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Builders and remodelers of the world usually have a pretty good idea of where the more expensive places to live are. Luxury housing usually equals luxury prices! So here’s an interesting question: which area of country touts the most expensive rent prices? Is it New York with its fabled high prices for an old, creaky […]

Break up that garage facade! Apparently a lot of you are interested in learning more, as this item on designing a better garage was one of the top slideshows of 2013 on BUILDER magazine’s website. And it looks like house plans never go out of style, since two of the most popular slideshows featured the […]

What if you could buy a home for $1? Twelve people from the city of Gary, Ind., will soon get the chance as part of an innovative approach to stabilize a struggling neighborhood in the University Park section. The city purchased the homes at county tax sales after the owners were unable to pay property […]

Jed Kolko, chief economist for for, has written a blog post for the Trulia Trends blog with a headline you never would have read just a few short years ago: “Worried Buyers Would Take Desperate Measures in Today’s Sellers’ Market.” Mortgage rates have jumped nearly a full percentage point in the past two months […]

Location, square footage, schools — and neighbors? The standard home appraisal form may not include an area for troublesome neighbors, but new research from Harris Interactive and State Farm Insurance found 60 percent of Americans aren’t exactly enamored with someone who live nearby. In some extreme cases, annoying neighbors can negatively impact a home’s value. […]

Jed Kolko, chief economist for online real-estate website Trulia, stopped by the Wall Street Journal earlier this week to discuss some interesting findings from a recent survey of homeowners. During a recording of “Lunch Break” (above), Kolko joined the growing number of economists who now believe the market has shifted and sellers now have the […]

The third and final day of the 2013 International Builders’ Show finished up with exhibitors, sponsors and attendees being treated to a closing concert from Cheap Trick. Fresh off of their most recent tour with Aerosmith, the rock band tore down the house with a 90-minute concert featuring many of their greatest hits. But before […]

When you think of college housing, luxury is probably the last word that comes to mind. However, as universities across the country continue to see enrollment climb and on-campus buildings age, several constructions companies are swooping in and offering student housing like you’ve never seen before. Granite countertops, gourmet kitchens, clubhouses filled with amenities — […]

The rates are low. Their down payment is saved up. The timing is right. Now, all prospective buyers need is the perfect house. Or, just any old house, really. Don’t blame giddy buyers if they act as though they’ve fallen through the rabbit hole. In a survey of 982 in 19 markets, tech-based brokerage Redfin […]

As our population ages, the question of how to house the elderly becomes a bigger issue. It can be ideal for older people to remain in their homes, but there are risks with that. On the other hand, going into assisted living or a nursing home often isn’t people’s fist choice. How can builders help […]

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