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  • The Top Interior Lighting Trends for 2019

    Interior design trends, like fashion trends, tend to be cyclical. It seems that just as quickly as fads come in, they are shelved once again until some designer comes searching for inspiration. Interior lighting – including lamps, chandeliers, pendants, sconces, so on and so forth – is no different. In 2018, rustic weathered textures, mid-century

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  • NAHB: WALK-IN PANTRIES TOP MOST WANTED KITCHEN FEATURES LIST

    A walk-in pantry is the most wanted kitchen feature, with 83 percent of home buyers reporting it is an essential/must have (32 percent) or desirable item (51 percent).  This data comes from NAHB’s recently released report, What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 Edition), which is based on a survey that asks recent and prospective home buyers

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  • CONTEMPORARY BATHS AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN UPDATES ARE TRENDING

    According to the 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, over half (56%) of baby boomer homeowners are addressing aging-related needs during master bathroom renovations. The digital residential design platform surveyed over 1,100 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning, or recently completed a master bathroom renovation, and found that one-third of boomers are

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  • FOURPLANS: IN-LAW SUITES AND APARTMENTS

    Even if your buyers don’t have an elderly parent living with them, they may well see a young adult move back after college. Or perhaps they’d like to rent out a room for extra income. The point is that an extra suite (or even a full apartment) opens up possibilities and gives your homes wide

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  • MORTGAGE RATES DROP TO 12-MONTH LOW

    Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that fixed-rate mortgages fell to the lowest levels since early 2018. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said, “The combination of cooling inflation and slower global economic growth led mortgage rates to drift down to the lowest levels in a year. While

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  • What Is Wellness Architecture? Home Design That Promotes Healthy Living

    “No other forecast is based on the perspectives of so many wellness experts, from renowned economists, academics, or futurists to the heads of global hospitality, spa, and beauty brands,” Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO, said of the conference. “And it makes for a powerfully collective, global, and informed set of predictions.” Let’s take a closer

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