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Post-Michael update: RE prices and rental costs rising

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:23
With few rental units in hurricane-hit Bay County, inland renters say they're forced to pay beachfront prices – but investors appear to be boosting the RE market.

Fla. home to almost 1 in 5 'best place to retire' cities

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:20
18 Fla. cities made the top 100 and smaller "best for" list. Jacksonville, Melbourne, Ocala and Orlando, for example are top "best lost-cost towns."

Lenders helping homeowners hurt by the shutdown

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:18
Some lenders, such as Wells Fargo, Quicken and BofA, will waive late fees, set up repayment plans or even offer short-term loans to help owners affected by the shutdown. https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/01/23/mort

NAR calls new biz tax rule 'big win' for Realtors

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:10
Just-released guidelines on the impact of a new 20% "qualified business income" tax deduction were made clearer, and it's a "significant victory for ... Realtors."

Remodeling Magazine releases 2019 Cost vs. Value Report

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:57
Average payback for 22 projects ranges from 124% for a garage door replacement in the Pacific to 45% percent for an upscale master suite in the mid-Atlantic. The average return for all projects is 66% – down slightly due mainly to higher material costs.

Fla. Legislature to address AOB issues again this year

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:55
Property insurers say assignment-of-benefit issues push property insurance rates higher, but a Fla. bill might limit attorneys allowed to represent homeowners.

Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:54
In most cases, a decline in home sales builds inventory and gives buyers a greater selection and sometimes better prices. But that's not happening this time.

Utah agent's homicide shows property management risks

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:52
The real estate community is on alert in Salt Lake City after tenants shot and killed their broker-landlord as he reportedly attempted to evict them.

Skittish buyers can lock-in mortgage rate while shopping

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:50
A new business model may encourage buyers who fear rates could rise quickly. It allows them to secure a rate before contract signing and lock it for 75 days.

Save the date: Great American Realtor Days 2019

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:49
The Florida Legislature's 2019 session begins March 5, and Great American Realtor Days – your chance to meet lawmakers and support pro-real estate laws – runs March 18-20

NAR: U.S. home sales down 6.4% in Dec.

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:08
Mortgage rates fell late in the year, but most Dec. closings had rates close to 5%. NAR economist says the market is "obviously very sensitive to mortgage rates."

Fla.'s housing market: Median prices, inventory up in Dec.

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:07
Fla. Realtors data: Inventory of active listings up, including in some of the more affordable price ranges, says Chief Economist O'Connor. Though sales slipped, year-over-year median prices up 4.2% for single-family homes, up 2.8% for condo-townhouses.

More S. Fla. owners using PACE for energy upgrades

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:06
Property Assessed Clean Energy offers efficiency upgrades for no money down regardless of credit score – but more owners also complaining when the bill arrives.

Study: Mortgage discrimination hurts gay male couples

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:05
Male same-sex couples have 2.5% to 7.5% less chance of getting a loan approved compared to white straight couples when income and other variables remain the same.

Reverse mortgages don't always help older adults

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:04
Older adults can stop mortgage payments and get cash, but reverse mortgages aren't always the best decision – and they still have insurance and tax obligations.

Listing descriptions should have these 5 elements

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:03
You don't have to be an English Lit major to write dynamic listing descriptions – just follow a simple formula that starts with an attention-grabbing headline.

It's here: Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:01
Meetings start today and run through Sunday. Concerned about the environment, contracts, taxes, ad regulations or insurance? Register onsite and make your voice heard. https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/2019-Mid-Winter-Meetings.cfm

Some Panhandle owners claim post-Michael insurance problems

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:43
While 73% of Hurricane Michael insurance claims have been paid, a number of owners claim reimbursements have been slow and, in some cases, inadequate.

NAR asks president to reopen rural loan program

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:42
While the shutdown has slowed some usual mortgage functions, it's completely shut down the USDA's rural loan program. NAR hopes to change that.

170 lawmakers' letter wants HUD reopened during shutdown

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:06
The group wants HUD reopened because closure undermines "both the short-term operations and long-term viability" of the nation's affordable housing programs. They specifically cite Section 8 properties that expire before the end of Feb.