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What’s Up With Housing?

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Affordability and inventory is bleak, but rising interest rates and home prices signal a strong economy.
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The Pinellas real estate market is continuing to see a trend of higher sale prices and a shrinking inventory for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo segments. The Median Sale Price for Townhomes/Condos was up 14.4% in March 2017. The Median Sale Price for Single Family Homes was up by 8.7% from last year.
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If consumer spending is the grease that moves an economy, the U.S. should keep growing for at least the next six months – the number of survey respondents who expect a loss of income over that timeframe hit an 18-year low.
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More wealthy people seem interested in a Fla. home – and the state’s lack of an income tax – now that the IRS caps local and state tax deductibility at $10,000.
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Public art can spark revitalization in struggling neighborhoods and turn vacant land into a place where people want to live, work and play.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Building Permits on the Rise in FloridaFlorida Building Permits Rose 20.8% Year-to-Year.
Home construction continues to lag nationwide, but increases in Fla. and the West are being offset by decreases elsewhere, such as New Hampshire’s 43.1% drop.

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Governor Scott Signs Real Estate-Related Bills Into Law.
New laws will boost flood insurance warnings, tinker with HOA covenant and restriction rules, and change the way Fla. regulates and defines “mortgage lenders.”

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The Pinellas County real estate market is continuing to see higher sale prices and homes moving at a faster rate for both the Single Family and Townhome/Condo markets compared to February 2017.
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As more multifamily developers experiment with modular construction, its use is increasing.
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Did you know that St. Pete offers no-interest loans for qualified first-time home buyers and for qualified homeowners who need help to rehab their houses?
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The premium hikes, which are required by law, will be as little as 2% for some properties and as high as 24% for others. The average increase will be about 8%.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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A new NAHB survey confirms that consumers are definitely intrigued by smaller homes, 600 square feet or less. 53% said they would likely consider buying one.
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Disabuse buyers and sellers of these common misunderstandings about what constitutes a true smart home and what different technology features are actually worth.
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The median price of a house in Pinellas shot up 14% to $245,000. That was the biggest year-over- year increase since May. But the number of closed sales plunged by 12.8%.
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The cure may be in an architectural concept that sounds new but is as old as the hills. Take a dose of biophilia and read how your home’s design can help you live a healthier, less stressful life.
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A stronger economy at the beginning of the year increased the chances of more rate hikes, according to minutes of the Fed’s January 30-31 meeting released Wednesday.