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Study: How does real estate compare to other investments?

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:40
Every investment decision boils down to risk vs. reward, but it's not easy to compare real estate to stocks or other investment types. However, a new study that tried to do that found U.S. real estate investing returned about 9% annually.

NAR: EU's data privacy rules may have limited effect here

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:38
It's unclear how Europe's privacy rules apply to U.S. businesses, but the oversight group says it's mainly concerned with U.S. firms that target European clients.

May's Consumer Confidence Index hits 17-year high

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:37
Following a slight April dip, Americans' economic confidence increased to 128 in May – the highest it's been since March 2001.

For-sale signs vanish and March home prices jump 6.8%

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:36
SandP CoreLogic Case-Shiller: March buyers paid a higher premium for ownership as the number of for-sale properties declined and mortgage rates increased.

Should I invest in a vacation rental? 3 questions to ask

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:35
There's stronger demand for private-property rentals thanks to Airbnb and others, which makes it a good time for second-home investors to enter the market.

Hurricane season and a tax-free holiday kick off Friday

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:33
Floridians have three extra days to stock up on tax-free hurricane supplies like flashlights, batteries and generators this year – from June 1 through June 7.

Study: How does real estate compare to other investments?

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:26
Every investment decision boils down to risk vs. reward, but it's not easy to compare real estate to stocks or other investment types. However, a new study that tried to do that found U.S. real estate investing returned about 9% annually.

For-sale signs vanish and March home prices jump 6.8%

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 03:17
SandP CoreLogic Case-Shiller: March buyers paid a higher premium for ownership as the number of for-sale properties declined and mortgage rates increased.

NAR applauds passage of banking reform bill

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:35
The president is expected to sign S. 2155, a bill that eases some Dodd-Frank rules and encourages small-lender loans by removing some regulatory restrictions.

Many buyers find inspiration in home-makeover programs

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:34
A multitude of home-rehab TV shows have changed today's buyers. An increasing number walk into a listing with a "What can I do with this?" attitude, while the others have higher expectations for a lot of like-new qualities and expert staging.

Sales of new homes slipped 1.5% in April

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:33
The slight drop is the result of an affordable-home shortage in the most desirable areas and a sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States.

Analysis: Rising mortgage rates won't impact home sales

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:31
A study suggests that the real estate market is underperforming currently and, as a result, won't feel an impact any time soon from rising mortgage rates.

Survey: Kids have big say in real estate decisions

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:29
Most buyers (55%) with children younger than 18 say their kids' opinions matter when it comes time to put an offer in on a home.

If builders say 'green,' ask 'How green?'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:28
In the wake of recent "greenwashing" in Fla., an appraiser advises buyers to "question [builders] and ask them to put in writing what they have done."

Kill 2 birds with 1 stone: Get CE credit at the convention

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:27
Come to Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo to see Penn and Teller and network, but also take a free CE-credit course to prepare for your next license renewal. http://convention.floridarealtors.org

Fla. ranks No. 1 as 'Best state for military retirees'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:52
On May 21, WalletHub released its "2018's Best and Worst States for Military Retirees" report, which ranked Fla. as the best state in the U.S. for retired veterans.

Even after tax reform, homeownership still beats renting

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:51
Congress curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, and mortgage rates and home prices are up – but most buyers have more disposable income, and a higher tax deduction will compensate them for losing their IRS interest and property-tax deductions.

Fake service dogs, real problems

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:49
Service animal fraud doesn't just make it more difficult for landlords and businesses, it also harms people who actually need services that the animals provide.

QandA: Can condo owner enclose lanai without permission?

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:47
Also: Our 500-home HOA has a budget of $1 million, but the board hasn't commissioned a financial audit in years. Is this a fiduciary breach?

Look around: Is someone sabotaging your sale?

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:46
If a listing should have sold by now, perhaps it's due to kids who don't want to move, doom-and-gloom inspectors or housekeepers worried about their job.