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DBPR’s Online Services Impacted by ‘Malicious Activity’

Published October 19, 2020

Temporary outages started Oct. 7 and DBPR called in law enforcement. New security protocols have started, but personally identifiable info doesn’t appear compromised.


On-Demand Office Space: New Trend or Temporary Fad?

Published October 19, 2020

New concept would allow companies to buy day passes to fully stocked offices in satellite locations – a way to give stay-at-home workers the benefits of an office.


Did You ‘Unsubscribe’ or Sign Up to Be Scammed?

Published October 19, 2020

If you click an “unsubscribe” button on a no-longer-wanted email, the sender can immediately learn your email software, browser choice and operating system.


Millennial Money: Home Costs Don’t Stop at a Down Payment

Published October 19, 2020

First-time buyers who drain their savings on closing day have to delay new furnishings and repairs – and at least temporarily put up with undesirable cosmetic problems.


Get ‘WIRE’d for Women in Real Estate Sessions

Published October 19, 2020

New study: Women make up 57% of Florida Realtors membership yet fill a smaller percentage of industry leadership roles. Find out more at Women in Real Estate (WIRE) event.


CDC: Eviction Ban Stops Only Physical Tenant Removal

Published October 19, 2020

The U.S. Center for Disease Control issued a list of frequently asked questions about the eviction moratorium, including that the judicial process can be “carried out according to state and local laws and rules," and “eviction does not include foreclosure on a home mortgage.”


ULI: 8 Real Estate Trends Emerging from the Pandemic

Published October 16, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the migration from cities to suburbs has accelerated; multifamily developers no longer have amenity wars to attract new residents; and health and wellness movements are emerging in hotels, offices and more.


Ocwen to Pay $11M for Alleged Mortgage Servicing Failures

Published October 16, 2020

Ocwen allegedly made mistakes servicing Fla. homeowner’s mortgages, including untimely insurance payments and force-placed insurance, says Attorney General Ashley Moody.


S. Fla. Leaders Grapple with a Response to Climate Change

Published October 16, 2020

A new report from the South Florida Climate Compact suggests that counties should spend billions now in mitigation efforts to avoid spending even more in the future.


Housing Shortages, Single-Family Zoning and Solutions

Published October 16, 2020

ULI: Cities with housing shortages are rethinking their single-family zoning laws that make it hard for high-density construction projects to find available land.


RE Q&A: Can Non-Participating HOA Board Members Be Removed?

Published October 16, 2020

For some reason, a newly elected board member hasn’t show up for meetings. What does Fla. law say about removing an elected board member from office?


Host a Successful Virtual Event on Social Media

Published October 15, 2020

You once held classes for new homebuyers? Take it online. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter all have a livestream option.


Record-High Lumber Costs Add $16K to Cost of New Homes

Published October 15, 2020

NAHB says lumber costs 170% more than it did in mid-April, and the average cost of construction has risen so much that 2.1M buyers can no longer afford a new home.


ULI Survey: Commercial Real Estate Recovery to Accelerate

Published October 15, 2020

The economic forecast from ULI is somber for the rest of 2020 but grows optimistic during the next three years for most commercial sectors.


RE Q&A: May a Resident Have More than One Support Animal?

Published October 15, 2020

A condo board received a request for two emotional support animals, though their rules limit dogs to one per unit. What must they allow?


30-Year Mortgage Rates Hit Another Record Low – 2.81%

Published October 15, 2020

It’s down from last week’s 2.87% as 30-year, fixed-rate loans hit a 10th all-time low this year. The average 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 2.35% from 2.37%.


The Denser the City, the Harder the COVID-19 Housing Hit

Published October 15, 2020

The pandemic sparked a general moving trend from cities to suburbs, but a study found the big hit was felt in truly dense metros, such as New York City and San Francisco. In less dense cities such as Phoenix and Charlotte, S.C., fewer people are trying to get out of town.


NAR Launches ‘NAR en Español’ Website

Published October 14, 2020

The association says it’s a subsite translation for nar.realtor, created so Spanish-speaking Realtors and bilateral partners can access NAR resources during the pandemic.


Refi Sooner Rather than Later: New Fee Kicks in Dec. 1

Published October 14, 2020

A 0.5% fee for a home refinance was announced and then postponed, but it becomes official again on Dec. 1. To avoid the fee, refinance now.


Landlords Getting Squeezed Between Tenants and Lenders

Published October 14, 2020

Landlords don’t garner a lot of sympathy from the general public, but many now struggle to pay a monthly mortgage if eviction-protected tenants stopped paying rent.

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