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DeSantis proposes full funding for affordable housing

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 04:39
Fla.'s governor proposed a $91.3 billion budget on Friday and wants all doc stamp money rolled into the State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds

Questions about possible ad rule changes? Tell FREC on Wed.

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 04:37
Under consideration is that a licensee's name shall not appear larger than the brokerage info in advertising. Thoughts? Plan to attend Feb. 13 meeting.

DeSantis proposes full funding for affordable housing

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 01:27
Fla.'s governor proposed a $91.3 billion budget on Friday and wants all doc stamp money rolled into the State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds used for affordable housing – a move strongly backed by Flori.

New home sales surged nearly 17% in Nov.

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 04:01
New-home sales jumped 16.9% month-to-month. The Nov. report was delayed by the government shutdown; a date for Dec. numbers hasn't been announced yet.

Fed agencies propose private flood insurance fix

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 04:00
Proposals would fix part of the problem, but some homeowners would still face risk if they nix NFIP and go with private coverage: If their private premiums rise and they wish to return to NFIP, their previous low rate would no longer be subsidized.

Little change in mortgage rates – up .01% week-to-week

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 03:59
The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.46% this week from last week's 4.45% – a change from the past few weeks' steady declines.

Opportunity Zones – a lower-cost investing option

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 03:58
Opportunity Zone investments are a hot topic in the commercial real estate industry right now, but which office markets may be the best targets for this type of strategy?

Fed holds interest rates steady, signals patience

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 03:57
For now, buyers shouldn't fear interest-rate increases that boost the cost of ARMs and, indirectly, FRMs as "the case for raising rates has weakened somewhat."

New to real estate? You already have a lead pipeline

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 03:55
Friends, relatives and even casual acquaintances buy and sell homes – but they can't ask you for help if they don't know you're now working in real estate.

Great American Realtor Days – You've got to go

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 03:53
What do lawmakers need to know about Fla.'s real estate market? Tell them. Great American Realtor Days 2019 runs March 18-20 in Tallahassee. Registration is now open.

Realtors: Apply for NAR's Good Neighbor Award

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 05:20
According to NAR, nearly 70% of Realtors give back to their communities through volunteer work in addition to helping consumers buy and sell homes. To recognize those efforts, NAR is currently accepting applications for its Good Neighbor Awards. More online listings cutting prices

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:36
The real estate advertising website says the percentage of listings that cut asking prices increased by 2% year-to-year. In Fla. metros, it ranges from 1% to 6%.

NAR: U.S. pending home sales dip 2.2% in Dec

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:35
NAR's chief economist cited the stock market correction, higher home prices and higher mortgage rates as top reasons for the downturn in pending sales.

DeSantis seeks $625M for everglades, water efforts

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:34
The governor's proposed budget – which the Florida Legislature may reject, accept or change – includes plans to invest $2.5B in the environment over four years.

40 million Americans have no credit score

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:33
It's hard to buy a home with a low credit score and almost impossible for people who have used credit so seldom that a numerical credit score can't be generated.

Outdated advice buyers should ignore

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:32
A low-ball offer might work at some points in a normal real estate cycle – but not right now. Is it best to wait until spring? To wait for prices to come down?

Announcing Florida Realtors 2019 Leadership Academy

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:31
The Academy accepted 16 members this year – Realtors who want to be involved, make a difference, grow their business and become strong leaders. Meet this year's class.

1 in 10 borrowers now opting for an adjustable rate

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:10
In Dec., ARMs posted their highest share of originations since Ellie Mae, a maker of software used to process mortgage applications, began tracking them in 2011, another "indication of how demand has outpaced supply in the housing market."

Fed meets this week but no interest-rate hike expected

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:09
With tame inflation and rising economic pressures – a global slowdown, China trade war and more – the Fed doesn't appear ready to increase rates again.

Fla. consumer confidence fairly steady in Jan.

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 04:54
UF: Consumer sentiment fell less than half a point despite the government shutdown, and the "good time to buy a big-ticket item" component took the biggest hit.