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Some ‘Luxury’ Home Features Becoming ‘Standard’

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:01
Builders say some the home elements that were considered upgrades only a few years ago are a standard element of most new home construction today – items such as laundry rooms, walk-in master closets and low-emissivity (low-e) windows.

How Much Does Curb Appeal Affect Home Value?

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:01
A great looking home front can boost selling prices 7%, according to a university study – and up to 14% in markets with a higher inventory of listings.

Some Buyers Find Affordability in Multifamily Housing

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:01
As frustrated buyers seek new ways to buy homes in desired areas, more are looking at multi-unit housing. They cost more, but renters then help pay off the mortgage.

No Investment is 100% Safe from Hackers – Including Bitcoin

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:01
A Mich. man lost $90K in Bitcoin to cybercrooks, but old-school investments also face threats if savers make a mistake or an oversight company hasn’t insured the loss.

Big Change to Credit Scores Could Impact Homebuyers

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:01
Some buyers who qualified for a mortgage won’t by summer – but others who didn’t qualify might be better off because a calculation change will affect about 110 million consumers. In general, older credit-score issues, such as late payments, will have less impact than recent ones.

New-Home Sales Slipped Slightly in Dec. by 0.4%

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:01
Sales for all 2019, however, rose 10.3%, according to the Commerce Dept. The rise was driven entirely by gains in the South, which includes Fla., and the Midwest.

New Virus from China Not in Fla. Yet – But Avoid Risk Anyway

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:01
A coronavirus out of China doesn’t seem to be in Fla. yet – but victims may spread the disease before symptoms appear. Take precautions when working with clients.

Buyers Incorrectly Expect Newly Built Homes to be Perfect

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:01
A four-year analysis of new homes finds “exterior weather barriers” the No. 1 problem, usually caused by poor workmanship, misinterpretations or plan deviations.

Single-Family Rentals Hot and Getting Hotter

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
Rents for single-family units, including condos, rose 3% year-over-year in November 2019, according to CoreLogic – a yearly rate increase roughly unchanged since 2010.

Fair Housing: Real Estate Improves; Mortgages Not So Much

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
A university analysis finds that racial discrimination in mortgage lending hasn’t declined much in the past 30-40 years. In housing, overt discrimination is largely gone, but restrained discrimination – “subtle differences in treatment between whites and minorities” – still exists.

Survey: Buyers Value Agents but Don’t Shop Around

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
99% of recent buyers said their agent added value to their transaction – but, on average, these same buyers only interviewed two agents before picking one.

Could 3D-Printed Homes Help Affordable Housing?

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
Some organizations believe 3D building could ramp up affordable housing across the globe – and it could do so quickly with a new home build taking only 24 hours.

Did 1920s Fla. Real Estate ‘Mania’ Kick Off Great Depression?

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
100 years ago, Fla. land speculators fought each other to flip land, jacking up prices with each sale. Later, stunned by massive losses, they moved money out of stocks too.

Q&A: Can Condo Association Rules Override Fla. Law?

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:01
A condo board decided not to list directors’ names with their votes, using only “3-yes, 2-no,” instead; another board charges background-check fees that appear illegal.

Is This Home Accessible? New App Answers that Question

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
NAHB’s app, the Pocket Guide to the Fair Housing Act, was designed to help builders, contractors and designers determine if a project meets fair housing requirements.

Expect Fla.’s Economy to Grow, Continue Strong in 2020

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
Florida Realtors Real Estate Trends summit: The U.S. economy is doing quite well – and Fla.’s economy is doing even better, economic experts told more than 400 Realtors at the 2020 summit. Factors that fueled fears of a possible recession have mostly faded.

EPA and Army Corps Rolling Back Waterway Protection Rules

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
The Trump administration is lifting protections for some streams and wetlands in one of its most extensive and far-reaching environmental protection rollbacks.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Drop To 3-Month Lows

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
It’s a great time to buy a home – if buyers can find one. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.60% this week from last week’s 3.65%.

Florida Lawmakers Advance Fight Against Blue-Green Algae

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
A package of proposals is wending its way through legislative committees – attempts to better control pollutant-laden runoff that nourish blue-green algae blooms.

Some Fla. Homesteaders Unknowingly Claim Two Exemptions

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:01
Fla. is strict about claiming a homestead exemption, and an honest mistake cost a Venice retiree $11K because an Ohio title agent accidently checked the wrong box.