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  • A Gut Check on Price Rise Fatigue

    Builders, reckoning with selective weakness in price- and interest-rate sensitive segments of their business, are amping up the precision of their product offerings on price and value, and de-focusing on segments that have come up a bit lame of late. One builder we chatted with last week has started to “check up” on price increases

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  • FourPlans: Move-Ups with In-Law Suites from Don Gardner

    What’s new in the world of move-up floor plans? These designs from Donald A. Gardner Architects focus on flexibility and practical luxury. Buyers with elderly relatives living with them will appreciate the versatile guest suites that are easy to reach on main levels. Of course, open layouts dominate, and thoughtful storage throughout the home keeps

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  • Housing market is showing signs of cracking: ‘Anything-goes list-price strategy is no longer working’

    The latest numbers in housing aren’t pretty at all. Sales of both existing and newly built homes fell in June, the latter to the lowest level since last year. Prices continue to rise, but the gains are slowing. Mortgage applications to purchase both new and existing homes have been falling steadily, and mortgage rates are

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  • Luxury Homes Abandon the Microwave

    For some high-income homeowners, microwaves are one of the first things they look to replace in their kitchens. Steam and speed ovens are two alternatives that provide many of the same functions as microwaves at a higher quality. There also is a growing preference for the appliance to be hidden. For most other homeowners, microwaves

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  • Here’s What Buyers of New Homes Want

    Home builders naturally want to know what buyers want now and what they think they want in the future. Ashton Woods, a home builder in multiple markets in Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, recently surveyed homeowners who plan to buy a new residence in the next 10 years to evaluate their

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  • Foreign Buyers Flee

    Rising home prices and low inventory led to a decline in foreign home purchases in the United States. Total international sales totaled $121 billion during April 2017 to March 2018, a 21% decline from the previous 12-month period, according to an annual survey of from the National Association of Realtors®. NAR’s 2018 Profile of International

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