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Want to Maximize Profit? Track Your ‘Billable Time’

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:46 +0500

How much time do you spend on activities that make money? How much on support work? Tracking “billable time” makes it easier to set priorities.


The Cannabis Biz Is Resilient. Will More Investors Give It a Try?

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:18 +0500

The pandemic didn’t hurt the cannabis business; in fact, it’s doing better than expected, and capital investment may be second only to the industrial sector.


S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: July Home Prices Rise 3.9%

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:19 +0500

In June, home prices rose 3.5% year-to-year; in July, they rose 3.9%. The rate of home price increases is accelerating due to low interest rates and strong buyer demand.


It’s Not Just Floridians – U.S. Confidence Is Also Up

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:56 +0500

The Sept. Consumer Confidence Index rose above 100 (101.8) from last month’s 86.3, but the component measuring future expectations rose the most – from 86.6 to 104.0.


Floridians’ Consumer Sentiment Index Surges Higher in Sept.

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:07 +0500

The index score rose to 85.1 from Aug.’s 78.8 – the biggest increase since the pandemic hit. While the sentiment index isn’t back to pre-pandemic levels yet, the component measuring whether it’s time to buy a big-ticket item surged 8.4 points higher.


NAR: The Fight to Save Like-Kind Exchanges Continues

Tue, 29 Sep 20 14:09:11 +0500

Over four years, both Republicans and Democrats proposed measures to weaken or end 1031 like-kind exchanges. NAR says it’s now gearing up for another campaign.


Zoom Offers Accessibility Options for Disabled Users

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:05 +0500

Among other changes, a sign-language interpreter’s window can be placed beside the speaker, and the hearing impaired can “pin” speakers they wish to hear.


Condo Q&A: Amending Documents, Bylaws and Boards

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:35 +0500

Is it acceptable for a condo association to “self-insure” and cancel their current insurance? Also: Can a board avoid naming a director to an empty position?


NAR Opposes HUD Rule Targeting Homeless Transgender People

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:06 +0500

A NAR letter to HUD Sec. Ben Carson says barring transgender people from homeless shelters would force more onto the streets, leaving them “vulnerable to violence.”


Remote Workers May Seek Retirement Housing Early

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:31 +0500

Fla. is a draw for retirees, but the pandemic and ability to work from home has led more people shop for a second home before they’ve officially retired.


Suburban Home Prices Move Higher as Buyers Get Out of Town

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:05 +0500

Nationally, home prices in the suburbs have moved 3.2% higher since March compared to an overall 2.3% within cities, according to a realtor.com analysis. In South Fla., however, prices in urban areas declined 2.2% since March, while suburban prices are up 0.3%.


Fla. Group Proposes Liability Protections for Businesses

Mon, 28 Sep 20 14:09:59 +0500

How do you protect businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits without banning consumers’ legitimate right to sue? A business coalition made some recommendations.


The Great Appliance Shortage: Life Without a Dishwasher?

Fri, 25 Sep 20 14:09:14 +0500

COVID-19 created yet another problem: A U.S. shortage of dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers. Freezers disappeared first when consumers started hoarding food.


‘AOB’ Fight Goes to Fla. Supreme Court

Fri, 25 Sep 20 14:09:20 +0500

Anchor Property and Casualty claimed an assignment-of-benefit claim was constitutionally illegal. So far, a lower court agreed but Anchor lost in a court of appeal.


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