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Modular High RiseModular High-Rise Allows Residents to Customize Prefab Units.
Architecture studio penda releases plans for a mixed-use garden tower that marries dense, urban living and natural elements.
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10 Steps to a Stress-Free Barbecue
Ensure that your barbecue goes off without a hitch by taking a look at these tips to plan ahead and keep the party going when night falls.

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Maria WellsFlorida Realtors’ 2017 President Says Property Rights is a Priority.
In Tallahassee, Maria Wells pushed for state money for affordable housing, an issue that has re-emerged as home prices rise, Wall Street landlords snap up single-family homes and housing starts remain sluggish.
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Canadian FlagCanada’s Housing Market Could Pose Trouble for the Rest of Its Economy.
While there is a positive economic forecast, a housing bubble could change everything.
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Housing CharacteristicsCensus Bureau Releases 2016 Housing Characteristics Report…
Everything you need to know about the housing market, in numbers, is here. Considering characteristics such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location of the laundry, presence of homeowner’s association, the buyer’s source of financing and the structure’s square footage.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Millennial House HuntingHouse Hunting in Florida, Millennial Style…
Millennials are a strong, and growing, segment of the home real estate market, but they approach the task differently than their parents do.
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SustainabilityImproving Building Performance Through Initiatives, Incentives, and Mandates.
Several U.S. cities offer design- and code-related programs to encourage architects and developers to pursue sustainability more vigorously.

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HomeownershipIs America Shifting From Renting Back to Owning?
Homeownership rate ticks up in 1Q, much more than renter households.

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Design Ideas3 Design Schemes That are Heating Up This Summer
It’s important to stay focused on the purpose of home improvement. Be prepared to suggest both classic and off-the-wall ideas to help your client manifest their design dreams.

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Construction Labor ShortageConstruction Industry Still Missing Workers.
This lack of workers has become one of the “under-reported factors” behind the rise in home prices.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Skinny HomesSt. Petersburg’s middle-class housing dilemma may have an answer: Skinny Homes
It’s a new name for an old concept found in many other cities like Chicago, Charleston, New Orleans and Nashville. Think of a two-story gussied-up shotgun house.

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Suburbia's FutureThe American Dream of suburbia is evolving — here’s what it’ll be like to live in the suburb of the future.
Since the 50s, the American Dream of suburbia included a huge home, white picket fence, and shiny car. How will that dream change over the next decade?

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Mortgage RatesEven with Mortgage Rates Inching up, Now is Still the Time to Buy.
Though you may have missed getting the lowest mortgage rate ever offered, you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.

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National Association of Home BuildersBuilder Confidence Hits 12-Year High…
“Builders continue to face a number of challenges, including rising material prices, higher mortgage rates, and shortages of lots and labor.”

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MortgagesWhy are there so few mortgages in Tampa Bay these days?
Along with the dramatic drop in Tampa Bay foreclosure filings has been this equally striking if less-noticed trend — a huge decline in new mortgages.

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Spring Buying SeasonWhat Can Buyers Expect in the Spring Housing Market?
Higher mortgage rates and low inventory among the things the potential buyers can expect to see.
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Did You Know That Homeownership Can Impact Your Family’s Health?

The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health

People often talk about the financial benefits of homeownership. But you will see that there are also social benefits of owning your own home.

The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:

“Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is the basis for a number of positive social, economic, family and civic outcomes.”

Here is the section of the report that quoted several studies concentrating on the impact homeownership has on the health of family members. Here are some of the major findings on this issue revealed in the report:

  • There is a strong positive relationship between living in poor housing and a range of health problems, including respiratory conditions such as asthma, exposure to toxic substances, injuries and mental health. Homes of owners are generally in better condition than those of renters.
  • Findings reveal that increases in housing wealth were associated with better health outcomes for homeowners.
  • Low-income people who recently became homeowners reported higher life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and higher perceived control over their lives.
  • Homeowners report higher self-esteem and happiness than renters. For example, homeowners are more likely to believe that they can do things as well as anyone else, and they report higher self-ratings on their physical health even after controlling for age and socioeconomic factors.
  • Renters who become homeowners not only experience a significant increase in housing satisfaction but also obtain a higher satisfaction even in the same home in which they resided as renters.
  • Social mobility variables, such as the family financial situation and housing tenure during childhood and adulthood, impacted one’s self-rated health.
  • Homeowners have a significant health advantage over renters, on average. Homeowners are 2.5 percent more likely to have good health. When adjusting for an array of demographic, socioeconomic, and housing–related characteristics, the homeowner advantage is even larger at 3.1 percent.

