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South Florida Real Estate Market Rolls Out High-Tech Tools During Pandemic

Across South Florida, we’re learning to cope with the reality of lockdowns, no school, and work-from-home directives. That’s forced homeowners and real estate professionals to adapt to a new reality. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages around us, we all have clients, friends and neighbors selling homes, buying homes, and packing up homes to move […]

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Market Turbulence? Here’s How To Make Lemonade Out Of The Market’s Lemons

Market turbulence can be hard to deal with, but we know that market pullbacks are a normal and unavoidable part of investing, especially over the shorter-term. Unfortunately, no one can predict or control the market, and trying to eliminate market volatility can cause you to miss out on the generous long-term growth that market investments […]

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New Home? Don’t Miss The 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 benefits 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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Higher Mortgage Limits In 2020 Make Buying/Refinancing Easier

Are you buying or refinancing a home? Recent changes in mortgage loans may make it easier and cheaper to borrow. For 2020, conforming mortgage loan limits are rising to $510,400 in most areas and $765,600 in high cost areas like Washington D.C. (The max amount first started at $417,000 after the real estate meltdown and […]

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Owning May Still Be The American Dream, But More People Are Opting For The Rental Lifestyle

Owning your own home may still be the American dream, but over the last decade, there’s been a huge evolution in how Americans view renting. “The recession pushed many to rent out of necessity,” say real estate experts at RENTCafé. But “the economic expansion which followed, coupled with changing attitudes towards family and homeownership, lead […]

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Refinancings Are Booming: Should You Trade-In Your Mortgage For A Newer One?

Interest rates are at rock bottom, pushing mortgage refinancings to a new post-crisis high. Lenders extended over $2.4 trillion in home loans last year, the most since 2006, reports The Wall Street Journal. That’s a positive sign for the economy. People who save money on their mortgage payment are likely to go out and spend that […]

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Did You Know Real Estate Funds Get This Powerful Tax Break?

This tax loophole really slipped under the radar, so don’t feel bad if you missed it. Earlier this year, the IRS clarified the rules for a special tax break available to investors in real estate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Here’s the good part. You don’t have to own an entire […]

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Open Concept Still Ranks Tops Among Younger Homebuyers

In the market for a new home? The open floor plan is still the most popular layout among homebuyers, especially younger ones, says the National Association of Home Builders. Older buyers preferred a single story home, while younger buyers, especially millennials, were on the lookout for a two-story home and a basement (good luck with […]

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Downsizing In Retirement: Tips To Make It Work For You

We can’t begin to tell you how many clients are calling us to say they’re thinking of downsizing. They want to talk to us about their plans for buying a new home and changing their lifestyle. Our job is to make sure they can afford to do everything they’re dreaming about. But here’s the surprise. […]

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Florida Attracting Tax Refugees From Up North

More northerners in high-tax states are cashing in their real-estate chips to move to places like Florida, reports the South Florida SunSentinel. Real estate pros say “a steady flow of tax refugees” is heading to the Sunshine State from places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Some real estate experts in the know claim that […]

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