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Quartz countertops, induction cooking, and single-level islands are among the design trends that have the potential.
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If the expectations about housing in 2019 can be summed up in one word, it’s this: balanced. After months and months on a runaway track, home prices have started to temper, and will continue to moderate in the upcoming year.
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The administration wants to eliminate professional appraisals on home sale transactions less than $400K.  Critics say the change could push the country back toward the see-no-evil days of mortgage lending that preceded the housing crash.
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Privacy, flexibility and accessibility need to be at the top of the list when planning a household for aging parents or adult children.
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The recklessness that accompanied the build-up in equity prior to the last crash does not exist today. That makes this housing market much more secure than the one we had heading into 2008.
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Naturally, after years of transforming beach homes into their best selves, Marnie Oursler has learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t—and what the next big thing in coastal design really is.
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Though ONE St. Petersburg is not yet finished, some buyers hope to flip their units for hefty profits as Tampa Bay’s luxury condo boom continues unabated.
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Millennials still show a preference for conventional loans. In Sept., 68% of all loans were conventional; 27% FHA and 2% VA, reports Ellie Mae, which says the industry should “educate these buyers on the options… available to them.”
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As home prices rose in the years before the Great Recession, complaints about a shortage of “workforce housing” became common in many communities throughout Florida. Those complaints are back again, with a vengeance. In most fast-growing areas of Florida — particularly in South Florida and Orlando — housing affordability for low- and moderate-income workers is a bigger issue than ever.
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The federal government’s clampdown on dirty money in luxury real estate markets in South Florida and other metropolitan areas is ramping up.
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Stackable apartments. Robotic valets. Infrared spas. The future has arrived, haltingly, and this time will be different. Maybe.
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Want to retire comfortably? Millennials should buy a home now, finds a ULI study. Those who postpone a purchase now to save money end up losing out later, because buying young nets a “big bang for the housing buck.”
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The 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study finds homeowners are opting for showers over bathtubs in their master suites. And over half (56%) of baby boomer homeowners are addressing aging-related needs during master bathroom renovations.
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For the second consecutive month, sales and prices showed healthy year-over-year gains in October, with Pinellas County recording its biggest price jump — 13.3 percent — since January.
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Happy Thanksgiving

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Federal statistics show that Realtors are twice as likely as the general public to be victims of violent crime.
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Residential market is so strong that developers are changing plans for major projects to meet rising demand.
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Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.
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The National Flood Insurance program expires again Nov. 30. According to NAR, about 1,300 home sales could be disrupted every day if so – 40K sales each month.
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Harvard report: Adults older than 50 own 50% of all U.S. homes, and many aren’t financially ready to retire with inadequate savings after the recent recession. Many may be forced to sell, especially if they carry a mortgage and unexpected bills come in.


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A grant worth nearly $1 million helped reinvent the program that has helped almost 100 students work towards carpentry certification.
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When the topic of disruption arises we often hear; smart homes will soon be the norm, more people than ever are connected via the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence will disrupt the way we live, work and play.
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Realtor.com finds the z’s are indeed zealous when it comes to saving for a home.
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Authenticity has never been more important, and real estate agents should position themselves as trusted advisors and sources of insider information before, during and after the transaction.
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From plumbing and electric to additions and remodeling, this infographic shows the average cost homeowners paid for 57 popular home projects!
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Tiny homes are set to go through a growth spurt, because the demand for living small is getting bigger.
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We could see tax reform rollback, HUD cuts, flood insurance and other housing policy likely to be stalled in gridlock as a new makeup of lawmakers comes to Washington.


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Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt. And that includes your house.
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Not all mortgages are created equal. A LendingTree study looked at lending competition and found Florida buyers can save serious money by comparison shopping.
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If buyer demand continues to outpace the current supply of existing homes for sale, prices will continue to appreciate. Nothing nefarious is taking place. It is simply the theory of supply & demand working as it should.
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Hurricane Irma impacted Florida’s Sept. 2017 housing market and economy. With that in mind, 2018 Florida Realtors data finds existing single-family sales up 17% year-to-year, median prices up 4.9%, condo sales up 14.6% and condo median prices up 5.5%.
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Florida led the nation in construction job growth over the past year, according to a new report. Contractors added 70,700 workers to their Florida payrolls, a 14.8 percent growth rate, in the 12 months ending in September.
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A trend in Central Florida’s two major multifamily growth markets may be indicative of a national shift from downtown to suburban markets.
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Due to Hurricane Irma last September, the Pinellas County housing market saw a few large swings in sales & listings year-over-year.


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Hurricane Michael’s damage to property in the Florida’s Panhandle region will provide a fresh test of the state’s unusual property insurance market.
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When many of the homes on the Panhandle were built, the state had a patchwork of codes from which some buildings here were exempt.
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As IBM’s Watson adds its computational power to construction sites, tech sees an industry in need of an upgrade.
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This cycle is different, in part because construction never took off and an inventory shortage remains. Worst case scenario: Stagnant prices for a year or two.
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The Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America is hosting events around the U.S. to help buyers with low credit scores get home mortgages with low interest rates.
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Raise your hand if you’ve seen this: After an inspector has finished a home report, buyers look terrified and seem overwhelmed by supposed flaws that have been found. Recommend they take a deep breath and ask these questions.


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From tariffs to taxes, these politically charged topics impact building pros across the country.
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“The latest research shows that green and energy-efficient home improvements have the potential to pay dividends for buyers and sellers,” says AI president.
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What’s ahead for real estate? Is it a good time buy? Sell? Refinance? Find out what experts predict will happen to housing prices, interest rates, and more.
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The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate professional who not only puts your family’s needs first, but will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
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72% say owning a home is their top priority when it comes to life events. Millennials also tend to equate homeownership with personal (53%) and financial (45%) success.
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The Urban Land Institute’s annual look at the year ahead focuses on technology and transformation at an uncertain moment.
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