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Florida Supreme Court Backs Away from ‘AOB’ Battle

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 04:07
In Dec., the court agreed to hear an assignment of benefits (AOB) case but reversed that decision Monday because the Fla. Legislature passed AOB reform this year. In the case, an insurer required multiple signers, including the lender, before it paid contractors.

Florida Sales Tax ‘Holiday’ for School Supplies Starts Friday

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 04:07
From midnight Friday until midnight Tuesday, shoppers can buy clothes, shoes, school supplies and computer equipment without paying state sales taxes.

New HUD Program Helps Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 04:07
To fight homelessness, “Foster Youth to Independence” will offer housing vouchers to selected adults younger than 25 if they recently left the foster care system.  

It’s Time to Flee High Taxes Say Investors in the Northeast

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 03:07
There’s a growing mood among high earners in the Northeast that it’s time to cash in their real estate chips in high-tax states and move to places like Fla.

High-Debt Home Borrowers May No Longer Qualify in 2021

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 03:07
The “Qualified Mortgage Patch” helps Fannie- and Freddie-backed lenders qualify people with higher debt-to-income ratios, but it expires, at least for now, in Jan. 2021.

Long-term Mortgage Rates Fall – 30-Year at 3.75%

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 03:07
The Fed’s anticipated interest-rate cut and other events, such as the U.S.-China trade war, helped push mortgage rates lower last week.

Florida Growth to Top 300,000 People Each Year

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 03:07
Fla. will continue growing by more than 330,000 people per year (906 per day) and top 22 million residents by 2022, according to a report by state economists. The rate is equivalent to adding a city population larger than Orlando each year.

May home construction slips 0.9%

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:25
Construction dropped in every region except the South, which includes Fla., where it rose by 11.2%. NAHB economist says prices remain high relative to incomes.

Lenders must accept private flood insurance policies after July 1

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:24
Buyers may have another option if national flood insurance expires again, because a federal law forces mortgage lenders to accept private coverage after July 1 if it satisfies criteria outlined in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:22
The Fed issues an interest rate decision later today, and while a rate cut isn't expected, the accompanying policy statement could point to likely future moves.

Activists want to stop landlords from turning away ex-cons

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:21
In nearly a dozen big cities, advocates are pushing "fair-chance housing ordinances" that prevent landlords from turning away applicants due to prior convictions.

Get over staging fright to help sell a home

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:20
Don't think of staging as "a sofa in the living room." It's not about the furniture – it's about enticing buyers to form an emotional connection with a house.

A 'blooper room' listing photo can doom an entire sale

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:18
Thanks to online technology, buyers now scroll photos and nix a home from consideration in seconds – even a listing that's otherwise ideal for them.

Brokers: Get focused agent training on specific topics

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:16
C2EX (Commit to Excellence) isn't only a testing tool, it also teaches. If an agent weakness is identified, they can tap into one of 10 modules, such as "Client Service."

Rental scams so common that some owners police Craigslist

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:20
The rental-home scam ruins vacations and hurts owners who must turn families away, but they're almost common now on sites like Craigslist and even Zillow.

Opportunity Zones: Real estate dominates the tax breaks

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:19
It takes 10 years for Opportunity Zone tax breaks to fully kick in, and while commercial buildings aren't going anywhere, business investors worry about internal and external influences that could keep them from hitting that 10-year mark.

Why aren't boomers downsizing their homes?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:17
A growing number of aging boomers aren't downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the sprawling house where they raised kids and created long-ago memories.

Some tiny home owners think they're a bit too tiny

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:16
Tiny-home buyers increasingly favor bigger models, and they're upgrading cabinetry and finishes, which boost prices closer to those for a single-family home.

Quicken Loans paying $32.5M in suit over faulty FHA loans

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:15
The government accused Quicken of not properly vetting FHA-insured loans by verifying income. The company agreed to settle without admitting guilt.

The new frontier for 'healthy' homes? Ventilation

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:14
Closed-up indoor air gets polluted with lead, dust mites, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander and mold, which kicks up demand for air purification systems.