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July 4th

Outdoor ShowerWhat Buyers Want in Summer Features.
A pool, a fire pit, a BBQ, a dock? Yes, but the outdoor shower bests them all.  A new analysis from realtor.com® shows homes with amenities geared toward summer activities have major appeal for buyers.
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First-time buyers can take as much as $10K out of their retirement fund to buy a home – $20K if a couple is purchasing – provided they follow the rules.
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Robot BuildersWith Construction Workers Scarce, Builders Turn to Robots, Software.
A new generation of prefabricated housing that bears little resemblance to the modular homes of old is among several technologies homebuilders are embracing to cope with the worker shortage. They’re also starting to deploy bricklaying robots and software programs that allow them to avoid miscommunication and delays.
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Some companies that provide student housing say they have seen a shift away from over-the-top amenities that were popular with off-campus renters a few years back.
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It can be hard to keep up on all the popular trends, so Houzz has put together a list of the most popular bathroom trends, ranging from timeless classics to new styles.
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From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better.
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Disney isn’t renowned for pioneering in real estate development but this has actually been at the heart of its parks and resorts strategy for decades.
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April is Florida’s prime selling month, so if you’re putting your home on the market consider this: Cleaning and decluttering can improve the looks of a house but sometimes it takes more than that to really wow buyers.
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According to a new ASLA report, homeowners want to do yoga in their sustainably designed backyards or shared outdoor spaces—while their phones are charging nearby.
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A do-it-yourself home kit arrives on flatbed trucks and even includes nails, so landowners can save on construction costs if willing to invest sweat equity.
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While white and gray continue to dominate, homeowners are opting for more innovative appliances, technologies, and more.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.
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Exterior maintenance matters. Here are four projects that will boost your home’s curb appeal while curbing the need for costly maintenance down the road.
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The tax reform bill also might be contributing to the growth in home plans. Eighteen percent of the respondents doing projects said they have increased their remodeling budget as a result of their taxes getting lowered.
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In the next few years it might become fast and easy to secure a mortgage as blockchain technology quickly ties all financial accounts into the home transaction.
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It’s anyone’s guess what the coming years will bring in terms of home layouts. For now, here are the five hottest home design trends impacting floor plans in 2018.
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Mortgage Rates FallMortgage Rates Fall For The First Time This Year…
The average rate on a 30-year FRM slipped to 4.44% from 4.46% last week due, in part, to a government report that inflation pressures may be easing.
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Multi-Family TrendsThese Trends Are Radically Disrupting Multifamily Housing.
Renters’ desire for personalization and less stress, integration of AI and IoT into apartment infrastructure, concentration of 35+ age groups will drive multifamily in next 12 years.
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Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement accounts that allow investors to pursue alternative investments. Among those alternatives, the most popular is real estate—a broad asset class that includes many different investment opportunities.
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“Tight credit, lack of inventory and high demand are the major factors that tell us there’s no housing bubble, despite rapid price increases.” ~ Redfin
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NFIP ExtendedNFIP extended for six weeks – to March 23
As part of the just-passed continuing resolution to keep the government open, the National Flood Insurance Program now won’t expire until March 23
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Scrimping and saving to come up with a down payment is no easy feat. But one generation is having the hardest time doing so to become homeowners.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018…
Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment.
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The #CFPB says it will do everything necessary “to fulfill the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities but go no further.” Limiting CFPB’s future actions will “serve as a bulwark against the misuse of our unparalleled powers,” says Director Mulvaney.
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There continues to be a steady flow of capital, although the big banks have tightened their hold on construction loans.
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Public Housing MuseumA Former Chicago Project Will Become A Museum Dedicated To Public Housing.
The space will tell the stories of three families who once lived in the building, and host events to engage visitors in much-needed discussions around affordable housing and equitable communities.
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A connected future holds possibilities of more efficient ways of interacting with the technology in our homes, workplaces, and even our urban environments.
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Once again, buyers of Tampa Bay’s priciest home wanted to be on the water — a third of the top 25 sales were of homes with addresses on Gulf Boulevard in Pinellas County. Rivaling Tampa’s Davis Island for the most sales (four) was the exclusive Pinellas community of Belleair Shore.
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The Indianapolis company plans to build a $50 million six-story project with 251 multi-family units and over 12,000 square-feet of retail space.
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How do you store solar energy so it can be used when the sun doesn’t shine?  Some cities are revamping electrical grids and adding batteries.
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Spending on home remodeling is projected to rise 7.5% this year to almost $340 billion. Homeowners see an average return of 56% of the cost of the remodel when they sell the house.


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Buyers at high-end waterfront properties are sparing no expense for storm-resistant features. They’re paying closer attention to the vulnerability of their current property and future property.
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Zillow panel of housing experts and economists sees dynamics carrying forward into next year, with the exception of interest rate rises. And that might be good.
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Home's Collateral ValueNew Challenges for Determining A Home’s Collateral Value.
Fannie and Freddie plan to waive the requirement for professional appraisal of purchase loans with an LTV ratio of 80% or lower.
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DRC commissioners agreed that the 300-foot-high Bezu would be dramatically out of scale with the neighboring Flori de Leon and other nearby structures.


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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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