Foreclosures dropped 21% between Dec. 2011 and Dec. 2012, according to CoreLogic. Fla. tops with 10.1% inventory in Dec. but als
Congress' support for homeownership seemed to waver last year, though it appears more solid now. But NAR says the mortgage deduc
Gov. Scott proposed a budget hailed by housing and business groups. It has $50 million for affordable home programs and funds ot
State association is a finalist in two categories in the national PR News Nonprofit PR Awards for the Florida Realtors PAC, "I G
Tagline: "Florida. The Perfect Climate for Business." Officials say state branding will help attract economic investment and com
Some changes could make it more difficult for a buyer to qualify. Amount over $625,500? You now need 5% down. Lower credit score
Census Bureau: 51.5% of foreign-born residents own a home in U.S. - 59.5% in Fla. It ranges from 63.4% in Jacksonville to 57.5%
UF: Confidence, however, rose five points for those making less than $30,000, an increase offset by a seven point decline among
Housing will contribute to U.S. growth in 2013, and growth will continue thanks to housing. But economists expect it to be "belo
A smaller supply of homes for sale, notably those costing less than $100,000, make it tougher to get a contract signed, says NAR
The site allegedly posted fake reviews that it would take down for a fee, but it quickly faced objections from Florida Realtors,
Panelists say multifamily has recovered substantially since 2010, and it's now about 70% of the way back to a sustainable level.
School quality impacts home values. A Florida Realtors group is studying the issue, and Pres. Asher backed Gov. Scott's move tod
Agency that tracks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans found a 5.6% increase over 12 months, with the last price decline in January
The good: "Every measure andhellip; has been trending upward." The bad: "tight mortgage lending andhellip; inaccurate appraisals
NAR: Existing-home sales slip in Dec., prices rise; 2012 totals up
Home sales up 15.8% year-to-year, prices up 14.1%; condo sales up 8.6%, prices up 26.3%. NAR: Dec. sales slip 1% compared to Nov
Americans are upgrading property at the fastest pace since early 2004, partially thanks to buyers personalizing new homes.
An apparent scam asks Realtors to pay money to remove negative online reviews. NAR suggests six steps to help protect an online
Six federal agencies issued rules that protect buyers with higher-interest loans, including a mandate that appraisers physically
Fund approved by Legislature includes $35 million for downpayment assistance, $10 million for counseling and $5 million to speed
The window to apply ends tomorrow. Fla. A.G. Bondi's office attempted to contact ex-owners and has now started calling to boost
One in 32 Fla. housing units with a mortgage - 3.11% - received at least one foreclosure notice last year. Second-place Nev. saw
Florida Realtors joined state leaders for a discussion on business identity theft. Report recommends ways to make it more diffic
To sell a home or get top dollar, sellers must look at their property through the eyes of a potential buyer. Consider these five
Lender Processing Services: November Mortgage Monitor report by Jacksonville-based LPS finds national foreclosure inventory drop
NAHB: The new-home market looks much better than it did one year ago, but the fiscal cliff caused a number of builders to temper
Would a Realtor marketing to first-time buyers get more leads targeting retirees? Find out: Fla. Profile of Home Buyers and Sell
Latest CoreLogic report says 2012 saw "an impressive recovery." Its index based on repeat sales had a 7.5% price increase last y
NAR released a statement praising the QM released last week, saying it won't disrupt the market. However, a few things will chan
What if your child could get money to help pay for school - and it's not a loan? Apply for Education Foundation Student Scholars
Realtors working with a small-scale charity could receive a year of mentoring and $1,000 to expand their charitable program.
A website appears to scam Realtors by posting a negative comment - probably fake - and then offering to remove it for a fee.
NAR has not yet reported Dec. numbers, but 2012 is lining up to be the best year for housing deals since recordkeeping began in
The QM (qualified mortgage) rule, which had the potential to disqualify more buyers seeking a mortgage, was released today - it'
Fla.-owned Citizens Property Ins. tops state with 1.4 million policies - more than the four largest private insurers combined.
Taxes can be confusing, and many startup business owners fail to fully understand the rules. Best advice: Hire a good tax advise
Fla.-owned insurer's new policy is about 21% cheaper, but it covers less and comes with restrictive rules on who qualifies for c
Online tool allows anyone to research economic data, including housing, by state, county, city, zip code and county subdivision.
NAR/Google study: When shopping, buyers tend to use search engines first, maps second and mobile apps toward the end.
NAHB: 67% of U.S. markets have improved for at least six months. Fla. has 15 cities on Jan. list, though two dropped off.
There's no sure thing, but home prices are up, buyers searching, mortgage rates staying low and pending sales rising.
What changed the state's real estate world this year? Florida Realtors put together its annual list of top stories.
Septic inspections became law in 2010; but in 2012, lawmakers gave 19 high-risk counties an opt-out and all took it.
Home sales up 24% year-to-year, prices up 11%; condo sales up 18%, prices up 23%. NAR: Sales up about 6%, prices up 10%.
Many buyers still expect a great deal on a foreclosure, so agents must prep them for a competition of multiple bids.
Apartment demand has developers ramping up work. Multifamily building is about 2/3's what it was before the recession.
Re/Max CEO calls 2012 a "great turn-around year for housing"; says Nov. had 15.7% sales increase year-over-year.
NAHB: It's a two-point gain from a slightly revised Nov. reading and its highest level since April 2006.
A developer is taking advantage of an improved housing market with plans to build a second boutique townhome project in Pompano
But some Fort Lauderdale residents say development would be out of place
The renderings are striking for Marina Lofts,
In its continuing efforts to get its own house in order, Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Board-certified real estate attorney Gary M.
Despite recent concerns about a shortage of homes for sale, South Florida still ranks among the top 20 markets nationwide in whi
Top executives for Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
South Florida home prices increased in November as the housing market continues to show signs of steady improvement.
Andre Barbosa's days of stylish squatting in a $2.
New homes are rising again across South Florida.
A Broward County home was featured Wednesday in Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott's presentation before the Sen
South Florida home prices increased in January, pushed higher by investors and other buyers trying to outbid each other for a sh
The problem of underwater mortgages is subsiding but remains “a major factor” in the housing market, Zillow.
Developer Jorge Perez has launched sales at his latest condominium project, BeachWalk in Hallandale Beach.
A seminar Tuesday will help real estate agents understand how Chase and Wells Fargo process short sales.
Home prices increased across South Florida in December for a 12th consecutive month, according to a national report released Tue
If you like to cook, chances are that your kitchen is the heart of your home. Many family traditions center around food, so it's
Orlando's preliminary approval of apartments as part of RIDA Development's as-yet-undeveloped Central Station project will add m
The historic settlement involving the nation's five largest mortgage lenders has so far helped nearly 102,000 struggling Florida
Struggling homeowners in South Florida can discuss available options with lenders and housing counselors during a two-day worksh
There's no agreement to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Orlando, but city officials don't seem to be waiting. On Monday
For the second consecutive year, Broward County buyers closed on fewer homes in some stage of foreclosure.
Melvin Montesino endured the full brunt of the Great Recession: A lost job, then foreclosure and even bankruptcy.
Average home prices in Broward and Palm Beach counties could fall through the third quarter of this year before rebounding in 20
South Florida's once-moribund housing market has rallied, with bidding wars pitting investors against first-time buyers in a cha
At 28, Rob Lananna wants to make real estate investing a full-time gig.
South Florida apartment dwellers will have to open their wallets wide over the next five years, according to a report released t
Nearly 200 exhibitors have signed up to participate in the Palm Beach International Real Estate Expo later this month.
Florida lawmakers have been trying to "fix" Citizens Property Insurance for years.
This Week’s Top Stories Changing Office Trends Hold Major Implications for Future Office Demand Imagine what would happen if
Jeff Turner: It may be cutting edge tech, but do you need it? If it doesn't save time or increase income, think twice before ado
NAR: 4Q home prices see strongest increase in seven years
A force-placed insurer - one a lender "forces" on a homeowner - will cut rates 18.8%, say state officials. It impacts 126,336 po
Fla. single-family home sales up 8.5% in 2012, but up 21.2% in fourth quarter year-to-year. NAR: 10% fourth quarter price increa
Short sale trouble with a lender? An upgrade to HomePath makes it quicker and easier to escalate a case and talk directly to a F
An $85 billion mandatory across-the-board cut to gov't programs could take effect March 1. If it does, SBA loan funding may be c
U.S. Treasury: Two-hour workshop with major lenders on Feb. 27 trains Realtors on HAFA and speedy short sales. Homeowner session
Is "close to a state park" part of a listing description? DEP's official smartphone app includes educational info, maps and a re
State has six cities in the national top 10, says RealtyTrac. The upside: Foreclosures nationally dropped 7% for the month and 2
Housing advocates noted some pro-housing comments, such as an easing of mortgage rules that make it hard for creditworthy borrow
A statistical analysis can now be used to show that a city or lender rule discriminates against a protected class, even if that
Existing home sales up 11.7% year-to-year, price up 12.4%; condo sales up 2%, price up 18%. NAR: Sales up 9.1% year-to-year, sin
LendingTree survey: 79% of owners believe homeownership remains an essential; 76% are confident they could sell their current ho
Why haven't builders grown more confident over the past three months? They see strong rebound signs but can't find skilled worke
An EB5 visa requires a $500K investment that creates jobs. Commercial developers see cheap capital - international buyers see a
HUD: A Minn. condo complex failed to verify the ages of residents as required under Fair Housing Act. It must now pay $42,200 an
Economist: U.S. vacancy rates to decline 0.4 percentage point in the office market, 0.4 in industrial, 0.3 in retail and 0.1 poi
The QM becomes effective in January 2014, tightening lenders' mortgage approval standards. Government issued info on the impleme
A homeowner that's no longer underwater thanks to rising home prices has flexibility to move - and more could head to a city wit
While the national Consumer Confidence Index surged more than 10 points, Florida's confidence index survey by UF found a slight
As Floridians debate pros and cons of state-owned insurer rate increases, a group literally drew battle lines: a map showing Cit
Index increased 4.5% to 105.9 in Jan. from 101.3 in Dec.; it's up 9.5% year-to-year and highest since 2010. In Southeast, which
Americans apparently got past their fear of a fiscal cliff, and they adapted to the payroll tax cuts. Confidence surged 11.2 poi
Foreclosures down 17.8% year-to-year, up 10.5% month-to-month. Fla. second in number of foreclosures for year (95K) and No. 1 in
Few large estate sales include the word "fixer-upper." Trulia took single words, checked each listing that used it, and calculat
The media.floridrealtors.org site earns Honorable Mention for Best Online Newsroom, one of only four finalists in PR Daily's Med
Know a Realtor who is dedicated to improving your community? NAR's Good Neighbor award comes with a $10K grant and national publ
Scott announced the reappointments of Joseph R. Boyd and Tamara J. McKee. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Fl
Is it housing discrimination? Smartphone app allows would-be renters or buyers to check the law on a smartphone and file a forma
CoreLogic: Prices record biggest yearly jump since 2006 at 9.7%; prices increased 9% even when backing distressed sales out of t
In testimony before a U.S. Senate committee last week, NAR encouraged lawmakers to retain the FHA mortgage program, saying it ai
Homeownership comes with a number of easy-to-overlook IRS tax deductions, but website HouseLogic offers advice, including a list
Move Inc., which oversees Realtor.com, will use "Find It First" campaign to tell visitors about its superior accuracy displaying
Keywords have lost some power over search engines, but good content - the info readers hope to find - can have staying power, es
Capital Economics: A foreclosure still sells at a discount from "normal" listings, but it's only about 12% now - the same percen
Florida Realtors' "I Give Because andhellip;" PAC campaign won top honors today from PR News in an award ceremony held at the Na
Survey: Buyers in the South, including Fla., predictably prefer A/C. Compared to other areas, many also want a home less than fi
It's "hard to call the bottom," but Kiplinger expects housing to help carry economy with "pretty solid growth." And no national
Federal home program backed 35% of all Fla. home refinancings since its start in 2009, and 58% of Dec. 2012 refinances. National
Fla. foreclosure filings rose 6% in Feb. for month and 20% year-to-year for a 16-month high. Of the top 10 metro-areas nationall
Expectations will be high this year for continued growth in multifamily construction and other development tied to two highly in
As we head into a busy holiday season highlighted by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, let me be among the first to wish y
Valencia College, which has been somewhat of a leader in green construction in recent years, has backed off from seeking a covet
Bimini Bay was supposed to be a world-class vacation resort, with a water park, clubhouse and 360 town homes just a few miles fr
Architecture Lilian M. Sherrard has joined SchenkelShultz Architecture as an architect in the firm's Orlando office Banking
More jobs mean more home sales, says Florida Realtors research dept. At 7.8%, this month's Fla. unemployment rate hit its lowest
If you’re trying to sell a home that’s not a short sale, be sure to say so in the listing.
About 20% of households live in multi-family rental buildings. New HUD/Census study looks at how properties are financed as FHFA
But regular buyers losing out to investment firms
More than 56,000 homes in Palm Beach and Broward counties make up a
It used to be that doctors would open offices wherever they wanted, figuring patients had no choice but to find them.
A 26-year-old landscape architecture and planning firm in Austin, Texas, has expanded to Fort Lauderdale.
CoreLogic: Rising home values helped homeowners emerge from negative equity. Florida is No. 2 in nation with underwater mortgage
Despite rising home prices recently, buying still is a better deal than renting, according to a report from real estate website
Trulia: A home purchase in Miami, for example, could be 43% cheaper than renting, assuming a 30-year FRM, 20% down, seven-year s
An FHA 203k mortgage allows buyers to finance and fix a home under a single loan. Downpayments of at least 3.5% are required, bu
Home prices and sales rose in February from a year ago as the hot streak for South Florida’s housing market continues.
