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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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Florida Legislature: Update for the week ending March 31

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 04:44
From Florida Realtors Tallahassee office: The open/expired permits bills cleared a second committee, AOB reform advanced and good news about remote notaries.

'Underwater' homeowners push climate change action

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:59
A growing group of South Fla. homeowners note their home's height above sea level on yard signs, and neighbors now worry that it will hurt property values.

Outline for Freddie, Fannie changes gets NAR's OK

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:58
Most experts agree that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mae need changed, but reasonable loan rates and 30-year mortgages could be in jeopardy if not done correctly.

New-home sales increased 4.9% in Feb.

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:57
Falling mortgage rates eased affordability, and builders may be constructing smaller homes. The median sales price of a new home in Feb. fell 3.6% to $315,300.

Fla. House to consider high-profile property ins. bill

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:15
A bill that would make changes to Fla.'s assignment-of-benefit (AOB) laws passed its final committee and now heads to the full House for a possible vote.

How does the Fla. Legislature's budget affect Realtor issues?

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:14
Water quality – red and green algae, Everglades restoration and septic tanks – is a top Florida Legislature priority, and the Senate budgeted $660M compared to the House's $607M. For affordable housing, the Senate budgets $331M, the House only $123M.

Worried about new security flaws? Call or email us

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 02:16
Have you protected your computer from hackers? Florida Realtors Tech Helpline is a free member benefit. Reach tech pros via email, online chat or phone: 407.587.1450.

Your website isn't optimized without voice recognition

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 02:16
"Hey, Alexa: Find me a three-bedroom home in the suburbs." The number of customers searching by voice continues to grow and not all websites are ready.

Mortgage rates post biggest drop in decade

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:29
The average rate for a fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.06% this week, making a spring home purchase notably cheaper for today's buyers.

HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:27
HUD said Thursday that Facebook allows advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map and giving advertisers the option of showing ads only to men or only to women.

Pending home sales dip 1% in Feb. after Jan.'s 5% surge

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:26
NAR Chief Economist Yun: 1% dip "not a significant concern. ... a cyclical low in sales" is over and "activity isn't matching the frenzied pace of last spring."

One 'likely-to-move' score is right 1 in 5 times

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:23
How can marketers determine homeowners who are likely to move soon? They look at marriages, deaths, jobs, births, retirements and other life changes.

Real estate QandA: How can sellers protect their money?

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:21
Fraudsters try to separate people from their money, and an increasing number of media stories focus on lost deposits and final payments. What can be done?

Florida Realtors' DRF giving $25K to Nebraska flood victims

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:20
The Disaster Relief Fund (click here to donate to DRF) trustees voted to donate $25,000 to help victims of Nebraska's devastating floods, with contributions being collected by NAR's Realtor Relief Fund. To help, send a check payable to RRF to Re

Freddie Mac: Economy dicey but we're bullish on housing

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:58
"RE market is thawing in response to a sustained decline in mortgage rates and rebound in consumer confidence – two of the most important drivers of home sales."

Study: More housing markets 'sustainable' – first time in a year

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:58
Nationwide's Leading Index of Healthy Housing Markets forecasts a positive outlook for the U.S. housing market, and "Florida markets from Tampa-St. Petersburg south saw significant reductions in mortgage delinquencies by the end of 2018."

Yesterday's McMansions may be tougher sell today

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:57
Many retirees in high-end, six-bedroom homes built 15 years ago face rising maintenance costs and a younger generation that doesn't seem to want McMansions.

NAR takes on data privacy, testifies before Congress

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:56
"As technology drives evolution ... our approach to data privacy must evolve as well ... but any legislation ... must also reflect small business realities."

Tool allows buyers to see home price changes by feature

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:55
If buyers could save $20K by nixing swimming pool on their must-have list, would they? A new tool shows the monetary value of different home features