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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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  • Mortgage Rates Up A Bit

    Freddie Mac’s (OTCQB: FMCC) Primary Mortgage Market Survey, out Thursday, shows that mortgage rates moved up slightly over the past week to their highest level since late June. “The next few months will be key for gauging the health of the housing market,” said Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater. “Existing sales appear to have

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  • 6 tips for maximizing small-space storage

    As millennials pack into smaller homes, the need to get creative with modest living spaces has become paramount. Even with limited square footage, there are plenty of design hacks to maximize the space you’ve got, from moveable walls and sliding power sockets to hidden beds. Clever, readymade furniture pieces are also worth investing in, as

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  • Calling All Housing Innovators

    A work by Jacob Riis, “How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York,” changed housing. By revealing to Gilded Age upper- and then middle-class members of society of the 1880s the inhuman squalor of the tenement slums of lower New York City, Riis played a key part in changing political will,

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