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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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Fed report: HUD's multifamily inspectors have weak spots

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:03
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has 14 recommendations to improve the system HUD uses to physically inspect federally subsidized housing.

Scott blames high taxes for New Yorkers migration to Fla.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:02
Wall Street Journal editorial: "There's a reason Fla. surpassed NY as the third-largest state" ... people are "fleeing high-tax states, bringing jobs with them."

Fed doesn't hike interest rates – and may not this year

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:54
ARMs won't go up and FRMs, which are indirectly impacted, probably won't either. But the reason for no hikes isn't ideal: The Fed thinks the economy is slowing.

Top spring homebuyer concern? Their budget

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:53
Almost 50% of likely buyers hope to secure a home for $200K or less, a realtor.com survey found. But most are also more optimistic about today's real estate market – the uptick in inventory in many markets and a recent decline in mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates fall – 30-year down to 4.28%

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:52
The average 30-year FRM dropped from 4.45% one year ago and also last week's 4.31%, giving renters a new reason to become homeowners during the spring season.

What do iBuyer sellers like about instant cash offers?

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:51
Many sellers who accept an instant cash offer love the convenience and consider the ding to their profit as a fair price to pay for a lower-stress transaction.

Commercial brokerage merger to form multifamily giant

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:50
Jones Lang LaSalle will acquire commercial services firm HFF Inc. in a $2B deal that will create one of the country's largest multifamily real estate companies.

Supercharged social media marketing: Be an influencer

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:49
Agents who can create regular specialized content for social media may get more new viewers for their listings – they might also become a force in their market.

Sign up by May 1 for Florida Realtors' 2020 committees

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:48
The state's Realtors succeed when members sign up and serve. Download and review committee descriptions, and submit your service request before May 1, 2019. https://www.floridarealtors.org//FARBusiness/FARCommittees/index.cfm

Great American Realtor Days: Realtors take over Capitol

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:38
Florida Realtors members in Tallahassee this week for GARD enjoyed a surprise visit from Gov. DeSantis, who talked about the strength of the Realtor voice in Fla.

A health impact from where you live and how much it costs?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:31
Health study: How fit you are and how much you exercise may not affect your health as much as your location and the cost of rent or paying a mortgage.

Facebook settles ad discrimination suits

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:27
Facebook will pay about $5M to settle 5 lawsuits and take aggressive steps to block discriminatory advertising. A HUD investigation continues.

Court tosses VHT vs. Zillow $4M photo copyright award

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:26
While Zillow may not have had the right to use VHT's photos, the court said Zillow may not have "been aware" and VHT might not have provided enough warnings.

Automate your marketing to save time

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:25
Almost everything from emails to tweets to social media can be automated, but there's a catch: Generic messaging shouldn't sound like spam and frustrate clients.

It's hard to think of a reason not to go to the convention

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:24
Business planning takes time and doesn't generate income, so many Realtors commit to 2 days per year doing it at the Aug. 21-22 Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo. https://convention.floridarealtors.org

FREC approves change to team advertising rules

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:55
At the Florida Real Estate Commission's March meeting, a new sentence clarifying the existing team ad rule was approved. The regulation must now wind its way through Fla.'s rule-making process.

FEMA: Flood insurance overhaul starts next year

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:52
Flood premiums will change Oct. 1, 2020, once FEMA calculates costs based on new tools, but homeowners must wait until April 1, 2020, to see how they're impacted.

Mortgages easier to get for the self-employed

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:22
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae recently made changes to an automated system that could help more self-employed individuals, such as Realtors, qualify for a mortgage. But not all banks offer it yet, so self-employed applicants may have to find ones that do.

Congress considering bill to help military tenants

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:22
If a bipartisan bill passes, military renters may be allowed to withhold rent until housing problems are corrected if commanders authorize them to do so.

Survey: Builders still optimistic about their market

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:20
The monthly survey of homebuilders' attitudes was unchanged this month at 62. Any score above 50 is on the positive side of the index.