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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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Fla. House, Senate Honor 50th Great American Realtor Days

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
Each chamber authored resolutions honoring Realtors’ annual visit to Tallahassee going on this week “in recognition of the outstanding services Realtors provide.”

Don’t Act Like a Real Estate App – Act Like a RE App Store

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
Agents who embrace new technologies are the source of information rather than singularly focused on the steps it takes to get a client from listing to closing.

Study: It’s 16% Cheaper to Buy Now than Late 2018

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
Home prices are going up; mortgage rates are going down. A study by Black Knight found that the buyer savings from mortgage rate drops more than offsets the rise in home prices by about 16% (about $48,000) in just over a year’s time.

Don’t lose Wandering Clients – Make the Next Appointment

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 04:02
Buyers don’t have to work with you, and agents who successfully go from “a lead” to closing have likely given their buyers a reason to keep coming back.

Look at a Fixer-Upper? Here’s What to Consider

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 04:02
What’s the difference between a fixer-upper and a money pit? In general, buyers looking for a bargain should seek homes with “good bones” to avoid structural problems.

NAR Unveils 2020 ‘Volunteering Works Mentoring Program’

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:02
Realtors involved with charitable efforts that have growth potential should apply. Five Realtors will be awarded a year of one-on-one mentoring and $1,000 grant.

NAR/RLI: Land Sales Up 2.2% – But Challenges Persist

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:02
Both land sales and prices rose across property type, though somewhat less year-to-year. A similar uptick is likely in 2020, according to the latest Land Market Survey.

2020 Florida Legislature Update: Weeks 2 and 3

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:02
The House and Senate’s sometimes-conflicting preliminary budgets that must be reconciled. Final budget numbers will affect key issues that are important to Realtors.

Real Estate Directly Responsible for 16% of Fla.’s Economy

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:02
Myth: In Fla.’s economy, citrus is second to tourism. Fact: Real estate sales and leasing are far-and-away Fla.’s No. 1 industry. It makes up 16% of the state’s economy ($173B per year), according to an analysis of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) data.

NAR’s Code of Ethics Toughens Words, Changes Timing

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
An implicit antidiscrimination ban is now spelled out in NAR’s Code of Ethics, and the mandatory training cycle has been changed from every two years to every three. However, existing requirements won’t change until the next cycle, which starts on Jan. 1, 2022.

Could Ditching Security Deposits Increase Rental Costs?

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
Nixing security deposits is a new rental trend, but some analysts think that efforts to encode it into law could wind up costing renters more money in the long run.

Beware: NAR Didn’t Call with a Health Insurance Offer

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
NAR issued a warning on Wednesday that members are receiving fraudulent phone calls purportedly selling health insurance offered by the association.

Q&A: Can a Homeowner Do a Project that Falls Under the HOA?

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
What happens if an HOA fails to fix something under its control, in this case a mailbox? At what point can a homeowner step in and do it themselves?

NAHB: Apartment Demand Will Fuel Multifamily in 2020

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
Apartment growth is back to pre-recession levels but demand still outweighs supply. NAHB projects rental rates to keep going up as condo builds remain fairly flat.

Laws Could Change for Owners of Mobile Homes

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:01
The Florida Legislature is considering a series of proposals that might make it easier to evict the owners of mobile homes who rent the land the home sits on.

1 in 3 First-Time Buyers Turn to Their Family for Help

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:01
And 1 in 4 skips the in-between step of renting by living at home. They not only save money but are under less pressure to move quickly in a tight-inventory market.

Ransomware Scams Take Aim at Smaller Companies

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:01
Thousands of ransomware attacks – a computer freeze with a “ransom” demand – occur daily, and black-market software helps smaller criminals target smaller companies.

Even the British Like Fla.’s ‘New Urbanist’ Towns

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:01
Three cities designed for walkability – including Seaside used in “The Truman Show” movie – caught Prince Charles’ eye and have sister-cities developed in the U.K.

Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged After Three Cuts Last Year

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:01
The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady Wed., following through on its vow late last year to stand pat barring a “material” change in its outlook.

Mortgage Rates Hit Second-Lowest Level in 3 Years

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:01
The 30-year FRM averaged 3.51% this week in Freddie Mac’s survey, down from last week’s 3.60%. The 15-year FRM average dropped to 3.0%.