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Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.
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Second cut to state’s biz rent tax in as many years takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. Combined with last year’s cut, some Florida businesses will be saving nearly $100M each year.
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12% of millennials surveyed cited “rising rents” as the trigger that sparked them to become homeowners, while 17% said family needs; for 55+ buyers, 20% said privacy. Overall, 44% want a three-bedroom home, and 93% want at least two bathrooms.
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A new report from a federal watchdog finds that the Federal Housing Administration incorrectly insured approximately 9,507 borrowers who were actually ineligible.
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This marks seventh-consecutive month of home price increases nationwide.
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Every year that passes, the more population patterns are starting to look like the old sprawling dynamic serving suburban and exurban demand.
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Building Permits on the Rise in FloridaFlorida Building Permits Rose 20.8% Year-to-Year.
Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire’s 43.1% drop.

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Governor Scott Signs Real Estate-Related Bills Into Law.
New laws will boost flood insurance warnings, tinker with HOA covenant and restriction rules, and change the way Fla. regulates and defines “mortgage lenders.”

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The Pinellas County real estate market is continuing to see higher sale prices and homes moving at a faster rate for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo markets compared to February 2017.
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As more multifamily developers experiment with modular construction, its use is increasing.
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Did you know that St. Pete offers no-interest loans for qualified first-time home buyers and for qualified homeowners who need help to rehab their houses?
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The premium hikes, which are required by law, will be as little as 2% for some properties and as high as 24% for others. The average increase will be about 8%.


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Commercial real estate should continue to surge. But many are growing cautious, given some lurking ‘disruptors.’
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Top tips (and mistakes to avoid) for exteriors, kitchens, and even ceilings—whether you’re getting ready to sell or just freshening up.
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7 Reasons Trump’s Tax Plan Is Good For Real Estate Investors.
With the proper planning, real estate investors can receive amazing tax benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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A digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions, Blockchain is an emerging technology which could transform the way we buy, sell and lease real estate.
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These residential buildings cater to busy professionals by making it easy to work from home.
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If you’re looking for some insight into the coming kitchen trends for 2018 and beyond, or if you’re just looking for some fresh ideas to give your kitchen style an update, here are some clues.


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“Convenience is one of the most attractive qualities to Millennials and something real estate developers should keep in mind…”
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NAR says the just-announced tax proposal is “nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law.” NAHB says it “abandons middle-class taxpayers in favor of high-income Americans and wealthy corporations.”
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Would you live in a shipping container? Check out these inventive recycled container designs.
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Pet owners face unique challenges when buying and selling a home. Not all neighborhoods, houses or condos will love their dog as much as they do.
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If you’re thinking of selling and moving down, waiting might make sense. If you are a first-time buyer or a seller thinking of moving up, waiting probably doesn’t make sense.
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NAR: Before its Dec. 8 expiration date, NFIP will likely be OK’d for another extension to give Congress time to finalize a longer-term revamp of the program.
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J.D. Power survey: Overall satisfaction with homeowners policies is at an all-time high, but too few people understand what their policy does/does not cover.
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“This place has good bones”: Home buyers are apt to hear this phrase when they’re touring homes. But what does that mean, exactly?
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Described as a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive.
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The newly proposed tax plan includes such things as increasing the standard deduction.
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A mortgage with no down payment seems a little bit like scoring a buy-a-home lottery ticket. You get a home loan and keep more money in your pocket.


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According to Freddie Mac’s Outlook for Sept., new homes will be a primary driver of sales and slightly higher mortgage rates will dampen price increases. But “the economic environment remains favorable for housing,” says chief economist.
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While far from new, eco-friendly and affordable, shipping containers are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional houses.
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Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.
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As Congress and the Trump Administration release plans for tax reform, NAR says it will fight to make sure any new tax plan doesn’t discourage homeownership.
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Both on 4th Ave N, The Bezu, is a 24-unit tower close to Beach Drive, and 747 North, an 18-unit project several blocks to the west.


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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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