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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 […]

According to the recent release of National Association of REALTORS®’ Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2015, Millennials are quickly moving out of their parent’s basements and into homes of their own. In fact, those 34 and younger made up 32 percent of all buyers in 2014 and 31 percent in 2013 – representing […]

Here’s some welcome news for potential homebuyers: One new report shows that mortgages may be becoming easier to obtain, while separate research found that housing affordability is edging upward. First, the L.A. Times reports on The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest credit availability index, a closely monitored measure that tracks the availability of mortgage credit. The index shows […]

Three trends from IBS 2015

January 30th, 2015

  The International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas wrapped up last week, and a treasure trove of summaries and trend pieces have since been published. Before the building season ramps up, now is the time to get smart on all of the latest trends from the industry that […]

You can hold off on writing that eulogy for suburban living for now, because according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, millennials remain very much interested in moving on from city life in pursuit of spacious homes. The NAHB revealed results of the survey at the 2015 International Builders’ Show last […]

Will 2015 be the year smart home technology finally goes mainstream? All signs point to yes, according to GigaOM senior writer Stacy Higginbotham: “The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns hitting customer homes and big name companies warming to the space, […]

Across the country, more homeowners who would have in the past chosen suburban living are instead settling in the city. One downside to this urban renaissance: tear-downs. Never mind the sights and sounds of construction in otherwise quiet neighborhoods. In many cases, these demolish-and-rebuild projects have drawn the ire of neighbors and city planners alike […]

As they say in football, every inch counts. The same is true with home ownership, where the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold finds lot sizes have shrunk dramatically over the past two decades. Over on the National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog, Paul Emrath writes that a football field might […]

  Perhaps this should come as no surprise, but according to the Houzz Decorating Trends Survey of more than 1,700 Houzz users, when it comes to home decor, homeowners are nothing if not fickle. The survey found 66 percent of homeowners have recently decorated the same room they are currently tackling. What’s the fun in […]

If we’re being picky, there are plenty of downsides to outdoor gathering spaces. Mosquitoes, fallen tree debris, precipitation, scorching sunlight — decks and porches are great, but they’re not impervious to nature’s woes. There’s a very strong case to be made for the screened porch, especially because many modern designs implement large screen panels in […]

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