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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]
For the first time since 2011, Texas housing inventory has increased on a quarterly basis, according to the 2014-Q2 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released this week.This increase is good news for Texas real estate, says Jim Gaines, Ph.D., economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “A steady, ongoing supply of new housing stock—particularly in the first-time and move-up buy...
Read Post [Posted on 08/07/2014 By John Askins]
We keep hearing about what’s popular in today's home design — but how about what’s not anymore? Builder Magazine writer Jenny Sullivan asked industry experts to weigh in on design fads that you won’t likely see in the new year. Here are some of the fading home trends experts mentioned: 1. Trophy space: Forget those two-story grand entrances. Builders are seeking more affordable, energy efficient...
Read Post [Posted on 08/02/2014 By John Askins]
Sixty-one percent of consumers say they’re interested in learning more about home automation, according to recent market research from the Consumer Electronic Association. Home owners have an increasing number of options, too. Smart-home technologies are growing, with everything from the ability to remotely control a home’s lights and temperature to sending text messages to appliances or monitori...
Read Post [Posted on 08/01/2014 By John Askins]
With home buyer demand strong and available residential units in short supply, many developers in New York, Miami, and other cities are pre-selling units months or even years before new buildings are completed. In Miami, the 18-story Faena House had half of its 47 units under contract, with buyers making 50 percent cash deposits on the $2.5 million-to-$50 million units even though concrete was st...
Read Post [Posted on 07/31/2014 By John Askins]
The median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features is $47,600 higher than for homes without any green features, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage, Redfin. Green features include solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, strong environmental ratings, and certifications from programs such as Energy Star or LEED. “A...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
Home owners are desiring bigger spaces again, following years of downsizing trends.Average sizes of newly built homes has increased according to U.S. Census Bureau data. And builders are reporting renewed higher demand for larger homes this year. A survey by PulteGroup showed that 84 percent of home owners between the ages of 18-59 have no intentions of downsizing, even among Baby Boomers. "There ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By John Askins]
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