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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 […]

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. […]

Booming Spring Market

May 1st, 2015

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, and as reported by Realtor Mag, pending home sales have risen for the third consecutive month – hitting the highest level since June 2013. Pending sales have experienced a steady moth to month increase of 1.1 percent, and are 11.1 percent above last March’s levels, says Realtor Mag. […]

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 […]

So Much Space!

April 22nd, 2015

In terms of commercial real estate news, the growth of the self-storage industry has been relatively quiet. Even so, it’s a booming business! As stated by Curbed, “To put it in perspective, the industry has 48,500 locations across the county, more than triple the number of McDonald’s (14,350) restaurants, and generates $24 billion in revenue […]

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 […]

Gakidis + Stewart Design Group Inc. is a coast-to-coast company that focuses on providing exceptional architecture and design services. Their dynamic portfolio includes private homes, condominiums, hotels, restoration projects, schools and works in the non-profit sector. In 2013 they were honored with a Red Diamond Achiever Award for their work on the Wychmere Pool Bar […]

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