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Overall, closed sales were slightly down from 2017, but sale prices were up!
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357 on Fifth, a 13-unit condo project, had been planned for 357 Fifth St. S in downtown St. Petersburg has now been scrapped and the property is up for sale for $1.3 million.
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Should a solar lease be regulated as a utility if it “sells” power to homeowners? The state says no, so solar-using homeowners needn’t fear new regulations.
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It takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside.
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Homes need to combine a tight building envelope with mechanical ventilation and air filtration to provide consistently fresh indoor air. Healthy homes also provide optimal natural light.
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Prices continued to rise in all four bay area counties but the rate of increase has been cut in half since 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by Florida Realtors. Sales also lagged.
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Millennial home buyers are taking a long-term view when buying, and also tend to value safe neighborhoods and good schools over walkability and short commutes.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Three recent lawsuits pit one side against the other giving rise to tension between those intent on preserving the old and others who consider that advocacy a violation of property rights.
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There has been a shift in demand for rental housing due to demographic and other changes in our society.
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Strong job growth, tax law changes and an increasingly youthful population are among the factors making the Tampa Bay area far more attractive to investors than it was a decade ago.
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New York faces a big fiscal shortfall that its governor blames, in part, on tax reform. He says more residents are now moving to lower-tax states – notably Florida.
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday to allow development of a 21-story mixed-use building near Mirror Lake to move forward.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Is there a bedroom makeover in your future? One of the easiest ways to refresh and revive your bedroom is with a fresh coat of paint.
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Industry expert Steve Friedman details the ins and outs of the sweeping legislation, including some good news for small builders and developers.
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Will we see the same trends as in 2018, when prices rose due to a relatively scant supply of available homes?
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Economists forecast growth in home prices to drop as higher interest rates impact the mortgage market, but Florida’s housing market is projected to do very well next year.
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How to handle the cost-per-square-foot question every buyer asks but no builder wants—or knows how—to answer.
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After four months of consecutive declines, consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in December. Similarly, consumer sentiment at the national level increased.
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Construction firms across Florida expect to step up hiring significantly in 2019 to meet a growing demand for the industry. There’s just one problem — a labor shortage that has plagued construction for years.


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Millennials still show a preference for conventional loans. In Sept., 68% of all loans were conventional; 27% FHA and 2% VA, reports Ellie Mae, which says the industry should “educate these buyers on the options… available to them.”
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As home prices rose in the years before the Great Recession, complaints about a shortage of “workforce housing” became common in many communities throughout Florida. Those complaints are back again, with a vengeance. In most fast-growing areas of Florida — particularly in South Florida and Orlando — housing affordability for low- and moderate-income workers is a bigger issue than ever.
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The federal government’s clampdown on dirty money in luxury real estate markets in South Florida and other metropolitan areas is ramping up.
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Stackable apartments. Robotic valets. Infrared spas. The future has arrived, haltingly, and this time will be different. Maybe.
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Want to retire comfortably? Millennials should buy a home now, finds a ULI study. Those who postpone a purchase now to save money end up losing out later, because buying young nets a “big bang for the housing buck.”
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The 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study finds homeowners are opting for showers over bathtubs in their master suites. And over half (56%) of baby boomer homeowners are addressing aging-related needs during master bathroom renovations.
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For the second consecutive month, sales and prices showed healthy year-over-year gains in October, with Pinellas County recording its biggest price jump — 13.3 percent — since January.
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Despite a shortage of available homes, many Tampa Bay sellers are getting a rude awakening when the sign goes up but no offers come in.
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Cerberus Capital Management is said to be raising over $500 million to buy single-family rental homes. Amherst Holdings is planning to raise $1 billion to buy single-family homes and rent them out.
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There are many conflicting headlines when it comes to describing today’s real estate market. Some are making comparisons to the market we experienced 10 years ago and are starting to believe that we may be doomed to repeat ourselves.
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The Aug. Consumer Confidence Index rose to 133.4 – its highest level since Oct. 2000; both current outlooks and future expectations rose more than 5 points.
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Is your bathroom draining the good energy from your home? Restore the balance, and fix these feng shui faux pas—fast.

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It’s been 10 years since the Great Recession, but most home prices in the Tampa Bay area still haven’t reached their pre-recession peak, according to numbers released by Zillow.
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The CFPB had about 1,200 reverse-mortgage consumer complaints over 3 years. People cited “confusion and frustration over the terms” and loan-servicing problems.
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Home buyers young and old want high-tech features in their homes. Across the board, and across the generations, security and convenience are of primary interest.
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Despite rising prices, Tampa remains one of the best cities in which to flip houses ranking 10th among 172 cities compared on such metrics as median purchase price and average remodeling costs.
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The Senate approved a bill this week, and the president signed it, to keep the National Flood Insurance Program operating for 4 more months.
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Young People Don’t Want Construction Jobs…
Disinterest in construction work is contributing to a labor shortage that has meant fewer homes built and rising prices—possibly for years to come.
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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.