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Florida's landscape of homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominium laws continues to evolve with new legislations set to affect how these entities operate and how real estate transactions are conducted. As we advance into 2024, understanding these new statutes is essential for real estate professionals, HOA members, and homeowners. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the recent changes, upcoming laws, and how they might impact you.

Key Changes to Condo and Homeowner's Associations in 2023

The year 2023 saw significant changes aimed at improving transparency and governance within HOAs and condominiums. One of the pivotal updates was the introduction of the "Homeowners Association Bill of Rights," which was designed to protect…

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The housing shortage is affecting some people and areas harder than others

In today's real estate market, an unexpected issue has emerged, one that is directly affecting a large segment of potential homebuyers. Despite a noticeable slowdown due to increasing mortgage rates, there's an undeniable shortage in the supply of homes for sale, a sharp contrast to the state of the market in 2019.

This housing shortage is affecting some segments more than others. In particular, homebuyers with an annual income around $100,000, slightly above the national average, are feeling the squeeze. Back in May, when the 30-year fixed mortgage rate was lingering in the high-6% range, these individuals could only afford houses priced around $341,000. Unfortunately,…

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The Federal Reserve intensified its fight against inflation in June by announcing the biggest interest rate increase in 28 years as the government's main lending institution tries to rein in skyrocketing consumer costs. 

The largest increase since 1994, the Fed increased its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point. That comes after increases of a quarter point in March and a half point in May. The increase is due to growing prices for rent, groceries, gasoline, and a variety of other goods and services. Higher interest rates will increase the cost of carrying a credit card bill, obtaining a vehicle loan, and purchasing a home.

Rate increases are anticipated to continue in the upcoming months. In general, Fed policymakers…

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A Look Inside South Florida’s Real Estate Market - April 2020

Amid these unprecedented times, The Pearl Antonacci Group of Lang Realty is endeavoring to keep you educated on the latest trends in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County real estate market, as we all prepare ourselves for whatever the future may bring. Whether you have already begun the process of buying or selling your home or are planning to in the near future, arming yourself with the most up to date information is more crucial than ever. See our latest area real estate insights for April of 2020 in the market report and graphs below. 

Our team has separated the monthly data between townhouses/apartments/condos and single-family homes. We have also compared these figures to…

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What will happen to mortgage rates, affordability, inventory and more

Key Takeaways

  • Mortgage rates are likely to continue to increase throughout 2017.

  • There will not be any easing in inventory, and affordability will still be a challenge in big markets.

  • The potential is there for a large number of first-time buyers to enter the buying market, but they will face new challenges.

It’s been one unprecedented 2016, between the Brexit vote, the continued persistence of low mortgage interest rates and an election that seemed to temporarily throw markets for a loop.

What will the 12 months encompassing 2017 hold in store for housing?

Inman asked eight different experts to give their take:

  • Steve Cook, editor…

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Properties coming to the market are being priced at record highs. Experts watching the economy state that these prices are not indicators of another market crash on the horizon. The term “housing bubble” is a scary one, but that is not what is happening today.

CoreLogic reports that two times as many urban markets are overvalued. This means that prices are inflated compared to the incomes of people looking to buy in these areas. This is a comparison between the second and first quarter numbers of this year. The values on these homes are not expected to fall anytime soon, which is the opposite of what a bubble is. Bubbles eventually burst. These home prices are high because there is limited inventory in desirable areas. Not because of sketchy selling…

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A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you.

House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart homebuying process.

1.  Know thyself.

Understand the type of home that suits your personality. Do you prefer a new or existing home? A ranch or a multistory home? If you’re leaning toward a fixer-upper, are you truly handy, or will you need to budget for contractors?

2.  Research before you look.

List the features you most want in a home and identify which are necessities and which are extras. Identify three to four…

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Understanding Real Estate Closing Costs and ProrationsIt's very common to see a purchase contract with provisions for prorations. This type of contract should be read closely and you should understand the prorations before signing. It may even be necessary to request a change to the verbiage used for the prorations.

Most of the time, the buyers are the ones responsible for the prorations. These changes will often show up as a debit on the closing statement for the buyer and will be a credit on the sellers closing statement.

Prorations usually increase the net profits of the seller and they cover items which were prepaid by the seller for a time when the seller won't own the property.

Prorations for Mortgage Interest

Sometimes, you will need to understand what the mortgage interest…

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Once you are approved for your home loan, packing up your house and preparing for the movers might set your mind at ease. But in reality, this is the time that you need to pay extra attention to your lifestyle and how you spend.

Although you have already made good on a down payment and disclosed your earnings history, a diligent lender will recheck your credit right before your settlement date.

Lenders will look to you to assure them that “nothing has changed.” Those exact words. Some precautions to consider before you finalize the big move:

  1. Avoid Applying for New Credit: You may be tempted to open a new line of credit, for instance at a home center or large retail chain, to furnish and update your new home. But just the act of applying for a…

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