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Some urge sprinkler mandates across U.S. after Honolulu fire

It's not only Fla. wrestling with rules for high-rises. Other U.S. cities are also trying to find a balance between the high costs to retrofit vs. resident safety. ..

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Fla. housing market: Higher prices and more sales in June

Florida Realtors' June home report found that single-family sales grew 4.3% year-to-year as median prices rose 8.9%. ..

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NAR: June home sales up 0.7% year-to-year as inventory tightens

U.S. home prices rose 6.5% year-to-year, though sales declined 1.8% from May to June. The supply of available U.S. homes "remains stuck at a meager level" and price growth is straining buyers' budgets," says NAR's chief economist. ..

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Study: Investors own about 1 in 4 single-family homes

While institutional investors receive lots of attention, however, they only own abut 5% of non-owner-occupied single-family homes. Small investors own the rest. ..

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NAR says it supports latest national flood ins. proposal

The bill working its way through Congress has "significant improvements," including a commitment to protect current owners from substantial rate increases. ..

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For some homes, private flood ins. may be good option

Federal flood policies base their rate on flood maps, but Fla.'s growing number of private flood insurers will lower the cost of a policy if a home has been fortified to minimize potential damage from rising waters. ..

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Study: Consumers uneasy about paperless transactions

Buyers can secure a mortgage using only electronic documents, but 70% aren't comfy doing everything through a smartphone even if they like the convenience. ..

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Are builders warming up to smaller homes?

An uptick in smaller new homes was noticed about a year ago, but builders still have trouble finding affordable land in close-to-the-city locations. ..

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Google Glass is back – this time for the business sector

While the computer glasses were trashed by privacy advocates the first time around, faster data access and safety benefits might make them a good business tool. ..

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Can't read your smartphone in bright sunlight?

Bright light can drown out a smartphone, making you duck into a dark corner to read a new email – but a few tricks can make sunlight viewing easier. ..

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