Metro Orlando's residential real estate recovery has outperformed that of Florida's other metropolitan areas when it comes to si
The Fort Lauderdale metro area had the second-largest increase in construction employment in January over the year before, accor
A Boca Raton -based firm is part of a group that acquired the Pompano Marketplace shopping center for $29.
Fla. cities are adding new commuter options, and homes close to stations should be worth more. New study compares value to beach
NAHB survey: Industry can't keep up with demand. Shortage of supplies and labor causing higher prices, completion delays and slo
An owner's current home will probably rise in value, but so will the price of a dream home. It makes sense to move now and tap i
Existing home sales up 10.3% year-to-year, price up 12.8%; condo sales up 7%, price up 21.1%. NAR: Sales up 10.2% year-to-year,
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Chicago, Denver, Greenville/Spartanburg, New York City, Philadelphia,
Westfield Group has entered into a joint-venture agreement with O'Connor Capital Partners covering six of its regional malls acr
Builders facing lot shortages amid increasing demand for new homes
To analyze the housing market in South Florida, sur
This Week’s Top Stories Sporting Gun Stores Aim for Steady Growth with Little Contraction While lawmakers continue to debate
An index measuring South Florida home prices rose 10.
UF survey: Florida's consumer confidence rose in MarchA lower state unemployment rate and stronger housing market boosted Florid
At 104.8, Feb.'s Pending Home Sales Index is down 0.4% from Jan., but 8.4% higher than year ago. Contract activity has been abov
National consumer confidence index declines in MarchThe recent sequester created uncertainty about the economy, which impacted A
This Week’s Top Stories Distressed CRE: It’s a Seller’s Market The market is good for bad properties right now; maybe too
RealtyTrac: Fla. had 90,556 foreclosed homes that were empty in 1Q 2013 - or 39% of the 231,378 houses in Fla. in some stage of
A new report says that Hispanics have the buying power to boost housing's recovery if not blocked by inventory shortages and inv
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Northern New Jersey, Sa
Advertising Barb Scherer, Fifth Third Bank's Florida Regional Marketing Director, was appointed to the National Advertising Re
Struggling homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure can attend a free workshop Saturday, April 6, in Miramar.
Every few weeks, real estate agent Roger Palmieri pulls a well-worn New York Yankees baseball cap onto his head, changes out of
While some people commit their tax refund to a house downpayment, those eyeing a home purchase in a few years should start focus
Feds identified two key problems with property insurance forced on homeowners by lenders. It's considering rules and accepting p
Houzz survey: 53% think now's the time to remodel, and bathrooms top the project list at 28%. Also, 75% of those polled think it
The perfect real estate storm? A survey finds strong demand soon from buyers 18 to 34, while an urban planner expects high inven
Vacation home sales rose 10.1% in 2012. And while investor home purchases fell 2.1% compared to 2011, they remain high compared
TD Bank survey: Mortgage process causes stress, and many buyers don't look back on the experience fondly. But many consider Real
Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513 - the first documented European to set foot on state soil. Gov. Scott urges Floridians to joi
The Kaye Bender Rembaum law firm is hosting free certification courses for condominium board members.
Builders have started telling buyers that new homes are better because they cost less to operate than existing homes, though the
The Pompano resort opens July 1; Delray's Villas by the Sea opened recently
Pompano Beach is gearing up to welcome the
The rental market for apartments remains strong, but not so much for single-family homes, real estate website Trulia.
One Thousand Ocean inches closer to a sellout.
It's Fair Housing Month. HUD celebrates with national media campaign that teaches the public about discrimination and explains h
CareerBliss says real estate agent ranks No. 1 for job happiness. "Realtors say that the way they work, and the rewards andhelli
Properties purchased through Orange County Clerk of Courts foreclosure sales at one price are appearing in the county Property A
With 10% of needed signatures on file, Fla. Supreme Court will review wording. Voter approval would earmark 33% of doc stamp tax
On a muggy August morning in 2011, Bruce Fuller opened the door to his upscale Maitland home and motioned police to where Furruk
Hundreds of Realtors from across Fla. will converge on Tallahassee for Great American Realtor Days (GARD), which runs through We
It wasn't so long ago that homebuyers had all the power.
The Broward County Housing Authority said Tuesday it’s using $1.
Fla. had a spike in fraud dollar volume in 4Q 2012, however. One quarter earlier, the state wasn't even in the top five. In 4Q,
The first payments from a $3.6B fund go out to 4.2M borrowers soon - part of the legal settlement for ex-owners who faced forecl
Florida Realtors' Rally debuts tomorrow, part of Great American Realtor Days. It includes a salute to U.S. military families and
Phillips Edison & Co. acquired The Kleinwood Center at 7306-7310 Louetta Road in Spring, TX, Murray Landing at 2732 N. Lake Driv
FICO surveyed bank execs in charge of analyzing risk. Most consider current market sustainable, with almost 3 in 4 expecting hig
At today's "Rally for Homeownership," Realtors presented an Iraq-wounded veteran and his family with a remodeled, mortgage-free
A company last week paid $20 million for the old Howard Johnson’s on Fort Lauderdale beach, winning the right to buy the t
This Week’s Top Stories CRE Liquidity: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right? “We are seeing what I consider irrational loan p
Nevada posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in March, surpassing Florida, according to RealtyTrac Inc.
BMO Financial Group report: Fla. already has more than 500,000 Canadians, and 16% of that nation's residents say they would cons
The president issued his outline of budget priorities to Congress. It includes a limit to itemized deductions, including a cap o
No documentation needed for owners at least 90 days delinquent. Make payments for three months and modification permanent - incl
The federal government said Thursday it will investigate a $1 billion state housing program designed to help homeowners avoid fo
The Orange County Clerk of Courts office took a definitive step Tuesday in preventing investors buying up foreclosure properties
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Baltimore, Houston, Long Island, San Diego, San Francisco and Washing
Jacksonville-area buyers could avoid a mortgage altogether. "Smart Home" is 2,400-square feet and comes with a 2013 GMC Denali.
NAR study finds that repeat, mid-income and older buyers favor open houses. Learn more about April 20-21 event, get collateral m
LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville-based general contractor specializing in multifamily housing, has started work on Park Pl
The Orlando area's 2-year-old climb up from the depths of the nationwide housing slump has been accelerating lately, with the me
Cinemark, Whole Foods to Anchor $260M Playa Vista Mixed-Use Center A development team led by Lincoln Property Co., Phoenix Prope
According to American Community Survey, rents increased in four metro areas for every area that saw a decline. Percent of renter
One reason: A policy doesn't become effective for 30 days and hurricane season starts in 45 days. Second reason: Lock rates in n
New mortgage guidelines that take effect next year likely will benefit consumers even while keeping lending standards restrictiv
Peachtree Hotel Group is nearly halfway to its goal of acquiring 15 hotels this year. The company closed on six properties in th
South Florida’s housing market is on a tear, and that’s reducing many first-time buyers to tears.
A Mass. attorney who added a restrictive contract covenant will also pay $39K. HUD says seller, real estate agent and attorney m
A sharpened focus on cost reduction by U.S. banks will continue to drive a decline in the number of bank branches as well as a r
This Week’s Top Stories Sign of the Times: Office REIT Accelerates Move Into Multifamily Mack-Cali's dividend cut reflects it
A Canadian firm polled real estate agents and found that smoking can cost a homeowner more than his health. Almost 2/3s said it
The Florida Bar this week filed a complaint with the state supreme court against David J.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, National and New York City
Small business study: Researchers looked at all taxes imposed by a state and compared total tax burdens. In Fla., small business
The welcome mats are out for Broward County homebuyers this weekend.
Put your best faandccedil;ade forward, says NAR president. Sellers should prep their home for visitors as buyers are creating ch
In March, Fla. saw 32,400 new jobs and hit its lowest unemployment rate since 2008. The increase in employment feeds home sales,
BidClerk: Building in major Fla. metro areas increased substantially in the first quarter - 0.8% in private construction and 25.
Orlando Magic executives are expected Monday to offer the first glimpse of their plan to convert a block of city-owned real esta
Lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate began final budget negotiations over the weekend, with funds for Visit Florida among m
Strong demand and a lack of homes for sale continue to drive prices higher across South Florida.
Ipers Palm Valley Road Inc., a global investment management firm, traded the Shoppes of Palm Valley in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, to
Real Estate Roundtable: Overhaul could help full gamut of real estate if visa reforms are pro-growth. On the flip side, bad poli
Existing home sales up 9% year-to-year, price up 15.2%; condo sales up 1.1%, price up 15.9%. NAR: Sales up 9.1% year-to-year, si
Construction Remains a Non-Starter in U.S. Retail Market The U.S. logged another historically low quarter for new retail supply
Realtors need to check both state and federal do-not-call lists. Fla. had 71,460 names on its list last year when people had to
Robert Schwartz with LaRosa Realty in Celebration co-founded program to help 100 kids without permanent housing. He'll receive $
When GL Homes opened its eighth Valencia community last weekend, the Sunrise-based builder figured it might get 30 or 35 buyers.
South Florida's housing recovery is sneaking up on some sellers.
Study: Today's young adults marry later than their parents did, but they're not also delaying homeownership. In more cases, a ho
Realtor.com says it's the first real estate search app that permits buyers to target only home listings that fall within specifi
South Florida home values rose 12 percent in the first quarter of 2013, but prices likely won’t keep appreciating at that
Facility Closures & Downsizings: HUD To Close Several Multifamily Field Offices; Layoff more than 1,000
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is planning a series of restructurings and changes within its Office of Mul
This Week’s Top Stories 'Goofy Pricing' Driving Some Banks Away from CRE Deals "I will tell you this, there are certain loans
The Orlando and Tampa offices will close as part of a national realignment. Nationwide, HUD will shut down 16 out of 80 offices
Some companies are turning the task of getting Central Floridians organized into big business. Among them is the Container Stor
Carmen Mantay joined NAI Hallmark Partners in Jacksonville as a broker. She will specialize in the selling and leasing of medica
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Houston, Inland Empire, Northern New Jersey and Washington, DC. WASH
The controversial bill to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
NAR: Pending sales rose 1.5% month-to-month and 7% year-to-year, but recovery slows because the supply of homes isn't keeping up
Advice for buyers: A little planning can ease headaches. Potential buyers should first check their credit score and determine ho
Should the U.S. keep the home mortgage interest deduction in the tax code? A U.S. House committee took testimony yesterday from
South Florida home prices continued to gallop ahead, showing a nearly 11 percent jump in February from the year before, the 14th
Completed foreclosures dropped 16% year-to-year and 52% since 2010 peak, though they rose 6% month-to-month. Fla. remains the to
A 6.2 gain to 68.1 beat estimates from economists. Conference Board attributes rise to improved attitudes about personal income
Fla. received $8.4B in nation's mortgage settlement, and the part controlled by the Legislature could soon be disbursed, pending
HUD and the Dept. of Justice say the new guidance should help developers understand and meet their obligations to provide access
UF study: Floridians don't seem bothered by federal budget cutting. Their outlook bounced three points higher to 79 in April, th
This Week’s Top Stories Investors Re-Open the Spigots to Private Equity Funds After a very slow start to private equity fundr
Two new housing reports out Thursday:
Real estate agents aren't the only ones cashing in on the housing renaissance.
Local lenders say they hope a two-year extension of a government-sponsored refinancing program will encourage more participation
Orlando led the nation last year as the most profitable housing market for property flippers, according to a report released Thu
When the controversial overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Baltimore, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis,
South Florida home construction gained momentum in the first quarter as builders raced to keep up with increasing demand.
A bill meant to speed up foreclosures in Florida awaits Gov.
Move Inc., parent to NAR-owned Realtor.com, acquired Doorsteps, a program that helps buyers commit to homeownership and prepare
The sale involves FHA loans on the brink of foreclosure. Investor-buyers can't foreclose for six months and are encouraged to he
CoreLogic: Month saw biggest year-over-year home price increase in seven years, and a 1.9% month-to-month rise. Prices dropped i
One homeowner who dropped sinkhole coverage saw his insurance premium drop from $2,977 to $246. At least 1,500 Citizens customer
Military veterans looking to become homeowners can attend a seminar Saturday, May 11, in Fort Lauderdale.
Ladies apparel retailer Body Central is looking to grow its number of stores by about 10% this year. In the company's first qua
It's the first time in the three-year history of Fannie Mae's monthly survey that over half expected price gains. One year ago,
The Supply Source has signed a long-term lease to occupy 69,098 square feet at 8500 Baycenter Road, Jacksonville, FL. The Deerw
South Florida has relinquished its ranking as the nation’s top spot for foreclosures.
This Week’s Top Stories Multifamily GSE Lending Reform: Potentially Disruptive and Inherently Valueless "Borrowers would face
RealtyTrac: Fla. foreclosure auctions up 55% year-to-year in April as homes work through the court system - a step forward in th
Existing home sales up 10.2% year-to-year, price up 13.4%; condo sales up 3.2%, price up 18.4%. NAR: Sales up 9.8% year-to-year,
SunTrust Mortgage and HUD settled a complaint that the lender allegedly denied a mortgage to a Port St. Lucie couple because the
Pulsenomics survey: Economists are a bit more worried that a home price bubble could form, but it depends on how and when Fed ea
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington DC, New Jersey, Chicago, New Yor
Survey: One in four thinks a preapproval commits them to that lender, and 34% think lenders must, by law, charge the same fee fo
Home flippers got a bad name during the housing boom.
Land trusts in 46 states, including Florida, insure members against litigation. Nearly 60% of conservation land trusts are one p
Under Section 408 of the IRS Code, you can invest a tax-sheltered IRA in a future retirement home if you follow specific rules.
With a few exceptions, a new applicant for flood insurance won't receive coverage for 30 days, and Florida's hurricane season st
Here's your chance to learn how to become a condominium board member.
