Category: Central Florida Consumer News
June 25, 2014 - No Comments
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – June 25, 2014 – Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose to a post-recession high in June, climbing four points to 82, according to a new University of Florida (UF) survey. "Because the confidence level has been wavering between the upper 70s and low 80s for more than a year, we did not expect this jump," says Chris McCarty, director of UF's Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, since the state had a recent slowdown in housing starts and a rise in unemployment. The state news follows a report yesterday that national consumer confidence rose 3 points in June.
May 30, 2014 - No Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 30, 2014 – As Floridians prepare for the beginning of another Atlantic hurricane season that starts on Sunday, Florida's retailers are gearing up for the sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items that begins May 31 and ends June 8. "The sales tax holiday is great way for retailers to help raise awareness of the need to be prepared, while delivering tax savings for our residents," says Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.
May 28, 2014 - No Comments
WASHINGTON – May 28, 2014 – More buyers are saying that summer is the best time to purchase a home, according to the latest Prudential Real Estate Consumer Outlook Survey. More consumers say that the spring momentum will carry into summer, with the survey showing an eight-point jump over a year ago in those who view summer as the best time to buy a home. Overall, 77 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed reported a favorable view of housing, a 12-point jump from one year prior. Millennials showed the most optimism, at 85 percent.
May 13, 2014 - No Comments
Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that cuts more than $121 million in taxes for Florida families and creates a nine-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies beginning May 31. The Florida Legislature voted to create a hurricane supply tax holiday during its 2014 session.
May 5, 2014 - No Comments
Florida legislators want to stop the proliferation of unwanted text messages Floridians receive with the passage of SB 450/HB 1191. The bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Clemens and Representative Janet Cruz expands the "no sales solicitation calls" list maintained by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to include voice, text or electronic communication through a landline, mobile or Internet telephone service.
May 3, 2014 - No Comments
Florida homeowners looking for confirmation that their toxic Chinese drywall caused family health problems now have it in a report issued today by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ATSDR report, "Health Consultation: Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Sulfur Gases Emitted from Chinese-Manufactured Drywall," describing the laboratory tests researchers used to estimate levels of sulfur compounds in indoor air of homes built with problem drywall, including drywall imported from China in 2005 and 2006.
April 13, 2014 - No Comments
The U.S. Senate is close to extending an insurance program Sen. Charles Schumer said is vital to the city's post-9/11 resurgence and economic development in cities across the country. Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a bill Thursday that would extend the government-backed terrorism-risk insurance program through 2021. The program, created in 2002 and reauthorized in 2005 and 2007, gives private insurers access to billions of government dollars to cover payouts in the event of another terror attack.
March 26, 2014 - No Comments
Floridians’ consumer confidence rose three points this month to 81, tying a post-recession high last reached in May and June of last year, according to a new University of Florida (UF) survey. “An index number of 81 is modest when looking at the entire history of the index, but it’s as high as we have achieved since before the recession began in December 2007,” says Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, which conducts the survey.
February 5, 2014 - No Comments
// Let us work together with you to find your Orlando area dream home starting today! Sometimes it’s best not to call back NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2014 Sometimes it’s best not to call back 19 area codes that appear U.S.-based are really international. Scammers that entice people to call back can charge the caller over $20 per minute. Forbes warned consumers about ...
January 20, 2014 - No Comments
// Let us work together with you to find your Orlando area dream home starting today! Real estate Q&A: Lien filed against wrong homeowner FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jan. 20, 2014 Question: I recently learned that a company mistakenly filed a lien against our home. It’s clear that the company did not even check for accuracy. I contacted the firm, and it released ...
January 10, 2014 - One Comment
// Let us work together with you to find your Orlando area dream home starting today! New crime scheme steals a buyer’s home deposit ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 10, 2014 A new type of theft steals homebuyers’ deposits shortly before closing. While Florida has had only one confirmed case so far, Realtors should be wary, according to Florida Realtors lawyers. The details 1. Criminals hack ...