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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

 

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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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Millennial MigrationMillennials Are Migrating Less.
Millennials are choosing to stay rooted in one place despite their lack of anchors such as spouses, families, and homes.

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Mortgage for DoctorsA Home Loan for Doctors? Yup, Physicians Get Their Own Mortgage.
With an average of $180K in medical school debt to pay off, many doctors can’t qualify for a home loan. However, only a few lenders offer this special financing.

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CFPBWhen is a credit score not a credit score?
CFPB, the U.S. consumer watchdog, fined Experian – one of the big three credit score agencies – $3M for saying that the scores it sold to consumers were the same ones used by credit agencies when they make lending decisions.
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Florida Realtors & Florida BarDeadline is near: The new FAR/BAR contract debuts April.
The most noteworthy change is a rewrite of Paragraph 8(b), the financing clause.
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Flooring TrendsFour Hot Flooring Trends
Durability and sustainability are among the top desired features, in addition to great looks.
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Consumer Confidence SoarsConsumer confidence in March soared to the highest level in more than 16 years.
Consumer confidence has taken off since the election of President Donald Trump, on the prospect of lower taxes and more infrastructure spending.

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Check Your CreditThinking of buying a home? Step #1… check your credit.
Buying a home is exciting. It’s also one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make. Choosing a mortgage to pay for your new home is just as important as choosing the right home.
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 Buyers are Stressed: 6 Reasons Why…
A TD Bank survey finds that confusion over necessary paperwork confuses 1 in 3 buyers; unexpected costs confuse almost 1 in 4; and financing worries affect 1 in 5.

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Home AppraisalHow to Prepare Your Home for an Appraisal.
What you need to know about the process, from a veteran certified appraiser.
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House FlippingHouse Flipping Increases for the First Time in 3 Years.
The rapid rise of home prices is believed to have played a major role in this increase.

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Trending Home Improvement Projects For 2017Trending Home Improvement Projects For 2017’s Housing Market
Smart-home technology and built-in bars are among the hottest home improvements for home sellers in 2017.
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Aging In PlaceTips For Building a Home for Aging Owners.
There are many things that can be done to make a home suitable for aging in place. Start with the basics or take on something more complex.

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Tampa Bay Residential BuildingsSouth Florida Apartment/Condo Developers Flock to Tampa Bay.
Drive around Tampa and St. Petersburg and it’s obvious that the bay area’s two biggest cities are in the midst of an apartment and condo building boom.

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Student HousingWhat to Expect from Student Housing Sector in 2017.
The student housing sector is in the sixth inning and there is still a lot of opportunity out there.

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Seniors Housing MarketConsider This Before Jumping into the Seniors Housing Market.
To succeed in the market, it is critically important to consider aspects that set seniors housing developments apart from general commercial real estate projects.
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Mortgage Insurance PremiumsFHA Lowers Borrowers’ Mortgage Insurance Premiums.
The low-downpayment mortgage should be more appealing to first-time buyers after FHA breathed “new life into the program” by reducing costs.

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One - Downtown St PetersburgFlorida construction companies anticipate more work in 2017.
About 80% of construction firms plan to hire workers this year, with nearly a third intending to increase their headcount by more than 25 workers.

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Downtown St PetersburgWhat’s the state of St. Petersburg’s economy?
We should all take a moment to appreciate the stunning transformation of St. Petersburg from its former nickname as “God’s Waiting Room” to a city whose abundance of economic development opportunities under way nearly defies the ability of its leaders to capture them all.

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Wire FraudBeware: Wire Fraud is Becoming More Frequent.
Wire fraud cases are on the rise, and buyers are being bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s time to change your business practices and help ensure that you and your customers don’t become victims.

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2017 Paint ColorsHere Are All of the 2017 Colors of the Year.
Using color to help your clients feel right at home can be tricky, but here’s what independent color consultants and color experts at paint companies suggest to start off on the right foot in 2017.
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Increasing Mortgage RatesWill Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?
If mortgage interest rates increase, fewer people will be able to buy, and logic says prices will fall if demand decreases. However, history shows us that this has not been the case the last four times mortgage interest rates dramatically increased.

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First Time Homebuyers5 Tips For First-Time Buyers
A buyer’s market is on the way; here’s how you can get your first home. Focus on making sure your finances and credit are in order.

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Interesting Housing News

 

Bathroom RemodelsBathroom Remodels… Here’s What’s HOT!
Need some inspiration for your bathroom remodel? Take a look at this year’s hottest projects:
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Future of NeighborhoodsWhat Does the Future Hold for Neighborhoods?
Residential life could soon be changing. From affordable housing to hyper-local food, the future of neighborhoods can be viewed across multiple sections.

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Low Interest RatesBuyers Expected to Flood Existing Home Market.
New homebuyers may rush the market to take advantage of mortgage rates while they’re low.

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Top 5 Design DestinationArchitectual Digest has named St. Petersburg one of the “Top 5 Design Destinations for December,”
St Pete joins such fashionable cities as Havana, Cuba; Buenos Aires; Berlin and San Sebastian, Spain.
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Kitchen TrendsNew Kitchen Construction and Color Trends in 2016.
New kitchens tend to have granite countertops, raised panel wood cabinets, and come with a standard set of appliances, such as cooktops & ranges, microwaves, dishwashers and garbage disposals. New kitchens also have white, multi-colored, or wood-based color themes, and are complemented by “stainless steel” appliances.
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