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Freddie Mac: Rates have declined in 5 of past 6 weeks, but a year ago, the average 30-year FRM was 3.96%. Average 15-year FRM slipped to 3.99% this week.
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Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the ’30s or the kitschy flourishes in ’60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.
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Apartment renters have come to expect green building features like good indoor air quality and energy efficiency, making them more of a requirement in many markets.
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As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that’s just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on.
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A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership.
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22 real estate groups and associations – NAR, NAHB, insurers, bankers and others – sent a joint letter to lawmakers pushing them to pass a flood insurance bill.

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What’s New With Housing?

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From rooftop decks to custom wood floors, these repurposed shipping containers are anything but boring.
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The The Counselors of Real Estate‘s annual list of industry threats lists rising mortgage rates and the general economy at the top, but it includes long-term issues for the first time, such as a weakening infrastructure and disruptive technology.
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Study: With inventory tight, an entire generation has been forced to consider fixer-uppers, and they’re more comfortable tackling remodeling projects.
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If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.
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For the first time since the Great Recession, there are signs of a broad shift in America’s housing market.  Homeownership rates are inching up, while the number of new rental households has declined slightly.
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New Listings for Pinellas County Single Family and Townhomes/Condos UP 8.8%… 1,626 in May 2018 versus 1,494 in May 2017.
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Prefab HousesWhere Are All the Prefab Houses?
Architects, environmentalists and some forward-thinking builders embrace the construction method as the way every home should be built in the future. But modular homes are still a rarity. Why?
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Wall Street is witnessing the best bull market in homebuilder stocks in years.
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71% of prospective homeowners – largely millennials – believe it’s a good time to buy a home, and 63% remain steadfast in their ideal preferences for a home.
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There’s an interesting program being introduced by Lennar Home Builders and Eagle Home Mortgage.
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Amazon.com will now ship a 320-square-foot shipping container home, complete with appliances, bath fixtures and hookups — just add it to your cart.
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Willing to endure things that go bump in the night for a better real estate deal.


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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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1st Time HomebuyersA Few Tips for First Time Buyers This Spring Selling Season.
What first-time millennial buyers need to know about the spring housing market.

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Florida Association of RealtorsClosing costs? What are they really?
Here’s one common pitfall on the road to a smooth closing: During the course of a transaction, it’s fairly common for a seller to offer money toward the buyer’s closing costs — and many Realtors feel that adding a quick line about this change in the contract’s additional terms section is sufficient.
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Millennial HomebuyersSeems Millennials Are Unaware that They Can Enter the Housing Market.
Knowledge is essential in order to attract this generation.
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Are We Headed for Another Bursting Housing Bubble in 2017?
“There are three basic worry indicators and all three were very scary in 2005 and all three today suggest, if anything, that the housing market is still in the process of recovery instead of being near a new bubble.”

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What’s Behind the Housing Drought
The supply of homes for sale is now at the lowest level since the National Association of Realtors began tracking inventory 18 years ago.
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Recent Housing News

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Housing Market Still PositiveKeep Calm and Keep Buying Homes…
From a housing economist’s perspective, the prospects for the U.S. residential real estate market still look good after last week’s surprise election results.

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2017 Real Estate TrendsReal Estate Trends to Watch in 2017.
In addition to the commercial use of drones and how the President-Elect Donald Trump may impact the real estate market, many millennial buyers may skip the starter home and purchase a move-up home instead in 2017.
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55+ Housing Needs55-Plus Residents Are Not All the Same.
Older adults don’t just fall into one amorphous demographic blob; they have distinct housing-need differences that builders need to address in their design and location of 55-plus communities.
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Florida Association of Realtors86% of buyers don’t have a clue what a CLUE report is.
If a seller made multiple property insurance claims, buyers could end up paying surprisingly higher premiums – but only 12% request a CLUE report.
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Smart Homes5 Smart Homes Using Connected Tech in Different Ways
Everyone has a different need for smart home technology. This round-up offers up a few examples for different types of buyers.

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Rising RentsRising Rents Could Be the Real Reason People Can’t Save…
“The rent is too damn high” is more than a political slogan; it reflects the harsh reality of unaffordable housing in America today.

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Recent Housing News

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Net WorthDid You Know That A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s?
Simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord’s net worth.
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SuburbiaWhen Will Millennials Move to the ‘Burbs?
It’s a matter of time before millennials start moving out of cities, meaning suburbs will evolve to meet millennials’ uniquely urbanized habits.
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Condo LegislationCondo legislation passes in Senate, offering relief for homebuyers.
The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, will make the Federal Housing Administration’s recertification process much easier, and it will lower the FHA’s current owner-occupancy requirement from 50% to 35%.   Now, it just needs President Obama’s signature.

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Florida Association of RealtorsFlorida’s Existing Home Sale Prices Up in June.
Market sees pent-up demand and paucity of inventory. Florida’s economic growth, rising jobs outlook and acclaimed quality of life continue to draw new residents eager to call the Sunshine State home.

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1% DownpaymentGuaranteed Rate Now Offers 1% Down Payment Program Nationwide.
This program, while new for Guaranteed Rate, isn’t new to the industry. Guaranteed Rate calls its new loan program Double Match, which allows qualified borrowers to put down only 1% and receive an additional 2% grant through the program.
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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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