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What’s Up With Housing?

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Some buyers love the idea of farm living providing it’s in the heart of the suburbs. Like golf communities, agrihoods focus on nature but also sell organic food.
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After falling for the last 10 years, the home-ownership rate increased during the first half of 2017.
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With 10,000 boomers retiring each day, builders remain confident. NAHB’s 2Q 55+ index not only rose 11 points, it’s been in positive territory for over four years.
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What Do Buyers Want More — A Bigger House or a Bigger Yard?
Turns out a big yard gives homeowners the extra ‘breathing room’ they want.
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Siding, Paint, Roofing, Wallboard Join Lumber as Input Inflation Drivers.
As 2018 budget season arrives, it’s time to both model in and do something about cost escalation on building products and materials.
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Tampa Bay Has Two New Million-Dollar ZIP Code Areas — Is Yours One of Them?
The addition of St Petersburg’s 33701 to the million-dollar ZIP list reflects the huge demand for luxury condos along Beach Drive with its waterfront views and wealth of restaurants.
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Recent Housing News

New Home SalesFor New Homes, Women Are a Tougher Sell…
Angst about health of the housing market appears stronger than men.  It is not that women don’t want to own their own homes. In fact, they want them more.

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AgrihoodsA Housing Trend Rooted in Agriculture…
Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching golf courses and designing communities around farms, offering residents a taste of the pastoral life — and tasty produce, too.  ‘Lettuce get something to eat.
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The Presidential Election and Its Impact on HousingThe Presidential Election and Its Impact on Housing
Even during this election year, the desire to achieve the American Dream is greater than the fear of uncertainty of the next presidency.
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Tiny HomesTiny Homes Grow More Appealing for Millennials
Millennials looking to save save money and live debt-free in the aftermath of the Great Recession have began to think small…or rather, tiny.
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Baby Boomers Migrating to the CityMore Baby Boomers Migrating to the City…
An increasing percentage of boomers are leaving the suburbs for cities that are accommodating their needs.
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Interesting Housing News

In case you hadn’t heard, we are having another Coffee Corner next Friday, the 26th, at 9:30am. Please join us and learn about:  Changes to The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

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Presidential Election and the Real Estate IndustryWill the Upcoming Presidential Election Affect Job Growth and/or the Real Estate Market? Does the political party the president belongs to determine job growth and real estate demand?

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"Henry" LoansLow Down Payments Would Reward High Earners in ‘Henry’ Loans…  Mortgage lenders may loosen jumbo-loan down payment requirements for a so-called “Henry”—an acronym for ‘High Earner, Not Rich Yet.’

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AgrihoodsHomes built adjacent to functioning farms?
Welcome to “Agrihoods” — pastoral ventures with healthier foods as their focus. This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Shanghai.

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Big banks are fleeing the mortgage marketMore Big Banks Just Say ‘No’ to Mortgage Lending.
Some analysts think big banks will retreat entirely, leaving mortgages to small banks and online lenders.
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Importance of HomeownershipImportance of Homeownership Finally Makes Political Debate. Tuesday, one of the candidates running for President spoke out about the importance of homeownership in America.

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Barbi's Smart HouseThe future is here: Even Barbie has a smart home.
Barbie’s Dreamhouse now has voice-activated smart home commands.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

Communities

Beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone.

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SCADPadOvercrowded cities are struggling to find places to build Affordable Housing
How about inside a parking garage? 

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AgrihoodsIt’s a Wonderful Day in the Agrihood.
Residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center.
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Jumbo Loans RisingJumbo Loans, Starter Style… Lending is on the rise for jumbo loans below the $1 million mark, boosted by the housing rebound and increased competition among banks.

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