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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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Is Amazon easing its way into home selling?

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:28
The online retail giant has listed tiny homes, prefabs and modular housing for prices from $5K to $65K, leading some to wonder where it's all heading.

REBarCamp Orlando adds industry powerhouses

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:27
Registration is open for ReBarCamp's 10th year of peer-to-peer learning on Tue., Aug. 20. For $15, you get lunch, an after party and time with top-name real estate experts.

Fla. economy poised for long, positive run

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:07
Wells Fargo report: Fla. economic growth continues to outpace the nation this year and is "particularly noteworthy given the severity of the Great Recession."

NAR submits legal support for association health plans

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:05
Association Health Plans (AHP) can offer low-cost, high-coverage to Realtors. However, a court will rule on the legality of AHP plans, which a number of Realtor associations already offer. NAR's brief supports the legality of these AHPs.

Bank of America offers zero-dollar origination fees

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:03
BofA isn't alone – 1 in 10 recent borrowers say they didn't pay origination fees. BofA's program applies to FHA, VA, Home Possible and BofA affordable home loans.

Most consumers don't understand credit scores

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:02
Annual survey finds the problem is getting worse over time. In 2012, 1 in 5 consumers thought they had only one credit score; by 2019, it was up to 1 in 3.

Did an HOA or condo board scuttle a closing? Tell us about it

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 03:59
Florida Realtors is collecting stories of failed transactions due to unreasonable or even silly condo and HOA rules. Its goal is to minimize future problems.

54% of buyers visit a home 2-3 times before making an offer

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 03:57
Study: Sellers build up hope when told a buyer viewed the home for a second time, and a study now bears that out. Only 10% make an offer after just one showing.

Brokers: Want focused agent training on specific topics?

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 03:56
C2EX (Commit to Excellence) isn't only a testing tool, it also teaches. If an agent weakness is identified, they can tap into one of 10 modules, such as "Client Service."

Fannie Mae: Green buildings save renters $145 per year

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:11
Report: 550K renters saved $72M over six years because their units had energy-efficient lightbulbs, low-flow toilets and green heating and cooling systems.

Gov. DeSantis signs bills on open permits, online notaries

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:41
Open and expired permits can delay closings, but the new Fla. law allows local governments to close permits after six years in most cases. The online notary law will make it easier for buyers and sellers to close without being physically present.

Florida Realtors awards $202,400 in scholarships

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:40
Education Foundation gives the money to 137 Fla. students for the 2019-2020 school year – more than $1.5M awarded through the program over past 10 years.

Ransomware attack can shut down cities, delay closings

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:39
An attack in Baltimore last month shut down city services. It still hasn't recovered and can't issue lien certificates or process deeds and deeds of trust.

Two arrested after accepting FEMA money for 2nd homes

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:36
Almost two years after Hurricane Irma, two Miami-Dade residents face grand theft charges for allegedly claiming a damaged second home was their primary residence.

Cheap marketing: Ask a Twitter question that goes viral

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:34
It's not always easy to create a question, but a city planner who tapped into strong opinions over a quality of life question got 3,400 responses in just one day.

Many current Realtors have never worked a buyers' market

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:32
Signs point to a real estate cycle in flux. You may be a dynamic agent today, but what about tomorrow? How do you prepare for future changes? Come to the Aug. convention.

Will the Fed cut interest rates this month?

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:32
It appears that a gloomy economic outlook and trade tensions might coerce the Fed into lowering interest rates, which directly impact ARMs and, indirectly, FRMs.

2 Fla. metros in top 10 'best markets for homebuyers'

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:31
A study of homes and prices found two Florida cities in the top 10 for those looking to buy: Jacksonville is No. 4 and Tampa No. 10. They're "more buyer-friendly when looking at the availability of homes for sale in different markets."

ATTOM: Dollar value of flips hits 12-year high in 1Q

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:30
Average flipping return on investment continued to decline, however, to an almost eight-year low, and gross flipping profits drop 12% year-to-year.

A homeowner break? State Farm says it will cut rates

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:29
Hurricanes gave S. Fla. a break last year, and State Farm Florida says it's now dropping rates for its 270,000 Florida customers by an average 14.4%.