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  • U.S. home construction jumps 9.7% in January February 16, 2018
    Commerce Dept.: Housing starts at a pace of 1.33M - the highest since Oct. 2016. Single-family starts up 3.7%, multifamily up 19.7% and building permits up 7.4%.
  • Rent-to-own offers may be worth a second look February 16, 2018
    If a seller receives no viable offers on a home listed for months, then a rent-to-own proposal could be "good for both parties," says NAR Pres. Mendenhall.
  • Driverless cars could fuel an exurb boom February 16, 2018
    NAHB: Driverless cars could impact where people live. If they had such a car, 63% of consumers said they'd "definitely" or "maybe" move further away from work.
  • Tiny homes may have a wider buyer pool February 16, 2018
    A new NAHB survey confirms that consumers are definitely intrigued by smaller homes, 600 square feet or less. 53% said they would likely consider buying one.
  • Real estate QandA: Must rental tenants obey HOA rules? February 15, 2018
    What if an association doesn't have an HOA with a board and meetings, but it does have covenants? Are HOA rules enforceable – and who does that?
  • Airbnb collected $45.7M in Florida taxes in 2017 February 15, 2018
    Airbnb Florida says that it collected over $45.7M in tax revenues for Florida state and local governments in 2017 – more than double 2016's $20M in taxes.
  • It's official: Lennar, CalAtlantic merge February 15, 2018
    Homebuilding giant Lennar Corp. completed its merger with former rival CalAtlantic Group Inc., creating the nation's largest homebuilder based on revenues.
  • Average age for a first-time homebuyer? 29.1 years February 15, 2018
    Survey: Millennials, however, appear on track to buy their home a bit later at 34.4 years thanks, in part, because they want to get a handle on college loans first.
  • Inflation spike could impact mortgage rates February 15, 2018
    In tight labor markets, employers raise wages, prices go up and inflation often follows. A spike in Jan.'s inflation gauge has led some experts to say the increase could lead to higher borrowing costs for all types of consumer loans, including mortgages.
  • Mortgage rates climb to almost four-year high February 15, 2018
    The specter of higher inflation pushed the average 30-year FRM to 4.38% this week – the highest level since April 2014, says Freddie Mac.
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