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Housing News: A Week In Review

Realtors… Please Save This Date: December 12, 2017 – 9:00am to 10:am
Title Security’s Coffee Corner will help you learn how to better navigate the sections of the FR/BAR contract that impact your closings.

The Senate is working on its own legislation so the final outcome remains undetermined.
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Are “smart homes” selling better than their unconnected rivals? Savvy sellers can add smart lighting, doorbell, lock, thermostat and security for about $2,100.
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In his new book, ‘Artemis,’ Andy Weir geeks out on how homes and cities could one day be built on the lunar surface.
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“Rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory” are two factors driving demand for housing says Robert Dietz with the National Association of Home Builders.
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The 53-acre Water Street Tampa will include two sister residential towers connected by a large commercial space.
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Demand for single-family homes declines along with fertility rates, and changing U.S. demographics could boost demand for townhouses and condos.
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Realtors® this fall continue to say the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings.
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Tuesday’s topics of discussion ranged from how to tackle the homelessness epidemic in major U.S. cities to whether crowdfunding has a place in the commercial real estate industry.
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Tampa Bay has more zombies — of a certain kind — than most anywhere.


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Zillow maintains that more than half the homes it lists sell within five percent of the home value “Zestimates” it gives for them. The Tampa Bay Times looked at 20 houses for sale on both sides of bay to see if that held up.
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People tend to be too optimistic about rental rates, vacancies, management fees, maintenance costs and home value increases.
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With so many generations to serve in Florida’s increasingly attractive housing market, how can developers be sure their product supply will appeal to their target audience?
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The federal consumer bureau says it’s okay for lenders to share buyers’ Closing Disclosure with agents, and it’s announcing soon the how-to-do-it details.
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Report: The number of homeowners (about 1.8M) who still owe more on a mortgage than their home’s current value has hit its lowest point since 2006.


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Icon ResidentialIcon Residential to Open Two New St. Pete Infill Communities.
Floorplans range from 1,400 to 2,600 square feet and start in the $300Ks.
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Can This Crowdfunding Platform Help Build The Kind Of Houses Millennials Want To Buy?
And even if it can–is that the fix urban housing really needs?

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As home prices continue to rise, what will $215,000 get you across Tampa Bay?
Continuing a remarkable run with no end in sight, prices for single family homes in the Tampa Bay area jumped again in May compared to the same month a year ago.

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Active DesignDesigning for Health and Wellness: The Next Great Challenge
We have Sustainable Design to conserve our resources and Resilient Design to protect us from the changing environment. Now Active Design is coming to make us healthier.
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Builders Eye Converting Strip Malls Into Homes
With more home buyers looking for an urban lifestyle, some builders are targeting aging office buildings or defunct car dealerships for development.

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Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics for May 2017
Pinellas County’s closed sales, new pending sales, and new listings all increased from May 2016.

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First Time BuyersDo you live in one of the hottest-selling neighborhoods in Tampa Bay? Check your ZIP
See which parts of the sprawling Tampa Bay region have fared best in the current real estate boom.

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John CatsimatidisGet to know the billionaire in the Big (Red) Apple behind St. Pete’s next great skyscraper.
Billionaire John Catsimatidis has a favorite word: Opportunity.
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CFPBHouse Passes Bill Gutting Dodd-Frank Law
The Financial CHOICE Act passed along party lines Thursday.
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Lower Mortgage RatesAverage U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.89%.
Freddie Mac: The 30-year FRM fell for the fourth week in a row, the lowest level in nearly seven months; a year ago, it was 3.60%. The 15-year FRM eased to 3.16%.

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How Developers Are Adapting to Residents’ New Live-Work-Play Lifestyles.
As the lines between home and work fade with opportunities of remote work and entrepreneurial ventures, residents want a community where they can do it all.
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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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Aging In PlaceTips For Building a Home for Aging Owners.
There are many things that can be done to make a home suitable for aging in place. Start with the basics or take on something more complex.

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Tampa Bay Residential BuildingsSouth Florida Apartment/Condo Developers Flock to Tampa Bay.
Drive around Tampa and St. Petersburg and it’s obvious that the bay area’s two biggest cities are in the midst of an apartment and condo building boom.

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Student HousingWhat to Expect from Student Housing Sector in 2017.
The student housing sector is in the sixth inning and there is still a lot of opportunity out there.

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Seniors Housing MarketConsider This Before Jumping into the Seniors Housing Market.
To succeed in the market, it is critically important to consider aspects that set seniors housing developments apart from general commercial real estate projects.
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Mortgage Insurance PremiumsFHA Lowers Borrowers’ Mortgage Insurance Premiums.
The low-downpayment mortgage should be more appealing to first-time buyers after FHA breathed “new life into the program” by reducing costs.

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One - Downtown St PetersburgFlorida construction companies anticipate more work in 2017.
About 80% of construction firms plan to hire workers this year, with nearly a third intending to increase their headcount by more than 25 workers.

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