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2/19/2019 1:28:29 AM

Lower interest rates and rising consumer confidence makes builders happy. This month's NAHB index reflects a 4-point spike in builder confidence.

2/18/2019 1:21:05 AM

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.

2/20/2019 1:12:03 AM

While most experts predict 1-2 Fed interest rate hikes this year, one Fed president says there might not be any at all if her economic predictions are correct.

2/20/2019 1:08:39 AM

Study: When mortgage rates dropped to all-time lows, many homeowners failed to refinance because they thought lower-payment ads sounded too good to be true.

2/19/2019 1:21:56 AM

Marketing generally involves a sales pitch that generates leads. Social selling builds relationships over time that pays off long-term because people trust you.

2/18/2019 1:19:48 AM

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

2/18/2019 1:27:03 AM

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

2/19/2019 1:21:12 AM

About 1 in 4 members must renew their license by March 31. Need CE credit or first-cycle associate/broker credits? Florida Realtors offers them online. Find out more.

2/20/2019 1:07:57 AM

Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarships offer $1K or more to residents who plan to attend college full-time in the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply now.

2/18/2019 1:26:03 AM

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.

2/20/2019 1:11:22 AM

An analysis of 50K home inspections finds "doors need adjusting" tops the list (estimated repair cost $254), though no top-10 defect costs more than $545 to repair. The most common expensive defect? Bad window seals ($1,008 to fix) in 20.8% of homes.

2/19/2019 1:27:35 AM

It's easy to say, "I want to sell 50 homes," but few people have only one goal, and a laser-focus on one impacts others. While "setting goals" sounds like the easy part of a total business plan, many people don't do it correctly.

2/18/2019 1:25:11 AM

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.

2/19/2019 1:25:47 AM

First-time buyers frustrated with a tight inventory of lower-priced homes? They have options if willing to consider less-common buying techniques.

2/20/2019 1:09:23 AM

Builders say they can't keep up with demand due to a lack of workers and buildable lots, onerous regulations, lumber tariffs and slow growth in loan activity.

2/20/2019 1:07:25 AM

Builders say multifamily starts last year came close to the sector's peak in 2015 – but they predict that stabilization in a range "considered normal" this year.

2/19/2019 1:23:34 AM

More than 200 mobile home parks around the U.S., have produced hefty 30% returns for $13B private-equity firm Stockbridge Capital and its major investors.

2/18/2019 1:24:12 AM

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.

2/20/2019 1:06:16 AM

A presidential directive will create a new "Space Force," and Gov. DeSantis says a Fla.-based "space combatant command" makes "a lot of strategic sense."

2/19/2019 1:22:43 AM

Ready for an iPhone upgrade? Should you hold off and see the new products Apple has up its sleeve? One early report suggests big changes this year.

2/18/2019 1:23:23 AM

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.