NAR's Midyear Meetings take place in the U.S. capital through Saturday. More than 9,000 Realtors will meet lawmakers and promote
Most borrowers 90 to 720 days late on a Freddie Mac-owned loan can get an easy mortgage modification. Pay on time for three mont
Short sales make up 9% of the market but can be frustrating. New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac policies should improve the process
Redfin , a national real estate brokerage, is announcing plans Thursday to enter the South Florida market.
The bad news: The number of potential homebuyers rose even more, keeping inventory tight in many areas, according to data compil
Possible regulatory changes can be confusing, but experts at NAR convention say a few upcoming decisions could help - or harm -
Customers say Nationwide Pools takes money but doesn't deliver
Complaints and lawsuits are piling up against a Pompano
Demand for resale homes in the Orlando area outstripped the supply so much in April that more than a quarter of the properties s
Buying a home in South Florida makes more sense than renting after only two years, according to Zillow.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Detroit, Charlotte, Phoenix, New York, Charleston, South Florida, and
The firing of four members of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Beacon Investment Properties is on a growth spurt.
Housing continues to drag down the local economy, pushing South Florida to becoming the fourth-most financially distressed metro
Maybe. Maybe not. Lawmakers kept the popular IRS deduction that saves homeowners money, but it could be in the crosshairs again
RealtyTrac: National drop in foreclosures coming on the market is balanced out by a higher number of new home starts. Delray Bea
Prices rose in six Florida cities tracked by the index, varying from a low of 3.5% in Jacksonville to a high of 13.5% in Miami.
For the first time since at least 1850, immigration will feed U.S. population growth more than births, projects the U.S. Census
A group of South Florida attorneys has negotiated a projected settlement of more than $19 million to resolve a class-action case
When people think of gun violence, they typically think of a masked robber or a disturbed young man with an assault rifle and hu
Central Florida's most-expensive new residential development, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, has nearly sold out its first fou
Some buyers are solving housing woes with prose.
Hurricane season doesn't officially start until next month, but Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Poll at NAR convention: Commercial market is a bit better this year and expected to improve even more in 2014. Multifamily and o
About 20% of "subsidized" flood policies will see a premium increase each year until they're actuarially sound. But a new homeow
Don't hope for FHA action on some Fridays this summer, such as May 24. To save money under its mandate, HUD offices will close t
Tom Salomone, a Realtor from Coral Springs and 2003 Florida Realtors' president, was elected to the 2014 office at NAR's midyear
A developer said Monday it has started leasing apartments at the 376-unit Elan 33 West in Davie.
Growth in home sales and prices is helping to strengthen the economy; but easing credit restrictions and keeping the mortgage in
Federal budget cuts and other fiscal pitfalls slowed growth in recent months, but Fannie Mae economists expect little damage in
Okla. Realtors' oversee the Oklahoma Housing Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that is now accepting donations to help Realtors and
The One Thousand Ocean luxury condominium in Boca Raton has sold a unit for $7 million, its third penthouse deal since March.
The June 13 meeting of the Boca Real Estate Investment Club will feature a series of presentations by industry professionals.
Will new mortgage rules make it challenging to buy a home? Are Americans still waiting to list or buy a home? Undefined variable
Hispanic real estate assoc. study: In five years, 3 million homeowners would add more than $500 billion in sales, income and spe
About $8.7 billion has been distributed through mortgage modifications, principal forgiveness, second lien cancellations, refina
Existing home sales up 17.4% year-to-year, price up 14.2%; condo sales up 13.6%, price up 16.4%. NAR: Sales up 9.7% year-to-year
Phoenix Realty Group made its long-expected move to join Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) official last week. The firm will now
CBRE's longtime managing director Jim Citrano went outside the firm to recruit the next leader of its Jacksonville office, selec
The chair of Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund announced today that the association is donating $100,000 to help members of
Investigators: Frederick Edward Tanner, 52, scammed AFLAC out of over $15,000
Ray Hamper didn't actually exist, but nei
South Florida's housing market is bordering on bedlam.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: South Florida, Chicago, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. SOUTH FL
Commercial Realtors report an increase in annual gross income for the third year in a row, thanks to more transactions and highe
Season starts in 8 days. Time to prepare your business and home - and remember that some property can't get insurance or a mortg
Thanks to immigrants and Gen Y preferences, the Urban Land Institute predicts a major market shift toward compact, mixed-use dev
Banking Michael Ison has joined Seaside National Bank & Trust, Orlando, as a client advisor. Boards of Directors Carol A.
Awards go to 96 young people from across the state to help them "realize their goals for the future," says Florida Realtors Educ
Increased confidence among Americans reflects a solid economy - but it also fuels an even stronger rebound as people relax and s
UF: Consumer attitudes in Fla. haven't been this high since Aug. 2007. Confidence index rises for third month in a row, topping
NAR's quarterly forecast: Financing still a challenge for small businesses and 52% of respondents said a deal failed in past yea
Beverly Raphael, head of a Deerfield Beach general contracting firm, has been named the first female recipient of the Entreprene
Ragan Communications named Florida Realtors as a national finalist in 2 categories for its 2013 PR Daily Awards: Best External P
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has opened an investigation into a Pompano Beach-based pool company accused of leavi
CoreLogic: Month-to-month, inventory fell 2%. Meanwhile, completed foreclosures dropped 16% year-to-year but roughly equaled Mar
Sales of South Florida homes in some stage of foreclosure declined in the first quarter as buyers struggled to find properties i
The historic settlement involving the nation's five largest mortgage lenders has so far helped nearly 112,000 struggling Florida
Almost every part of county on the increase
Broward property owners got good news Wednesday: Their property values are
Homeowners can now use the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) or the streamlined modification initiative through 2015.
NAR: Pending home sales rose slightly, 0.3%, month-to-month and 10.3% year-to-year, marking the highest level of home contract a
The federal government's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created guidelines for a qualified mortgage (QM), but it eased a f
The 75-page law includes a Florida Realtors priority: a clearinghouse to confirm that an applicant qualifies for the state-owned
Q: I was having trouble making my mortgage payments and agreed to give the deed back to the lender in lieu of foreclosure.
According to analysts, over half Fla.'s current investment comes from Europe, but Latin America offers untapped opportunity. EB-
While 42% of home searchers made an offer in past six months, only 11% had an offer accepted, according to Harris Interactive su
A non-Realtor operated home-search websites filled mainly with MLS data, so Key West Association sued and won. Court award of $2
UF's 140-page "Florida Homeowner Handbook" goes beyond batteries and water, with details on bolstering a home's defense - a grea
The Keyes Co.
A Fort Lauderdale builder has broken ground on a small retail and housing development in West Palm Beach's Antique Row.
But the sale price falls short of Broward record
At first glance, it appeared the sale of an eight-bedroom waterfront m
A policy revision at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allows seniors to include money in their individual retirement account (IRA) or
The SIMA 2013 Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition last week drew more than 20,000 people; potential buyers asked about l
What do buyers want today? A massive database that goes back to 1973 shows trends by nation, state and city - a reflection of ch
Bill divides $200M of bank settlement money among programs that support workforce housing, including $40M for downpayments and e
More than 72,000 eligible Floridians who lost their homes to foreclosure from 2008 to 2011 will receive $1,480 from the landmark
Nonresidential Construction Spending Boosted By Private Projects The recovery in private nonresidential construction continued o
Compass Rose Foundation, Inc. purchased the property located at 8813 Western Way in Jacksonville, FL from CoFe Properties, LLC f
Survey: The American Dream lives within many ethnic groups; 52% of Hispanic renters and 46% of African Americans, for example, a
Fla. Attorney General Pam Bondi said the money is foreclosed-upon ex-homeowners' share of the $25 billion national mortgage sett
It keeps getting better and better for the One Thousand Ocean condominium.
Survey: Investors generally expect to buy fewer properties over the next 12 months, but half say they'll keep the rentals they o
Under a new program, Fannie Mae will help expedite short sale problems and work with the lender if a Realtor gives them a copy o
Six Fla. cities will see part of a $39 million agreement. HUD alleges that Wells Fargo unfairly neglected REO homes located in m
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: South Florida, South Bay, New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Texas
NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index up to 263 metros; it's the fifth month in a row where more than 70% of U.S. metros s
Does Dad really need a tie? Perhaps dinner out is a better fit this year. Here's a sampling of Father's Day restaurant specials
Bank to commit nearly $39 million to areas hurt by housing crisis
Wells Fargo agreed Thursday to invest nearly $39 mil
Program provides $60 million nationwide, with about 10% of it slated for Fla. veterans served by 17 agencies throughout the stat
The Stiles real estate firm broke ground last week on a shopping center anchored by Publix Super Markets.
Properties going under contract within two weeks – and even 24 hours
Prospective homebuyers used to go slow, con
Apartments.com's top 10 list ranks Orlando at No. 2, behind Phoenix, Ariz. Criteria included affordability vs. just median incom
Singer Billy Joel sold a waterfront mansion in Miami Beach for $13.
Florida and South Florida returned to the top of the nation’s foreclosure rankings in May, but that probably isn’t a
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: New York City, Northern New Jersey, St. Louis, Portland, and Tampa.
Standard Pacific Corp.
New Census data confirms that Florida is once again THE No. 1 retirement spot. More than 18% of Floridians are over age 65, the
The housing market is pushing the economy forward, but steady economic growth is still a way off, according to the mortgage gian
A sixth-generation Orlando resident and a Kissimmee real-estate agent are among those profiting — sometimes handsomely &md
A builder has broken ground on a second housing project in Fort Lauderdale and plans to start construction on a third developmen
A developer has paid $13 million for the Wharfside Village Shopping Center and plans to renovate and rename the Boca Raton plaza
Leisurely looking for a mortgage is a luxury South Florida homebuyers can't afford anymore.
Index bumps Fla. to second place while Calif. moves up in 1Q 2013. Nationwide, however, the index of mortgage fraud moved a bit
New scam? Fla. A.G. Bondi sues, alleging that Fla. Center of Corporations sent official looking docs to corporations demanding a
Port of Seattle Taps Panattoni for 87-Acre Business Park The Port of Seattle has chosen Panattoni Development Co., Inc. to devel
Hire a vet: They have an easier time obtaining a real estate license in Fla. DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson outlines state's military
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Tuesday that her office is suing Nationwide Pools, accusing the Pompano Beach-based
The first-ever national study examines rental housing discrimination against same-sex couples. However, it's not banned nationwi
Commercial real estate prices resumed broad-based gains in April, shaking
NAR president tells committee: Redefine ability-to-pay rules, citing current method hurts title companies, smaller lenders and b
Gov. Scott praises Florida Realtors' leaders, members for "exceptional job promoting Florida at home and abroad." Pres. Asher me
South Florida home prices soared in May, again posting strong gains amid steady demand from cash buyers and slim pickings of pro
Money going to 28 local counseling agencies in Florida. Last year, two HUD studies found counseling improved the likelihood that
Existing home sales up 18.7% year-to-year, price up 15.9%; condo sales up 11.5%, price up 13%. NAR: Single-family sales up 12.7%
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: California, San Francisco, New York City, East Bay, Washington DC, H
RealtyTrac: Fla. had 55,503 of the nation's 168K empty properties in foreclosure but not yet bank owned. Second-place Ill. logge
Freddie Mac: While refinancings will slow, mortgage rates would have to hit 7% for a median-income family to be locked out of a
Retiring baby boomers may like Fla.'s sunshine, beaches and warm weather - but the big draw is low taxes, and some high-tax stat
A move exclusively within Fla. has fairly strong legal protections, but that's not true for some fly-by-night interstate movers
Relative lack of foreign buyers keeping builders away, CondoVultures says
The housing market is brutal on homebuyers in
Bob Owens, 54, is president of the newly rebranded Owens Realty Services, which recently moved its headquarters from Connecticut
Here's more evidence that the housing market is hot.
Couple of interesting notes from last week’s housing reports from Florida Realtors and local boards.
Last week's Freddie Mac survey, which wraps on Wed., found a slight decline. But after Thur. and Fri., Mortgage News Daily calle
Home prices continue to rise in South Florida and across the country, a new report shows.
Five leases signed as commercial real estate rebounds from recession
The Florida Atlantic University Research and Deve
$1.6B Merchants Row Breaks Ground In Quincy A host of dignitaries gathered in downtown Quincy, MA, to celebrate the groundbreaki
The Consumer Confidence Index surged 7.1 points in June, the third consecutive increase. "Pace of growth is unlikely to slow in
Dupuy Storage Florida LLC purchased 5550 W 5th St in Jacksonville, FL from Zell & Zell for $2.9 million. The 300,000-square-foo
Downtown Jacksonville gained a prime corporate tenant last week after Medicare claims processing firm C2C Solutions announced pl
The number of signed contracts in May increased 6.7% in one month and 12.1% year-to-year. The rise in mortgage rates may have nu
Builders and lumber dealers say supply shortages - a lack of oriented strand board, wallboard, framing lumber and plywood coul
Families take vacations - criminals don't. Florida Realtors advises homeowners to take precautions if leaving their house unoccu
For the fourth month in a row, more Floridians surveyed by UF had an upbeat attitude about the current economy and what will hap
Thirty-year fixed home loans jumped more than half a percentage point in a week to an average 4.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Chicago, Northern New Jersey, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Washington DC,
Project is expected to be completed by first-quarter 2015.
On Monday, tax loopholes close, squatters find it more difficult to claim abandoned homes, and it's easier to rent out a home ye
Best Buy Co. Inc. gradually continues to optimize its U.S. real estate portfolio. The Minneapolis-based retailer’s key focus
The former Tyco building in Boca Raton is sporting a new name.
Homeowners now have more flexibility to rent out their home for short periods. A law effective today defines how long and how of
It's OK to withhold a listing from the MLS, but it's tricky. Sellers must understand the potential problems, and it could be que
Ragan Communications named Florida Realtors magazine "Best External Publication" in its 2013 PR Daily Awards.
Jimmy Buffett seems to be acquiring Palm Beach pads like so many hit songs.
