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UCF plans to move its Research Park nursing school

 

The University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing has outgrown its current location in Research Park and the school wants to build it a new home in .

faculty members are seeking approval on May 24 for a concept that will lead to a potential operating lease arrangement for a future Health Sciences and College of Nursing building near the existing College of Medicine.

The change is part of UCF’s plan to create several new colleges by July 2, including an Academic Health Sciences Center and the College of Health Professions & Sciences at Lake Nona, which eventually will include the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. The goal is to help better organize the campuses to connect students with employers from industries in which they are earning degrees.

A presentation submitted by UCF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah German and UCF College of Nursing Dean Mary Lou Sole says the UCF Real Estate Foundation will sell one of 50 acres of Lake Nona gift land to Alter+Care at fair market value for the project. Alter+Care is an existing partner with UCF that develops and finances health care, educational and outpatient facilities.

The proposed plans say Alter+Care would provide an operating lease for a Health Sciences and College of Nursing building adjacent the College of Medicine.

Alter+Care would design, build and finance a 150,000-square-foot building, with 90,000 square feet for College of Nursing and 60,000 square feet reserved for expansion and future Academic Health Sciences Center use, documents showed.

In exchange, UCF would offer a 25-year lease with renewal options for $17 per square foot, or $2.6 million. UCF will maintain the building, which the university estimated will have $1.5 million in operating expenses.

If the UCF Board of Trustees approves the plans, the next step is for Alter+Care to create schematic drawings of the building and develop the final terms of the operating lease.

  • Develop of schematic drawings and complete due diligence: June-October 2018
  • Finalize operating lease terms: October-December 2018
  • to start: January-June 2020
  • Targeted opening date: Spring semester 2022

The College of Nursing has nearly 3,000 students across three campuses, and colleges are being encouraged to produce even more as the state expects a shortage of 50,000 registered nurses by 2025, according to UCF.

The new college building would join the nearby UCF and Hospital Corp. of America’s (NYSE: HCA) 100-bed teaching hospital, which will be built in Lake Nona and open in 2020.

It also would pair nicely with the existing Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute’s Lake Nona facility, whose assets UCF is seeking to take over and turn into a cancer research center.

“A campus containing all of UCF’s health-related programs will move one step closer to becoming a global destination for education, research and patient care — the Johns Hopkins of the future, only better,” German previously said regarding UCF’s plans to establish an Academic Health Sciences Center in Lake Nona.

Developer plans new 2,558-acre community near Lake Nona

A planned 2,558-acre, mixed-use community going up near wants to change some of its plans.

The Starwood project, being developed by Beachline South Residential LLC on land south of State Road 528 and east of State Road 417, will add a high school and new signage into the mix of commercial uses and thousands of .

Applicant Dewberry Engineers Inc., which is the civil engineer and landscape architect for the project, sent a submittal to the city of Orlando to amend the future land-use map and planned-use development map. The request will be discussed at a June 19 municipal planning board meeting.

“The changes are mostly the result of an agreement reached with Orange County School Board regarding placement of a high school site within the development,” the project description reads. The changes are also a result of the road realignment on Dowden Road.

Beachline South Residential LLC, an entity of Palm Beach Gardens-based Land Innovations LLC, wants to build:

  • Office space on 1,680 acres
  • Commercial space on 81 acres
  • Public recreation and institutional areas consisting of 65 acres
  • Industrial space on 33 acres
  • Roughly 670 acres will be set aside for conservation.

The development team also includes Donal W. McIntosh Associates Inc. as the surveyor, VHB as the traffic consultant, Bio-Tech Consulting Inc. as the environmental consultant and Devo Engineering Co. as the geotechnical engineer.

Proposed home sites will range from 20-foot townhome lots to 70-foot estate lots, Mattamy Homes said in a news release. Communities amenities will include centers of different sizes throughout the community as well as a more than 20-mile system of interconnected walking trails and bike paths.

“Orlando continues to demonstrate that it is one of the strongest markets in the state of , as evidenced by the positive demographic trends including employment and population growth,” Mattamy Homes Orlando Division President Alex Martin previously said in a prepared statement. “We consider the Starwood Property an excellent complement to our existing Randal Park community and an opportunity to maintain our strong presence in this highly desirable and rapidly growing area of Central Florida.”

Jay Thompson, Land Innovations managing partner, had said the home prices would start at about $230,000 and go up to $1 million.

