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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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RE Q&A: Can HOA Enforce Smoking Ban in Common Areas?

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 04:11
While indoor smoking is generally banned, some condo associations have started nixing it in outdoor spaces – but it likely requires a majority vote of unit owners.

HUD Unveils Strategy to Deal with Climate Change

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
HUD’s “Climate Action Plan” has broad goals: Help communities prepare, set green building/electrification goals, create jobs and revise environmental review policies.

Little Change in 30-Year Loan Rates – But Above 3% Again

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
At 3.1%, this week’s average 30-year-mortgage rate is barely higher than last week’s 2.98%, but any rise above a whole number can have a psychological impact on buyers.

‘Zillow Offers’ Lawsuit Alleges Execs Failed Shareholders

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
After Zillow’s stock price fell, a shareholder filed a lawsuit alleging execs drove up prices with “misstatements and/or omissions” about its home-flipping business.

82% of Unmarried Couples Prefer Homes Over Big Weddings

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
Homeownership remains an American dream, perhaps more so as first-time buyers face escalating challenges. A Harris Poll found younger Americans (age 18-44) are more likely to consider homeownership an important financial goal (45%) than older, 55+ adults (30%).

5 Ways to Bring a Stale Listing Back to Life

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
Get creative: Boost the curb appeal by tackling overgrown plants or with new paint. The right home staging can also help buyers see their things in the space.

Builders Say the Labor Shortage Hit a Record High

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 03:11
NAHB survey: Almost 9 out of 10 builders can’t find enough framers and carpenters, with more than 55% of single-family builders reporting a shortage in 16 trades.

NAR Installs 2022 Leadership

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 04:11
The national association’s 2022 president, Leslie Rouda Smith, is a broker associate from Dallas, Texas. President-elect Kenny Parcell is a broker-owner from Utah.

Oct. Home Starts Dip 0.7% – but Permits Jump

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 04:11
While construction fell in Oct. – builders blame supply and labor issues – a 4% increase in building permits suggest developers expect an increase in housing starts.

Florida Realtors Wins NAR Platinum Global Award

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 04:11
The award honors the most active Realtor associations working internationally. The fifth-year-in-a-row win allows Florida Realtors to apply for Diamond status next year.

Hyperlocal Content Ideas to Show You’re the Local Expert

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 04:11
In marketing content, a hyperlocal focus says, “I’m a friend who can help you navigate and love this community.” Start by keeping up with all neighborhood events.

Why Did ‘Zillow Offers’ Fail? Sellers Say It Offered Too Much

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 04:11
In Front Range, Colo., Zillow bought hundreds of homes and, in one case, outbid a private buyer already offering more than list price. Many sellers wondered why Zillow would pay so much for their home, thinking the company had a magic formula they didn’t understand.

NAR’s Board Approves New Guidance for MLS Listings

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 05:11
According to NAR, the changes create greater transparency for consumers and “more explicitly state’ the spirit and intent of the NAR Code of Ethics and policies regarding information about commissions and broker participation in the marketplace.” Policies take effect Jan. 1.

In Marketing Listings, What Makes a Home a Smart Home?

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 05:11
A property is “smart” if it has an internet connection and at least 3 “smart” items. That’s not very expensive to create now and 33% of U.S. homes are considered smart.

NAR Approves Policy Changes at Its 2021 Convention

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 05:11
NAR’s board and delegate body met in back-to-back meetings Monday. In addition to MLS changes, it focused on governance, financing, taxation, legal actions and more.

Inflation Driving Investors to Commercial Real Estate

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 04:11
Commercial real estate is often considered a hedge against inflation since rents can be increased and real estate values tend to rise.

HUD Keeping FHA Premiums High at Least a Little Longer

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 04:11
An FHA report finds stability and suggests premiums – money paid by borrowers to offset future loan troubles – should be lowered. But HUD wants a “cautionary approach.”

Leave a Lasting Impression: A Guide to Closing Gifts

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 04:11
A closing gift isn’t just a gift – it’s a “remember me the next time you want to buy or sell a house.” The best ones show that you understand a buyer’s wants and needs.

NAR Files Court Response to DOJ Agreement Dispute

Mon, 11/15/2021 - 05:11
In Sept., NAR filed a petition asking the Dept. of Justice to change or drop its opposition to an agreement announced earlier. On Fri., it reacted to DOJ’s response.

Commercial: Expect More Mixed-Space Development

Mon, 11/15/2021 - 05:11
Even commercial sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 are showing signs of life. Given tight residential markets, though, office-to-housing conversions are a hot topic.