path’ to Address Housing Crisis

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 05:09
Florida Realtors: A new effort will offer homeownership opportunities for frontline workers and take the place of the Housing Funds for Housing ballot campaign.

Market on TikTok? ‘Average Watch Time’ Beats YouTube

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:09
Businesses can’t ignore TikTok’s rapid growth and the popularity of its 60-second videos. For agents, it’s a new way to court potential clients.

Fla. Landlord Mandating Vaccines for Tenants. But Is It Legal?

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:09
In eight S. Fla. apartment complexes, the unvaccinated need not apply – or try to renew their lease. But the rule might conflict with Fla.’s vaccine passport ban.

Buyers Hoping for Foreclosures Face Competition from Investors

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:09
Investors love foreclosures and short sales. The homes usually need work, which is ideal for flippers who fix and sell. They also tend to be less expensive – ideal for large companies that own thousands of homes to rent out. Buyers hoping for more affordable listings may be disappointed.

Central Florida Metros Among U.S. Leaders for Rising Home Prices

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:09
In Daytona Beach, home prices are up 9.07% since Dec. In Orlando, they’re up 8.15%. Relocating Northerners have increased the pressure on existing residents.

Homebuyer Sentiment Ticks Up – First Time Since March

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:09
More consumers are starting to think home price increases have largely topped out – and if they still hope to snag a low interest rate, it’s time to shop for a home.

Buyer Demand Didn’t Drop – It’s Hoping for a Crash

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 05:09
Frustrated homebuyers remember the last housing crisis and think it’s going to happen again as prices keep going higher and higher – but they’ll likely be disappointed.

Are Investors Helping or Hurting Homesteaders? It Depends

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 04:09
A study found investors help local buyers by selling property if rents stagnate and home prices rise – but hurt homebuyers if rents are rising and home prices are not.

Commute Time vs. Space: American Preferences Change

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 04:09
Survey: More people (60%, up from 53%) will to drive farther to work and shopping if it comes with a larger house and more distance from their neighbors.

Realtors Relief Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 04:09
Realtors, through RRF, help restore communities after natural disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires. RRF celebrates 20 years this Fri. with a special livestream event.

HUD Charges Fla. HOA with Disability Discrimination

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 04:09
A condo owner helped remove debris following 9/11 and needs to leave shoes outside due to a respiratory condition. HUD alleges the condo board turned down his request.

Florida Realtors Updates FR/Bar Contracts and Riders

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 22:09
Florida Realtors and the Florida Bar work together to keep FR/Bar contracts current and useful, and the latest update has just received final approval from both groups. Members will have time to study the changes before it replaces current forms on Nov. 1. The AS IS contract, Residential contract and seven Riders were updated, and three new Riders were created.