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“Invisible Sustainability,” the blending of sustainable design principles with an aesthetic that is rigorously minimal.
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The share of self-employed construction workers remains high, even as housing recovers.
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Flood insurance got more expensive this month, and it may become even pricier depending on how Congress handles the July 31 deadline to address the National Flood Insurance Program.
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It’s important to vet your subcontractors well, as you may end up paying for their potential default or mistakes.  These best practices can help ensure you have the right pros working for you.
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Homeless VetsFlorida Receiving $567,928 to Help Homeless Vets.
HUD and the VA will provide housing vouchers to help 5,211 U.S. veterans nationwide find a home. In Florida, 13 agencies across the state will split the funding.
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Suburban municipalities can help pave the way for new development by making zoning adjustments that ensure density.
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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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There are several headwinds that need to be addressed—if not this year, then soon, some industry experts say.
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Urban Planning101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City…
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact.
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They had stronger positive outlooks about what their finances should be like a year from now, as well as how they expect the U.S. economy to fare a year from now and five years from now.
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Some urban planners call it “missing middle” housing. That’s low-rise housing built at a scale compatible with single-family houses, but at higher densities, making them candidates for meeting a growing demand for walkable urban housing. Four-plexes are an example.
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Whether it be for convenience, safety, or just a fun tool to have, more home and garage smart-features are hitting the market and creating a new wave for the “techies” of the world.
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Tesla will set up designated spaces in over 800 Home Depot stores that will highlight its renewable energy products and is reportedly in talks with Lowe’s.


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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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One reason for the increase is that many lenders allowed borrowers affected by Irma to skip a payment.
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The pioneering geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas is developing the Minka tiny home to create an assisted-living model completely on seniors’ own turf and terms.
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Smart CitiesAT&T’s Smart City Vision: More Parking, Fewer Traffic Jams.
Managing traffic flow, locating open parking spots and seeing whether bridges are structurally sound are some of the potential benefits from AT&T’s latest push to power the smart city.
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The forecast predicts a growing economy and positive demographic trends, creating opportunities in the housing market despite the affordability challenges buyers will face from rising prices and mortgage rates.
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Houzz’s 2018 Kitchen Trends study revealed that homeowners are obsessed with clutter-free countertops and ingenious storage options.
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2018 Construction ForecastConstruction Industry Set for a Boom in 2018.
Job creation, increased spending, and high optimism in the construction sector suggests that 2018 will be a big year for builders. For all of 2017, construction added 210,000 jobs, a 35 percent increase over 2016.
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Owning a home always has been, and always will be, a crucial part of attaining the American Dream.


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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%.


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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.