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For the 10th year, NAR is honoring Realtors who give back through its Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program, which is now seeking entries.
The national real estate market appears to be cooling, but that's not necessarily true for specific local markets. Watch for these signs of a local slowdown.
While the shutdown has slowed some usual mortgage functions, it's completely shut down the USDA's rural loan program. NAR hopes to change that.
The recent easing of rates has come amid steep stock market declines and tumbling rates on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes, which influence fixed mortgage rates.
Agents must sell their value proposition first when trying to convert leads into income and know what makes them more valuable than their competitors.
We'll be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the civil rights leader's birthday. Florida Realtors News, the Legal Hotline and Tech Helpline will reopen Tuesday.
The latest kitchen trend will last about a year before looking dated, but some ever-popular kitchen styles are more likely to retain their value over time.
The Florida Legislature's 2019 session begins March 5, and Great American Realtor Days – your chance to meet lawmakers and support pro-real estate laws – runs March 18-20. https://www.floridarealtors.org/LegislativeCenter/Great-American-Realtor-Days.cfm
Want to please your "boss"? Scammers know you do, and some Fla. Realtors have reported text-message scam requests that appear to be from their broker.
Owners aren't moving as fast, thanks in part to low mortgage rates that lock them into current homes. However, life changes. Many boomers who have health or financial surprises may soon decide to sell anyway – and millennials may grow tired of waiting.
Who has the power to influence real estate? The 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list includes nine Florida leaders. Nationally, men appear to wield the most power – only 17% are women – but in Fla., the reverse is true: six out of nine (66%) are female.
Find out Jan. 24 at Florida Realtors Mid-Winter Meetings. Speakers include Chief Economist Dr. Brad O'Connor and Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Len Kiefer, plus two top environmental scientists who
The group wants HUD reopened because closure undermines "both the short-term operations and long-term viability" of the nation's affordable housing programs. They specifically cite Section 8 properties that expire before the end of Feb.
As home prices go up, so do FHA home loans to millennials. Borrowers aren't waiting to buy – they're increasing their loan amount to purchase what's available.
Many mortgage firms use Income Verification Express Service (IVES) to verify borrowers' incomes, though the IRS says a backlog will take a little time to clear.
CoreLogic: Property insurers may be challenged to keep rates down after a third year of increased damage from hurricanes, wildfires and severe wind.
Overall, national housing prices are a bit high but many buyers are not deterred. FAU's Dr. Ken Johnson says the current housing cycle is likely at a peak.
Neighbor A's downspout water discharge is ruining Neighbor B's lawn. Does B have any rights? And what can he do to resolve this issue?
Buyers who opt for a newly built home may not find them less expensive, but they might come with more bells and whistles as builders strive to stay competitive.
Some investors anxious to invest in opportunity zones must wait a little longer – the U.S. Treasury Dept. won't finalize guidelines until the shutdown ends.
A realtor.com analysis of its listings finds fairly stable prices in 4 Fla. cities, but ones that had price reductions range from 34% in S. Fla. to 65% in Tampa.
ATTOM: 2018 default notices, auctions and repossessions fell 8% from 2017 and 78% from their 2010 peak. However, 2018 foreclosure starts rose 13% in Fla.
While 73% of Hurricane Michael insurance claims have been paid, a number of owners claim reimbursements have been slow and, in some cases, inadequate.
NAHB's index rose two points due to "solid job growth and favorable demographics," but Jan. new home sales stats probably won't be released due to the shutdown.
As of Friday, insurers reported 141,039 claims from the Oct. 10 storm. The largest number of claims, 94,419, involved residential property.
Remodeling isn't as easy as it looks on TV, but many owners don't realize it until they tackle a job on their own. Top of the list regret? Installing tile floors.
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