Florida Real Estate News
Blog: Tech Helpline is a Florida Realtors success story
Mon, 14 May 2018 14:16:02 +0500
Tech Helpline, a Florida Realtors-owned company, started by serving only Fla. association members, but it now serves 600,000 U.S. Realtors – and it's still growing.
More buyers using crowdfunding downpayments
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:30:57 +0500
Mortgage lenders have downpayment-gift rules, such as a donor pledge that the money is a gift and not a loan. With crowdfunding, buyers can bypass that.
Upstream debuts: Tool makes data entry easier for brokers
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:40:47 +0500
The data management system that allows brokerages to streamline data entry officially launched after a few delays. It plans to enter 5-6 U.S. markets each month.
Win over more Instagram followers
Mon, 14 May 2018 14:15:08 +0500
Instagram has more than 200 million active monthly users after it quickly emerged as one of the more popular social media platforms. How can it grow your network?
Single-family rentals 'stabilizing' after years of growth
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:59:37 +0500
Post-recession, companies bought up single-family homes and turned them into rentals, but a Harvard study finds that the sector's dramatic growth has slowed.
'Good' credit score lowers avg. mortgage cost by $21K
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:39:39 +0500
Buyers with "good" credit generally land a better mortgage rate than those with a "fair" credit score, and a study to determine what that meant for buyers found that it lowered the cost of an average 30-year FRM by $21,000 over the life of the loan.
Fla.'s housing market: New listings, median prices up in 1Q 2018
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:58:33 +0500
Single-family home prices rose 9.7% to $248K, and condo sale prices rose 7.8% to $180K year-to-year. Tight inventory continued to dampen sales, but the number of Fla. owners who listed their homes for sale inched higher quarter-to-quarter.
PulteGroup using virtual reality instead of model homes
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:38:45 +0500
Why build a home potential Fla. buyers can walk through when they can explore multiple home layouts simply by donning a pair of 3-D goggles?
The 'art effect' allows nearby landlords to charge higher rent
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:57:20 +0500
Public art has been linked to building booms and price increases, so developers and planners are now weaving it throughout real estate projects and public spaces.
SentriLock: Top 7 safety tips for real estate agents
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:33:33 +0500
Technology can help Realtors stay safe on the job, but a number of common-sense steps, such as "no first meetings at a listing," are still important.
Low inventory pushes median home price up 5.7% in Q1
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:56:24 +0500
A dearth of for-sale homes caused a spike in prices, says NAR's Yun: "Strengthening job-market and income gains are not being met by meaningful sales gains."
New York joining fair housing lawsuit against HUD
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:32:11 +0500
Advocacy organizations say HUD Secretary Carson unlawfully delayed a rule requiring local gov'ts to analyze housing data and submit plans to address segregation.
Most U.S. states are struggling to regulate Airbnb
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:55:21 +0500
A homeowner should have the right to rent out rooms to help make ends meet – but hotels should also have the right to a level playing field in attracting guests.

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