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Old-school virtual staging: Crayons and a coloring book

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:20
A Christie's International Real Estate marketing tool aimed at children has sparked some interest in adult buyers: A coloring book that features for-sale homes.

Retirement can come with hidden taxes

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 03:04
Americans can exempt $250K from capital gains taxes when selling their home, but rising property values and inflation may push more people above that threshold.

A recession by 2020? Many experts say yes

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:58
The economy is probably in its best shape since the Great Recession, but thanks in part to full employment, 50% of economists predict a turn in late 2019 or 2020.

New hurricane insurance targets only the higher deductibles

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:57
Most Fla. insurance policies have a much-higher deductible for hurricane damage – but a new type of property insurance reimburses out-of-pocket expenses and perhaps more. The amount of any payout is based on how close a storm came to an insured house.

Some countries trying to slow Chinese investors

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:53
In 2010, Chinese investors spent $5B buying foreign real estate; in 2016, they spent $100B. In Vancouver, Canada, it helped spark a 30% increase in home prices.

Apartment rentals: Concessions are making a comeback

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:47
As new apartment buildings rise like mushrooms on a Fla. lawn, owners in some metros are finding they must start offering concessions to stay competitive.

Help Florida Realtors honor 'green' builders

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:45
One developer will be the ENVY of all. Apply now for the 2018 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Deadline is July 6.

One Florida city is aggressively courting retirees

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:44
Tallahassee wants to grow, and it's targeting retirees with some unusual tactics – including subsidizing a few retirees to move there.

Clients don't seem to read your emails? Maybe it's you

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:50
Many people don't read an entire email, especially if it's lengthy. Start with a summary, tell the client what they need to know, and then provide the details.

Need legal advice? You have a lawyer on your side

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:48
Florida Realtors Legal Hotline is a free member benefit. From 9-5 weekdays, attorneys answer questions about contracts, Fla. law and other topics: (407) 438-1409 or via email.

'Sword' turns a cellphone into a weapon detector

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:39
A cellphone case debuting in August and going on general sale next spring claims it uses radio waves to find out if clients are hiding guns, bombs or knives.

3 tenant screening checks landlords fail to do

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:38
Many landlords don't ask potential tenants for critical documentation that could help avert a problem caused by people who later default and need to be evicted.

A 70-foot tree blocks my view. Can I cut it down?

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:37
Owners generally don't have a right to sunshine and breezes. Also: a seller's neighbor is bad-mouthing area homes as not worth the money. What can the seller do?

6 ways to prepare now for hurricanes

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:36
Since everyone in Fla. faces a risk from hurricane-force winds and storm surge, it's important to plan ahead now while Atlantic waters remain calm. Have an evacuation plan, stock up on supplies, check your insurance and fortify your home.

CoreLogic: Total U.S. home equity passes $100 trillion

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:35
Higher home prices boosted U.S. household net worth 1% in 1Q 2018 – and a $500 billion home-value increase offset a $400 billion stock portfolio decline.

Mortgage rates move lower – 2nd week in a row

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:56
The average rate on 30-year FRMs – which have been running at their highest levels since 2011 – was 4.54% this week, down from last week's 4.56%.

ATTOM: Home flipping slows in 55% of U.S. markets

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:55
While flippers benefit from rapidly rising real estate prices, a lack of inventory has more than offset that advantage – but individual markets vary greatly. In Naples, it takes an average 220 days to flip a house; in Jacksonville, it's only 99 days.

More 'nontraditional' RE business models becoming the norm

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:54
Experts at a joint FTC-DOJ workshop said the real estate industry has changed; perhaps half of today's business models were "nontraditional" only a decade ago.

Realtor report: Financing top reason for closing delays

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:51
In NAR's latest Realtor survey, 30% of Realtors who had a closing delay blamed it on a financing issue, while 19% said inspections and 18% appraisals.

Trending: Fashion-forward tile for walls and floors

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:50
Tile floors and even walls may be old school, but an explosion of creative designs and new manufacturing techniques has boosted its popularity.