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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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6 Tips for Conducting a Kitchen Video Tour

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 05:09
In videos, a kitchen can look attractive. But buyers need to really see a kitchen: Realtors should show views and comment on cabinets, flooring and even the plumbing.

Retail Landlords Using Pandemic Clauses for Protection

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 05:09
Retail tenants and landlords can’t control the pandemic, but some property managers are starting to include contract clauses to offer both parties some protection.

Realtor Safety Month Sees Attempted Abduction of Ohio Agent

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 04:09
The yearly safety event in Sept. started this month with the arrest of two Ohio men who tried to abduct a female Realtor standing in the front yard of a listing.

What’s Contractual Notice – and Why Is It Important?

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 04:09
How important it is for parties to know how and when to deliver notices under contracts? Bellon v. Acosta, a 2009 case decided by Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal, offers a demonstration – and a lesson that cost one party $100,000.

DeSantis Narrows Fla. Eviction Ban, Extends to Oct. 1

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 21:09
Hours before Fla.’s eviction or foreclosure ban was scheduled to expire, the governor signed an order extending it to Oct. 1. the order applies only to the “final action” and not for reasons other than a COVID-19 emergency.

What Obligation Do Landlords Have to Early-Departing Renters?

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 05:08
RE Q&A: A tenant asked months ahead of time about breaking a lease, thinking he was doing the right thing. Can a landlord force the tenant to keep paying rent?

What Do Sellers Expect from You In the COVID-19 Era?

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 05:08
Report: While mask opinions differ, sellers want what they’ve always wanted – a competitive price, a reasonable timeframe and strong property marketing campaign.

Six Amendments Await Voters on November Ballot

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 05:08
Two RE-related proposals are on the ballot. In addition to wages, primaries and voting, changes have been proposed to Save Our Homes and disabled vets’ property taxes.

Virtual Presentations Take a New Set of Skills

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 04:08
It’s easy to lose an audience during a half-hour virtual presentation – but interaction and humor can help keep an audience engaged and not zone out.

Cushman & Wakefield CEO Says Remote Work Will Continue

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 04:08
CEO Brett White thinks the number of people permanently working from home will double – but even if so, it will be only 10%-11% of the total work force. And even if fewer people return to the office, the demand for space could rise if social distancing continues.

Resilient Coastlines Program Funds 33 Local Sea-Rise Efforts

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 04:08
Fla. DEP awarded $2.1M in grants this year, $75K max per project, to 33 Fla. coastal communities that proposed ways to mitigate local damage from slowly rising seas.

Staging a Home? ‘Cozy’ Is the Latest Pandemic-Inspired Trend

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
“Home” has a new meaning to people shut in for months, and they’re looking for comfort in the form of “soft and cozy materials, light colors and relaxing vibes.”

Flood Insurance Ends Sept. 30 – What Happens Then?

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
If a listing is in a flood zone, closings scheduled for early October could be affected if Congress fails once again to extend the national insurance program. NFIP has had a rocky history since 2017 with 15 short-term re-authorizations and four temporary shutdowns.

Reopening: How Do You Socially Connect from a Distance?

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
If co-workers can’t collaborate, why reopen an office? Post-pandemic businesses must find a balance that encourages teamwork while still keeping people safe.

Avoid Problem Vacancies by Enforcing Building Codes

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
NAR webinar: Building code enforcement promotes safer spaces and community stability and, in doing so, encourages vacant and substandard rental owners to comply.

RE Q&A: Can a Landlord End a Lease Early?

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
A property owner wants to sell a rental home and wants the tenant to move out early. The tenant wants to know if her landlord is allowed to do that.

High Notary Demand Could Spark Delays

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 04:08
Most notaries can now be done virtually thanks to the pandemic – but not all notaries have that ability, and the industry challenge is keeping up with current demand.

Gov. to Tap Federal Unemployment Money, Extend Benefits

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 04:08
Gov. DeSantis will apply for additional unemployment funds authorized by a memorandum signed by Pres. Trump. The rules are complicated, but independent contractors might receive an additional $300 per week if they’re eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants.

Fed Confirms It: Inflation Won’t Impact Low Interest Rates

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 04:08
The Fed often increases interest rates if inflation is around 2% or more – but said Thursday that it will now keep rates low even if inflation passes that benchmark.

Not Enough Condos to Satisfy Demand?

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 04:08
There are more for-sale condos than single-family homes for buyers, and some experts think first-time millennials and downsizing boomers will start demanding them.