Bruce Gubnitsky

Today’s News August 8, 2019

– Survey: Americans Never Felt Better About Buying a House Fannie Mae’s monthly survey on homebuyer attitudes hit a survey high – a 2.2-point July gain in consumer attitudes about whether it’s a good time to buy a home. Cities Use Diverse Tactics to Solve Workforce Housing Crunch South...

Today’s News August 7, 2019

– Florida Housing Market: Median Prices, Inventory Up in 2Q Fla.’s population grows by about 906 new residents daily, which helps the economy and housing market, says Pres. Sain. Statewide single-family existing home sales up 4.6% year-over-year, median price up 3.3% to $265K. Condo median price up 2.9% to...

Today’s News August 6, 2019

– Fla. Home to 5 Out of 15 Top At-Risk Hurricane Cities No surprise: Fla. is vulnerable to hurricanes. But while Miami ranks No. 1 for risk, the next three spots are held by cities located outside the Sunshine State. You Don’t Know Google Search: 6 Time-Saving Tips Regular...

Today’s News August 5, 2019

– Online Reviewers Can Be Sued – Is that Good or Bad? Where to draw lines? Are lawsuits for bad reviews a protection against libel or a threat to free speech (SLAPP – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)? Even Owners With Smart-Home Tech Find It ‘Creepy’ Only 1 in...

Today’s News August 2, 2019

– New EB-5 Visa Investment Rule Making Developers Scramble On Nov. 21, the minimum investment to get an EB-5 visa rises from $500K to $900K, and developers are rushing to lock in capital before the increase. HUD Lowers Amount of Accessible Equity in a Cash-Out Refi The Federal Housing...

Today’s News August 1, 2019

– Hurricane Michael Claims Nearly $7B With 14% Unresolved More than 140,000 claims had been filed from the Category 5 hurricane, which made landfall in Mexico Beach last fall and caused massive damage to parts of the Panhandle. How Do You Reduce Robocalls to Small Businesses? Seventy percent of...

Today’s News July 31, 2019

– Happy Floridians: July Consumer Sentiment Up 3.7 Points Consumers felt better in both the short- and long-term measurements, suggesting optimism for the future and content in the present. U.S. Homeowners Have Never Stayed Put for This Long An ATTOM Data Solutions report finds that homeowners in the United...

Today’s News July 30, 2019

– U.S. Consumer Confidence Surges in July While confidence took a small hit in June (124.3), it rose 11.4 points this month to 135.7, and results should “continue to support robust spending in the near-term.” Real Estate Q&A: How to Handle a Fair Housing Violation In some cases, HOAs...

Today’s News June 18, 2019

– May home construction slips 0.9% Construction dropped in every region except the South, which includes Fla., where it rose by 11.2%. NAHB economist says prices remain high relative to incomes. Lenders must accept private flood insurance policies after July 1 Buyers may have another option if national flood...

Today’s News June 17, 2019

– Rental scams so common that some owners police Craigslist The rental-home scam ruins vacations and hurts owners who must turn families away, but they’re almost common now on sites like Craigslist and even Zillow. Opportunity Zones: Real estate dominates the tax breaks It takes 10 years for Opportunity...