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What’s Up With Housing?

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The new technology should give buyers new loan options as the ultra-secure platform makes it safer and easier for private individuals to lend money to strangers.
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We will not have a glut of inventory like we did back in 2008 and home values won’t come tumbling down. Instead, if demand weakens, we will return to a normal market (approximately a 6-month supply) with historic levels of appreciation (3.6% annually).
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Florida Realtors Pump Another $500K Into Amendment 2 Push.
Florida Realtors are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would make permanent a cap on increasing property taxes for non-homesteaded properties.
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Why this story about the cost and value of innovation matters in housing right now.
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Get ideas for camouflaging your outlets, adding task lighting, and avoiding common kitchen annoyances.
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Rental units are the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. At the same time, the vacation rental marketing is also booming. But which is a better investment: leasing your property to a long-term tenant or renting to travelers on a short-term basis?

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What’s New With Housing?

Here are 7 steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community.
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Healthful LivingThe Future of Housing Will Embody Healthful Living.
Eating, breathing, and sleeping are essential to both short- and long-term health. Yet, our homes—our most fundamental haven for these activities—often aren’t designed to support these most basic of health needs.
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High–impact updates don’t have to come at a high cost. These 6 projects fit in a TV–sized budget and you can tackle them in a weekend.
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This gulf-front Belleair Shore home designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright is being marketed as Florida’s first “Bitcoin” home for sale.
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55% of U.S. homeowners with a child under the age of 18 when they bought a home said their child’s opinion was a factor in their home-buying decision.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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As early investors in bitcoin gained massive wealth, interest in the cryptocurrency also grew and started reaching other industries — real estate, in particular. Some real estate startups have launched tokens backed by property assets while another created a blockchain for recording real estate transactions, leading to the first-ever U.S. property transfer recorded using blockchain.
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Land and construction costs have increased sharply since the end of the last boom a decade ago, and construction activity remains at an almost 60-year low.
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Florida Building Codes Thwarted Hurricane Damage…
Florida’s building codes top all other states, according to a report that found the state’s newer properties were better able to withstand Hurricane Irma damage.
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The key component of smart homes and home automation is the Internet of Things (IoT). It has allowed us to connect our devices and home appliances with each other with the help of internet.
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Home sales jumped in February, showing buyers may not be as concerned about interest rates and taxes as previously thought.


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5 Tips if You Plan to Buy or Sell a Home Using Cryptocurrency…

  • Cryptocurrencies are fast becoming the payment method of choice for the high-end real estate market.
  • Those who have made millions through cryptocurrencies look to real estate as a logical, less volatile asset.
  • Cryptocurrencies are still largely unregulated, which also makes them more attractive for potential home buyers.

Real estate agent Tony Giordano knows high-end real estate, and he has made it his business to know cryptocurrencies, because that is fast becoming his business. The crypto craze has made new millionaires, many of whom are looking for ways to reinvest their gains. Real estate is a logical, less volatile asset.

So Giordano, who specializes in the luxury real estate market, is more often than not traveling from his home base in Los Angeles to real estate conferences around the nation, teaching other agents how to deal in cryptocurrencies. The requests are coming in faster and faster.

“What I’m trying to teach agents is, do your research if you want to invest in it, but regardless of the investment side, this is a real currency and you’d better learn it and understand it,” said Giordano. “They’re not realizing, it’s here now as a currency to be used in the purchase and sale of a property.”

Giordano has already closed several cryptocurrency home sales. He now asks every one of his seller clients of a high-end home if he or she would be willing to accept any currency. The strategy is simple: The more options for the buyer, the more potential buyers, especially on the high end, where buyers often want to fly under the radar and avoid tax issues. Cryptocurrencies are still largely unregulated.

“That’s our job in marketing property, especially luxury real estate,” said Gioradano. “Never assume where the buyer is going to come from. Make sure we get this property out there and say we are open to all currencies and crypto being one of them.”

Nationwide there are already a few hundred listings that mention cryptocurrencies as an option for buyers.

These are Tony’s tips for buyers and sellers:

  1. Research: Sellers need to really take the time to learn and understand it. Cryptocurrency YouTube videos can really help.
  2. Understand: Stop thinking only about the investment side of it. It’s a real currency regardless of its value (bubble or no bubble) that people can buy or sell real estate with.
  3. Hire an expert: Sellers need to make sure the agent they are interviewing to list their property is very familiar and experienced with a crypto transaction.
  4. Practice/learn: Download a cryptocurrency app (like Coinbase) and buy $20 of a bitcoin to start to understand how to buy it and then sell it back and exchange it to USD again.
  5. Keep up to date with all the main cryptocurrencies. Not just bitcoin. You want to watch bitcoin cash, ethereum, lite coin, ripple, etc.

via Diana Olick, CNBC