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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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From tariffs to taxes, these politically charged topics impact building pros across the country.
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“The latest research shows that green and energy-efficient home improvements have the potential to pay dividends for buyers and sellers,” says AI president.
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What’s ahead for real estate? Is it a good time buy? Sell? Refinance? Find out what experts predict will happen to housing prices, interest rates, and more.
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The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate professional who not only puts your family’s needs first, but will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
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72% say owning a home is their top priority when it comes to life events. Millennials also tend to equate homeownership with personal (53%) and financial (45%) success.
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The Urban Land Institute’s annual look at the year ahead focuses on technology and transformation at an uncertain moment.
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Are We About To Enter A Buyers’ Market?

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Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening?

The market has definitely softened. However, according to two chief economists in the industry, we are a long way from a market that totally favors the purchaser:

Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow Chief Economist:

“These seller challenges don’t indicate we’re suddenly in a buyers’ market – we don’t expect market conditions to shift decidedly in favor of buyers until 2020 or later. But buyers certainly are starting to balk at the rapid rise in prices and home values are starting to grow at a less frenetic pace.”

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of realtor.com:

“The signs are pointing to a market that’s shifting toward buyers. But, in most places, we’re still a long way from a full reversal.”

In addition, Pulsenomics Inc. recently surveyed over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists and asked this question:

“When do you expect U.S. housing market conditions to shift decidedly in favor of homebuyers?”

Only 5% said the market has already shifted. Here are the rest of the survey results:

Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market? | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

The market is beginning to normalize but that doesn’t mean we will quickly shift to a market favoring the buyer. We believe Ivy Zelman, author of the well-respected ‘Z’ Report, best explained the current confusion:

“With the rate of home price appreciation starting to decelerate alongside the uptick in inventory…we expect significant debate about whether this is a bullish or bearish sign.

In our view, the short-term narrative will probably be confusing, but more sustainable growth and affordability will likely be the end result.”

via The KCM Crew


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The members of Generation Z who have bought homes are the exceptions, but their spending power is growing.
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A correlation is seen between strict land use laws and the rise of home values. Home values and job growth have both risen since 2010, but home values grew much more steeply in metros with stricter land use regulations.
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According to Time Magazine, the number of female billionaires grew faster globally in 2017 than the number of male billionaires. This redistribution of wealth has seen an impact on luxury real estate both in its purchase and design attributes.
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Styles and tastes evolve constantly. So, to help keep you up to date, here are six trends to consider incorporating when your clients say they want a fresh look.
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Austin, Texas, is a shining example of how sustainability can contribute to the development and growth of a city.