• Real Estate Offers Solid Investment Returns
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Investors consider a 60/40 stock/bond portfolio standard, but real estate has provided solid returns over the past 12 months, convincing many to diversify.

  • HUD: $41M To Boost Affordable Housing
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Three national nonprofits will split the money: Habitat for Humanity ($9M), Enterprise Community Partners ($15M) and Local Initiatives Support Corp. ($17M).

  • Some Rental Solutions Unworkable
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Studies find rent control is a short-term solution that creates long-term problems. Florida Realtors has filed a lawsuit against Orange County to block a proposal.

  • Airbnb Rolls Out New Screening to Stop Parties
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 9:08 am

    In Canada and Australia, the screening system led to a 35% drop in parties after considering things like weekend dates, renter proximity and their Airbnb history.

  • A Simple Trick to Save for a Down Payment
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Renters usually cut back expenses to save for a down payment, so downsizing their apartment to one less bedroom might get them into a house within a few years.

  • Have the Skill Set to Thrive in a Down Market?
    by kerrys on August 17, 2022 at 9:08 am

    In a slower market, buyers and sellers shop for a Realtor who listens, advocates for them and knows the business inside and out.

  • RE Q&A: What if a Neighbor Does Mean Things?
    by kerrys on August 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    A homeowner had a falling out with a next-door neighbor, but it didn’t end there. He now has a floodlight directed into his home and sees other irritating behaviors.

  • 60% of RE Experts Say ‘It’s Not a Bubble’
    by kerrys on August 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Bubbles pop, and even with too-high home prices, “The housing market today is a far different beast than what we saw in the mid-2000s,” says economist Nicole Bachaud.

  • July Housing Starts Fall 9.6%
    by kerrys on August 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Single-family starts decreased 10.1% to the lowest reading since June 2020. Multifamily also fell (8.6%) but ongoing construction is up 24.8% year-to-year for 5-plus units.

  • More Fla. Buyers Back Out of Contracts in July
    by kerrys on August 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    About 16.1% U.S. home contracts fell through in July, up from 15% in June and 12.5% a year earlier. Of the top 10 city backout rates, 6 were in Fla., with Jacksonville No. 1.

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