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Three recent lawsuits pit one side against the other giving rise to tension between those intent on preserving the old and others who consider that advocacy a violation of property rights.
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There has been a shift in demand for rental housing due to demographic and other changes in our society.
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Strong job growth, tax law changes and an increasingly youthful population are among the factors making the Tampa Bay area far more attractive to investors than it was a decade ago.
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New York faces a big fiscal shortfall that its governor blames, in part, on tax reform. He says more residents are now moving to lower-tax states – notably Florida.
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday to allow development of a 21-story mixed-use building near Mirror Lake to move forward.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Soft yet lively. Bold yet comforting. Meet Living Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year. Learn how designers are incorporating this peachy keen hue.
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When it comes to determining the latest trends in interior design, it’s wise to consult the experts who are interacting with living spaces every day.
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With $80 million in pre-sales, downtown Tampa’s tallest building’s $24.5 million loan is proving the city has become a 24-hour destination.
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Fortunately for Floridians, federal and state programs and mortgage products are aimed at first-time homebuyers to help ease the burden and make homeownership possible.
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The 1,000-unit Mark, in the Dutch city of Utrecht, will be complete by 2023. The majority of its units will be low- and medium-income housing, or “care homes” for the elderly.
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To Realtors®, homeowners and others who ask, “Are we in another house price bubble?” – the answer is “No,” according to Dr. Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist.
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Patterned tile, faux hardwood, and natural colors were among the popular looks at the January trade show in Las Vegas.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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A grant worth nearly $1 million helped reinvent the program that has helped almost 100 students work towards carpentry certification.
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When the topic of disruption arises we often hear; smart homes will soon be the norm, more people than ever are connected via the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence will disrupt the way we live, work and play.
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Realtor.com finds the z’s are indeed zealous when it comes to saving for a home.
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Authenticity has never been more important, and real estate agents should position themselves as trusted advisors and sources of insider information before, during and after the transaction.
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From plumbing and electric to additions and remodeling, this infographic shows the average cost homeowners paid for 57 popular home projects!
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Tiny homes are set to go through a growth spurt, because the demand for living small is getting bigger.
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We could see tax reform rollback, HUD cuts, flood insurance and other housing policy likely to be stalled in gridlock as a new makeup of lawmakers comes to Washington.


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Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt. And that includes your house.
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Not all mortgages are created equal. A LendingTree study looked at lending competition and found Florida buyers can save serious money by comparison shopping.
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If buyer demand continues to outpace the current supply of existing homes for sale, prices will continue to appreciate. Nothing nefarious is taking place. It is simply the theory of supply & demand working as it should.
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Hurricane Irma impacted Florida’s Sept. 2017 housing market and economy. With that in mind, 2018 Florida Realtors data finds existing single-family sales up 17% year-to-year, median prices up 4.9%, condo sales up 14.6% and condo median prices up 5.5%.
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Florida led the nation in construction job growth over the past year, according to a new report. Contractors added 70,700 workers to their Florida payrolls, a 14.8 percent growth rate, in the 12 months ending in September.
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A trend in Central Florida’s two major multifamily growth markets may be indicative of a national shift from downtown to suburban markets.
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Due to Hurricane Irma last September, the Pinellas County housing market saw a few large swings in sales & listings year-over-year.


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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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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.