Florida expects extra money for Hurricane Michael recovery

Panhandle local gov’ts could potentially get millions more in storm recovery money after the federal government extended the days it would help pay fo…

Jan 25, 2019

Florida Realtors Real Estate Trends: No home price bubble

Influencing factors aren’t the same as before the Great Recession, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist told 400 Realtors at 2019 summit. He forecasts h…

Jan 25, 2019

Trends: Are entire build-to-rent communities coming?

Institutional investors of single-family homes no longer find many good for-sale investments, so they’re shifting strategies and starting to build the…

Jan 25, 2019

Coliving craze? Developers think so

Coliving has become a growing trend in real estate, as more renters and homeowners look for roommates so they can afford a home.

Jan 25, 2019

Buyers delight: Digital mortgages have arrived

Move-up buyers find that things have changed. Many lenders now have streamlined mortgage applications that give borrowers more control over the proces…

Jan 25, 2019

Top 3 home repairs for less-than-perfect listings

A seller doesn’t want to spend thousands on repairs even though the home needs it. If he has to be selective, what projects should he tackle first?

Jan 25, 2019

Hackers access data on thousands of home loans

The hack dates to 2008 and includes Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others. Criminals stole mortgage loan data, such as credit scores and Social Security n…

Jan 24, 2019

DeSantis plans ‘Deregathon’ to cut business regulations

Fla.’s governor wants the state’s 23 professional licensing boards to recommend “sound, pertinent solutions to the regulatory challenges” facing the s…

Jan 24, 2019

Mortgage rates remain steady for second week at 4.45%

While rates are still higher year-to-year, the difference is narrowing. The average FRM one year ago was 4.15%.

Jan 24, 2019

Government shutdown: Impact on commercial real estate

Beyond the loss of some gov’t services, one of the growing concerns of a long shutdown is its effect on economic growth, plus consumer and investor co…

Jan 24, 2019

Post-Michael update: RE prices and rental costs rising

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 th…

Jan 24, 2019

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

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.”

Jan 24, 2019

Lenders helping homeowners hurt by the shutdown

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 affect…

Jan 24, 2019

NAR calls new biz tax rule ‘big win’ for Realtors

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 .…

Jan 23, 2019

Remodeling Magazine releases 2019 Cost vs. Value Report

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-At…

Jan 23, 2019

Fla. Legislature to address AOB issues again this year

Property insurers say assignment-of-benefit issues push property insurance rates higher, but a Fla. bill might limit attorneys allowed to represent ho…

Jan 23, 2019

Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class

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 thi…

Jan 23, 2019

Utah agent’s homicide shows property management risks

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.

Jan 23, 2019

Skittish buyers can lock-in mortgage rate while shopping

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 7…

Jan 23, 2019

Save the date: Great American Realtor Days 2019

The Florida Legislature’s 2019 session begins March 5, and Great American Realtor Days – your chance to meet lawmakers and support pro-real estate law…

Jan 23, 2019

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

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 mort…

Jan 22, 2019

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

Fla. Realtors data: Inventory of active listings up, including in some of the more affordable price ranges, says Chief Economist O’Connor. Though sale…

Jan 22, 2019

More S. Fla. owners using PACE for energy upgrades

Property Assessed Clean Energy offers efficiency upgrades for no money down regardless of credit score – but more owners also complaining when the bil…

Jan 22, 2019

Study: Mortgage discrimination hurts gay male couples

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 rema…

Jan 22, 2019

Reverse mortgages don’t always help older adults

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 ob…

Jan 22, 2019

Listing descriptions should have these 5 elements

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…

Jan 22, 2019