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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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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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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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Learning From A Pro: Investing In Real Estate

Quick shout out to my college friend Cliff Hockley (CMC ’79) on his new book “Successful Real Estate Investing: Invest Wisely, Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Money.” It’s entertaining and insightful; must-reading for both new and experienced real estate investors. The book is organized into short, easy-to-read chapters with real life examples of real estate […]

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More Wealthy Northerners Relocating To Sunny Florida

The great real estate relocation may be underway. “Luxury sales are slowing across the country, from New York to California, but they’re rising in South Florida,” reports Bloomberg, which says million-dollar plus home sales jumped as much as 15% in our area at the end of 2018. What’s behind the surge? Real estate brokers say […]

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Should You Pay Off The Mortgage?

Thoughtful article by financial journalist Robyn A. Friedman on whether it makes sense to pay off the mortgage as you approach retirement. Debt-free peace of mind Many of our clients have paid off their mortgage entirely, usually because they wanted the peace of mind of being debt-free. When we sit down to review their retirement […]

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Young Buyers Say Home Not As Sweet As They Hoped

Interesting CNBC.com article a few days ago on how 70% of young millennial homebuyers “regret” buying their home. That’s truly sad. It’s a huge purchase, and not one that can be easily or cheaply undone. So what’s turning what should be one of the happiest occasions of their lives into a major case of buyer’s remorse? These […]

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How House-Smart Are You?

Relocating to a new area? When is it best to buy, and when should you stick to renting? We were just interviewed by AARP for an article on “How House-Smart Are You?” in the June 2018 AARP Bulletin. We were asked when it makes sense to buy, and when you’re better off renting. It’s a topic we […]

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South Florida Luxury Real Estate Attracts Tsunami Of Foreign Money

File this under proof that we live in a truly global economy. It’s especially evident in South Florida, where some of our neighbors are likely to be foreign. Foreign investors spent a truly astonishing $7.1 billion on homes in South Florida last year, according to The Real Deal Miami. Where do those buyers come from? […]

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