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Wednesday, June 21, 2023   /   by Darcy Miller

Florida Increases Consumer Protections and Insurer Accountability with New Insurance Law

Florida has taken a significant step towards enhancing consumer protection and holding insurers accountable with the signing of CS/SB 7052 into law on June 1, 2023. Governor Ron DeSantis's approval of this Act ushers in a range of statutory revisions that fortify policyholder safeguards and introduce stricter regulations for insurance companies.
Effective July 1, 2023, this groundbreaking law aims to empower homeowners, foster competition, and ultimately reduce insurance costs. In this blog post, we will explore the key provisions of the law and how they impact citizens in the Sunshine State.
Enhanced Coverage and Policyholder Rights: One of the most notable changes brought about by the Act is the prohibition on insurers canceling or nonrenewing property insurance policies for residential properties or dwellings that have suffered damage from a covered peril. Under the new law, policies cannot be terminated until either the property has been fully repaired or one year has passed s; ...

Thursday, June 8, 2023   /   by Darcy Miller

Florida's Hurricane Preparedness: A Wake-Up Call for Ignorance

Florida, known as the Sunshine State, is no stranger to the wrath of hurricanes. With its long coastline and vulnerability to severe weather, adequate hurricane preparedness is vital for residents. However, a recent survey conducted by AAA has revealed shocking statistics about Floridians' lack of preparedness and disregard for evacuation warnings. These findings highlight the urgent need for a change in mindset and emphasize the importance of proactive measures to safeguard lives and property.
The Alarming Statistics: According to the AAA survey, a staggering 20% of Floridians admitted to taking no action at all to prepare for hurricane season. This lack of preparation is a cause for concern, especially considering the potential risks associated with these deadly storms. Additionally, 24% of respondents revealed that they simply ignore evacuation warnings, putting themselves and others at greater risk.
Selective Response to Evacuation Warnings: Among those who do pay attention to ev. ...

Thursday, June 1, 2023   /   by Darcy Miller

Florida Leads the Nation in Home Price Increases, with Miami Taking the Top Spot

The real estate market in Florida has been thriving, with the state seeing significant year-to-year increases in home prices. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI), all eight Florida metros tracked in the study experienced higher year-to-year home price gains than the national average. In particular, Miami stood out as the leader in price gains, while even the lowest-ranking Florida metro, Tampa, still saw a substantial increase. Let's dive into the details of this impressive performance.
Florida's Impressive Year-to-Year and Quarter-to-Quarter Rankings:

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall: With a remarkable 14.1% year-to-year increase and a 2.7% quarter-to-quarter increase, Miami claimed the top spot in both categories.
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton: This metro area saw an 8.8% year-to-year increase, although it experienced a slight decline of 1.5% quarter-to-quarter.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach: With an 8.1% year-to-year increase and . ...

Tuesday, May 23, 2023   /   by Darcy Miller

Navigating Today's Competitive Housing Market: Why a Real Estate Expert is Essential

Limited Inventory and Bidding Wars Drive Homebuyers to Seek Professional Guidance
In today's real estate market, the process of purchasing a home has become more challenging and competitive than ever before. With a severely limited number of homes available for sale, buyers find themselves caught in intense bidding wars that are driving home prices back up. Navigating these circumstances can be intimidating, particularly for those attempting to do it alone. Recognizing the need for assistance, experts emphasize the importance of having a skilled real estate professional to guide buyers through the homebuying process.
Bankrate, a leading financial advice platform, shares the perspective that seeking advice and guidance from a professional real estate agent is invaluable, particularly amid a hot and unpredictable housing market. The expertise provided by these agents can make a significant difference in the buyer's journey, offering several key advantages.
Firstly, real estate profess. ...

Thursday, May 18, 2023   /   by Darcy Miller

Understanding the Real Story of Home Prices: A Positive Outlook

In today's fast-paced world, staying informed about the latest news and developments is crucial, especially when it comes to the housing market. However, headlines can often be misleading, leading to unnecessary worry and confusion. The truth is, the current narrative surrounding home prices isn't as dire as it seems. By examining the latest data, we can uncover a much more positive story and gain a clearer understanding of what's happening at a national level.
A Tale of Two Halves: Taking a year-over-year perspective, it becomes evident that home prices have remained positive, albeit with a slower rate of appreciation compared to the peak of the pandemic. To delve deeper into market trends, analyzing monthly data is essential.
Examining the monthly graphs based on recent reports from reputable sources, we can see that the worst declines in home prices are already behind us. Instead, prices are on the path to recovery at a national level. The detailed monthly view reveals a tale of t; ...
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