KPMG’s new $430M Lake Nona training complex

 

 

 

New York-based KPMG LLP, one of the world’s Big 4 accounting firms, will implement lots of useful technology for its employees at its new $430 million,  55-acre training facility in Lake Nona that will feature 800 guest rooms for the thousands of out-of-town employees who will come to town each year.

For example, one aspect will be technology that can guide visiting employees to their rooms at the new KPMG Training & Innovation Facility at 9313 Blvd., which is set for completion in 2019. It’s important to make it simple for people to navigate through the center, as it will generate about 48,000 annual visits to with roughly 1,000 passengers flying in and out of the Orlando International Airport each week. “It’s an 800,000-square-foot facility — you’re going to need to know where to go,” said Bill Flemming, KPMG’s managing director and head of management, during the 2018 State of Lake Nona Real Estate event on May 9. “We will use beacon wayfinding so you will be tracked via your cell phone to know where you are and direct you to know where to go in the building.”

The Orlando International Airport also uses beacon wayfinding to help travelers find restaurants and terminals.

The technology will take the KPMG experience a step further by preparing the guest’s room before they enter. “When you step off the plane at the airport, your iPhone will direct you to your room, and as you get closer to the facility, the phone will turn on [connection to] the room to get the climate control, the TV station you want— it gets the room ready for your specifications,” Flemming said.

He noted that this technology along with special amenities at the campus will help lure in top talent. “Part of the reason we are building this facility is that there’s a fight for talent out there. We have to have a cutting-edge building that attracts people and says ‘this company reflects training, innovation, and state-of-the-art design,’ ” he said. “We have amenities that make it a holistic experience. Not only do you come in for training, but we also want people to be relaxed and understand teamwork dynamics.”

For example, there’s going to be a social venue with a restaurant, a bar, and outdoor and indoor recreation facilities, as well as relaxation rooms.

Site grading for the facility began last year. Flemming said the team has been working through design plans over the year, and to speed up the construction timeline for the project, KPMG is prefabricating 800 restrooms, which will simply slide into the building. The firm also is prefabricating the exterior walls in an offsite warehouse.

Once the training center is open, it’s expected to create an enormous economic impact by bringing thousands of employees into the market and creating at least 80 high-wage jobs at the facility. Lynne Doughtie, CEO and U.S. chairman of KPMG, previously told Orlando Journal that KPMG is expecting to create 250 jobs in the next couple of years.

Massive solar project for Central Florida

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OUC and 11 municipal utilities from across the state are teaming up to build three massive solar farms.

The groundbreaking agreement allows for 900,000 solar panels that will provide energy for as many as 45,000 . The three solar sites on 1,200 acres in rural Orange and Osceola counties will provide 223.5 megawatts. OUC will be the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of solar energy, or enough for more than 20,000 residential customers.

“OUC could have done this on its own, but by partnering with other municipal utilities, we can make a dramatic difference not just in Central , but really throughout the entire state,” said Clint Bullock, OUC’s general manager, and CEO. “We can leverage the economies of scale to bring the price of solar down to a point where a dozen municipal utilities can afford to sign on.”

The solar farms are expected to be completed by 2020, and exact locations in Orange and Osceola are still being finalized through a permitting process.

Luxury apartments in the pipeline for I-Drive-area project

A 64-acre mixed-use development near International Drive is gearing up to tackle its multifamily component. The whole mixed-use project will cost more than $350 million to develop and should be completed by 2019. More here.

Fun Spot debuts new Orlando ride

Fun Spot America, which opened a new Orlando ride called HeadRush 360 on May 1, now plans to spend $2 million to add a new multi-level go-kart track dubbed Samson Monster Track at its Atlanta property. More here.

Here’s how Orlando ranks for diversity

With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America. To determine the cities with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household and religious. Orlando came in at No. 68.

Cruises from Port Canaveral to Cuba start Monday

The Norwegian Sun embarks on the first regularly scheduled cruise from Port Canaveral to Cuba on Monday, Florida Today reports. The cruises, which will depart from the port every Monday this summer, will include stops in Havana, as well as in Key West.

After weeks of jumping, mortgages rates take a modest dip

U.S. mortgage rates fell last week after rising to their highest level in four years, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.55% for the week ending May 3, down from 4.58% the previous week. Favorable mortgage rates have helped drive U.S. home sales, as well as the refinance market.

