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Using auto-texts to market? Understand the risks

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:27
More consumers are filing lawsuits against businesses that auto-send texts without following regulations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Builders focusing more on new middle-income housing

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:26
Developers tend to focus on the type of housing that maximizes profits, and a recent trend to build luxury homes has faded a bit in favor moderate-income properties. As a result, the average new home has dropped from 2,500 square feet to 2,320.

Florida Housing relaunches first-time homebuyer program

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:25
First-time homebuyers can get up to $15K in downpayment and closing-cost assistance if they live in Clay, Duval, Hillsborough, Osceola or Pasco counties.

Data breach prompts call for more mortgage protections

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:24
A recent hack hit 54K owners with loans from Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others. Crooks stole a treasure trove of personal data including Social Security numbers.

Dear homebuyers: Please stop thinking you need 20% down

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:23
Most buyers pay only 5% to 10% down – some even pay zero – and there are a number of first-time homebuyer programs that can help secure a house.

Credit scores may impact both homeownership and dating

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:21
3 out of 10 singles research a partner's financial info online before committing to a relationship, so bad credit can impact more than just the cost of a loan.

You have a license to support homeownership

Realtor News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 04:19
The Florida Realtors-backed "Support Homeownership for All" license plate raised over $1M so far for Fla. affordable housing projects. Go to: homeownershipforall.org. https://homeownershipforall.org

Lawmakers wrestle with AOB insurance claims' attorney fees

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:32
A Fla. Senate committee last week stifled a proposal that would limit attorney fees in "assignment of benefits" (AOB) property insurance cases.

Experts: Can't have a bubble with under-supply of homes

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:31
Bubble fears are based on memories of the housing meltdown more than reality, some experts say. As long as buyer demand remains high and new-home production low, there's no bubble to burst. Prices are a result of demand, not risky lending.

Legal QandA: Can I turn my condo into a timeshare?

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:30
The owner of an ocean-view condo wants to sell and figures she'll get the highest amount of money if she makes it a timeshare – but can she legally do that?

Tight housing trend: Married with roommates

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:29
More married couples can't swing the full cost of a new home, so they're taking on roommates to help cover expenses for the first few years.

NAR's Good Neighbor Awards celebrate 20 years

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:28
In two decades, the awards have granted $1.3M to Realtor-led nonprofits, helped 200-plus organizations, and had an impact in 40 states and 15 countries.

Help minimize spats between married home shoppers

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:27
Buying stresses couples, and major decisions often end up in major disagreements. But a few tactics can nip potential problems in the bud.

Due March 4: Scholarship applications

Realtor News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:26
The deadline looms for any Fla. student, including ones now enrolled, to apply for an academic scholarship from Florida Realtors Education Foundation. Learn more.

Mortgage rates fall to 12-month low – 30-year at 4.37%

Realtor News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:41
Indications that inflation and economic growth around the world slowed have been pushing mortgage rates lower, experts say.

More buyers may qualify for zero-down rural loans

Realtor News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:39
More small-town residents will qualify for no-money-down rural housing loans because the full population of nearby military bases and prisons won't be counted.
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