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Interesting Housing News

Higher Interest RatesShould I Pay a Mortgage Interest Rate over 4%? 
Though you may have missed getting the lowest mortgage rate ever offered, you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago; a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.

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Building EquityThinking of Buying a Home? Equity Matters A LOT…  Building equity is a critical part of homeownership and can help you create financial stability.

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Lux Condo Marketing PlanWill a Retail Gimmick Work for Selling Lux Condos? Do you think the “buy-a-pair, give-a-pair” business model be successful with housing?

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FHA & CondosThe FHA has, for a long time, had to deal with complaints about their condo standards.  RealtyTrac.com explains, they’ve loosened the way the owner-occupancy percentage is calculated, which could open up the condo market.

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Home Trends That May Not Work5 Home Trends That Might Not Always Work.
Just like in the world of fashion, builders and their clients shouldn’t blindly follow trends when it comes to home design.

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Recent Housing News

Zero Energy HomeThis Zero-Energy Home Is Run By Machines And Costs A Lot Less Than A Regular House.  Will this create a new model for how we design houses—and how we build them?

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Downtown TampaJeff Vinik’s downtown Tampa district will have a $20M ‘wellness’ focus. “We foresee our Tampa urban district setting a new standard for wellness and sustainability,” Vinik said in a statement.

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David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers AssociationTRID: The changes prompted 5 years ago by the Dodd-Frank law, seeking to help borrowers better understand the terms of their mortgage before signing, may not be a smooth transition.

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Home Trends SurveyOutdoor Living Spaces and Smart Home Technology Top AIA Home Trends Survey.  Emphasis on increased popularity of home technology and the recovery of special function rooms.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone.

Memorial Day 2013

 

What Homebuyers Want5 Top Things Today’s Home Buyers Want…

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The American DreamThe American Dream of Owning a Home Lives On… Even for the Young. Most in U.S. want to continue to own or plan on buying a house

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Total Increase a Home Buyer May Pay if They Wait. Experts have projected that U.S. home prices will appreciate by approximately 5%, and that the 30-year mortgage rate will be at least 4% by the end of 2013.  Assuming that prices and interest rates will rise as projected, here is the monthly difference a buyer may pay if they wait a year.  Via KCM Crew.

Now's The Time To Buy a Home

 

2013 NAR Member Profile Report — Great Infographic!

NAR Member Profile

 

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