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Census Bureau: Fla. has fastest growing U.S. city (3/27/2015)
In sheer number of residents, Fla.’s home to 7 of the top 50 fastest growers in the U.S. Mid-Fla.’s older-adult magnet, The Villages, tops list for second year.

New home sales soared, so why are builders worried? (3/27/2015)
Builders worry less about buyer demand than their ability to produce a product. A lack of labor tops their list of concerns followed by access to supplies.

Bidding wars return (3/26/2015)
NAR: One in three homes currently sells for more than its listing price, which suggests it may have involved a bidding war with more than one potential buyer.

Census bureau: 10% of Americans want to move (3/25/2015)
About 11.2 million Americans don’t like their current living situation and want to move somewhere else, with younger adults and renters topping the list.

A pivotal age for real estate marketing: 61 years (3/25/2015)
Study: At age 61, on average, adults shake off the burdens of child raising and jobs, and, for the first time, are free to decide where they want to live.

Who’s buying real estate now? (3/20/2015)
In S. Fla., an investor retreat leaves opportunities for traditional buyers – but higher prices and a lack of inventory less than $300K creates new challenges.

Open-house crowds draw police in some markets (3/17/2015)
Lower listing inventories and stronger buyer interest have caused problems in some areas. A recent Boston suburb open house drew 100 people in 45 minutes.

Rent-to-own homes making post-recession comeback (3/17/2015)
Sellers who want to attract credit-challenged buyers, improve the quality of a neighborhood or flip homes quickly increasingly offer a rent-to-own option.

NAR: Rents could soon outpace household income (3/16/2015)
Recent buyers are financially stable thanks to fixed monthly loans, but life is getting expensive for renters as housing costs eat up more of their income.

Experts make case for big 2015 spike in young buyers (3/11/2015)
Economists point to four converging conditions that suggest a lot of buyers in their 20’s and 30’s will soon commit to buying their first home.

30% think it’s a great time to buy a home (3/10/2015)
TD Bank study: However, two in five consumers say there are too few for-sale homes in their price range, and 44% don’t know about home affordability programs.

Millennials on the homeownership path (3/9/2015)
If the real estate industry’s future depends on 20- and 30-year olds, the short-term future looks fairly rosy as mortgage standards ease and the recession fades.

Could Gen Z reshape real estate? (3/9/2015)
Real estate experts have already started looking at 13-17 year olds to see if they’ll still value ownership as they reach adulthood – and it appears they will.

Largest mall in nation proposed for NW Miami-Dade (3/6/2015)
The mall’s size (submarines, Legoland and an artificial ski slope) and location could impact other commercial and residential development in South Fla.

South Florida’s older cities seek curb appeal (3/5/2015)
Curb appeal applies to more than just homes, and some older cities are considering landscaping and other changes to compete with new nearby developments.

Builders shy away from starter homes (3/4/2015)
For now, first-time buyers will have more luck focusing on resale homes than new construction. There’s starter-home demand, but builders aren’t interested yet.

Townhome market showing signs of a comeback (3/4/2015)
Townhouse construction rose in 2014 based on increased homebuyer interest. Realtors in Fla. and seven other states say there’s a noticeable upswing in demand.

Baby boomers’ housing: What happens when they leave? (3/4/2015)
A huge number of current homeowners are age 51-69, and the industry is starting to wonder what happens next. As boomers age, will millennials fill a housing gap?

Construction picks back up, but it’s different now (3/2/2015)
In the past four years, hundreds of thousands of workers have returned to construction, but specific skill shortages hurt the industry and slow housing’s rebound.

Baby boomer housing a hot market over next decade (3/2/2015)
Merrill Lynch study: 27% of retirees expect to move during retirement, and 37% have already done so. Over the next decade, almost 11 million boomers will turn 65.

Number of movers relocating for a job at 5-year high (2/24/2015)
More Americans seem comfortable moving if it means a better job. The number that relocated in the second half of 2014 hasn’t been matched since 2009.

New homes starting to get smaller (2/23/2015)
For the past three months, the average size of a new single-family home has gotten smaller, suggesting a swing from luxury to middle-income housing.

More adults are single – why you should care (2/17/2015)
The traditional reasons for home buying apply to young couples with children. But 50% are now single, and agents must give them new reasons to own a home.

More 55+ buyers moving, downsizing (2/6/2015)
More and more older adults are selling the family home they’ve owned for decades, and builders are bullish about an upswing in demand for 55+ communities.

More young adults may leave nest, spark economy (2/2/2015)
Up to 44% of adults living with relatives say they hope to get their own place this year. That influx of demand could be a wild card in the housing rebound.

Freddie Mac advises buyers to move quickly (1/28/2015)
The mortgage giant said that favorable conditions make homeownership affordable right now – but buyers shouldn’t assume things will get better if they wait.

The new electric company: Your home (1/28/2015)
Imagine this future: Instead of buying electricity, most homes generate their own solar power, with any excess supply sold to businesses or non-solar homeowners.

Outdoor kitchens’ popularity grows (1/26/2015)
Only 4% of owners making at least $150K per year have an outdoor kitchen, but 13.6% want one. Most popular items are also unusual, such as a pizza oven.

