Housing Market

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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.

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As floodwaters begin to recede in Southwest Florida, many now face the task of clean-up. But before you hire any old handy man, officials say you should make sure they are a licensed contractor. According to Sarasota County Deputy Building Official Guy McCauley, unlicensed contractors aren't just working illegally, they leave homeowners with no recourse if things go wrong. And in many cases, insurance won't pay for work done by an unlicensed contractor.

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The problem of affordable housing in affluent Collier County is crossing into southern Lee County, and communities like Bonita Springs and industry leaders in Southwest Florida are moving to address the growing housing crunch.

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A recent real estate study focused on the new-home market in Southwest Florida shows growth in Lee County but a surprising slow-down in Collier County.

Metrostudy crunches construction starts and home sales data every quarter. A report released this month on the fourth quarter of 2016 showed southern Collier County is sitting with hundreds of new homes that are yet to sell.

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South Florida is home to some of the grayest counties in the country, and as more seniors face critical decisions about where and how they live, questions about what programs seniors can take advantage and the kind of care available in Southwest Florida are common.

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