10 Markets Where Home Prices are Stable

 

 

While most of the country’s housing market fight rising prices due to low inventory, several U.S. cities remain outside the trend, with home prices remaining flat, or in some cases even falling. According to Trulia, cities such as Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; and Denver, Colorado have seen home prices stay flat or even fall year over year. Other cities in Trulia’s list of “10 Markets Where Home Prices Aren’t Rising” are San Antonio, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Camden, New Jersey; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Houston and Dallas in Texas; and Sarasota, Florida.

San Antonio sits at the top of the list, with median home prices pegged at $269,499, a 5.4 percent decrease year over year, even with a job growth rate of 4.2 percent compared to the national average of job growth rate of 1.7 percent. Trulia estimates that despite job growth, home prices have fallen due to decreased wages in San Antonio by 2.6 percent, or simply, that are cheaper which hit the market within the last year.

Including San Antonio, Texas has four other cities on Trulia’s list: Dallas, Austin, and Houston. Austin saw a 3.4 percent decrease in the median home price year over year, down to $336,995. In Dallas, the median home price fell by 0.5 percent to $356,999. Houston, has the cheapest housing, with the median price at $299, 520, a 0.4 percent decrease year over year.

Other cities, such as Honolulu and Sacramento, despite being known for their notoriously high home prices, saw their market stabilize in the last year. Honolulu’s median home price was the highest on the list, at $630,000, but this is a 1.4 percent decrease from the previous year. Meanwhile, Sacramento, with a median home price of $429,000, saw no real change year over year, implying a stabilized market.

With a median listing price of $ 229,900, that remained unchanged over the past one year, Milwaukee was the only Midwest market on the list.

Now Is the Best Time to Sell … or Is it?

 

 

Rising home prices and a squeeze on inventory has more millennial homebuyers and potential sellers looking at upgrading their home admitting to being obsessed with timing the market to increase their gains, according to a recent study by ValueInsured.

The study found that among all homeowners surveyed who were interested in selling their home 69 percent said that they were concerned with trying to time the market, an increase of 13 percentage points from 56 percent during the same period last year.

Among those wishing to buy a home this season, the study found that 60 percent said they were concerned with trying to time the market, again reflecting a 13 percentage points increase over last year.

The pressure to time the market was most acute among millennials with 65 percent potential millennial homebuyers admitting that they were more market-timing conscious, up from 45 percent last year. Among millennial homeowners too, ValueInsured’s study found 73 percent millennial homeowners who wished to upgrade but were waiting for better prices admitting that timing the market was key to a better deal.

The study revealed that an eroding preference for owning over renting was one of the many factors that coincided with rising concerns over timing the market due to home prices and rising rates. “Americans, homeowners and non-owners, far prefer owning to renting if given a choice. However, that preference is sliding steadily, even among homeowners,” the ValueInsured study said.

While 68 percent non-homeowners believed that owning a home was better than renting, the data revealed that this was still a 4-point drop from 72 percent expressing the same sentiment last year. The percentage dropped among homeowners too, with 87 percent homeowners believing that it was better to own than rent, compared with 90 percent during the same period last year.

The study found that non-homeowning millennials were more confident that the housing market was moving in a direction that was more favorable to renters than owners, with nearly three in four (72 percent) millennial homeowners surveyed now believing that the housing market favored renting over buying.

 

Federal Open Market Committee Examines Economic Outlook

The Federal Reserve announced that interest rates remained unchanged after the end of the two-day policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Fed had last increased rates in March. The committee voted unanimously to keep the rates unchanged and said that it would monitor labor market conditions and the movement of inflation before announcing further rate hikes.

“In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent,” the Fed said in a statement after the meeting. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”

The Central Bank had stated that it was targeting an inflation rate of 2 percent at the beginning of the year, and after the meeting, it said: “On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have moved close to 2 percent.”

The stability in rates this month will bring some respite to homebuyers who have been challenged by rising mortgage rates after the hike in overall interest rates by the Fed in March. Mortgage rates climbed to their highest level in over four years last week with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing for the third consecutive week to 4.58 percent. This according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market survey that showed average mortgage rates had continued their upward march, continuing a trend seen since the beginning of 2018.

So should the market expect another hike in June? The committee said that the committee would assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. “This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments,” the Committee said in its statement.

Worries Climb Over Rising Home Prices

U.S. home sales have slowed to a crawl this quarter, mostly due to an entrenched combination of low inventory and consistently rising prices. The latter was true again in March, according to the latest Home Price Index report from CoreLogic. The HPI for March found that over the last year, home prices nationally rose 7 percent.

