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What’s Up With Housing?

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As America counts down to the tipping point where the nation shifts from a young country to an old one, is housing ready or not?
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“More and more clients realize the need to have engaging outdoor spaces as a key part of long-term usability.”
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With the new year quickly approaching, home design platform Houzz shares the top trends predicted to reign in residential design in 2019.
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Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in your life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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An FHA loan with a low down payment can be a lifesaver; but, as one newbie home buyer discovered, it isn’t all smooth sailing.
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Only Gen-X Household Wealth Has Recovered Since the Housing Crash.
The generation that lost the most is the fastest to bounce back, with median net worth up 115% since 2010.
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Simple advice – buy a home and pay off your mortgage early so that you can retire sooner with the money you will have saved!
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If boomers see the pool of buyers shrinking and home-price increases slowing, will they decide it’s time to cash in and downsize? And if they do, will the market be flooded with listings? Some economists think that things could change quickly.
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In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. It’s no bubble, but that doesn’t mean a drop isn’t coming.
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How does housing impact the health and well-being of its residents? What responsibility does housing have to its occupants, and how is it changing? [VIDEO]

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

 

Millennials May End Up Competing with Baby Boomers in Housing Market.
These two groups make up different segments of the home buyer market but they are searching for similar things.
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Kitchen Remodeling TrendsThinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen?
Homeowners generally wanted new flooring, countertops, cabinets, sinks, and faucets when they had their kitchens remodeled, says a new report.

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Flood InsuranceShould Congress raise the cost of flood insurance? How much?
The National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30 and is $25 billion in debt. NAR has made flood insurance renewal a top priority, and lawmakers are now considering some dramatic program changes to keep it solvent and operational.

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Low Mortgage Rates30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%.
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year: 3.95%.
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Housing’s Clean Bill of Health…
All things considered, the state of the housing industry right now is pretty good.

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Recent Housing News

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Housing Market Still PositiveKeep Calm and Keep Buying Homes…
From a housing economist’s perspective, the prospects for the U.S. residential real estate market still look good after last week’s surprise election results.

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2017 Real Estate TrendsReal Estate Trends to Watch in 2017.
In addition to the commercial use of drones and how the President-Elect Donald Trump may impact the real estate market, many millennial buyers may skip the starter home and purchase a move-up home instead in 2017.
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55+ Housing Needs55-Plus Residents Are Not All the Same.
Older adults don’t just fall into one amorphous demographic blob; they have distinct housing-need differences that builders need to address in their design and location of 55-plus communities.
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Florida Association of Realtors86% of buyers don’t have a clue what a CLUE report is.
If a seller made multiple property insurance claims, buyers could end up paying surprisingly higher premiums – but only 12% request a CLUE report.
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Smart Homes5 Smart Homes Using Connected Tech in Different Ways
Everyone has a different need for smart home technology. This round-up offers up a few examples for different types of buyers.

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Rising RentsRising Rents Could Be the Real Reason People Can’t Save…
“The rent is too damn high” is more than a political slogan; it reflects the harsh reality of unaffordable housing in America today.

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Interesting Housing News

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Flood InsuranceAre you knee deep in ‪Flood Insurance‬ questions?
Please join us at this Tuesday’s Coffee Corner when Amy Metz from American Strategic Insurance presents the latest updates and answers all your questions.

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Negative EquityNegative Equity Highest Among Bottom-Tier Homes…
Owners of the least-expensive homes were roughly 3x more likely to be underwater on their mortgage than owners of the most-expensive homes.
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Credit ScoreMore Home Insurance Companies Look at Credit Scores.
Credit scores don’t just impact mortgage rates. More and more property insurers now quote cheaper property insurance rates to owners with high credit scores.
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Millennial HousingBoomers Are Moving In on Millennial Housing Stock.
As boomers retire and millennials start families, they’re buying the same houses for very different reasons. Boomers are in the process of downsizing and getting rid of junk, and millennials don’t have junk.

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Housing ForecastHousing Forecast: What To Expect In The Second Half Of 2016.
We’ve heard about how there’s been too much demand and not nearly enough supply to keep pace. The forecast focuses on such topics as the low inventory as well as new construction. And don’t forget Brexit.
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Recent Housing News

New Home SalesFor New Homes, Women Are a Tougher Sell…
Angst about health of the housing market appears stronger than men.  It is not that women don’t want to own their own homes. In fact, they want them more.

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AgrihoodsA Housing Trend Rooted in Agriculture…
Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching golf courses and designing communities around farms, offering residents a taste of the pastoral life — and tasty produce, too.  ‘Lettuce get something to eat.
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The Presidential Election and Its Impact on HousingThe Presidential Election and Its Impact on Housing
Even during this election year, the desire to achieve the American Dream is greater than the fear of uncertainty of the next presidency.
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Tiny HomesTiny Homes Grow More Appealing for Millennials
Millennials looking to save save money and live debt-free in the aftermath of the Great Recession have began to think small…or rather, tiny.
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Baby Boomers Migrating to the CityMore Baby Boomers Migrating to the City…
An increasing percentage of boomers are leaving the suburbs for cities that are accommodating their needs.
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Recent Housing News

 

Floor Plan NinjaRealtors: How would you like a Ninja as a reliable friend?
Please come to Tuesday’s ‪‎Coffee Corner‬ and learn how Floor Plan Ninja can make you more successful.

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Home Equity PostGreat News! Florida consumer sentiment rises in March.
The biggest spike was in Floridians’ one-year expectation for personal finances, which rose 6.1 points. Overall, the index was 1.6 points higher than in Feb.

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Dream HomeMore & More Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home  

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Millennial HomebuyersHow Boomers Can Appeal to Millennial Home Buyers…
Showing that the property can accommodate a party and is tech friendly are a few ways to appeal to younger house hunters.
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Housing Forecasts5 Forecasts for Housing Over the Next Five Years.
National Residential Economic Report sees a mostly healthy housing market, with a few caveats.
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Improving Housing MarketThe Housing Market is Poised to Continue Improving…

Analyst expects more sellers to enter the market as prices rise, easing inventory shortages.

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Vacation & Investment Home 2016 SurveyVacation Home Sales Slow Down, While Investment Sales Surge.
Prices rise for both as an inventory squeeze becomes apparent. The South, particularly Florida, was the most popular destination for vacation buyers.
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Home CreditMortgage lending grew by 43% in 2015.   Contrary to some fears that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new disclosure rules would severely dampen mortgage lending in 2015, a new report from Equifax shows that exactly the opposite took place, as mortgage lending grew by a drastic margin in 2015.
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