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There are several headwinds that need to be addressed—if not this year, then soon, some industry experts say.
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Urban Planning101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City…
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact.
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They had stronger positive outlooks about what their finances should be like a year from now, as well as how they expect the U.S. economy to fare a year from now and five years from now.
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Some urban planners call it “missing middle” housing. That’s low-rise housing built at a scale compatible with single-family houses, but at higher densities, making them candidates for meeting a growing demand for walkable urban housing. Four-plexes are an example.
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Whether it be for convenience, safety, or just a fun tool to have, more home and garage smart-features are hitting the market and creating a new wave for the “techies” of the world.
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Tesla will set up designated spaces in over 800 Home Depot stores that will highlight its renewable energy products and is reportedly in talks with Lowe’s.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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The fates of hedge funds and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could hinge on a yet-to-be written provision of the latest bill to overhaul the entities.
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Check out these 11 inventive and inspiring recycled shipping container home designs.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carson commits to end homelessness. “We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”
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The rise in mortgage applications last week doesn’t make sense — unless you factor in fear. Interest rates rose, but borrowers may have jumped in, especially to refinance their current loans, worried that the long run of record low rates is over.
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Foreign Real Estate InvestorsAgain, U.S. at No. 1 for Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
Foreign investors in real estate assign high importance to the potential for wealth and security—and according to new research, the U.S. is expected to offer both more than any other country in 2018.
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Come on Inside The reNEWable Living Home…  More than ever, Americans’ relationship with their homes is evolving. As research strengthens the link between smart design and health, as more extended families come together under a single roof, and as the construction industry grapples with a labor shortage amid demand for resilient, durable homes, builders and architects are realizing it’s time to disrupt the traditional home building process.


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Housing News: A Week In Review

Realtors… Please Save This Date: December 12, 2017 – 9:00am to 10:am
Title Security’s Coffee Corner will help you learn how to better navigate the sections of the FR/BAR contract that impact your closings.

The Senate is working on its own legislation so the final outcome remains undetermined.
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Are “smart homes” selling better than their unconnected rivals? Savvy sellers can add smart lighting, doorbell, lock, thermostat and security for about $2,100.
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In his new book, ‘Artemis,’ Andy Weir geeks out on how homes and cities could one day be built on the lunar surface.
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“Rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory” are two factors driving demand for housing says Robert Dietz with the National Association of Home Builders.
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The 53-acre Water Street Tampa will include two sister residential towers connected by a large commercial space.


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Five Ways to Talk to Your Customers about Smart Home Technology.
The smart home market has seen general interest, but also a lot of confusion. Here’s what to keep in mind.
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Florida’s consumers were a bit more optimistic in June.
“Overall, Floridians appear to be more optimistic. Most of the increase is due to the positive perceptions of consumers’ current and future personal finance situation.”

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HUDHUD awards Florida $822K in housing counseling grants.
24 Florida organizations will get money to help buyers prepare to become homeowners, with additional money going to agencies that serve multiple states.

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5 Signs a 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Is Not for You.
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the gold standard—but for some buyers, it doesn’t make sense. Let’s see if this loan is right for you.
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Affordable housing developments in low-income, minority communities are shown to have multiple positive effects.


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Recent Housing News

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Housing Market Still PositiveKeep Calm and Keep Buying Homes…
From a housing economist’s perspective, the prospects for the U.S. residential real estate market still look good after last week’s surprise election results.

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2017 Real Estate TrendsReal Estate Trends to Watch in 2017.
In addition to the commercial use of drones and how the President-Elect Donald Trump may impact the real estate market, many millennial buyers may skip the starter home and purchase a move-up home instead in 2017.
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55+ Housing Needs55-Plus Residents Are Not All the Same.
Older adults don’t just fall into one amorphous demographic blob; they have distinct housing-need differences that builders need to address in their design and location of 55-plus communities.
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Florida Association of Realtors86% of buyers don’t have a clue what a CLUE report is.
If a seller made multiple property insurance claims, buyers could end up paying surprisingly higher premiums – but only 12% request a CLUE report.
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Smart Homes5 Smart Homes Using Connected Tech in Different Ways
Everyone has a different need for smart home technology. This round-up offers up a few examples for different types of buyers.

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Rising RentsRising Rents Could Be the Real Reason People Can’t Save…
“The rent is too damn high” is more than a political slogan; it reflects the harsh reality of unaffordable housing in America today.

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Recent Housing News

Florida RealtorsThe lack of affordable housing isn’t just a Florida discussion; it’s a national discussion.  Housing production is not near the level the population requires. Homeownership peaked at 69.2% in June 2004 and has since dropped to 63.5%.

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What is a Smart HomeJust what is a ‘smart home’ anyway?
The definition of a “smart home” is coming under scrutiny. That is because sellers and their agents are using the term to boost sales and prices.
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Should Appraisers Also Be Home Inspectors?Realtors Balk at FHA Rules that Make Appraisers Home Inspectors Too.
Requiring appraisers to take on home inspection-type duties to ensure standards are met appears to blur the line between appraisals and home inspections and has raised questions among consumers, agents and appraisers.
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55+ Home DesignDesigning for 55-Plus: A Whole House Transformation
NEXTAdventure design team is rethinking various rooms in the home to better cater to the 55-plus buyer.

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Mortgage OptionsPrivate Lenders are Changing Mortgages
Investors dip into savings to offer high-price home loans to borrowers rejected by banks; bigger risks, bigger returns.

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