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American’s thirst for smart home technology is growing, with more home owners seeking greater control of their home’s appliances, lighting, and systems. Indeed, more than 70 percent of about 2,000 adults recently surveyed say they wish they could just control something in their home from their mobile device, according to Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey.What do they most want to be able to do...
Read Post [Posted on 09/30/2014 By John Askins]
When new-home sales were down drastically during the recession, the changing demographics and tighter lending standards were influencing buyers’ purchasing decisions when home-shopping and changing their priorities, home builder industry experts say. “There is a lot of pressure today to retool,” says Steve Brooks, CEO of Grand Homes. “We have to redesign houses and figure out what kind of pro...
Read Post [Posted on 09/30/2014 By John Askins]
Nationwide housing starts plunged in August, mostly attributed to a 31.7 percent decline in the multifamily market, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau reports.Overall, housing starts – reflecting both multifamily and the single-family construction – were down 14.4 percent in August, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units. Singl...
Read Post [Posted on 09/29/2014 By John Askins]
Sales of existing homes, which represent the bulk of the residential housing market, declined in August from July but new-home sales rose. Existing-home sales, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, declined to 5.05 million units on an annualized basis in August, after rising for four consecutive months. Although sales were at the second-highest level of...
Read Post [Posted on 09/28/2014 By John Askins]
The two amenities luxury home shoppers want the most are a chef’s kitchen and a sprawling views, particularly of oceans, mountains, or cityscapes, according to a new survey by realtor.com®. Fifty-four percent of luxury home buyers voted for the chef's kitchen, while 44 percent flagged the views. Thirty-eight percent also say the square footage of the property is a key attribute, and 36 ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/28/2014 By John Askins]
Sales of new single-family homes soared 18 percent in August, as greater confidence in the recovery swept across the housing industry, despite news that homebuilding tumbled 14 percent and existing-home sales fell 1.8 percent in the same month.New-home sales in August reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units, the highest level since May 2008, according to data releas...
Read Post [Posted on 09/26/2014 By John Askins]
New Homes in The Woodlands TX area VS. Pre-Owned Homes for Sale in the Woodlands TX area ...that is the question. Our Secret Savings Series will have the answers every FRIDAY with our own WEEKLY top 10 Woodlands TX MLS listings & picks for Best Buys in both New Homes in The Woodlands, TX and Pre-Owned, Resale Homes for Sale in the Woodlands TX  & surrounding areas.When it comes to&nbs...
Read Post [Posted on 09/25/2014 By Monique Guidry]
Houston has the highest demand for new homes nationally according to this article : http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2014/09/houston-continues-to-see-high-demand-for-new-homes.html?ana=e_hstn_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2014-09-25&u=/4WL8Vtr4QMDIs15bmSffg00919e42&t=1411655535* ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/25/2014 By Cynthia Guest]
Don’t take contractor abuse lying down. If your contractor has fouled up your home improvement project — or disappeared altogether — you have recourse.Keep a detailed log of the ways your contractor hasn’t lived up to his responsibilities–it could come in handy later on. Image: Steven Errico/Photodisc/Getty ImagesWe all know that remodeling can be a hassle. But occasionally a construction project ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/24/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Houston's homebuilders are riding high on the booming real estate market.Companies on Houston Business Journal's Largest Houston-Area Homebuilders List built 10 percent more homes in 2013 than they reported in 2012. Eighty-five percent of homes are sold prior to completion, according to survey respondents, and homes take, on average, about 21 weeks to complete from groundbreaking.But not everythin...
Read Post [Posted on 09/24/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
Rising gas prices will likely push more post-housing bubble home seekers in search of smaller homes closer to urban areas, according to speakers at this year's “What’s Next: Real Estate in the New Economy” conference sponsored by the Urban Land Institute of North Texas.  More home buyers may be looking for shorter commutes, cheaper mortgages, and to decrease car expenses, which living closer...
Read Post [Posted on 09/24/2014 By John Askins]
An article about home building shows an interesting look at the demographic changes in the housing market and what could be viewed as a predictor of the next phase of housing starts around the country.More Gen Y’ers are renting homes compared to earlier generations at the same age, but as the economy turns around there should be an increased demand for new home construction.Written by Gregg L...
Read Post [Posted on 09/23/2014 By John Askins]
Construction on buildings with at least five apartments reached the highest monthly pace since the beginning of 2006, Freddie Mac reports in its Economic and Housing Market Outlook for September. But one big difference compared to 2006, Freddie economists note, is that there is less development of condominium complexes, and most of the multifamily offerings are rentals."Over the past fou...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By John Askins]
If the costs of mortgages ultimately get bigger, would the size of homes buyers purchase get smaller? According to financial Web site The Motley Fool, interest rates and home size are closely tied together. “As interest rates fell in the late 1970s, home sizes grew,” Motley Fool reports. “As rates rocketed in the early 1980s, home sizes contracted. After reaching a peak in the 1980s, mo...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By John Askins]
Luxury home builder Toll Brothers Inc. CEO says that home buyers may be taking longer to make a home purchase, but “once they do, they’re not skimping on the extras.”  Douglas Yearley, Toll Brothers’ CEO, told the Associated Press that buyers are loading the “house up with just as many options as they did in those glorious days of ’03, ’04, ’05.” Yearley says they are seeing about $110,000 p...
Read Post [Posted on 09/21/2014 By John Askins]
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