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More renters expected to pursue ownership in 2017

Rental apartments may soon have more competition from for-sale houses, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “The national housing market is finally returning to normal,” according the Joint Center’s State of the Nation’s Housing report from 2017. The apartment sector has benefitted from millions of renters in demographic groups that have, in the past, often …

What traits maximize home value increases?

A home’s value generally appreciates 3 percent to 4 percent every year, which is attributed mostly to population growth and inflation. In 2016, however, homeowners saw appreciation jump to an average of 6.3 percent. What traits lead some homes to appreciate more than others? What traits boost a home’s value even more – and what features buyers may be willing to pay more to …

What’s on Home Shoppers’ Wish Lists

A new survey reveals the top desires of home buyers today: Ranch-style homes, big backyards, and updated kitchens. More than half of home buyers say they’re on the hunt for a three-bedroom home and single-family homes clearly are the top preference. These insights can help guide potential sellers in deciding which rooms or features to invest in before listing their homes.” Here’s an overview of some …

Top cities for millennials : Miami and Orlando are No....

  Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., has announced its top cities for millennials. At the top of the list: Salt Lake City, followed by Miami and Orlando, Fla., as No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Rounding out the rest of the top 10, in rank order are Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Albany, San Francisco …

South Florida has 8 of state’s 10 priciest homes for...

Eight of the 10 most expensive Florida homes listed for sale are in South Florida, including two in Miami Beach and three in Palm Beach, PropertyShark.com reported. Listed for sale for the first time in 30 years, a 10-bedroom house at 46 Star Island in Miami Beach has a $65 million asking price, the sixth-most expensive listing in Florida. The residence, which was fully renovated …

How to buy a home when you already own one

You’ve found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn’t sold yet. You can’t afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the downpayment and closing costs. Before you let that dream home slip away, consider these strategies to help bridge the transition: Make an offer that’s contingent on the …

50.1% in Florida say ‘It’s a good time to buy a ho...

Homeownership nationwide is at a record low, but a slim majority of Floridians (50.1%) say it’s a good time to buy a house, according to a newly released University of Florida (UF) survey conducted in October and November. Only 19.3% thought it was a bad time, while the remaining 30.6% were uncertain. The Florida homeownership rate is still higher than the U.S. rate, as …

Get Your Tax-Filing Party Started!

Are Mortgage Points Tax Deductible? When you took out a mortgage to buy your home, did you pay points? You may be able to deduct that prepaid interest on your federal tax return — but only if you meet a long list of rules. Read How to Amend Your Tax Return Just learned you coulda, shoulda, woulda saved on taxes you already filed? It’s …

Mortgage rates, home sales and prices to rise in 2017

Mortgage rates have risen sharply since Election Day, to an average 4.32% on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. While still low by historical standards, that’s the highest since April 2014 and well above the year’s average of 3.65%. The difference translates into an extra $1,852 a year in payments on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan for $400,000, for example. Climbing rates are just one of the …

Happy New Year 2017

May the New Year bring to you and your family joy and happiness. Welcome a new year with new expectation, new challenges and new opportunities. Open a new book, the pen is in your hands. 2017 is your chance to write a beautiful story and create the best.  

Ten-X study: 4 of 5 hottest home markets are in Florid...

Fort Lauderdale is the hottest single-family market in the U.S., according to a ranking compiled by Ten-X, an online real estate ad site – and the state is home to four of the top five “hottest” real estate metro areas in the nation. Ten-X released its Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report for Fall 2016, which ranks the nation’s 50 largest housing markets according to …

Why are so many non-owners afraid to buy?

Almost half of renters say they haven’t purchased a home yet because they believe their credit isn’t good enough to qualify for a mortgage or they can’t afford a downpayment. “A lot of people make assumptions that they can’t afford to buy based on just some perceptions, and many have not taken the step to figure out how mortgage-ready they are,” says Marietta Rodriguez, vice …