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July 31st, 2015

Downsizing one’s home at the onset of retirement has been fairly common practice amongst American homeowners, but according to a study by Merrill Lynch, and as reported by Realtor Mag, this may no longer be the case. Many are instead choosing to enjoy their retirement and upgrade their housing situation. In fact, 65 percent of […]

Best Cities to Grow Old In

July 29th, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about where you’d like to grow old, think no more! Researchers from the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, have got you covered. They were also quick to comment that their findings have nothing to do with retirement, reports Realtor Mag. The 2014 Milken survey is based off of more than […]

Evolution of the Home

July 17th, 2015

The standard American home has seen a lot of change throughout the past 20 years. Today there are more bedrooms, fewer fireplaces, greater outdoor features, and it’s a lot more expensive. Reported by Realtor Mag, the average sales price in 1994 was $154,500 compared to the $345,800 average sales prices in 2014. Following is a comprehensive […]

The Shift in Solar

July 8th, 2015

Candidly stated in an article published by Shelton Group, a sustainable energy marketing firm, “In 2008, solar owners were rich conservatives (mostly in California) who were tired of blackouts and the soaring prices triggered by deregulation.” This isn’t the case in 2015. According to Shelton group, and as reported by Professional Builder, solar panels continue […]

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 […]

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