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NAR: U.S. existing-home sales surge 11.8% in Feb.

In the South, which includes Fla., existing-home sales grew 14.9%. It's the strongest monthly gain since Dec. 2015 as market trends make it a good time to buy. ..

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Fla.'s housing market: Median prices, inventory rise in Feb.

Fla. Realtors data: Active listings inventory up; year-over-year median prices up 1.3% for single-family homes, 4.7% for condo-townhomes. In good news for buyers and sellers, Fed indicates no interest rate hikes for a while, says Chief Economist O'Co..

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What makes a house a home? It's changing

Study: Thanks to Amazon, Netflix and other technology changes, people spend more time at home, and, as a result, they're adapting traditional rooms to new uses. ..

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Fla. Senate passes bill allowing home vegetable gardens

While the House must still pass the measure and Gov. DeSantis sign it, 87% of state senators voted to allow homeowners to grow vegetables and fruit. ..

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Fed report: HUD's multifamily inspectors have weak spots

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has 14 recommendations to improve the system HUD uses to physically inspect federally subsidized housing. ..

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Scott blames high taxes for New Yorkers migration to Fla.

Wall Street Journal editorial: "There's a reason Fla. surpassed NY as the third-largest state" ... people are "fleeing high-tax states, bringing jobs with them." ..

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Fed doesn't hike interest rates – and may not this year

ARMs won't go up and FRMs, which are indirectly impacted, probably won't either. But the reason for no hikes isn't ideal: The Fed thinks the economy is slowing. ..

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Top spring homebuyer concern? Their budget

Almost 50% of likely buyers hope to secure a home for $200K or less, a realtor.com survey found. But most are also more optimistic about today's real estate market – the uptick in inventory in many markets and a recent decline in mortgage rates. ..

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Mortgage rates fall – 30-year down to 4.28%

The average 30-year FRM dropped from 4.45% one year ago and also last week's 4.31%, giving renters a new reason to become homeowners during the spring season. ..

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What do iBuyer sellers like about instant cash offers?

Many sellers who accept an instant cash offer love the convenience and consider the ding to their profit as a fair price to pay for a lower-stress transaction. ..

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