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3/20/2018 2:10:10 AM

New laws will change the way Fla. regulates and defines "mortgage lenders," boosts flood ins. warnings, and adjusts rules for HOA covenants and restrictions.

3/23/2018 2:32:44 AM

Most of the big time-wasters for business involve must-do tasks, such as emailing, checking social media sites, attending meetings and talking/texting.

3/20/2018 2:11:34 AM

More than 70 U.S. agrihoods now offer residents the open-space benefits of farm life – fresh fruit, vegetables, more – in a golf-community-style development.

3/23/2018 2:24:58 AM

Last week's first mortgage rate drop – the first in 10 weeks – didn't last long, but rates rose only a small amount in this week's survey.

3/22/2018 3:03:02 AM

Fla.'s building codes top all other states, according to a report that found the state's newer construction was better able to withstand Hurricane Irma damage.

3/21/2018 2:42:51 AM

Most agents don't take advantage of YouTube, even though producing a steady stream of video content can help them stand out from their competition.

3/21/2018 2:26:53 AM

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun calls home construction "the key to economic prosperity" but sounds an alarm because numbers are moving in the wrong direction.

3/20/2018 2:18:42 AM

The cost of an adjustable-rate mortgage went up and will likely rise two more times in 2018 – but some experts feared the Fed would suggest three hikes this year. The change indirectly affects fixed rated, but they'll likely continue to rise a bit too.

3/22/2018 2:42:38 AM

Florida Realtors' data: More closed sales, more new listings and higher median prices in Feb. even as inventory remained tight. Statewide single-family sales up 3.3%, median price up 9.6%; condo sales up 6.4%, median price up 7.2%.

3/21/2018 2:40:38 AM

NFIP would get a four-month extension under the massive federal spending deal – the fourth temporary program extension since Sept. That gives lawmakers time to hammer out a long-term deal before this latest extension expires during hurricane season.

3/23/2018 2:31:02 AM

Landlords may not sexually harass tenants under U.S. fair housing laws, but two St. Louis landlords now face a $625K fine and other penalties for doing so. HUD says the fine "sends a loud and clear message."

3/20/2018 2:17:02 AM

Sales slipped 0.6% in Feb. – a third straight monthly decline – but sales are up 2.2% year-to-date in a sign that buyer demand remains solid.

3/23/2018 2:29:56 AM

Despite too few homes to sell, higher mortgage rates and rising home prices, existing-home sales bounced back in Feb. after declining for two months in a row.

3/21/2018 2:39:23 AM

FEMA says 13 million homeowners live in a flood plain, but EPA and others think 41 million are actually at risk – and flood insurance expires again this Friday.

3/20/2018 2:15:27 AM

A bill signed by Gov. Scott makes it harder for homeowners who agree to surrender their home in bankruptcy court to fight a lender in the foreclosure proceeding.

3/22/2018 3:04:48 AM

Home buyers ask why they need title insurance if their home is newly built, one of many, and being bought from the developer who purchased the land.

3/22/2018 2:38:51 AM

Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire's 43.1% drop.

3/23/2018 2:26:45 AM

The third-largest U.S. title company will be acquired by its rival and largest U.S. title company Fidelity National Financial Inc., which is based in Jacksonville.

3/21/2018 2:33:51 AM

Study: Buyers now expect to apply for a mortgage online, but they also want to deal with real people – and millennials were most likely to desire both.

3/20/2018 2:14:09 AM

While 5G is a quantum leap for mobile computing, it requires big boxes every 500 feet along suburban streets – and that could ding curb appeal for some listings.

3/20/2018 2:12:39 AM

It turns out private mortgage insurance is deductible after all for last year. Homeowners who pay PMI recently began receiving amended 1098s from their lenders.

3/21/2018 2:32:01 AM

Fewer private-market insurers will cover homes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. They say claims abuses and excessive lawsuits are the problem.

3/23/2018 2:25:55 AM

There's a new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions under tax reform, and some homeowners near that cap are trying to lower their property tax bill.

3/22/2018 2:37:44 AM

A good-looking lawn can make a listing more appealing in listing photos, which is the first point of contact for many buyers who begin their search online.

3/22/2018 1:48:27 AM