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To avoid taxes, you can’t sell your home for five years

To avoid taxes, you can’t sell your home for five years WASHINGTON – Nov. 15, 2017 – Under current tax reform proposals making their way through Congress, one of the rule changes has the potential to change the way American homeowners behave. Currently, up to $500,000 in capital gains from a home sale are tax... Read more »

Flood insurance bill moving forward in Congress

Flood insurance bill moving forward in Congress WASHINGTON – Nov. 13, 2017 – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will hold a hearing Monday on a recently struck compromise bill to overhaul and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a sign of progress toward breaking a months-long deadlock over the NFIP in the House. House Majority... Read more »

Sign up for health insurance now or pay a penalty

Sign up for health insurance now or pay a penalty WASHINGTON – Nov. 1, 2017 – The open enrollment period for healthcare.gov begins Wednesday. Due in large part to the multiple failed attempts at further health care reform in Washington, this year may be the most chaotic yet for consumers attempting to navigate the marketplace... Read more »

Homeowner association fines owner loses in court

Homeowner association fines owner, loses in court VENICE, Fla. – Oct. 30, 2017 – All Wendy Dressen wanted was the Jacaranda West Homeowners Association No.1 to allow her then-fiancé to park his large Ram pickup truck in her driveway. Her soon-to-be-husband’s truck didn’t fit in the garage. By all accounts, it’s illegal under her homeowners... Read more »

Almost no chance RE prices will fall in 2 Fla. cities

Almost no chance RE prices will fall in 2 Fla. cities ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2017 – Orlando and Tampa are among the large U.S. markets least likely to see home prices fall in the next two years, according to a report from Arch Mortgage Insurance. The report finds that home prices have only... Read more »

30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.94%

30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.94% WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 26, 2017 – The costs of borrowing to buy a home increased slightly this week, but U.S. mortgage rates are still near relative lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 3.94 percent from 3.88 percent... Read more »

Is it wise to add a child’s name to older adults’ deeds?

Is it wise to add a child’s name to older adults’ deeds? PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Oct. 25, 2017 – As individuals get older, many decide to add their children’s names to their homes or their brokerage and bank accounts. This is called owning something in “joint tenancy.” People are told that by doing... Read more »

housing rental stock down by sixty percent

America’s affordable-housing rental stock down by 60% WASHINGTON – Oct. 24, 2017 – The number of apartments deemed affordable for very low-income families across the United States fell by more than 60 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to a new report by Freddie Mac. The report by the government-backed mortgage financier is the first... Read more »

Mortgage bankers open to rewrite of homeowner tax breaks

Mortgage bankers open to rewrite of homeowner tax breaks WASHINGTON – Oct. 13, 2017 – The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says it is open to a rewrite of homeowner tax breaks as part of a broader reform package. The MBA position comes days after the National Association of Home Builders endorsed changes to the mortgage... Read more »

Hurricanes push mortgage delinquencies higher

Hurricanes push mortgage delinquencies higher NEW YORK – Oct. 20, 2017 – One-month delinquency on mortgages soared nearly a half-percentage point last month driven by deterioration in states impacted by the recent hurricanes. Single-family loans that were either delinquent at least 30 days or in the foreclosure inventory numbered 2.603 million as of Sept. 30.... Read more »
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