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Survey: A top reason 1 out of 3 millennials buy a first home is to provide a yard for their dog. As a motivator, it outranked marriage and raising children.
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ROI of Sustainability is More Complex Than You Think.
The value of energy efficiency and sustainability can prove to be greater, more lucrative or more complex than it appears on the surface.
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In the second quarter of 2017, the Florida housing market had more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales, according to Florida Realtors.
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Florida Leads Nation in Foreign Residents Buying and Selling.
Foreign investors want to buy in Florida, but they also want to sell Fla. property when the income potential is right – and many Canadians think that time is now.
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It might not be “Plan A,” but some Millennials that return home after college are turning it into a positive stay by saving enough cash to buy homes.


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Icon ResidentialIcon Residential to Open Two New St. Pete Infill Communities.
Floorplans range from 1,400 to 2,600 square feet and start in the $300Ks.
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Can This Crowdfunding Platform Help Build The Kind Of Houses Millennials Want To Buy?
And even if it can–is that the fix urban housing really needs?

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As home prices continue to rise, what will $215,000 get you across Tampa Bay?
Continuing a remarkable run with no end in sight, prices for single family homes in the Tampa Bay area jumped again in May compared to the same month a year ago.

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Active DesignDesigning for Health and Wellness: The Next Great Challenge
We have Sustainable Design to conserve our resources and Resilient Design to protect us from the changing environment. Now Active Design is coming to make us healthier.
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Builders Eye Converting Strip Malls Into Homes
With more home buyers looking for an urban lifestyle, some builders are targeting aging office buildings or defunct car dealerships for development.

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Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for May 2017
Pinellas County’s closed sales, new pending sales, and new listings all increased from May 2016.

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Millennials May End Up Competing with Baby Boomers in Housing Market.
These two groups make up different segments of the home buyer market but they are searching for similar things.
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Kitchen Remodeling TrendsThinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen?
Homeowners generally wanted new flooring, countertops, cabinets, sinks, and faucets when they had their kitchens remodeled, says a new report.

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Flood InsuranceShould Congress raise the cost of flood insurance? How much?
The National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30 and is $25 billion in debt. NAR has made flood insurance renewal a top priority, and lawmakers are now considering some dramatic program changes to keep it solvent and operational.

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Low Mortgage Rates30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%.
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year: 3.95%.
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Housing’s Clean Bill of Health…
All things considered, the state of the housing industry right now is pretty good.

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Student HousingStudent Housing Sales Outperform the Rest of the Market.
Commercial real estate investors are increasingly keeping their wallets in their pockets, waiting to see where interest rates will go, for prices to come down and for more properties to come on the market. That’s happening in almost every sector, except for student housing.

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30 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Without Blowing Your Budget.
Everyone wants to turn their house into their dream home, but that’s often easier said than done.

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National Association of Home Builders logoBuilder Confidence Rises in May
NAHB index at second-highest level since the mortgage crisis. “This report shows that builders’ optimism in the housing market is solidifying, even as they deal with higher building material costs and shortages of lots and labor,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

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New Home ConstructionThe #1 Answer to the Housing Shortage: New Construction.
There is a drastic need for a larger supply of home inventory to meet the skyrocketing demand. Builders are now doing their part to help rectify this situation.
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First Time BuyersHousing Readies for First-Time Buyer Shift…
In the first quarter of 2017, the number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households.
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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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How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment.
Please join Title Security at 9:30am, April 25, 2017 at our Coffee Corner… Discover how the title commitment relates to the closing and the contract. You’ll walk away understanding how to read all components of a commitment, as well as how to deal with title defects and other requirements that need to be cleared before closing.

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Millennial HomebuyersWhy Rising Interest Rates Won’t Slow Housing Demand.
Title agents answering First American’s real estate sentiment index survey say an increasing desire for homeownership by Millennials and continued affordability will sustain demand.
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Commercial ConstructionFlorida commercial real estate development is booming.
Florida is among the top states in the nation for commercial real estate industry spending impact and the number of jobs the industry sustains.
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Tampa Bay home values rise at second-highest rate among country’s top 35 metro areas.
Bay area home values jumped 11.4 percent from March last year to $183,300.

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PRO LogoMarch 2017 Pinellas County Real Estate Stats Report
Stand Out Stat: Median Sale Price for Single Family was up year-over-year… $230,000 in March 2017 vs. $200,000 in March 2016.

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Please Save This Date:  April 25th, 9:30am Coffee Corner — How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment

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ALTATitle companies want federal help to fight wire fraud.
The title association says it has warned buyers about scammers who steal closing money – but it’s not enough. It’s asking the U.S. consumer bureau to help.

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Vacation HomesVacation Home Sales Take a Dive
Higher prices, lower inventory drive market down sharply.  “With fewer bargain-priced properties to choose from and a growing number of traditional buyers, finding a home for vacation purposes became more difficult and less affordable last year.”
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Can Waiting to Save for a 20% Down Payment Cost Homebuyers Money?
2 out of 5 potential buyers think they need a 20% downpayment. They don’t. But what’s a good savings goal? A new calculator helps show potential buyers it’s not out of reach.

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Mortgage lenders are optimistic about 2017.
Survey: Independent lenders believe Gen X and millennials offer growth opportunities. They expect more jumbo loans and buyers who plan to make rental money.

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Large HomesAre Large Homes Damaging the Character of St Petersburg Neighborhoods?
St. Pete staffers are considering major changes to its zoning rules to protect its bungalow-style neighborhood from being crowded out by larger homes.
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