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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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'Sleep number' is a business goal – not a bed

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:53
Determine how much you want to make then how many daily contacts it requires. That's your sleep number – the point where you go to bed with a clear conscience.

Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:51
Attendees called last year's sold-out event empowering and inspirational. Find out why – Register now for 2019 WIRE conference, June 5, in Davie. Only 300 seats available!

FHA clamps down on risky government-backed mortgages

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:35
Buyers with lower credit scores and/or higher loan payments may find it harder to get approved for an FHA loan. The agency is trying to avoid a jump in defaults.

Florida Legislature focuses on emotional support animals

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:34
Bills in the House and Senate create new state regulations for emotional support animals. They largely duplicate protections already in federal law but make false documentation or misrepresenting need a misdemeanor as it currently is for support animals.

Home prices rise 3.6% in Jan. – weakest gain in 6 years

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:32
SandP CoreLogic Case-Shiller: The 20-city home price index's increase is down from 4.1% the previous month as some red-hot U.S. markets cool a bit.

Housing starts slump 8.7% in Feb.

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:30
Ground-breakings for single-family homes dropped to its lowest level in two years, but cold weather probably contributed to some of that decline.

Consumer confidence index drops 7.3 points in March

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:29
Confidence has been "volatile over the past few months," according to economist. Weather, financial markets and the government shutdown likely played a role.

Should social media be your biggest marketing tool?

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:28
Some real estate pros say yes – a recent NAR tech survey found Realtors list social media as 3rd most valuable tech tool (28%) after local MLS and lockboxes.

Business battery needs a charge? Come to Orlando in Aug.

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:26
A marketing tip that gets you 2 more leads per year? An organizational tip that saves you 2 hours of labor a month? Learn more at Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo. https://convention.floridarealtors.org

Those end-of-2018 mortgage forecasts are probably wrong

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:40
Six months ago, mortgage rates topped 5% for the first time in seven years and seemed permanent – but many experts now think 4.5% rates might last through 2019.

Foreclosures: 4.3M homeowners helped by conservatorships

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:39
The FHFA says that Fannie and Freddie prevented 41K foreclosures in 4Q 2018, and reduced homeowners' monthly payments by more than 20%. But Fla. is No. 2 after New York in the number of loans delinquent 365 days or more.

After the fall: Taking advantage of lower interest rates

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:34
A few months ago, Fed interest rate increases current and planned scared homebuyers and credit-card holders. But a moratorium on increases creates opportunities.

Technology is transforming commercial real estate

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:32
The first person to make fast, accurate decisions has an edge in the business world, and the pressure to add tech tools to commercial RE will continue to grow.

Study: Generational differences sway housing markets

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:30
Conflicting goals may impact millennials who want to skip the starter home and baby boomers who seem unwilling to downsize and move when they retire.

5 reasons to list a home for sale this spring

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:26
The inventory of higher-end homes is growing and buyer demand remains strong. It's a good time to move up – and a good time for sellers to get on with their life.

Deadline: It's the last week for March 31 license renewals

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:24
Also: Did you check your license online to make sure DBPR recorded the update? Do it now. A few Realtors missed steps in the past and their license became inactive.

NAR: U.S. existing-home sales surge 11.8% in Feb.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:08
In the South, which includes Fla., existing-home sales grew 14.9%. It's the strongest monthly gain since Dec. 2015 as market trends make it a good time to buy.

Fla.'s housing market: Median prices, inventory rise in Feb.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:08
Fla. Realtors data: Active listings inventory up; year-over-year median prices up 1.3% for single-family homes, 4.7% for condo-townhomes. In good news for buyers and sellers, Fed indicates no interest rate hikes for a while, says Chief Economist O'Connor.

What makes a house a home? It's changing

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:07
Study: Thanks to Amazon, Netflix and other technology changes, people spend more time at home, and, as a result, they're adapting traditional rooms to new uses.

Fla. Senate passes bill allowing home vegetable gardens

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:05
While the House must still pass the measure and Gov. DeSantis sign it, 87% of state senators voted to allow homeowners to grow vegetables and fruit.