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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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Invited to a local high school Career Day?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:25
What do you do now? Florida Realtors can help: Go to Getting Started on floridarealtors.org for a downloadable flyer about the real estate profession to share. https://www.floridarealtors.org/GettingStarted/index.cfm

Study: Home shoppers optimistic but expect a recession

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:32
Almost 70% of shoppers expect a recession, but as a bump in the road compared to 2008's breakdown – and 56% think home prices have hit their peak

DACA 'dreamers' may have trouble with FHA loans

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:31
It's a matter of interpretation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) legal immigrants who are "legally present" rather than a "legal resident." While Fannie Mae is okay lending mortgage money, the FHA often interprets the meaning differently.

Wetlands bill offers solution to Fla. 'mitigation banks'

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:30
Fla. developers have been allowed to build on wetlands if they restored or cleaned wetlands elsewhere, but the state is running out of wetlands to restore.

Too many too-big houses – a growing RE problem?

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:29
15 years ago, retirees used ultra-low mortgage rates to build large homes on small lots. Now they're tired of maintenance but most younger buyers don't want them

Is the open-floor plan on its way out?

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:29
More constantly connected Americans seem to want personal privacy in a home rather than openness – but it sounds less social and they're afraid to admit it.

VA loans turn 75, celebrate with home loan giveaway

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:28
Realtor.com and Veterans United Home Loans announced that they're celebrating 75 years of the VA loan program with the "$75,000 Veteran Homebuyer Giveaway."

You have legal questions – we have no-cost lawyers

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 04:27
Florida Realtors Legal Hotline is one of your member benefits. Attorneys answer questions about contracts, Fla. law and more 9-5 weekdays: (407) 438-1409 or email.

What does a 'normal' housing market look like? This one

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:32
While a buyer's market may be looming, today's relatively balanced real estate market, depending on metro area, could lead to a spring-buying boom.

Senator to FEMA: Explain your flood insurance proposal

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:31
Congress is working on a long-term flood insurance extension and, separately, FEMA announced similar changes, causing a bit of confusion. In a first reaction to FEMA's proposal, Sen. Schumer says he wants four questions answered.

Should local or state government oversee short-term rentals?

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:30
The short-term rental issue – local governments vs. private-property rights – has a long history in Fla.; lawmakers are again considering changes at the state level.

Fla. consumer sentiment ticks slightly higher in March

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:28
Floridians felt two-tenths of an index point better last month, with a surge in the number of residents who think it's a good time to buy a big-ticket item.

LGBT survey: Fear of discrimination keeps them from buying

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:27
44% of LGBT respondents would be anxious about potential neighbors, and 40% would be overly concerned about community reactions if they started a family.

Best day of the week to add a new listing? Thursday

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:26
Study: Thursday seems to be the listing sweet spot – closings for these homes occur, on average, six days faster than for properties listed on a Sunday.

Last month to sign up for Florida Realtors 2020 committee

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:25
Us + You. Realtors can accomplish anything when they work together. Download and review committee descriptions, and submit your service request before May 1, 2019. https://www.floridarealtors.org//FARBusiness/FARCommittees/index.cfm

Court strikes down NAR's health insurance plan

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:55
The Dept. of Labor empowered associations to offer limited, lower-cost coverage, but the court ruled it also allows them to avoid Affordable Care Act mandates.

NAR releases Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:54
One in six Gen Xers purchased a multi-generational home, overtaking younger boomers as the generation most likely to do so – and 52% of those Xers said they did so because their adult children either moved back home or never left.

Tougher FHA standards may affect 10%-30% of applicants

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:52
Stricter underwriting standards will deny more borrowers with low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratios, but experts disagree about the industry's impact.

45% of millennials hope to skip over a 'starter home'

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:49
But most can't afford that, according to a survey. While almost one in two wants a dream home immediately, 50% have only $2,000 saved toward a downpayment so far

Fair housing month begins with HUD sexual harassment campaign

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:48
April is Fair housing month, a time when Realtors and HUD "celebrate the Fair Housing Act" and recommit to ensuring Americans are "free from discrimination."