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Freddie Mac: Rates have declined in 5 of past 6 weeks, but a year ago, the average 30-year FRM was 3.96%. Average 15-year FRM slipped to 3.99% this week.
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Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the ’30s or the kitschy flourishes in ’60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.
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Apartment renters have come to expect green building features like good indoor air quality and energy efficiency, making them more of a requirement in many markets.
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As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that’s just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on.
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A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership.
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22 real estate groups and associations – NAR, NAHB, insurers, bankers and others – sent a joint letter to lawmakers pushing them to pass a flood insurance bill.

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Zelman & Associates forecasts strong single-family growth for the next 30 months or more. Even in a scenario that includes a broader economic downturn within that time period, housing activity would continue to show resilience, with little risk of a severe impact.
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The ACE appraisal waiver will save eligible condo borrowers about $500 in fees and allow them to close 7-10 days faster, Freddie Mac says.
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Closings: 6 Things Buyers Must Do Before They Move In.
Contingencies, clear titles, disclosures, mortgage approvals, walk-throughs and tons of paperwork? It’s a bit of journey moving from contract to closing.
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When it comes to decorating your home, the bathroom should never be overlooked – it’s important that it performs its functional duties whilst maintaining a feeling of comfort.
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As developers today, we’re adopting more aspects of placemaking—a collaborative effort to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share, to help transform spaces into places that serve as an extension of the neighborhood.


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Outdoor ShowerWhat Buyers Want in Summer Features.
A pool, a fire pit, a BBQ, a dock? Yes, but the outdoor shower bests them all.  A new analysis from realtor.com® shows homes with amenities geared toward summer activities have major appeal for buyers.
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First-time buyers can take as much as $10K out of their retirement fund to buy a home – $20K if a couple is purchasing – provided they follow the rules.
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Robot BuildersWith Construction Workers Scarce, Builders Turn to Robots, Software.
A new generation of prefabricated housing that bears little resemblance to the modular homes of old is among several technologies homebuilders are embracing to cope with the worker shortage. They’re also starting to deploy bricklaying robots and software programs that allow them to avoid miscommunication and delays.
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Some companies that provide student housing say they have seen a shift away from over-the-top amenities that were popular with off-campus renters a few years back.
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It can be hard to keep up on all the popular trends, so Houzz has put together a list of the most popular bathroom trends, ranging from timeless classics to new styles.
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From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better.


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From rooftop decks to custom wood floors, these repurposed shipping containers are anything but boring.
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The The Counselors of Real Estate‘s annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.
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Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they’re more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.
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If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.
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For the first time since the Great Recession, there are signs of a broad shift in America’s housing market.  Homeownership rates are inching up, while the number of new rental households has declined slightly.
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New Listings for Pinellas County Single Family and Townhomes/Condos UP 8.8%… 1,626 in May 2018 versus 1,494 in May 2017.
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Prefab HousesWhere Are All the Prefab Houses?
Architects, environmentalists and some forward-thinking builders embrace the construction method as the way every home should be built in the future. But modular homes are still a rarity. Why?
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Here are 7 steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community.
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Healthful LivingThe Future of Housing Will Embody Healthful Living.
Eating, breathing, and sleeping are essential to both short- and long-term health. Yet, our homes—our most fundamental haven for these activities—often aren’t designed to support these most basic of health needs.
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High–impact updates don’t have to come at a high cost. These 6 projects fit in a TV–sized budget and you can tackle them in a weekend.
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This gulf-front Belleair Shore home designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright is being marketed as Florida’s first “Bitcoin” home for sale.
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55% of U.S. homeowners with a child under the age of 18 when they bought a home said their child’s opinion was a factor in their home-buying decision.


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The first month of summer is when HUD and others mark the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families and local neighborhoods – and how it benefits the nation’s economic health.
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Do America’s for-profit, market-rate leading players need to concern themselves with a growing housing attainability crisis? You bet!
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Developers of Bezu, a condo tower in downtown St. Petersburg, have cut the height from 300 to 180 feet to be more compatible with the historic Flori de Leon next door.
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Piece by piece along a factory line, workers erect walls, string electrical wires, fasten plumbing, hang drywall and paint stackable move-in-ready apartments.
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Did Tax Reform Kill the Luxury Market?  NOT SO FAR!
“We are seeing the opposite of what was expected. We have certainly not seen the doomsday predictions play out.”
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Nineteen local workforce boards are hosting a statewide, construction-industry focused job fair in cities and towns across Florida.


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Home sale prices continued to rise both nationally and throughout Florida in April as a prolonged dearth of available homes on the market is making it tough on buyers.
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Building Zero Energy Up to Scale
Zero energy proves a smart strategy for the future of building for both the builder and the user.
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At 100.6, the monthly consumer sentiment index from UF also passed the 100 mark for only the second time since March 2002.
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These new releases for 2018 will have your clients’ K+B spaces sparkling for years to come.
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Everyone likes to travel in style, and hotel designers know how to make getaway spaces feel luxurious.