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Return of the McMansion

May 20th, 2015

Who remembers the McMansion? According to statistics from The Wall Street Journal, large modern houses considered ostentatious and lacking in architectural integrity may be making a comeback. Although, many economists seem to think the first-quarter high in the median size of newly built, single-family homes is a statistical blip given trends in broader housing market, […]

Where is Gen Y Living?

May 15th, 2015

It is often assumed that Millenials are living in the downtowns of large cities, and although that’s sometimes the case, new research sponsored by UDR, Inc. and published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) shows that the demographic tends to live in less centrally located but more affordable neighborhoods. Many are making ends meet working […]

Can owning a home be linked to one’s happiness? According to data from the OECD Better Life Index – a study that gauges the quality of life worldwide by factoring in such things like housing, jobs and civic engagement – homeownership in the United States can lead to higher levels of subjective well-being. So the […]

Remodeling Trends

May 6th, 2015

With May being National Home Remodeling Month, many homeowners are thinking about how they can improve their homes. But when there is work to be done, where should the focus lie? According to the results of the NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI), kitchen and bathroom remodeling remain the two most common types of projects. […]

Shifting Sense of Home Value

April 29th, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently released results of its first quarterly Homeowner Sentiment Survey, and results show that people’s perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than standard measures of price and location. According to Business Wire, Today’s property owners and prospective homebuyers define value in broader terms of personal confidence in […]

With millenials quickly becoming the largest generation in the United States, they have begun to command more and more of the housing market. Naturally, this has lead to the question, “What do millenials want when it come to homeownership?” KTGY Group, a California based architecture and planning firm, conducted a survey of their millennial employees […]

RealtyTrac, one of the nation’s leading sources for comprehensive housing data, recently released a new study that shows that many renters may want to consider buying a home instead of continuing to pay steep rental costs. According to RealtyTrac’s Residential Rental Property Analysis, and as reported on by Realtor Mag, “The monthly payment on a […]

According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and as reported on by Realtor Mag, energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity when it comes to desired features within new homes. The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are less of a selling point. Although fewer prospective buyers are looking […]

The United States has been experiencing a slowed growth rate in a majority of its metro areas, but a select few have actually significantly grown. In five metro areas the population grew by 10% or more from April 2010 to July 2014, repots 24/7 Wall St. Compare that to the country’s overall population growth, which […]

According to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, and as reported by Business Wire, “27.8 million Americans, or 12 percent of the population, plan to move this year,” which is a 4 percent decrease from last year’s findings. As a result of more people deciding to stay put, home improvements continue to take place […]

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