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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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Responsible buyers with low credit get new options

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:36
Three new credit tools will make it easier for buyers with low credit to boost their score if they have good habits, such as paying bills on time or saving money.

Realtors and experts meet to discuss Fla. land sales

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:34
CCIM and Florida Chamber economist agree: A 2019 recession is unlikely – but maybe in 2020. "All sectors of the Fla. land market are doing well," says SRE founder Dean Saunders; 2018 l was strong thanks to a growing population and low unemployment.

Florida Legislature: Update for the week ending April 5

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:33
From Florida Realtors Tallahassee office: The open/expired permits bills cleared a second committee, AOB reform advanced and good news about remote notaries.

Latest scam warning: Avoid fake banks

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:26
The U.S. Comptroller of the Currency issued a warning about First National Bank: It doesn't exist; however, businesses have reported fictitious letters and faxes.

HUD: Failure to protect abused spouse is sex discrimination

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:23
In a Calif. case, an abused woman got a restraining order against her husband, but the owner of her rental unit refused to take the husband's name off the lease.

10 home renovations to make before you retire

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:21
If retirement is on the horizon but not here yet, homeowners should consider renovations to maximize their home sale profit.

Check out Florida Realtors Media Center website

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 04:19
You'll find the latest Fla. housing data release, info on trends and more at Florida Realtors Media Center, a resource for media outlets and local Realtor associations.

Fla. House and Senate pass budgets – negotiations begin

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 03:55
House and Senate budgets are close on water quality issues – on affordable housing not so much. They'll now try to work out differences at the negotiating table.

Mortgages more likely now for self-employed clients

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:51
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – GSAs that back more than half of U.S. mortgages – say their underwriting system now makes it easier for lenders to approve financing.

The top 5 mistakes new business owners make

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:49
The decision to become an independent contractor or buy a brokerage comes with risks, and new entrepreneurs often make the same mistakes. At the top of the list: Not having enough money to make a go of it, followed by the lack of a marketing strategy.

RE investing tip: A "mom-and-pop" manufactured community

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:48
Industry experts see plenty of room for growth in the manufactured home communities sector, particularly among the smaller properties.

Legal QandA: Quiet house is now party central. What to do?

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:44
What can neighbors do if a once-quiet nearby house suddenly has large groups of people partying late into the night and parking in front of other people's houses?

'If you're not here, you're falling behind' – Dara Khoyi

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:41
The 2019 Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo isn't just for leaders, top producers or brokers. It's for you – small business owners who want to make more money.

Dictionary.com: 'Death cleaning' officially a thing

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:41
It's not as morbid as it sounds – "the process of cleaning and decluttering one's home to spare others, especially family, from the chore after one's death."

Mortgage rates change little after last week's big drop

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:34
The average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 4.08% from last week's 4.06% – but it's still notably lower than the 4.28% two weeks ago.

How well do you know millennial buyers?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:32
Find out why younger buyers need a RE agent and give it to them. Most (72%) want help understanding the process; 58% want someone to spot potential problems; 49% want negotiation help; and 49% seek expert references for service providers.

Bank of America offers $10K to lower-income buyers

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:30
The $5 billion affordable homeownership initiative includes downpayment or closing cost help for low- to moderate-income and multicultural homebuyers.

Realtor.com: Median listing price hits $300K for first time

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:30
Part of the reason for the higher median asking price may be related to fewer listings for homes valued at $200,000 or less.

Hurricane-hit homeowners can't afford to rebuild

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:28
To rebuild a home lost during Hurricane Michael, residents must not only raise them 2 to 12-feet higher, they must also adhere to stricter building standards.

How do you break into the luxury market?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:26
It takes fearlessness, real estate market knowledge, a willingness to network and an assertive effort to gain well-to-do buyers' and sellers' trust.