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What’s Up With Housing?

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With the following apps, you can get organized (whether you plan to buy or sell), save money, learn about the homes in your neighborhood and get inspired for your next renovation project.
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If you are thinking of selling, FSBOing may end up costing you money instead of saving you money.
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The government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program was all set to end next month, September 30, to be exact, but that’s not the case anymore.
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Could those dramatic gains in Tampa Bay home prices really be slowing down? July sales figures hint that the long-running sellers’ market might be shifting more in favor of buyers.
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Gen Y HomebuyersWill the Generation After the Millennials Own Homes?
“Given Generation X has a high homeownership rate and Generation Y is expected to as well I would expect nothing different from the youngest generation”
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Protecting Buyers Against Wire Fraud

Following up on our recent Coffee Corner discussing Cyber Fraud, here’s a short video by Margy Grant on the subject of Wire Fraud.

Wire fraud cases are on the rise; and buyers are being bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Criminals use sophisticated software to hack email accounts and look for keywords that indicate a transaction is in progress. Florida Realtors has added a Wire Fraud Prevention notice to the forms library to assist agents in working with buyers to help them understand the danger of fraudulent wiring instructions.

If you would like an infographic on what to look for in a fraudulent email please email me, Katie@TitleSecurityFL.com.

Thank you Florida Realtors.

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What’s Up With Housing?

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CFPBChanges loom for U.S. Consumer Watchdog Bureau.
The CFPB, which oversees RESPA, will likely change from semi-independent director oversight to a bipartisan board; and Congress could start setting CFPB’s budget.
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Student HousingDevelopment is Not Keeping Up with the Demand for Student Housing.
Shortage of good sites to build on and difficulty of finding construction financing hindering developers.
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High-Rise Condo SafetyNew High-Rises Could Power Tenants’ Homes for a Week in an Emergency…
Twin NYC apartment towers show how builders are guarding against extreme weather.
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Small Houses AppreciatingSmaller Homes are Experiencing The Fastest Price Appreciation.
NerdWallet attributes this growth to a high demand for starter homes and homes in cities.
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Modular Home AdvantagesCan Modular Construction Solve Labor, Lots, and Lending Issues?
Along with time savings, some modular builders would even say that there is the capability to build better quality homes because the construction process is isolated in a factory-controlled environment.
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Cyber FraudSave This Date:  Our Next Coffee Corner, 2-21-17, 9:30am to 10:30am
“What is Cyber-Fraud? Learn How to Protect Yourself and Your Client in Today’s World”

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Interesting Housing News

First Time HomebuyersFirst-Time Buyers Are Coming Back! (Gradually…)
A key group that has been conspicuously absent from the entry level housing market is Generation Y.

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Real Estate Trends4 Big Real Estate Trends… What trends could impact real estate? The Urban Land Institute suggests mortgage rate uncertainties and Gen X’s transition into real estate leadership positions.  Full Study
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Tesla PowerwallTesla Powerwall Debuts in Australia… The company designated Australia a “prioritized market” due to its high number of solar energy users.

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Tight Mortgage RulesOverly Tight Mortgage Rules Deep-Sixed 5.2 Million Mortgages From 2009 to 2014.  Due to tight credit standards 5.2 million mortgages were prevented, depriving families of access to the American Dream.

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Top Home Features 2016The 10 Hottest New-Home Features…
A National Association of Home Builders survey shows the 10 features builders identify as the ones they’ll most likely include in their new single-family homes in 2016.

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Interesting Housing News

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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Interesting Housing News

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TRID EffectThe TRID effect is real… Existing-home sales fall sharply in November due to closing delays.  Note: Many say that TRID is the acronym for The Reason I Drink.

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Emerging Technologies5 Emerging Technologies That Are Poised to Transform the Construction Industry.

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American Made Housing ProductsGo Patriotic with These 17 American-Made Products.
Your homes are made in the USA, and so are these great building product options.

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Multifamily 2016 Economic Outlook2016 Multifamily Economic Outlook…
The apartment industry has enjoyed quite a run these past five years, with 2015, especially, producing some impressive numbers. But how long will it last?

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New Home TechnologyIf It Can Be Done, It Will…
Why Home Builders Need to Embrace Innovation and Technology.

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Recent Housing News

SAVE This Date:  9:30AM, December 8th. Title Security’s Coffee Corner
Hear and discuss post October 3rd TRID positives and negatives.

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Action vs TalkACTION VS. TALK… Attitudes, preferences, and values of Millennials may say one thing; what young adults do, and what they buy, may be another.
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nothaft_dem_fig1_largeMillennial Surge, Boomer Bulge Set to Give Market a Boost.  Millennials and Baby Boomers, the “barbells” of the U.S. population, will muscle up housing demand in the period to come.

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OG-AG121_201511_GR_20151111105054Do You Know How Parents Can Help With Jumbo Mortgages? Advice for when mom and dad are ready to co-sign loans for a pricey property.

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FARWhat’s increasing in demand? Tech use and environmentally friendly housing.  And no, millennials don’t prefer renting – and not all boomers want to retire to Florida.

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