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Airbnb Locks Many Last-Minute Bookings

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 04:09
Airbnb is an official party-pooper. In the U.S., Canada and Australia, its tech has blocked 250K guests from booking last-minute homes close to where they live.

Don’t Believe These Cybersecurity Myths

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 05:09
Tired of hearing about cybercrime? Think you have nothing worth protecting? Think security software will protect you? If so, you’re probably wrong.

IRS Tax Breaks for Working from Home Have Changed

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 05:09
Independent contractors can deduct a home office, and any pandemic-era upgrades probably can be deducted too. There are two ways to calculate the tax amount.

Freddie, Fannie Keep Capital Flowing to Multifamily Borrowers

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 05:09
The mortgage giants will charge homeowners a refinance fee starting Dec. 1, but there’s no such fee for multifamily borrowers – and some rules have been relaxed.

Some Biz Owners Tap Personal Funds Waiting for a Vaccine

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 04:09
When do you stop trying to save a business? The possibility of a quick rebound after an approved COVID-19 vaccine has convinced owners to hang on a little longer.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Hover Below 3%

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 04:09
This week’s average 2.93% rate for a 30-year mortgage is only slightly higher than last week’s 2.91%. But the 15-year FRM declined to 2.42% from 2.46%.

Realtor.com Index Finds ‘Frenzied Demand’ – but Less so in Fla.

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 04:09
Realtor.com’s August trend report found double-digit growth in the site’s advertised home prices and no signs of a slowdown – but less of an increase in Fla. metros, with 3 out of 4 at the bottom of realtor.com’s list. South Fla. was the only U.S. metro with a year-to-year decline.

Giving Notice When a Lease Ends: How? When? Who?

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:09
A lease is about to end. Does Fla. law mandate that a tenant give the landlord 30-days notice? 60-days notice? Any notice? And flip the question around: Under Fla. law, is a landlord obligated to tell a tenant a lease won’t be renewed? Give any kind of warning?

Can a Gated HOA Enforce City, County and State Laws?

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:09
Assume enforcement isn’t mentioned in HOA documents. How much power does an HOA have? Also: A condo association asked for a vote on whether or not to “waive the reserves.” What are the pros and cons – and what does that even mean?

Why Detail Matters when Reading and Writing Contracts

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:09
People who focus on a handful of summary milestones in the contract can miss critical details that cost them dearly.

Real Estate Q&A: Sometimes You Have to File a Lawsuit

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:09
Not everyone plays by the rules. Tenants don’t give landlords access to their unit; legit emotional support animals are denied; condo owners keep breaking a rule after multiple warnings. In some cases, the final less-than-ideal step is the same: Take them to court.

Dear Anne: The Listing Agent Got Paid More Than Me!

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 22:09
In most transactions, one Realtor represents the buyer and one represents the seller, so isn’t it only fair to split the commission? Why are sellers’ agents allowed to adjust amounts on a listing? And if they do, shouldn’t they check the MLS’s dual/variable rate box?

Pres. Trump Executive Order Halts Evictions Until 2021

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 05:09
The order elicited protest from NAR as it’s unclear if property owners will bear the cost of the ban. Trump ordered the CDC to oversee it “to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Investigation: Eviction Ban Confusion Led to Selective Enforcement

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 04:09
A large study on eviction bans under federal CARES Act law found widespread confusion among U.S. lenders, courts, landlords and renters. Landlords often had to decide if it applied to their property, and renters could rarely get legal help if they were wrongfully evicted.

Wells Fargo Approved Forbearances Without Consent

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 04:09
Wells Fargo sometimes approved mortgage forbearance for customers who only asked for info. Some owners say it hurt their credit and propose a class action lawsuit.

Is the Second-Home Market About to Boom?

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 04:09
YOLO (you only live once) took on a deeper meaning during the pandemic, and Americans’ glimpse of their own mortality may drive vacation home sales.

Home Prices See Biggest Gains in Two Years

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 04:09
CoreLogic: Exceptionally strong demand, historically low supply and record-low mortgage rates combined to fuel the fastest home price growth since 2018.

Hurricane Frances Insurance Fight Brewing 16 Years Later

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 04:09
Should Citizens Property Ins. compensate Brevard County landlords for lost rent as the two tangled over a damage claim? The Fla. Supreme Court will decide.

NAHB Sees Suburban Shift for New Home Builds in 2Q

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 05:09
While the pandemic just got underway in 2Q, the market share of single-family homes in outer suburbs, exurbs and small towns grew from 47.5% to 48.4% in one year.

FEMA OK’s $300 Weekly Unemployment Pay in Fla.

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 05:09
Fla. is now an official participant in the Lost Wages Assistance Program, which should provide qualified unemployed residents $300 per week for at least three weeks.