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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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Small towns cope with sea rise, look to property taxes

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:38
Many S. Fla. coastal cities are studying ways to deal with rising seas. In tiny Highland Beach, for example, property taxes could rise by 31% to pay for upgrades.

Hurricane insurance losses near $5.7B

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:37
Hurricane Michael losses increased by more than $88M in a week, according to numbers posted on the Fla. Office of Insurance Regulation website.

Make a difference at Great American Realtor Days

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:20
Lawmakers don't understand Fla.'s real estate market until a Realtor explains it. Attend Great American Realtor Days, March 18-20 in Tallahassee. Registration is now open.

Email scams: Beware of unfriendly friends

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:19
You trust certain people – email scammers know that. Their success rate goes up when they send an email that you appears to come from a trusted friend or company.

Bill could make cash-sale financial disclosures nationwide

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:19
In Miami and 11 other metros, shell-company cash buyers must disclose true ownership, and Congress might expand that nationwide in renewed Russia sanctions bill.

Fla.'s housing market: Median prices, inventory up in Jan.

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:18
Fla. Realtors data: New listings, inventory of active listings up – appears broad-based among the price tiers, says Chief Economist O'Connor. Year-over-year median prices up 4.1% for single-family homes, up 2.8% for condo-townhouses.

Mortgage rates fell again this week

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:17
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to its lowest point in over a year and is now at 4.35% – a .02 percentage point drop from last week's average.

NAR: Existing-home sales drop 1.2% in January

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:16
NAR's chief economist says last month's home sales were the lowest since November 2015, but they're likely a "cyclical low" and set to increase going forward.

What do buyers want? NAHB lists 2019's top features

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:15
Laundry rooms and energy-saving features such as Energy Star appliances, windows and whole house certification top the list of most-desired features.

Don't make these search-engine optimization (SEO) mistakes

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 03:13
Google's search algorithm tries to weed out sites that use SEO tricks to rise to the top of rankings. Don't rely on content reused from other sites, for example.

Fed president: Good chance for no 2019 rate hikes

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:12
While most experts predict 1-2 Fed interest rate hikes this year, one Fed president says there might not be any at all if her economic predictions are correct.

Study: What do home inspectors usually find?

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:11
An analysis of 50K home inspections finds "doors need adjusting" tops the list (estimated repair cost $254), though no top-10 defect costs more than $545 to repair. The most common expensive defect? Bad window seals ($1,008 to fix) in 20.8% of homes.

NAHB: Headwinds to limit single-family gains in 2019

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:09
Builders say they can't keep up with demand due to a lack of workers and buildable lots, onerous regulations, lumber tariffs and slow growth in loan activity.

Fearful of scams, 51% of owners lost money not refinancing

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:08
Study: When mortgage rates dropped to all-time lows, many homeowners failed to refinance because they thought lower-payment ads sounded too good to be true.

Florida Realtors: Scholarship deadline is March 4

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:07
Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarships offer $1K or more to residents who plan to attend college full-time in the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply now.

NAHB: Multifamily will start leveling off this year

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:07
Builders say multifamily starts last year came close to the sector's peak in 2015 – but they predict that stabilization in a range "considered normal" this year.

Will a U.S. space program return to Florida?

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:06
A presidential directive will create a new "Space Force," and Gov. DeSantis says a Fla.-based "space combatant command" makes "a lot of strategic sense."

New homes: Builders see spike in optimistic buyers

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:28
Lower interest rates and rising consumer confidence makes builders happy. This month's NAHB index reflects a 4-point spike in builder confidence.

Are you picking the wrong money goals?

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:27
It's easy to say, "I want to sell 50 homes," but few people have only one goal, and a laser-focus on one impacts others. While "setting goals" sounds like the easy part of a total business plan, many people don't do it correctly.

3 outside-the-box ways to help homebuyers succeed

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:25
First-time buyers frustrated with a tight inventory of lower-priced homes? They have options if willing to consider less-common buying techniques.