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Hot Home Trends

July 1st, 2015

Homebuyer’s preferences are always changing – a fact that can be particularly challenging for builders looking to meet buyers needs. In order to stay ahead of the game, executive director of KTGY, Nick Lehnert, believes that builders should treat housing trends as somewhat of a checklist when designing new homes, reports ConstructionDIVE. A typical challenge […]

New-Home Sales on the Rise

June 26th, 2015

The new-construction market continues to gain ground this year, and new home sales have to risen to the highest rate since February 2008. In fact, according to a report from the Commerce Department, and as reported by Realtor Mag, sales of newly built single-family homes increased 2.2 percent, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of […]

Although millenials are currently leading the multifamily housing, baby boomers looking to downsize are expected to drive apartment growth in the forthcoming years, according to a study by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, and as reported by Realtor Mag. In fact, the downsizing to apartments is an ever-increasing trend with older Americans. Realtor Mag also […]

A Balanced Housing Market

June 19th, 2015

Ten years ago the housing market was hot. Four years ago it was too cold. Now, according to The New York Times, the yo-yoing insanity seems to have come to an end. By a wide range of measures, nationwide home prices are balanced when compared with incomes, rents and other fundamentals. Buyers are comfortable spending […]

We’ve spent a great deal of time paying close attention to the latest trends in high-end home design. With the start of this year’s Luxury and Artisan Home Tours in the Twin Cities, we thought it would be the perfect time to get out in the field and see firsthand how builders in the Minnesota […]

Preferred Energy Sources

June 3rd, 2015

There’s no doubt that today’s homeowners have clean energy on the mind. In fact, according to a jointly sponsored survey conducted by SolarCity, a solar installer, and Clean Edge, a marketing research firm, solar and wind energy are preferred energy sources for the future of U.S. homes, reports Realtor Mag. Results were derived from a […]

Although the numbers have yet to fully recover, according to the Wall Street Journal, and as reported by the Professional Builder, First time and entry-level buyers are returning to the market after years of dormancy. In fact, first time buyers accounted for approximately 18 percent of new-home sales thus far in 2015. Even so, The […]

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 […]

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