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While agents have a lot of online advertising options, Facebook is still best. It's visited by 79% of people online compared to Twitter, which is No. 2 at 24%.

10/11/2017 2:35:52 AM

Analysis: A buyer paying at least $305,000 today still qualifies for the deduction, but only homes worth $801,000 or more would under latest Trump tax proposal.

10/11/2017 2:49:24 AM

The homebuilder said orders and deliveries rose in the latest quarter, and, after a short post-storm pause as the nation cleans up from recent storms, the company says that it expects that uptick in demand to continue for new homes.

10/11/2017 2:47:19 AM

Analysis: Home prices in the lowest, most-affordable tier rose 56% over the past five years, but prices in the top, most-expensive tier are up only 33%.

10/11/2017 2:46:04 AM

Conventional wisdom dies hard, and misconceptions may drive the decisions you make about your real estate career, marketing and even office décor.

10/11/2017 2:44:51 AM

Buyers can't control interest rates, but they have some control over their credit score – and a good credit score can shave thousands of dollars off their loan.

10/11/2017 2:43:07 AM

A 2017 Nobel Prize focused on "behavioral economics," which finds that people make illogical economic decisions and act more like Homer Simpson than Mr. Spock.

10/10/2017 2:53:03 AM

The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.

10/10/2017 2:54:14 AM

Scammers convince some vets with VA loans to refinance multiple times in one year, and each refinance adds thousands of dollars to the total amount they owe.

10/10/2017 2:55:03 AM

The Treasury issued a rundown of the tax relief benefits offered to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Because relief postpones some tax deadlines, individuals and businesses have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file any returns and pay any taxes.

10/10/2017 2:59:02 AM

In the national flood program (NFIP), "substantial damage" means that repair costs for a home in a Special Flood Hazard Area are at least 50% of its market value.

10/10/2017 3:00:57 AM

Some items, like small carpets, make rooms appear smaller than they are. But other details, such as a monochrome paint color, can make it appear bigger.

10/10/2017 2:51:21 AM

Bitcoin believers say it's the money of the future, a digital alternative to the dollar, euro or yen. Non-believers say it's not real money.

10/9/2017 3:42:17 AM

Buyers see their dream home slipping out of reach as prices rise, so more are considering adjustable rate mortgages to make it work. That worries experts a bit.

10/9/2017 3:43:52 AM

A condo owner enclosed her lanai, but neighbors say the assoc. must fix it. Also: Our HOA has no reserve funds to replace a perimeter wall. What now?

10/9/2017 3:49:08 AM

On the one hand, the recent onslaught of hurricanes – notably Harvey in Houston – shows lawmakers that the U.S. needs a strong flood insurance program. However, it also brings the financial challenges facing NFIP into focus.

10/9/2017 3:50:42 AM

The world watched scary news reports and saw worst-case Irma photos after the hurricane, but most attractions are still open, including Key West's Fantasy Fest.

10/9/2017 3:52:23 AM

Gov. Rick Scott says the Trump Admin. approved his Host-State request with FEMA that approves 100% federal reimbursement for costs incurred by Fla. related to accommodating people who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.

10/6/2017 2:59:03 AM

The Trump administration proposed an end to federal flood ins. for new homes in flood zones. If enacted, the change would halt some new construction in Fla.

10/6/2017 2:55:54 AM

The U.S. consumer bureau thinks some larger investors that offer seller financing abuse the practice by evicting buyers for small infractions such as one late payment.

10/6/2017 2:54:07 AM

71% of prospective homeowners – largely millennials – believe it's a good time to buy a home, and 63% remain steadfast in their ideal preferences for a home.

10/6/2017 2:51:34 AM

Gov. Scott declared a state of emergency when Hurricane Nate threatened the Panhandle, and Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund remained prepped to offer aid.

10/6/2017 3:01:22 AM

Still-climbing property values are starting to make commercial investors nervous. In a normal bid-ask gap, sellers continue to want top dollar based on recent sales returns while buyers are increasingly nervous about paying it and later losing money.

10/5/2017 2:41:52 AM

Long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly, in part due to expectations that Congress will OK tax cuts to stimulate growth and possibly increase the deficit.

10/5/2017 2:40:35 AM

An 86-year-old must dip into savings for taxes and insurance, plus stairs are becoming more difficult. If renting is cheaper, should she sell and make the change?

10/5/2017 2:39:30 AM