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Latest Florida Realtors data shows Single-family home sales up 8.5% year-over-year; condo-townhouse sales up 14.1%, due in part to rising inventory of active listings.
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Florida timeshare companies and exit companies are blaming each other for rising default rates, with the timeshare industry now lobbying lawmakers and regulators for policy changes.
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National flood insurance, like the 2018 hurricane season, ended at midnight last evening. Many observers predict another short-term extension for NFIP, but newly elected 2019 lawmakers may be more open to a long-term extension that also keeps rates affordable.
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This move could speed closings and reduce costs, but appraisers warn that automated processes are not as reliable.
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The federal agency that creates conventional loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will raise max amounts 6.9% – to $484,350 for most single-family 2019 loans.
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Half the mortgage rate gain observed since the start of January has since been erased, according to Zillow.
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But for all the enthusiasm, the tiny-house movement isn’t moving very fast. Financing, zoning laws and entrenched attitudes have conspired to limit tiny houses to a tiny percentage of the nation’s housing stock.
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The Pinellas County housing market hasn’t shown any let down in the year-over-year median sale price and median time to sale for Single Family Homes and Townhome/ Condos. $266,375 in June 2018 versus $248,450 in June 2017
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There are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement dream home. Evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement.
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The Top U.S. Migration Pattern? New Yorkers Moving to Florida.
Florida was also the top destination for out-of-state movers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois, though a handful of Floridians moved to Texas.
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Homeowners in Florida are finding that homes built to the stricter building codes seem to have fared better during Hurricane Irma.
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NAR’s Call for Action ended Friday. While NAR initially hoped to pass a comprehensive flood bill that lasted years, Harvey aid and Irma’s impending threat last week convinced Congress to postpone major changes. NFIP now expires in December.
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Florida’s housing market continued its positive track in August, with more closed sales, increased pending sales, more new listings and rising median prices.
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FHA loans require a post-disaster inspection in declared catastrophe areas, but a rule that could delay closings has been waived.
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PRO LogoPinellas County Real Estate Statistics for August 2017
Here’s the Stand-Out Stat for August 2017: Median Time to Sale for Single Family Homes was 63 days down 13.7% from 73 days in August 2016.
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Now that the “big one” has finally happened how can you protect yourself?