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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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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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In case you hadn’t heard, we are having another Coffee Corner next Friday, the 26th, at 9:30am. Please join us and learn about:  Changes to The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

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Presidential Election and the Real Estate IndustryWill the Upcoming Presidential Election Affect Job Growth and/or the Real Estate Market? Does the political party the president belongs to determine job growth and real estate demand?

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"Henry" LoansLow Down Payments Would Reward High Earners in ‘Henry’ Loans…  Mortgage lenders may loosen jumbo-loan down payment requirements for a so-called “Henry”—an acronym for ‘High Earner, Not Rich Yet.’

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AgrihoodsHomes built adjacent to functioning farms?
Welcome to “Agrihoods” — pastoral ventures with healthier foods as their focus. This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Shanghai.

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Big banks are fleeing the mortgage marketMore Big Banks Just Say ‘No’ to Mortgage Lending.
Some analysts think big banks will retreat entirely, leaving mortgages to small banks and online lenders.
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Importance of HomeownershipImportance of Homeownership Finally Makes Political Debate. Tuesday, one of the candidates running for President spoke out about the importance of homeownership in America.

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Barbi's Smart HouseThe future is here: Even Barbie has a smart home.
Barbie’s Dreamhouse now has voice-activated smart home commands.

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Rent-To-OwnIs Rent-to-Own a solution to the rental crisis?  Potential buyers struggling with weak credit scores or inadequate downpayments could find it easier to become a homeowner under a rent-to-own program.

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Smart HomesWill 2016 Will Be The Year of The Smart Home?  A new survey reveals that homeowners are more interested in smart home technology than ever before.

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New Products 2016 IBSNew Products: From graphic tiles to important behind-the-wall solutions for healthy homes, the 2016 International Builders Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show have no shortage of new products for your upcoming projects. 

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Kitchen FlooringKitchen Confidential: An Expert Guide to Flooring… A look at the pros, cons and costs of 5 popular kitchen flooring materials.

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No Housing Meltdown Expected5 reasons a 2007-style real estate meltdown is unlikely now…  The real-estate industry is on much more solid footing.

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Residential Design TrendsThe Most Persistent Residential Design Trends of the Next 10 Years… An analysis ​of what are predicted to be the decade’s most prominent residential design trends in terms of home layouts, products, features, and systems, as well as neighborhood and community design.
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Millennial Housing IdeaCould This Be The House That Will Turn Millennials Into Homeowners?  Millennials are having a hard time entering the real estate market. This affordable, sustainable house is trying to change that.

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All Cash Real Estate PurchasesThe Government Wants to Know Who Is Buying Luxury Real Estate in New York and Miami.  All-cash home purchases are not just the bane of traditional home buyers’ dreams; they could also be a cover for money laundering.

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Smart Shower HeadThis Showerhead Knows When Enough is Enough…
The Hydrao showerhead will change colors to alert you that you are using too much water.

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Hipster Housing Hot ButtonsThese Hipster Developers Figure They Know What Millennials Really Want… communal spaces, “authentic” design details, and walkable neighborhoods. Care to add anything?

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Moveable ApartmentsMoving? You Can Take This Tiny, Cheap, Smart Apartment With You Wherever You Go. If you need to move to a new city, this tiny apartment is designed to come with you.

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CFPB LogoTerrific Synopsis (VIDEO) of the New Mortgage Disclosure Rules by Margy Grant. This is Something All Realtors, Lenders and Real Estate Professionals Need To Get Their Arms Around.

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Home Buying MotivatorsPeople buy homes for various reasons. Here are 5 great motivators.

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Urban FarmingAn Unexpected Romance: Urban Farmers and Real Estate Developers. The rise of residential developers using some form of “building-integrated food production” has made for some strange bedfellows between small farmers and big builders.

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