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Fed court upholds photo copyright charge against Zillow

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:52
Using photos that you found on the Internet? Don't. A second court upheld a copyright charge last week against Zillow, though it lowered damages to $4M.

Florida homestead law a 'debtor's haven'? Not always

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:47
In Fla., courts cannot seize a homesteaded property to pay judgments, making real estate attractive to out-of-staters who want to shield their assets. However, a court ruled that they must actually make an effort to live here.

Survey: More lenders expected to ease credit standards

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:42
According to Fannie Mae's 2Q survey, more mortgage lenders say they've eased credit standards recently, and they expect further easing in the coming months.

Self-driving cars will influence real estate demand

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:40
Just as some buyers want a smart home, many will want a smart city. Metros that adapt quickly to the technology could attract more residents and high-paying jobs.

Rick Scott signs bill updating state building code

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:37
Fla. will no longer automatically update its building code using International Code Council standards as a baseline.

Hey buyers: Securing a mortgage takes longer than you think

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:22
The mortgage process is complex. In addition to filling out a form, it requires documentation, third-party verifications and an independent appraisal process.

Homeowners like Airbnb renting – but not if neighbors do it

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:06
A pair of dueling polls found that homeowners like to rent a home through Airbnb when they travel – but they don't want Airbnb renters in their neighborhood.

NAR's Yun: Some markets reaching 'crisis' level

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:04
Record-high median home prices last month have led to an inadequate supply of affordable housing in some areas of the country, says NAR economist Yun.

New-home sales rise 2.9% in May

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:01
The U.S. still isn't producing enough new homes to offset supply shortages, but it's trying. New-home sales are up 12% year-to-year, according to NAHB.

Citizens to offer free water removal, drying services

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:58
The Fla.-owned insurer is giving homeowners two new options on July 1: They'll remove water after a leak and offer drying services without charge (no deductible) and offer a 3-year guarantee if repairs are done by in-house contractors.

12M consumers may get July credit-score boost

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:57
Some buyers who can't qualify for a mortgage now might be OK soon after the big three credit agencies clean up their inaccurate tax lien and civil judgement data.

Long-term mortgage rates down slightly this week

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:03
The big news is that fixed-rate mortgages didn't go higher this week, though the drop is marginal. They averaged 3.90% compared to last week's 3.91%.

Congress tackling flood insurance extension

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:00
Coverage expires in Oct. without Congress approving an extension, but it's addressing the issue. NAR says it supports six of seven bills that passed out of the House Financial Services Committee this week.

Affordable housing: Americans want help getting in

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:59
Survey: 90% Americans say homeownership is one of the greatest achievements in life; most think governments should do more to solve the affordable housing problem.

Real estate QandA: Delinquent owners OK on HOA boards?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:58
If HOA boards have to deal with owners who pay dues late, does it make sense for one of those owners to serve on the board? No – and it's not OK under Fla. law.

Mortgage tech company Sindeo calls it quits

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:57
Sindeo hoped to revolutionize the mortgage application process using tech, but "simplifying the highly regulated, complex business" proved too challenging.

As rents rise, millennials turn to dorms for adults

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:56
Co-living arrangements – in essence adult dorms that incorporate a social element shared by all renters – are soaring in popularity as rental costs rise.

Fla.'s home sales, median prices up in May 2017

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 03:24
Year-over-year, existing single-family home sales rose 7.6%, median sales price up 7.7% to $239,000. Condo sales up 8%; median sales price up 8.1% to $178,000.

Citing water losses, Florida insurer approves rate hikes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 03:16
Citizens OK'd to raise homeowner rates about 5.3% and about 8.4% for commercial accounts; but homeowners could pay 10% more in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

NAR: U.S. existing-home sales rise 1.1% in May

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 03:13
Total existing-home sales rebounded after a drop in April, up 2.9% over May 2016. Low inventory helped propel the median sales price to a new high of $252,800.