Florida Real Estate News
Real estate advertising? Try to keep up
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:35:52 +0500
While agents have a lot of online advertising options, Facebook is still best. It's visited by 79% of people online compared to Twitter, which is No. 2 at 24%.
How would tax plan alter mortgage interest deduction?
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:49:24 +0500
Analysis: A buyer paying at least $305,000 today still qualifies for the deduction, but only homes worth $801,000 or more would under latest Trump tax proposal.
Lennar upbeat on housing market after storms
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:47:19 +0500
The homebuilder said orders and deliveries rose in the latest quarter, and, after a short post-storm pause as the nation cleans up from recent storms, the company says that it expects that uptick in demand to continue for new homes.
Outsized price gains for entry-level homes hurts buyers
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:46:04 +0500
Analysis: Home prices in the lowest, most-affordable tier rose 56% over the past five years, but prices in the top, most-expensive tier are up only 33%.
7 real estate ideas that deserve to die
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:44:51 +0500
Conventional wisdom dies hard, and misconceptions may drive the decisions you make about your real estate career, marketing and even office décor.
Here's how credit scores affect your mortgage rate
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:43:07 +0500
Buyers can't control interest rates, but they have some control over their credit score – and a good credit score can shave thousands of dollars off their loan.
Why do some people pay too much for a house?
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:53:03 +0500
A 2017 Nobel Prize focused on "behavioral economics," which finds that people make illogical economic decisions and act more like Homer Simpson than Mr. Spock.
Justices to hear argument in states' disputes over water
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:54:14 +0500
The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.
Refinance scams target military vets
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:55:03 +0500
Scammers convince some vets with VA loans to refinance multiple times in one year, and each refinance adds thousands of dollars to the total amount they owe.
Hurricane victims: A recap of key IRS tax relief
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:59:02 +0500
The Treasury issued a rundown of the tax relief benefits offered to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Because relief postpones some tax deadlines, individuals and businesses have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file any returns and pay any taxes.
With flood ins., what does 'substantial damage' mean?
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:57 +0500
In the national flood program (NFIP), "substantial damage" means that repair costs for a home in a Special Flood Hazard Area are at least 50% of its market value.
5 ways to make your listing look bigger
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:51:21 +0500
Some items, like small carpets, make rooms appear smaller than they are. But other details, such as a monochrome paint color, can make it appear bigger.
What is Bitcoin? Here's everything you need to know
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:42:17 +0500
Bitcoin believers say it's the money of the future, a digital alternative to the dollar, euro or yen. Non-believers say it's not real money.
More buyers reach for ARMs as home prices swell
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:43:52 +0500
Buyers see their dream home slipping out of reach as prices rise, so more are considering adjustable rate mortgages to make it work. That worries experts a bit.
Legal QandA: Who repairs my condo's lanai?
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:49:08 +0500
A condo owner enclosed her lanai, but neighbors say the assoc. must fix it. Also: Our HOA has no reserve funds to replace a perimeter wall. What now?
Congress considers post-hurricane flood insurance programs
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:50:42 +0500
On the one hand, the recent onslaught of hurricanes – notably Harvey in Houston – shows lawmakers that the U.S. needs a strong flood insurance program. However, it also brings the financial challenges facing NFIP into focus.
'We're open for business,' Fla. tells the world
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:52:23 +0500
The world watched scary news reports and saw worst-case Irma photos after the hurricane, but most attractions are still open, including Key West's Fantasy Fest.
Fla. host-state agreement to help displaced Puerto Ricans
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:59:03 +0500
Gov. Rick Scott says the Trump Admin. approved his Host-State request with FEMA that approves 100% federal reimbursement for costs incurred by Fla. related to accommodating people who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.
White House: No flood ins. for new homes in high-risk zones
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:55:54 +0500
The Trump administration proposed an end to federal flood ins. for new homes in flood zones. If enacted, the change would halt some new construction in Fla.
Lawmakers target seller-financed homes
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:54:07 +0500
The U.S. consumer bureau thinks some larger investors that offer seller financing abuse the practice by evicting buyers for small infractions such as one late payment.