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Homeowners associations can institute some ridiculous rules—and some of them can veer into illegal territory.
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Sur Club in St PetersburgSt. Pete’s Newest Emerging Neighborhoods.
Clusters of businesses, housing, academic institutions and agencies focused on marine science, healthcare and innovation are at the center of two emerging neighborhoods.
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Overall, the residential land market in Florida is very strong as a result of the improving economy, combined with the continued influx of almost 1,000 people per day to the state.
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Efforts to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and incorporate innovation, technology and data are expanding the use of alternative valuation methods.
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Respondents claimed their favorite green features were recycling, smoke-free buildings, and walkability, while the most requested green features were recycling and composting, solar panels, and community gardens.
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Wishing all our friends a Joyous Mother’s Day weekend.

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More luxury buildings are luring buyers with amenities that lower stress and lead to inner peace, such as meditation courtyards, yoga studios and herb gardens.
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If you plan to buy a home this year, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan.
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The number of respondents who said now is a good time to buy a home in a Gallup poll ticked down, but remains well above 50%.
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They missed a step: Recession-wary young adults skipped the starter home and lived in their parents’ basements, where they saved money for a downpayment.
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What is driving the lift? Americans are optimistic about their prospects for selling, with 45 percent believing now is ideal to list—a high point.
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EDGE District, St. PetersburgEDGE District Designated Florida Main Street Program of the Month.
Since its designation in 2014, the EDGE District has received eight awards for outstanding programs, business and volunteers. EDGE is an acronym for “Entertainment, Dining, Galleries and shops, Etcetera.”
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Affordability and inventory is bleak, but rising interest rates and home prices signal a strong economy.
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The Pinellas real estate market is continuing to see a trend of higher sale prices and a shrinking inventory for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo segments. The Median Sale Price for Townhomes/Condos was up 14.4% in March 2017. The Median Sale Price for Single Family Homes was up by 8.7% from last year.
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If consumer spending is the grease that moves an economy, the U.S. should keep growing for at least the next six months – the number of survey respondents who expect a loss of income over that timeframe hit an 18-year low.
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More wealthy people seem interested in a Fla. home – and the state’s lack of an income tax – now that the IRS caps local and state tax deductibility at $10,000.
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Public art can spark revitalization in struggling neighborhoods and turn vacant land into a place where people want to live, work and play.


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Building Permits on the Rise in FloridaFlorida Building Permits Rose 20.8% Year-to-Year.
Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire’s 43.1% drop.

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Governor Scott Signs Real Estate-Related Bills Into Law.
New laws will boost flood insurance warnings, tinker with HOA covenant and restriction rules, and change the way Fla. regulates and defines “mortgage lenders.”

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The Pinellas County real estate market is continuing to see higher sale prices and homes moving at a faster rate for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo markets compared to February 2017.
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As more multifamily developers experiment with modular construction, its use is increasing.
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Did you know that St. Pete offers no-interest loans for qualified first-time home buyers and for qualified homeowners who need help to rehab their houses?
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The premium hikes, which are required by law, will be as little as 2% for some properties and as high as 24% for others. The average increase will be about 8%.


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Commercial real estate should continue to surge. But many are growing cautious, given some lurking ‘disruptors.’
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Top tips (and mistakes to avoid) for exteriors, kitchens, and even ceilings—whether you’re getting ready to sell or just freshening up.
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7 Reasons Trump’s Tax Plan Is Good For Real Estate Investors.
With the proper planning, real estate investors can receive amazing tax benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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A digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions, Blockchain is an emerging technology which could transform the way we buy, sell and lease real estate.
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These residential buildings cater to busy professionals by making it easy to work from home.
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If you’re looking for some insight into the coming kitchen trends for 2018 and beyond, or if you’re just looking for some fresh ideas to give your kitchen style an update, here are some clues.


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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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Museums, apartments, condos, a new police station and a dozen other projects mark one of the biggest downtown building booms in St. Petersburg’s 130-year history.
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“Peak Millennial” doesn’t mean what it used to, because Millennials are getting older. And even still, they’re sticking around cities more than older generations.
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Why developers are embracing this growing segment of the luxury condo market. Toll Brothers has made a practice of stretching its brand to accommodate its customers’ shifting tastes.
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UF’s consumer index rose an average 4.6 points in 2017, even though it dropped 1.4 points in Dec. Floridians were “far more optimistic in 2017.”
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More and more affordable housing developers are considering modular construction for their developments because of the time and cost savings prefabricated building can yield.
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Optimistic 2018 Construction Forecast Tempered by Worker Shortage.
The construction industry is expected to continue to grow in 2018, but Florida construction firms face issues of worker shortages and outside competition.
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Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped to 3.95% from 3.99% last week. One year ago, the FRM averaged 4.20%.