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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Millennial MigrationMillennials Are Migrating Less.
Millennials are choosing to stay rooted in one place despite their lack of anchors such as spouses, families, and homes.

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Mortgage for DoctorsA Home Loan for Doctors? Yup, Physicians Get Their Own Mortgage.
With an average of $180K in medical school debt to pay off, many doctors can’t qualify for a home loan. However, only a few lenders offer this special financing.

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CFPBWhen is a credit score not a credit score?
CFPB, the U.S. consumer watchdog, fined Experian – one of the big three credit score agencies – $3M for saying that the scores it sold to consumers were the same ones used by credit agencies when they make lending decisions.
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Florida Realtors & Florida BarDeadline is near: The new FAR/BAR contract debuts April.
The most noteworthy change is a rewrite of Paragraph 8(b), the financing clause.
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Flooring TrendsFour Hot Flooring Trends
Durability and sustainability are among the top desired features, in addition to great looks.
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Consumer Confidence SoarsConsumer confidence in March soared to the highest level in more than 16 years.
Consumer confidence has taken off since the election of President Donald Trump, on the prospect of lower taxes and more infrastructure spending.

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What’s Up With Housing?

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Tampa Bay Homes ValuesTampa Bay Homes Values Soared in 2016 But So Did Rents.
Happy New Year, Tampa Bay — you’re worth more than you used to be.

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2017 Housing MarketWhat We Can Expect in the 2017 Housing Market…
Although mortgage rates will climb, inventory should improve and buyers should have more options for financing a home.

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Housing Market TrendsThese 5 Trends Will Shape the Housing Market in 2017…
Rates, starts, credit, cities and foreign buyers are on the list.
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Florida Association of RealtorsFloridians’ confidence soars in December.
Consumer sentiment in Florida surged 6.9 points in December – its highest reading since March 2015 and second-highest since February 2004.
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Apartment Construction Fizzling?More signs the apartment boom may be fizzling.
New data shows that not only are builders constructing fewer apartments, but that a smaller percentage is finding tenants.

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What’s Up In Housing

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Home Buying & Selling TipsThinking of buying or selling a home?
Follow these 10 tips for the best results.
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Florida Association of RealtorsConforming mortgage limits to go up in 2017.
For the first time since 2006, the federal government has increased the maximum amount of a conforming loan by $7,100, boosting it to $424,100 in most regions.
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Consumer Confidence is UpU.S. consumer confidence surges in November.
Americans’ outlook is “once again at pre-recession levels,” according to the Conference Board’s latest survey. The index climbed 6.3 points to 107.1.

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2017 New Home SalesForecast: 2017 New-Home Sales Up 10%
Starts seen growing 3% as housing market overall gains 1.9% to 5.46 million homes sold.

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FHA Condo ReformsThe Risks and Advantages of the FHA’s Condo Reforms.
HR 3700 mandates an easier buying and selling process for FHA condominiums – but the reforms suffer from a lack of insight into potential risks.

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Recent Housing News

Take a look at the Skyway Marina District’s New Sizzle Reel.

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Millennial Home BuyersMillennials in Tampa Bay are starting to buy houses and that’s going to revolutionize real estate.
However, here locally, high demand coupled with low supply means millennials can find themselves in fierce competition with other buyers for nice, affordable houses in popular areas.
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Florida Association of RealtorsFlorida Consumer Confidence Ticks Lower Before Election.
Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined 1.5 points in October to 90, according to the latest UF survey. The reading is the last one before Tuesday’s election.

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Housing And The CandidatesHow housing would fare under Clinton, Trump.
For an election supposedly based on the economy, housing policy has been egregiously absent from the rhetoric. Here’s what we do know.
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Will Interest Rates Rise?Fed Signals It’s on Track to Raise Rates in December.
The central bank held steady on rates, but its statement reinforced expectations that officials do not plan to wait much longer to raise them.

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Home ImprovementsFix These 10 Things That Are Hurting Your Home’s Value
Make sure to take care of some easy DIY repairs that could turn off prospective buyers.
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Interesting Housing News

Timeshare MarketThe Timeshare Hard Sell Comes Roaring Back…
High-pressure practices by Diamond and others have prompted lawsuits and led to predictions that regulators will increase oversight of the industry.

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Buying A HomeThe ‘Must’ List: 10 Essentials for Buyers to Know About a Home Purchase.  When it comes to a home purchase, the future owner is on a “need-to-know” basis, especially with these 10 considerations.
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Don't Raid Your 401kRetirement at Risk: Using a 401(k) Can Be a Dicey Way to Pay.  A borrower/home buyer who uses a 401(k) plan as a down payment is taking on too much risk.

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Consumer ConfidenceU.S. consumer confidence and housing data underscore economy’s resilience.  U.S. consumer confidence improved in January despite a stock market rout and house prices accelerated in November, suggesting underlying strength in the economy despite a sharp growth slowdown in recent months.
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Home Staging TipsEssential Home Staging Tips… The practice of staging homes for sale has evolved over the past decade. Some ideas have changed, while others remain the same. The following is a list of current staging tips from the pros.

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IBS ProductsMore Product News From IBS… There was no slowing down for attendees at the 2016 International Builders Show.  From sinks to siding, check it out.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

 

Mortgage DemandMortgage Demand Picks Up in Second Quarter.
This indicates a positive trend for consumer spending.

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GentrificationHow to Predict Rising Home Prices and Future Gentrification.  Looking at public building permit information can be a kind of crystal ball, revealing future gentrification, neighborhood changes, and rising home prices.

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Urban LunacyUrban Lunacy?  How to Build a City on the Moon…  Another, one giant leap for mankind–the dream of a moon city–via the vision of the new head of the European Space Agency, who wants to give it a try.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

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Retiree housing wealth: Battered but still significantRetiree housing wealth: Battered but still significant…  Many retirees will be able to tap their home equity for income.

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Nest Thermostat  New Data Shows the Nest Thermostat Can Cut Your Cooling Bill by 15%. Claiming an average savings of $131 to $145 per year.

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Sell Before SpringNo Matter What Punxsutawney Phil and His Buddies Say… You Should Sell Your Home Before Spring!

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Consumer Confidence Lifting Home SalesConsumer Confidence is Lifting Home Sales…
The housing market has been disappointing in the past year, with sales essentially flat. But there are signs that the market is starting to stir.

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Youthification vs. Gentrification... Changing NeighborhoodsIs Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification.

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