Florida Real Estate News
ALERT: Last day to pre-register for Mid-Winter Meetings
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:59:29 +0500
Register now: After Jan. 16, all registration for Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings, Jan. 24-27 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, will be done onsite.
It's not what they say – it's how they say it
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:01:29 +0500
Most people have a hard time controlling body language, especially when stressed. Understanding nonverbal cues can help close your real estate deal.
New programs help investors buy single-family homes
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:14:11 +0500
Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have new loan packages with competitive interest rates to help small investors buy single-family rentals.
Time to get creative with closing gifts?
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:16:25 +0500
A great closing gift – such as a set of custom-made bobblehead dolls of the buyers – can create warm feelings and generate more referrals down the road.
Prepare for a potential government shutdown
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:24:41 +0500
Political disputes could lead to a temporary federal shutdown on Friday. If so, certain important real estate functions could slow down or possibly come to a halt.
Bitcoin fever grips U.S. real estate
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:12:55 +0500
Some people roll their eyes at Bitcoin, but it's buying more Fla. homes for a pragmatic reason: No government controls it, and buyers can transfer unlimited funds to the U.S. even when their home country caps the amount allowed to move overseas.
New lawsuit claims Zillow violates antitrust laws
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:22:34 +0500
A N.J. company alleges that "Zestimates" are not only inaccurate, but that Zillow leverages that inaccuracy to favor preferred brokers – an antitrust violation – by allowing them to avoid showing Zestimates below listing prices.
What's ahead for Fla. real estate?
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:21:42 +0500
Real estate is vital to Fla.'s growth, and state leaders attending Florida Realtors 2018 Real Estate Trends on Jan. 25 want to know what 2018 will bring.
Tax reform may hit middle-class, second homebuyers hardest
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:10:10 +0500
Reuters analysis: Tax changes that recently took effect will make owning a vacation home costlier and could even hurt resale values in the second-home market.
Kitchen survey: 'Storage' top homeowner priority
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:18:54 +0500
Storage, at 63%, trumped other priority uses for the kitchen, like easy to work, play and live in (38%), entertaining (32%), and easy to clean (32%).
New employee benefit helps fund workers' downpayment
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:08:16 +0500
A website that helps buyers crowdfund downpayments says companies can create a program that matches employees' saved funds just as they do now for 401(k)s.
Luxury sales slow, high-end inventory grows
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:17:15 +0500
Luxury homes sold at a slower pace in 2017, and the number of million-dollar listings grew by an average 3.9%, according to realtor.com.
NAHB: Potential buyers sidelined by availability, affordability
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:06:51 +0500
Survey: Homes grew marginally larger in 2017, and renovating grew more important. In 2018, a great room remains popular – but it may be falling out of favor.