As the housing inventory continues to tighten, we’re hearing more about “pocket" listings – homes held off the
NAI Hallmark Partners has brought Bryan Mickler on board where will focus on sales and leasing of retail, office, industrial and
A new law requires all Fla. homeowner associations to register with the state by Nov. 22, 2013. It also limits some actions of t
Businesses that stay current on zoning changes, special assessments and more will have an easier time doing so - a new law says
So far, Fla. has two local chapters of the advocacy group. Its goal: Share information, establish best practices and advance sma
RealtyTrac: "These popular retirement cities will very likely be an area of growth." In each, at least 1/3 of the population is
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: New York City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Hampton Roads, Seattle, Dallas
A unit of Orlando-based CNL Financial Group Inc. has a contract to purchase the Best Western/Mt. Vernon Inn, home of the long-ru
Owner selling to highest bidder, regardless of price
The estate home in the gated Le Rivage community near Boca Raton s
Jacksonville-based LPS: The number of at-risk mortgages dropped 15% since Dec. 2012, and is now at its lowest level in 11 years
Using retirement accounts to buy real estate can be highly lucrative, but also risky. First step: Know what you're doing before
The bidding starts at 1 p.
The Gallery Center, a "Class B" office building in Boca Raton , traded hands recently for $6.
Fla. still leads the pack, however, in highest number of completed foreclosures for the year (103,000) and highest foreclosure i
More than any other age group, Millennials are more confident that their recent home purchase was a good financial investment, a
Starting Aug. 1, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sales must remain "active" for at least five days in the MLS - and the timefra
Florida finished the first half of 2013 with the nation’s highest foreclosure rate, but the crisis appears to be easing, a
RealtyTrac: Fla. foreclosure starts down 26% in June, but number of scheduled auctions increased 100%. State still leads the nat
Starwood Capital Group, a global real estate investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, closed on the sale of the InTown Suites com
Data about 2011 released today is old but extensive. American Housing Survey shows why people move, when they make repairs and o
Want to stay current on Citizens Property Insurance updates? On July 1, the Florida-owned insurer entered social media with acco
Here's what's free this week: Easy Beauty & Barber School, 5040 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, is offering free haircuts to men a
Proxy bidder expected to close by Aug.
The 1,600-square-foot home in the Coconut Creek subdivision of Winston Park came with tile and wood floors, custom cabinets in t
Testers use the Internet to find ads that discriminate, then file a complaint. Florida Realtors Legal Hotline has received an in
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Orange County, CA, Indianapolis, New York City, Raleigh / Durham, Chi
Upscale community in northwest Broward the only area offering large tracts for development
Homebuilders have descended
Mortgage interest rates keep trending up -- average 30-year fixed loans now are at 4.
Richmond-based Landmark Apartment Trust of America Inc. agreed to issue up to 21.9 million shares of Series D Preferred Stock to
Orlando's housing recovery stayed on a roll in June, a new report shows. The median sale price of existing homes for the month
A homebuyer seminar and expo for military veterans will be held Saturday near Hollywood.
Tyco Integrated Security in Boca Raton is moving, but not far.
CareerBuilder survey: 75% of sales leaders offer formal staff training, but 22% only rarely - and 25% don't provide formal sales
Rising flood insurance costs will impact some Fla. homebuyers. NAR recently posted legal advice for Realtors who are affected an
Users can now share listings quickly through Facebook and Twitter; view better photos and navigate quickly through a shortcut me
Aug. 14-18 event "provides outstanding value to any Realtor interested in the latest technology, trends and best business practi
Amazon Adds Another 613,000 SF of Office In Seattle's South Lake Union Vulcan Real Estate confirmed that Amazon.com will occupy
A first-time homebuyer workshop will be taught in Spanish on Aug.
Owners looking to strike while interest rates remain low
About a dozen high-end office buildings are up for sale in Bro
Appraisal Institute survey: 84% of residential appraisers say their local residential real estate market is strong; 46% of comme
Cushman & Wakefield appointed Traci Jenks as a senior director in its Jacksonville office. She joins the office brokerage servic
Cortland Partners, an Atlanta-based, full-service multifamily real estate investment and management firm, recently closed on the
The housing recovery is on.
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Chicago, South Florida, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix, N
More condo projects now include wording that allows units to operate as transient rentals, which isn't allowed. But FHA now prov
The stock market has soared to record highs this summer, while bonds have suffered a rocky ride. So how should investors react
BidClerk: Private activity rose 5.4% year-to-year while public activity rose 66.7% in 2Q 2013. Total value of all projects: $4,1
RealtyTrac: About 18,000 homes flipped in Fla. - almost one out of seven nationwide. Daytona Beach is nation's top city for flip
FHA's Resource Center and National Servicing Center remain open for general questions, but they're not allowed to help with a sp
Commercial developer Crosland Southeast, a Charlotte, N.C.-based retail development firm formed in 2011 through its partners’
Broward County’s median price for existing single-family homes hit $265,000 in June, a 23 percent increase from a year ago
The five-bedroom house on Northwest 63rd Way in Parkland was listed for sale last week on Zillow.
Travis Armstrong, a long-haul trucker, has made his mortgage payments for six years.
NAR: Total existing sales down 1.2% from May, up 15.2% from year ago. Median price up 13.5% over year ago. Fla.'s housing data d
The Jacksonville Office market ended the second quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 12.6%. The vacancy rate was down over the
Partnership Acquires Tribeca Development Site for $223M A partnership of Fisher Brothers and The Witkoff Group has acquired 101
Palm Beach County’s median home price rose to $259,990 in June, 16 percent higher than a year ago, according to a report r
Fed looks only at single-family home sales under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to calculate changes. Prices rose 7.3% year-to-year.
Single-family home sales rose 8.6% year-to-year while prices rose 15.1%. Condo-townhome sales fell slightly by 2.5%, but prices
A Miami-based private equity firm is packaging a half-dozen oceanfront condominiums for sale on Singer Island.
Everbank Financial Corp. signed a 62,798-square-foot lease at 301 W. Bay St. in Jacksonville. Everbank will expand to occupy t
The story of Orlando’s housing market today is pretty straightforward: the inventory of available homes is thin, while pri
COLLEGE PARK – The story of Orlando's housing market today is pretty straightforward: the inventory of available homes is
Miami Heat hero Shane Battier paid $3.
RealtyTrac's first residential report: In Fla., 57% of June's sales were for cash; short sales made up 29% of all sales, and inv
NAR's board agreed to change existing operating agreement. Realtor.com will now compete better with companies like Zillow by acc
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Madison, San Francisco, N
The Jacksonville retail market did not experience much change in market conditions in the second quarter 2013. The vacancy ra
State has 39% fewer "A" schools this year and 167% more "D" schools under stricter testing standards. Buyers shopping for good s
NAR survey: Now, more than in past three years, renters are considering a home purchase. They overwhelmingly believe it's a good
Turner Construction won the contract to manage construction of a $150 million intermodal terminal at Orlando International Airpo
Consulting David Beerbower was promoted to senior client manager and Mark Mulligan was promoted to environmental department ma
Ansca Homes is taking down names and numbers.
Even as the housing market improves, those who bought during the bust are still struggling.
Marjam Supply Co. purchased 9444-9446 Florida Mining Blvd. E. in Jacksonville, FL from Industrial Realty Group for $4.7 million,
That may be good, however. Rising interest rates deterred a few buyers, and an increase in sellers could be the start of a comfo
An index measuring South Florida home prices rose in May for a 17th consecutive month.
Homes in pre-foreclosure dropped 28% for year, though Fla. retains dubious status: No. 1 for completed foreclosures and No. 1 fo
Need research? The Industry Data and Analysis department issues housing stats for the state, plus individual reports for MSAs, c
Confidence increased year-to-year but was down for the month. U.S. consumers felt better about their present situation but a tad
Despite state's good economic news, the July index dropped 3 points, likely due to younger residents feeling more pessimistic ab
Broward County home prices keep climbing, but a new report says the county will see a slight drop in the next year.
CoreLogic Case-Shiller: In 1Q, home prices in six Fla. cities rose 9.5% to 14.6%. Study predicts stability by 2014, with a sligh
The Obama Administration unveiled a new educational website. Employers plug in a few details, and company-specific questions app
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: New Jersey, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, Wa
Survey: More current homeowners are ready to move up. Millennials (adults ages 18-34) have the strongest desire and see it as a
The Jacksonville Industrial market ended the second quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 8.9%. The vacancy rate was down over
Office tenants don't have as much of an advantage over landlords
Steve Cohen said it was brutal being a commercial land
The 1,623-home Olympia development in Wellington is down to the final four.
The spiffy five-bedroom house on a quiet cul-de-sac in Miramar hit the market for $379,900 on a Monday.
Webinars are for lenders, but FEMA encourages Realtors to join in. Three Aug. sessions focus on the new coverage rules, and thre
Bankrate.com study: Fla. closing costs increased year-to-year more than most states. A $160K mortgage costs $2,517. Only eight o
MLG Capital and Landings Real Estate Group purchased Saddlebrook Landings, a multi-unit residential complex at 3020 Christopher
In Fla., price index rose 11% year-to-year and 1.9% month-to-month. It's the nation's sixteenth consecutive monthly increase in
The city of Lake Worth will hold a grand opening ceremony Friday for Urban Arts Lofts – 12 live/work residences built with
The Plantation company that handles Broward and Miami-Dade's online foreclosure auctions and Palm Beach County's tax lien sales
President wants to wind down gov't-owned Fannie and Freddie with more private money funding mortgages - but only if buyers still
2Q existing home sales up 14.7% year-to-year, price up 14.1%; condos up 7.9%, price up 16.7%. NAR: Sales up 12.3% year-to-year,
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has sued a Coral Springs company for allegedly preying on distressed homeowners in a
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Phoenix, Southern California, Indianapolis, Chicago, New York City,
NAHB's index on the older adult market increased 24 points to 53 in 2Q to its highest level since index introduced in 2008 and s
A California builder this weekend is opening the sales center at Watercrest at Parkland, a 450-home lakefront development on lan
HUD's Capital Fund Program provides funding annually to public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and modernize publ
During the second quarter 2013, three buildings totaling 51,211 square feet were completed in the Jacksonville market area. Th
Celebration Pointe, a planned 125 acre, 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development located in Gainesville, FL, is set to begin
Housing markets in South Florida and across the state enjoyed a robust second quarter.
The Florida Magazine Association recognized Florida Realtors' publication for writing and design excellence with four awards its
First came the cracking sounds. Then windows started blowing out. And before they knew it, guests felt the ground beneath their
A workshop this weekend will give first-time homebuyers the latest information on how to find a place, qualify for a mortgage an
Vulcan's Ada Healey On Secrets of Developer's Success Since 2001, Ada M. Healey has directed all real estate activities for Seat
The gov't wants to back fewer loans through Fannie and Freddie, and asks if it should change loan terms, limit financing or use
With new-home demand soaring, WCI Communities is launching another neighborhood within the Heron Bay development of Parkland.
Coldwell Banker Survey: Parents think kids should move out three years after college, but those young adults think five years so
Foreclosures continue to dog Florida, but the outlook appears to be brightening, experts say.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark named Joseph "Chip" Sistare III as a sales associate in its Jacksonville office. As a par
It's the first month-to-month increase in over six years. Nine of the nation's 10 highest metro foreclosure rates were in Fla.,
Hines Global REIT acquired The Markets at Town Center in Jacksonville, FL from Pinehill Investment Co. for $135 million. The ni
Patricia "Patti" Fitzgerald, 2011 president, was named 2013 Realtor of the Year today at Florida Realtors' 97th annual Conventio
Spurred by rising demand, Orlando's housing-market recovery took a big step forward last month as resale prices rose at their fa
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Minneapolis, Long Island, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago
During the second quarter 2013, 11 buildings totaling 83,662 square feet were completed in the Jacksonville retail market. Ove
House hunters who want to know what neighborhoods have the best schools can check out new maps for Broward and Palm Beach counti
Before commissioners vote Tuesday on the massive, architecturally unique Marina Lofts apartment project that could transform dow
The housing recovery has been gold for many real estate firms across the region.
Investors shouldn't count on fast home price appreciation
Lex Levinrad is getting phone calls.
Insurance changes in Oct. and next year will up some owners' rates - a few significantly - but others will go down. New Florida
Starting today, realtor.com includes new home plans and communities using content from Move Inc.'s joint venture partner Builder
The sight of a condo resort sinking near Disney World prompts a could-this-happen-to-me fear. In response, Fla. issues a QandA a
Two Boca Raton attorneys will be speaking Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Dade Real Estate Investors Association.
Nicholas Torgerson was a vice president at Fidelity Land Trust Co.
The Orlando Magic will pay the city as much as $12.7 million for Orlando Police Headquarters and a public parking garage to make
RealtyTrac released its first-ever Housing Market Recovery Index (Housing MRI), which found Cape Coral-Fort Myers as a top rebou
Hallmark Partners has unveiled plans for Beacon Riverside, a luxury condominium tower on the St. Johns River in Riverside, FL.
Avalon Developers Closes $126.5M in Construction Financing North American Properties - Atlanta, Ltd. (NAP), in a joint venture w
A home value index for Broward County hit $155,900 in July, a 16 percent increase from a year ago, real estate website Zillow.
South Florida home prices rose in July as buyers continue to battle frustration in a decidedly seller's market.
NAR: Total existing sales up 6.5% month-to-month and 17.2% year-to-year, with a 13.7% price increase. Fla. housing data delayed
Housing, consumer spending and manufacturing pave the way, with even better times ahead. One wildcard, however: Any Fed changes
During the second quarter 2013, two buildings totaling 92,170 square feet were completed in the Jacksonville market area. This
Orlando-area condo prices have more than doubled in less than three years, a new report shows. The median price for a condomin
Jones Lang LaSalle has appointed Doug Irmscher as market director for Florida. In his new role, Irmscher will oversee the firm'
LOS ANGELES Olofson Promoted to Executive Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield By Jooyoung Kim Cushman & Wakefield, the intern
Under Fair Housing Act, people with disabilities don't have to meet higher mortgage qualification standards if they rely on disa
A developer breaks ground Saturday on the final phase of a 120-unit luxury townhome project west of Delray Beach .
