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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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Realtor.com: More listings have lowered their asking price

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:31
A realtor.com analysis of its listings finds fairly stable prices in 4 Fla. cities, but ones that had price reductions range from 34% in S. Fla. to 65% in Tampa.

Hurricane Michael's insured losses top $5 billion

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:30
As of Friday, insurers reported 141,039 claims from the Oct. 10 storm. The largest number of claims, 94,419, involved residential property.

2019 Volunteering Works Program: Honor an outstanding Realtor

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:25
For the 10th year, NAR is honoring Realtors who give back through its Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program, which is now seeking entries.

Florida Realtors seeks student scholarship winners

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:47
Spread the word: Entry deadline is March 4 at noon. 2019 is the 10th year for the Education Foundation program, which has awarded more than $1.5M in scholarships.

Survey: Renters want to buy – many just can't afford it

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:46
NAR's 4Q "Aspiring Home Buyers Profile" found that 43% of non-owners cited "unable to afford a mortgage" as their top reason for staying put. Still, 75% of all non-owners continue to view ownership as the American Dream.

What's happening with mortgages as shutdown drags on?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:44
How many homebuyers have been impacted by the partial government shutdown? No one knows – the people who compile the sales statistics have been furloughed.

Fla. brokers use new tax law as a marketing tool

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:41
The marketing message: Federal income tax changes reward Fla. homeowners and penalize residents of high property-tax states like New York, New Jersey and Conn.

6 rules for selling tenant-occupied homes

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:40
First: Today's tenant may be tomorrow's homebuyer. Second: Tenants can make transactions more difficult, so it makes sense to treat them with dignity and respect

3 signs a neighborhood may be in trouble

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:39
In a rebounding neighborhood, home values should rise faster than the local average – but homes in declining neighborhoods could see the opposite effect.

DEADLINE TODAY: Hurricane aid, Mid-Winter registration

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:35
It's the last day to pre-register for Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Meetings and the last day to apply for Hurricane Michael aid from Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund. (But NAR's Realtors Relief Foundation will accept aid applications until Feb. 28.)

The future of housing? Women, millennials and Hispanics

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:11
An analysis of 2018 deeds suggests that 7 of the top 10 names are millennial females, with millennial sales up 5.3% but Gen X sales only up 0.8%.

Why no long-term flood insurance extension? It's complicated

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:10
The short answer: Federal flood insurance is a mess and expensive to fix. Government-subsidized NFIP celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but it hasn't aged well.

Fla. Gov. DeSantis signs order to fight algae, red tide

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:08
DeSantis wants $2.5 billion over four years for Everglades restoration, blue-green algae blooms, sea level rise and an ongoing battle over N. Fla.'s water rights.

Fed unlikely to raise rates for at least a few months

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:07
Borrowers may have a little bit of breathing room if the Federal Reserve delays future interest rate increases that directly impact ARMs and, indirectly, FRMs.

How's the economy doing? Shutdown makes it hard to say

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:05
Some economic reports will be delayed, and others won't be issued at all until the shutdown ends. Construction, new-home sales and GDP reports could be affected.

You have legal questions – we have no-cost lawyers

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:02
Florida Realtors Legal Hotline is one of your member benefits. Attorneys answer questions about contracts, Fla. law and more 9-5 weekdays: (407) 438-1409 or email.

Remember virtual reality? The buzz has faded

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:02
Pundits once thought homebuyers would don VR glasses, virtually tour homes and feel little need for a physical visit – but so far, only gamers seem to use it.

30-year mortgage rate falls again to 4.45%

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:28
It's the lowest level in 9 months though still higher year-to-year when it was 3.99%. Borrowers have noticed – mortgage applications rose 23.5% last week.

Florida Realtors 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:27
The new 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in Florida report finds Fla. buyers generally older (57 years) than the average U.S. buyer (46 years). And 20% of Floridians bought a newly built home last year. Nationally it was only 14%.

Shutdown could impact HUD rent subsidies after Jan.

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:23
More than 1,000 federal housing-aid contracts have expired since the shutdown, and landlords can't get them renewed with most of HUD's staff on furlough.