Twitter officially doubles its character count

SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 10, 2017 – Twitter’s approximately 330 million users can now send tweets that are up to 280 characters in length, Twitter announced last Tuesday – double its previous limit of 140 characters. In September, Twitter tested longer tweets on a small group of users. The company says they found those with … Continued

Driverless cars will reshape housing

NEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2017 – Self-driving cars (AVs) will have a big impact on the real estate industry, according to Rick Palacios Jr., director of research for John Burns Real Estate Consulting. As consumers take their hands off the wheel, they may find different needs in housing over the next 10 to 20 … Continued

Fla. claims for Irma damage top $5 billion

Fla. claims for Irma damage top $5 billion TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Six weeks after Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida, claims for damage have now topped $5 billion. More than 23,160 property owners in Southwest Florida have filed claims for insured losses from Irma, according to an updated report Monday from the … Continued

Study: Homeowners will pay most Irma damage out of pocket

Study: Homeowners will pay most Irma damage out of pocket MIAMI – Sept. 22, 2017 – It will be years before the true cost of Hurricane Irma is clear, but a team of Florida International University (FIU) researchers estimates that the storm’s winds alone will set the Sunshine State back $19.4 billion. Of that total, … Continued

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion MIAMI – Sept. 20, 2017 – Hurricane Irma’s monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month. But according to a study by the information company CoreLogic, flooding wreaked the costliest damage … Continued

Irma’s Fla. insurance claims already near $2 billion

Irma’s Fla. insurance claims already near $2 billion TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 18, 2017 – With 335,000 insurance claims representing $1.9 billion in property losses, Hurricane Irma has already exceeded the claims and losses from the two hurricanes that pummeled Florida last year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) reported Monday. Calculated through Sunday … Continued

File a Claim

Insurer: ‘File a claim. It won’t count against you’ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 13, 2017 – It might sound strange, but the founder and president of one of Florida’s major insurance companies has a message for anyone who thinks they might have sustained damage from Hurricane Irma: “File a claim. It won’t count against you.” … Continued

Mortgage rates are still low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fall to lowest level this year WASHINGTON (AP) – Sept. 7, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, led by the benchmark 30-year rate, which declined for the sixth straight week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.78 percent, from 3.82 percent … Continued

Average 30-year mortgage rate unchanged at 3.42%

Average 30-year mortgage rate unchanged at 3.42% Mortgage Rate Trend Index Two out of three (62.5%) experts polled last week by Bankrate.com think rates will rise over the short term. No one predicted a decline, with the remaining 37.5% expecting little change. WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 10, 2016 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn’t move … Continued