$147 million project expected to open in late 2015
"Welcome to paradise," the tanned man in shades told a festive crowd
Worries about the Federal Reserve's plan to alter its monetary policy pushed mortgage rates over the 4.
Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
After 6 1/2 hours of public comments and debate, Fort Lauderdale commissioners early Wednesday approved a developer's plan to mo
Florida landlords now can evict tenants more quickly — but tenants enjoy new protections when it comes to security deposit
South Florida's high-end homebuyers didn't take the summer off.
The Florida Realtors on Monday belatedly released its statewide housing data for July after fixing an issue involving two Realto
NAR: Vacancy rates are generally tightening in commercial real estate sectors with modest rent growth.
Statewide single-family home sales rose 20.9% year-to-year while median price rose 18.7%. Condo-townhome sales increased 16.8%;
Analysis: The year-over-year rise in single-family home construction added 54,000 jobs in Fla. overall, with 28,100 of those in
Prepare for changes, Bruce Gardner told attendees at Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo. For one, agents must aggressive
Sacramento Kings Announce Architect for New NBA Arena The NBA's Sacramento Kings announced that AECOM will serve as lead archite
South Florida home prices rose in June for the 18th consecutive month, according to a national index released Tuesday.
NAR recognized 10 Realtors as award finalists. One potential winner - Kenneth W. Davis with Welcome Home Realty in Boca Raton -
Attorney General Bondi: Broward-based firms charged up-front fees and falsely guaranteed that defendants would have their home e
The Index now stands at 81.5, up from 81.0 in July. While attitudes about today declined a bit, the Expectations Index increased
NAR's Pending Home Sales Index declined 1.3% to 109.5 in July from 110.9 in June. However, pending sales were 6.7% higher year-t
UF: State consumers think their personal finances have taken a slight hit over the past year, but they expect a much better outl
Industry concerned that expected QRM rule would require up to 30% home downpayments. But terms announced today should have minim
Michaelson Group Real Estate acquired the Huntington at Hidden Hills in Jacksonville, FL from a joint venture for $12.5 million,
Higher home prices are slowly reducing the number of underwater mortgages across Broward and Palm Beach counties.
In South Florida, 69 percent of all home sales last month were cash deals — and that's way above the national average.
An undisclosed REIT acquired a SunTrust net lease portfolio for $240 million. The portfolio includes 139 retail bank branches,
Dated Everglades "fixes" cause problems today. New bridge should add water flow to Everglades and ease problems on St. Lucie and
Foreclosure inventory down 32% year-to-year, though Fla. continues its reign as having more homes in its foreclosure inventory t
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Los A
Homeowners will receive a 30-day notice and may have a few options.
Forget the whole "till death do us part" thing. Many unhappy couples are now calling it quits, local divorce attorneys and rea
A judge on Monday ordered a Broward man and his two companies to cease doing business — at least for now — and froze
More new listings hitting the market as prices increase
Lilian Cruz, a house hunter since January, has been growing wea
Two South Florida companies have won approval from state regulators to take up to 56,000 policies from Citizens Property Insuran
In real estate, there is more than one path to wealth. An expert identified seven successful marketing styles and suggests agent
Prices nationally rose 1.8% month-to-month. In Florida, prices rose 13.5% when distressed sales are excluded from the analysis.
The select top office lease signed during the second quarter of 2013 in the Jacksonville market was at 100 N Laura St. in the Do
ExxonMobil Office Campus On Track for Early 2014 Move In Construction is moving forward on the company’s sprawling new Spring
Mohammed Lutfi grew from a boy in Jerusalem, who at age 10 had to help support his family, into one of the biggest property owne
Law firm Liles, Gavin & George is moving its shingle from one downtown Jacksonville building to another. Currently at 225 Wate
FEMA and the Ad Council hope an ad campaign will encourage the 60% of parents without a plan to discuss post-disaster tactics wi
An undisclosed REIT acquired a SunTrust net lease portfolio for $240 million. The transaction consists of 139 retail bank branc
Boca Raton -based People's Trust Insurance Co.
A boutique condominium in Gulf Stream is up and ready, the first new Palm Beach County condo completed since the market tanked i
RealtyTrac: 8.3 million U.S. homeowners can soon sell their home without resorting to a short sale. Fla. No. 3 for percent of mo
Scott Henley has been hired by Newmark Grubb Phoenix Realty Group as vice president in the company's office brokerage services.
HomeAway Inc. says investors who rent vacation homes had a 77% occupancy rate and 19% year-to-year weekly rental increase. Fla.
Census Bureau: In 2011, about 13% (7.3M) of U.S. households had two foreign-born spouses, and 7% (4.1M) had one native-born and
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: South Florida, Dallas, Northern New Jersey, Indianapolis, San Franci
O'Reilly Auto Parts Inc. is underway on a 390,000-square-foot distribution center in Lakeland to help serve a growing number of
Fla. ranked second for number of homes underwater - 31.5% of those with a mortgage - compared to 14.5% of all U.S. homes. But it
Gov. Scott began a four-day tour asking Floridians what taxes to cut. Consider the commercial lease tax to create jobs and help
LexisNexis report: In originations just in 2012, however, Fla. ranks No. 4 for fraud - an improvement from its No. 1 status in 2
On FEMA's flood insurance website, FloodSmart.gov, homebuyers can plug in an address to find a home's flood risk level and estim
The select top retail lease signed during the second quarter
‘City Within a City’ Begins to Rise On NYC’s Far West Side With three towers totaling more than 8.6 million square feet u
Investors made up 23% of homebuyers in Feb., but only about 20% in June - the lowest level since Sept. 2012. About 48% say they'
UF 2Q survey: Fla. experts remain optimistic, but their rosy outlook waned a bit over fear that higher interest rates will slow
RealtyTrac Aug. report: Overall, Fla. foreclosures down 43%. Nationally, foreclosure starts - a first notice sent to homeowners
A doc stamp tax on real estate sales promotes workforce housing in Fla., and an award ceremony yesterday focused on the state's
It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promoti
Even with recent price increases, many owners still have lots of ground to make up
Many U.S. lawmakers want to help people facing flood insurance increases, but politics can get in the way. Florida Realtors tool
Area Development Mag ranked state No. 1 for "renewed consideration post-recession." Fla. also ranked high in five other categori
The select top industrial lease signed during the second quarter of 2013 in the Jacksonville market was at 8691 Jesse B. Smith C
The country's largest real estate investment trust, Simon Properties Inc., has sold a shopping center next to Florida Mall for $
Today FOX Business Network will host a daylong special titled “The Market Meltdown: Five Years Later.
Brokers: CFO Atwater unveiled small business QandA webpage, scheduled webinars and offered a warning: Watch out for health insur
Maxus Properties, a North Kansas City, MO-based real estate company involved in managing multifamily housing and commercial asse
Orlando-area home prices took their typical end-of-the-summer dip during August, though sellers continued to dominate the housin
Developers Begin Work On $2.3B Spring District TOD Project Seattle-based developer Wright Runstad & Co. has started demolition
A two-acre tract in Dania Beach sold recently for $1.
Realtor Ken Davis of Boca Raton is an NAR finalist for the Good Neighbor Award. Davis adopted a Bahamian orphanage and flies in
UF/IFAS survey: 78% of Floridians agreed that commercial land development should be "should be restricted to protect endangered
A company that sells cruises has signed a lease for more than 17,000 square feet in a Fort Lauderdale office building that front
Seats are still available for a first-time homebuyer course on Saturday, Sept.
President's goals jibe with NAR's goals, association said in a statement: mortgage interest deduction, family foreclosure help,
Buying a church may not be the typical way for a city to expand its services, but for Clermont, it could be the answer to a pray
It’s still much cheaper to buy a home than rent, despite rising prices and mortgage rates, a new report shows.
South Florida home prices and sales increased in August as the market continues to improve following the six-year downturn.
Similar House and Senate bills submitted this week would reduce commercial lease tax by 1% - a change also pushed by Florida Rea
Closed sales (12.5%), median prices (18.6%) and pending sales (17.2%) rose for single-family homes. National sales highest in 6
Madison Realty Capital (MRC), an institutionally-backed commercial real estat
Aug. existing-home sales rise, limited inventory continues to push prices
Prices paid for resale homes continued to recover faster in Metro Orlando last month than in the state as a whole, according to
Pop icon Rihanna sings about Molly and moonshine. Rappers Lil Durk and Wiz Khalifa named one of their collaborations "Molly Gi
Below is a list of active discounts at Orlando theme parks and attractions including Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and smaller Orl
Florida housing officials on Friday announced a $350 million program that will help reduce the mortgage balances for "underwater
The emerging real estate projects touted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in his 2006 "state of the city" address included Premiere T
A free homebuyer seminar for military veterans is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
Newsmax Media is expanding its South Florida operations by signing a lease for more than 50,000 square feet in the 750@Park buil
Developers building more units to satisfy demand
A lack of inventory continues to drive South Florida condominium pric
The NAR-owned website operated by Move Inc. added more commercial properties for sale or lease through an agreement with Commerc
Archer Daniels Midland Searching for New Global HQ Agribusiness company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Co. announced this week tha
South Florida home prices increased in July for a 19th consecutive month, according to a national index released Tuesday.
Homeowners whose houses are worth less than the balance of their mortgages could soon get some much needed help.
Overall economic conditions moderately improved in most consumers' eyes, but they aren't sure if the U.S. can sustain that momen
Gov. Scott invited Florida Realtors Pres. Dean Asher to speak today before the Fla. Cabinet, and Asher urged them to help delay
Epic Community Services, Inc. purchased the office building
A private investor acquired the Old Powder House Inn at 38 Cordova St. in Saint Augustine, FL for $1.2 million, or about $130,00
A private investor acquired 1.51 acres of commercial land at 1315 2nd Ave. in Jacksonville Beach, FL for $1.68 million. The pro
CoreLogic: More people lied about their income to qualify for a mortgage - the number rose 13.3% year-over-year. But false prope
Consumers worried more about the short- and long-term economic outlook along with personal finances, but they think it's a good
Fort Family Investments sold the 260-unit, multifamily property at 13401 Sutton Park Dr. S. in Jacksonville, FL, to Atlanta-base
Distressed home sales increased sharply across South Florida in August, a result of more foreclosures working their way through
Nearly 10,000 Floridians with "underwater" homes bombarded the state with applications on the first day of a program that offers
The fight against onerous flood premium increases on Oct. 1 is being fought on two fronts: A delay by Congress and a look at Fla
RealtyTrac: Of five top large cities for all-cash purchases, three are in Fla.: Miami (69% were cash), Tampa (64%) and Jacksonvi
NAR: Tight inventory, restrictive mortgage credit, and higher interest rates and home prices led to a 1.6% month-to-month drop i
Six agencies in Fla. will receive $2.9 million to identify and fight housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.
As of Monday morning, fewer than 3,000 slots remain for a $350 million state program designed to help underwater borrowers.
Luxury builder Toll Brothers' plan for 122 acres in Boca Raton includes a gated community of million-dollar-plus homes with maho
Valencia Cove, GL Homes' newest 55-and-over development west of Boynton Beach , has sold 140 of 800-plus homes so far.
FHA issued its own qualified mortgage (QM) standard today. An ability-to-repay rule limits points and fees. Small number of futu
For the year ending July 2013, international real estate deals made up 8% of all Fla. existing homes sales and had a total value
Contrary to media reports, Florida Realtors confirmed that new FHA single-family home loans will be processed if the government
DBPR announced the launch of a website where, by law, homeowners associations (HOA) and Community Association Managers (CAM) mus
Local governments may now send TRIM notices electronically, some liens must now be recorded, and busy Realtors who text while dr
Developer Makes Deal to Acquire Former Chrysler Assembly Site Near StL Clayton, MO-based KP Development reportedly has reached
The Supervisor of Elections leased 50,000 square feet in the industrial facility at 1 Imeson Park Blvd., Building 100 in Jackson
A $350 million program meant to help homeowners pay down underwater mortgages stopped accepting applications Wednesday after rea
Roadstar Transport renewed its lease for 22,451 square feet of re
Exeter Property Group, a real estate investment firm out of Pennsylvania, purchased the industrial facility at 9767 Pritchard Rd
A private investor acquired the 3,850-square-foot bed and breakfast located at 70 Cuna St. in Saint Augustine, FL for $1.9 milli
Kenneth W. Davis from Welcome Home Realty in Boca Raton to receive $10,000 for his work with the Rotary Club and children's char
Construction increase by the end of 2013 should be 18% for all housing, 17% for single-family and 20% for multifamily - a "decen
RealtyTrac: More than half of Fla.'s bank-owned homes aren't for sale and remain "home" to the ex-owners. In Miami, they live in
Megan Vershave has moved from Atlanta to Jacksonville to join NAI Hallmark Partners as a broker. In her new role she will focus
Three South Florida streets rank among the 20 most expensive spots nationwide for office rents, a recent study shows.
