Fla. firm hopes to be go-to site for commercial valuations

Residential buyers can go online for quick home-worth valuations, and a Fla. company hopes its new algorithm can do the same thing for commercial properties.

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Fla. Supreme Court sides with county in property dispute

After Hardee County allowed a phosphate mine to operate nearer its rehab-center neighbor, the center sued claiming “unfair impact” under the Bert J. Harris Act.

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Investors focusing on build-to-rent homes

Investment firms created a new apartment-rental-type system to manage a lot of single-family homes they bought during the recession; but as existing home inventory dries up, some are turning their rental attention to newly built homes.

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Prepare for hurricane season with sales tax holiday

The season starts on Thursday, and a three-day sales tax holiday on hurricane-prep supplies such as batteries, flashlights and radios runs from June 2 to June 4.

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30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year this week: 3.95%. For all of 2016, FRMs averaged 3.65%.

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Antitrust issues can affect business decisions and free speech

Two brokers causally discuss how they pay their agents over lunch? Competing businesses decide they should boycott a service provider because they don’t like a new policy? Both could be antitrust violations.

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Fla. businesses to see reduced biz rent tax in 2018

Gov. signs HB 7109 that reduces Fla.’s business rent tax. 2017 Pres. Maria Wells says it “puts $61M back in the hands of businesses to grow and hire more people.”

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QandA: What do condo insurance policies cover?

Hurricane season starts June 1, and a condo owner wants to know which policy fixes the building? If he can’t live in his unit, does he pay the mortgage during repairs?

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Citizens unveils managed repair network

Starting July 1, homeowners insured by Fla.-owned Citizens policies will have new policy language that gives Citizens more power over the way it handles claims.

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Trump administration proposes 2018 HUD budget

The spending plan lowers HUD’s budget by 22.9%, preserves support for 4.5M HUD-assisted households, nixes community block grants and cuts rental assistance.

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