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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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SandP CoreLogic: Home price gains slowed in Nov.

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 04:51
Sale prices continue to rise but at a slower and slower rate. The SandP CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index grew an annual 4.7%, down from Oct.'s 5%.

U.S. consumer confidence drops 6 points in Jan.

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 04:48
On a national scale, consumers attitudes changed little in Jan. regarding current conditions, but they had a notably bleaker outlook about the short-term future.

Energy-efficient home upgrades can save $1,000

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 04:46
It's the little things, and many energy-efficient upgrades are DIY projects. Replacing 30-60 lightbulbs (average home), for example, can save $210-$420 a year.

HUD sending Fla. $78.7M for homelessness programs

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:51
The money will go to 249 homelessness aid programs throughout Fla. with an average $336,000 for each, though the actual amounts vary.

Fla. has many programs to help first-time homebuyers

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:48
"First-time" may apply to more people than the name implies, since some require only a lack of ownership for at least the three previous years. Beyond FHA, VA and rural loans, first-timers can benefit from loan programs, financial aid and buyer education.

Condo QandA: Can a neighbor nix my flooring plans?

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:47
Also: Our condo board has three directors. People want to serve, but it's difficult to conduct business because two can never meet due to meeting rules.

Retirement communities face growing demand for space, luxury

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:45
As boomers age and more seniors retire to Fla., the strong housing market has sparked demand for high-end continuing-care retirement communities.

Doing your taxes will look different

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:43
More than 600 rule changes took place under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and some tax experts predict delays as taxpayers adjust to the new 2018 rules.

'Modern' and 'contemporary' aren't the same thing?

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:42
A contemporary home usually looks artistic and follows current design trends. Modern, however, is more utilitarian with limited details and straight lines.

Actions by Florida Realtors Board of Directors

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:40
The BOD agreed to support accurate elevation mapping at the state and local level, change bylaws on officer elections, update composition of the NAR Strategy Committee and approve other general policies updates. Read more online (password required).

Florida expects extra money for Hurricane Michael recovery

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:18
Panhandle local gov'ts could potentially get millions more in storm recovery money after the federal government extended the days it would help pay for cleanup.

Florida Realtors Real Estate Trends: No home price bubble

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:16
Influencing factors aren't the same as before the Great Recession, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist told 400 Realtors at 2019 summit. He forecasts home prices will moderate as mortgage rates gradually rise to about 5% by end of year.

Trends: Are entire build-to-rent communities coming?

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:15
Institutional investors of single-family homes no longer find many good for-sale investments, so they're shifting strategies and starting to build their own.

Coliving craze? Developers think so

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:13
Coliving has become a growing trend in real estate, as more renters and homeowners look for roommates so they can afford a home.

Buyers delight: Digital mortgages have arrived

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:10
Move-up buyers find that things have changed. Many lenders now have streamlined mortgage applications that give borrowers more control over the process.

Top 3 home repairs for less-than-perfect listings

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 04:09
A seller doesn't want to spend thousands on repairs even though the home needs it. If he has to be selective, what projects should he tackle first?

Hackers access data on thousands of home loans

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:32
The hack dates to 2008 and includes Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others. Criminals stole mortgage loan data, such as credit scores and Social Security numbers.

DeSantis plans 'Deregathon' to cut business regulations

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:30
Fla.'s governor wants the state's 23 professional licensing boards to recommend "sound, pertinent solutions to the regulatory challenges" facing the state. The lieutenant governor and DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears will also attend the Jan. 31 event.

Mortgage rates remain steady for second week at 4.45%

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:27
While rates are still higher year-to-year, the difference is narrowing. The average FRM one year ago was 4.15%.

Government shutdown: Impact on commercial real estate

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:25
Beyond the loss of some gov't services, one of the growing concerns of a long shutdown is its effect on economic growth, plus consumer and investor confidence.