Buying your first home means maintaining your first home. This is a new expense for many first time buyers. Investing in a well maintained home will give you the comfort of peace of mind. What’s the first thing you want to do in your new home? ...

We’ve all heard the phrase, but what does it mean? The number one thing people mean is a solid foundation and a sound structure. The materials used in the home are important too, quality wood frames, brick and concrete all contribute to a home having “good bones”. ...

HomeLight: A house with a pool now may sell for about $27K more than a house without one; before the pandemic, it would have netted about $16K more. CHICAGO – A report by HomeLight titled “Top Agent Insights for Spring 2021” reveals that homes with swimming pools have become a buyer preference since the onset of the pandemic. Pool additions are on the rise, and more house seekers say they want one in their backyard. Americans now regard pools as a source of entertainment while sheltering at home, and pool sales have tripled in the last year. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE ON FLORIDAREALTORS.ORG ...

Overall sentiments among Floridians remain 19.3 points below pre-pandemic, but month-to-month consumers’ attitudes rose 1.7 points as the state slowly bounces back. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Among Florida consumers, optimism appears to be slowly gaining ground. According to the University of Florida’s monthly consumer sentiment survey, state residents’ attitudes ticked up 1.7 points in April to 83 from March’s revised figure of 81.3. A similar national survey found consumer sentiment increased 3.4 points. “Consumer sentiment dropped at an unprecedented rate in the second quarter of 2020, when it tumbled 26 points between February and April,” says Hector H. Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “One year since, consumer confidence remains 19.3 points below pre-pandemic levels, indicating that confidence has recovered at a slow pace.” Among the five components that make up the index, three increased, one decreased and one remained unchanged. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON FLORIDAREALTORS.ORG ...