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  • Mortgage Rates Change Little This Week, Rise to 3.49% February 20, 2020
    The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose from last week’s 3.47% in Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, though the 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell to 3.25%.
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  • Fla. Will Offer Vets Housing Assistance Via $8M Program February 20, 2020
    A program under the Florida Housing Finance Corporation will offer down payment and closing cost assistance programs, coupled with low-interest-rate first mortgages.
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  • Buyers Have Love-Hate Relationship with ‘Right-Sizing’ February 20, 2020
    It’s not just retirees – millennials also like the idea of smaller spaces. But even those who think it’s a wise move fear their loss of storage space might be a mistake.
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  • Home Values Rising Faster in 47% of Opportunity Zones February 20, 2020
    Opportunity Zones study: 47% had housing price gains higher than the national increase of 9.4%, though they’re also “among the most vulnerable to economic downturns.”
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  • Study: Presidential Elections Can Sway Home Sales February 20, 2020
    If the current election unfolds similar to earlier ones, the process will impact home sales more than the policies of the person who actually wins. If so, home sales will slip in June and rebound in Nov., with pent-up demand driving a strong real estate market through spring.
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  • Soldier’s Widow Wins Property Tax Dispute February 20, 2020
    A Fla. constitutional amendment passed in 2012 gave tax relief to deceased soldiers’ families. Lawmakers decided they must be residents, but an appeals court disagreed.
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  • Analysis: It’s Easier for Buyers to Find a Home in Fla. February 19, 2020
    A Realtor.com study compared active home listings per 1,000 residents and found that Fla. homebuyers have it easier than other areas of the U.S. Cape Coral, Miami and Daytona Beach led the “easiest markets to find a home” list with seven Fla. metros in the top 20.
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  • Make Your iPhone Do Some of Your Work February 19, 2020
    iPhone’s latest operating system upgrade offers some Realtor-friendly tools. Block unknown-number calls, for example, and instead play them a 30-second sales pitch.
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  • Caribbean-Style Lagoons Make a Splash As Hot Amenity February 19, 2020
    Huge man-made lagoons are becoming the centerpiece of more housing developments. There are five so far in Fla. and Texas, with seven more slated to debut this year.
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  • The Flu is a Bigger Fla. Worry Than the Coronavirus February 19, 2020
    Protect yourself. While Floridians’ risk from the coronavirus is exceedingly low, the U.S.’s annual flu epidemic has hospitalized 350K people and led to 25K deaths.
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