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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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FAU study: Market overheated but buyer demand still high

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:05
Overall, national housing prices are a bit high but many buyers are not deterred. FAU's Dr. Ken Johnson says the current housing cycle is likely at a peak.

Opportunity-zone investors in limbo during shutdown

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:05
Some investors anxious to invest in opportunity zones must wait a little longer – the U.S. Treasury Dept. won't finalize guidelines until the shutdown ends.

Home remodeling projects owners most regret

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:03
Remodeling isn't as easy as it looks on TV, but many owners don't realize it until they tackle a job on their own. Top of the list regret? Installing tile floors.

Mortgage rates steady: 30-year at 4.45% for second week

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 05:00
The recent easing of rates has come amid steep stock market declines and tumbling rates on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes, which influence fixed mortgage rates.

Florida Real Estate leaders named to SP200 Power List

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:59
Who has the power to influence real estate? The 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list includes nine Florida leaders. Nationally, men appear to wield the most power – only 17% are women – but in Fla., the reverse is true: six out of nine (66%) are female.

2018 was third year for above-average catastrophes

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:58
CoreLogic: Property insurers may be challenged to keep rates down after a third year of increased damage from hurricanes, wildfires and severe wind.

Builders offer incentives as sales start to slump

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:56
Buyers who opt for a newly built home may not find them less expensive, but they might come with more bells and whistles as builders strive to stay competitive.

Foreclosure activity drops to 13-year low

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:56
ATTOM: 2018 default notices, auctions and repossessions fell 8% from 2017 and 78% from their 2010 peak. However, 2018 foreclosure starts rose 13% in Fla.

Sell your value first – then sell a house

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:55
Agents must sell their value proposition first when trying to convert leads into income and know what makes them more valuable than their competitors.

Florida Realtors offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:54
We'll be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the civil rights leader's birthday. Florida Realtors News, the Legal Hotline and Tech Helpline will reopen Tuesday.

7 signs your local real estate market may be slowing

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:39
The national real estate market appears to be cooling, but that's not necessarily true for specific local markets. Watch for these signs of a local slowdown.

2019 Real Estate Trends: What's ahead for Fla. real estate?

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:37
Find out Jan. 24 at Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Meetings. Speakers include Chief Economist Dr. Brad O'Connor and Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Len Kiefer, plus two top environmental scientists who

Millennial borrowers taking out larger FHA loans

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:36
As home prices go up, so do FHA home loans to millennials. Borrowers aren't waiting to buy – they're increasing their loan amount to purchase what's available.

Legal QandA: What if a neighbor's drainage hurts my lawn?

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:34
Neighbor A's downspout water discharge is ruining Neighbor B's lawn. Does B have any rights? And what can he do to resolve this issue?

Lower interest rates stabilize builder confidence

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:33
NAHB's index rose two points due to "solid job growth and favorable demographics," but Jan. new home sales stats probably won't be released due to the shutdown.

5 ways to future-proof a kitchen

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:32
The latest kitchen trend will last about a year before looking dated, but some ever-popular kitchen styles are more likely to retain their value over time.

Save the date: Great American Realtor Days 2019

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:17
The Florida Legislature's 2019 session begins March 5, and Great American Realtor Days – your chance to meet lawmakers and support pro-real estate laws – runs March 18-20.

Scam alert: Sometimes your broker isn't your broker

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:35
Want to please your "boss"? Scammers know you do, and some Fla. Realtors have reported text-message scam requests that appear to be from their broker.

Homeownership tenure at highest level in 18 years

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:34
Owners aren't moving as fast, thanks in part to low mortgage rates that lock them into current homes. However, life changes. Many boomers who have health or financial surprises may soon decide to sell anyway – and millennials may grow tired of waiting.

IRS reopens income verification service used by lenders

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:33
Many mortgage firms use Income Verification Express Service (IVES) to verify borrowers' incomes, though the IRS says a backlog will take a little time to clear.