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  • What Are French Doors—and Are They Even Really French?

    What are French doors? They may sound like something you’d spot at a Parisian bistro, but these days, these double doors with glass panes are popping up in homes all over the good old U.S. of A. So many questions, though: Did they really come from France? And what makes them such a great addition

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  • 6 Trends for Kitchen and Bath Spaces

    Aside from equipment breakdowns, few phrases are more likely to provoke a kitchen or bath remodel than the phrase “this looks dated.” Styles and tastes evolve constantly. So, to help keep you up to date, here are six trends to consider incorporating when your clients say they want a fresh look. Blue Cabinets Color blocking—pairing

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  • One in 10 of Seattle Homes Down to One Room

    Location vs. size. It’s the trade-off that every budget-conscious apartment hunter has to consider. In Seattle, size loses. Census data released this past month included this remarkable statistic: In 2017, for the first time, one-room units made up a bit more than 10 percent of Seattle’s total housing stock. To be clear, it’s not just

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  • MBA: 30-Year Conforming Loan Rates Rise Above 5%

    Mortgage applications fell by 1.7% on a seasonally-adjusted basis from one week earlier for the week ending October 5th, 2018, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. On an unadjusted basis, the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, fell by 2% from the previous week. The Refinance

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  • Analysis: Why Lennar’s Looking to Sell Rialto

    The early interpretation in news of Lennar strategic executives’ discussions to sell its Rialto Capital unit is that the initiative is a reaction to “headwinds” causing a slow down in sales of new homes around the nation. Wall Street Journal staffers Craig Karmin, Laura Kusisto, and Dana Mattioli clearly infer a connection between new home

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  • Navy Is The New Black In Kitchens And Bathrooms, Design Pros Say

    Every year, paint companies and design industry experts come up with their annual color choices for our homes. Color authority Pantone chose Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) as its 2018 color. Sherwin-Williams named blue-green Oceanside (SW 6496) and Benjamin Moore went another direction altogether with its spicy red Caliente (AF-290).  You may paint your walls in

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