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Hurricane Irma: More than half of claims still unpaid

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:19
More than 265,00 Irma claims were closed without payment and more than 181,000 were still open last month, as insurance companies warned about a long-running struggle with consumers, public adjusters, contractors and attorneys.

Experts: 2018 mortgage rates to surpass 4.5%

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:19
When it comes to mortgage rate forecasts, the experts are often wrong. Still, three predicted increases in short-term rates should nudge FRMs higher this year.

Intel chip flaw could reveal hidden info

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:09
Tech firms scrambled to upgrade computer code in millions of devices to fix a flaw that can allow an attacker to view hidden information such as passwords.

RE QandA: With condo boards, apathy can be expensive

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:06
Owner apathy may be the most significant issue facing community associations. Any owner can apply to have a receiver appointed – but that's an expensive option.

Hone essential business skills in 2018

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:06
According to Fla.-based author and consultant Quint Studer, any entrepreneur or small-business owner needs 10 key abilities in order to succeed.

Average 30-year mortgage rates slip to 3.95%

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:33
Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.95% from 3.99% last week. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.20%.

Insurers try new tactic to limit damage claims

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:32
Settlement checks sent by at least three Fla. insurers state that accepting the check releases them from further claim obligations. But plaintiffs' attorneys say they're just intimidating policyholders – and it's probably unenforceable.

Fed plans to raise rates in 2018 but lacks consensus

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:31
Experts generally expect the Fed to raise interest rates three times this year, but some members are pushing for four increases while others prefer only two.

Climate change causes more buyers to ask about elevation

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:29
The value of some coastal-area homes is affected by elevation, according to a report, with higher homes gaining value at a faster rate than low-elevation ones.

Must Airbnb reject tenants that aren't allowed to sublet?

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:28
If a lease bans short-term rentals, must websites like Airbnb refuse ads from those tenants? A Calif. court says it does not, but a Fla. court hasn't ruled yet.

Top first name of a Fla. buyer in 2017? Cameron

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 02:27
The most common first name of a Fla. buyer sounds like a millennial, even as Jimmy is the "fastest-falling" homebuyer name in the state.

Study: Lenders approved lower credit scores in 2017

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:33
In Nov. 2016, the average FICO score on a closed FHA refinance loan to a millennial borrower was 678 – but it dropped to 669 in Nov. 2017.

Lawmakers will again focus on regulating vacation rentals

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:30
A Fla. senator recently filed legislation that would give state officials sole authority over vacation rentals and expand the state licensing system for rentals.

Will tax reform hurt real estate? Maybe, maybe not

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:16
When an Iowa couple decide to move some place warm, will they consider Fla. vs. Arizona tax consequences? Will the loss of mortgage-interest tax savings entice renters to keep renting? Market changes, if any, will start as personal family decisions.

Floridians' top 10 consumer complaints in 2017

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 03:29
Violations of do-not-call laws topped the list of Floridian complaints followed by landlord/tenant issues, says the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Was that listing ever a meth lab?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 03:26
A military vet can't live in his new home because it was once a meth lab. He had it inspected too late, however – after his "as is" purchase closed.

CORRECTION: Lower rent tax effective Jan. 1 for all leases

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 03:19
A Jan. 2 Florida Realtors news story about Fla.'s newly lowered 5.8% business rent tax incorrectly said it applies to "leases executed following Jan. 1," but the change applies to all leases.

Register now for Mid-Winter Business Meetings

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 03:16
It's almost here: Florida Realtors' Mid-Winter Business Meetings take place Jan. 24-27 in Orlando.

Florida's business rent tax now less burdensome

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 03:54
One of Florida Realtors' top 2017 legislative goals – a cut in the rent tax on commercial leases – went into effect. The rate dropped from 6% to 5.8% on Jan. 1.

Could housing market cool in 2018?

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 03:52
Home sellers have had the upper hand for a while. Could that change in 2018? A supply vs. demand difference wouldn't be dramatic, but rising costs and tax-law changes could discourage some buyers and convince more owners to sell.