Florida Real Estate News
Post-hurricane priorities: AC or cellphone charger?
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:24:15 +0500
Floridians without post-hurricane damage often face a week or more without electricity, and storm preparation should include a plan on how to handle it.
Phones and tablets becoming virtual assistants
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:58:55 +0500
You don't need to know everything – you just need to know where to find it via a smartphone or tablet. About 1/3 of Realtors spend 7 hours a day on them.
Help a Fla. developer be the 'ENVY' of all
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:57:04 +0500
Encourage builders to apply for Florida Realtors 2018 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Deadline is July 6.
Builder confidence slips as lumber prices soar
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:07:00 +0500
NAHB's latest confidence survey finds a 2-point drop. While builders remain optimistic, NAHB says the lumber tariffs add about $9,000 to the cost of a new home.
Freddie will help at-risk homeowners find jobs
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:06:14 +0500
A Freddie Mac partnership with NextJob will provide employment-search assistance to current and aspiring homeowners living in high-need or other poverty areas.
The top 10 threats to real estate in 2019
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:22:30 +0500
The Counselors of Real Estate's annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.
Judge sides with environmental groups that sued Fla.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:05:23 +0500
In 2014, voters OK'd a constitutional amendment for 33% of a real estate tax to go toward land preservation, and the judge said some money was used incorrectly.
Material costs could push new-home prices 5% higher
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:20:25 +0500
The recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum will probably acerbate an existing U.S. labor shortage and existing tariffs levied on Canadian lumber.
New $25K homestead property-tax break on Nov. 6 ballot
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:04:10 +0500
Almost everyone expects a tax amendment exempting another $25K in property taxes (not school taxes) to pass with 60% but not all groups are onboard.
Millennials may become the 'renovation generation'
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:34:29 +0500
Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they're more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.
Brokers: Redesigning your office? Avoid these mistakes
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:00:36 +0500
A real estate office should encourage productivity among agents and staff; it should also reflect the agency's brand.
Getting the best deal on your cell-phone plan? Who knows
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:33:32 +0500
It's tough to pick an inexpensive, quality cell plan, and it's getting tougher. Sprint offered a great $15-per-month plan only to pull it one week later.
Eight myths that can affect your small-business future
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:19:24 +0500
Entrepreneurs aren't born that way; 50% of businesses don't close within the first few years; and a great idea doesn't mean you can skip marketing and selling.
Procuring cause: Who gets the money?
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:29:51 +0500
Find out on Aug. 9 during Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo when Bruce Aydt covers the "myths and misconceptions" – a free ed session for convention attendees.

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