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Due March 4: Scholarship applications

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:26:11 +0500

The deadline looms for any Fla. student, including ones now enrolled, to apply for an academic scholarship from Florida Realtors Education Foundation. Learn more.

Help minimize spats between married home shoppers

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:27:14 +0500

Buying stresses couples, and major decisions often end up in major disagreements. But a few tactics can nip potential problems in the bud.

Lawmakers wrestle with AOB insurance claims' attorney fees

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:32:27 +0500

A Fla. Senate committee last week stifled a proposal that would limit attorney fees in "assignment of benefits" (AOB) property insurance cases.

Credit scores may impact both homeownership and dating

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:21:05 +0500

3 out of 10 singles research a partner's financial info online before committing to a relationship, so bad credit can impact more than just the cost of a loan.

You have a license to support homeownership

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:19:48 +0500

The Florida Realtors-backed "Support Homeownership for All" license plate raised over $1M so far for Fla. affordable housing projects. Go to:

Using auto-texts to market? Understand the risks

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:27:03 +0500

More consumers are filing lawsuits against businesses that auto-send texts without following regulations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Builders focusing more on new middle-income housing

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:26:03 +0500

Developers tend to focus on the type of housing that maximizes profits, and a recent trend to build luxury homes has faded a bit in favor moderate-income properties. As a result, the average new home has dropped from 2,500 square feet to 2,320.

Experts: Can't have a bubble with under-supply of homes

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:31:20 +0500

Bubble fears are based on memories of the housing meltdown more than reality, some experts say. As long as buyer demand remains high and new-home production low, there's no bubble to burst. Prices are a result of demand, not risky lending.

Florida Housing relaunches first-time homebuyer program

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:25:11 +0500

First-time homebuyers can get up to $15K in downpayment and closing-cost assistance if they live in Clay, Duval, Hillsborough, Osceola or Pasco counties.

Legal QandA: Can I turn my condo into a timeshare?

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:30:40 +0500

The owner of an ocean-view condo wants to sell and figures she'll get the highest amount of money if she makes it a timeshare – but can she legally do that?

Data breach prompts call for more mortgage protections

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:24:12 +0500

A recent hack hit 54K owners with loans from Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others. Crooks stole a treasure trove of personal data including Social Security numbers.

Tight housing trend: Married with roommates

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:29:27 +0500

More married couples can't swing the full cost of a new home, so they're taking on roommates to help cover expenses for the first few years.

Dear homebuyers: Please stop thinking you need 20% down

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:23:23 +0500

Most buyers pay only 5% to 10% down – some even pay zero – and there are a number of first-time homebuyer programs that can help secure a house.

NAR's Good Neighbor Awards celebrate 20 years

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:28:40 +0500

In two decades, the awards have granted $1.3M to Realtor-led nonprofits, helped 200-plus organizations, and had an impact in 40 states and 15 countries.

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