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These 16 sky-high urban green spaces and edible gardens will grow on you.
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The short answer: Federal flood insurance is a mess and expensive to fix. Government-subsidized NFIP celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but it hasn’t aged well. It’s deeply in debt and critics say below-market premiums encourage risky construction.
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Borrowers may have a little bit of breathing room if the Federal Reserve delays future interest rate increases that directly impact ARMs and, indirectly, FRMs.
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Gulf Coast commercial real estate markets are poised to continue to generate high growth again in 2019, mirroring — or even eclipsing — the region’s robust stalwart performance of the past year. 
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With more millennials eyeing homeownership, builders are appealing to the city-dweller demographic by designing luxury townhomes.
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Drawing upon the expertise of the industry’s 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals, NALP annually predicts trends that will influence the design and maintenance of backyards across America in the year ahead.
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Falling mortgage rates energized builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes. 
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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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Federal statistics show that Realtors are twice as likely as the general public to be victims of violent crime.
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Residential market is so strong that developers are changing plans for major projects to meet rising demand.
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Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.
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The National Flood Insurance program expires again Nov. 30. According to NAR, about 1,300 home sales could be disrupted every day if so – 40K sales each month.
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Harvard report: Adults older than 50 own 50% of all U.S. homes, and many aren’t financially ready to retire with inadequate savings after the recent recession. Many may be forced to sell, especially if they carry a mortgage and unexpected bills come in.


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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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It’s been 10 years since the Great Recession, but most home prices in the Tampa Bay area still haven’t reached their pre-recession peak, according to numbers released by Zillow.
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The CFPB had about 1,200 reverse-mortgage consumer complaints over 3 years. People cited “confusion and frustration over the terms” and loan-servicing problems.
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Home buyers young and old want high-tech features in their homes. Across the board, and across the generations, security and convenience are of primary interest.
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Despite rising prices, Tampa remains one of the best cities in which to flip houses ranking 10th among 172 cities compared on such metrics as median purchase price and average remodeling costs.
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The Senate approved a bill this week, and the president signed it, to keep the National Flood Insurance Program operating for 4 more months.
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Young People Don’t Want Construction Jobs…
Disinterest in construction work is contributing to a labor shortage that has meant fewer homes built and rising prices—possibly for years to come.
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Please take action by urging Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.

 

Freddie Mac: Rates have declined in 5 of past 6 weeks, but a year ago, the average 30-year FRM was 3.96%. Average 15-year FRM slipped to 3.99% this week.
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Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the ’30s or the kitschy flourishes in ’60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.
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Apartment renters have come to expect green building features like good indoor air quality and energy efficiency, making them more of a requirement in many markets.
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As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that’s just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on.
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A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership.
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22 real estate groups and associations – NAR, NAHB, insurers, bankers and others – sent a joint letter to lawmakers pushing them to pass a flood insurance bill.

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