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Prepare for a potential government shutdown

Political disputes could lead to a temporary federal shutdown on Friday. If so, certain important real estate functions could slow down or possibly come to a halt. ..

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New lawsuit claims Zillow violates antitrust laws

A N.J. company alleges that "Zestimates" are not only inaccurate, but that Zillow leverages that inaccuracy to favor preferred brokers – an antitrust violation – by allowing them to avoid showing Zestimates below listing prices. ..

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What's ahead for Fla. real estate?

Real estate is vital to Fla.'s growth, and state leaders attending Florida Realtors 2018 Real Estate Trends on Jan. 25 want to know what 2018 will bring. ..

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Kitchen survey: 'Storage' top homeowner priority

Storage, at 63%, trumped other priority uses for the kitchen, like easy to work, play and live in (38%), entertaining (32%), and easy to clean (32%). ..

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Luxury sales slow, high-end inventory grows

Luxury homes sold at a slower pace in 2017, and the number of million-dollar listings grew by an average 3.9%, according to realtor.com. ..

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Time to get creative with closing gifts?

A great closing gift – such as a set of custom-made bobblehead dolls of the buyers – can create warm feelings and generate more referrals down the road. ..

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New programs help investors buy single-family homes

Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have new loan packages with competitive interest rates to help small investors buy single-family rentals. ..

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Bitcoin fever grips U.S. real estate

Some people roll their eyes at Bitcoin, but it's buying more Fla. homes for a pragmatic reason: No government controls it, and buyers can transfer unlimited funds to the U.S. even when their home country caps the amount allowed to move overseas. ..

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Tax reform may hit middle-class, second homebuyers hardest

Reuters analysis: Tax changes that recently took effect will make owning a vacation home costlier and could even hurt resale values in the second-home market. ..

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New employee benefit helps fund workers' downpayment

A website that helps buyers crowdfund downpayments says companies can create a program that matches employees' saved funds just as they do now for 401(k)s. ..

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