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%.
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.
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.
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%.
Conventional wisdom dies hard, and misconceptions may drive the decisions you make about your real estate career, marketing and even office décor.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
71% of prospective homeowners – largely millennials – believe it's a good time to buy a home, and 63% remain steadfast in their ideal preferences for a home.
Gov. Scott declared a state of emergency when Hurricane Nate threatened the Panhandle, and Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund remained prepped to offer aid.
Still-climbing property values are starting to make commercial investors nervous. In a normal bid-ask gap, sellers continue to want top dollar based on recent sales returns while buyers are increasingly nervous about paying it and later losing money.
Long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly, in part due to expectations that Congress will OK tax cuts to stimulate growth and possibly increase the deficit.
An 86-year-old must dip into savings for taxes and insurance, plus stairs are becoming more difficult. If renting is cheaper, should she sell and make the change?
Cryptocurrency is "digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security," with Bitcoin the best-known example. But REcoin dupes investors out of money.
Real estate pros go about social media marketing the wrong way: They post listings and business info instead of tapping into the interests of potential clients.
When you plan effectively for a hurricane and get 90% right, the 10% you missed will still frustrate you. These biz owners will plan better the next time.
The U.S. House continues to consider tax reform, and their latest compromise proposal would force homeowners to make a decision at tax time: They could deduct their property taxes or their mortgage interest – but not both.
Louise McLean, Florida Realtors 2014 Humanitarian of Year, founded the Space Coast Assoc.'s charitable arm that helps over 2.2K homeless children in Brevard County.
NAR has fought to keep the tax policy that allows homeowners to deduct mortgage interest, but NAHB suddenly seems willing to compromise on the issue.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to tweak its rules on foreclosures. The latest gives lenders more flexibility when contacting owners.
Credit-scoring company Equifax announced that 145.5 million folks are now vulnerable to identity theft. Many Americans now wonder what they should do.
Harry Potter's "Room of Requirement" appears in times of great need, and more buyers seem to want bonus rooms for the same reason since families change over time.
Fla. sentiment dropped about a half point, though individual components were mixed. Economic expectations for one year from now fell – but they rose 5 years out.
As technology costs escalate for small and privately owned real estate companies, many are entertaining mergers with larger firms in order to remain competitive.
FEMA has approved 144,407 applications and provided $124.4M to repair damages to Fla. homes and businesses not covered by insurance. Irma insurance claims statewide amount to $4.2B in losses so far with 661,957 claims filed as of Monday.
Many owners took out interest-only home equity lines of credit before the market collapse, but most owners refinanced before they reset to a higher interest rate.
It's financially wise to wait until age 70 to collect Social Security, but should owners take out a reverse mortgage in order to get there?
If up to 100K Puerto Ricans relocate to Fla., what is the impact on housing? It's too soon to know, but Scott's state of emergency suspends some laws, rules and orders so the state can welcome a large number of possibly permanent new residents.
Who pays for repairing, replacing windows? Also, is the board still required to give 48 hours' notice of a meeting called to deal with Hurricane Irma issues?
J.D. Power survey: Overall satisfaction with homeowners policies is at an all-time high, but too few people understand what their policy does/does not cover.
Residents of 10 large North American cities don't want to move after age 80 – but most also say that big cities need more options for senior health care.
Buyers often want to know how close they are to public transportation, and new apps calculate the distance to buses, trains, taxis, ride-sharing and bike-sharing.
Crowdfunding tools help everyone to "pitch in" when a buyer needs downpayment help, and the newest ones charge no fees and make it easy to do.
On Sunday, Florida joined 35 other states in offering online voter registration to residents after Secretary of State Detzner launched RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.
The Constitution Revision Commission – a group with the power to direct-place proposals on the 2018 Fla. ballot – delayed some meetings after Hurricane Irma.
According to the latest national index produced by two Fla. universities, owning a home vs. renting a home are in a virtual tie in terms of wealth creation.
Homeowners looking to remodel may be smart to tackle a kitchen renovation if they're looking for the strongest buyer appeal and higher returns on their investment at resale.
Many homeowners want to sell but can't afford it, since almost 3 million households still have negative equity – about 5.4% of all homes with a mortgage.