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Some Fla. county rules help small investors compete with big ones in online county auctions, but a judge ruled that their goal, while worthy, isn't always legal.
A lot of lawmakers, including some key Republicans, support the work of HUD's Community Development Block Grant program, which the president wants to end.
Grit your teeth and let your computer update itself, say security experts. They serve a crucial purpose as evidenced by the WannaCry ransomware attack victims.
Condo QandA: Also, a board of directors is supposed to have five members, but it's down to four and no one wants to serve. Must they fill that vacancy?
An Urban Institute report suggests that rising prices and easy mortgages didn't cause the last housing downturn, so much as homeowners who refinanced their mortgage and used built-up equity like an ATM machine.
While commercial real estate markets face challenges, NAR convention speakers said that Realtors should be confident that 2017 will see continued growth.
Federal appeals court: Flood lawsuits against a homeowners' insurer must be submitted within one year of denial and heard in federal – not state – courts.
NAR says the president's proposed tax overhaul plan would hurt homeowners, but it's being hotly debated in real estate circles – and not everyone agrees.
Changing demographics from immigration and a growing interest from foreigners will bolster home sales activity and prices, according to NAR convention speakers.
What's the strangest question a buyer ever asked? Realtor.com surveyed agents and found a range of unusual ones, such as: "Does the car come with the house?
Prediction: 2017 existing-home sales should hit a decade high thanks in part to a strong start – but supply and affordability headwinds will slow sales expansion.
A study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers for NAR found that current tax-reform proposals would help some people, but not homeowners with adjusted gross incomes between $50K and $200K. Their taxes would rise an average $815.
Cities in Palm Beach County are on their way to becoming the first cities in the state to force sober homes to tighten standards and stop settling in clusters.
Some people want a gated community; some do not. To appeal to diverse tastes, some developers are now offering both options within a single community.
The 2017 hurricane season officially starts in 10 days. Homeowners should review policies now. Need flood insurance? Remember that it takes 30 days to kick in.
NAR announced 2016 inductees into the RPAC Hall of Fame, and Fla. had the most honorees committing at least $25K. Watson, at $150K, set a new PAC record.
The typical U.S. renter paying $1,416 per month would break even financially if he bought a $289,505 home – more than the median home value of $196,500.
Most buyers consider a smart home safer, cheaper to operate, easy to use and less stressful. Smartness also adds about $15,000 to the value of a $300,000 home.
At least some U.S. areas have too few appraisers now, but panelists at NAR's meetings this week generally agreed that a shortage is coming, thanks to lower wages overall and tougher regulations at the federal, state and local government levels.
The e-signature company says about 100 million emails were stolen, but not names, addresses, passwords, etc. Criminals could use the emails for phishing scams.
The 30-year FRM dropped a bit for the fifth week in a row to 4.02%, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the average FRM was 3.8%.
Retired boomers are migrating to some neighborhoods naturally, and cities are encouraging this hybrid trend by adapting amenities to the needs of older adults.
Tesla says its roof shingles with solar collectors are more durable than traditional tiles, a third lighter and even cheaper after energy savings and tax credits.
HUD Secretary Carson told Realtors at the Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo that he plans a new era of homeownership, saying HUD will address FHA restrictions on condo lending. FEMA announced a goal to double flood ins. coverage by 2023.
As originally designed, brokers would have uploaded listing data one time only into Upstream, but the goal pivoted; brokers will now have other entry options.
Gallup poll: 10% of non-homeowners plan to buy a home within the next year, and one in five (20 percent) say they plan to buy within the next 10 years.
Scammers convince someone they have a computer virus, offer to fix it, and steal data once they gain access. Fla. AG Bondi filed complaints against three questionable firms.
For Realtors, "I can make the process less stressful" might be a better sales tool than "I can help you find your dream home."
Some groups want the Federal Housing Finance Agency to regulate investment firms that sell run-down foreclosures "as is" through some type of seller financing.
In the world of ultra-luxury real estate, calculating a mansion's asking price is often less about market value than it is "crazy math," according to one agent.
The companies that back lenders' mortgages offer limited loans to mobile homeowners that own the land, but they may expand on that to help low-income families.
New home construction dropped 2.6% in April following a decline in March, but the drop comes from a cutback in multifamily units. Single-family homes rose 0.4%.
Updated your virus protection lately? Do it now. A globally spreading program locks computers and demands payment if you ever want to see your data again.
Condo sales up 7.6% compared to 1Q 2016. Single-family home median price up 10.7% to $226,000 for the quarter; condo median price up 9.2% to $167,000. NAR: U.S. metro home-price growth heats up 6.9% in 1Q.
ATTOM: Foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – are down 23% year-to-year and hit their lowest level since Nov. 2005
A decade ago, the median homeowner lived in their abode a bit less than four years; today it's almost nine years, thanks to value drops and low interest rates.
With tight for-sale inventory, buyers need a strategy to secure a dream home that starts with a realistic budget and understanding of their "needs" vs. "wants."
A homeowner claims Zillow's controversial "Zestimate" tool repeatedly undervalued her home, and created a "tremendous road block" to its sale. The suit alleges that Zestimates are really "appraisals" despite Zillow's denial.
Agents who work at home could save money on their income taxes, but some apparently don't. The IRS offers two ways to deduct the cost of a home office.
In a notable shift, renting wasn't newly formed households first option in the first quarter – more of overwhelmingly chose to buy for the first time in a decade.
The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches is merging with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors. Once completed, it will serve more than 25,000 members.
Ten years after the crash, builders are again starting to offer some spec homes to buyers who want new construction without waiting months to move in.
In a competitive market, many offers get turned down – but a few buyer tactics make it even less likely that they'll secure a contract from a seller.
NAHB: Homes grew less and less affordable after the recession, but NAHB's 1Q report found the reverse, thanks mainly to a rise in average incomes.
Rates stayed about the 4% mark and moved higher for the second week in a row, rising from last week's average 4.02% to 4.05% this week.
The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former Pres. Obama to end veteran homelessness, but he says it will take longer than predicted.
Awards go to 104 young people from across the state to help them reach their dreams for college and the future, says Florida Realtors Education Foundation chair.
The U.S. consumer bureau calls small business lending "inconsistent and incomplete," and its new "Request for Information" hopes to uncover needs and challenges.
New rules have dampened banks' desire to lend mortgage money, and "alternative lenders" – ones that don't have customer deposits – stepped in to fill the void.
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