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What’s New With Housing?

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Please take action by urging Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.

 

Freddie Mac: Rates have declined in 5 of past 6 weeks, but a year ago, the average 30-year FRM was 3.96%. Average 15-year FRM slipped to 3.99% this week.
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Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the ’30s or the kitschy flourishes in ’60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.
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Apartment renters have come to expect green building features like good indoor air quality and energy efficiency, making them more of a requirement in many markets.
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As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that’s just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on.
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A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership.
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22 real estate groups and associations – NAR, NAHB, insurers, bankers and others – sent a joint letter to lawmakers pushing them to pass a flood insurance bill.

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What’s Up With Housing?

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Building Permits on the Rise in FloridaFlorida Building Permits Rose 20.8% Year-to-Year.
Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire’s 43.1% drop.

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Governor Scott Signs Real Estate-Related Bills Into Law.
New laws will boost flood insurance warnings, tinker with HOA covenant and restriction rules, and change the way Fla. regulates and defines “mortgage lenders.”

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The Pinellas County real estate market is continuing to see higher sale prices and homes moving at a faster rate for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo markets compared to February 2017.
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As more multifamily developers experiment with modular construction, its use is increasing.
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Did you know that St. Pete offers no-interest loans for qualified first-time home buyers and for qualified homeowners who need help to rehab their houses?
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The premium hikes, which are required by law, will be as little as 2% for some properties and as high as 24% for others. The average increase will be about 8%.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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The National Flood Insurance Program did not expire last Fri. as feared, but Congress extended it for only 2 weeks. Its new expiration date: Dec. 22, 2017.
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Thinking about buying your first home? Before you can unlock the door to homeownership, you have to take some important first steps. From finding the perfect location to financing your purchase, shopping for your first home has challenges that go beyond curb appeal and interior features.
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80% of millennial renters want to buy a home, yet most say they can’t afford it. However, there are ways to get around that problem.
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Some home flipping wisdom for investors who want to make sure they are keeping sharp when it comes to effectively — and profitably — flipping homes.
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Tampa Bay has seen two booms in house flipping – one in the mid-2000s, when prices headed steadily upward, and again from 2011 to 2014 when the market was flooded with cheap foreclosures. But in the three months ended in September, area flippers made an average gross profit of 54.5%, a drop from 66.5% in the same period a year ago.


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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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“Convenience is one of the most attractive qualities to Millennials and something real estate developers should keep in mind…”
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NAR says the just-announced tax proposal is “nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law.” NAHB says it “abandons middle-class taxpayers in favor of high-income Americans and wealthy corporations.”
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Would you live in a shipping container? Check out these inventive recycled container designs.
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Pet owners face unique challenges when buying and selling a home. Not all neighborhoods, houses or condos will love their dog as much as they do.
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If you’re thinking of selling and moving down, waiting might make sense. If you are a first-time buyer or a seller thinking of moving up, waiting probably doesn’t make sense.
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NAR: Before its Dec. 8 expiration date, NFIP will likely be OK’d for another extension to give Congress time to finalize a longer-term revamp of the program.
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Homeowners in Florida are finding that homes built to the stricter building codes seem to have fared better during Hurricane Irma.
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NAR’s Call for Action ended Friday. While NAR initially hoped to pass a comprehensive flood bill that lasted years, Harvey aid and Irma’s impending threat last week convinced Congress to postpone major changes. NFIP now expires in December.
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Florida’s housing market continued its positive track in August, with more closed sales, increased pending sales, more new listings and rising median prices.
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FHA loans require a post-disaster inspection in declared catastrophe areas, but a rule that could delay closings has been waived.
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PRO LogoPinellas County Real Estate Statistics for August 2017
Here’s the Stand-Out Stat for August 2017: Median Time to Sale for Single Family Homes was 63 days down 13.7% from 73 days in August 2016.
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Now that the “big one” has finally happened how can you protect yourself?


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The bill working its way through Congress has “significant improvements,” including a commitment to protect current owners from substantial rate increases.
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For the sixth consecutive month, May home prices venture into record territory.
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The CFPB recently loosened rules, and agents now have easier access to the closing disclosure providing certain private information is removed. However now, as before, the lenders decide how to handle it.
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According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment.
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For the second time in six weeks, a company connected to the same lawyer stood poised to profit from a Pinellas County foreclosure auction that confused even experienced real estate investors.
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It’s cheaper to rent than own a home in 11 states, but Florida’s average monthly rent, $1,543, is still higher than the cost of an average monthly mortgage: $1,376.