Housing

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Southwest Florida’s residential real estate market has steadily improved since the 2008 crash. Home prices continue to rise, and rent has spiked dramatically in recent years. We’re going to get a snapshot of the current state of the market, and where it might be heading, with area realtors Denny Grimes and Brad Dohack, and real estate analyst David Cobb with Metrostudy.

We also spend a few minutes talking about boom/bust economic cycles throughout history with Dr. Christopher Westley, he's Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics at FGCU.

Florida homeowners who insure their property through a state-created insurance company will see an average 6.6 percent increase in their multi-peril coverage next year, regulators announced Wednesday.

Photo: Jessica Meszaros, WGCU

While most of Southwest Florida is getting back to normal nearly three weeks after Hurricane Irma, in Everglades City in southern Collier County, it’s a different story. The town saw eight to ten feet of storm surge from Hurricane Irma, some homes completely washed away, and those still standing filled by mud, mold, and destruction.

Houses in areas prone to natural disasters across the country are increasing in value.

While that might not make sense, that was the finding of a yearly nationwide study by ATTOM Data Solutions, a company dedicated to crunching housing numbers.

After Hurricane Irma, there have been lots of conversations about how best to rebuild given the area's elevation and tendency to flood, even on sunny days.

Roughly 260 sex offenders have registered as their residence the intersection of Northwest 36th Court and 71st Street, on the edge of Hialeah and Miami.  The closest house is four blocks away and the only buildings here are squat warehouses.

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