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Congress floats flood insurance ideas – but passage iffy

Lawmakers are considering amendments and bills that seem to favor a six-month extension. To get something passed, Realtors must respond to NAR's Call for Action. ..

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Florida Realtors presents: Women in Real Estate Conference

41% of Fla.'s principal brokers are women yet they make up 58% of membership. Why the disconnect? Should the industry change? Find out and be empowered on Aug. 29 when Florida Realtors presents the "Women in Real Estate Conference" (WIRE). ..

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Too few buyers question the need for a 30-year mortgage

The 30-year loan is almost an industry standard, but buyers who can swing a 15-year loan save lots of money due to lower interest rates and a quicker payoff. ..

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Over 50% of homeowners are under-insured

CoreLogic analysis: Over half of U.S. homes have policies that average 20% less than full replacement value – but luxury owners tend to over-insure. ..

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Builder confidence steady in July

America's builders remain extremely confident in the market, though NAHB's July index of 68 (anything above 50 is positive) is unchanged from June. ..

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3 easy ways to transform a yard into an outdoor oasis

When it comes to home-improvement projects, owners rate outdoor projects highest, such as wood decks, water features, statement landscaping or new patios. ..

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15 ways to grow your real estate business

Learn how to generate more leads with less time and money on Thursday, Aug. 9, at a free session for Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo attendees in Orlando. http://convention.floridarealtors.org/ ..

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Fla. GDP hits $1 trillion mark

If Fla. was an independent country, it would be the world's 17th largest. The state's economy has grown larger than Saudi Arabia's, Switzerland's and Argentina's ..

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Fla. senators' bill would extend Canadian visitor stays

U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would allow retired Canadian citizens older than 50 to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the U.S. – two months longer than they may stay now. ..

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Even algae 'state of emergency' hurts some home sales

Something must be done about algae in Fla. waterways, but the new "state of emergency" may ding home sales in the 7-county region even if nearby water is clear. ..

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