Online mortgage applicants with credit scores of 620 or less failed to get even one offer - and almost one-third of Americans ha
Buyers closing soon or, if you're a landlord, renters moving in? Florida Power and Light rolled out new and generally easier rul
Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of its first multifamily development in Orlando this evening by announcing th
One of the most marked differences in the Orlando area's apartment sector from a year ago is the amount of construction. Durin
While FHA-backed lending continues, banks that require IRS or Social Security info may not be able to get it. If so, a lender de
Fla. had nation's highest number of completed foreclosures in Aug. 2013 (111,000) and highest number in the foreclosure process
NorthMarq's Orlando regional office secured refinancing of $32.37 million for Epoch Properties' multifamily property located at
If you pay a company to post great online reviews about your work, is it fraud? In New York it is. "Astroturfing" investigation
Broward and Palm Beach counties, two of the most heavily populated areas in Florida, also rank among the county leaders for appl
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has established a subsidiary of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an effort to build a secondary
Report: Much of Nation's Aging Office Stock Is Unsuitable For Tenants Coping With New Workplace Economics Office landlords in th
Residential foreclosures declined in South Florida in September, but inched up in the third-quarter, according to RealtyTrac Inc
The momentum with which the Palm Beach County office market ended 2012 has not carried over to 2013, according to a report from
HUD rolled out a consumer education campaign, and it encourages Realtors to download posters for their wall and promote fair hou
Fresh off a divorce, Orlando stay-at-home mom Tiffany Beverlin had a dream one night about unsuccessfully trying to sell her 2.5
Safeway has decided to exit the Chicago market. As part of the plan, the national grocery chain has already sold four of its Dom
First-time homebuyers can learn about the housing market during a course Saturday (Oct.
Model homes are under construction at The Villas on Antique Row, a 46-unit townhome development in West Palm Beach.
Some won't show properties with lower payouts
Even though South Florida homesellers still carry most of the negotiatin
AT&T Wireless renewed its lease at the BellSouth Building, located at 10375 Centurion Pkwy. in Jacksonville, FL. The BellSouth
Rebounderz, a state of the art family entertainment center, added 15,700 square feet to its location at 14985 St Augustine Rd. i
Fla. students pursuing a real estate career can apply for $1,500 to $2,500 in scholarship money from the Florida Real Estate Com
Mortgage Bankers: Month-to-month applications for new homes rose 1.6% in Fla.; year-to-year, they rose 10.7%. Nationally, applic
If you want to be a home flipper, don't make any plans for this weekend.
Thanks to a new Fla. Office of Insurance Regulation Facebook page, you can keep up with official state insurance updates by chec
Office rental rates to increase due to lack of construction, brokers say
Some small businesses in South Florida are fin
Higher prices led to fewer flipped homes across South Florida in the third quarter, a new report shows.
The lure of buying a bargain-priced house, fixing it up, and selling it within a few months is not what it used to be in Metro O
RealtyTrac: Some hot cities for home flips, including Tampa and Orlando, saw a drop in 2013's third quarter. Overall, Fla. secon
On Nov. 16, Fannie Mae's minimum loan downpayment goes from 3% to 5% and loans top out at 30 years - but, unlike FHA, it doesn't
Nationwide Pools accused of transferring money to new firm
A Broward County judge this week granted a state request to
The Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a media release warning real estate offices about a phishing scam. It says Clearwa
In DBPR's latest update, Sec. Lawson says he's reinstituted random audits of real estate offices to "identify potential fraud an
American Express report: Many business owners have abandoned a "wait and see" attitude and "appear poised to flip the switch to
The Jacksonville Office market ended the third quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 12.5%. The vacancy rate was down over the p
Apartment-occupancy rates in the Orlando area edged up to 94.5 percent from 93.9 percent a year ago, according to a new report.
Advance Auto Parts Inc., one of the biggest retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, agreed to acquire one of its major compet
Broward County’s median home price of $270,000 jumped 32 percent in September from a year ago, the Greater Fort Lauderdale
South Florida homes are still largely affordable, though more properties are slipping out of reach of the region's middle class,
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The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University is dormant no more.
Realtor.com: While most buyers say they would consider a supposedly haunted house, far fewer would do so if they actually saw si
Users can get notifications if close to rental property they previously visited or saved as a favorite. It also adds new Apple s
While most mortgage-funding functions weren't impacted by the shutdown, FHA says it still has a "considerable backlog of work" a
The U.S. Small Business Administration has scheduled two webinars and invited small business owners to participate. Each include
Survey: Financing Constraints Putting a Brake On Apartment Development In another sign that U.S. apartment market conditions are
A private investor acquired a 5,990-square-foot retail building in Jacksonville, FL for $1.3 million, or about $309 per square f
The real estate market rarely remains steady - it's almost always in transition. Today, prices are notably higher, sales down a
Home price spikes in Las Vegas, Phoenix and other parts out west got most of the pub this year, but Florida’s housing mark
Proposed rule forces lenders to accept private flood ins. policies, offer owners a monthly escrow billing cycle, and other thing
Survey: Residential appraisers top areas of anticipated growth include mortgage lending, reviews, REO/foreclosures/short sales a
San Diego-based Prospect Street Hotel Partners purchased a 277-room Embassy Suites Hotel in Jacksonville, FL for $8.8 million, w
RealtyTrac: 62% of Jacksonville sales were all-cash with high number (23%) bought by investors. Miami (69%) and Tampa (62%) also
A West Hollywood property investment firm acquired the approximately 44,000-square-foot retail center located on University Blvd
Proposed qualified mortgage rules "limit the risk of default without excluding large numbers of creditworthy borrowers," says ad
Miami-based Crescent Heights closed on its acquisition of The Strand, a 295-unit apartment building located at 1401 Riverplace B
Editorial: Florida Realtors' President Dean Asher tells Orlando Sentinel readers why U.S. should delay new flood insurance rules
The three-bedroom, three-bath townhome in Sanford has an island kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a selling feature ne
Mindset is changing as prices rise, competition heats up
Ryan Williams had been house hunting, off and on, for two yea
Sellers still have the advantage, but the gap is closing
Palm Beach County 's housing market still tilts toward seller
The Boca Real Estate Investment Club will hold an interactive seminar at its next monthly meeting Nov.
Hayden Cutler Co. sold the retail property located at 3200 Armsdale Rd. in Jacksonville, FL, to a partnership consisting of two
Developers Flesh Out Massive Projects Near New 49ers Stadium As construction moves forward rapidly on Levi’s Stadium in Santa
An index measuring South Florida home prices rose 13.
Fla. Sen. Nelson announced a bipartisan deal to delay flood insurance rate hikes. It's a ray of hope for buyers and sellers, but
Compared to July, the 10-City and 20-City Composites gained 1.3% in Aug. A look at all cities finds the highest overall yearly p
The federal shutdown hurt U.S. consumers' outlook, and the confidence index fell 9 points this month. Expect volatility over the
NAR: Tech has advanced at breakneck speed: 10 years ago, smartphones didn't even exist. Still, only 41% of buyers consider tech
It's the first time in 29 months that pending sales fell below a year-to-year comparison. NAR economist blames higher interest r
UF's index declined slightly before fed shutdown, but Oct. numbers hit a level not seen since Dec. 2011. Fear of a national defa
The CoreLogic research firm is more bullish about Broward County home prices now than it was nearly three months ago.
The Fair Housing Act also applies to homeowners associations. Nev. HOA fined $65K and told it must allow a family to park an amb
RealtyTrac: Many buyers fear older homes because they might need expensive repairs, but they can save an average 9% over the cos
U.S. homes facing foreclosure dropped 33% year-to-year, but Fla. in top spot for percent of homes in the process (7.4%) and tota
Real estate agent Jill Eber figures anyone buying a megayacht this weekend may be in the market for a mansion, too.
NAR's pending sales stats dropped last month due in part to the gov't shutdown. Future shutdown debates, such as one in Jan., co
An increasing number of people feel they have the freedom to quit. That implies confidence but could also spark home sales to pe
If the deal goes down as expected Monday, the Orlando Magic will buy the city's police headquarters and a public parking garage
Buyers may face less competition during the holiday season
South Florida's 2013 home buying bonanza is slowing down as
The Jacksonville retail market did not experience much change in market conditions in the third quarter 2013. The vacancy rate
NAR's 2013 Home Buyers and Sellers Survey: Tight mortgage-lending standards blocking some from homeownership, notably singles an
Small Business Administration: Loans under $150,000 now have no fees, and "often help finance new startups and entrepreneurs in
That’s a wrap for the One Thousand Ocean condominium in Boca Raton.
HUD alleged that Bank of America refused two mortgage applications because a woman was pregnant, which violates the Fair Housing
Come January, tens of thousands of Floridians who have Citizens property insurance will no longer have the power to decide wheth
Fannie Mae study: Many homeowners facing foreclosure still value owning over renting. Many even still consider real estate a rel
A 15-acre horse estate in Wellington hits the auction block Dec.
Apple to Build Manufacturing Facility in AZ Apple will build its newest U.S. manufacturing facility in Mesa, AZ, creating at lea
Closed sales (17.3%), median price (18.6%) rose for single-family homes; condo sales up (11.3%), price (23.8%). National single-
South Florida saw steady increases in home prices and sales during the third quarter, local Realtor boards said Wednesday.
A loan servicer can no longer receive a commission or fee from an insurer for force-placed insurance policies if Fannie Mae or F
Asutosh Hotels sold the property at 220 Ponte Vedra Park Dr. in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. to a private investor for $3.6 million,
NAR: 52% like single-family homes with large yards, but 78% say neighborhood trumps house size; and 55% would trade a big yard f
Mandarin Collision Center acquired Park View Place at 6226 Barnes Rd. S. in Jacksonville, Fla. from The Dore Group for $2.2 mill
PwC US and ULI: The next phase of the commercial rebound will begin in 2014 as investors consider more profitable deals in secon
Sims Crane and Equipment Co., a Tampa-based premier crane and equipment provider, acquired the 7,000-square-foot industrial site
A non-partisan workforce housing group in Washington says a sequestration cut in money for housing vouchers could end aid for 18
Free two-hour event for agents and brokers takes place in S. Fla. on Nov. 22, but webinar access will allow Realtors throughout
Police work is rarely pretty. But the worst of it — including shootings — is generally never seen by the public. T
NAR president: The Code "demands high standards of professional conduct and training andhellip; (it's) the golden thread that bi
The Jacksonville Industrial market ended the third quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 9.2%. The vacancy rate was down over t
More Palm Beach County home sellers are lowering their asking prices, another indication that the housing market has softened, a
That's a wrap for the One Thousand Ocean condominium in Boca Raton .
Builders are busy again now that the housing market is rebounding.
Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE: KRG) agreed to acquire a nine-property retail portfolio totaling approximately two million square
A free foreclosure prevention workshop will be held Thursday, Nov.
Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE: KRG) is significantly expanding its retail property portfolio in four states with a deal to acqui
NAR convention: What issues are on the horizon that could potentially impact homeowners, real estate markets and the industry?
NAR: While condos make good first-time homes, FHA has cut back on the number of buildings it approves - 60% were denied in 2013
Realtors can give the ultimate thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line by helping military men and women
NAR: Data generally shows what already occurred, but researchers are now trying to use that data and other variables to predict
Orlando Health has pre-qualified and shortlisted two development teams for the redevelopment of the Lucerne Pavilion site, offic
Economist: For total sales to rise, U.S. needs to step up home construction to boost inventory, but tight underwriting and highe
If a homebuyer can't click a link to view a home, will they cut-and-paste a URL? New policy makes users wonder what's happening
Inland Real Estate Corp. (NYSE:IRC) announced it has formed a joint venture with an affiliate of Melbourne, Australia-based MAB
Young Professionals Network honored for "effective involvement" with assoc., community and representing strength of young expert
The "set of principles that define the professionalism that Realtors bring to the real estate transaction" now includes gender i
One online tool calculates a homeowner's transportation costs based on data and addresses they input; a second tool provides a c
QR Capital sold a multifamily complex in Jacksonville, Fla. to Pacifica Cos. for $6.6 million, or approximately $35,000 per unit
Development by a property owner can be difficult if the parcel contains a wetland. Fla. offers an informal survey, but it modifi
Census Bureau: The recession and rebound had little impact on home prices in smaller counties as bigger counties with major citi
Zillow says real estate ads on its website were active 30 days less in Sept. 2013 than in Sept. 2012 - 86 days compared to 116 d
Instead of just phoning a local landlord, house renters in Orlando may soon be dealing with call centers and centralized mainten
Smaller transactions, properties under $1 million, is moving incrementally. But expensive properties priced above $2 million are
The number of foreclosed homes scheduled for the auction block in October skyrocketed by 76 percent in Palm Beach County compare
CoreLogic has notified the state that it is laying off 68 people in its Sunrise office.
Central Florida retailers are opening earlier and offering deeper discounts in what's expected to be a fierce competition for ho
When a group of Winter Park investors purchased a prime corner near Lake Nona's Medical City for $9 million in 2008, they had ho
Housing starts increased across South Florida in the third quarter, new data show.
Boca mansion sweetens deal with a Rolls Royce
About one in 10 U.S. residents found a new place to live in 2013 - slightly less than in 2012 yet more than 2011, the slowest re
U.S. builders have viewed the market with optimism for six months in a row, though some worry about the way future government ac
Realtor Call for Action: NFIP program changes derail home sales and harm Fla. owners. Take two minutes today to tell Congress it
South Florida home prices increased in October, but the region's housing market is losing some of its sizzle, real estate agents
The 80-unit Landon Imperial Apts. sold to a private investor for $2.3 million, which equates to $28,750 per unit. The property i
Outlook for apartments remains strong. NAHB economist predicts "continued improvement through 2015 but at a decreasing rate."
Closed sales (6.5%), median price (16.6%) and pending sales (3.4%) rose for single-family homes. National total sales up 6% year
Floridians paid $3.60 in flood premiums for every $1 that came back to cover damages. Overall, 13% of state flood policies could
Underwriting changes allow homes Citizens previously turned down based on sinkhole history to now qualify for coverage.
Federal drug agents in Orlando spent the summer buying painkillers, sedatives and other drugs from the underground — and n
New ability-to-repay rules start in Jan. While tighter lending may hurt marginal buyers and cut down on some mortgage amounts, i
U.S. banks have closed nearly 1,600 bank branches this year while opening just 950. The net loss of locations continues a trend
Hundreds of people descend weekly on a Tavares church field, not for an uplifting religious service but to pocket cash by unload
Asking rents for office space declined slightly despite increased leasing throughout the Orlando area during the third quarter c
Hudson Yards Land Continues to Draw Strong Developer Interest Already hot land prices on the far west side of Midtown Manhatta
Rick Bell unveiled plans this month to build Palazzo Paradiso, a 24,000-square-foot estate in Southwest Ranches.
