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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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Latest Florida Realtors data shows Single-family home sales up 8.5% year-over-year; condo-townhouse sales up 14.1%, due in part to rising inventory of active listings.
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Florida timeshare companies and exit companies are blaming each other for rising default rates, with the timeshare industry now lobbying lawmakers and regulators for policy changes.
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National flood insurance, like the 2018 hurricane season, ended at midnight last evening. Many observers predict another short-term extension for NFIP, but newly elected 2019 lawmakers may be more open to a long-term extension that also keeps rates affordable.
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This move could speed closings and reduce costs, but appraisers warn that automated processes are not as reliable.
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The federal agency that creates conventional loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will raise max amounts 6.9% – to $484,350 for most single-family 2019 loans.
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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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“Everybody took a hit when the market crashed but since the market rebounded, African Americans are the only race that has been declining.”
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Removing upper kitchen cabinets, off-colored bookshelves, streamlined finishes, and built-in furniture are several small-space hacks that can be transferred to any home.
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Even if home prices stabilize, interest rates will keep going up, and people who think it wise to wait for the next buyer’s market will probably miss out. CoreLogic predicts a nearly 10% increase in buyers’ mortgage payments by next July.
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The recession has ended – but not in people’s heads. It still impacts the decisions of millennials who came-of-age during the economic crash.
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The housing market may be slowing down, but Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller told CNBC he isn’t fearful that a big downturn is ahead.
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Scott McGillivray of HGTV’s “Income Property” and “Moving the McGillivrays” shares his picks for the elements that will define home renovation in the coming year.
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Nationally, attitudes about the economy improved a bit this month. The Oct. Consumer Confidence Index rose to 137.9 from last month’s 135.3.


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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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A quarterly survey of 100 real estate economists found that 43% expect a buyer’s market to return in 2020, and 25% think it will happen before the end of 2019. However, 18% predict 2021, 6% pick 2022 and 9% think it will take longer.
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Statewide, home flips accounted for 5.7 percent of all home sales in the period, down 18 percent over the year and the 10th highest rate in the U.S.
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Don’t wait until disaster strikes to find out if your homeowners insurance policy has you covered. Discover the surprising truth about perils that are not included in a standard policy, and learn how to minimize your risk while saving money on premiums.
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Researchers and real estate experts say people are aware of potential risks in smart homes — and are willing to accept them.
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If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.
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Few residents knew that garage doors present a major risk; that generators silently kill; or that cleanup costs can be prohibitive even with homeowners insurance.
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New York, New Jersey and Florida remain the top three states for the risk of mortgage fraud as fraud on mortgage applications ticks up nationally.

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