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Once a retiree’s paradise, Florida’s getting pricey
In 2020, the median price for a house in The Villages was $283k. Today, you’re looking at $402k. Today, roughly one-fifth of the state is 65 and older.
Why is rent skyrocketing?
In the past year, nearly every essential good or service has escalated in price. But hikes in rent, typically the biggest monthly expense, have hit especially hard.
How does the foreclosure rate in Florida compare to other states?
Demand for single-family homes surged in the past two years as the coronavirus pandemic prompted people to look for more living space.
Lease-to-own agreements are blowing up
Lease-to-Own is a model that allows customers to make a monthly lease payment, with a portion of it going toward owning the property.
Wendover sues City of Apopka for blocking its proposed affordable housing project on City Center parcel
Wendover Housing Partners is suing the City of Apopka for declining a permit to build affordable housing on land that is part of the Apopka City Center project.
New program promotes Black homeownership as a means to financial freedom
There's been little change in the homeownership rate for Black families in 50 years, so some lenders are rethinking their practices to make buying a home more a reality than a dream.

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Timber! Lumber prices are falling hard
A shifting macroeconomic environment has left many dealers stumped, with lumber futures dropping 52% since early March after significant increases in 2021.
AAA cautions homeowners about post-disaster contractor fraud
Experiencing a disaster may be impossible to avoid. Yet as homeowners deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe, if they aren’t careful, they could be victimized by dishonest contractors.
The 7 Best Ways to Boost Your Real Estate Sales
This article will discuss seven of the best ways to increase your sales as a real estate agent!
Florida's Housing Market: Median Prices Up, Supply Tight in first quarter 2022
Florida’s housing market in March and 1Q 2022 showed the impact of rising mortgage rates, increased home prices and a shortfall of for-sale supply, with fewer closed sales compared to a year ago.
How much does it cost to house a family of four in Florida?
In Florida, a family of four will spend an average of $15,232 on housing per year, the 13th highest amount among states, according to the EPI's Family Budget Calculator.
Don't go batty! UF/IFAS is ready to help you turn over a 'new leaf' this spring with April classes
Take a UF/IFAS class and learn to build a bat house, make the most of your rental (and rental assistance), raise chickens in your backyard and more!
‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market
Mobile home parks provide affordable housing for millions of low-income residents — including seniors on fixed incomes — to own homes while renting the land underneath.
Free Orange County forum: Understanding the Foreclosure Purchasing Process
There has been a growing interest in purchasing foreclosed properties as traditional housing market inventories have become limited. This forum will help you navigate the process.
Happy Gopher Tortoise Day Apopka - now hit the road
The swap includes the 51-acre parcel on Kelly Park Road called the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area. Except, unlike a proclamation for Gopher Tortoise Day, the 51-acres is under a conservation easement with the FWC FOREVER.
More Than $1 billion in rental and utility assistance distributed through DCF to nearly 185,000 households
The program was launched May 10, 2021, with nearly $800 million available to provide relief to families and property owners for those behind on rent and utility payments.
Disney wants your life to be a fairy tale
Disney is developing a master-planned residential community concept called Storyliving, designed by the company’s famous Imagineers.
Moving to Florida? Get ready to pay up
From 2015 to 2019, the average annual rent growth across major markets was 3.5% — but in 2021 it was 13%, and in some Florida cities it was as high as 30% or more.
Owners of Errol Estate golf course lands push back on Nelson's claims in debate
At the January 31st Apopka Mayoral debate, Mayor Bryan Nelson was asked about the progress made on the defunct golf courses at Errol Estate and Rock Springs Ridge, and what the city's role should be.
Orange County Rental Assistance Program a pandemic lifeline
The program is an income-based initiative aimed at helping Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants. It provides financial assistance to those who are past-due in rent as a result of the pandemic.
City Council rejects bid from developer for Station Street project
Both Tony Benge (Benge Advisers LLC) and 654 Ventures Inc. are listed as principals for the company, and both have made donations to Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson’s campaign.