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May 24, 2015 – On May 14, a large law firm specializing in foreclosures suddenly shut its doors, laying off about 700 employees nationwide, including ones in its Miami, Orlando and Tampa offices.
May 22, 2015 – Frank Sockman, a Realtor® at Palm West Home Realty, yesterday announced that permits have been released to finish partially constructed condominium buildings in the gated community of Grand Haven.
May 22, 2015 – Progress at Island Walk continues. The shell of the new Publix is up. A permit valued at $733,814 has been issued for construction of the buildings canopy and façade. Another permit for the shell of Building G, valued at $1,323,000 has also been issued.
May 21, 2015 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in April, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of existing single-family homes statewide totaled 25,206 last month, up 17.9 percent over April 2014.
May 20, 2015 – Rent growth in the national apartment market is on a streak not seen for almost four years, according to Axiometrics. Annual effective rent growth for the U.S. apartment market in April 2015 remained steady at 5 percent.

May 18, 2015 – There will be a time when Realtors® can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, to capture images for marketing listings – but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely.
May 15, 2015 – While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not yet authorized drone use for most real estate functions in Florida, a bill (SB 766) passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott yesterday creates new rules for drone use once the FAA does so.
May 13, 2015 – The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local organizations filed a housing discrimination complaint with HUD against Fannie Mae, one of the largest owners of foreclosed homes in the United States.
May 12, 2015 - From 9 P.M. Thursday, May 14 through 7 A.M. Friday, May 15, motorists and other travelers should expect outside westbound lane closures along Palm Coast Parkway at the I-95 bridge.
May 11, 2015 – The results of Chief Executive’s 11th annual survey clearly show that CEOs favor states that foster growth through progressive business development programs, low taxes and a quality living environment.
May 10, 2015 -- Rising home prices in many metro areas have helped homeowners build housing wealth in recent years, but the continued decline in homeownership means the gains are going to fewer people and likely leading to worsening inequality in the U.S., according to new research from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
PALM COAST, FL -- May 8, 2015 -- An unusually high volume of home-buyer demand is flooding the spring market, with pending home sales rising in March for the third consecutive month and hitting their highest level since June 2013.
May 6, 2015 – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam yesterday issued a statement reminding consumers to research moving companies before signing contracts.
May 5, 2015 – CoreLogic today released the National March Home Price Index. Home prices, including distressed sales, increased 5.9% compared to March 2014. If distressed sales are excluded, the rise is even greater (6.1%). Comparing to our local market, Flagler County experienced median selling price gains of 9.59% overall and 2.4% for non-distressed over the same period.
May 4, 2015 – As usual, some late reporting is still coming in. Even with additional MLS sales likely to be posted, April’s Flagler County housing market looks like it’s on a roll. Non-distressed sales now dominate the market, making up fully 87.8% of the total gross sales dollars for single-family homes.
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Don "Toby" Tobin is a licensed real estate professional affiliated with Watson Realty Corp. Toby is a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors, Enterprise Flagler, Flagler Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

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