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New Florida Laws Go Into Effect July 1

New Florida Laws Go Into Effect July 1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 28, 2017 – Seven real estate laws drafted by the 2017 Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott go into effect Saturday, including a Florida Realtors priority: estoppel fee caps. Laws effective July 1 Cap on estoppel certificate fees – Sellers of properties who live in an HOA, condo association or […]

WHAT MAKES A GOOD RENTAL PROPERTY SUCCESSFUL?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD RENTAL PROPERTY SUCCESSFUL?

Whether you have a vacation rental property already or setting up a new one to be rented for the first time, there’s a lot of thinking to be done. You’ll need to think about a lot of aspects before you start decorating the property. It’s always advisable to create a place that is not only […]

FHA loans easier to get – but more in default

FHA loans easier to get – but more in default

WASHINGTON – March 13, 2017 – Riskier borrowers are making up a growing share of new mortgages, pushing up delinquencies modestly and raising concerns about an eventual spike in defaults that could slow or derail the housing recovery. The trend is centered around home loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that typically require […]

5 Key Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Buy

5 Key Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Buy

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a new home and forget to make the important decision to have a home inspection performed before you sign the contract. Home inspections are an instrumental part of the home-buying process that can save you a lot of time and money in the long […]

Organization At Its Best

Organization At Its Best

Get ideas for the problem areas in your home from these wonderfully organized spaces. Photo By: Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox; 2 Ivy Lane Photo By: Photography by Rachael Boling Photo By: Stacey Brandford Make It Beautiful Create a closet that is not only functional but is beautiful! You’ll naturally want to maintain a space […]

Credit Scores and Home Buying

Credit Scores and Home Buying

A credit score (also called a FICO Score, so named for the company that provides the score used by 90% of lenders) helps lenders determine their risk in lending you money. Your history of paying bills on time and your monthly debts determine your credit score, which can range from 300 (worst) to 850 (best). […]

30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

The road to selling a home can be a long one. Learn to improve the value of your home based on your budget with these 30 tips. Photo by HDR Homes, Oakwood Homes Watch These Videos for Tips on Increasing Your Home Value Home Improvements: Under $100 Tip 1: Spend an Hour With a pro […]

10 Tips Most First-Time Home Buyers Don’t Consider

10 Tips Most First-Time Home Buyers Don’t Consider

By Suba Iyer Published June 20, 2014 (REUTERS) It’s been exactly one year since my husband and I purchased our first homeOpens a New Window.. As one might expect, we’ve learned a number of valuable lessons this past year. There are plenty of articles full of useful tips for first-time home buyers. I am not […]

Smart Tips for Painting Your House

Smart Tips for Painting Your House

A fresh paint job on the outside makes your house look nicer and last longer. Follow these quick tips to get a nice, even look. Plush Studios/Getty Images By Joe Truini Jan 8, 2017 Few home-maintenance projects are as important as exterior painting because paint and caulking form the first line of defense against rain, […]


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