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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.

Cost to rent rising over home buying (2/18/2015)
It’s 20% cheaper to buy a home than rent in some Fla. areas – but many potential owners are afraid to jump in, wary of loan rules or afraid of value declines.

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.

Rental condos will be harder to find (2/16/2015)
Renters looking for a condo or townhome in S. Fla. and elsewhere find their options dwindling as investors waiting for a rebound decide to sell rather than rent.

Redfin survey: Many millennials choosing mortgage before marriage (2/13/2015)
Redfin survey: 38% of American millennials, age 18-34, say they either have, or would, put off a wedding or honeymoon to be able to afford to buy a home.

HUD: 2015 is year of housing opportunity (2/11/2015)
The “easing of credit will open the door to more buyers,” says HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who cites the reduction in the FHA mortgage premium as an example.

Student loans put kids in basement (2/11/2015)
Census: The share of 25- to 34-year-olds living at home with parents hit a new high in 2014 – 17.7% for males and 11.7% for females, largely due to student debt.

America’s housing stock: Who holds it and who’s buying? (2/9/2015)
Who’s buying it? Analysts expect new types of investors and more traditional sales to influence the market, with foreclosure inventory continuing as a factor.

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.

Does Starbucks brew higher home values? (2/5/2015)
The coffee chain doesn’t simply identify hot areas for stores. A study finds that the mere presence of a new store can be the catalyst that leads to change.

American homebuyers get more creative (2/5/2015)
In order to afford a home, relatives or friends co-buy properties; baby boomers rent to their kids; and many others rely on downpayment assistance programs.

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.

Builders, sellers offer incentives as market slows (2/2/2015)
Aside from extravagant gifts for buyers, some tempt agents with bonuses – a practice not often seen since the days before the housing market meltdown.

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.

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.

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.

Smart homes that people actually want (9/26/2014)
Few buyers care that a listing is a “smart home.” They want to know what it can do, and a survey identified the top smart home features that attract interest.

Consumers somewhat confident about home prices (9/25/2014)
Many buyers stung by the meltdown continue to worry. While 53% of Americans expect housing prices to go up, a fair number of people (47%) still aren’t so sure.

Student debt could reduce home sales 8% this year (9/22/2014)
John Burns report: Some 414,000 households will be blocked from the market by escalating student debt, and many others will settle for less expensive homes.

More singles than ever: How it affects real estate (9/15/2014)
For the first time since record keeping started in 1976, more than half of all Americans are officially single – divorced, widowed or never married.

Trend: More home is squeezed onto a smaller lot (9/15/2014)
Since 1995, the median size of land under a new home has dropped almost 13%. By 2013, it was about 1/5 of an acre.

Could millennials kill off the McMansion? (9/11/2014)
What type of homes will today’s youngest buyers want in 10 years? No one really knows. They appear to like smaller homes now, but could a new family change that?

Over half of Fla.’s June sales were all-cash (9/10/2014)
CoreLogic: Fla. ranked No. 1 nationally with 51% all-cash sales, and Cape Coral-Fort Myers topped the list: 61.2% of home purchases didn’t require a mortgage.

The next big niche market? (9/9/2014)
The number of active-adult housing buyers continues to grow. Builders say many must sell a home first, and as those sales pick up, they expect a spike in demand.

A future buyer glimpse: Gen Z values homeownership (9/9/2014)
Survey: The 13-17-year-old generation buys online and consults 1,000 friends for every decision, but they’d give up modern luxuries in order to own a home.

Tubs passé as more owners opt for walk-in showers (9/8/2014)
A survey this year found that four out of 10 respondents opted to forgo bathtubs during a renovation – even in the master suite.

Fla. a top destination for retiring baby boomers (9/4/2014)
Four Fla. counties – three in SW Fla. and one in Central Fla. – made RealtyTrac’s top 10 list of boomer relocation destinations from 2007 to 2013.

Study finds most college grads can afford a home (9/4/2014)
RealtyTrac: Even with student loan debt, U.S. grads can buy homes in 96% of markets. But their incomes must rise 34% to compete with buyers without student debt.

Report: It’s cheaper to live in Fla. than Northeast (9/2/2014)
Contrary to some consumer perceptions, it’s cheaper to live in Fla. than most Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.