55-plus housing market ‘one of healthiest segments’ (1/23/2015)
NAHB: Builders says the older adult housing market “fared quite well in 2014,” and they predict similarly strong results this year.

Are women the real dealmakers? (1/20/2015)
A study published in Dec. suggests that women may outperform men when it comes to financial negotiations on behalf of another person.

Homeownership rate, home prices no longer linked (1/19/2015)
Historically, a drop in mortgage rates made ownership more affordable, and demand spiked – but that relationship has been off kilter since the Great Recession.

Fla. now No. 3 U.S. state in total population (1/5/2015)
The Sunshine State bumped New York down to fourth place, according to Census Bureau estimates released at the end of December.

Fla. now No. 3 U.S. state in total population (1/5/2015)
The Sunshine State bumped New York down to fourth place, according to Census Bureau estimates released at the end of December.

Owning still trumps renting in overall wealth (12/18/2014)
Paying a mortgage is a form of forced savings, and even owners who bought from 2007-2009 have seen an average gain so far of $18,000 in their net worth.

Fla. institutional investors could turn 29% profit (12/16/2014)
RealtyTrac: Institutional investors bought about 34K Fla. homes when cheap and rented them out. But when will they sell? If now, their average profit would be 29%.

65+ adults are real estate’s most loyal age group (12/15/2014)
Older adults aren’t downsizing and moving into rentals as they have in the past. More are holding onto their homes or buying a new one.

3 Fla. cities poised for baby boomers sales (12/10/2014)
NAR considers Fort Myers, Orlando and Sarasota in the top 10 for expected baby boomer housing demand, based on trends, affordability and economic conditions.

Buyers embrace the ‘contemporary craftsman’ look (12/9/2014)
The style, circa 1910, is known for a simple design and lots of wood and stone. Today’s buyers, however, prefer bathrooms with more 21st Century amenities.

More new homes have built-in solar power (12/3/2014)
Solar power installed during construction costs less than a retrofit, and with added tax incentives, solar energy is becoming a basic part of many new homes.

Five reasons for Realtors to be thankful (12/1/2014)
In the real estate biz, there’s always some type of challenge. But over Thanksgiving, many Realtors noted positive trends in a healthier, post-recession market.

What’s the next big home feature buyers want? (11/24/2014)
Survey says: Smart home technology. Nearly half (46%) of consumers polled want it for their current home or next home, citing comfort, safety and cost savings.

Even for childless homebuyers, good schools matter (11/19/2014)
Nationwide, homes near top-ranked schools generally command higher prices – about $50 more per square foot. RealtyTrac cites St. Petersburg as a top value.

You own your community (11/17/2014)
Real estate pros can be advocates for communities and smart growth by helping developers understand residents’ preferences for compact, walkable neighborhoods.

Changing demographics impact housing market (11/11/2014)
Millennials (18-33 year-olds) should soon buy a lot of homes. They have more money now, and over half used real estate apps or visited a website this summer.

Moving boomers want a bigger, pricier place (11/10/2014)
The baby boomer real estate market over the next five years is be an estimated $1.9 trillion, but it’s unclear what they want – or if they can afford it.

Builders don’t try to compete with resales on price (11/3/2014)
Fewer buyers wrestle with a resale-versus-new home decision as price difference hits $70K and builders opt to construct fewer homes at higher prices.

The housing market is changing (10/30/2014)
Slower home price gains are a two-edged sword: More owners could decide to list their home now as buyers see less risk in waiting a bit.

Census Bureau releases annual housing survey (10/17/2014)
Bureau found that about 1 in 20 U.S. homes has moderate to severe physical problems, and 1 in 10 had cockroaches and/or mice in the past 12 months.

Today’s homes may not fit tomorrow’s needs (10/15/2014)
Harvard study suggests U.S. isn’t ready for its aging baby boomers. They’ll increasingly find car-dependent suburbs less accessible as they try to age in place.

Home offices grow along with home-based businesses (10/14/2014)
With half of all U.S. small businesses now based at home, more buyers want a great home office – not just a desk sitting in a guestroom’s corner.

Expect wave of single buyers to impact housing (10/14/2014)
It’s official: Over 50% of Americans are single as the percentage of married couples declines. The trend will impact household incomes and desired floor plans.

New home costs, styles differ by area (10/14/2014)
NAHB: New home prices differ nationally, as well style variations. In general, New England has smaller yet more expensive homes than the South.

Industry trends to watch this fall (10/13/2014)
Ten years ago, a buyer thought: “It’s best to buy home sooner rather than later, so I can start building equity.” But they now know prices sometimes go down.

Study: Student debt costs housing $83B this year (10/13/2014)
John Burns consulting says the problem will also get worse in years to come since overall U.S. college debt is increasing 6% annually.

Sometimes a manufactured home doesn’t save money (10/7/2014)
While a manufactured home may seem like a cheaper alternative to site-built housing, the U.S. consumer bureau says that owners often pay higher interest rates.

Survey: U.S. luxury investors to buy big in 2015 (10/6/2014)
A poll finds that almost half of individuals worth $5M or more expect to buy luxury property within 12 months, including 81% of the millennials in that group.