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As more generations pile under one roof, the median size of homes has risen by nearly 1,000 square feet in the last 40 years—from 1,525 square feet in 1973 to 2,491 square feet in 2013. The resurgence of multigenerational living is in full swing as young professionals face greater “generational dependency” on their parents, Bloomberg/Businessweek reports. Also, aging adults are mov...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
Smaller spaces, energy efficiency, Earth tones, and outdoor entertainment are all the latest design trends in new homes.Today's buyers don’t want any “wasted space” in their next home. They are seeking more value for their dollar and affordability remains a high priority as well as energy efficiency.The top ranked living space features listed by consumers are a separate laundry room, addition...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
Nearly one-third of new construction projects in the United States qualify as "green," up from 2 percent nine years ago, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.The green category is obtained by becoming LEED-certified.LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 to encourage en...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
This year has been a phenomenal year for real estate in Houston, TX.   Many folks are discovering what an incredible place Houston is for work and play, not to mention how affordable our home prices are when compared against other metropolitan areas in the U.S.   As a result, we have faced a shortage of houses, as we have had more buyers than sellers -- whic...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Renee Buckhoff]
Ten metros are standing out for strong price appreciation, housing inventory increases, and a rise in home sales that are far outpacing the more moderate gains in the national housing market, according to realtor.com®'s National Housing Trend Report for June. "National housing trends are masking some of the excitement we're seeing in individual markets," says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®'s ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By John Askins]
Homes continued to grow in total square footage last year, but according to an NAHB analysis, the increase is likely driven by move-up and luxury buyers rather than first-time home buyers, who tend to dominate the market.According to Census data, 39 percent of new single-family homes last year had four or more bedrooms, and 28 percent of the new homes had three or more bathrooms. Fifty-four percen...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By John Askins]
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.Construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce Department reported. That was the fastest pace since November and followed declines of 4 percent in June and 7.4 percent in...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By John Askins]
Now is your opportunity to get into the popular Woodland Heights neighborhood.  Bring your builder, builder bring your buyers.  This beautiful lot may be subdivided or not...plenty of room to grow...want a pool? A tennis court? Or both?This is the lot for you! Conveniently located near the Heights' most popular restaurants, shops, parks and schools.  At $499,000 it will not last lon...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By Felicia Zbranek]
Housing is a significant driver of the national economy — it accounts for more than 15% of the gross domestic product. In addition, six of the last eight recessions have ended as a result of robust housing markets; war spending ended the other two recessions. It Pays to Support Responsible Home OwnershipUnderstand the role that home ownership plays in our economy and the programs that help ma...
Read Post [Posted on 08/18/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Housing affordability differs among races and ethnic groups, finds the National Association of Home Builders, which analyzed home affordability by race. Affordability differences are “dramatic and persistent across racial and ethnic lines,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe about the findings.Housing Affordability by RaceThe NAHB found the following differences in housing affordability wh...
Read Post [Posted on 08/18/2014 By John Askins]
Sales of newly built single-family homes have sputtered at times during the spring-summer selling season. Reasons vary. "We keep hearing from our members that tight credit conditions are preventing many first-time buyers and younger families from being able to buy a home," says Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. "Congress must outline a clear policy on ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/17/2014 By John Askins]
Below is a web address from Forbes online that talks about some of the most unusual homes around the world.  Let me just say that there are some very creative people in the world.  Some of these are even for rent if you are adventuresome.  Enjoy!http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/08/13/a-spaceship-a-shell-shaped-house-and-other-strange-and-unusual-homes-for-sale-or-rent/...
Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Jean Risha]
Despite hitting a soft spot in the first quarter, home sales are expected to make a strong showing in the second half of 2014, NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told brokers at the Broker Summit in Atlanta.Yun called the past few years of economic recovery “difficult but meaningful.” Unit sales are currently down 5 percent year-over-year, but he expects 2014 to end up close to last year’s...
Read Post [Posted on 08/11/2014 By John Askins]
Houses have gotten smaller since the peak of the housing market, according to data released by the National Association of Home Builders.The association said that the average size of a new home peaked at 2,520 square feet six years ago.."The era of easy money is over. You really have to think before you go out and decide you need that five-bedroom, five-bath home," said NAB's Rose Quint.Despite sm...
Read Post [Posted on 08/09/2014 By John Askins]
The Federal Trade Commission is putting an end to “greenwashing” through its updated Green Guides for marketers, a guide that aims to prevent companies from claiming false or deceptive claims over the environmental benefits of their products.The FTC will now fine or even a file lawsuit against companies who make unfounded claims that their products or service offer an environmental benefit. “Our p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By John Askins]
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