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The Wounded Warrior Home Project uses universal design to help disabled vets live independently.The Wounded Warrior Home Project will include 21 single-family homes designed to be comfortable and accessible for soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. Image: Michael Graves & AssociatesWe’re boosters of ageless design (aka universal design), the common-sense features that let home own...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Despite a 15.5 percent drop in multifamily construction last month, the apartment sector is still roaring strong this year. Multifamily construction has moved higher than its last previous peak in 2006. Indeed, construction of multifamily housing units is at its strongest pace since 1989. Furthermore, the share of multifamily buildings—those with five units or more—being constructed as ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By John Askins]
The majority of renters say home ownership is one of their highest priorities for their future, and more renters are saying they want to buy soon, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Renters are showing stronger desires for home ownership compared to recent years, according to the survey.  “Home ownership matters to Americans who consistently r...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By John Askins]
Houston apartment rents aren't going down anytime soon, according to a market report by Transwestern.The Houston-based real estate firm released its 14th annual Trendlines report, which looked at emerging trends in the Houston commercial real estate market. In the multifamily sector, the city's job growth and subsequent population boom has resulted in skyrocketing rents and a constructio...
Read Post [Posted on 11/26/2014 By Ronald Tata]
Houston is HOT, and relocation to the Houston area is even hotter!The eyes of the world seem to be on the Bayou City as the Houston area continues to prosper, and enjoy a steady influx of new residents. Even during the height of the recession, Houston remained a top destination for relocation.Houston was the last city to enter the recession, and the first city to come out of the recession.While ot...
Read Post [Posted on 11/26/2014 By Ronald Tata]
In fact, Houston was ranked Number 2 on Forbes list of Fastest Growing American Cities. Texas was named 2012's top state by Business Facilities magazine for having "the most dynamic economy of any state in the nation."Houston was also ranked Number 6 for the second consecutive year on the Penske Truck Rental list of Top Moving Destinations based on one-way rentals within the U....
Read Post [Posted on 11/25/2014 By Ronald Tata]
Many reports have centered on the upswing in adult millennial children moving in with their parents. But as these young professionals finally move out and form their own households, they may find that their baby boomer parents may soon coming knocking with moving bags in hand. The American Institute of Architects found that dedicated guest rooms, including in-law suites, have been surging ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/22/2014 By John Askins]
Many "Baby Boomers" are willing to move farther than previous generations when they retire and some of the top places compiled by AARP are:1. Loveland/Fort Collins, CO.2. Las Cruces, N.M3. Rehoboth Beach, DL.4. Portland, OR.5. Greenville, S.C.6. Sarasota, Fla.7. Ann Arbor, MI..8. Tucson, AZ.9. Montpelier, VT.10. Honolulu, HI.11. Santa Fe, N.M12. Atlanta, GA.13. Charleston, S.C14. Northam...
Read Post [Posted on 11/21/2014 By John Askins]
The U.S. apartment vacancy rate has fallen to some its' lowest levels in more than a decade during the past year, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc., some of the lowest rates since the third quarter of 2001, when it stood at 3.9 percent.  "Demand has been so strong to push vacancy rates to such a low level, yet we haven't seen rent growth of the magnitude we would normally expe...
Read Post [Posted on 11/20/2014 By John Askins]
With home values and mortgage rates fluctuating, some buyers are seeing a great opportunity to buy their retirement home now instead of waiting until they retire years later.  For example, in one of the largest retirement areas in the nation — Century Village in Boca Raton, Fla. — the average age of a new home buyer has dropped from the mid-70s to the low 60s in the last year.  ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
Just when you thought the days of zero down-payment loans were gone forever, a nonprofit is testing a new concept to offer low-to-moderate-income home buyers the chance to secure a 15-year mortgage with little to no money down.The Wealth Building Home Loan (WBHL) creates a path to homeownership for first-time buyers, low-income buyers and those burdened by student debt but earning a solid inc...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Angela Angell]
Ok, I know that Houston does not really experience cold weather compared to many other parts of this country.  However, when we are used to  100+ degrees in the summers that start in April and last till October, then when we are predicted to get lows in the 40's, it's pretty exciting.  So, we're not hitting the freezing point yet, but we are excited none the less.  With colder ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) In cities across the United States, millions of people will be kicked out of their homes this year. Some can't afford their soaring rent, others are getting evicted over minor violations by landlords eager to get higher paying tenants in place Rents have risen 7% in the past year, while incomes have inched just 1.8% higher -- making it that much harder for people to afford the...
Read Post [Posted on 11/10/2014 By Diana Walton]
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