California Governor signs rent control bill into law



California Governor Gavin Newsom last week signed into law new legislation that will place caps on rents throughout the state. The move that was warmly welcomed by tenant groups but others in the real estate industry say it could have negative long-term consequences. Under the new law, which takes effect in January, landlords will be […]

Come and See—How to Promote a Newly-Built Neighborhood



A popular city may have a newly built neighborhood to provide homes for the families who are moving into the area. The companies that are designing and building these new neighborhoods will want to attract buyers for the home. Here are some of the best ways to promote a new neighborhood. Open House Events for […]

The Ongoing Costs of Owning a Florida Home



The purchase price of the home comes with a number of fees. This includes but is not limited to title transfer fees, legal fees, loan origination fees, realtor commissions, and property appraisals. The closing costs hint at the ongoing costs of owning the home such as pro-rated property taxes and insurance. The ongoing costs of […]

Home buyers struggle with growing housing inventory shortages



More buyers are being tempted by the lower mortgage rates on offer this fall, but the rapidly shrinking inventory of affordable homes for sale means that few are able to find something suitable to buy, claims a new report from realtor.com. The result is more intense competition between first-time buyers and move-up buyers. Housing inventories […]

Survey highlights home seller’s biggest concerns



When it comes to selling a home, factors that traditionally have been harder for sellers to control — like uncertainty about timing and price — cause the most stress. That’s according to the 2019 Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trend Report, the largest-ever survey of U.S. home buyers, sellers, owners and renters. The process of selling a […]

Your Definitive Guide to Naples Real Estate



As one of the premier Gulf Coast communities in Florida, Naples is one of the most affluent and attractive cities in the United States. With a population of more than 21,000 permanent residents, this city balloons to nearly twice that when you take snowbird populations and annual tourism into account. All of this, plus more, […]

5 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home



Don’t you just love walking out of work on your last day before vacation? Except then you have to deal with packing, hoping the hotel is nice, and figuring out what to do every day.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just go home? No, not your regular home. Your vacation home. You know that […]

Hispanic homeownership rate is fastest growing in the U.S.



Latinos are buying homes are a higher rate than the overall U.S. population, beginning to close a gap between the Hispanic and white homeownership rate that has tripled since the start of last century. Affordability and racial inequity combined to compound a disparity throughout the past 12 decades. The typical Latin household in the U.S. […]

Building Wealth by Owning Versus Renting



Home ownership is considered part of the American Dream. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, House Price Index, U.S. home prices rose an average of 34.61% over a five-year period ending December 31, 2017. On average homeowners saw the value of their investments grow by 6.94% per year during that period. This makes home […]

Alternative mortgages providing a back door to homeownership



Consumers with bad credit ratings are increasingly taking advantage of alternative mortgage products that allow them to buy a home without a huge down payment, often through lease-to-own contracts. But borrowers still need a steady income to qualify for these products, the Wall Street Journal reported. One example is a company called Divvy Homes, which […]