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Americans' FICO scores hit record-high average

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:01
A new average credit score suggests that Americans are savvier about credit – and it lowers the chance the U.S. will have another housing meltdown.

Is food served at an open house tax deductible? Maybe not

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:00
The IRS is still wrestling with some of the general rules outlined in tax reform. While 50% of the cost of business meals is tax deductible, for example, entertainment is not – and it's unclear which category open-house food would fall under.

How have laws banning buyer anonymity affected sales?

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 03:53
In 2016, Miami and NYC buyers lost the ability to remain anonymous – a federal initiative to get dirty money out of real estate. A new study looks at its impact.

New-home sales rise a bit in Aug. – but not enough

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 03:50
Sales of newly built single-family homes eked out an increase, but not enough to impress economists or ease pressure on the limited inventory of for-sale homes.

U.S. construction rises a slight 0.1% in August

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 03:48
The rise, which followed a 0.2% July increase, is down a slight 0.4% from a record high set in May. But residential construction fell 0.7%.

Fall may be the best time for buyers to find a home

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 03:47
According to RealtyTrac and realtor.com, October is the best time to snag a deal on a house, and a slower-season hunt isn't as frenzied.

U.S. privacy law could be good for Google – but bad for you

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:40
Congress is considering national rules on how companies can use consumers' data – but one of its goals may be to pre-empt states from taking stronger protections.

Housing hurdles mar otherwise healthy economy

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:39
Freddie Mac's Sept. economic outlook: The economy and job market are strong, but the housing market has stalled due to weaker housing affordability, constraints that are limiting homebuilding, and continuing supply and demand imbalances.

Mortgage loan is in one homeowner's name: What if he dies first?

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:38
RE QandA: The loan holder's life partner has "right of survivorship" – but loans have different rules and complexities. Contact the lender to discuss options.

Why the 'gig' economy may not be workforce of the future

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:37
Evidence suggests these jobs aren't paying what many workers expect: Many are earning more of their income elsewhere and working less through online platforms.

Coldwell Banker jumps into iBuyer business

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:23
The "quick-cash sales program," where homeowners can get offers for their homes in 24 hours, will launch in Atlanta and Dallas in Oct. Tampa is next on the list.

Tips to create real estate signage that works

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 01:47
Good signage can help real estate pros attract clients more easily and make their brands more memorable. Think about the kind of sign you want and readability.

U.S. mortgage rates up; 30-year at 7-year high, 4.72%

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:47
Freddie Mac: Rates are up for the 5th week in a row, driven in part by a strong economy and the anticipation of more short-term rate hikes by the Fed.

Homeowners' lack of flood insurance costs billions

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:46
Hurricane Florence's flood and wind damage cost N.C. $20B to $30B, but fewer than 10% of households had federal flood insurance. Insured loss covered by NFIP may be between $2B and $5B – about 85% of the residential loss is uninsured.

NAR: Pending home sales dip 1.8% in August

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:45
Pending home sales have declined on an annual basis for 8 straight months. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says low inventory factors into the market's slowdown.

Apartment rents are suddenly rising faster

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:44
RealPage: Rents in 3Q were up 2.9% vs. a year ago; and up from 2.5% in 2Q. But analysts don't expect a long-term shift, noting a big increase in new rental units.

NAR survey: Homeowners ready to sell in 3Q 2018

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:42
A record high 77% of Americans believe now is a good time to sell a house. But those that think now is a good time to buy dropped slightly (63%) from 2Q (68%).

New state program to help some homeowners after Irma

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:41
The Rebuild Florida program will provide $616M to help people rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Irma. The first center just opened in Marathon and others will follow.

Fla. Realtor NAR finalist for Good Neighbor Award – Vote now!

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:39
Palm Harbor Realtor Richard Harris is president of a $12M nonprofit that supports people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vote for Richard now.

What a Fed rate hike means for you, at any age

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:26
There's a ripple effect: For people borrowing money, an increase usually means things are more expensive; for the frugal, it means a bit more savings in the bank.