An upscale Boca Raton office building that once served as the corporate headquarters for W.
NAR economist: The weaker activity was expected due to the government shutdown and some lending restrictions. The pending sales
Many buyers know homeownership comes with a tax advantage, but they get lost in the details. Here's a primer.
Higher home prices in South Florida are reducing the need for so-called short sales, new data from RealtyTrac Inc.
South Florida home prices rose in September, capping a strong third quarter, a new report shows.
Consumers currently have mixed feelings: They're more positive about jobs but more anxious about the economy. The index edged do
The somewhat risky buying and selling of land with development potential has picked up again, though its hotness depends on loca
Realtor Call for Action: NFIP program changes derail home sales and harm Fla. owners. Take a few minutes to tell Congress it mus
In contrast to national outlook, Floridians are feeling more optimistic: UF's index rose 6 points - and many think it's a good t
FHFA announced yesterday that Fannie and Freddie's $417,000 conforming loan limit in most Fla. areas would remain the same throu
The Super Bowl of shopping has arrived. People will jam stores and shop for online bargains across Central Florida and beyond,
Central Florida die-hard deal seekers cut short Thanksgiving Day gatherings to begin their Christmas shopping earlier than ever
The poinsettias at Home Depot were a good bargain this year, at 99 cents a piece. Jim Hurlburt had a minivan full of the fresh
Cohen Real Estate Capital LLC procured preferred debt and equity financing for the development of a planned 86-unit residential
RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity on homes valued at $5 million-plus is up 61% compared to 2012, with South Fla. and Orlando two
While home prices have risen, interest rates remain historically low, even if up a bit year-to-year. The cost of renting, howeve
Three attorneys will conduct free seminars Dec.
A private investor acquired Branches East Apts. at 416 North Grandview Ave. in Daytona Beach, FL for $1.2 million, or about $43,
An affiliate of the Conser Group acquired the 285,000-square-foot industrial building at 8451 Western Way in Jacksonville from D
During the third quarter 2013, seven buildings totaling 50,934 square feet were completed in the Jacksonville retail market. O
With the launch this week of CoStar Multifamily(TM), CoStar adds a valuable new dimension to its service, making the same powerf
Of the nation's 350 metro areas, 54 (15%) have shaken off the recession and returned to a normal level of economic and housing a
According to Zillow, home values will rise 3% in 2014, mortgages will be easier to get, mortgage rates will hit 5%, and two Fla.
TriBridge Residential, a leader in multifamily real estate, purchased the retail property at 711 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Bea
The federal government announced Friday it’s lowering home loan limits in South Florida and across the country next year.
In one of the hottest years on record for Orlando-area home prices, an unlikely mix of communities — Maitland, Pine Hills,
The slice of Orlando-area commercial real estate that drew the most foreign investment during the third quarter was condominium
As investors expand their search for deals, perceived “underperforming” REITs are drawing more and more attention. That was
Many are able to finally sell as housing market rebounds
Katie Jaffe bought a two-bedroom Tamarac villa in 2004.
Business is booming at KAST Construction.
During the third quarter 2013, no new space was completed in the Jacksonville market area. This compares to two buildings tota
A new law requiring HOAs to register with the state by Nov. 22 found 12,721 associations representing about 2.5 million parcels.
Current cap in areas with relatively low housing costs remains unchanged at $271,050; but the high-cost area cap drops from $729
Fannie Mae analysis: If the housing rebound loses steam, it will likely happen because recession-burned Americans still lack fai
A non-profit housing group alleges racial discrimination in a lawsuit filed Monday against the operators of the South Tower City
JLL Outlook: CRE Construction Industry Emerges from Downturn Leaner, More Diverse The U.S. commercial construction sector is f
The Related Group celebrates the opening Thursday, Dec.
Fed agency over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac says it will charge lenders more, which could make it a bit more challenging for buye
Esperante, one of the most prestigious office buildings in downtown West Palm Beach, has been sold to an investment group for $7
For homeowners throughout Florida, the year 2013 will be a tough act to follow. Economists at a real estate summit in Orlando T
Florida Realtors held its annual economic summit yesterday. Chief Economist predicts 10% residential growth and the modest comme
CoreLogic: Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods? Fewer problems in 2013. Only the number of sinkhole disasters increased, hitting Fl
While the real estate market still has healing to do, online web ad site says existing home sales are 79% of "normal" compared t
More existing foreclosure cases are moving through the court system, a sign that the lengthy crisis is slowly winding down, anal
Its rule mirrors other agencies' versions of the qualified mortgage (QM) rule and covers all loans insured, guaranteed or admini
RealtyTrac: The number of Fla. owners entering the foreclosure process dropped 46% year-to-year; national numbers down 32% to lo
Orlando had the sixth highest foreclosure rate in the nation during November – edging up from seventh place the month befo
HCA Realty acquired the 21,492-square-foot medical office buil
Homeowners being evicted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won't be kicked out over the two-week holiday period, along with a few pr
Company urges owners to follow original engineer's recommendation, but it will allow an independent mediator to review options a
Small Business Administration program offers special help to firms that are at least 51% owned and controlled by someone with an
Real estate investment company URS Capital Partners in Huntington, NY, has entered the Florida market with its recent acquisitio
AquaVita Las Olas to open in late 2014
When the AquaVita Las Olas condominium opens late next year in the Hendricks Isl
Roger Enzor is FREC's new chair, and Poul Hornsleth is the new vice chair. Dick Fryer appointed to FREC and Chip Boring was reap
A South Florida developer announced plans Monday to build an $11 million boutique townhome project across the street from the oc
A housing developer that provided "essential services," such as roads and sewers, may be responsible for later problems under an
Annual audit finds a more stable FHA. While agency added some rules and changed fees for buyers seeking a mortgage, audit finds
The semester ended Friday at Florida Atlantic University, but there won't be much of a holiday break for the off-campus housing
CBRE's Debt & Equity Financing Group secured three loans totaling $72 million to refinance a cross-collateralized portfolio of 1
Jones Lang LaSalle predicts 10% investment volume growth and "particularly strong gains" from global investors seeking "a much w
Fla. No. 2 after Nevada, however, with 28.8% of mortgaged homes still in negative equity. By metros, Orlando (32.3%) and Tampa (
American Express to Buy Land for S. Florida Consolidation After considering other states, American Express has confirmed it is
A foreign investment group has paid $17 million for the Lauderdale Beachside Hotel and plans to renovate the rundown property in
It was a spectacular year for South Florida home values.
Median price up (13.3%, single-family; 17.2%, condos), but drop in cash-only and short sales impacts closed sales. National over
Forecast: After a six-year lag, economic expansion will help Fla. reclaim its place as a national outperformer, beating U.S. num
South Florida home prices rose in November, though sales slowed as buyers regained more control over the recovering market.
Summit Church, a megachurch east of downtown Orlando, recently sold a $1.5 million retail center next to its main church facilit
After nearly 60 years on Olive Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach, Quattlebaum Funeral Home has moved.
Waterfront 'point' property once owed by H.
Unfinished Fort Lauderdale project languished for years
A group that owns the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has
A private investor purchased a Denny's restaurant located at 8215 Dix Ellis Trl. in Jacksonville, FL. The restaurant was purchas
Florida Bank Group sold the Deep Creek Plantation in Bryceville, FL, to Williamstown, MA-based National Land Partners, LLC for $
Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced that Betsy S.
It's been a wild ride for South Florida home prices over the past 14 years.
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY) has closed on its sale of 49 properties totaling 4,022,779 square feet and 140 acres across t
CoStar News continued to cover the biggest deals and dealmakers in commercial
Double-digit home price gains continued across South Florida in October, a new report shows.
USAA Affiliate Buys Silicon Valley Office Development USAA Real Estate has acquired America Center, a 430,852-square-foot office
Sholes Properties purchased the retail building at 9282 Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL, from Schmidt Investments for $1.15 m
Wrapping up a year of major changes at Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY), the REIT finalized the disposition of 49 properties t
Only about 115 downtown West Palm Beach condominiums built during the housing boom remain unsold, according to a report from the
Peninsula on the Intracoastal, a 70-unit luxury rental in Boynton Beach, has traded hands for $22.
Builder to open nine model homes at Valencia Cove
GL Homes, one of the most respected builders in South Florida, is be
But Congress could retroactively extend the tax break - a move NAR calls "likely" - for ex-homeowners who had part of their prin
Fla. led the nation in Nov.: 62.7% of all sales were cash; nationally, it was 42%. Jacksonville and Cape Coral-Fort Myers hot fo
Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PKY) has acquired its co-investor's 70 percent interest in the Bank of America Center at 390 N.
Consumer attitudes dipped in the fall but have rebounded. Almost half believe home prices will rise in 2014, and one in three th
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants a "more streamlined, efficient" closing process, and it's accepting suggesti
Canadian Investor to Develop Multifamily Tower Near Belltown One of Canada's largest institutional investors has purchased a dev
A private investor sold the 40,000-square-foot industrial building at 429 Talleyrand Ave. in Jacksonville to Southeast Rigging f
The number of new foreclosure cases filed last year in Palm Beach County fell to a seven-year low, the Clerk & Comptroller&rsquo
Pew Charitable Trusts forecast: Fla. expected to be No. 5 state nationally in employment growth percentage, expanding jobs by 2.
The qualified mortgage ruled kicks in on Friday, but a handful of experts say many banks with tighter standards could ease up. N
The Florida Supreme Court this week disbarred David J.
19% of U.S. owners with a mortgage are 'deeply underwater.' Fla. ranks second to Nev., with city-by-city comparison putting Orla
A Kansas City company will pay $20,000 for not bending a rule. In the case, a disabled woman needed a caretaker and her sister o
Fla.-owned Citizens retained its lead as the state's largest property insurer in latest "top 20" numbers released by the Fla. De
Mortgage Bankers Assoc. says banks' desire to lend money will outpace commercial borrowers' demand. A full 91% of top firms expe
New rules also dictate lender response times. Letter templates posted online can be used to request info or changes; free info b
Some criminals have figured out a way to hack Realtors' email accounts, study sale updates and then redirect the deposit. Fla. h
Orlando-based Parkway Properties real-estate investment trust has about $100 million left from funds raised in its most recent c
Fannie Mae: Why do things look rosier? Economic uncertainty is gone, at least temporarily, with higher stocks, more jobs and str
David Cassidy's struggles continue.
GL Homes said it sold 36 homes this weekend at Valencia Cove near Boynton Beach.
Lang Realty cleaned up in 2013.
Carroll Organization, a privately held multifamily investor and manager based in Atlanta, closed on its third multifamily proper
CBRE: When it comes to offices, the U.S. is a relative bargain. In London and Hong Kong, it's over $200 yearly per sq. ft. - but
Many people don't understand coverage until something happens. Does a business or homeowner have replacement coverage? Could the
Realtors who make the world a better place tend to avoid the spotlight, but candidates for NAR's Good Neighbor Awards win money
Sellers won't get help, but some current owners would have increases delayed - and FEMA has 60 days to provide a report on ways
For the first time, the city of Riviera Beach will hold an auction of residential and commercial properties.
Comcast to Build $1.2B Skyscraper in Philadelphia Comcast Corp., which just five years ago completed and occupied Comcast Center
What if you or your client's child could get help paying for school - and it's not a loan? Apply for Florida Realtors Education
But Fla. still tops with 25% of all U.S. homes in the foreclosure process, and 3.01% of Fla. mortgaged homes in foreclosure. Ave
South Florida and the state led the nation in foreclosure activity last year, topping the rankings as lenders and judges moved a
Clients who paid about $20 million in fees to a now-closed Fort Lauderdale mortgage relief company and its affiliates are likely
A joint venture composed of Chicago-based GEM Realty Capital and IP Capital Partners out of Boca Raton, FL closed on the Aetna B
Starting tomorrow, lenders must offer more info about their loan decision. Buyers will get more time to correct a faulty apprais
The Jacksonville Office market ended the fourth quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 12.7%. The vacancy rate was up over the p
Were you one of those hard-working enterprising brokers who succeeding in pushing one (or more) last-minute, year-end big deals
CC Devco has no complaints at Osprey Oaks.
A new steel front door remains the top improvement, returning 96.6% of the cost when a home is sold, but 8 of the top 10 were ex
To many, online currency (bitcoins) sounds like Monopoly money. But "we're way past the fad stage," says expert; bitcoins could
HUD's Shaun Donovan will answer questions about minority access to housing and mortgages tomorrow, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. EST in a l
A renewed surge in state spending to shield cattle ranches, water and wildlife from development is up for approval today by Gov.
