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Assumable Mortgages: One Option to High Mortgage Rates

Tue May 14, 2024 on Florida Real Estate & News

Assumable Mortgages: One Option to High Mortgage Rates

With mortgage interest rates still hovering above 7% on a 30-year fixed loan, many home buyers are seeking financing alternatives. One such option is assumable mortgages which are low-rate mortgages that home buyers take over from sellers. While popular in the 1980s when mortgage rates climbed to 18%, assumable mortgages are making a comeback. Where can one find an assumable […]

Climate Change, The Consumer Price Index, and Homeowner Insurance

Thu Apr 11, 2024 on Blog, Florida Real Estate & News

Climate Change, The Consumer Price Index, and Homeowner Insurance

The US Consumer Price Index, a key metric of inflation, does not include the rising price of homeowner insurance.  According to Bloomberg Intelligence, increased homeowners’ insurance would have added 80 basis points or approximately .8% to the reported CPI increase of 3.4%, meaning inflation would be more like 4.6 %. By not including home insurance, the CPI does not factor […]

Market Disruptions Due to Broker Commissions

Thu Mar 28, 2024 on News

Market Disruptions Due to Broker Commissions

There is a sense of uncertainty in the residential real estate market due to the recent settlement of the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) in which NAR agreed to not continue a longstanding practice that required home sellers to indicate the amount they would pay a home buyer’s agent. Questions as to the timing as to when prospective buyers or sellers […]

Proposed Real Estate Settlement: Changing the Rules in Residential Purchases

Tue Mar 19, 2024 on Blog & News

Proposed Real Estate Settlement: Changing the Rules in Residential Purchases

Late last week, the National Association of Realtors  (“NAR”) reached a $418 million nationwide settlement of claims, pending approval by a federal court, that the industry conspired to keep agent commissions higher. As we discussed in a recent blog,   the NAR had been faced with a jury verdict of $1.8 billion in damages, finding that industry rules for how buyer’s agents […]