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Short-Term Rentals Boomed – That’s Good and Bad

Needing places to either work from temporarily or vacation as they escaped pandemic restrictions, COVID fleers made South Florida one of their top destinations. And with them came an increased need for short-term housing, or vacation rentals. “It appears mostly in the Sunbelt states, particularly in Florida, in South Carolina, where we have beachfronts and…
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Fla.’s Consumers Slightly More Optimistic in July

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – July consumer confidence among Floridians increased four-tenths of a point to 61.4 from June’s revised figure of 61, a trend that also occurred nationally. Among the five components that make up the index, two increased, two remained unchanged and one decreased. Current conditions: Floridians’ opinions about current economic conditions were mixed. Views…
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Fla. Lists ‘Average Insurance Premiums’ by County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) issued a report July 1 that showed homeowners in different parts of the state pay widely varying amounts for property insurance. Average premiums for homeowners by county Monroe: $6,729 Miami-Dade: $5,093 Palm Beach: $4,811 Broward: $4,802 Martin: $4,373 Collier: $3,928 Franklin: $3,849 Walton: $3,603 Indian…
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NE Fla. Home Prices Dip After Months of Increases

he Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) says single-family home sales in June showed the first signs of stabilizing following constant monthly increases for more than a year. Reasons for the slowing sales? Inflation and rising mortgage rates. Putnam, Clay and Baker counties saw median home prices increase, while they declined by $28,050 in St.…
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New Insurance Challenge: Rating Downgrades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida regulators scrambled Thursday after they said a financial-ratings agency notified about 17 property-insurance companies of potential ratings downgrades. Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis questioned the ratings agency, Demotech, Inc., and warned that such widespread downgrades could affect homeowners across the state. The ratings are important…
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June’s Single-Family Housing Starts Drop 8.1%

Overall housing starts fell 2.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.56 million units in June from an upwardly revised reading the previous month, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. A June reading of 1.56 million housing starts represents the number that…
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Central Florida’s post-pandemic office market sees increase in leasing activity, upgrades to attract more employees

Two years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs of growing confidence in Central Florida’s commercial real estate market as businesses continue to bring employees back to the office and resume more normal operations. While there remains a record amount of available office space on the market, asking rates in Orlando are…
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Fla. Condos Start to See Impact of Surfside Collapse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The specter of Champlain Towers South came in an email alert this month for residents of a West Palm Beach waterside condominium. Insurance on the 12-story building across from the Lake Worth Lagoon increased 82%, requiring a special meeting to hike the budget and jack up dues. It was a…
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Where Can You Rent in Fla. for $1,500 Per Month?

SARASOTA, Fla. – Low inventory, a flourishing housing market and exponential population growth have caused rental prices in the Sunshine State to explode. Those rent leaps are causing hardship for workers and families across Florida. And they are driving some residents to leave the state even as others flock here. Florida’s median rent hit an…
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National Home Price Gains Exceeded 20% in May

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index for May reported that although U.S. home price growth relaxed slightly in May from April, it remained in double digits year-over-year for the 16th consecutive month. As in past months, all states and Washington, D.C., posted annual appreciation, with 13 states reporting gains of more than 20%. Though U.S. home price…
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