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Home InspectionsOrdering a Home Inspection? Here’s What to Expect.
A home inspection contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your Realtor can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

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CFPBWill the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rule Implementation Be Delayed?
The implementation date of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final mortgage servicing rule lies in question after the Trump administration announced a freeze on federal regulations.

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Ivy ZelmanIvy Zelman’s Look at MultiGenerational Living.
A data dive that explores how households where 55+ adults living with their adult children are trending vs. broader household formation patterns.
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SWhy Single Women Are Buying Homes at Twice the Rate of Single Men.
Skip the spouse, buy the house: Single women account for 17% of homebuyers in the U.S., vs. 7% of single men.

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Housing RecoveryCase-Shiller Says the Housing Market Has Now Officially, Completely Recovered… Do You Agree?
“The new Administration in Washington is seeking faster economic growth, increased investment in infrastructure, and changes in tax policy which could affect housing and home prices.”

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Florida Home Sales End 2016 As They Started – Up

Despite inventory squeeze, sales rise 0.8%.

Higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales marked Florida’s housing market in December, according to data released by Florida Realtors® Tuesday. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,332 last month, up 0.8% from December 2015.

“The trend of tight housing supply continued to have an impact on Florida’s housing market in December,” said 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells, broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart. “Last month, statewide median sales prices for both single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties rose year-over-year for 61 months in row. While that’s good news for sellers, it’s continuing to put pressure on inventory for first-time home buyers and those who may be looking for their next ‘move-up’ home.

Home sellers continued to get more of their original asking price at the closing table in December: Sellers of existing single-family homes received 96% (median percentage) of their original listing price, while those selling townhouse-condo properties received 94.7% (median percentage).

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $226,000, up 9.2% from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in December was $166,900, up 7.7% over the year-ago figure.

In Florida’s townhouse-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 8,673 last month, down 5.2% compared to December 2015. Closed sales data reflected fewer short sales and cash-only sales last month: Short sales for townhouse-condo properties declined 45% while short sales for single-family homes dropped 39.2%.

“Florida’s markets for existing homes closed out the year in December with a performance very much in line with what we saw over the previous 11 months of 2016,” said Florida Realtors® Chief Economist Brad O’Connor. “At the local level, single family home sales increased in 15 of Florida’s 22 metro areas, while condo and townhouse sales rose in only five of these markets. And, as has been the case all year, the lack of significant sales growth in much of the state has had a lot more to do with a shortfall of supply in key price tiers than with demand.”

Inventory dipped to a 3.9-months’ supply in December for single-family homes and was at a 6-months’ supply for townhouse-condo properties, according to Florida Realtors.


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Aging In PlaceTips For Building a Home for Aging Owners.
There are many things that can be done to make a home suitable for aging in place. Start with the basics or take on something more complex.

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Tampa Bay Residential BuildingsSouth Florida Apartment/Condo Developers Flock to Tampa Bay.
Drive around Tampa and St. Petersburg and it’s obvious that the bay area’s two biggest cities are in the midst of an apartment and condo building boom.

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Student HousingWhat to Expect from Student Housing Sector in 2017.
The student housing sector is in the sixth inning and there is still a lot of opportunity out there.

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Seniors Housing MarketConsider This Before Jumping into the Seniors Housing Market.
To succeed in the market, it is critically important to consider aspects that set seniors housing developments apart from general commercial real estate projects.
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Mortgage Insurance PremiumsFHA Lowers Borrowers’ Mortgage Insurance Premiums.
The low-downpayment mortgage should be more appealing to first-time buyers after FHA breathed “new life into the program” by reducing costs.

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One - Downtown St PetersburgFlorida construction companies anticipate more work in 2017.
About 80% of construction firms plan to hire workers this year, with nearly a third intending to increase their headcount by more than 25 workers.

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