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What’s Up With Housing?

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently published data on manufactured home prices for the first time.
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While the idea of a hurricane-proof home may sound far-fetched, a Florida housing startup called Arkup has created a residence that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes. The key lies in its hydraulic while lifting it 40 feet above the ocean floor.
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Many who aspire to own their own place have been locked into the rental market, due to these two main problems: student loan debt and expensive down payments.
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NAHB Housing Market Index steady at a reading of 67. The HMI measuring current sales conditions rose one point to 74 and the component gauging expectations in the next six months increased two points to 74.
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American financial systems look different today, and NAR takes some credit for improvements due to its “significant advocacy support over the past decade.”
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The National Association of Home Builders is looking for a few good women, actually more than a few. Pre-apprenticeship programs help introduce women to the industry.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Student HousingStudent Housing Sales Outperform the Rest of the Market.
Commercial real estate investors are increasingly keeping their wallets in their pockets, waiting to see where interest rates will go, for prices to come down and for more properties to come on the market. That’s happening in almost every sector, except for student housing.

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30 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Without Blowing Your Budget.
Everyone wants to turn their house into their dream home, but that’s often easier said than done.

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National Association of Home Builders logoBuilder Confidence Rises in May
NAHB index at second-highest level since the mortgage crisis. “This report shows that builders’ optimism in the housing market is solidifying, even as they deal with higher building material costs and shortages of lots and labor,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

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New Home ConstructionThe #1 Answer to the Housing Shortage: New Construction.
There is a drastic need for a larger supply of home inventory to meet the skyrocketing demand. Builders are now doing their part to help rectify this situation.
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First Time BuyersHousing Readies for First-Time Buyer Shift…
In the first quarter of 2017, the number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Skinny HomesSt. Petersburg’s middle-class housing dilemma may have an answer: Skinny Homes
It’s a new name for an old concept found in many other cities like Chicago, Charleston, New Orleans and Nashville. Think of a two-story gussied-up shotgun house.

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Suburbia's FutureThe American Dream of suburbia is evolving — here’s what it’ll be like to live in the suburb of the future.
Since the 50s, the American Dream of suburbia included a huge home, white picket fence, and shiny car. How will that dream change over the next decade?

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Mortgage RatesEven with Mortgage Rates Inching up, Now is Still the Time to Buy.
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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National Association of Home BuildersBuilder Confidence Hits 12-Year High…
“Builders continue to face a number of challenges, including rising material prices, higher mortgage rates, and shortages of lots and labor.”

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MortgagesWhy are there so few mortgages in Tampa Bay these days?
Along with the dramatic drop in Tampa Bay foreclosure filings has been this equally striking if less-noticed trend — a huge decline in new mortgages.

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Spring Buying SeasonWhat Can Buyers Expect in the Spring Housing Market?
Higher mortgage rates and low inventory among the things the potential buyers can expect to see.
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Recent Housing News

Turnkey CondosSelling High-End Apartments, Fully Furnished… Developers are taking showcase apartments to the next logical step – offering turnkey homes, furniture packages and interior design consultations.

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Foreclosure Start Rate FallsDelinquency Rates Continue to Show Housing’s Healing.  More signs of recovery: delinquency as well as a foreclosure starts rate continue to fall.

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National Homeownership MonthWhat do today’s Baby Boomers want in a home?  NAHB released this information in “Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers,”
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Building for Millennial Homebuyers3 Things to Consider When Building for Millennial Homebuyers.  As millennials enter the home buying market, builders need to be aware of what this consumer segment finds attractive in a home.

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Linking Housing and TransportationLinking up Housing and Transportation…
When looking at indicators of success, having a home and access to transportation networks that provide both physical and economic mobility are critically important.

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Florida RealtorsHome flipping is back – and Florida is a national hot spot…  If flipping signals a market rebound, the recession is officially over. Tampa and Daytona Beach top the list for flips as a percentage of all single-family sales.

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Recent Housing News

Sustainable HomesAnother Inconvenient Truth. It’s time to get past the ‘home buyers won’t pay for it’ mindset when it comes to making homes sustainable … they are paying for it, now or later.

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Number of First-Time Home Buyers FallsNumber of First-Time Home Buyers Falls to Lowest Levels in Three Decades. Figure represents third straight annual decline and lowest percentage since 1987

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Millennials Living at HomMillennials Are Just as Likely to Live With Parents as to Own a Home

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Groovy New Tiny House with Full-Size Appliances Can Sleep 8Groovy New Tiny House with Full-Size Appliances Can Sleep 8.  Remember the Escape Traveler, the fab new mobile tiny home with major amenities like a full-size oven and bathtub? Well, the maker of the Escape Traveler has just launched an even more spacious version.

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Construction Forecast 2016Chief economists for the NAHB, ABC and AIA offer mostly optimistic views for 2016.
*A 7.4% growth in nonresidential construction in 2016  *Big growth in the single-family sector due to pent-up demand.
*Improving job market

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First Time BuyersZillow offers up an analysis of just who exactly today’s First-Time Home buyer is, and finds that they’re typically older, focused on condos, and increasingly able to score a loan with a lower credit score.

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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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