Monthly Archives: May 2018

Study: How does real estate compare to other investments?

Every investment decision boils down to risk vs. reward, but it’s not easy to compare real estate to stocks or other investment types. However, a new study that tried to do that found U.S. real estate investing returned about 9% annually.

Source: Association News: Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.

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.

Source: Association News: Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.

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.

Source: Association News: Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.

NAR's board boosts ethics enforcement, increases dues

The Board of Directors met in Washington on Saturday and raised dues by $30 starting in 2019. It also empowered local associations to post names and photos of two-time ethics violators, changed escrow confirmations and made other membership changes.

Source: Association News: Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.

'Good' credit score lowers avg. mortgage cost by $21K

Buyers with “good” credit generally land a better mortgage rate than those with a “fair” credit score, and a study to determine what that meant for buyers found that it lowered the cost of an average 30-year FRM by $21,000 over the life of the loan.

Source: Association News: Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission Florida Realtors. All rights reserved.

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