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Bill modernizing 'customary use' process becomes law

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:11
Gov. Scott signed HB 631, which updates the process local governments use to establish customary use ordinances on beaches under their jurisdiction.

Court: Realtor-owned MLS can limit access

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:10
A federal court last week ruled there's nothing anti-competitive about a Realtor association-owned MLS requiring membership as a condition of MLS access.

March consumer confidence drops after 18-year high

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:09
The index stands at 127.7 after a high of 130 last month. The stock market drop had an impact on attitudes, but "overall expectations remain quite favorable."

Florida Realtors offices to be closed Friday, March 30

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:08
Florida Realtors News, the Legal Hotline and the Tech Helpline will also close. The Tech Helpline reopens for normal biz hours on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday, March 31.

Application deadline: 2019 officers, DVPs, NAR directors

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:06
All applications must be received by March 31, 2018, for Florida Realtors 2019 vice president, treasurer, secretary and District Vice Presidents (DVP); and for 2019-2021, Fla. NAR Directors; and for 2021, NAR Region 5 Vice President. Apply now.

Gov. Scott signs HOA, real property and trust fund bills

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 04:05
One bill changes some of the rules condo associations must follow. After July 1, for example, they can't prohibit owners from installing vehicle charging stations. It also touches on financial reporting, voting on common elements and more.

Flood insurance premiums go up April 1

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:50
The premium hikes, which are required by law, will be as little as 2% for some properties and as high as 24% for others. The average increase will be about 8%.

What's behind the national MLS buzz?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:48
NAR's policy change regarding "MLS of choice" has sparked a NY-based MLS to offer bargain-priced membership. But it also creates new problems for Realtors.

Is a property at risk if seas rise? More buyers want to know

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:47
More S. Fla. buyers are adding "study the effect of rising sea levels" to their due-diligence list, and ClimateScore, a new tech app, may help them figure it out.

Can Facebook restore public trust after privacy scandal?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:40
If people don't trust Facebook, will they stop using it? It's too early to say, but agents who market on the social network should keep an eye out for changes.

5 financial to-dos for first-time homebuyers

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:34
First-time home shoppers walk through a broker's front door eager to buy, but there's a lot they need to do before they tour listings and start submitting offers.

Gov. Scott signs real estate-related bills into law

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:32
New laws will change the way Fla. regulates and defines "mortgage lenders," boosts flood ins. warnings, and adjusts rules for HOA covenants and restrictions.

Congress' budget extends flood insurance to July

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:31
NFIP would get a four-month extension under the massive federal spending deal – the fourth temporary program extension since Sept. That gives lawmakers time to hammer out a long-term deal before this latest extension expires during hurricane season.

New-home sales dip in Feb. – but demand still solid

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:29
Sales slipped 0.6% in Feb. – a third straight monthly decline – but sales are up 2.2% year-to-date in a sign that buyer demand remains solid.

Fla. building permits rose 20.8% year-to-year

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:26
Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire's 43.1% drop.

Fla.-owned Citizens expanding quickly in the southeast

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:25
Fewer private-market insurers will cover homes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. They say claims abuses and excessive lawsuits are the problem.

Luxury 'agrihoods' sprouting in more towns

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:24
More than 70 U.S. agrihoods now offer residents the open-space benefits of farm life – fresh fruit, vegetables, more – in a golf-community-style development.

New law could speed up some post-bankruptcy foreclosures

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:04
A bill signed by Gov. Scott makes it harder for homeowners who agree to surrender their home in bankruptcy court to fight a lender in the foreclosure proceeding.

Average 30-year mortgage rates rise to 4.45%

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:03
Last week's first mortgage rate drop – the first in 10 weeks – didn't last long, but rates rose only a small amount in this week's survey.

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:42
The cost of an adjustable-rate mortgage went up and will likely rise two more times in 2018 – but some experts feared the Fed would suggest three hikes this year. The change indirectly affects fixed rated, but they'll likely continue to rise a bit too.