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  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Keeping up with tech: 3 online trends in 2017

From augmented reality to live video streaming, real estate agents will find fresh ways to reach customers with new high-tech marketing tools. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Don't believe myths about reverse mortgages

A reverse mortgage might be a wise financial option for older adults ? or not. However, a lot of misinformation can be ignored. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Report: Future Fla. water woes unless things change

If Fla. adds 15 million residents by 2070 as projected, it could increase water demand by more than 50% and see more than 1/3 of the state paved over. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Realtor.com to debut new listing display, dashboard

In a bid to build its momentum in the online ad listing space, realtor.com announced a revamped listing display and new business-management tools. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

1 in 4 Fla. owners with mortgage is 'equity rich'

ATTOM: 23.2% of Fla. homeowners have a loan-to-value ratio 50% or lower, but 16% are still seriously underwater with a loan worth at least 125% of current value. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

SBA approves over $24M in Fla. disaster loans

The deadline to file a SBA disaster loan application for businesses' and residents' physical damage caused by Hurricane Matthew is Dec. 16, 2016. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Buyers: Does the marble test really work?

Should buyers reject a listing simply because a marble rolls on an uneven floor? Probably not ? but a level that finds more than a 1/4-inch tilt might be worthy. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Oct. home-start surge largest amount in 34 years

Home construction ? which also includes multifamily housing ? rose to its highest level in nine years following a Sept. surge in the number of building permits. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Average 30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.94%

Unexpected presidential results pushed rates noticeably higher this week, but experts are divided on what happens next, with 50% thinking they'll drop a bit soon. Separately, the Fed seems ready to raise short-term interest rates next month. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Fla. agency revises proposed pollution spill rule

Early last week, DEP revised a rule on reporting pollution spills, adding that "agents" also had a reporting responsibility. But on Friday, Florida Realtors and others officially challenged DEP's statutory right to create a rule. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Fla. homelessness continues to decline

In one year, 2005-2016, Florida had a bigger drop in the number of homeless individuals than any other state ? and it ranked third over a five-year period. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Some buyers panic after mortgage rates surge

Experts, however, suggest calm. Once markets digest the unexpected presidential election results, rates will probably stabilize and perhaps even decline a bit. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Address website accessibility to avoid lawsuits

It takes two tech tools for people with visual, hearing or other disabilities to access website content ? one on their end and one on your business's end. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Buyers of new homes say complaints often ignored

While "buy new instead of a resale" sounds like smart advice to avoid surprises, even new homes have issues ? and some say builders may not fix them fast enough. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Facebook: Our ad metrics are wrong

Many companies marketing through Facebook now wonder if the effort is as successful as they thought. Four analytics, such as weekly reach, may be wrong. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Generation Z sees homeownership in their future

Today's teens, Generation Z, value homeownership, with 97% believing they'll own a home someday, according to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Modest economic growth expected

Despite legislative and regulatory uncertainty over the upcoming change in the U.S. administration, Fannie Mae's latest Economic and Housing Outlook predicts modest growth for 2016 and 2016 at a pace of about 1.8%. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

What's the luckiest list price?

Maybe one with the No. 8 in it: Realtor.com found about 178 listings so far this year priced at either $888,888 or $8,888,888, perhaps to attract Chinese buyers. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

NAR: Existing-home sales jump again in Oct.

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  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Fla.'s housing market: Median prices continue to rise in Oct. 2016

The state's single-family home median price rose 11.7% over Oct. 2015; condo median price up 8.1%. NAR: Total U.S. home sales in Oct. up 5.9% year-to-year. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

How affordable housing programs can help you list more homes

Successful real estate pros know how to use tools and resources to help their clients, but homebuyer assistance programs are often overlooked and underused. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Tiny house festival goes big in St. Johns County

The first-ever event attracted 90 tiny houses, including small houses on wheels, converted school buses and even a yurt. Interest in these homes is growing. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Sales of new homes slipped in October

Commerce Dept.: This month's sales fell 1.9% compared to Sept., but the rate over the past 10 months is much stronger than the same period in 2015 (12.7% higher). Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Home sizes shrink yet again

NAHB: In 3Q 2016, the average square footage of a new single-family home dropped from 2,620 to 2,602 square feet, as builders again focus on entry-level homes. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

More tiny neighborhoods are coming

Tiny homes don't usually meet cities' zoning and building standards, though places like Rockledge, Fla., are looking to change laws to allow for the trend. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Fla. consumer confidence rises slightly in November

UF survey: Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in Nov. to 90.2 - up less than half a point over Oct. - showing stability during the presidential election. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Conforming mortgage limits go up in 2017

For the first time since 2006, the federal government has increased the maximum amount of a conforming loan by $7,100, boosting it to $424,100 in most regions. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

China now world's largest cross-border investor

China overtook the U.S. and become the largest real estate investor of property outside its own borders ? a trend that probably won't slow anytime soon. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Buyers afraid of rising rates? Put it in perspective

Higher interest rates could hurt buyers shopping for homes at their budget's upper limit, but rates are still historically low even after the recent increases. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Should an HOA respond to a certified letter?

