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What’s Up With Housing?

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There are several headwinds that need to be addressed—if not this year, then soon, some industry experts say.
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Urban Planning101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City…
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact.
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They had stronger positive outlooks about what their finances should be like a year from now, as well as how they expect the U.S. economy to fare a year from now and five years from now.
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Some urban planners call it “missing middle” housing. That’s low-rise housing built at a scale compatible with single-family houses, but at higher densities, making them candidates for meeting a growing demand for walkable urban housing. Four-plexes are an example.
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Whether it be for convenience, safety, or just a fun tool to have, more home and garage smart-features are hitting the market and creating a new wave for the “techies” of the world.
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Tesla will set up designated spaces in over 800 Home Depot stores that will highlight its renewable energy products and is reportedly in talks with Lowe’s.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Zillow maintains that more than half the homes it lists sell within five percent of the home value “Zestimates” it gives for them. The Tampa Bay Times looked at 20 houses for sale on both sides of bay to see if that held up.
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People tend to be too optimistic about rental rates, vacancies, management fees, maintenance costs and home value increases.
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With so many generations to serve in Florida’s increasingly attractive housing market, how can developers be sure their product supply will appeal to their target audience?
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The federal consumer bureau says it’s okay for lenders to share buyers’ Closing Disclosure with agents, and it’s announcing soon the how-to-do-it details.
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Report: The number of homeowners (about 1.8M) who still owe more on a mortgage than their home’s current value has hit its lowest point since 2006.


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Interesting Housing News From The Past Week

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Tampa Bay Housing DemandTampa Bay leads the state in home sales as prices jump 13.6%
The greatest demand continued to be for houses under $300,000, eagerly sought by first-time homebuyers.

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Millennial HomebuyersFreddie Mac: Pay no attention to the homeownership rate
People who worry about the homeownership rate’s 50-year low forget demographics. Millennials may be late to the party, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.
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FICO ScoresDon’t Disqualify Yourself… Over Half of All Loans Approved Have a FICO Score Under 750.
Potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market.

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Real Estate News SpinReal estate news often confuses homeowners.
Reading or watching real estate news can make a homeowner’s head spin. In one day, they might hear that mortgage rates rose, sales fell and prices stagnated.

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Home Buyer DemandHome Buyer Demand Remains Strong in September
Sales, as usual, retreat from August but hold up against the same month last year.
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Retirees Want Walkable, Urban Communities...Retirees Want Walkable, Urban Communities…
Interesting look at the shift of retirees from isolated gated sub-divisions or large home on golf courses to walkable urban communities.

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Housing News From This Past Week

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Reminder to all Realtors… Want to know everything about the “CFPB Integrated ‪Mortgage Disclosure‬ Rule” but were afraid to ask?  Please attend our Coffee Corner presentation on Tuesday at 9:30AM.

 

The Housing Market Could Go Ballistic10 Reasons The Housing Market Could Go Ballistic This Spring…

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Investors are buying fewer single-family homes. Investors are buying fewer single-family homes.   However, many investors continue to buy and seem committed to the business of renting out their portfolios of single-family homes.
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What Makes A City Beautiful?What Makes A City Beautiful?
A provocative new Video says beauty in Urban Settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.

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The Urbanization of the 'BurbsThe ‪Urbanization‬ of the ‘Burbs: How the Definition of “City” is Changing…
The right combination of urban amenities, transportation, and walkability will attract home buyers to nearly any suburban location.

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