Florida Realtors® News

12/13/2018 1:55:13 AM

"Cheap land for retirement" can entice bargain-hunters to put money down based on little more than a photo, and the FTC issued a warning about a Belize project.

12/13/2018 1:54:01 AM

Florida Realtors Leadership Academy "identifies, educates and inspires" future association/board real estate leaders. Apply by Dec. 31. Questions? Email Dana Bricker.

12/14/2018 1:43:20 AM

In Hawaii, a law imposes fines for fake service animals. However, it's hard to enforce, and some people honestly think "comfort animal" applies to almost any pet.

12/11/2018 12:59:40 AM

Clock is ticking if you need coverage. NAR's Members Health Insurance Exchange can help members enroll in an individual medical plan from a variety of carriers.

12/11/2018 1:13:38 AM

Calling it "the first feature of its kind among digital real estate companies," buyers text a rep who calls them back and refers them to an agent.

12/13/2018 2:01:01 AM

It might be time for buyers to lock in a rate: Continued declines in the stock market pushed home borrowing rates lower, though they're still higher year-to-year.

12/12/2018 1:44:48 AM

Developers are investing billions in senior complexes with high-end hotel or cruise-ship amenities as developers anticipate strong demand from boomers.

12/12/2018 1:42:56 AM

Completed NAR's mandatory 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training? All Realtors must do so by Dec. 31 – the day the current two-year training cycle ends. Find out more.

12/11/2018 1:05:40 AM

The old rule: Kids grow up, leave the house and parents downsize. However, boomers today are hunkering down and hurting home supply in the move-up market.

12/12/2018 2:03:43 AM

Trust no one. If your Mom emails, ask for ID. In a phishing scam, requests seemingly come from someone you know – don't open files or wire money without proof.

12/13/2018 1:59:55 AM

Knock study: In 2018, 62% of homes in the largest U.S. metros sold below their asking price, and half sold for at least 2% less. In 2019, Knock predicts that 77% of sellers won't get their asking price as values rise more slowly.

12/12/2018 1:51:40 AM

Buyers who pick a fixer-upper can secure a mortgage that includes repair costs. They'll not only have a wider selection of listings to consider, but the home can then have new elements in the color and style they prefer.

12/14/2018 1:53:07 AM

Realtors' top priorities include the nation's infrastructure, improving recent tax law changes and reforming the secondary mortgage market. A survey found Fla. Realtors focused on water qualify (green algae), short-term rentals and open/expired permits.

12/11/2018 1:04:40 AM

There's more to America's second-home market than beaches with palm trees and hammocks. NAHB found a heavy concentration in or near metro areas. The U.S. has about 7.4 million vacation or second homes, or 5.6% of the total housing stock.

12/12/2018 1:50:54 AM

A net-zero home generates as much energy as it uses. They cost more to build but less to operate – so what's the break-even point? In Jacksonville, it's 11 years

12/11/2018 1:03:26 AM

Fla.-owned "insurer of last resort" blames higher costs from water claims and AOB abuse. The 8.2% request is an average increase. Some customers would pay more.

12/14/2018 1:52:07 AM

Just like residential real estate pros, commercial practitioners need a viable outreach plan to generate leads and build relationships with target audiences.

12/13/2018 1:58:55 AM

RHS was to expire in 2020, but Congress extended it on Wed. Once signed by Pres. Trump, which is expected, the program will be extended through the 2030 census.

12/13/2018 1:58:03 AM

OZs are controversial on their ability to help poor communities, but they offer investors a chance to save taxes by pursuing projects in these designed "zones."

12/12/2018 1:47:59 AM

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation says insurers handled more than 131,000 claims so far – about two-thirds involved residential properties.

12/11/2018 1:02:38 AM

Fannie Mae and FHA are expected to join Freddie in a yearly tradition: a moratorium on evictions even though foreclosure paperwork will continue to move forward.

12/14/2018 1:51:18 AM

Minneapolis will abolish all single-family zoning as a tactic to avoid housing inequity, but multi-family homes would then be allowed in every neighborhood.

12/12/2018 1:46:35 AM

Realtors' national association announced organizational changes in its advocacy, marketing communications, member experience and technology groups.

12/13/2018 1:57:05 AM

Does the internet's avalanche of data lead to information overload? NAR's latest digital study finds tech use up but more consumers turning to Realtors for help.

12/11/2018 1:01:32 AM

A real estate broker working with foreclosed properties was sentenced last week to six months in federal prison for committing wire fraud against Fannie Mae.

12/14/2018 1:50:34 AM

Less is best. Grass, that is. Do your shrubs need constant pruning? Then you don't have the right shrubs in the right place, according to UF's Extension Office.

12/14/2018 1:49:00 AM

Completed NAR's mandatory 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training? All Realtors must do so by Dec. 31 – the day the current two-year training cycle ends.

12/14/2018 1:48:16 AM

Fake shipping, scam gift cards, made-up charities and odd payment requests? Scammers love this time of year because people are stressed and their guard is down.