Legal QandA: Condo law and HOA laws differ. Homeowner associations may have no legal obligation to respond when it could be required for condo associations. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Mortgage rates keep rising after Trump's election win

Long-term mortgage rates continued to surge last week, rising above the psychological threshold of 4% (to 4.03%) ? its highest level since summer 2015. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Congress could be homeowners' Grinch this Christmas

Some tax benefits ? mortgage debt forgiveness, and the deductibility of mortgage insurance premiums and energy-efficient upgrades, for example ? expire Dec. 31. And many U.S. lawmakers don't want to extend them. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Better to repaint than HOA face fines, court order

Real estate QandA: An HOA says a garage door is too red after being painted to match a front door that was painted 20 years earlier. Can an HOA do that? Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Work begins to extend Fla. property tax increase cap

A constitutional amendment passed in 2008 ? one that caps non-homestead property owners' tax increase at 10% per year ? expires in 2019. However, Florida Realtors strongly backs an extension, and voters might reauthorize it in 2018. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

U.S. home prices surpass pre-recession peak

According to Case-Shiller's latest index, overall U.S. home prices are now higher than their peak in 2006 after a 5.5% year-to-year gain in Sept. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

U.S. consumer confidence surges in Nov.

Americans' outlook is "once again at pre-recession levels," according to the Conference Board's latest survey: The index climbed 6.3 points to 107.1. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Economic growth hits two-year high in third quarter

The economy grew more rapidly than initially thought in the third quarter as stronger consumer spending juiced activity and offset weaker business investment. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Fla. a top state for identify theft

Protect yourself: WalletHub finds Fla. "most vulnerable," per capita, for identity-theft complaints, fraud and other complaints, and passport identity theft. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Another hurricane season ends

Fla. survived another hurricane season that could have been worse as FEMA announces an extended claim deadline for the two storms that caused some damage. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

NAR: Pending home sales a tiny bit higher in Oct.

Oct. saw a meager gain in the number of homes under contract but not yet sold despite a limited number of listings and a steady increase in prices. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Lenders say it's easier to get a mortgage

Genworth Survey: 50% of industry executives think underwriting standards are still overly restrictive, but that's down from 61% who said so last year. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Realtor.com forecast: 2017 real estate trends

Mortgage rates will hit 4.5%, home sales will rise 1.9% and prices will go up 3.9% as millennials, boomers and Western cities dominate the real estate market. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Santa's house worth $657,000

Santa's home would sell at a premium due to its famous resident, but it surely loses points for its undesirable location, according to a fake "Zestimate" online. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Can HOA ban campaigning or campaign signs?

Real estate QandA: Doesn't free speech trump an HOA rule that bans soliciting? And don't yard signs have freedom-of-speech protection? Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Realtors need to understand smart home technology

According to NAR's first-ever smart-home report, 15% of Realtors say buyers are already asking specific questions about smart-home home technology. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

30-year mortgage rate rises again, now at 4.08%

The average FRM reached its highest point of the year this week following a post-election surge in prices ? and 50% of experts think the trend will continue. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

HomeUnion: Top U.S. cities for investment bargains

To celebrate bargains associated with Cyber Monday, HomeUnion compiled a list of cities with top winter investor bargains ? and a few are in Fla. Read The Full Article

  • Tue Dec 6 2016, 8:37 am

Mortgage rate increases help and hurt homebuyers

The post-election mortgage-rate increase has spurred some buyers to jump into the market sooner rather than later, and it might make borrowing easier if fewer homeowners refinance. But it also makes a home purchase more expensive. Read The Full Article

  • Thu Dec 1 2016, 8:37 am

Why are the holidays a good time to sell a home?

While home shopping could interfere with holiday parties, buyers benefit for a number of reasons, including more time off work and end-of-the-year income taxes. Read The Full Article

  • Thu Dec 1 2016, 8:37 am

Feds update their guidance on 'sober homes'

Sober homes ? group homes that serve recovering addicts ? are protected under fair housing laws, but new guidance could give cities a bit more oversight. Read The Full Article

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