The scammer offered undocumented residents a scheme to help them buy a home and then absconded with the money they gave her for a downpayment.
LendingTree asked people considering their first home about their top concerns, and a lack of inventory below $150K is driving many to consider fixer-uppers.
Reconstruction costs rose up to 7.6% between 2016 and 2018, and many Fla. homeowners might have less insurance than they need if a major disaster occurs.
The rent index jumped 36% in 13 years (2005-2018) while the typical mortgage payment fell 4%. Without fixed monthly costs, renters spend more on housing.
The week-to-week increase was .05%, and it's still good news for homebuyers. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.47%.
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One third of Realtors say they've faced some type of safety threat in the field, according to NAR's latest Member Safety Report. In response, NAR is making it easier for members to alert each about potential threats through a new Realtor Safety Network.
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According to New York Federal Reserve Bank economists, capital costs after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act appear to have increased from 1% to 5% for homes if the amount borrowed for financing exceeds $750K – one variable leading to the current slowdown
A 34-year-old Illinois firefighter bought his first house right out of college and now owns and manages 93 rental properties with an eight-figure total value. He does all rehab work and says his wife, a real estate agent, is the key to his success.
While not assured, the Florida Legislature appears closer to finalizing property insurance assignment-of-benefits reform this year after failing to do so in previous sessions. The sponsor of a Senate bill says it's now in agreement with the House.
Fla. Realtors data: Active listings inventory up; year-over-year median prices up 1.3% for single-family homes, 4.7% for condo-townhomes. In good news for buyers and sellers, Fed indicates no interest rate hikes for a while, says Chief Economist O'Connor.
"The initial stigma of crowdfunding is long gone and everyone in our industry ... recognizes it as a viable source of capital raises." – Denholtz Associates pres.
Positive milestones: The House AOB bill passed with a 96-20 vote, and the Senate might vote soon. Open/expired permits and remote notary bills also advanced.
Starts fell 0.3% from a downwardly revised Feb. reading. Multifamily stayed constant; single-family declined 0.4% but rose 1.5% in the South, which includes Fla.
The controversial plan would cancel Clinton-era regulations that allowed illegal immigrants to sign up for assistance without having to disclose their status.
Fla. is 2nd for number of members after Calif. and 33.5% (with Texas) of all Realtors working in 3 states. If the Miami Assoc. was a state, it would be No. 8.
A recent survey by MKM Partners found that that a majority of younger baby boomers and older Generation X-ers aren't planning to downsize with their next move.
Builder confidence is well above the 50-point level that's neither positive nor negative, but they say a "chronic shortage" of workers and lots holds them back.
Census Bureau: Orlando added 60K residents last year and Tampa added 51K. As a percentage of current population, Lakeland and The Villages showed strong growth.
Over the past six years, solar energy capacity has more than doubled in 45 of 57 largest U.S. cities – enough electricity to power nearly one in every 11 homes
The report focuses on economic development, entrepreneurship, safe neighborhoods, education and workforce development, and measurement.
Adopting one small tech trick for a task done every day can save a lot of time or stress – but only if you know that the trick exists in the first place.
The online lender partnered with Vrbo, an Airbnb competitor. If owners rent rooms or full homes using Vrbo, Quicken will consider that income in a refi decision.
Fla. history: Plots of unseen swampland were sold over and over for more and more money until we "ran out of suckers." And a trio of hurricanes didn't help.
Spread the word: Florida Realtors wants 2019 ENVY Award entries, the top honor for projects designed in harmony with the environment. The deadline is Tuesday, July 9, 2019.