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What’s Up With Housing?

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Overall, closed sales were slightly down from 2017, but sale prices were up!
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357 on Fifth, a 13-unit condo project, had been planned for 357 Fifth St. S in downtown St. Petersburg has now been scrapped and the property is up for sale for $1.3 million.
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Should a solar lease be regulated as a utility if it “sells” power to homeowners? The state says no, so solar-using homeowners needn’t fear new regulations.
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It takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside.
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Homes need to combine a tight building envelope with mechanical ventilation and air filtration to provide consistently fresh indoor air. Healthy homes also provide optimal natural light.
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Prices continued to rise in all four bay area counties but the rate of increase has been cut in half since 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by Florida Realtors. Sales also lagged.
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Millennial home buyers are taking a long-term view when buying, and also tend to value safe neighborhoods and good schools over walkability and short commutes.


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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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Housing Shortage
The Fed is pre-emptively raising interest rates so the economy doesn’t overheat. But overheating is not the current problem.
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Can the economy support a strong housing market without help from Washington?
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A home inspection can make or break a real estate transaction. See what goes into a home inspection, and whether waiving that condition is a good idea.
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How will we be living in 10 years’ time? Futurist Morris Miselowski tells us his predictions about where and how we’ll be living a decade from now.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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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?


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Recent Housing News

Mortgage PaperworkApplying For A Mortgage: Why So Much Paperwork? Here are 2 very good reasons why the loan process is much more burdensome on today’s buyer than perhaps any time in history.

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Underwater PropertiesNumber of Seriously Underwater Properties Drops 525,000 in Q3  A Profile of Homeowners Most at Risk for Being Underwater [VIDEO]

 

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Real Estate MarketsWhy Real Estate Markets Could Quickly Stall…
Real estate is pretty much a numbers game and the two most important figures are home prices and mortgage rates–so what happens when one of those numbers changes for the worse?

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PRO LogoSeptember 2015 Pinellas County Real Estate Statistics Report… Pinellas County real estate continues to hold strong for 2015, even as the typically slower months approach.

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Housing News: A Week In Review

The holiday season is officially upon us… We are very grateful for all wonderful friends and associates and wish all of you a fun and fulfilling Thanksgiving celebration.

Design Memory PointsThanks for the Memories… Design Details That Clinch The Sale – Curb appeal is great, but so are so-called Memory Points: winning design details that make a home linger in memory long after a potential buyer has backed out of the driveway.  http://bit.ly/1eMa1de

Builder ConfidenceHome builders remain confident in housing market…
http://bit.ly/1eeeaUw

 

Pinellas Realtor OrganizationPinellas County Real Estate Statistics report for October 2013     http://bit.ly/1egspZ2

 

Winter Housing BargainsDespite inventory shortages, homebuyers looking for bargains this winter…
Realtor.com survey reveals a surprising number of buyers planning all-cash deals
http://bit.ly/1bRw3s2
 

Florida's Housing MarketFlorida’s Housing Market Continues Positive Track in Oct. 2013   http://bit.ly/1dhY536

 

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