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U.S. Housing Supply Reaches All-Time Low

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:02
Realtor.com: Housing inventory dropped 13.6% in Jan. – the steepest year-over-year decline in over four years. The current supply of for-sale homes in the U.S. is the lowest it’s been since realtor.com began tracking it in 2012. It’s down 10%-20% in the four Fla. cities tracked.

Condo Q&A: How Much Power Does a Board Member Have?

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:02
Can a condo board rule that all proxy votes must be done by the board secretary? And can a single board member independently decide to sign an AOB repair contract?

Rising Equity Leads to More Cash-Out Refis

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:02
Refinancing and getting extra cash can raise interest rates and scare people who remember recent housing troubles. But today’s refi rate is well below pre-crisis levels.

Coronavirus Could Impact Real Estate

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:02
Mortgage interest rates dropped because of virus fears, and the Chinese buyers who propel the luxury market have at least temporarily pulled back.

Census Report: Significant 2019 Dip in International Migration

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:02
While Fla. also saw a decline, it remained the top U.S. state for international buyers. More than 1M foreign-born people have immigrated to the state in the last 10 years.

RE Q&A: Why Pay a ‘Tourist Tax’ After Home Damage?

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 04:02
Many property insurance policies pay for hotel stays if covered damage makes a home unlivable – so why do hotels make these Floridians pay a “tourist tax”?

Who Owns Fla.’s Wisteria Island? Developers or Government?

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 04:02
The Navy dredged Key West harbor and their dirt created an island worth millions. In 1924, Pres. Coolidge gave it to the Navy; in the 1950s, Fla. sold it to a politician.

Rate Drop: 30-year Mortgages Hit Lowest Point in 3 Years

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 03:02
Long-term mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropping to 3.45% from last week’s 3.51%.

Unseen Problems in a Fixer-Upper? 12 Signs

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 03:02
“As is” in a listing description usually suggests a home needs major work. But other signs – a moisture smell or stuck windows, for example – provide additional clues.

NAR Letter to HUD Focuses on Affordable Housing Solutions

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 03:02
How can the U.S. solve its affordable-housing crisis? In response to a HUD request for information, NAR mailed a list of suggestions. They range from Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac reform to improved mortgage underwriting and federal support for high-density zoning.

Fla. Has Action Plan for $633M Disaster Mitigation

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 03:02
Federal funding will help bolster Fla. property to withstand the next big storm, and Gov. DeSantis says the state recently submitted its required action plan to HUD.

UF: Fla. Consumers Attitudes in Jan. Unchanged Since Dec.

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
UF’s survey of Floridians’ attitudes found a decline in over current situations but a general increase in long-term outlooks. The index rose 1.3 points year-to-year.

State Oks Florida Forever Land Buys, Conservation Easement

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
Gov. DeSantis approved two Florida Forever land acquisitions and a conservation easement to protect natural environments in Manatee, Sarasota and Columbia counties.

Central Fla. Seeking $100M for Private Affordable Housing Fund

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
A group of Central Florida business and philanthropy leaders is creating a $100 million fund to address the region’s affordable housing crisis – money that will be used to build, renovate or preserve an estimated 25,000 homes and apartment units over the next decade.

Can an HOA Fine Residents for Posting Online Complaints?

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
An Arizona HOA has threatened to fine its residents $250 per day if they voice community grievances online. Residents call it a form of censorship.

Fewer Single-Family Investors Need to Actually Visit

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
For investors, a single-family purchase has to do with profit potential. As a result, more are making online decisions without actually seeing the property in person.

What Should Property Managers Focus on in 2020?

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:02
A still-strong economy bodes well for commercial real estate, but even in low times, property managers need to manage buildings where people live, work, shop and dine.

NAR Extends ‘That’s Who We R’ Campaign to ‘Look for the R’

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
“Look for the R” makes the iconic “R” trademark a beacon of integrity – part of NAR’s strategy to distinguish Realtors from other non-NAR member agents and apps.

Fla. Family Fights for Son’s Emotional Support Chickens

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
“Emotional support” is hard to define, and the fight to keep ESA chickens rests on regulations, legal interpretations, zoning restrictions and more.

Older, Richer Renters Cost Burdened Too

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:02
Renters priced out of homeownership aren’t getting financial relief by renting either, according to a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.