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Celebrity Real Estate: Serena Williams, Venus Wlliams, Alicia Keys


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Celebrity Real Estate: Donald Trump, Rosie O'Donnell, Dennis Miller

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Mortgage Rates Expected to Move Lower

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.77 percent, up 2 basis points from the same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose Wednesday, then returned to the current rate and stayed there for the rest of the week.

“Mortgage rates temporarily rose last week after the Atlanta Fed president said interest rates could increase in September, but ended the week essentially where they started,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Mortgage rates should move lower as investors seek safety after China devalued the yuan. Friday’s Consumer Sentiment data could also move rates toward the end of the week.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.83 percent.

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Tampa Homes in Reach for Young Buyers

By Christina Sturgis

The forecast for young home buyers in the Sunshine State is mixed, according to Zillow, but Hillsborough County can help brighten the outlook.

Zillow analyzed the prices of homes listed for sale in five Florida metropolitan areas and compared them against the median incomes of millennials – those 23 to 34 years old – to determine what percentage of homes were within the youngest buyers’ grasp.

Nationwide, 70 percent of homes listed for sale are affordable for this set of potential homeowners. In Tampa, the percentage is 71 percent and in nearby Lakeland, the percentage is 78 percent – with the most optimistic outlook in the state.

Elsewhere in Florida, the picture is cloudier for young buyers with much lower percentages of homes in the affordable range:
• Miami, 44 percent
• Orlando, 57 percent
• Sarasota, 46 percent …

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Should Tampa Bay Embrace New Urbanism?

By Christina Sturgis

Many in the Tampa Bay region are exploring new urbanism, the belief that compact developments could efficiently combine workplaces, homes, stores and gathering places connected by sidewalks and public transit instead of super highways.

These principles, however, are difficult to implement because they conflict with the single-use zoning codes that emerged in the 1950s, and created suburban sprawl and made the automobile a centerpiece of our economy. Now, many planners believe sprawl squanders resources, causes pollution and creates a stressful lifestyle, but critics say these ideas are elitist and drive up housing prices.

New Urbanism is a key issue for Florida, which the U.S. Census Bureau calls the nation’s fourth most densely populated state -- only California, Texas and New York have more people per square mile. The Tampa-St. Petersburg region has 2,551 people per square mile, similar to Orlando, which has 2,327 and Jacksonville, which has 2,008. Miami is more urban with 4,442 people per square mile. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Vince Vaughn, Johnny Galecki

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Celebrity Real Estate: Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Sia

By Laura Vecsey

Trump Beats Huckabee -- In Real Estate Deals

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has dropped the price on his Little Rock house to $674,000. If nothing else, it’s proof that the former Arkansas governor is nowhere near the same ZIP code as the current GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump

While Huckabee has taken some notes from The Donald on how to attract a buyer, the former governor comes nowhere near the $21 million deal Trump just made for his Manhattan penthouse.

Like Huckabee, who first listed his Little Rock home for $850,000 in 2013, Trump started off seeking $35 million for the Trump Park Avenue condo before cutting the price twice and accepting $14 million under his original list price.

Maybe Huckabee is closer to the right price now for the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home. Or maybe the pair of real estate sellers will trade tips on the GOP debate floor.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Beck, Taraji P. Henson, Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes

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Celebrity Real Estate: Katie Holmes, Gigi Hadid, Joan Rivers

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Celebrity Real Estate: Scott Disick, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Floyd Mayweather

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Celebrity Real Estate: Bret Michaels, Geraldo, Robin Thicke

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Mortgage Rates Remain Volatile

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.95 percent, up 2 basis points from the same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.82 percent last Friday, then hovered around 3.86 percent before rising to the current rate on Tuesday.

“Rates fell last week due to continued uncertainty about Greece’s fiscal situation and the Fed signaling it might wait longer than expected to raise interest rates, but recovered as negotiations with Greece continue,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Rates will likely be volatile until a deal between Greece and its creditors is finalized.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.04 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.82 percent.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Kesha, Troy Aikman, Penn Jillette

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Celebrity Real Estate: Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford, Ben McKenzie

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Celebrity Real Estate: Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford, Ben McKenzie

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