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4 demographic shifts worth watching

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:56
Where will tomorrow's business come from? Expect a lot of movement in the over-65 market, an uptick in affluent immigrants and more people moving south to states like Fla. The listing inventory should also expand as more older adults die or move out.

Insurance proceeds for RE lost after a disaster are taxable

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:55
A tax trap may await Fla. homeowners who lost property when Hurricane Irma blew through last year if they don't reinvest insurance payments elsewhere.

HELOC borrowers express doubts, desires

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 02:38
Post-recession jitters and an inability to deduct non-home-improvement interest from taxes translates into fewer owners taking out home equity lines of credit.

Florida Realtors ENVY Award: It's only 'natural'

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 02:36
Know a planned community that preserves Florida's natural beauty? Encourage developers with unique, environmentally friendly projects to enter by July 6.

Your website's home page is really, really important

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 02:35
How fast does your website load? How many photos on the home page? How many calls-to-action? Each trait can affect the number of visitors who become clients.

MLS group commits to common IDX feed

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:46
MLS RoundTable, which serves about 300K U.S. Realtors, says it will create a consolidated backend, combine feeds, eliminate RETS servers and make other changes.

New tech biz model hopes for success without an MLS

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:45
A Calif.-based real estate "exchange" in testing mode plans to identify buyers using big data and sign them on as clients. As a non-MLS participant, the firm says it can then save them money, in part by negotiating lower commissions with listing agents.

Long-term mortgage rates fall as 30-year hits 4.40%

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:43
Trade tensions escalated in recent weeks, so more investors switched to safer assets like bonds – and that cash inflow helped push mortgage rates lower.

Home sites and utility easements: How does this work?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:42
Real estate QandA: Part of a house sits on a utility easement, and the owner asks if the utility might move the pole farther out. But he could have bigger problems.

FEMA intends to transfer flood risk to the capital markets

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:41
Reinsurance – an insurance policy for carriers – helps FEMA mitigate losses after a major storm, and it may tap capital markets to expand its current program.

Google knows a lot about you – find out how much

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:40
Big data can target real estate ads, but Google also knows when you saw a doctor, where you drove, what you listened to and every web search you've performed.

Hip adult-only apartments the latest trend in senior living

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:14
For older boomers, pinochle, shuffleboard and early-bird specials are out. Yoga, happy hours, computer classes, potluck dinners and high-rise buildings are in.

More buyers are busting budgets to become homeowners

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:11
With U.S. homes up about 50% over their 2012 lows, more desperate buyers are taking time to create a budget but then spending even more to get the home of their dreams – one-third of all buyers spent $16,510 above their cap.

Freddie Mac expedites financing for affordable rentals

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:09
Freddie's product, Targeted Affordable Housing Express (TAH Express), will provide faster and cheaper financing to preserve smaller, affordable rental properties.

Structure business correctly to profit from new tax laws

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:07
Many of the rules governing taxes applied to depreciation, interest payments, pass-through deductions and residential real estate have changed under tax reform.

Report: FHA granted loans to ineligible borrowers

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:03
In 2016, almost 10,000 borrowers received an FHA loan even though they weren't eligible for one, according to a report put out by HUD's inspector general.

IRS tax refunds can cover many home improvement projects

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 02:55
Homeowners planning to stay may opt for different projects than ones looking to sell, but a range of projects can be completed for $3,000, $1,000 or even $100.

New rules make it easier to become a real estate appraiser

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 03:39
The Appraisal Foundation reduced the mandated number of college hours and job training to become an appraiser in a bid to attract more people to the profession.

HUD commemorating Fair Housing Act's 50-year anniversary

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 03:38
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today, and one week later – on April 11, 1968 – Pres. Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law, in part to achieve one of the goals advocated by the civil rights leader.

March Fla. consumer sentiment falls for second month

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 03:36
Opinions about personal finances rose a bit, as did attitudes about whether it's a good time to buy a big-ticket item – but three other components fell.