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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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Lower-priced homes have appreciated at greater rates than homes at the upper ends of the spectrum due to demand from first-time home buyers and baby boomers looking to downsize.
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The housing market is not falling apart. We are just returning to a more normal market which, in the long run, will be much healthier for you whether you are a buyer or a seller.
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It’s not a news flash to learn that Millennials—people born between 1977 and 1996—love living in the city. But what cities and urban areas in particular do they favor?
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Early signs of a softening market, after years of sellers having overwhelming control, signal even more seller struggles into the future.
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While AI is poised to make a splash in transportation, medicine, manufacturing, and consumer tech in coming years, it also has the potential to disrupt the apartment leasing industry.
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Urban Land Institute’s survey predicts continued economic expansion, but lower rate of returns growth on CRE for the next three years.


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The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently published data on manufactured home prices for the first time.
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While the idea of a hurricane-proof home may sound far-fetched, a Florida housing startup called Arkup has created a residence that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes. The key lies in its hydraulic while lifting it 40 feet above the ocean floor.
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Many who aspire to own their own place have been locked into the rental market, due to these two main problems: student loan debt and expensive down payments.
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NAHB Housing Market Index steady at a reading of 67. The HMI measuring current sales conditions rose one point to 74 and the component gauging expectations in the next six months increased two points to 74.
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American financial systems look different today, and NAR takes some credit for improvements due to its “significant advocacy support over the past decade.”
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The National Association of Home Builders is looking for a few good women, actually more than a few. Pre-apprenticeship programs help introduce women to the industry.


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You don’t have to declare war with your bank account — it is possible to achieve a happy compromise. Low-cost decor that looks expensive really exists.
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The construction industry is running out of workers to build all those new condo towers, housing developments and highway projects. The shortages span the trades, with pipelayers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, concrete workers, pipefitters and welders in particularly high demand.
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If all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in.
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Blueprint is a bold color choice, but not overwhelmingly so—it’s still soft enough to fit into homes full of neutrals and pastels.
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Even in a tight labor market, single-family builders are less likely to offer health, dental, and 401(k) plans compared with larger U.S. companies.
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NAHB Economist Robert Dietz offers a way to break the low inventory, high home price cycle.

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It’s no surprise that with rents rising, more and more first-time buyers are taking advantage of low-down-payment mortgage options.
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34% of those who purchased a home were unfazed by price and rate hikes, 51% didn’t pay above asking price, and 42% only made one or two offers, according to realtor.com.
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If you are one of the many homeowners across the country who hasn’t quite found their forever home, now may be a great time to list your house for sale and find your dream home!
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After designing an incredibly cheap home, the 20K Initiative is now working with Fannie Mae and others to redesign mortgages and other factors that make home ownership so expensive.
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Be sure serious buyers and sellers understand the difference between the competing home price estimators — and recognize how they’re different from an actual appraisal.

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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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More luxury buildings are luring buyers with amenities that lower stress and lead to inner peace, such as meditation courtyards, yoga studios and herb gardens.
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If you plan to buy a home this year, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan.
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The number of respondents who said now is a good time to buy a home in a Gallup poll ticked down, but remains well above 50%.
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They missed a step: Recession-wary young adults skipped the starter home and lived in their parents’ basements, where they saved money for a downpayment.
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What is driving the lift? Americans are optimistic about their prospects for selling, with 45 percent believing now is ideal to list—a high point.
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EDGE District, St. PetersburgEDGE District Designated Florida Main Street Program of the Month.
Since its designation in 2014, the EDGE District has received eight awards for outstanding programs, business and volunteers. EDGE is an acronym for “Entertainment, Dining, Galleries and shops, Etcetera.”
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