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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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Can my renters smoke weed indoors? Can they grow it?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:13
A Fla. law approved this spring allows smokable marijuana. How does this impact your real estate business? Your neighborhood? Find out at Florida Realtors Aug. convention.

Commercial RE executives bullish on U.S. market

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:40
While an economic slowdown seems possible, commercial polled don't appear fazed and anticipate significant investment money from China, Canada and even Mexico.

More economists predicting interest rate cut

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:29
A Wall Street Journal poll of 46 economists found that 75% expected a Fed rate cut in either July or Sept. – an increase from 50% in a poll conducted in May.

Gov. DeSantis considering impact and permit fee bills

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:03
Two bills await a signature. If signed, the impact fee bill specifies how fee money can be used; the permit one requires fees to be published on local websites.

5-year flood insurance bill could get full House vote

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:02
The House Financial Services Committee voted Wed. to advance a flood insurance bill to the full House for a vote. The current bill would extend the program five years, increase mitigation tools, revise the scope of mapping, update new technology and more.

Total impact one Fla. home sale has on the economy? $77,858

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:01
NAR analysis: In Fla., the real estate business makes up 21.9% of the state's GSP. Each sale generates $21.4K for the industry and $4.2K for other businesses.

Enter to win the ENVY Award

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:58
Calling for entries for Florida Realtors 2019 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Remember: July 9 is the deadline.

Airbnb guests concerned about surveillance

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:58
Survey: 1 in 10 Airbnb guests say they've found a hidden camera during a rental. While laws oversee the use of cameras and recorders, they're not always followed.

Citizens insurance grapples with AOB lawsuits

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:36
While assignment-of-benefit reform should lower insurance costs, Citizens still faces 14K lawsuits – and some fear people will find new ways to work the system.

A condo doesn't allow pets – what about service animals?

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:35
Legal QandA: An owner who rents out her condo wonders if she has to accept service animals. Also: Does a condo owner need permission for a security camera?

Long-term mortgage rates little changed, 30-year at 3.82%

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:34
Talk of a trade war with Mexico pushed more investors into bonds last week, which impacted rates. But bonds waffled this week as a trade war seemed less likely.

U.S. foreclosures drop 50% in a year – but not in Florida.

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:33
ATTOM: Fla. had the nation's third-highest foreclosure rate (1 out of 1,238 housing units) in May, and its foreclosure starts (homes receiving a first notice) rose 23% – the 12th consecutive month that. foreclosure starts have grown by double digits.

Governor's task force tackles toxic algae

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:32
A group created to find ways to reduce toxic algae met for the first time on Wed. and said it will likely fine-tune existing rules rather than create new ones.

Fla. program can help with reverse mortgage problems

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:30
ELMORE – a Fla. mortgage-assistance program – will help older homeowners with reverse mortgage troubles by offering forgivable loans up to $50K.

Tech Helpline blog: Sometimes technology doesn't help

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 04:29
Technology should save – and it usually does – time and make us more efficient. But in some cases, the old-fashioned way is better. Read the Tech Helpline's latest blog. https://www.techhelpline.com/9-technology-productivity-tips-do-this-not-that/

Remodeling: Labor shortage creates frustration and adds time

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:39
The construction industry has about 300K unfilled jobs and is projected to need 747K more workers by 2026. Demand is high and remodelers have the upper hand.

3 out of 4 millennials think they know how to sell a home

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:36
Survey: 76% of millennials think they're savvy enough to sell their own home, even though don't have any hands-on experience doing so. That over-confidence could cause problems later, but they currently make up only 2% of all home sellers.

Survey: It's harder on homebuyers if they have kids

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:35
Buyers with children 18 or younger often try to move during summer, but their list of must-haves is longer. "Good schools," for example, may be mandatory.

What's your retirement housing strategy?

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:30
Housing – its cost and location – should be a major part of retirement planning. Stay? Downsize? Retirement community? There are many factors to consider.

Millennials want to buy but the recession changed them

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:29
After living through the recession, younger adults are financially cautious. They want to stop tossing money away on rent, but they won't commit to any old house.