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What’s New With The Housing Market?

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There are a number of reasons why lenders turn down mortgage applications, but some of the most common can be avoided quite easily.
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Four Secrets to a Stylish Smart Home.
Smart Home products don’t always prioritize looks. That’s fair, since what most consumers want out of a smart device is brains, not beauty.
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Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, fewer days to contract and a continuing tight supply of inventory in June, according to the latest housing data.
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Here are the worst mistakes real estate agents say sellers make when listing their homes — and what you should do instead.
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“The good news is that builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations,”

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What’s Up With Housing?

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It’s been 10 years since the Great Recession, but most home prices in the Tampa Bay area still haven’t reached their pre-recession peak, according to numbers released by Zillow.
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The CFPB had about 1,200 reverse-mortgage consumer complaints over 3 years. People cited “confusion and frustration over the terms” and loan-servicing problems.
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Home buyers young and old want high-tech features in their homes. Across the board, and across the generations, security and convenience are of primary interest.
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Despite rising prices, Tampa remains one of the best cities in which to flip houses ranking 10th among 172 cities compared on such metrics as median purchase price and average remodeling costs.
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The Senate approved a bill this week, and the president signed it, to keep the National Flood Insurance Program operating for 4 more months.
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Young People Don’t Want Construction Jobs…
Disinterest in construction work is contributing to a labor shortage that has meant fewer homes built and rising prices—possibly for years to come.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Half the mortgage rate gain observed since the start of January has since been erased, according to Zillow.
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But for all the enthusiasm, the tiny-house movement isn’t moving very fast. Financing, zoning laws and entrenched attitudes have conspired to limit tiny houses to a tiny percentage of the nation’s housing stock.
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The Pinellas County housing market hasn’t shown any let down in the year-over-year median sale price and median time to sale for Single Family Homes and Townhome/ Condos. $266,375 in June 2018 versus $248,450 in June 2017
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There are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement dream home. Evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement.
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The Top U.S. Migration Pattern? New Yorkers Moving to Florida.
Florida was also the top destination for out-of-state movers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois, though a handful of Floridians moved to Texas.
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It’s no surprise that with rents rising, more and more first-time buyers are taking advantage of low-down-payment mortgage options.
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34% of those who purchased a home were unfazed by price and rate hikes, 51% didn’t pay above asking price, and 42% only made one or two offers, according to realtor.com.
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If you are one of the many homeowners across the country who hasn’t quite found their forever home, now may be a great time to list your house for sale and find your dream home!
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After designing an incredibly cheap home, the 20K Initiative is now working with Fannie Mae and others to redesign mortgages and other factors that make home ownership so expensive.
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Be sure serious buyers and sellers understand the difference between the competing home price estimators — and recognize how they’re different from an actual appraisal.

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What’s New With Housing?

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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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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.