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Yun: Fla. real estate market healthy but challenged

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:29
NAR's chief economist predicts that tax reform will boost Fla. in-migration from high-tax states, and foreign investment will be double what it was 10 years ago.

Older adults have option to sell a home without moving

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:27
A new investment system not yet in Fla. may appeal to aging boomers: In exchange for some money now and perhaps more later, "Irene" buys houses, allows residents to stay "forever," and pays for all structural maintenance, real estate taxes and insurance.

Mortgage rates steady – unchanged from last week's 4.55%

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:26
The average FRM rate rose steadily in April but reached at least a temporary plateau. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.05%.

Co-living a more appealing option as rents soar

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:25
There's strong demand now for apartments that offer activities, shared communal space and small private units – "Class B pricing for a Class A product."

NAHB: Homes were more affordable in 1Q 2018

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:24
For the average American, a rise in wages offset higher home prices and interest rates in the Jan.-March period, according to the Housing Opportunity Index.

Interest rates: Better to buy a home now or wait?

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:23
No one can accurately predict future mortgage rates, but at 4.5% on a $160K mortgage, owners pay $811 per month; at 7.5% it's $1,119; at 18%, it's $2,411.

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

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:14
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. (Link underlined to: http://convention.floridarealtors.org

Should sellers pay for their own inspection?

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:13
Smooth transactions can hit speedbumps if an inspection finds minor damage, but sellers might preempt trouble by having a maintenance inspection before listing.

Today's buyers are discouraged but hanging in there

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:10
Most active buyers say they can't find an affordable home they want, so they're starting to lower their expectations – only 13% say they're giving up for now.

Mortgage rates up to .6% lower if buyers 'shop around'

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:08
LendingTree: Tampa is one of top three U.S. cities where buyers who "mortgage shop" can save a significant amount of money over the life of their loan – but buyers who compared mortgage products saved money in every city studied.

The best time to list a home? Not over a weekend

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:04
Study: To sell a home for the most money, list it on Wednesday; to sell in the fastest time, list on a Thursday. In either case, however, list it in May.

Florida No. 8 in Kiplinger's 2018 'Where to retire' list

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:13
The finance magazine doesn't count Fla.'s miles of beaches or climate, but it still ranks in the top 10 for stretching retirement dollars. No. 1 state? S. Dakota.

Survey: 6 in 10 homeowners 'never plan to move'

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:11
A Bankrate survey finds that 62 percent of current homeowners never plan to move; the rest anticipate staying in their current home a median of five years.

Poll: 64% of Americans expect home prices to rise

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:24
Americans' faith in the housing market continues to rebound as the Great Recession's housing troubles slowly fade from memory,according to a new Gallup poll.

Study: More Americans relocating for a new job

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:22
In 2017, 9 out of 10 organizations' relocation budgets either increased or stayed the same, according to Atlas Van Lines. But they face a new challenge: U.S. tax reform eliminated the moving-expense deduction for the next eight years.

Florida Realtors, IVD Berlin-Brandenburg sign agreement

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:20
The Memorandum of Understanding enables the Realtor organizations to collaborate more on trans-national business opportunities and other benefits for members.

Fla.'s insurers face a lot more lawsuits thanks to Irma

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:19
The top 20 Fla. property insurers by policy count were served 10,933 lawsuits in 1Q 2018; in 1Q 2017, it was only 6,768 lawsuits – a 61.5% year-to-year increase.

Groups to sue HUD over delay of anti-segregation rule

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:17
Advocacy organizations plan to sue HUD and its secretary, Ben Carson, over his decision to delay an Obama-era rule to ensure communities address racial segregation.

The trees that help — and hurt — a home's value

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:16
Flowering, leafy trees are good, as are ones that can handle an occasional cold snap. But avoid trees that spark allergies or with roots that press foundations.

Help a Fla. builder be the 'ENVY' of all

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 02:57
Spread the word: Florida Realtors wants 2018 ENVY Award entries, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. The deadline is Friday, July 6, 2018.