Aug 30 2012
Style Trumps Profit 2 to 1 for Homeowners Nationwide [Survey]

Style Trumps Profit 2 to 1 for Homeowners Nationwide [Survey]

Even as new and existing home sales and prices climb, homeowners are prioritizing lifestyle over ROI, according to a recent Houzz & Home Survey conducted among users of the Houzz app and website. Houzz is a visual and social platform for home design and remodeling, with more than seven million Continue Reading

Sep 30 2011

The REport

A bright spot in today’s housing economy is luxury real estate, with “multimillion-dollar mansion sales up 25% compared to the rest of the market,” USA Today reports.  Traditionally, homes priced over $1 million and those below market rise and fall together.  But today they are moving in opposite Continue Reading

Sep 09 2011

The REport

We saw two days of power politics this week, with President Obama’s speech and the republican presidential candidate debate, but do you know what the two “power” days of the week are for online real estate searches?  According to Trulia, Sunday and Monday are far and away the busiest days for online Continue Reading

Aug 12 2011

The REport

Affordable and fun? Who wouldn’t want to live in an area with those attributes? In a quest to determine the areas that had both reasonably-priced homes and a plethora of restaurants and bars, we compared 6,106 U.S. zip codes and, drum roll please… Ocean City, Md took the top prize. Continue Reading

Jul 29 2011
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Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Let the countdown begin. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are less than one year away! Has America gone country? Not so much, according to the U.S. Census Bureau that found that only 16% of the country’s population lives in rural areas, the lowest level in history. However, rural America may be Continue Reading

Jun 21 2011
How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

The affordability quotient for buyers is extraordinary at this time. In fact, it is difficult to find a good reason why qualified buyers should wait any longer. Money is available for buyers with a good credit history, home prices have fallen over the past four years and in June 2011, mortgage rates Continue Reading

May 27 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery who took the crown in American Idol’s 10th season this week. In music to our industry’s ears, sales of new homes jumped over 7% in April from the previous month and sales prices are up 4% from April of 2010. Although the number of properties sold is still far Continue Reading

May 20 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Between the revelations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the allegations against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the declarations of 2012 Presidential election hopefuls, you may have missed news of a widely reported survey that found 54 percent of respondents do not anticipate a real estate recovery Continue Reading

May 06 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

As NASA gears up for the Endeavor launch after a few delays, it is also celebrating 50 years of space flight -- in May of 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.  Even 50 years later, the excitement of a shuttle launch has not faded. Being an astronaut may have more perks than just a Continue Reading

Apr 29 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Happy royal wedding day! Did you watch this morning? Check out the newlywed’s new living accommodations. Not too shabby quarters to start out in! From regal accommodations to more modest abodes…. In a way to put low-income people in affordable homes, Dan Phillips builds $10,000 homes from recycled Continue Reading

Apr 22 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

One year ago this week, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico region. Today, tourism is starting to return, a welcome sign that the area ’s fragile economy is starting to recover. Another welcome sign came last month, in the real estate market’s own March Madness of sorts. Continue Reading