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5 myths that buyers still believe

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:59
No, you don't need a 20% downpayment to buy a home. No, a Zillow estimate isn't always accurate. No, your decision shouldn't be based only on the asking price.

Small biz owners optimistic but wary of expanding

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:04
A growing economy with low unemployment often causes small biz owners to expand, but they're staying conservative – a stance they've held since the recession.

U.S. Supreme Court hearing private property rights case

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:03
Should private property rights cases always start in state courts? On Wed., the Supreme Court heard arguments about a Pa. dispute over private-property cemetery visitation, and its decision could potentially allow federal courts to get involved earlier.

Mortgage rates edge lower – 30-year rate at 4.71%

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:01
It's only a .01% decline from last week's average, but it breaks a five-straight-week string of increases. One year ago, the 30-year FRM was 3.85%.

U.S. home affordability drops to lowest level in 10 years

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:59
A study by ATTOM that compares an area's median income to its median home prices finds that it's getting harder for the average American to buy a home.

Realogy says it supports Fair and Equal Housing Act Bill

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:58
If passed by Congress and signed by the president, H.R. 1447 would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Fair Housing Act.

Many potential sellers waiting for prices to stabilize

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:56
A big reason for the tight inventory? Some current owners plan to use sales profits as a downpayment on an upgrade and think they'll get more money if they wait.

You have legal questions – we have no-cost lawyers

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:55
Florida Realtors Legal Hotline is one of your member benefits. Attorneys answer questions about contracts, Fla. law and more 9-5 weekdays at (407) 438-1409 or via email. Inventory crisis appears to be ending

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:33
It may not seem as if more homes are coming on the market because Sept. inventory dropped 0.2% after buyers made quick offers – but new listings rose 8%.

Florida Realtors signs MoUs with French real estate groups

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:32
Memorandum of Understanding with FNAIM Aix Marseille Provence, FNAIM Grand Paris and World Property Business Club marks 1st time all have joined to sign this kind of cooperative agreement. It took place yesterday at the Conference of Paris.

Fla. appeals court rejects force-placed insurance case

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:10
A group of Fla. homeowners said insurers charge too much for force-placed policies, and they wanted to sue via a class-action suit – but the court says no.

Some Fla. cities top U.S. growth charts – Fort Myers No. 1

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:09
WalletHub looked at 15 growth metrics, and a number of Fla. cities ranked near the top – though even older metros, such as Hialeah, continue to expand.

Fed: Employment probably won't push interest rates higher

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:08
When unemployment drops and wages rise, inflation usually sparks the Fed to increase interest rates – but inflation doesn't appear to be a problem yet.

NAR announces its 2018 Good Neighbor Award winners

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:07
Realtor Richard Harris, of Palm Harbor, Fla., got honorable mention plus $2,500 for The Arc Tampa Bay, which helps challenged adults and children lead full lives.

Fla. homeowners' equity increased by $1.50 per hour

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:25
CoreLogic: The average Fla. homeowner saw a $13,009 year-to-year equity gain in the second quarter, though it remains No. 2 for underwater owners (7.2%).

'AOB' insurance fight may go to Fla. Supreme Court

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:24
Attorneys last week filed notices asking the Supreme Court to take up a water-damage insurance claim case. In a somewhat-unusual circumstance, attorneys representing both parties – an insurer and restoration company – want the court to weigh in.

Hotter rental demand pushes apartment costs higher

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:23
A rise in home values has forced some buyers to return to renting – a change that is pushing rents higher, notably in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

New-to-Fla. homebuyers should update their estate plan

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:21
There are good tax reasons to move to Fla.: No income tax, property tax savings, etc. But a Revocable Trust works a bit differently for homesteaded property.

Fla. consumer confidence virtually unchanged in Sept.

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:21
UF: Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped one-tenth of a point to 98.5. Personal economic views rose but fewer people think it's a good time to spend money.

FREC to discuss Individual Ad Rule 61J2-10.025

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 03:19
Specific language hasn't been proposed, but FREC indicated an intent to have the individual ad rule consistent with the recently updated team advertising rule.