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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

 

Millennials May End Up Competing with Baby Boomers in Housing Market.
These two groups make up different segments of the home buyer market but they are searching for similar things.
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Kitchen Remodeling TrendsThinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen?
Homeowners generally wanted new flooring, countertops, cabinets, sinks, and faucets when they had their kitchens remodeled, says a new report.

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Flood InsuranceShould Congress raise the cost of flood insurance? How much?
The National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30 and is $25 billion in debt. NAR has made flood insurance renewal a top priority, and lawmakers are now considering some dramatic program changes to keep it solvent and operational.

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Low Mortgage Rates30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%.
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year: 3.95%.
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Housing’s Clean Bill of Health…
All things considered, the state of the housing industry right now is pretty good.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Millennial House HuntingHouse Hunting in Florida, Millennial Style…
Millennials are a strong, and growing, segment of the home real estate market, but they approach the task differently than their parents do.
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SustainabilityImproving Building Performance Through Initiatives, Incentives, and Mandates.
Several U.S. cities offer design- and code-related programs to encourage architects and developers to pursue sustainability more vigorously.

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HomeownershipIs America Shifting From Renting Back to Owning?
Homeownership rate ticks up in 1Q, much more than renter households.

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Design Ideas3 Design Schemes That are Heating Up This Summer
It’s important to stay focused on the purpose of home improvement. Be prepared to suggest both classic and off-the-wall ideas to help your client manifest their design dreams.

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Construction Labor ShortageConstruction Industry Still Missing Workers.
This lack of workers has become one of the “under-reported factors” behind the rise in home prices.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment.
Please join Title Security at 9:30am, April 25, 2017 at our Coffee Corner… Discover how the title commitment relates to the closing and the contract. You’ll walk away understanding how to read all components of a commitment, as well as how to deal with title defects and other requirements that need to be cleared before closing.

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Millennial HomebuyersWhy Rising Interest Rates Won’t Slow Housing Demand.
Title agents answering First American’s real estate sentiment index survey say an increasing desire for homeownership by Millennials and continued affordability will sustain demand.
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Commercial ConstructionFlorida commercial real estate development is booming.
Florida is among the top states in the nation for commercial real estate industry spending impact and the number of jobs the industry sustains.
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Tampa Bay home values rise at second-highest rate among country’s top 35 metro areas.
Bay area home values jumped 11.4 percent from March last year to $183,300.

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PRO LogoMarch 2017 Pinellas County Real Estate Stats Report
Stand Out Stat: Median Sale Price for Single Family was up year-over-year… $230,000 in March 2017 vs. $200,000 in March 2016.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Please Save This Date:  April 25th, 9:30am Coffee Corner — How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment

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ALTATitle companies want federal help to fight wire fraud.
The title association says it has warned buyers about scammers who steal closing money – but it’s not enough. It’s asking the U.S. consumer bureau to help.

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Vacation HomesVacation Home Sales Take a Dive
Higher prices, lower inventory drive market down sharply.  “With fewer bargain-priced properties to choose from and a growing number of traditional buyers, finding a home for vacation purposes became more difficult and less affordable last year.”
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Can Waiting to Save for a 20% Down Payment Cost Homebuyers Money?
2 out of 5 potential buyers think they need a 20% downpayment. They don’t. But what’s a good savings goal? A new calculator helps show potential buyers it’s not out of reach.

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Mortgage lenders are optimistic about 2017.
Survey: Independent lenders believe Gen X and millennials offer growth opportunities. They expect more jumbo loans and buyers who plan to make rental money.

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Large HomesAre Large Homes Damaging the Character of St Petersburg Neighborhoods?
St. Pete staffers are considering major changes to its zoning rules to protect its bungalow-style neighborhood from being crowded out by larger homes.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Millennial MigrationMillennials Are Migrating Less.
Millennials are choosing to stay rooted in one place despite their lack of anchors such as spouses, families, and homes.

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Mortgage for DoctorsA Home Loan for Doctors? Yup, Physicians Get Their Own Mortgage.
With an average of $180K in medical school debt to pay off, many doctors can’t qualify for a home loan. However, only a few lenders offer this special financing.

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CFPBWhen is a credit score not a credit score?
CFPB, the U.S. consumer watchdog, fined Experian – one of the big three credit score agencies – $3M for saying that the scores it sold to consumers were the same ones used by credit agencies when they make lending decisions.
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Florida Realtors & Florida BarDeadline is near: The new FAR/BAR contract debuts April.
The most noteworthy change is a rewrite of Paragraph 8(b), the financing clause.
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Flooring TrendsFour Hot Flooring Trends
Durability and sustainability are among the top desired features, in addition to great looks.
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Consumer Confidence SoarsConsumer confidence in March soared to the highest level in more than 16 years.
Consumer confidence has taken off since the election of President Donald Trump, on the prospect of lower taxes and more infrastructure spending.

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Recent Housing News

Take a look at the Skyway Marina District’s New Sizzle Reel.

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Millennial Home BuyersMillennials in Tampa Bay are starting to buy houses and that’s going to revolutionize real estate.
However, here locally, high demand coupled with low supply means millennials can find themselves in fierce competition with other buyers for nice, affordable houses in popular areas.
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Florida Association of RealtorsFlorida Consumer Confidence Ticks Lower Before Election.
Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined 1.5 points in October to 90, according to the latest UF survey. The reading is the last one before Tuesday’s election.

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Housing And The CandidatesHow housing would fare under Clinton, Trump.
For an election supposedly based on the economy, housing policy has been egregiously absent from the rhetoric. Here’s what we do know.
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Will Interest Rates Rise?Fed Signals It’s on Track to Raise Rates in December.
The central bank held steady on rates, but its statement reinforced expectations that officials do not plan to wait much longer to raise them.

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Home ImprovementsFix These 10 Things That Are Hurting Your Home’s Value
Make sure to take care of some easy DIY repairs that could turn off prospective buyers.
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Interesting Housing News From The Past Week

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Tampa Bay Housing DemandTampa Bay leads the state in home sales as prices jump 13.6%
The greatest demand continued to be for houses under $300,000, eagerly sought by first-time homebuyers.

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Millennial HomebuyersFreddie Mac: Pay no attention to the homeownership rate
People who worry about the homeownership rate’s 50-year low forget demographics. Millennials may be late to the party, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.
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FICO ScoresDon’t Disqualify Yourself… Over Half of All Loans Approved Have a FICO Score Under 750.
Potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market.

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Real Estate News SpinReal estate news often confuses homeowners.
Reading or watching real estate news can make a homeowner’s head spin. In one day, they might hear that mortgage rates rose, sales fell and prices stagnated.

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Home Buyer DemandHome Buyer Demand Remains Strong in September
Sales, as usual, retreat from August but hold up against the same month last year.
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Retirees Want Walkable, Urban Communities...Retirees Want Walkable, Urban Communities…
Interesting look at the shift of retirees from isolated gated sub-divisions or large home on golf courses to walkable urban communities.

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