In The News

Total impact one Fla. home sale has on the economy? $77,858

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:01:36 +0500

NAR analysis: In Fla., the real estate business makes up 21.9% of the state's GSP. Each sale generates $21.4K for the industry and $4.2K for other businesses.

The new frontier for 'healthy' homes? Ventilation

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:14:51 +0500

Closed-up indoor air gets polluted with lead, dust mites, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander and mold, which kicks up demand for air purification systems.

Rental scams so common that some owners police Craigslist

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:20:46 +0500

The rental-home scam ruins vacations and hurts owners who must turn families away, but they're almost common now on sites like Craigslist and even Zillow.

Can my renters smoke weed indoors? Can they grow it?

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:13:51 +0500

A Fla. law approved this spring allows smokable marijuana. How does this impact your real estate business? Your neighborhood? Find out at Florida Realtors Aug. convention.

Opportunity Zones: Real estate dominates the tax breaks

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:19:46 +0500

It takes 10 years for Opportunity Zone tax breaks to fully kick in, and while commercial buildings aren't going anywhere, business investors worry about internal and external influences that could keep them from hitting that 10-year mark.

5-year flood insurance bill could get full House vote

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:02:29 +0500

The House Financial Services Committee voted Wed. to advance a flood insurance bill to the full House for a vote. The current bill would extend the program five years, increase mitigation tools, revise the scope of mapping, update new technology and more.

Why aren't boomers downsizing their homes?

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:17:47 +0500

A growing number of aging boomers aren't downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the sprawling house where they raised kids and created long-ago memories.

Gov. DeSantis considering impact and permit fee bills

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:03:11 +0500

Two bills await a signature. If signed, the impact fee bill specifies how fee money can be used; the permit one requires fees to be published on local websites.

Commercial RE executives bullish on U.S. market

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:40:13 +0500

While an economic slowdown seems possible, commercial polled don't appear fazed and anticipate significant investment money from China, Canada and even Mexico.

Some tiny home owners think they're a bit too tiny

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:16:34 +0500

Tiny-home buyers increasingly favor bigger models, and they're upgrading cabinetry and finishes, which boost prices closer to those for a single-family home.

Quicken Loans paying $32.5M in suit over faulty FHA loans

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:15:39 +0500

The government accused Quicken of not properly vetting FHA-insured loans by verifying income. The company agreed to settle without admitting guilt.

More economists predicting interest rate cut

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:29:57 +0500

A Wall Street Journal poll of 46 economists found that 75% expected a Fed rate cut in either July or Sept. – an increase from 50% in a poll conducted in May.

Airbnb guests concerned about surveillance

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:58:21 +0500

Survey: 1 in 10 Airbnb guests say they've found a hidden camera during a rental. While laws oversee the use of cameras and recorders, they're not always followed.

Enter to win the ENVY Award

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:58:58 +0500

Calling for entries for Florida Realtors 2019 ENVY Award, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. Remember: July 9 is the deadline.

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