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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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Hurt by Hurricane Michael? We're here to help

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:38
Many Panhandle Realtors, brokers and staff must now rebuild their lives and cope with daily stress. If you need help,

Could commercial's focus on secondary markets be ending?

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:33
When values hit all-time highs in top-tier U.S. cities, investors moved to secondary markets with strong fundamentals – a trend that might now be winding down.

Where does Fla. rank in average downpayment amounts?

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:32
Study: The average Fla. buyer put down almost 20% (No. 13 nationwide) – and overall U.S. downpayments declined almost 10% in the third quarter.

Florida Realtors signs agreement with Panama RE association

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:30
Pres. Christine Hansen: "We look forward to continuing our partnership and building more connections that increase business opportunities for all our members."

Buyers' credit scores bounce back after 1 year

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:28
LendingTree study: Fla. homebuyers will see their credit score drop from 13 to 16 points after five months, but they should return to pre-transaction levels before a year has passed. In Miami it will take 300 days; in Jacksonville it will take 332 days.

The future is now: Why you should vote YES for Amendment 2

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:28
The general election is finally here and for voters who haven't already cast their ballot, Nov. 6 will be the last chance to vote YES on Amendment 2.

Buyers catch a break: Mortgage rates drop to 4.83%

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:33
Rates remain near seven-year highs, but the drop from last week's 4.86% offers a bit of relief after market anxiety over rising interest rates.

Fla.'s home sale, median prices, new listings up in 3Q

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:32
Existing single-family home sales up 7.5% from year ago, median price up 6.3% to $255K; condo sales up 9.5%, median price up 6.13% to $182.5K. But Hurricane Irma hit a year ago, notes Florida Realtors Chief Economist Brad O'Connor. In Oct., inventory rose in most U.S. markets

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:31
The declining home inventory bottomed out and is heading higher in Fla. markets. New U.S. listings grew by 4% – and they're also 8% cheaper and 10% smaller.

The top 8 mortgage lenders in 2017?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:30
Wells Fargo re-entered the No. 1 spot for total lending volume in 2017, according to an iEmergent analysis, with Quicken Loans now at No. 2.

NAR: 3Q U.S. home prices up 4.8%, sales down 2.6%

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:28
A lack of moderately prices homes stifled sales by limiting buyers' options, and it pushed prices higher for the few homes that were listed for sale.

Study: 1st-year Realtors' income doubles in their 2nd year

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:25
Most agents entering the real estate business can make a reasonable income, as long as they've saved enough money to make it through their first year.

Florida Realtor Rewards' new partner: PureTalk USA

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:24
PureTalk USA offers low-cost, no-contract cell service with unlimited talk, text and data. Prices start at $20/ month, and members get $25 Amazon gift cards for new lines.

Last-minute wire transfer scam targets home seller

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:38
Savvy buyers sometimes get taken in by scammers, but this time a pair of SW Fla. sellers lost a $450K payment and, over a year later, have not gotten it back.

Home prices still rising rapidly in a few Fla. metro areas

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:36
ATTOM: In seven Florida metro areas, price increases aren't slowing – but in 11 Fla. metros, they are. Also: Pensacola, Jacksonville, Lakeland and Tampa metro prices today have surpassed their previous peak hit just before the recession.

New AI tech identifies commercial real estate opportunities

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:36
A number of websites offer home valuations based on public data, and a new version for commercial will operate similarly – but it won't give the public access.

Fair Housing Act criminal charges filed against Fla. firm

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:28
The U.S. alleges that a Fla, law firm discriminated against Hispanic homeowners with a predatory loan modification and foreclosure rescue services team.

Homeowner associations are getting sued: 3 reasons why

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:27
Issues related to drone usage, image copyrights and mold have increased the risk of litigation for HOAs, according to national insurer USI Insurance Services.

How to apply recent tax changes in your 2018 return?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:26
Taxes are complicated even when changes save you money. What must you do different for 2018? NAR breaks down the changes in a series of videos.