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September Builder Confidence Hits High for Year

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 04:09
The index gauging builders’ attitudes hit 68 this month. Readings above 50 are considered positive territory, and they’ve been in the mid- to upper 60s since May.

Staging the Master Bedroom: Do’s and Don’ts

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 04:09
Don’t forget the key purpose of a master bedroom in buyers’ eyes – a place to relax and recharge. But 70% also want to see a spot for a TV set.

Floridians Can Do More to Trees with Arborist OK

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
A Fla. property rights law went into effect July 1. Among other things, it gives homeowners more rights to cut or trim trees if they get an arborist to approve.

GSEs Announce New Lending Caps for Multifamily Projects

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) plans to impose new multifamily rental property loan caps that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may purchase.

HUD Targets Maximum-Number-of-Children Rentals

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
Rental owners in Ga. and Idaho were charged in separate allegations. Both allowed families with children to rent homes, but they limited the total number of children they’d accept. The Idaho landlord will pay $15,000 and attend fair housing workshops.

Fla. Isn’t Prepared for a Category 5 Hurricane

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
The state hardened building codes and has the toughest storm-resistant homes in the U.S. But they still can’t endure Cat 4 or 5 hurricane winds and storm surge.

RE Q&A: Can a Creditor Take a House I Just Inherited?

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
The owner of a newly inherited home lost a lawsuit years earlier and still owes money, but the simplest way to shield a home from legal creditors is to live in it.

Could a Listing’s Landscape Be Too Perfect?

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 04:09
Many homebuyers appreciate a gorgeous yard filled with plants and gardens – but they don’t want to own it. For them, “low-maintenance” is more important.

Study: 40% of Female Realtors Report Safety Concerns

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:09
NAR’s 2019 Realtor Safety Report finds that 21% of men feel the same. Top concerns generally focus on meeting customers alone, especially when showing a home.

NFIP Flood Insurance Expires at Midnight, Sept. 30

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:09
Buyers under contract may want to secure national flood insurance before the end of the month or find private coverage that’s accepted by their mortgage lender.

Canada May Charge 1% Real Estate Fee to Foreign Buyers

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:09
To combat high, unaffordable home prices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a tax on foreign investment that he says will help deter market speculation.

Do iBuyers Open the Door to Squatters?

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 03:09
OpenDoor buyers can request a home tour via the app to get a lockbox access code good for one hour – but that tool also makes it easy for squatters to move in.

Florida’s Realtors Pitch in to Help Hurricane Victims

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 03:09
Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund is evaluating Bahamas aid efforts and continuing to support Panhandle residents still struggling after last year’s storm.

Trump Admin. Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 03:09
The regulation shielded many wetlands and streams from pollution, but critics said it also harmed developers and farmers, infringed on private property rights, and made it challenging to build affordable housing. NAR issued a statement supporting the change.

Who Should Qualify for a Mortgage? Banks, CFPB Disagree

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:09
What loan application or credit score details can predict future foreclosures? Banks say the QM rule on loan applicants’ debt-to-income ratio should be changed.

Report: Inventory and List Prices Drop Unexpectedly

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:09
According to realtor.com, its total number of listings declined 1.8% year-to-year in Aug., but median list prices also surprisingly dropped 1.8% month-to-month.

Floridians Support Affordable Housing – but Not Next Door

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:09
While Fla. residents want more affordable housing options, NIMBY (not in my backyard) neighbors often organize a protest after a specific site is selected.

Gov. DeSantis Unveils His Environmental Proposals

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:09
DeSantis wants lawmakers to double fines for sewage spills into waterways and lock an environmental-funding pledge into state budgets for at least the next three years. It’s the first proposal with more to come that he says he’ll roll out before the 2020 Fla. Legislature meets.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Rise: 30-Year at 3.56%

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:09
Freddie Mac thinks that less worry over trade helped lift global stock markets, and the resulting impact on bonds nudged the average 30-year FRM higher this week.

Remote Workers Not Limited by City Boundaries

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:09
City workers often flee to the suburbs, and a growing number of remote workers are doing the same – but they’re heading to more affordable cities’ suburbs.