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You Don’t Know Google Search: 6 Time-Saving Tips

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:08
Regular searches are helpful but don’t scratch the surface of Google’s abilities. Learning a few shortcuts now can save hours of frustrating search time later.

Is Voter-Mandated Dog Track Shutdown Unconstitutional ‘Taking’?

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:08
Fla. voters approved a constitutional amendment banning greyhound racing, but an owner now says it’s the same as a physical taking and he deserves compensation.

1/3 of Buyers Could Save $2K by Mortgage Shopping

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:08
Study: In 2018, 34% of first-time buyers went with the first lender they contacted; 41% of repeat buyers did the same. But shopping around could save them money.

Intelligent Facebook People ‘Like’ Curly Fries

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:08
How can algorithms identify potential home sellers? It’s complicated, says a speaker coming to Florida Realtors’ convention, but psychology plays a role. Researchers know that people who “like” a curly fries post have a lot in common with the person who posted it.

One of the Hottest Commercial Investments? Self-Storage

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:08
Cash-flowing, stabilized properties still achieve peak pricing,” says director with RE services firm JLL. “We don’t anticipate this slowing down anytime soon.”

Online Reviewers Can Be Sued – Is that Good or Bad?

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 04:08
Where to draw lines? Are lawsuits for bad reviews a protection against libel or a threat to free speech (SLAPP – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)?

Even Owners With Smart-Home Tech Find It ‘Creepy’

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 04:08
Only 1 in 10 adults 50-plus have smart home tech, and 8 in 10 have no plans to get it – but maybe they should. Younger adults prefer listings with smart features.

State of Florida Revives Its Red Tide Task Force

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 03:08
There are now two task forces studying algae in Fla. – one looking at inland blue-green algae and a newly revived and funded group studying coastal red algae.

Green Building Good for Bottom Line – Not Just Environment

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 03:08
While “good for the planet” has merit, a green building attracts quality tenants, helps them recruit top talent and lowers the risk of lawsuits by managing risk.

Real Estate Is Americans’ Preferred Long-Term Investment

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 03:08
When asked about the best investment for 10-plus years, 31% picked real estate with millennials the top pro-real estate generation. Only 20% preferred stocks.

Senate Bill Would Offer Owners $5K for Storm Mitigation

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 03:08
Citing the Fla. Building Code as evidence that every $1 spent fortifying property saves $6 in post-storm damage, the “Shelter Act” proposes a tax credit for building mitigation efforts – but it must be passed by Congress and signed by the president to become law.  

New EB-5 Visa Investment Rule Making Developers Scramble

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
On Nov. 21, the minimum investment to get an EB-5 visa rises from $500K to $900K, and developers are rushing to lock in capital before the increase.

HUD Lowers Amount of Accessible Equity in a Cash-Out Refi

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will lower its maximum loan-to-value requirements for cash-out refinance transactions from 85% to 80% on Sept. 1.

RE Economists Predict Next Recession in 2020 or 2021

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
Everything is cyclical, and the next recession could start next year, according to housing experts and economists – but real estate shouldn’t be hit too hard.

Fla. Listing Photo Shows a House Engulfed in Flames

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
A St. Petersburg home in a high-demand area burned down leaving an empty plot, and using a listing photo of the fire is a big risk but also crazy-good marketing.

Q&A: Can My Neighbor Keep a Pet Chimpanzee at Home?

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
A homeowner who likes exotic pets graduated from a ferret to a chimpanzee, and a neighbor worries about the danger – and wonders if it’s legal.

DeSantis Appointee to Prepare State for Rising Seas

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:08
Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Dr. Julia Nesheiwat as Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer. It’s the first time a high-level official will help Fla. prepare for the expected environmental, physical and economic impacts of climate change on rising sea levels.

Condo Q&A: Tree Trimming, Veggie Gardens and Material Changes

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 22:08
Fla.’s new law allowing vegetable gardens isn’t limited to vegetables – but it also doesn’t nix HOA rules that prohibit them. Also: A complex has trouble getting people to vote. Can it agree to make “yes” the default vote of anyone who doesn’t vote at all?

Q&A: Can New Landlord-Owner Require a New Security Deposit?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 22:08
A renter of many years has a new landlord because the home was sold, but the new guy is holding repairs hostage – he won’t make any unless the renter pays a new security deposit. This isn’t right – is it?

Sure You’re Using the Correct Contract Rider or Addenda?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 22:08
Florida Realtors offers many contracts, and our roster of riders and addenda are not a mix-and-match pot of options. Many riders, for example, refer to a paragraph number in a specific contract, and picking the wrong rider could create problems later on.