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Save the date: Women in Real Estate (#WIRE) 2019

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:33
The second WIRE real estate conference presented by Florida Realtors will take place June 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla. More info coming soon. https://floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/Women-in-Real-Estate-Conference.cfm

Alone on Valentine's Day? Buy a house and find true love

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:15
Survey: Nearly 60% of millennial singles say homeownership makes a potential mate more attractive, and 46% of single respondents of any age agree.

What might a long-term flood-insurance extension look like?

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:14
It's not just about money. FEMA wants a redesign of the program's rating structure and model into something that relies less on flood zone maps and more on variables such as nearby sources of water and a building's characteristics.

Freddie nixes affordable housing projects' interest-rate risk

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:12
Most residential projects can't lock in a mortgage rate until close to completion, but Freddie Mac will allow affordable projects to secure an earlier rate lock.

Sick of robocalls? You may have options

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:11
Most people can ignore unknown phone numbers and wait for a message. But for Realtors, a call from an unknown number could be a lead they can't ignore.

Hurricane Michael drops home sales by a third

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:02
Year-over-year sales of single-family homes declined by more than a third in the Panama City metro area during the last quarter of last year.

Are tiny homes here to stay or a tiny fad on its way out?

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:00
The trend doesn't seem to be catching on, possibly because areas with the greatest demand, such as big cities, are also the least likely to have available land.

Make a difference at Great American Realtor Days

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:59
Lawmakers don't understand Fla.'s real estate market until a Realtor explains it. Attend Great American Realtor Days, March 18-20 in Tallahassee. Registration is now open.

Regulators ease flood-insurance rules for mortgage holders

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:55
A new regulation effective July 1 allows more homeowners with a mortgage to use private flood insurance coverage rather than only the national flood program.

Fla.'s housing market: Sales, new listings, median price up at end of 2018

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:54
Fla. Realtors data: Statewide single-family sales up 2.2% year-over-year, median price up 7.2%; condo sales up 4.9%, median price up 7.2% over 2017. Single-family active inventory rose 13.3% over 2017, condo active inventory up 8%.

Fla. Supreme Court takes up assignment-of-benefits case

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:52
An property insurer requires a policyholder's mortgage company to co-sign AOB claims, but a restoration firm denied money calls that an improper restriction.

Should impact fees be waived for affordable housing projects?

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:51
While passage is far from certain, a bill introduced in the Fla. Legislature would allow affordable housing builders to save money by avoiding local impact fees.

NAR: U.S. home prices up 4% in 2018's 4Q

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:50
Inventory increased, prices rose less and sales fell 1.8%. NAR economist calls 2018's 4Q promising, with prices "rising at a slower and healthier pace."

Easy way to soothe sellers' jangled nerves? Call them

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:49
Few sellers understand everything about their home's sale. They long for reassurances and updates – and an actual phone call is often the most effective way.

Save the date: Florida Realtors 2019 Convention and Trade Expo

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:48
This year's convention, Realtor Nation, runs from Aug. 21-22 (governance meetings Aug. 23-25) and features Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing." http://convention.floridarealtors.org

Fla. PSC says it won't regulate Tesla's solar leases

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:52
Should a solar lease be regulated as a utility if it "sells" power to homeowners? The state says no, so solar-using homeowners needn't fear new regulations.

The fight over beach access – past, present and future

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:51
Walton County is ground zero for legal fights over beaches and who may use them. The complicated issue involves a new real estate law passed last year, multiple lawyers on both sides of the issue, and land deeds signed as far back as 1842.

Condo QandA: What if my HOA misses a financial review?

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:50
Also: Can tenants be banned from pet ownership if it's allowed for condo owners? And can a condo pick-and-choose which common areas to keep up?

Too few new homes? Builders may have social media problem

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:47
Few builders are developing social media relationships with potential buyers – and many also suffer from a high percentage of bad online reviews.

Firms use reams of data to predict likely home sellers

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:46
Tech firms combine data from diverse places to create profiles. A daily commute to high school, for example, tells Google Maps that teenagers live at home.