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Quote Of The Week: “The Housing Market Is On A Tear”

The pandemic-provoked rush to move has set the real estate market on fire. If you have friends or family shopping for a new place to live, you’ve undoubtedly heard complaints of ultra-competitive bidding wars, slim inventory, and inflated prices. Clients want to know whether the red hot housing market is due for a fall, or […]

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Just How Much Will That Luxury Home Cost You?

Even people who are very wealthy can get in over their heads. It’s not unusual for buyers to purchase real estate without truly understanding what it’s going to cost them, especially when it comes to that drop-dead gorgeous waterfront home they fell in love with at first sight. Mari Adam spoke with writer Robyn A. […]

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New Home? Don’t Miss March 1 Deadline To File For Florida Homestead

Florida residents: There’s an important deadline quickly approaching. If you purchased a new, primary residence in Florida, you have until March 1 to apply for homestead status. Florida residents are entitled to important property tax discounts on their primary and permanent residence, or “homestead.” The Florida Property Tax Exemption for Homesteaded Property provides valuable tax benefits to owners of real property […]

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Americans Keep Moving To Florida, A Top Relocation Destination

No surprise here. Census data show that Florida remained the second most popular relocation destination in the United States for the 2010-2020 period (Texas garnered the top spot). Almost 3 million people relocated to Florida during that time frame. And in fact, the true number may actually be higher once data are updated to reflect […]

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Higher Mortgage Loan Limits Help Home Buyers

Home mortgage officials just announced changes that could make it easier for you to borrow to buy a home in 2021. Here’s the details: You can now borrow more and have your loan considered as “conforming.” What is a conforming loan? A conforming loan is one that meets all requirements of Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

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How The U.S. Housing Market Is Booming Despite COVID

There’s an amazing transformation going on before our eyes. The U.S. housing market is booming, thanks to record low interest rates and social trends accelerated by the COVID pandemic. Here’s 7 key facts shaping this major industry that you’ll want to factor into your financial planning and share with family members who may be contemplating […]

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Applying For A New Mortgage? Make Sure Your Credit Score Is At Its Best

Why a top credit score matters You may already know how important it is to have the best credit score possible. Your credit score typically affects how much you pay on your home mortgage, your new car loan, and even your cell phone contract. Depending on where you live, it may influence how much you […]

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Florida Cities Ranked Best Places To Retire

With only 24 percent of working Americans reporting that they are “very confident” they will have enough money for a comfortable retirement, picking the right place to retire becomes vitally important. For retirees, the ideal city has to offer good weather, lots to do, and access to good health-care, especially in light of the COVID crisis. […]

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Real Estate Winners And Losers: Taking A Closer Look

Like many other investors, you probably own a handful of REITs or real estate mutual funds in your portfolio. Publicly traded real estate, whether packaged inside real estate mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs), has been a perennial investor favorite, offering decent income payouts, good portfolio diversification, inflation protection, and tax benefits. Lately, as […]

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These Young Consumers Are Buying Their First Home During The Pandemic

It takes a lot of courage to move forward with a life-changing financial decision in the midst of the pandemic. But many young consumers are doing just that. They are forging ahead with their very first home purchase in one of the most uncertain economic climates we’ve ever experienced. In fact, Client Associate Scott Weigel, whom […]

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