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Give thanks: Good for you, your customers, your business

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:05
While appreciation is good year-round, the holidays are ideal for thanking the customers, co-workers, referrers and others who helped make your year a success.

'Tis the season for Code of Ethics training

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:04
Completed NAR's mandatory 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training? You only have until Dec. 31 to do so when the current two-year training cycle ends. https://www.nar.realtor/about-nar/governing-documents/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-training

Flood insurance extended – but only until Friday

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:03
It's the 8th short-term extension in 2 years, with little hope of a long-term solution by Friday. Buyers of flood-zone homes should prepare for a possible lapse.

Hurricane season ends – but Michael will be remembered

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:02
The 2018 hurricane season ended on Friday, and, for the third consecutive year, Fla. felt the wrath of a major storm. Panhandle towns are still cleaning up from the Oct. 10 Hurricane Michael hit and total costs have not yet been finalized.

What are the rules when military renters get called away?

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:01
Real estate QandA: A landlord un-furnished a home to accommodate a military renter who was called to active duty before moving in. Is the owner just out of luck?

Self-driving hotel rooms could disrupt travel, real estate

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:00
Imagine furnished rooms that move themselves. A plan for self-driving hotel rooms envisions them traveling 24/7 or parking around the U.S. in "hotel"-owned lots.

NAR wins Realtor copyright protection case in Spain

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:00
A Spanish firm claimed the word "Realtor" is used generically and unworthy of copyright protection, but NAR won a fight to protect it – a major international win.

Real estate's important social media metrics

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:59
It's nice to get Facebook "likes," but they're not a great gauge of marketing value. Plus Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram measure "reach" differently.

Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings: Register now

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:57
Taxes, algae, flood insurance, business – what can Florida Realtors do to help? Join the discussion Jan. 23-26 in Orlando. Find more info and register online by Jan. 15.

Owners again starting to cash in on their home's equity

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:15
Freddie Mac: Over 80% of homeowners who refinanced in the third quarter took out more than their mortgage balance – and some may now pay a higher interest rate.

U.S. push to cut back on home appraisals sparks controversy

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:14
The administration wants to eliminate professional appraisals on home sale transactions less than $400K. Critics say the change could push the country back toward the see-no-evil days of mortgage lending that preceded the housing crash.

U.S. economy grew at brisk 3.5% annual rate last quarter

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:13
Home sales may be sluggish but the economy is booming thanks to strong consumer spending and business investment. It's the healthiest economic growth in 13 years.

Homes close to a highway – but not too close – worth more

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:12
Easy access to transportation is "generally positive" for increasing a home's value, but noise and traffic density negates the impact for highway-adjacent homes.

Assignment of benefits isn't bad – but rampant abuse is

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:11
After a disaster, homeowners may assign their insurance (AOB) to a third party, but Fla. laws make it easy for these people to over-charge insurance providers.

Is it smart to tap home equity to delay Social Security?

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:10
Social security checks go up 8% each year between age 62 and 70, so some owners are choosing to live off equity for a few years to boost long-term payments.

Fed shifts gears, may not push interest rates much higher

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:21
Fed Chair Powell now says interest rates are "just below" where they should be. For buyers, it suggests that ARM rates, and maybe FRMs, could stabilize.

NAR: Pending home sales slip 2.6% in October

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:21
Year-over-year contract signings dropped 6.7% – the tenth straight month of annual decreases. Still, NAR chief economist Yun is "very optimistic ... long-term prospects look solid; we just have to get through this short-term period of uncertainty."

Mortgage rates steady – 30-year still at 4.81%

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:20
U.S. long-term mortgage rates barely budged this week after marking the biggest drop in nearly four years a week earlier.

What happens to a house after one spouse dies?

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:18
In most cases, a surviving spouse owns the house and can do what he or she wishes with it – but many factors can affect this, including how the house is titled.

Investors showing interest in Opendoor and Offerpad homes

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:18
Institutional investors who buy 10+ properties may be turning to iBuyers since their other sources of inventory, such as foreclosures, have largely dried up.