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I will share my thoughts on SW Florida plus information on property that I hope my readers will find useful. All feedback and comments are more than welcome. Thanks, Bob
Fitch Ratings paints rosy picture of 2014 economy   NEW YORK – Jan. 22, 2014 – Although U.S. home sales are currently lackluster, a stronger economy and better employment numbers should likely counter higher interest rates and more restrained price increases in 2014, according to Fitch Ratings’ R...
Florida Realtors releases 2013 profile of Fla. homebuyers and sellers   Download the 2013 Profile of Florida Homebuyers and Sellers The complete report is available on Florida Realtors’ website. Click the dropdown box under “Residential.” ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 22, 2014 – Florida Realtors® released...
Are we in a full housing recovery? How to tell   WASHINGTON – Jan. 21, 2014 – In order to have a fully recovered housing market and economic recovery, economists point to the need for four positive indicators: 1. A healthy job market with stable unemployment 2. Mortgage delinquencies that have re...
Key considerations for unwed couples buying a home   MIAMI – Jan. 20, 2014 – Married couples represent the majority of homebuyers, but more couples are teaming up to buy a home before they get hitched. If they ever do. Data from the National Association of Realtors show that, on average, married ...
U.S. homebuilding dips, but last year best since ‘07   WASHINGTON (AP) – Jan. 17, 2014 – U.S. home construction slowed in December but ended 2013 with the best showing since the housing bubble burst. The Commerce Department said Friday that builders broke ground last month at a seasonally annual ...
Bonita Springs, the place to get the most home for the money, enjoy!As a licensed real estate agent in Florida mainly serving southwest Florida to include Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Marco Island, Fort Myers and surrounding areas, I have the ability and privelige to see all of the best areas....
RealtyTrac: Homes in foreclosure drop 26% in 2013   IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 16, 2013 – RealtyTrac released its Year-End 2013 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – down 26 percent in 2013 from 2012, and down 53 ...
Congress agrees to incremental flood insurance fix   WASHINGTON – Jan. 15, 2014 – An omnibus budget bill expected to pass Congress and become law includes language that offers a bit of flood insurance relief for some homeowners, and a ray of hope for all owners impacted by rapidly rising premiums...
Your door lock may be getting smarter   NEW YORK – Jan. 14, 2014 – Smartphones are no longer phones first and foremost. They’ve become command centers for the high-tech demands of day-to-day life. Everything from Web browsing and picture-taking to instant messaging and credit card transactions ca...
Real estate Q&A: How to do away with private mortgage insurance   FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jan. 13, 2014 – Question: We bought our home in 2005 with a no-downpayment loan that required private mortgage insurance. Since then, we have worked hard to make additional principal payments and have reduce...

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