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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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House flipping back to pre-crisis levels

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:10
CoreLogic: 1 in 10 homes sold in 4Q 2018 were flips, but they're "very different" and often beneficial since the average age of a flipped home today is 39 years.

Moody's: Tax reform isn't pushing rich homeowners to Fla.

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:09
There's no correlation so far with migration from high-tax to low-tax states resulting from last year's tax reform, Moody's says. Americans weigh many factors before any big move decision, and demographic trends and jobs still appear to be most important.

Average mortgage rates rise a bit to 4.12%

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:07
Two weeks ago, fixed-rate averages had their biggest drop in a decade, and the rise this week is only marginal – up from 4.08% last week.

Report: Hispanics driving growth in homeownership

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:06
NAHREP: Hispanics make up 62.7% of the net increase in the U.S. homeownership rate, 81% of labor force growth and 32% of U.S. household formations.

Bank CEOs in Congress for housing crisis' 10-year anniversary

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:05
The heads of seven large U.S. banks fielded sometimes contentious questions from a House committee concerning current financial risks and other hot topics.

Florida Realtors ENVY Award: It's only 'natural'

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:03
Know a planned community that preserves Fla.'s natural beauty? Or a commercial project showcasing green space? Encourage developers with environmentally friendly projects to enter by July 9.

Housing risk index finds recession fears 'overblown'

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:10
Housing values fell only once during the last five recessions, and current conditions "likely mean the next recession will have a less severe impact on housing."

FAA change could hurt (or help) neighborhoods near airports

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:09
The FAA is making major changes to Fla. flight patterns that could provide relief to homeowners in noisy neighborhoods but not in today's relatively quiet neighborhoods. In U.S. metros with completed changes, the number of noise complaints went up.

First-time buyers in 2012 can now afford to move up

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:08
In many areas, starter homes sold five years ago have enough equity for the owners to sell and put 20% down on a larger home with affordable monthly payments.

Appraiser aggressively fights property tax fraud

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:07
Orange County's tax appraiser says he's added $1B to county coffers simply by uncovering property tax fraud – most of it from invalid homestead exemption claims.

Ill. man with stun gun attacks agent at open house

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:07
The man was the lone visitor at an open house and asked for a tour. He used a stun gun to subdue the female agent showing the home, but she successfully escaped.

Real estate deal-killers – and how to handle them

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:05
What issues have the greatest potential to derail a transaction? A North Fla. Realtor says mold is the top deal killer followed by the smell of cigarette smoke

Aug. 20: Florida's largest REBarCamp

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 04:04
Want strategies you can use every day? Want specific answers to your specific questions? REBarCamp is a peer-to-peer learning event for RE pros and novices alike.

Bill to protect consumer privacy could affect marketing

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:43
Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in large tech companies' ability to collect and distribute personal data.

Lawsuit says agents illegally auto-dialed expired listings

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:42
In 2018, a homeowner listed property and it failed to sell – but he continues to get auto-dialed sales calls even though he's on the federal do-not-call list. He's filed a class-action lawsuit against the Calif. brokerage and wants $500+ per call.

Report: Commercial investors should study climate change

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:41
Climate change presents risks for some investments and "will be painful for investors caught off guard." But savvy investors "have the potential to outperform."

Fannie Mae report: Housing sentiment surges

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:40
The index of buyers thinking it's a "good time to buy" rose (up 7 percentage points) along with the seller "good time to sell" index (up 13 percentage points).

Real estate QandA: Can emotional-support animal fraud be stopped?

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:39
Also: Is there any limit on what a condo board can discuss if it's not on the agenda? And can HOA boards schedule a meeting more than 10 miles from the community?

Want a personal logo that doesn't cost a lot to create?

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:39
"Create a logo" is often agents' first goal for branding themselves, and a number of relatively inexpensive websites can help you create one.

Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:37
Women make up 58% of membership yet only 41% of Fla.'s principal brokers. Why? Find out more and be empowered June 5 at WIRE, the Women in Real Estate Conference. https://floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/2019-Women-in-Real-Estate-Conference.cfm