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May home construction slips 0.9%

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:25
Construction dropped in every region except the South, which includes Fla., where it rose by 11.2%. NAHB economist says prices remain high relative to incomes.

Lenders must accept private flood insurance policies after July 1

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:24
Buyers may have another option if national flood insurance expires again, because a federal law forces mortgage lenders to accept private coverage after July 1 if it satisfies criteria outlined in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:22
The Fed issues an interest rate decision later today, and while a rate cut isn't expected, the accompanying policy statement could point to likely future moves.

Activists want to stop landlords from turning away ex-cons

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:21
In nearly a dozen big cities, advocates are pushing "fair-chance housing ordinances" that prevent landlords from turning away applicants due to prior convictions.

Get over staging fright to help sell a home

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:20
Don't think of staging as "a sofa in the living room." It's not about the furniture – it's about enticing buyers to form an emotional connection with a house.

A 'blooper room' listing photo can doom an entire sale

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:18
Thanks to online technology, buyers now scroll photos and nix a home from consideration in seconds – even a listing that's otherwise ideal for them.

Brokers: Get focused agent training on specific topics

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:16
C2EX (Commit to Excellence) isn't only a testing tool, it also teaches. If an agent weakness is identified, they can tap into one of 10 modules, such as "Client Service." https://c2ex.realtor

Rental scams so common that some owners police Craigslist

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:20
The rental-home scam ruins vacations and hurts owners who must turn families away, but they're almost common now on sites like Craigslist and even Zillow.

Opportunity Zones: Real estate dominates the tax breaks

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:19
It takes 10 years for Opportunity Zone tax breaks to fully kick in, and while commercial buildings aren't going anywhere, business investors worry about internal and external influences that could keep them from hitting that 10-year mark.

Why aren't boomers downsizing their homes?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:17
A growing number of aging boomers aren't downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the sprawling house where they raised kids and created long-ago memories.

Some tiny home owners think they're a bit too tiny

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:16
Tiny-home buyers increasingly favor bigger models, and they're upgrading cabinetry and finishes, which boost prices closer to those for a single-family home.

Quicken Loans paying $32.5M in suit over faulty FHA loans

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:15
The government accused Quicken of not properly vetting FHA-insured loans by verifying income. The company agreed to settle without admitting guilt.

The new frontier for 'healthy' homes? Ventilation

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:14
Closed-up indoor air gets polluted with lead, dust mites, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander and mold, which kicks up demand for air purification systems.

Can my renters smoke weed indoors? Can they grow it?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:13
A Fla. law approved this spring allows smokable marijuana. How does this impact your real estate business? Your neighborhood? Find out at Florida Realtors Aug. convention.

Commercial RE executives bullish on U.S. market

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:40
While an economic slowdown seems possible, commercial polled don't appear fazed and anticipate significant investment money from China, Canada and even Mexico.

More economists predicting interest rate cut

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:29
A Wall Street Journal poll of 46 economists found that 75% expected a Fed rate cut in either July or Sept. – an increase from 50% in a poll conducted in May.

Gov. DeSantis considering impact and permit fee bills

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:03
Two bills await a signature. If signed, the impact fee bill specifies how fee money can be used; the permit one requires fees to be published on local websites.

5-year flood insurance bill could get full House vote

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:02
The House Financial Services Committee voted Wed. to advance a flood insurance bill to the full House for a vote. The current bill would extend the program five years, increase mitigation tools, revise the scope of mapping, update new technology and more.

Total impact one Fla. home sale has on the economy? $77,858

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:01
NAR analysis: In Fla., the real estate business makes up 21.9% of the state's GSP. Each sale generates $21.4K for the industry and $4.2K for other businesses.

Enter to win the ENVY Award

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:58
Calling for entries for Florida Realtors 2019 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Remember: July 9 is the deadline.