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An FHA loan with a low down payment can be a lifesaver; but, as one newbie home buyer discovered, it isn’t all smooth sailing.
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Only Gen-X Household Wealth Has Recovered Since the Housing Crash.
The generation that lost the most is the fastest to bounce back, with median net worth up 115% since 2010.
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Simple advice – buy a home and pay off your mortgage early so that you can retire sooner with the money you will have saved!
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If boomers see the pool of buyers shrinking and home-price increases slowing, will they decide it’s time to cash in and downsize? And if they do, will the market be flooded with listings? Some economists think that things could change quickly.
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In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. It’s no bubble, but that doesn’t mean a drop isn’t coming.
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How does housing impact the health and well-being of its residents? What responsibility does housing have to its occupants, and how is it changing? [VIDEO]

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From rooftop decks to custom wood floors, these repurposed shipping containers are anything but boring.
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The The Counselors of Real Estate‘s annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.
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Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they’re more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.
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If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.
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For the first time since the Great Recession, there are signs of a broad shift in America’s housing market.  Homeownership rates are inching up, while the number of new rental households has declined slightly.
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New Listings for Pinellas County Single Family and Townhomes/Condos UP 8.8%… 1,626 in May 2018 versus 1,494 in May 2017.
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Prefab HousesWhere Are All the Prefab Houses?
Architects, environmentalists and some forward-thinking builders embrace the construction method as the way every home should be built in the future. But modular homes are still a rarity. Why?
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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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Museums, apartments, condos, a new police station and a dozen other projects mark one of the biggest downtown building booms in St. Petersburg’s 130-year history.
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“Peak Millennial” doesn’t mean what it used to, because Millennials are getting older. And even still, they’re sticking around cities more than older generations.
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Why developers are embracing this growing segment of the luxury condo market. Toll Brothers has made a practice of stretching its brand to accommodate its customers’ shifting tastes.
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UF’s consumer index rose an average 4.6 points in 2017, even though it dropped 1.4 points in Dec. Floridians were “far more optimistic in 2017.”
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More and more affordable housing developers are considering modular construction for their developments because of the time and cost savings prefabricated building can yield.
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Optimistic 2018 Construction Forecast Tempered by Worker Shortage.
The construction industry is expected to continue to grow in 2018, but Florida construction firms face issues of worker shortages and outside competition.
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Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped to 3.95% from 3.99% last week. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.20%.


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The National Flood Insurance Program did not expire last Fri. as feared, but Congress extended it for only 2 weeks. Its new expiration date: Dec. 22, 2017.
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Thinking about buying your first home? Before you can unlock the door to homeownership, you have to take some important first steps. From finding the perfect location to financing your purchase, shopping for your first home has challenges that go beyond curb appeal and interior features.
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80% of millennial renters want to buy a home, yet most say they can’t afford it. However, there are ways to get around that problem.
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Some home flipping wisdom for investors who want to make sure they are keeping sharp when it comes to effectively — and profitably — flipping homes.
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Tampa Bay has seen two booms in house flipping – one in the mid-2000s, when prices headed steadily upward, and again from 2011 to 2014 when the market was flooded with cheap foreclosures. But in the three months ended in September, area flippers made an average gross profit of 54.5%, a drop from 66.5% in the same period a year ago.


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Suburban-bound Millennials and Other 2018 Housing Trends to Watch.
What’s ahead for real estate in 2018? Zillow economists put their heads together and offered up a laundry list of forecasts and predictions.

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Most millennials say they want to eventually own homes, and only rent because of financial necessity.
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Malls are dying. There aren’t enough homes. Is there a solution? Across America, malls are being repurposed for residences as an oversupply of one meets a lack of the other.
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The Florida housing market recorded increases in sales, median prices, new listings, and new pending sales in October, signaling a rebound from the impact of Hurricane Irma.
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With data on millions of homes nationwide, the folks at Realtor.com think they have a pretty good idea of how the real estate market is doing.
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Last year, mortgage loan limits accepted by Fannie and Freddie rose only slightly for the first time in a decade – but they’ll top out at $453,100 next year.


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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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