Marc Sacheli
Sterling Equity Realty
Cell: 305-898-2818

Florida Realtors® News

Website too far down when clients search for a Realtor?

You want prospects to find you easily online. Google doesn't explain how it ranks websites, but tech experts are uncovering some trends.

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Closings threatened as federal flood insurance expires

Congress's failure to pass a bill to keep the government operating nixed all amendments to the bill too, including one that extended federal flood insurance.

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Mortgage rates rise: 30-year hits 4.04 percent

Interest rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose this week to 4.04%, its highest level in months, as inflation pressure starts to increase.

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You want to become a landlord? Factors to consider

Some people want to add real estate to their investment mix and prefer independently owned single-family homes rather than commercial REITs. If buying single homes, however, the selling price is less important than the profit potential.

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Time to buy? Fence-sitters starting to fear rising rates

Mortgage applications for refinancings and home purchases surged 4.1% last week, even though rates went up, not down because more consumers are concerned that a record-long run of low mortgage rates may be drawing to a close.

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Fla. Chamber releases AOB insurance survey results

Statewide polling data commissioned by the Florida Chamber of Commerce finds that a majority of voters support "Assignment of Benefits" insurance reform.

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Entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has played a major role regulating mortgage loans, but that could change some after a top-to-bottom policy analysis.

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It's legal for a neighbor to point a camera at my front door?

Real estate QandA: A condo owner installed a security camera, but his front door is in a hallway, and his neighbors cannot leave or return without being recorded.

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Brokers: How do businesses handle emotional problems?

What happens if a top producer becomes severely depressed? A business cannot be sacrificed, but offering help will also sends a positive message to everyone else.

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U.S. new-home starts tumbled 8.2% in Dec.

The Commerce Department said most of the decline stems from builders starting work on fewer single-family houses, a reversal from robust gains last fall.

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Some real estate impacts of tax law are clear. Some aren't

While the tax-reform bill became law a month ago, it's so dense and "riddled with errors" that it's still unclear how some provisions impact Fla. real estate.

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Spread the word: Apply for student scholarships

Time is short for any Fla. student, including ones now enrolled, to apply for an academic scholarship from Florida Realtors Education Foundation.

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Does a house have good bones? Who built it?

If you list a home built by Taylor Morrison, note that in the listing. The latest "most trusted builder" survey ranked the company No. 1 for consumer trust.

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