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President signs Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

The bill hits the “reset” button back to pre-2012 levels and caps all increases going forward.


House to Vote on Flood Insurance Bill

The House is scheduled to vote up-or-down on an amended version of H.R. 3370, the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, during the first week of March. The original bill text has been stripped and replaced with language that considerably strengthens the bill.


Men, Women Lust Over Homes Differently

First impressions can make the difference between a quick sale and your home languishing on the market. It goes without saying that your house should be clean and de-cluttered before viewings.


Mortgage Tips for 2013

Don't wait to see if rates will drop lower. Rates are good, and if it makes sense to lock now, there's no reason to sit on the sidelines. The government shut-down won’t last forever, and when it ends, rates may go back up. Now is the time to act! Also, Single Women comprise the second largest segment of home buyers—find out what they’re seeking. And, fall is officially here—time to tackle those home chores that you’ve been putting off.


New Medicare 3.8% Tax

A new tax on some investment income took effect January 1, 2013. It will affect some real estate transactions. Learn whether you will be impacted.


7 Ways to Build Your Credit Score

If you want to enjoy the best mortgage rates, you need to build and maintain the highest credit score possible. Here are several ways how you can make sure you do just that. Do you know which home improvements are worth the cost and which will deliver the highest return on your investment?


Reasons You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent

There are times when doing it yourself is a smart decision. But buying or selling property without the services of a competent real estate professional can be complicated and unnecessarily stressful. Here are key reasons why you should engage a knowledgeable agent to help you through the process and ensure you get the best results. You’ve decided to save up to buy a home and now you’re seeking any lifestyle changes that will help you save more. Here are some small changes that can add up to big savings. It’s true—pennies do add up to dollars!


Changes That Can Change A Home

So you bought a new home, and now you need to do some improvements, but your budget is tight. Here are some expense-conscious DIYC projects that can make your home significantly more attractive and bring you some immediate gratification. Ways to protect your home and its contents while you’re away range from simple to high tech. Check out ways you can secure your home while you’re on vacation.


Tampa Real Estate Trends and Statistics

A significant shift occurred in the Tampa Bay real estate market in mid-2013. Sellers gained strength as housing inventories decreased and prices rose. Check out the trends that could affect your real estate decisions.


2013 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Survey Results

Thirty-three to forty-seven year olds comprise the largest group of recent home buyers according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyers and Seller Generational Trends Survey. Among all home buyers, the first step in the home buying process is looking online for properties for sale. Also, understanding basic mortgage Do’s and Don’ts can make a big difference in whether you can achieve your dream of home ownership.