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If you're in the market for a new construction home, there is no shortage of builders to choose from in the Houston area. However, today I want to focus on 3 upcoming David Weekley neighborhoods, all in Central Houston near Garden Oaks - Oak Forest, that have been announced in the last few weeks. The Reserve at Washington will be built in Timber Grove, just south of the GOOF and ins...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
While it doesn't look like we'll get our flying cars too soon, you may yet park your normal old cars in driveways attached to homes and buildings of a very different sort. Popular culture blog Gizmodo identified seven new materials and techniques that could lead to everything from taller high-rises to wallpaper that could charge your smartphone.A company called uBeam is heading the latter ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By John Askins]
While single-family homes have been getting larger, the lots these homes sit on have been getting smaller, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold.Indeed, the median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold from 1992 through 1995 was 10,000 square feet. By 2013, that median lot size was down to 8,720 square feet, one of the smallest ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By John Askins]
Although kitchens and bathrooms always steal the spotlight in a home remodel, they aren’t necessarily the ones that have the highest return on investment when you sell your home.Since 2002, a trade magazine for contractors and builders called “Remodeling” has been tracking how much it costs to do common home improvement projects — and then calculating how much of that cost is recovered when the ho...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The Millennial generation is about 90 million strong—forming the largest demographic wave in the country’s history—and some reports suggest they’re readying for home ownership.  Millennials’ entrance into home ownership has been delayed due to the recession, high unemployment, and high student loan debt. They’ve been living in their parents’ homes, as well as delaying marriage and ha...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By John Askins]
Aspiring home owners are thinking small with their purchase, a trend that is expected to grow in the coming years, according to a report — "The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand" — by the Demand Institute, a division of the U.S. Conference Board. “Many [buyers] will scale back their housing aspirations,” according to the report. The report projects that the average size of a new home will g...
Read Post [Posted on 09/13/2014 By John Askins]
http://www.emmcobuilders.comCheck out our website. We build custom homes and much more. No mater the home we can help you make it yours. When it is time to sell we employ a strong proven plan to get the job done bringing top dollar.  Also look at me on http://www.facebook.com/EmmitSmithHomesGuys This is the first of many posts and so consider it an introduction to me and all Smith & ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By Emmit Smith]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By Susan Greer]
Toll Brothers, a luxury homebuilding giant, reported that it doubled its profit during the third quarter, attributing it to higher home prices. Toll Brothers executives say the housing market is slowly on the mend, and there is a "pent-up demand [that is] still yet to be unleashed." Executives are particularly taking note of growth in areas along the coast of California, Texas, and New ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By John Askins]
Chinese nationals have been snatching up U.S. homes the last few years, and now they're expanding their focus to not only home buying but building, too. CNBC reports that Chinese nationals are buying up some of the priciest parcels of land in the U.S. and are planning to build new developments to attract U.S. and Chinese buyers."The Chinese real estate market is very competitive, and the U...
Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By John Askins]
If you're looking for spacious backyards, best to head to the Northeast. Northeast states had the largest number of states that made it into a top 10 list of states boasting the largest median lot sizes for sale, based on data from Realtor.com.  According to the site, the average median lot size nationwide was 12,632 square feet, but in these states you can find more supersized backyards: 1...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By John Askins]
More homeowners are remodeling their dwellings to create in-law suites for aging parents, with features to make them accessible and safe while providing plenty of space and privacy.  AARP senior policy adviser Rodney Harrell says demand for in-law suites is on the rise as baby boomers age, and with the cost of care-giving facilities and services soaring, it may be more affordable f...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By John Askins]
Houston is well-represented among the top-producing master-planned communities nationally, according to a new report.Metrostudy, a Houston-based real estate research firm, released its mid-year housing report, which looked at the top 20 producing communities in the country. The rankings were based on current housing starts, compiled from the consulting firm’s quarterly lot-by-lot survey.Seven Hou...
Read Post [Posted on 09/06/2014 By Trisha Dear]
Solar panels are soaring in popularity, almost becoming a standard for new homes in several markets, Bloomberg reports. Six of the 10 largest U.S. homebuilders say they now include solar panels in new construction, and consumer demand for them is expected to soar 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.  “In the next six months, homebuilders in C...
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By John Askins]
Major builders say they are continuing to ramp up efforts to build homes that cost less to maintain and that you can buy at affordable prices."Just about all the larger builders are focusing on energy efficiency," says Kevin Morrow of the National Association of Home Builders.But while net-zero building--a home that’s designed to produce as much energy as it uses annually--has become common in Can...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
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