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Millennials still show a preference for conventional loans. In Sept., 68% of all loans were conventional; 27% FHA and 2% VA, reports Ellie Mae, which says the industry should “educate these buyers on the options… available to them.”
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As home prices rose in the years before the Great Recession, complaints about a shortage of “workforce housing” became common in many communities throughout Florida. Those complaints are back again, with a vengeance. In most fast-growing areas of Florida — particularly in South Florida and Orlando — housing affordability for low- and moderate-income workers is a bigger issue than ever.
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The federal government’s clampdown on dirty money in luxury real estate markets in South Florida and other metropolitan areas is ramping up.
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Stackable apartments. Robotic valets. Infrared spas. The future has arrived, haltingly, and this time will be different. Maybe.
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Want to retire comfortably? Millennials should buy a home now, finds a ULI study. Those who postpone a purchase now to save money end up losing out later, because buying young nets a “big bang for the housing buck.”
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The 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study finds homeowners are opting for showers over bathtubs in their master suites. And over half (56%) of baby boomer homeowners are addressing aging-related needs during master bathroom renovations.
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For the second consecutive month, sales and prices showed healthy year-over-year gains in October, with Pinellas County recording its biggest price jump — 13.3 percent — since January.
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The fates of hedge funds and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could hinge on a yet-to-be written provision of the latest bill to overhaul the entities.
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Check out these 11 inventive and inspiring recycled shipping container home designs.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carson commits to end homelessness. “We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”
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The rise in mortgage applications last week doesn’t make sense — unless you factor in fear. Interest rates rose, but borrowers may have jumped in, especially to refinance their current loans, worried that the long run of record low rates is over.
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Foreign Real Estate InvestorsAgain, U.S. at No. 1 for Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
Foreign investors in real estate assign high importance to the potential for wealth and security—and according to new research, the U.S. is expected to offer both more than any other country in 2018.
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Come on Inside The reNEWable Living Home…  More than ever, Americans’ relationship with their homes is evolving. As research strengthens the link between smart design and health, as more extended families come together under a single roof, and as the construction industry grapples with a labor shortage amid demand for resilient, durable homes, builders and architects are realizing it’s time to disrupt the traditional home building process.


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Survey: A top reason 1 out of 3 millennials buy a first home is to provide a yard for their dog. As a motivator, it outranked marriage and raising children.
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ROI of Sustainability is More Complex Than You Think.
The value of energy efficiency and sustainability can prove to be greater, more lucrative or more complex than it appears on the surface.
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In the second quarter of 2017, the Florida housing market had more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales, according to Florida Realtors.
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Florida Leads Nation in Foreign Residents Buying and Selling.
Foreign investors want to buy in Florida, but they also want to sell Fla. property when the income potential is right – and many Canadians think that time is now.
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It might not be “Plan A,” but some Millennials that return home after college are turning it into a positive stay by saving enough cash to buy homes.