Can Homes Be Protected Against Storm Surges?

Can Homes Be Protected Against Storm Surges?

Can Homes Be Protected Against Storm Surges? Hurricane Matthew was a reminder of the devastation that storm surges can cause to buildings and homes. An estimated $4 billion to $6 billion in insured property loss was caused from Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath, according...
Study: Open Floor Plans May Expand Waistlines

Study: Open Floor Plans May Expand Waistlines

Study: Open Floor Plans May Expand Waistlines   Open floor plans are in demand in today’s housing market. But listings lacking one may not be hampered after all. In fact, if a new study is right, you might even turn that closed floor plan into a selling point:...
Americans Want More Bathrooms at Home

Americans Want More Bathrooms at Home

Americans Want More Bathrooms at Home The share of new homes started with three or more full bathrooms is on the rise. That also reflects builders’ focus on the higher-end, larger homes since the end of the Great Recession. Twenty-seven percent of new single-family...
Share This Tip With Renters Who Want to Own

Share This Tip With Renters Who Want to Own

Share This Tip With Renters Who Want to Own   As renters face escalating housing costs, you should be concerned that it’s getting harder for them to save for a home purchase. Is there anything you can tell them to do to help their chances of being...
5 Ways to Save Your Clients Money

5 Ways to Save Your Clients Money

5 Ways to Save Your Clients Money One of the biggest lessons prospective home owners need to learn is how to budget for the costs of home ownership, but many of your buyers may be too quick to dole out extra cash for certain conveniences or frivolous items. You can...
The Hot Colors, Materials for Kitchens

The Hot Colors, Materials for Kitchens

The Hot Colors, Materials for Kitchens What colors and materials are hot in kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and appliances? To find out, the National Association of Home Builders culled the data from its own surveys as well as from Houzz, a remodeling website, and...
Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy

Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy

Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy In some cities, your life expectancy may be dramatically higher than it would be living just a few miles away, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. For example, in Washington, D.C., life...
Suburbia, City Apartments Aligning on Prices?

Suburbia, City Apartments Aligning on Prices?

Suburbia, City Apartments Aligning on Prices?   Investors are seeing bigger returns from apartments in the suburbs than they have in the past. Prices on apartment properties in the suburbs grew at the same pace over the last five years as those in urban areas,...
What It Means to Be a Good Neighbor

What It Means to Be a Good Neighbor

What It Means to Be a Good Neighbor   Ninety-nine percent of Americans say they’re a good neighbor, finds a new survey by the Community Associations Institute, a community association governance and education group. What is a good neighbor? Being quiet, friendly,...