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NAR applauds passage of banking reform bill

The president is expected to sign S. 2155, a bill that eases some Dodd-Frank rules and encourages small-lender loans by removing some regulatory restrictions. ..

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Many buyers find inspiration in home-makeover programs

A multitude of home-rehab TV shows have changed today's buyers. An increasing number walk into a listing with a "What can I do with this?" attitude, while the others have higher expectations for a lot of like-new qualities and expert staging. ..

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Sales of new homes slipped 1.5% in April

The slight drop is the result of an affordable-home shortage in the most desirable areas and a sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States. ..

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Analysis: Rising mortgage rates won't impact home sales

A study suggests that the real estate market is underperforming currently and, as a result, won't feel an impact any time soon from rising mortgage rates. ..

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Survey: Kids have big say in real estate decisions

Most buyers (55%) with children younger than 18 say their kids' opinions matter when it comes time to put an offer in on a home. ..

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If builders say 'green,' ask 'How green?'

In the wake of recent "greenwashing" in Fla., an appraiser advises buyers to "question [builders] and ask them to put in writing what they have done." ..

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Kill 2 birds with 1 stone: Get CE credit at the convention

Come to Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo to see Penn and Teller and network, but also take a free CE-credit course to prepare for your next license renewal. http://convention.floridarealtors.org ..

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Fla. ranks No. 1 as 'Best state for military retirees'

On May 21, WalletHub released its "2018's Best and Worst States for Military Retirees" report, which ranked Fla. as the best state in the U.S. for retired veterans. ..

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Even after tax reform, homeownership still beats renting

Congress curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, and mortgage rates and home prices are up – but most buyers have more disposable income, and a higher tax deduction will compensate them for losing their IRS interest and property-tax deductions..

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Fake service dogs, real problems

Service animal fraud doesn't just make it more difficult for landlords and businesses, it also harms people who actually need services that the animals provide. ..

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