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What’s Up With Housing?

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Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement accounts that allow investors to pursue alternative investments. Among those alternatives, the most popular is real estate—a broad asset class that includes many different investment opportunities.
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“Tight credit, lack of inventory and high demand are the major factors that tell us there’s no housing bubble, despite rapid price increases.” ~ Redfin
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NFIP ExtendedNFIP extended for six weeks – to March 23
As part of the just-passed continuing resolution to keep the government open, the National Flood Insurance Program now won’t expire until March 23
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Scrimping and saving to come up with a down payment is no easy feat. But one generation is having the hardest time doing so to become homeowners.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018…
Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment.
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The #CFPB says it will do everything necessary “to fulfill the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities but go no further.” Limiting CFPB’s future actions will “serve as a bulwark against the misuse of our unparalleled powers,” says Director Mulvaney.
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There continues to be a steady flow of capital, although the big banks have tightened their hold on construction loans.
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Interesting Housing News

First Time HomebuyersFirst-Time Buyers Are Coming Back! (Gradually…)
A key group that has been conspicuously absent from the entry level housing market is Generation Y.

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Real Estate Trends4 Big Real Estate Trends… What trends could impact real estate? The Urban Land Institute suggests mortgage rate uncertainties and Gen X’s transition into real estate leadership positions.  Full Study
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Tesla PowerwallTesla Powerwall Debuts in Australia… The company designated Australia a “prioritized market” due to its high number of solar energy users.

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Tight Mortgage RulesOverly Tight Mortgage Rules Deep-Sixed 5.2 Million Mortgages From 2009 to 2014.  Due to tight credit standards 5.2 million mortgages were prevented, depriving families of access to the American Dream.

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Top Home Features 2016The 10 Hottest New-Home Features…
A National Association of Home Builders survey shows the 10 features builders identify as the ones they’ll most likely include in their new single-family homes in 2016.

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