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What’s Up With Housing?

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An FHA loan with a low down payment can be a lifesaver; but, as one newbie home buyer discovered, it isn’t all smooth sailing.
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Only Gen-X Household Wealth Has Recovered Since the Housing Crash.
The generation that lost the most is the fastest to bounce back, with median net worth up 115% since 2010.
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Simple advice – buy a home and pay off your mortgage early so that you can retire sooner with the money you will have saved!
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If boomers see the pool of buyers shrinking and home-price increases slowing, will they decide it’s time to cash in and downsize? And if they do, will the market be flooded with listings? Some economists think that things could change quickly.
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In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. It’s no bubble, but that doesn’t mean a drop isn’t coming.
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How does housing impact the health and well-being of its residents? What responsibility does housing have to its occupants, and how is it changing? [VIDEO]

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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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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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