Two long-dormant parcels along the north side of Stirling Road in Hollywood are set to be transformed into a $125 million luxury
Harry Posin's Villas on Antique Row opening this weekend
Longtime South Florida homebuilder Harry Posin was intrigued
Homebuilders struggling to find land in Broward
In the struggle to find available land for new home construction in Br
Single-family starts to improve 20%; multifamily volume up 9%; new home sales to advance 20%; existing homes up 2%; new home pri
New mortgage standards tightened the application process, but they also added rules lenders must follow when serving mortgage lo
Sunset Hopes to Create New Downtown in Bucolic Bay Area Suburb San Ramon, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area's Contra Costa Count
Equity One sold the Oak Hill Village Shopping Center at 7628 103rd St. in Jacksonville, FL to Slate Properties for $6.85 million
South Florida's housing market continued to cool down in December, with prices still rising, but at a slower pace than earlier i
In Dec., Fla. ranked No. 2 in the number of short sales (14.4% of all transactions) but wasn't even in the top five for REOs - a
If new property insurance applicants get a quote within 15% of Citizens, they're ineligible. Renewal applicants affected soon, b
Single-family sales up 8.6% compared to Dec. 2012 as market saw 23.3% increase in traditional single-family deals. NAR: Prices,
UCF is planning a retirement community near campus that will allow residents to recapture a bit of their college years, with acc
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new rules ban most automatic, non-human phone calls, including ones to established
A look at housing costs globally finds U.S. cities a relative bargain compared to most countries: It's home to 84 of 95 "afforda
Is your password "password" because it's easy to remember? At No. 2 on the most-common list, it's also easy for thieves to guess
Prices in Preserve at Emerald Hills to range from low $600,000s to more than $1 million
Two long-dormant parcels along
National Mortgage Settlement checks go out next week, according to Florida's attorney general. Each ex-owner should receive $1,4
Ed Morse Automotive Group has sold a 10-acre tract on Federal Highway in Delray Beach to the owner of Delray Honda.
An index measuring South Florida home prices rose 16.
The Jacksonville retail market experienced a moderate improvement in market conditions in the fourth quarter 2013. The vacanc
Nothing heralds a full rebound like Americans willing to spend money. In Jan., attitudes improved about both the short-term and
Rick Scott joined commercial Realtors in Orlando today to announce that his proposed state budget includes a reduction of sales
OC Approves Development Pact with Lowe Enterprises for El Toro Base The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved an agree
Floridians are happier thanks to a stable housing and stock market, less European economy angst and a pause in Congressional bud
Investors focusing on other markets
House flipping in South Florida rose only 8 percent last year after nearly doublin
In addition to reducing the commercial lease tax, the governor's budget adds staff to identify license violations. Fla. previous
Average gross profit: more than $62,000. Jacksonville saw a 92% year-to-year flipping increase, while Tampa saw one of the bigge
Higher home prices and interest rates caused many buyers to pause, but an unusually severe winter also impacted Dec.'s number of
New policy allows e-signatures on origination, servicing and loss mitigation documents; and FHA insurance claims, REO sales cont
Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach set to open in 2016
They're still two years away, but luxury condominiums are coming t
A 15-acre equestrian estate in Wellington , originally set to be auctioned in December, now will go on the block March 1.
The owner of prime properties in Broward and Palm Beach counties has refinanced the debt, buying more time to sell the land.
2.1% U.S. family homes were vacant in 2013's fourth quarter. In Fla., 2.4% were vacant, ranging from 4.1% in Orlando to 0.7% in
Nonprime loans that appeal to high-risk buyers are making a comeback, but lenders retain some stricter rules - like a 30 percent
GL Homes was the busiest builder last year in Palm Beach County.
The Jacksonville Industrial market ended the fourth quarter 2013 with a vacancy rate of 9.2%. The vacancy rate was unchanged ov
Marketing via the Internet? Its effectiveness depends on your niche. While 71% of younger adults use smartphones, for example, 6
All parts of NAHB's 55+ single-family index grew significantly in 4Q 2013: Attitudes about present sales rose 26 points and sale
Kilroy Plans Mixed-Use Campus In Hollywood Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC) has acquired a full city block near Sunset Boulevard
Retailers' recent data breaches could hurt home sales if buyers find themselves with damaged credit and lower scores. Also: How
Pres. Obama is expected to sign a farm bill passed by Congress that extends a low-downpayment, low interest loan program used by
Sales at the 742-home luxury community to start in March
GL Homes, the busiest builder in Palm Beach County last year,
South Florida’s seriously delinquent mortgage rate has declined over the past four years but still remains the highest of
Finding fun after dark on Las Olas Boulevard once bordered on impossible.
While Congress may yet extend IRS tax forgiveness for short sales retroactively, potential sellers could be holding off their ho
FEMA: Homeowners "grandfathered" in - those with rates based on earlier flood zone codes - won't see a rate increase until 2015.
After falling to a 13-year low in December, monthly job cuts surged nearly 50% to kick off 2014, as U.S.-based employers announc
After falling to a 13-year low in December, monthly job cuts increased nearly 50% to kick off 2014, as U.S.-based employers anno
"A significant amount of pent-up housing demand exists, but for it to be unlocked more rapidly, additional gains in wages must b
Home starts increased in Palm Beach and Broward counties last year as residential construction continues to grow at a steady pac
Carroll Organization, a privately-held real estate company focusing on multifamily investment, management and development, acqui
Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, spent $3.
The developers of a new smoke-free condominium in Fort Lauderdale have announced plans for two other boutique condos in the area
Q: Several months ago, I lost my job and have been living from savings and keeping current on my bills.
Eagle Property Capital acquired Cross Creek at 1441 Manotak Ave. in Jacksonville, FL from Castle Hill Partners for a little more
South Florida’s housing market in 2013 was a tale of two halves.
NAR: Metro areas see solid home-price growth in 4Q 2013
Men can have weekly crushes and tend to focus on the garage, while women fall in love less often and tend to swoon over updated
Single-family sales up 11.8%, condo sales up 5.1% and single-family median price up 15.9% year-to-year. NAR: Solid price growth
Recovery milestone: The number of Americans (52%) who think it would be easy to get a mortgage is greater than the number who do
Mitsui Fudosan America Opens San Francisco Office About a month after announcing a major office development with SKS Partners in
Roger Wittenberns, founder of the Lady Fitness of America health club chain, has sold his Fort Lauderdale mansion for $6.
The good news: A flood insurance fix is moving forward in Congress. However, the House version differs from a four-year delay ap
RealtyTrac: One in every 346 Fla. homes faced foreclosure - but fewer owners received first notices (down 33% year-to-year) as n
Buyers who submit an initial offer by March 31 and close by May 31 can get up to 3.5% back for closing costs or to pay points th
NAR: Commercial real estate investments are expected to produce generally solid returns in 2014, according to report.
Q: I recently purchased an investment property at a foreclosure auction.
At least that's what Realtors tell potential buyers in listings based on the number of times "love" appears. In HomeFinder surve
Mortgage bankers say new home sales skyrocketed, rising 35% month-to-month. Sales rose so much that MBA went out of its way to a
Latest Fla. "Profile of Real Estate Firms" finds 70% expecting higher profits over next two years, 46% recruiting agents and 72%
UF survey: Interest in water ranked third in a list of public issues behind the economy and healthcare, and ahead of taxes and p
It’s been almost five years since renowned corporate raider Carl Icahn dabbled in residential home building when he was then a
A South Florida law firm will hold free seminars Tuesday and Wednesday for community association board members.
Commercial real estate market slowly improving, brokers say
With six office condominium sales in recent weeks, the Sanc
The Mark at Cityscape, a 208-unit apartment complex in Boca Raton , is expected to open early next year.
Sinai Residences expected to open in West Boca in late 2015
Seven years ago, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach
Positano Beach expected to open in early 2015
Margaritaville developer Lon Tabatchnick has started construction on a b
What’s left of the former Howard Johnson’s hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach will be torn down Wednesday starting at 8
Unusually severe weather across much of the nation - plus ongoing concerns over the cost of labor and lots - caused a 10-point d
JCPenney Taps Team to Develop $2B Project in Plano, TX JCPenney envisions a massive $2 billion mixed-use development on the vaca
Some experts predicted tighter mortgage rules would slow the rebound, but others remained optimistic. NAR lender survey attempts
A CDC study found that 2 in 5 U.S. homes had only cellphones - no landlines - at the end of 2012, a percentage that rose to 60%
A joint venture comprised of South Norwalk, CT-based Greenfield Partners and Somerset Properties out of Ambler, PA, tapped Linge
Home prices and interest rates keep climbing, but it’s still cheaper to buy a house than to rent one in South Florida, acc
Realtor.com: Data shows uptick in inventory (3.1% year-over-year) in Jan. 2014, one month earlier than last year. Median list pr
RealtyTrac: Thanks to higher interest rates and home prices, it costs more each month to buy a home, making housing less afforda
South Florida house prices increased in January -- and so, too, did listings as more sellers showed confidence in the revitalize
Q: We are no longer able to pay our mortgage due to a hardship.
CWCapital Asset Management LLC has sold the bulk of a portfolio of 134 real estate and commercial mortgage loan assets with an u
Secretary says Fla. will continue improving its "standards and regulations," and issued a release reminding buyers and sellers t
Single-family sales up 10.2%, condo sales up 9.3% year-over-year; single-family median prices up 12.1%, condo prices up 17%. NAR
Just 10 days before Christmas 2009, Ganel Appolon found an envelope taped to his front door.
Patrick Coulton's lawyers ripped him off to the tune of $275,000 and left him to rot in prison.
GL Homes will launch sales March 8 for its new Seven Bridges development west of Delray Beach .
Quarterly forecast finds continued improvement but at a moderate pace. "Companies appear hesitant to add new space," says NAR ch
Another positive sign of the U.S. economic rebound: Fewer bank failures. In 2013, 62 failed; in 2012, it was 83; in 2009, 235 ba
CDC's final report finds Fla. homeowners with the drywall had nosebleeds, headaches and breathing problems – and the drywall's
Flipping – a purchase and resale in less than six months – dropped in the first quarter of 2014 from 4.1% the previous quart
Buyers of older pre-FIRM properties will receive a premium rate reduction under the new law; and Florida Realtors released a flo
The U.S. tightened mortgage requirements, but a proposal could ease those rules a bit for nonprofit lenders serving lower-income
Chase asked 807 buyers to reflect on a recent purchase. In hindsight, 56% wish they'd known more about the financial aspects of
UF: Confidence fell one point this month. "Economy remains on a steady path without any big changes either negative or positive,
State officials approved the move by Southern Oak Insurance Company, though many homeowners will have a chance to deny the chang
The Conference Board index dipped slightly to 82.3, but it's the second-highest reading since Jan. 2008 after the Board revised
It's the first upward bump in nine months and a sign that analysts may have been right: Severe winter weather caused the recent
The state-owned insurer bought more reinsurance. For homeowners with private insurance policies, that means their surcharge risk
Report: A boost in home construction shows that Fla. is actively rebounding from the Great Recession. Indirect benefits include
Help isn't limited to poverty-level incomes, and in most cases, buyers simply don't know where to look. A good start: The Florid
RealtyTrac: Sales also rose 1% month-to-month, but sale prices declined slightly: 2%. Also, price increases have slowed in some
Two years ago, it became free to add a phone number to the state's do-not-call list. As a result, the list has expanded by 545,0
Fitch Ratings: Despite a slow spring home selling season, the economy should continue to improve throughout 2014 thanks to job a
HUD and Census: Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5% – its biggest drop in eight months. Builders blame tight
Single-family home median prices up 7.1% year-over-year, condo prices up 16.7%; single-family sales up 2.8%. NAR: Sales remain s
Survey: 46% of potential buyers think they won't qualify for a mortgage, so they don't try; and 43% incorrectly believe it's har
Could a hacker steal client data – and if so, who would pay for the damage it causes? Cyber insurance, still in its infancy, o
If a crime causes damage to a home, the owner doesn't have to pay a property insurance deductible under a 1994 Fla. law – but
Fla. ranks second (31%) behind Nevada (34%) for high-negative-equity homes. Of those in foreclosure, 59% are seriously underwate
Enterprise Florida used tax day, April 15, to give out-of-state businesses a list of low-tax reasons they should consider reloca
Expect more international buyers who consider the U.S. economically stable and safe for investors, along with bargain real estat
National Hispanic association report: With 47% of U.S. homeownership growth between 2000 and 2013 Hispanic – "This is a story
FEMA issued guidelines today for insurers that sell flood policies. In May, the cost for certain affected policies revert to the
Change now impacts more than 90% of Fla. policies forced on homeowners by lenders. Fla. review found many practices hurt state's
In Fla., about 300 local homeless programs that provide housing and support services to homeless families will receive almost $7
ULI survey: While infrastructure is top deal breaker or maker for 88% of investors, demographic forces (consumer demand, workfor
One in every 407 Fla. homes with a mortgage is in some stage of foreclosure, and eight Fla. cities (200,000-plus population) are
If consumer attitudes are an indication, home sales will pick up soon. Monthly survey finds positive outlooks about finances and
An appraiser looks at comparable homes to calculate value, but not enough energy-efficient properties exist yet. New Appraisal I
Report: The dollar volume for commercial and multifamily mortgages closed in 2013, $358.5 billion, was 47% higher than in 2012.
Critics say hidden Fannie/Freddie fees are federal homebuyer surtaxes – and they're not needed since risk is mitigated through
Their goal: To drive consumer awareness of Realtors and realtor.com's value, and to explain the issues that impact buying, selli
On Aug. 1, 2015, mortgage loans become easier for consumers to understand but not easier for lenders to create. U.S. consumer ag
Could a hacker tap into clients' financial data? Americans worry more now thanks to the recent Target data breach, and agents sh
FEMA explains how it will implement the latest flood insurance law in a seven-page memo. In the short term, some owners may have
2014 "Lay of the Land" report: Closed sales for Fla. rec and ranchlands down 50% over the past year, but the year-over-year medi
CoreLogic: Fla. had 118,000 completed foreclosures for the month – 136% more than second-place Mich.; as a percentage, its for
Mayflower survey: One in three American households considering a move this year, and women's careers increasingly drive a decisi
NAR: Vacation home sales rose and made up 13% of all 2013 transactions; investment homes, while down, made up 20%; and owner-occ
While 4.3% rates remain historically low, it's unlikely they'll flirt with the 3.31% record set in Nov. 2012 – but 1981's hist
HomeAway, one of the nation's largest home rental companies, says 84% of homeowners report stronger bookings year-over-year, eve
One Fla. Realtor, Juan Carlos German with the Carlos German and Team Inc. in Kissimmee, made NAR's annual list of up-and-coming
It's also the most-improved state month-to-month in January. Miami, Orlando and Tampa are cited in the index's top-five for impr
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