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Paraphrasing vs. Quoting

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 22:08
What does a contract, a law or the Code of Ethics actually say? Go to the source. Many Florida Realtors Legal Hotline callers get their info almost – but not exactly – correct because they rely on other people for advice.  

Hurricane Michael Claims Nearly $7B With 14% Unresolved

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 04:08
More than 140,000 claims had been filed from the Category 5 hurricane, which made landfall in Mexico Beach last fall and caused massive damage to parts of the Panhandle.

How Do You Reduce Robocalls to Small Businesses?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 04:08
Seventy percent of consumers don’t answer calls from unknown numbers – but businesses don’t have that option and must often deal with annoying and time-consuming robocalls.  

Realtors Property Resource Adds Qualified Opportunity Zones

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 04:08
RPR, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAR, now has a filter that helps Realtors search for properties located within one of the nation’s 8,700 low-tax Opportunity Zones.

Higher Bar for ‘Disparate Impact’ Fair Housing Claims?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 03:08
HUD wants to make it a bit more difficult to successfully file a fair housing complaint based on “disparate impact.” A soon-to-be proposed rule would require plaintiffs, for example, to address five elements in their complaint rather than the current three.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Unchanged – 30-Year at 3.75%

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 03:08
Rates stayed at three-year lows, but the impact – if any – from the Fed’s decision to slightly lower interest rates probably wouldn’t show up yet.

Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates: Will It Help Buyers?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 03:08
The small cut isn’t expected to have a big impact on real estate, but it could trigger a slight rate decrease in adjustable rate loans and maybe fixed-rate loans.

Happy Floridians: July Consumer Sentiment Up 3.7 Points

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 04:07
Consumers felt better in both the short- and long-term measurements, suggesting optimism for the future and content in the present.

U.S. Homeowners Have Never Stayed Put for This Long

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:07
An ATTOM Data Solutions report finds that homeowners in the United States now remain in their properties an average 8.09 years – longer than ever before.

Fla. Regulators Sign Off on Citizens Rate Hikes

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:07
The state approved an average 4.7% rate hike for Citizen’s, the state-owned “insurer of last resort.” Citizens once requested 8.2% but lowered it after AOB reform.

Seattle First U.S. City to See Home Prices Drop a Bit

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:07
It may be a trend in cities with historically strong price increases as Seattle declined 1.2% – but it probably doesn’t indicate a drop in demand. In outlying areas where first-time buyers can afford property, home prices are rising by double digits.

What is Florida’s Most Googled Financial Topic?

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:07
If Google is any indication, Floridians and the residents of four other U.S. states have a lot of questions about insurance, the state’s most searched financial topic.

REBarCamp Orlando: It’s Like Hiring a Mentor for a Day

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 03:07
How do I gets leads via Instagram? How do I make videos look professional? How do I create my “brand”? All questions will be answered for $15 and one day of your time.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Surges in July

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
While confidence took a small hit in June (124.3), it rose 11.4 points this month to 135.7, and results should “continue to support robust spending in the near-term.”

Real Estate Q&A: How to Handle a Fair Housing Violation

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
In some cases, HOAs and landlords don’t understand fair housing law. Reasonable accommodations must be allowed – but not all requests qualify as “reasonable.”

NAR: Pending Home Sales Climb 2.8% in June

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
It’s the second consecutive month with the number of listings under contract increasing and the first pending-sale year-over-year increase after 17 months of declines.

Do I Need a Permit for That?

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
When does a homeowner need a permit to remodel? Ask local government. It varies by city and few offer an easy-to-find master list of permit-needed activities.

Drop in Cash-Sale Investors Could Help First-Time Buyers

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
Double-digit home price increases once enticed mom-and-pop investors to enter the market, but cash sales are falling along with year-to-year price increases. However, a spike in small investors leaving the market could cause the number of affordable home listings to surge.

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Climbed Only 2.4% Year-to-Year

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 03:07
The sluggish overall U.S. price growth was weighed down largely by the most expensive markets, where years of high price growth has undermined affordability.

Home Sales Up Double Digits in Hurricane-Hit Panhandle

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 04:07
Housing sales in areas hit by Hurricane Michael rose 15.5% so far this year. Demand comes from construction workers helping to rebuild and renters who lost homes.