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What’s Up With Housing?

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Latest Florida Realtors data shows Single-family home sales up 8.5% year-over-year; condo-townhouse sales up 14.1%, due in part to rising inventory of active listings.
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Florida timeshare companies and exit companies are blaming each other for rising default rates, with the timeshare industry now lobbying lawmakers and regulators for policy changes.
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National flood insurance, like the 2018 hurricane season, ended at midnight last evening. Many observers predict another short-term extension for NFIP, but newly elected 2019 lawmakers may be more open to a long-term extension that also keeps rates affordable.
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This move could speed closings and reduce costs, but appraisers warn that automated processes are not as reliable.
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The federal agency that creates conventional loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will raise max amounts 6.9% – to $484,350 for most single-family 2019 loans.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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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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What’s Up With Housing?

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According to Freddie Mac’s Outlook for Sept., new homes will be a primary driver of sales and slightly higher mortgage rates will dampen price increases. But “the economic environment remains favorable for housing,” says chief economist.
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While far from new, eco-friendly and affordable, shipping containers are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional houses.
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Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.
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As Congress and the Trump Administration release plans for tax reform, NAR says it will fight to make sure any new tax plan doesn’t discourage homeownership.
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Both on 4th Ave N, The Bezu, is a 24-unit tower close to Beach Drive, and 747 North, an 18-unit project several blocks to the west.


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More Than Half Of All Buyers Are Surprised By Closing Costs

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According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage.

After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees were than expected.

“Homebuyers reported being most surprised by mortgage insurance, followed by bank fees and points, taxes, title insurance and appraisal fees.”

Bankrate.com gathered closing cost data from lenders in every state and Washington, D.C. in order to share the average costs in each state. The map below was created using the closing costs on a $200,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment.

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs | Keeping Current Matters

Keep in mind that if you are in the market for a home above this price range, your costs could be significantly greater. According to Freddie Mac,

“Closing costs are typically between 2 and 5% of your purchase price.”

Bottom Line

Speak with your lender and agent early and often to determine how much you’ll be responsible for at closing. Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.

via Keeping Current Matters


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Housing News: Interesting Tidbits From The Past Week

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Grand Prix of St PetersburgIt’s Going To Fun Weekend as the Grand Prix of St Petersburg Races Along our Downtown Waterfront.

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Rowland Place - St Petersburg, FLWe are both proud and excited to have begun closings this past week for JMC Communities’ Rowland Place condominiums, here in downtown St Petersburg.

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Health Home Practices9 Best Practices for Building a Healthier Home
From radon mitigation and proper ventilation to moisture control, these strategies are often overlooked in builders’ battle for superior indoor air quality.

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Freddie Mac's New 3% Down ProgramAre You Familiar with Freddie Mac’s New 3% Down Program?
Most loan officers believe the move to a lower down payment will increase access to mortgage credit.

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Rising RentsRising Rents Are Finally Forcing Millennials to Buy Houses.  Are You Noticing a Drop in Age at Your Open Houses?

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