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What’s Up With Housing?

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As early investors in bitcoin gained massive wealth, interest in the cryptocurrency also grew and started reaching other industries — real estate, in particular. Some real estate startups have launched tokens backed by property assets while another created a blockchain for recording real estate transactions, leading to the first-ever U.S. property transfer recorded using blockchain.
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Land and construction costs have increased sharply since the end of the last boom a decade ago, and construction activity remains at an almost 60-year low.
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Florida Building Codes Thwarted Hurricane Damage…
Florida’s building codes top all other states, according to a report that found the state’s newer properties were better able to withstand Hurricane Irma damage.
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The key component of smart homes and home automation is the Internet of Things (IoT). It has allowed us to connect our devices and home appliances with each other with the help of internet.
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Home sales jumped in February, showing buyers may not be as concerned about interest rates and taxes as previously thought.
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Recent Housing News

Where Are The Sellers?Where Have All the Sellers Gone? 6 reasons for low inventory.  Factors influencing the lack of homes on the market include homeowners who are still underwater on their mortgages and not enough new-home construction.

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Housing CrisisHas Housing’s Crisis Ended?  Supply of entry-level homes continues to plague the market.
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Home Equity PostHome equity surges by more than $1 trillion.  CoreLogic: American homeowners now have about $1.2 trillion dollars more than they had a year ago thanks to rising home values – double the amount since 2011.

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Mortgage Interest RatesMortgage Rates Continue Falling…  30-year drops to 3.83%; jumbo down to 3.76%.  At the current average 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 3.83 percent, the monthly payment for a $200,000 loan is $935.33.

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Millennials are showing signs of financial prudence.Millennials Saving More than Older Cohorts.  Only half of adults 30 and older save more than 5% of their income annually, but 3 in 5 millennials are doing so, according to a study… Millennials are showing signs of financial prudence.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

Importance of CommunityHow and why community becomes a critical factor in considering where to retire. http://bit.ly/12YHavx

 

Homeownership is an important component of household wealth accumulationResearch by NAHB that reaffirms that homeownership is an important component of household wealth accumulation. http://bit.ly/178I5ui

 

American Dream of HomeownershipHarvard Study: Homeownership Still the American Dream… 
Reexamining the Social Benefits of Homeownership after the Housing Crisis, revealed some interesting findings:    http://bit.ly/18rT8xM

 

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