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Cleaning Hacks to Prevent the Flu

With the cinnamon-flavored joys of this season come another set of not so pleasant activities. Coughs, sneezes, and stuffy noses are sure to come as the weather cools down and brings the flu season upon us. However, there’s hope. Keeping clean may prevent transmission of the flu, so we’ve provided hacks that may protect you and your family. Sanitize surfaces When multiple people come into contact with the same surfaces, they run…

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Buying a House: Protect Yourself With Contingencies and Disclosures

Contingencies and disclosures protect home buyers and sellers alike. They must be resolved before ownership of a property can change hands. Buying a house is a give-and-take process. But it’s more than just giving your money and taking the keys. The contract process is wrapped around a series of contingencies and disclosures. Let’s break it down. Contingencies are “walk-away” clauses in a contract that allow you to back out of buying a…

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Advantage of an FHA Home Loan

The FHA loan is the most popular government-backed home loan in the country. These low down payment loans are made by qualified lenders and guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans require just a 3.5% down payment for borrowers with a 580 credit score or higher. For homebuyers with less-than-perfect credit, FHA loans offer additional significant benefits. The government backing means average FHA interest rates are typically lower than average…

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Buying a Home is 35% Less Expensive than Renting!

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 16% in Honolulu (HI), all the way to 55% in Sarasota (FL), and 35% Nationwide! The other interesting findings in the report include: Interest rates have remained low…

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How to Declutter When You Love Your Stuff!

It’s easy to think that decluttering is for people who have a lot of stuff they don’t like. And while that is true, it’s also important to declutter when you love your stuff. There are people who are hesitant to even start the decluttering process. They don’t like the concept of getting rid of things because they love their stuff. The idea of sorting through everything and sending some of their stuff out…

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Canadian Snowbirds Leave Fla., Face Tighter Border Rules at Home

Anyone flying back to Canada must stay in a government-approved hotel at their expense for 3 days to wait for the results of a now-mandatory COVID-19 test. Those driving back must show evidence of a negative test result at the U.S.-Canadian border. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Canadian snowbirds now visiting South Florida will face new layers of COVID-19 rules upon returning back home. Effective Feb. 22, those who fly back to Canada…

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Florida’s Housing Market Continues Strong in January 2021

Florida Realtors’ data: Single-family home sales rose 18% year-over-year, median sales price up 15.1%; condo sales up 24.6%, median price up 15%. Chief Economist O’Connor: Closed sales in Jan. were “way, way above our historical average,” which is likely for most, if not all, of 2021. ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s housing market continued to show momentum in January even with the ongoing pandemic, with more closed sales, rising median prices, more new…

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College Scholarships Offered by Florida Realtors Education Foundation

We’re here to help deserving Florida students offset the costs of college or graduate school. FLORIDA REALTORS AWARDS $185,600 IN SCHOLARSHIPS Florida Realtors Education Foundation helped 132 young people realize their college dreams for 2020-21. The program has provided over $1.7 mllion in scholarships since it started. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! CLICK HERE TO APPLY The Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program (FREF) was founded to help deserving students offset costs for college…

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Fewer Listings, Less Time on Market: Buyers Should Prepare?

A realtor.com report finds that active site listings for Fla. metro areas are down as much as 56% year-to-year in Jacksonville, 53% around Tampa and 31% in Central Fla. ORLANDO, Fla. – For current homebuyers, spring will likely be fiercely competitive. Real estate professionals should prepare their house hunters for record low inventories and rapidly rising home prices based on a realtor.com study of listings on its website. In one of the…

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Are We in Another Bubble?

Some analysts say with a financial crisis unlikely to occur and high home equity, only a buyer drop or huge uptick in sellers could spark a crisis despite rising prices. NEW YORK – In the midst of a raging COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of Americans still out of work and facing the possibility of eviction and foreclosure, the United States is experiencing a real estate boom the likes of which it hasn’t…

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