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U.S. 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate slips to 3.93%

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:31
Freddie Mac economist Len Kiefer said the market had already priced in the Fed's rate hike on Wednesday, so mortgage rates barely moved from last week's 3.94%.

GOP forges a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:30
The tax reform bill would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, with smaller tax cuts for middle- and low-income families. It also repeals the mandate that most Americans get health insurance,

Irma claims top $6B, Citizens braces for 50,000-plus new customers

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:20
Fla.'s state-run and second-largest carrier expects to add more than 50,000 customers in 2018, increasing its policyholders to around 500,000 or about 14%.

Real estate QandA: Double-check insurance before throwing party with a bounce house

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:18
Real estate QandA: Be sure to properly set up and secure the attraction to the ground. Also, read the manufacturer's warnings and manage the party-goers' play.

Habits of successful home flippers

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:15
What does it take to flip homes and successfully turn a profit? ATTOM studied flippers and identified traits most of them shared.

Use state affordable housing funds for housing

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:09
Manatee County commissioners have OK'd a resolution asking the Florida Legislature to use all the monies in the Sadowski Trust Fund solely for affordable housing.

Great American Realtor Days: Register now

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:07
Tell Fla. lawmakers what you really think and network with fellow Realtors from across the state Jan. 9-11 at Great American Realtor Days. Registration is open.

FREC UPDATE: New team advertising rules approved

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:40
The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) considered comments but made no changes to proposed team advertising rules before voting to approve them on Wednesday. However, the new rules have one

Fed boosts benchmark rate for third time this year

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:38
The Fed lifted the short-term rate by a quarter-point and anticipates three more rates hikes in 2018. The hikes directly impact ARMs and indirectly FRMs.

Pa. Realtors report realtor.com scam offering leads

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:23
Realtor.com doesn't text or email agents to sell leads, but an apparent scammer makes it appear that they do. He's contacting agents in the Northeast in a scam similar to an older one in which unrequested leads seemed to come from Zillow.

You'll soon know if tax reform helps or hurts your business

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:22
The House and Senate reached agreement on a tax reform bill, and top aides say they expect to reveal the final details this week.

Sexual harassment fallout changes rules

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:20
All businesses, including brokerages, should have programs in place to fight sexual harassment – and recent events make those programs even more important.

Fixer-upper or money pit? How to decide

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:18
Frustrated buyers shopping too-few listings will increasingly consider a home that needs work – but how can they calculate repair costs before making an offer?

NAR's new Call for Action may be working

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:17
A House-Senate joint committee reconciling tax reform bills might be raising the mortgage-interest deduction cap to $750K. Haven't joined NAR's newest tax reform Call for Action? Do it now. http://www.floridarealtors.org/callforaction

Fannie Mae announces eviction moratorium for the holidays

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:59
Freddie Mac and FHA should soon follow suit. In a holiday tradition, foreclosure actions may continue but families won't be evicted until at least Jan. 2, 2018.

Remodeling for profit? Unlikely

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:58
Sellers who spend $5K on an upgrade and ask $10K more for their home will probably be disappointed. "Hardly anything will offer a net profit," says Realtor Barry Grooms. But some "help sell the property faster and fetch a higher sales price."

Conflict over vacation rental rights brewing

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:57
Whose private-property rights matter more – a homeowner or his neighbors next door? And as short-term renting becomes easier, who gets to decide what's allowed?

Home Energy Scores: What buyers need to know

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:56
An energy score doesn't tell buyers how well a home is built. It does, however, tell them how efficiently it operates and potential energy-cost savings over time.

Study: 99% chance someone is putting your data at risk

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:55
On average, 64% of office workers email a work document to their personal email weekly, and 24% use the same login for their work and personal accounts.

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