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The Jump from Renter to Homeowner in Florida Among the Most Reasonable

June 13, 2017

A report recently released by HowMuch.net offers an analysis of monthly housing costs by state and the differences between the cost of owning and the cost of renting. The report shows the smallest cost increase between owning and renting is in the Southeast region and in the Rust Belt. The report lists homeownership in West […]

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University of Florida Survey Indicates Sharp Increase in Consumer Sentiment Statewide

April 11, 2017

Consumer sentiment among Florida residents increased in March to the highest level in 15 years, according to the most recent University of Florida (UF) consumer survey. University of Florida’s most recent consumer survey results indicate a consumer sentiment reading of 99, the highest rate since March 2002 and the second-highest rate since November 2000. The […]

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Florida Real Estate and Economy Remain Strong

April 4, 2017

The sale of single-family homes across the state of Florida totaled 18,033 for February 2017, down just 0.5 percent when compared to February 2016. Despite rising housing prices and continued inventory shortages, Florida’s economy and real estate market remain relatively strong and developing. “Florida’s economy is growing, with more jobs being created,” said 2017 Florida […]

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Builders Plan to Put Emphasis on Entry-Level Housing Market

March 28, 2017

  Low inventory levels in the housing market have created continuing issues for the residential real estate market, with interested homebuyers facing competition and rising costs. In an effort to ease shortages, builders are planning to put emphasis on the entry-level housing market, as well as march forward with townhome, condominium, and overall single-family home […]

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Fannie Mae Index Results Point to Increased Confidence in Housing Market

March 21, 2017

More Americans currently believe it is a “good time” to purchase or sell a home. A recently-released Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) hit high point upon high point for February, indicating that Americans have a record-high amount of confidence in the nation’s housing market. “The latest post-election surge in optimism puts the HPSI […]

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An Enthusiastic Outlook for Incomes and Real Estate

March 12, 2017

The amount of participants who participated in the survey regarding Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) that reported “significantly higher household income” for 2016 increased by five points to 15 percent in January, while the portion of participants who reported it is “a good time to sell” a home increased by 2 points, […]

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Examining Potential Return on Investment for a Remodel

February 27, 2017

Whether you are considering the purchase of a new home or preparing to sell the home you currently own, putting some thought into potential home improvements in order to increase the value and overall appeal of the home is common and smart. Gathering all types of information, including how much the project could cost, how […]

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Q4 2016 Reports Shows Southwest Florida Housing Primed for Success

Real estate broker analysts who have reviewed the Annual, 4th Quarter and December 2016 Market Reports released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) have concluded that the local housing market performed successfully in 2016, despite several challenges affecting the market. 2016 challenges included the stock market slowdown in February, Brexit and the presidential […]

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Forecasted Success for Luxury Housing Market

February 14, 2017

Residential real estate agents with a focus on the luxury market are beginning this year with great optimism. 2017 is predicted to present positive developments, innovative design, forward-thinking trends and technological advances to the luxury housing market. A few aspects that are expected to boost the luxury market: Government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and […]

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Programs to Help Potential Homeowners Enter the Market

January 17, 2017

According to a recent report released by Down Payment Resource, the number of downpayment assistance programs available across the United States decreased by 3 percent in the third quarter of 2016, compared to number available thorugh the second quarter of 2016. 2,392 programs still remain nationwide, and almost 90 percent of those programs still had […]

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