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Business Economists Less Optimistic Over Next Year’s Growth

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 05:10
Most economists in an annual survey agree that the U.S. economy will continue to grow next year. Two out of three predict 3%-5.9%, but 1 in 3 says only 0.1%-2.9%.

How Many Shadow Homebuyers Pulled Back Temporarily?

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 04:10
Some buyers have seen tons of homes, put in multiple bids, lost out each time, gave up and signed another one-year lease. That doesn’t mean they don’t still dream about owning a home; it means they’re burned out on the buying process and will be back after they recuperate.

New Homes in a Few Small Markets See a Drop in Demand

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 04:10
In a couple areas, builders that broke ground on new homes earmarked for city-fleeing residents are seeing a drop in demand and cutting prices.

HUD Settles Case Alleging ‘National Origin’ Discrimination

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 04:10
HUD’s complaint focused on a Phoenix-area renter who said their landlord didn’t provide needed language services. The owner will pay $34K and update procedures.

PPP Is Gone – But Government Help for Small Businesses Isn’t

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 04:10
PPP loans – the best-known business aid of the pandemic – ended May 31. But there are other options, such as EIDL or SBA 7(a) loans, plus local or state grant programs.

Workers Want Offices that Look Like Their Living Rooms

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 04:10
Why go back to an office if your chair is comfy and you’re 10 steps away from coffee? To entice workers, office remodels are adding lounges, green spaces and gyms.

74% of Seniors Say Best Financial Decision Was Buying a Home

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
Beyond a home’s sentimental value, 74% of older adults surveyed said buying was the best financial decision they ever made. For 73%, it’s their most valuable asset.

Oct. Consumer Confidence Improves as Delta Fades

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
After three declining months, U.S. consumers felt better in Oct. about both the current and future economy, with the confidence index rising 4 points to 113.8.

Will More Closings Fail and Buyers Lose Deposits?

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
In 5 days, new FR/Bar contract versions will be released. Are you ready? Florida Realtors Legal Hotline already expects calls from members who didn’t prepare.

September New Home Sales Jump 14%

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
New single-family homes hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 800K units last month – well above economists’ expectations.

Aug. Home Prices Surged at Near-Record Pace

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index soared 19.7% in August compared to one year ago – only slightly less than July’s 20% jump.

Coalition Pushing FHFA to Fund More Affordable Housing

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 04:10
20 housing groups want more out of Fannie and Freddie’s “Duty to Serve” regulation – specifically more funding for manufactured, rural and affordable housing.

How to Turn a Cold Call Into a Warm Call — That Gets Results

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 22:10
You get a lead. You call and no one answers. Frustrated, you move on. Big mistake. Here’s a simple plan for getting people to pick up the phone.

Canadians Can Travel on Nov. 8 – but How Many Will?

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
In two weeks, fully vaccinated Canadians can return to Fla. While the housing-market impact isn’t clear, travel agents report a “significant uptick” in reservations.

2021 Homebuyers: Middle-Aged, Married, College Educated

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
The average American homebuyer is 45 years old, married or partnered, college-educated and likely buying a home located in the South; 26% are age 30 to 39.

ULI and PwC 2022 RE Forecast: Resilience, Flexibility, Optimism

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
An interview with 1,700 RE experts found high expectations for the real estate market in 2022. Traditional spaces – homes, offices, shopping centers, etc. – have changing expectations, but 75% of investors now feel confident about their decisions. Last year, less than 50% said the same.

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Working for You?

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
First rule of LinkedIn: The more connections you have, the more potential clients you have. And think of your summary section as a personal advertisement.

Post-Hurricane FEMA Claims? Fla. Man Gets 2 Years for Lying

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
A Jacksonville court sentenced a 27-year old to two years in prison for lying on an aid application after Hurricane Irma; he must repay $8K to the federal government.

U.S. DOJ Expanding Investigations into Redlining

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 04:10
A cross-agency coordinated effort will focus on lender actions and attitudes that maintain racial segregation. Agencies plan to investigate and prosecute discrimination.