From February, prices were up 1.4 percent, but in year-over-year comparisons, CoreLogic found that all 50 states saw prices escalate since March of 2017.

“Home prices grew briskly in the first quarter of 2018,” said Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic. “High demand and limited supply have pushed home prices above where they were in early 2006. New construction still lags historically normal levels, keeping upward pressure on prices.”

The largest annual gains happened in Washington and Nevada, where, CoreLogic found, home prices grew by 12.6 percent since last March. What’s more, CoreLogic expects prices to keep climbing and expects U.S. home prices to be 5.2 percent higher by next March. Prices are expected to rise 0.1 percent in April.

Of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, based on housing stock, 37 have an overvalued as of March, the report stated.

“Additionally, as of March 2018, 28 percent of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued and 35 percent were at value” it stated.

When looking at the top 50 markets, CoreLogic found that half were overvalued. Seven were undervalued and 18 were at value.”

CoreLogic president and CEO  Frank Martell called this dynamic a clearly “unsustainable condition that can only be remedied by aggressive and coordinated public/private sector actions.”

According to Martell, rising home prices would remain a sober reality facing a lot of would-be buyers until it was “straightened out.”

“The dream of homeownership continues to fade away for the average prospective buyer,” he said. “Lower-priced are appreciating much faster than higher-priced properties, making the crisis progressively worse.”

Home Price Index February 2018

February 2018 National Home Prices

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.7 percent in February 2018 compared with February 2017 and increased month over month by 1 percent in February 2018 compared with January 2018 (revisions to public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results).

 

Forecast Prices Nationally

The CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices will increase by 4.7 percent on a year-over-year basis from February 2018 to February 2019, and on month-over-month basis home prices are expected to be flat from February 2018 to March 2018.

 

The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.

In an analysis of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 34 percent of cities have an overvalued housing stock as of February 2018, according to CoreLogic Market Conditions Indicators (MCI) data. The MCI analysis categorizes home prices in individual markets as undervalued, at a value or overvalued by comparing home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels, which are supported by local market fundamentals such as disposable income. Also, as of February, 30

Home Prices rise again

 

 

U.S. home prices in February were up 0.6 percent from the previous month nationwide, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s latest House Price Index. Prices for sales guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were up 7.2 percent compared to last February, according to this report.

The month-to-month numbers from FHFA were slightly higher than those reported in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index, released on Tuesday, which said that February prices were up 0.4 percent from January; they were up 6.3 percent from a year earlier.

“Home prices continue to rise across the country,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices while commenting on the S&P Case-Shiller HPI. “Year-over-year prices measured by the National index have increased continuously for the past 70 months.”

That’s since May of 2012. In that time, Blitzer said, prices have averaged a growth rate of 6 percent a year.

At nearly 13 percent, Seattle saw the largest growth in the past year in major markets. Home prices were also up by double digits in Las Vegas and San Francisco on the S&P Indices. Washington, D.C., and Chicago saw the lowest growth rate over the past 12 months, each less than 3 percent.

“In San Francisco and Los Angeles, home price gains ranked much higher than what would be expected from their employment increases, indicating that California home prices continued to rise faster than might be expected,” Blitzer said. “In contrast, Miami home prices experienced some of the smaller increases despite better than average employment gains.”

Despite rising prices, Realtor.com data shows in these markets are going fast,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “In February, time on market for the typical property in Seattle was 29 days, Las Vegas 42 days, and San Francisco 21 days vs. 83 days nationally.”

Days on market sped up seasonally in March with properties disappearing after only 23 days in Seattle, 39 days in Las Vegas, and 22 days in San Francisco, Hale said.

“Potential sellers, aware of local market conditions, are listing homes priced accordingly. Realtor.com listing prices in March were up 16 percent in Seattle, 11 percent in Las Vegas, and 6 percent in San Francisco, suggesting that high prices will continue to be the norm this spring,” she said.

According to FHFA, home price growth was uneven across different sectors of the country in February. While prices remained flat in the West North Central division, they went up 1.6 percent in the East South Central division.

Year-over-year, home prices grew in every section of the country, ranging from 4.8 percent growth in the Middle Atlantic to 10.3 percent growth in the Pacific.

FHFA also revised it’s previous January totals. Prices that month were up 0.9 percent from December, as opposed to the previously reported 0.8 percent.