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What’s New With The Housing Market?

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There are a number of reasons why lenders turn down mortgage applications, but some of the most common can be avoided quite easily.
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Four Secrets to a Stylish Smart Home.
Smart Home products don’t always prioritize looks. That’s fair, since what most consumers want out of a smart device is brains, not beauty.
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Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, fewer days to contract and a continuing tight supply of inventory in June, according to the latest housing data.
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Here are the worst mistakes real estate agents say sellers make when listing their homes — and what you should do instead.
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“The good news is that builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations,”

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What’s Up With Housing?

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If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.
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Exterior maintenance matters. Here are four projects that will boost your home’s curb appeal while curbing the need for costly maintenance down the road.
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The tax reform bill also might be contributing to the growth in home plans. Eighteen percent of the respondents doing projects said they have increased their remodeling budget as a result of their taxes getting lowered.
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In the next few years it might become fast and easy to secure a mortgage as blockchain technology quickly ties all financial accounts into the home transaction.
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It’s anyone’s guess what the coming years will bring in terms of home layouts. For now, here are the five hottest home design trends impacting floor plans in 2018.
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Mortgage Rates FallMortgage Rates Fall For The First Time This Year…
The average rate on a 30-year FRM slipped to 4.44% from 4.46% last week due, in part, to a government report that inflation pressures may be easing.
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Multi-Family TrendsThese Trends Are Radically Disrupting Multifamily Housing.
Renters’ desire for personalization and less stress, integration of AI and IoT into apartment infrastructure, concentration of 35+ age groups will drive multifamily in next 12 years.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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The fates of hedge funds and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could hinge on a yet-to-be written provision of the latest bill to overhaul the entities.
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Check out these 11 inventive and inspiring recycled shipping container home designs.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carson commits to end homelessness. “We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”
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The rise in mortgage applications last week doesn’t make sense — unless you factor in fear. Interest rates rose, but borrowers may have jumped in, especially to refinance their current loans, worried that the long run of record low rates is over.
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Foreign Real Estate InvestorsAgain, U.S. at No. 1 for Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
Foreign investors in real estate assign high importance to the potential for wealth and security—and according to new research, the U.S. is expected to offer both more than any other country in 2018.
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Come on Inside The reNEWable Living Home…  More than ever, Americans’ relationship with their homes is evolving. As research strengthens the link between smart design and health, as more extended families come together under a single roof, and as the construction industry grapples with a labor shortage amid demand for resilient, durable homes, builders and architects are realizing it’s time to disrupt the traditional home building process.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Could another condo tower be in downtown St. Petersburg’s future?
Two downtown St. Petersburg houses on 3rd St S could be the site of a possible high-rise.
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No. 1 Destination to Move to? Florida
Florida was the No. 1 destination to move to for 18 of the 50 states. Of all purchase mortgage requests during the study’s time period, 9.14% were for consumers looking to move to the Sunshine State

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Interest rates for 30-year mortgages rose to their highest levels since July 2017.
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Let’s be honest: If the house next door is a dump, it’s time to take measures to upgrade your sellers’ curb appeal and keep the attention on the strengths of the sellers’ property.
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It’s not good news for homeowners as MID gets watered down and the cap max drops by $500K. But it’s not too late if enough Realtors join NAR’s Call for Action.
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Housing News: A Week In Review

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Mortgage Application FalsitiesAnybody Home?  The ‘White Lies’ of Occupancy on Mortgage Applications Are Costly to Lenders.

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Student Housing2016 Looks Bright for Student Housing, and Next Year May Be Even Better.

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The Changing Urban LandscapeUrban Landscapes: The changing ways people live are impacting their surroundings.

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Weird Homes Around The WorldThey Built What? Weird Homes Around the World… Check out this gallery of weird, wacky, fascinating homes from around the world, including homes shaped like cars, jets, crocodiles … and even one magnificent structure built in the shape of a toilet bowl.

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Positive US Housing MarketThe US Housing Market has been one of the brightest spots of the economic recovery.

 

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Housing News: Tidbits From Last Week

 

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Liar's LoansStricter Lending Rules Haven’t Curbed Lying Mortgage Applicants… Even with tougher rules, people are still lying to get mortgages.

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What Worries BoomersDid you know that the 3 biggest Retirement worries of the ‪Baby Boomers‬ have to do directly with housing?

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Are Artists the Leading Edge of Gentrification?Are Artists the Leading Edge of Gentrification? Can Affordable Housing For Artists Change A Neighborhood?

 

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Micro Housing3 Trends Will Define the Future of Small Space Living.  Designing for Shrinking Square Footage.

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