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Freddie Mac and FHA should soon follow suit. In a holiday tradition, foreclosure actions may continue but families won't be evicted until at least Jan. 2, 2018.

12/12/2017 1:59:36 AM

Freddie Mac economist Len Kiefer said the market had already priced in the Fed's rate hike on Wednesday, so mortgage rates barely moved from last week's 3.94%.

12/14/2017 1:31:14 AM

Manatee County commissioners have OK'd a resolution asking the Florida Legislature to use all the monies in the Sadowski Trust Fund solely for affordable housing.

12/14/2017 1:09:00 AM

Tell Fla. lawmakers what you really think and network with fellow Realtors from across the state Jan. 9-11 at Great American Realtor Days. Registration is open.

12/14/2017 1:07:16 AM

Yule logs should burn – Christmas trees should not. If you're decorating for the holidays with this year, keep these safety tips in mind.

12/11/2017 2:28:16 AM

A House-Senate joint committee reconciling tax reform bills might be raising the mortgage-interest deduction cap to $750K. Haven't joined NAR's newest tax reform Call for Action? Do it now.

12/13/2017 3:17:16 AM

It's like having a computer-geek best friend: Florida Realtors Tech Helpline, a free member benefit, can be reached via email, online chat or phone: 407.587.1450.

12/12/2017 1:48:44 AM

Take time to rest and recuperate over the holidays – but also reconnect with clients and invest time studying the latest changes in the real estate industry.

12/12/2017 1:51:22 AM

The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) considered comments but made no changes to proposed team advertising rules before voting to approve them on Wednesday. However, the new rules have one

12/13/2017 3:40:21 AM

Frustrated buyers shopping too-few listings will increasingly consider a home that needs work – but how can they calculate repair costs before making an offer?

12/13/2017 3:18:22 AM

Due to rising home prices, FHA loan limits will go up in 3,011 U.S. counties next year. In high-cost areas, the max rises from $636,150 to $679,650 next year.

12/11/2017 2:47:03 AM

Sellers who spend $5K on an upgrade and ask $10K more for their home will probably be disappointed. "Hardly anything will offer a net profit," says Realtor Barry Grooms. But some "help sell the property faster and fetch a higher sales price."

12/12/2017 1:58:46 AM

HUD will no longer allow FHA financing on properties if a PACE energy-efficient improvement lien remains in place. It says a mortgage default could threaten its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund since PACE loans have priority lien status.

12/11/2017 2:44:53 AM

The tax reform bill would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, with smaller tax cuts for middle- and low-income families. It also repeals the mandate that most Americans get health insurance,

12/14/2017 1:30:12 AM doesn't text or email agents to sell leads, but an apparent scammer makes it appear that they do. He's contacting agents in the Northeast in a scam similar to an older one in which unrequested leads seemed to come from Zillow.

12/13/2017 3:23:17 AM

Legal QandA: Does condo board have authority to give gifts? Also: Is the shower drainpipe in my upper-floor condo my responsibility until it joins my downstairs neighbor's drainpipe? When does the HOA have authority?

12/11/2017 2:42:22 AM

The House and Senate reached agreement on a tax reform bill, and top aides say they expect to reveal the final details this week.

12/13/2017 3:22:06 AM

Fla.'s state-run and second-largest carrier expects to add more than 50,000 customers in 2018, increasing its policyholders to around 500,000 or about 14%.

12/14/2017 1:20:57 AM

Whose private-property rights matter more – a homeowner or his neighbors next door? And as short-term renting becomes easier, who gets to decide what's allowed?

12/12/2017 1:57:39 AM

The Fed lifted the short-term rate by a quarter-point and anticipates three more rates hikes in 2018. The hikes directly impact ARMs and indirectly FRMs.

12/13/2017 3:38:03 AM

An energy score doesn't tell buyers how well a home is built. It does, however, tell them how efficiently it operates and potential energy-cost savings over time.

12/12/2017 1:56:44 AM

Real estate QandA: Be sure to properly set up and secure the attraction to the ground. Also, read the manufacturer's warnings and manage the party-goers' play.

12/14/2017 1:18:06 AM

All businesses, including brokerages, should have programs in place to fight sexual harassment – and recent events make those programs even more important.

12/13/2017 3:20:06 AM

What does it take to flip homes and successfully turn a profit? ATTOM studied flippers and identified traits most of them shared.

12/14/2017 1:15:27 AM