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What’s Up With Housing?

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Mulvaney to Realtors, “We are not out to make you look like a bad guy if you are not. We are out to enforce the law, not become the law.”
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Construction JobsConstruction Employment Rises in 38 States and D.C. From April 2017 to April 2018… Florida Up 7%.
“The collective cultural fixation on urging every student to go to college and seek office jobs means relatively few young adults are ever encouraged to consider careers in construction.”
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The Science Is In: The Healthiest Neighborhoods are Both Walkable and Green.
We tend to take our neighborhoods for granted when it comes to health. But we shouldn’t, because there is a rapidly growing body of evidence demonstrating that the shape and character of our communities matters a great deal to our health.
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Congress curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, and mortgage rates and home prices are up – but most buyers have more disposable income, and a higher tax deduction will compensate them for losing their IRS interest and property-tax deductions.
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Respondents said that monetary policy (not the housing market) would be the likely reason for the economy to tip into recession — a shift from the last survey when geopolitical tensions were cited.
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Housing News of Interest

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First Time HomebuyerFirst-time buyers are slowly re-emerging.
In Aug. 2015, 35% of homebuyers identified as first-time buyers; one year later, that has increased to 51%. But many still face financial challenges.

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Interest RatesHow Long Do You Think Interest Rates Will Remain at Historic Lows?
The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment; The higher the rate, the greater your payment will be.
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Student HousingStudent Housing Gets an Upgrade.
As college enrollments rise, residential developers are adding more and fancier amenities to student housing, from en suite baths to in-unit washers and dryers.
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Most Walkable NeighborhoodsDowntown St Petersburg Named 3rd Most Walkable Neighborhood in Florida.
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Love of DronesThe Construction Industry Is in Love with Drones.
For builders, drones provide a wide variety of returns on investment. Drones are cheaper to fly than piloted aircraft, conduct surveys more quickly, and collect more data more frequently.
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