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Posted on 03/25/2019
Florida's Housing Market Surges in February
Florida’s Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Rise in February 2019 ORLANDO, Fla. – March 22, 2019 – Florida's housing market reported higher median prices and increased inventory (active listings) in February compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 18,966 last month, up 1.9 percent...
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Posted on 03/16/2019
Where Homes Take Longer to Sell
Where Homes are Taking Longer to Sell - And Buyers Can Shop Around Realtor.com, By Lance Lambert | Mar 11, 2019 1. Brownsville, TX Median list price: $200,000Median days on market: 130.9 This U.S.-Mexico border town enjoys its high-energy celebrations, from the annual Latin Jazz Festival to the Sombrero Fest. But when it comes to housing, things amble...
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Posted on 03/16/2019
Where Homes are Selling Fastest
Spring Housing Slowdown? No Way! Here's Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market Realtor.com, By Lance Lambert | Mar 11, 2019 Spring is here—the unofficial kickoff to the home-buying season, when buyers come out of hibernation and start hitting the open houses in earnest. And this year’s spring market is extra significant, since it will tell us whether...
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Posted on 03/11/2019
Taxes Holding You Hostage?
Are Taxes Holding You Hostage? To unravel the mystery that is the American tax system you may feel like you need to have studied astrophysics and be well versed in legal speak. In reality, you just need to be able to closely estimate what your income will be in the coming calendar year, then find a tax estimator...
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Posted on 03/09/2019
How can I stop fake emotional-support animal claims?
How can I stop fake emotional-support animal claims? March 4, 2019 – Question: I live in a 55+ community that does not allow pets. Now there are many dogs in the community claiming to be emotional support animals (ESA). Can we put a stop to this? – Debbie Question: In our no-pet community, the folks with ESA dogs allow...
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Posted on 03/09/2019
Good News for Housing
Finally, some good news for housing... U.S. housing starts climbed 18.6% in January WASHINGTON (AP) – March 8, 2019 – U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months. The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate...
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Posted on 03/08/2019
Are Closing Costs Tax Deductible Under the New Tax Law?
Are Closing Costs Tax Deductible Under the New Tax Law? Here's the scoop on what's tax deductible when buying a house. Are closing costs tax deductible? What about mortgage interest? Or property taxes? The answer is, maddeningly, “It depends." Basically, you'll want to itemize if you have deductions totaling more than the standard deduction, which is $12,000 for...
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Posted on 03/08/2019
Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Law Affects Homeowners
Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest Tax changes for 2019 change the landscape for homeowners. Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed — along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who...
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Posted on 03/08/2019
Today's Mortgage Rates 3-7-19
Finally some good news... Interest rates are trending downward and besides the obvious, here's why you should care if you are considering a home purchase soon. Read below and call me if you have questions. I love talking Real Estate! @Fran Rizzuto 561-307-0471 Mortgage rates level off — still lower than a year ago WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) —...
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Posted on 02/26/2019
Changes to Your 2018 Tax Filing and the Effects on Your Mortgage Application
Changes to Your 2018 Tax Filing and the Effects on Your Mortgage Application The IRS has made some changes to its personal income tax returns (1040s), the form most Americans use to file their taxes. The goal was to simplify a form that was several pages long. Whether they accomplished this goal might depend on who you ask...
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Posted on 02/18/2019
Enjoy a Worry-Free Property Buying Experience
Buying a house should be a worry-free experience. Yet problems may come up that prevent a property buyer from achieving the optimal results. Lucky for you, we're here to help you quickly identify and address various homebuying hurdles. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you minimize stress as you navigate the homebuying journey. 1. Plan...
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Posted on 02/11/2019
Home Selling Tips: Enter the Housing Market with a Plan
For those who want to sell a home sooner rather than later, there is no time like the present to start preparing for the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you about the home selling journey and ensure you can enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips...
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