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What’s Up With Housing?

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The latest County numbers are in for June and they show that the market continues to hold strong, including the highest Closed Sales figure for the Single Family Homes segment since at least 2009.
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Instead of dormitory-style buildings, flexible mass-produced housing pods might offer a way to sidestep zoning code barriers and get people off the streets.
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What do Americans click most on home remodeling websites? Currently, they’re drawn to modern, high-end finishes, spa-like bathrooms and chic industrial features.
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Once in the top five nationally for foreclosure filings, the Tampa Bay area no longer makes even the top 25.
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Lower Mortgage RatesMortgage rates drop below 4%.
After two weeks of increases that took the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to 4.03%, it dropped back this week to an average 3.96%.
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Zillow maintains that more than half the homes it lists sell within five percent of the home value “Zestimates” it gives for them. The Tampa Bay Times looked at 20 houses for sale on both sides of bay to see if that held up.
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People tend to be too optimistic about rental rates, vacancies, management fees, maintenance costs and home value increases.
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With so many generations to serve in Florida’s increasingly attractive housing market, how can developers be sure their product supply will appeal to their target audience?
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The federal consumer bureau says it’s okay for lenders to share buyers’ Closing Disclosure with agents, and it’s announcing soon the how-to-do-it details.
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Report: The number of homeowners (about 1.8M) who still owe more on a mortgage than their home’s current value has hit its lowest point since 2006.


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Five Ways to Talk to Your Customers about Smart Home Technology.
The smart home market has seen general interest, but also a lot of confusion. Here’s what to keep in mind.
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Florida’s consumers were a bit more optimistic in June.
“Overall, Floridians appear to be more optimistic. Most of the increase is due to the positive perceptions of consumers’ current and future personal finance situation.”

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HUDHUD awards Florida $822K in housing counseling grants.
24 Florida organizations will get money to help buyers prepare to become homeowners, with additional money going to agencies that serve multiple states.

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5 Signs a 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Is Not for You.
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the gold standard—but for some buyers, it doesn’t make sense. Let’s see if this loan is right for you.
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Affordable housing developments in low-income, minority communities are shown to have multiple positive effects.


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Will new laws protect condo owners from apartment conversions and rogue associations?
A bill passed by the Florida Legislature would affect places like The Slade in Tampa’s Channelside district, where condominium owners have battled a plan to convert homes into apartments.
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Back With Your Folks… In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you’re not alone.
The Tampa Bay region is ranked 15th nationally for millennials who move in with their parents. Is the economy to blame, or something else?
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CFPBHousing Groups Want Change to CFPB Structure
The groups want the CFPB to be led by a bipartisan commission instead of a single director.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Mortgage? Longer Than You Might Think…
We’re used to having everything done quickly and easily, but getting a mortgage can take time. So how long does it take to get a mortgage?
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7 New Florida Laws go Into Effect Today.
Seven real estate laws drafted by the 2017 Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott go into effect today (July 1), including a Florida Realtors priority: estoppel fee caps.
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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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Dodd-FrankDodd-Frank Law Is Falling Short…
New evidence shows that on a few key measures, the Dodd-Frank law hasn’t put new market pressure on large banks, and that it’s also failed to protect consumers.
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Mortgage MathMortgage math doesn’t have to be intimidating!
Here are the numbers you need to know, broken down into simple terms:
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Ex Fed Chairman GreenspanGreenspan: Axe Dodd-Frank and Watch Economy Soar
“If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy,” ~Greenspan
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Lower Mortgage RatesCheaper Mortgages Could Spur Housing Market.
Will the drop to 3.97% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage encourage home buyers?
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Seller's MarketHomes are flying off fast this spring in the ‘strongest seller’s market ever’
Spring homebuyers are pounding the pavement at a furious pace, but the pickings are getting ever slimmer.

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Please Save This Date:  April 25th, 9:30am Coffee Corner — How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment

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ALTATitle companies want federal help to fight wire fraud.
The title association says it has warned buyers about scammers who steal closing money – but it’s not enough. It’s asking the U.S. consumer bureau to help.

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Vacation HomesVacation Home Sales Take a Dive
Higher prices, lower inventory drive market down sharply.  “With fewer bargain-priced properties to choose from and a growing number of traditional buyers, finding a home for vacation purposes became more difficult and less affordable last year.”
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Can Waiting to Save for a 20% Down Payment Cost Homebuyers Money?
2 out of 5 potential buyers think they need a 20% downpayment. They don’t. But what’s a good savings goal? A new calculator helps show potential buyers it’s not out of reach.

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Mortgage lenders are optimistic about 2017.
Survey: Independent lenders believe Gen X and millennials offer growth opportunities. They expect more jumbo loans and buyers who plan to make rental money.

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Large HomesAre Large Homes Damaging the Character of St Petersburg Neighborhoods?
St. Pete staffers are considering major changes to its zoning rules to protect its bungalow-style neighborhood from being crowded out by larger homes.
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