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  • When It Comes to Smart Homes, Connected is Expected

    It was not that long ago that smart home technology and smart home security were thought to have limited interest among home buyers. These “connected homes” were believed to fit the lifestyles of the rich, famous, and technologically gifted. But today, the reality is that almost everyone desires having a connected home. Whether you are

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  • Top-Selling MPC Developer Shares Secrets to Success

    A Texas firm has the most top-selling master-planned communities in the nation than any other developer, according to a recently released report. Houston-based Johnson Development Corp. had six communities ranked among the nation’s 50 top-selling in a mid-year tally by housing research firm Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO). Most of its communities are also

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  • What Countertop Color Should You Choose?

    Consider these popular colors and styles to get the look you want — no matter what material you use. These days there are countless materials available for kitchen counter tops. But instead of giving you the pros and cons of each material (you can read about 15 popular ones here), I’m going to break down

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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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