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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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Homeowners associations can institute some ridiculous rules—and some of them can veer into illegal territory.
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Sur Club in St PetersburgSt. Pete’s Newest Emerging Neighborhoods.
Clusters of businesses, housing, academic institutions and agencies focused on marine science, healthcare and innovation are at the center of two emerging neighborhoods.
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Overall, the residential land market in Florida is very strong as a result of the improving economy, combined with the continued influx of almost 1,000 people per day to the state.
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Efforts to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and incorporate innovation, technology and data are expanding the use of alternative valuation methods.
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Respondents claimed their favorite green features were recycling, smoke-free buildings, and walkability, while the most requested green features were recycling and composting, solar panels, and community gardens.


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“Invisible Sustainability,” the blending of sustainable design principles with an aesthetic that is rigorously minimal.
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The share of self-employed construction workers remains high, even as housing recovers.
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Flood insurance got more expensive this month, and it may become even pricier depending on how Congress handles the July 31 deadline to address the National Flood Insurance Program.
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It’s important to vet your subcontractors well, as you may end up paying for their potential default or mistakes.  These best practices can help ensure you have the right pros working for you.
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Homeless VetsFlorida Receiving $567,928 to Help Homeless Vets.
HUD and the VA will provide housing vouchers to help 5,211 U.S. veterans nationwide find a home. In Florida, 13 agencies across the state will split the funding.
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Suburban municipalities can help pave the way for new development by making zoning adjustments that ensure density.
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A new NAHB survey confirms that consumers are definitely intrigued by smaller homes, 600 square feet or less. 53% said they would likely consider buying one.
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Disabuse buyers and sellers of these common misunderstandings about what constitutes a true smart home and what different technology features are actually worth.
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The median price of a house in Pinellas shot up 14% to $245,000. That was the biggest year-over- year increase since May. But the number of closed sales plunged by 12.8%.
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The cure may be in an architectural concept that sounds new but is as old as the hills. Take a dose of biophilia and read how your home’s design can help you live a healthier, less stressful life.
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A stronger economy at the beginning of the year increased the chances of more rate hikes, according to minutes of the Fed’s January 30-31 meeting released Wednesday.


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One reason for the increase is that many lenders allowed borrowers affected by Irma to skip a payment.
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The pioneering geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas is developing the Minka tiny home to create an assisted-living model completely on seniors’ own turf and terms.
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Smart CitiesAT&T’s Smart City Vision: More Parking, Fewer Traffic Jams.
Managing traffic flow, locating open parking spots and seeing whether bridges are structurally sound are some of the potential benefits from AT&T’s latest push to power the smart city.
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The forecast predicts a growing economy and positive demographic trends, creating opportunities in the housing market despite the affordability challenges buyers will face from rising prices and mortgage rates.
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Houzz’s 2018 Kitchen Trends study revealed that homeowners are obsessed with clutter-free countertops and ingenious storage options.
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2018 Construction ForecastConstruction Industry Set for a Boom in 2018.
Job creation, increased spending, and high optimism in the construction sector suggests that 2018 will be a big year for builders. For all of 2017, construction added 210,000 jobs, a 35 percent increase over 2016.
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Owning a home always has been, and always will be, a crucial part of attaining the American Dream.


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Demand for single-family homes declines along with fertility rates, and changing U.S. demographics could boost demand for townhouses and condos.
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Realtors® this fall continue to say the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings.
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Tuesday’s topics of discussion ranged from how to tackle the homelessness epidemic in major U.S. cities to whether crowdfunding has a place in the commercial real estate industry.
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Tampa Bay has more zombies — of a certain kind — than most anywhere.


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Housing Shortage
The Fed is pre-emptively raising interest rates so the economy doesn’t overheat. But overheating is not the current problem.
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Can the economy support a strong housing market without help from Washington?
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A home inspection can make or break a real estate transaction. See what goes into a home inspection, and whether waiving that condition is a good idea.
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How will we be living in 10 years’ time? Futurist Morris Miselowski tells us his predictions about where and how we’ll be living a decade from now.