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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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Utah Agent Finds Armed Man Hiding During Showing

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 04:09
Another event serves as a Realtor Safety Month reminder: In showing a vacant home, an agent unlocked a basement door and encountered a rifle pointed at his chest.

More Americans Say It’s a Good Time to Buy or Sell

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 04:09
Fannie Mae’s monthly survey found less pessimism over potential job losses and an increasing number of buyers (up 3%) and sellers (up 3%) who think it’s a good time enter the market. Overall, the index rose 3.3 points to 77.5, though a year ago it was 93.8.

Another Record Broken: 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 2.86%

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 04:09
The average rate dropped from last week’s 2.93% and its previous record-low Aug. 13 of 2.88%. It’s also cheaper than the average adjustable-rate loan (3.11%).

Demand Surges for Single-Family Home Rentals

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:09
The pandemic sparked an uptick in renters who want a larger home with a yard, and demand for rental single-family homes grew in 2Q, according to John Burns Consulting.

Amazon Offers Alexa-Powered Tools for Property Managers

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:09
“Alexa – pay my rent.” Amazon wants property managers to include Alexa in their units. “Alexa for Residential” can create customized skills for every apartment renter.

Mission Statement Could Help Guide Buyers – and You

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:09
By filling out a mission statement, buyers identify priorities and often may uncover goals they might not have known about until later in the process.

Federal Unemployment Money Will Be Distributed This Week

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 04:09
Gov. DeSantis announced that the extra $300 per week – for up to three weeks – in federal unemployment assistance will go out this week and be retroactive to Aug. 1.

Realtors Sell Homes – And Can Help the People Who Live There

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 04:09
Sept. 10 is world Suicide Prevention Day. Many people are experiencing pandemic-related depression and experts are concerned about suicide. Realtors who spend their days with customers, family and other agents may be able to help: Have you noticed any behavior changes since March?

DeSantis Signs Florida Realtors’ Last Priority Bill

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 04:09
SB 374 removes discriminatory language from title transactions, such as deeds, and the governing documents of a property owners’ association.

RE Q&A: Can Pandemic Postpone Construction Contracts?

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 05:09
A condo association signed a contract, but owners now have a pandemic-era worry about construction workers entering their unit. Could this be legally postponed?

International: Global Awards and Better Translation Tool

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 05:09
The deadline to submit applications for NAR’s Global Achievement Award is Sept. 25. Also: The NAR+Photofy app added new languages to boost listings’ reach.

The World Now Lives Online – Your Ads Should Be There Too

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 05:09
Many agents who historically got leads by meeting people and shaking hands need to tinker with that strategy now that more people are working from home.

HUD Urges Local Governments to Distribute Housing Aid Funds

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 04:09
Gov. DeSantis authorized $120M of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to help Floridians hurt by the pandemic and struggling to pay expenses such as rent, mortgage payments and emergency repairs. The Florida Housing Corp. will distribute the money.

Senators to CFPB: Advertise Help for Homeowners

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 04:09
Not enough Americans hurt by COVID-19 know that the CARES Act included funding help for mortgage payments. The senators want a strong public awareness campaign.

Congress Returns but Hope Fades for Coronavirus Deal

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 04:09
The government and flood insurance likely won’t shut down Sept. 30, but it seems less likely that lawmakers will agree on a fifth bipartisan pandemic relief bill.

How Do You Handle Bidding Wars Legally?

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
Offer advice but follow the law. Love letters some buyers send, for example, could violate the Fair Housing Act if they include “celebrating Christmas here” references.

Condo Q&A: What Can We Do About Noisy Neighbors Upstairs?

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
Understand how your condo docs address nuisances. Then send your neighbor a written notice on how their noise is impacting you – and copy your property manager.

Real Estate Coalition Asks Congress for Landlord Relief

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
NAR is part of a 12-association real estate coalition that wrote a letter to the top Democrat and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. The letter requests renter and landlord aid in the face of Pres. Trump’s moratorium banning most evictions and foreclosures until Jan. 1, 2021.

Mortgages: How Many Refinances Do You Get During a Pandemic?

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
While there aren’t any legal limitations, there are a lot of lender fake-outs and roadblocks that might make it harder, such as added costs and fees.

Possible Agreement on Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
National flood insurance – and needed U.S. government funding – ends on Sept. 30. But the House and Treasury seem close to an agreement that might keep both operating.