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April 21, 2018
Intersection Has Community Worried

  This Community is looking for a solution to a busy intersection “They don’t stop. They don’t see you. They don’t stop. They don’t care.”, Steve Mingear Lives/ Works Near Intersection ... See more

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April 18, 2018
New Fort Myers proposal would fine rundown, neglected properties

Mattie Shoemaker-Young owns a flower shop off Veronica Shoemaker in Fort Myers. She’s lived in the area her entire life and has seen properties deteriorate with little consequence. “Been a lot of ... See more

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April 6, 2018
Millennial home buying on the rise in Southwest Florida

Experts believe millennial home buying is on the rise in Southwest Florida.

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April 4, 2018
Is Trader Joe's coming to Fort Myers? Rumors are again swirling — Ask JLB

A Trader Joe's in Fort Myers — for many readers it would be a dream come true.

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April 3, 2018
South Fort Myers shopping plaza to bring Whole Foods, dining & lifestyle options

A highly anticipated shopping center will bring options to Lee County. The plaza will feature a 45,000 square-foot Whole Foods market, restaurants, a Pilates center and salon. Jeff Garrison, of SJ ... See more

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March 30, 2018
Deadline to pay Lee property taxes nears - Fortmyersbeachtalk.com | Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer.

Saturday is the last day Lee County residents can pay their real estate and tangible property taxes without being assessed interest and penalties.

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March 27, 2018
Mortgage rates are going up, and homeowners are abandoning refinancings

Refinancings are comprising their lowest portion of the mortgage industry in more than 20 years. In 2017, the industry research group Inside Mortga

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  • Economic Forecast: Expectations High, but Less Long-Term Optimism
    The latest Urban Land Institute (ULI) Real Estate Economic Forecast predicts modest fluctuations across the board for 27 economic/real estate indicators. The three-year forecast is completed semi-annually, surveying over 48 economists and analysts at 36 real estate organizations. A leading concern? Rising interest rates. ULI forecasts interest rates to be 0.4 percent higher in 2018 […]
  • Wells Fargo Fined $1 Billion for Abusive Insurance, Mortgage Practices
    The government has handed down a $1 billion penalty to Wells Fargo for abusive consumer practices related to its administering of auto insurance and extensions on mortgage rate locks. In addition to the fine, the bank has been ordered to remediate affected consumers and implement improved practices. In 2017, Wells Fargo acknowledged it had charged […]
  • Across the U.S., Affordability and Inventory Remain Unbalanced
    Fewer homes are priced within reach today, according to the REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and realtor.com®. Affordability is being challenged by increasing prices and rates, the report states. Affordability is most untenable in California, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.—all with “Affordability Scores” considerably […]
  • Get Ready for the Rush: Homes Were Snapped Up in 2017
    If 2017 is any indication, buyers will be against an all-out frenzy this spring and summer. In 2017, the median listing was snatched up in 81 days—a record, according to data from Zillow. Competition was fiercest in June, with 73 days on-market for the median listing. (Closings are included in the timeline.) In almost every […]
  • Housing Starts Overall Upsurge, While Single-Family Wanes
    Home-building in March picked up, with housing starts on a 1.9 percent surge and totaling 1.32 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family starts waned, down 3.7 percent to 867,000. Multifamily starts (five units or more) came in at 439,000. “The modest decline in single-family […]
  • Black Buyers at a Disadvantage Over Others: Zillow
    Affordability is a growing problem—but for black buyers, it has created a deep disadvantage over other groups, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. Based on the black household income (a median $39,466), and without exceeding the 30 percent housing spend standard, black buyers could afford just 55.3 percent of listings nationwide in 2017—a […]
  • Making the Next Play: With Instant Offers, Zillow to Begin Buying and Selling
    Zillow announced on Thursday it is becoming a buyer and seller through its Instant Offers platform, beginning in Las Vegas and Phoenix with Premier Agents this spring. Arik Prawer, formerly chief integration officer at Invitation Homes, has been appointed chief business development officer to oversee the participation of Zillow on the platform. On Instant Offers, […]
  • NAR Pauses Logo Release to ‘Examine’ Redesign
    Members Voice Opinions Prompting Further Consideration Days after the announcement that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) branding had been redesigned—including the introduction of a new REALTOR® “R”—the organization has announced it is “pausing its implementation” after evaluating feedback from its members. Following the announcement on Monday that NAR was rolling out the newly revised […]
  • Appraisals Close In on Estimates by Homeowners
    Appraisals are closing in on estimates by homeowners, just 0.36 percent below what was expected, according to the March Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 7.64 percent year-over-year. “This month’s HPPI is great news for homeowners who may be thinking of […]
  • Buyers Flocking to ‘Harshest’ Market Yet
    The climate is gradually moving toward spring-like temperatures…but it is burning up in housing, with prices rising 8 percent year-over-year, according to a new realtor.com® report. The climb in March sent the median list price to $280,000—above the prior record $275,000 from July 2017. Based on data from realtor.com, there were 1.29 million March listings […]