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Why Hasn’t Tech Met the Needs Of Housing Consumers Yet?

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
For one thing, relationships matter in real estate. But buyers also see loans, homes and inspections as a complete RE package, and tech doesn’t coordinate those yet.

Half of Millennials Want a Home That’s Social-Media Ready

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
A study found why some younger buyers don’t like fixer-uppers: After sharing their purchasing adventure on social media, they want a picture-ready home after closing.

HUD Proposes Rollback of Housing Desegregation Rule

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
The proposed rule announced Tuesday would redefine fair housing standards and place more emphasis on improving housing choice rather than reducing discrimination.

Higher Conforming Loan Limits Take Effect

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 05:01
It’s official: Buyers can apply for a bigger loan, up to $510,400 for most mortgages (sometimes more) and up to $331,760 for FHA loans (also sometimes more).

Has a Slowdown in Home-Price Increases Reversed Course?

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
Case-Shiller reported a higher home price increase of 3.3% in Oct., but it’s too soon to determine if it’s a new trend or a one-month exception.

RE Q&A: Can an Owner Stop Mowing and Let His Yard ‘Go Wild’?

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
Landscaping should be maintained out of respect for neighbors, but HOAs often have rules and local governments have laws that mandate levels of care.

Severe Weather Impacts Commercial Property Insurance Rates

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average annual cost of catastrophic losses in the U.S. was $19.3 billion over the past 28 years. In 2017, that number jumped to $104 billion, followed by $50 billion in 2018.

Avoid Being Scammed: Don’t Abbreviate ‘2020’

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
If you usually date signed documents as “1/7/20,” make it “1/7/2020.” Empty space behind the first “20” makes it easy for scammers to change document dates.

Fed Budget Includes $200M for Everglades Restoration

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
In addition to extending flood insurance and the U.S. government, the budget signed Dec. 20 includes funding requested by the governor and Fla.’s two senators.

Florida Realtors Seeks Student Scholarship Winners

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 04:01
Fla. students may now apply for 2020-21 Education Foundation scholarships. To date, Florida Realtors has awarded $1,555,000 in scholarships to 1,058 students.

NAR: Pending Home Sales Up 1.2% in Nov.

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
U.S. pending sales rebounded from an Oct. decline despite an insufficient level of inventory as buyers upped their game. Year-to-year contract signings were up 7.4%.

UF: Floridians Remain Confident Heading into the New Year

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
The Dec. sentiment index rose to 100.1 from Nov.’s 99.4. Many respondents were optimistic about U.S. conditions now and in the future, but a bit less so about their own.

2020 Brings Remote Notaries, Lower Taxes, Texting Bans

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
It’s now easier and more convenient to close deals between distant buyers and sellers thanks to new remote notary laws, and the business rent tax cut will save businesses an estimated $65 million in 2020. However, it’s now illegal statewide to text while driving.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Ease – 30-Year at 3.72%

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage eased to 3.72% from last week’s 3.74%. The benchmark rate a year ago was 4.51%.

Number of U.S. Renters Passes 100M in Last Decade

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
1 in 3 (34%) Americans are renters, according to RentCafé, and since 2010, the number of U.S. renters has increased twice as fast as the number of U.S. homeowners.

Fla. Man Steals Deed at Closing and Runs Away

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:01
A Bartow buyer will serve a 3.5 year sentence for grabbing a seller-signed deed but not signing loan docs. He told the Clerk of Courts the house “only cost me $1.”

Reducing Risk: Hot Topics Heading into 2020

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 23:12
Sometimes a bogeyman seems to be hiding in every dark corner. At NAR’s November convention, General Counsel Katie Johnson listed five specific dangers hanging over brokers’ heads today – and specific steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks.

RE Q&A: Sued by My Condo Association: Can I Ignore Them?

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 23:12
A condo unit owner received an incorrect charge and told the management company – but a few months later, the association served her with a lawsuit. Does she have to respond and “deal with this nonsense”?

Dear Anne – Not from My MLS? Go Away!

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 23:12
most of the work on behalf of this absentee agent who, of course, still expects a full commission. When can you draw a line and refuse to do other people’s work for them?