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3-D printed homes on verge of mass production

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:52
A Calif. company can build a home anywhere via a 3-D printer in less than 24 hours. It already showcases one in Austin that meets all local building standards.

Community banks shrink after Great Recession

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:49
About 85% of banks that failed in U.S. from 2008 to 2011 were smaller ones with assets under $1B, and most were in 10 states led by Georgia and Florida.

'Greenwashing' raises questions about sustainable homes

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:45
What makes a home green? There's no official definition; as a result, some listings that claim to be green may have only a few environmentally friendly features.

Computer or phone problems? Call or email us

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:44
It's like having a computer-geek best friend: Florida Realtors Tech Helpline, a free member benefit, can be reached via email, online chat or phone: 407.587.1450.

Some buyers will lose out if they don't act now

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 03:03
Every marginal increase in mortgage rates makes homeownership unaffordable for a few more buyers, so it's now-or-never for some families.

FAU report suggests real estate cycle is hitting its peak

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 03:03
Housing prices, which have been rising steadily since 2012 in most parts of the country, have begun to slow, says FAU and FIU researchers - but researchers say prices will almost certainly stabilize rather than decline as they did during the recession.

Senate bill would diminish mortgage disclosures by banks

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 03:02
Congress might cut mortgage red tape, but the bill allows most lenders to skip data reporting, which critics say would make fair lending laws harder to enforce.

What if an HOA board doesn't enforce restrictions?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 03:00
Legal QandA: A board seems to turn a blind eye to short-term rentals, owner occupancy mandates and truck parking rules. What can residents do?

When should sellers consider 'option to buy' an option?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 02:59
For some sellers, agreeing to a seller/renter's "option to buy" can move a house that has been sitting on the market. But there are other good reasons too.

3 smart strategies for first-time investors

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 02:58
It doesn't matter if you love the kitchen or not. Investment real estate buyers should focus only on potential income - not a home's personal appeal.

NAR: Fair housing should remain a primary HUD mission

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:38
HUD might change its mission statement to remove "antidiscrimination language." Sec. Ben Carson, who has led the charge, also wants to add "self-sufficiency."

Foreclosure expert adapts to dwindling market

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:35
Many agents became foreclosure experts during the recession, but with fewer homes to sell these days, some are reinventing themselves to serve new niche markets, including some new loan programs that serve the Silent Generation.

Blockchains will upend the home mortgage market

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:33
In the next few years it might become fast and easy to secure a mortgage as blockchain technology quickly ties all financial accounts into the home transaction.

Fannie inks photo deal to make foreclosures more appealing

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:32
Fannie teamed up with a real estate photography firm to give its foreclosed-property listings professional photos and, in some cases, virtual staging.

Would more manufactured homes ease housing shortages?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:31
Fannie and Freddie announced plans to buy more manufactured housing loans over the next three years, and HUD is reviewing its manufactured-home regulations.

Empathy helps you ask better questions

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:23
Real estate professionals learn more about their clients by asking questions, but there's an art to phrasing these inquiries.

Realtor.com debuts 'Local Pride' scholarship

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:20
Applicants for the scholarships - $500, $1,000 or $2,500 - must demonstrate local pride and pen an essay about their neighborhood.

Mortgage rates climb to 4.46% - a 4-year high

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:44
The cost of a loan continues to rise on the brink of the traditional spring home buying season, and buyers will now confront higher borrowing costs.

Flood insurance fight gets serious as sea levels rise

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:43
Florida Realtor Brandi Gabbard, chair of NAR's Insurance Committee, said Tuesday on Capitol Hill that government needs to do more to help communities prepare for floods. In St. Petersburg, water has risen about 1 inch each decade since the 1940s.

ATTOM: Home flipping hit an 11-year high in 2017

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:41
Orlando ranked 4th nationwide in cash-sale flips, and three Fla. cities made the top 10 for their home-flipping rate: Tampa-St. Pete, Miami and Orlando.