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Marketing: Should You Show More Interest in Pinterest?

Published June 14, 2021

Within the social media world, Pinterest may be best suited for real estate pros. It has over 450M users and is ideal for directing traffic to your website.


8 Out of 10 Homes Sold at or Above List Price

Published June 14, 2021

Homes.com: In the past six months, 82% of listings sold for list price or higher, plus 1 in 10 had no showings before contract signing, and 1 in 4 had 5 showings or less.


HUD: $1.1B Released for Emergency Housing Vouchers

Published June 14, 2021

626 public housing authorities across the U.S. will soon receive 70,000 emergency housing vouchers to help Americans dealing with homelessness.


Rent Crisis Pummels Mom-and-Pop Landlords

Published June 14, 2021

The national eviction ban could have a long-term impact on mom-and-pop investors. If the financial hit from non-paying tenants forces them to sell their investment homes, it could boost the size of institutional investors who generally have deeper pockets to weather financial losses.


Condo Q&A: Electronic Voting Works – but How to Set It Up?

Published June 14, 2021

A condo complex that offers electronic voting systems generally has more participation – but Fla. law includes rules for boards that want to set up an e-voting system.


DACA Recipients, if Eligible, Qualify for FHA Loans

Published June 14, 2021

FHA expanded its loan program to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) residents, people with refugee or asylum status and citizens of Freely Associated States.


Migration Study Finds Big Gains in Some Fla. Metros

Published June 11, 2021

The study looked at net gain – people moving in vs. people moving out – and Fort Myers moved to No. 1 in the first quarter from No. 8 one year earlier.


HUD Restores ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’ Requirement

Published June 11, 2021

The rule suggests it’s not enough for communities to simply avoid blatant discrimination – they should also take affirmative action to further Fair Housing Act goals. The interim rule, effective July 31, reinstates fair housing goals first established in 2015.


12 Real Estate Groups Write Biden, Ask for Eviction Ban’s End

Published June 11, 2021

The 12 groups – which includes NAR, bankers and landlords – applauded pandemic efforts but said it’s time for the eviction ban to end as scheduled on June 30, 2021.


4 Small-Business Innovations that Will Outlast the Pandemic

Published June 11, 2021

New-business formation jumped 24% higher in 2020. The pandemic increased the use of digital tools and forced many biz owners to improve their internal systems.


Dislike Social Media but Need It? Hire a Social Media Manager

Published June 11, 2021

A good social media manager will do time-consuming tasks, such as videos and responding to comments – and do it better since they’re experts.


Inflation Is Up – So Why Aren’t Mortgage Rates?

Published June 11, 2021

Investors fear inflation and mortgage rates usually rise. But investors appear to believe the Fed when it says the U.S.’s current bout of inflation is only temporary.


NAR Report: More LGBTQ Buyers Purchasing Older, Smaller Homes

Published June 10, 2021

The annual report compares LGBTQ buyers and sellers to the overall market. It found that LGBTQ buyers buy smaller and older homes, but they plan to move out five years earlier than other buyers. As a group, they tend to identify as male more than female, and be single and unmarried.


Mortgage Rates Keep Hovering but Down Slightly This Week

Published June 10, 2021

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.96% this week, down marginally from last week’s 2.99% as it remains in under-3% territory.


Habitat for Humanity Builds Its First U.S. 3D-Printed Home

Published June 10, 2021

Some experts say affordable housing’s future will come from gigantic 3-D printers, and the nation’s best-known house-building charity just built its first one in Arizona.


Study: High Flood-Risk Homes Sell for $50K More than Low-Risk Ones

Published June 09, 2021

Buyers care about a home’s flood risk more than they once did, but it doesn’t override the appeal of a beachfront or lakefront view. According to a study, high flood-risk homes sold for a record 13.6% premium in 2021’s first quarter, up from 1Q 2020’s 10.1% and 1Q 2019’s 7.2%.


DeSantis Says He’ll Sign Bill Changing Property Insurance

Published June 09, 2021

A bill that may increase rates for some owners with state-owned Citizens Property Ins. will likely be signed into law. DeSantis says it will “stem some of the problems.”


Don’t Overestimate Buyers’ Real Estate Knowledge

Published June 09, 2021

A survey of young adults found misconceptions: 2 out of 3, for example, are waiting for interest rates to go down – and 90% aren’t sure what a fixed-rate mortgage is.


Study: Emotional Support Animals Help Those Who Need Them

Published June 09, 2021

While renters may falsely claim a pet is an emotional support animal, evidence has emerged showing a big benefit for people actually struggling with chronic mental illness.


2 of 3 City-to-Town Movers Got a Bigger House and Lower Costs

Published June 09, 2021

Study: Home prices are rising rapidly, but two-thirds of city sellers who moved to a smaller metro traded up without spending more money.

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