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What do Homebuyers Want?

Laundry rooms and Energy Star–compliant windows topped the list of what buyers considered the most “essential” or “desirable” features in a home, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 “What Home Buyers Really Want” report, released at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week.

Most of the features that new homeowners or aspiring buyers ranked highest related to helping them save in utility costs, add extra storage, and spruce up the outside, said Rose Quint, the NAHB’s assistant vice president of survey research.

The NAHB surveyed nearly 4,000 consumers who either purchased a home within the last three years or plan to buy a home in the next three years to identify their top

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Amenities that Speak to Pet Owners Help Homes Stand Out

You don’t have to own a Westminster-worthy show dog to appreciate amenities that canines and their owners love. In fact, attributes such as pet doors, feeding stations and ample yard space can help a house stand out from others on the market.

It’s no surprise that millennials are changing the real estate world and impacting residential trends like never before. What may come as a surprise is that the number one home buying demand is pet friendliness. According to the American Pet Products Association, 73 percent of millennials currently own a pet and 33 percent of a millennial homebuyers’ decision to buy a home is driven chiefly by man’s best friend.

With so many people welcoming pets

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If you’re in your 20's or early 30's and you’re looking to purchase a new home to live in, maybe you should consider turning your first home into an investment property.

While most people wait until after they’ve bought their first or second home to begin investing in real estate, you could probably start much sooner than you think. 

Many people, especially in the wake of the mortgage crisis, have found themselves wondering: “Is buying a house a good investment?” One way to ease your worries about whether buying a house will pay off is by renting out the first home you buy. By turning your home into an investment property, you can leverage your possibly less-than-perfect credit, less-than-perfect lifestyle and limited responsibilities into an…
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As a whole, the national housing market is in a period of transition—but that doesn't mean every city is experiencing it the same way.

According to a forecast recently released by Veros, appreciation, on average, is expected to be 3.9 percent in the 100 largest markets this year—but there are areas bucking the trend, and clear patterns where prices are on the rise.

Case in point? Idaho. From Boise to Idaho Falls, home prices are projected to spring up 8 percent or more for the year. Jump one state over to Washington, and prices are projected to sprout there, too. (Hint: It's not Seattle!)

According to the forecast, the top 10 growth markets for the year are:

  1. Boise City-Nampa, Idaho (+9.5%)
  2. Olympia, Wash. (+8.8%)
  3. Midland, Texas
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Contrary to popular belief (and local new construction) homebuyers still want bathtubs.

Yes, yes, we’ve all been told that "bathrooms and kitchens sell houses." But according to an illuminating new survey from realestate.com, one particular bathroom feature is a real deal-maker: a claw-foot bathtub.

For real? Yep, per the survey's participants, homes that had a claw-foot bathtub in the listing sold, on average, for 29 percent above asking price. That's some serious ROI now, folks. 

We were honestly surprised, too: We would have expected a more modern amenity (like a rain head shower or trendy tiling) to be the hot ticket item. But it just goes to show ya that some classic character features have real staying power—especially

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Looking for a dose of instant sunshine to help you through the winter?

This latest deal out of Italy could be just the warm jolt of vitamin D you need.

As of right now, you can buy a house on southern Italy's beautiful island of Sicily for less than the cost of an espresso.

Sambuca, a hilltop town with views over the Mediterranean island and nearby beaches, has placed dozens of dwellings on the market for €1, or just over a dollar.

The deal is aimed at reviving a community that, like many other rural spots in Italy, has suffered from depopulation in recent years as residents move to bigger cities.

It's not the first Italian town to lure in outsiders with tempting offers but, say local officials, Sambuca is scrapping red tape to make

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Colorado cracked the nation's top 10 in population growth over the past year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. 

Those estimates, released on Wednesday, show that Colorado's population grew 1.4% in the one-year time span from July 1, 2017, to the same date in 2018, landing the Centennial State's growth rate at No. 7 among the county's 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. 

Colorado grew by 79,662 residents since last year.

The nation as a whole grew in population by 0.6 percent to 327.2 million people, its slowest pace in more than 80 years, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nine states in addition to

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It shouldn't be any surprise that new homes are bigger than they used to be. But it may be a bit of a shock to learn just how much space we take up compared with roughly 40 years ago.

The median size of a new, single-family home sold in 2017 was 2,457 square feet, with a median sale price of $323,100, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Compare that to 1978, when the median size of a new home was just 1,655 square feet with a median sale price of $55,700.

Houses are getting bigger overall, but that doesn’t mean a larger house is right for you.

“Fit is super important and people get complacent, and they don’t think about if their home is still fitting them,” says Marni Jameson, a home and lifestyle expert and author of

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2018 was clearly a Seller’s Market in nationwide residential real estate.

Supply has been low and housing starts are down 1.4 percent year-over-year, which has lead to increasing home prices and a reduction in the total number of homes sold.

Overall, total revenue has remained flat: Fewer sales were made, but the sales that were made came at higher price points.

So, what is in store for the year ahead? 

What is the housing market doing now?

New residential home sales dropped 8.9 percent in October, falling to a new two-year low, according to a new residential sales report released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Scars from the housing market crash a decade ago

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Maine draws about 36 million tourists each year with four seasons' worth of enticements, from white sandy beaches to world-class skiing.

But the northeasternmost US state can't seem to get enough young people to move there. So, officials have hit upon the ultimate incentive: Move to Maine, and they'll help you pay off your student loans.

How the program workS

The program started in 2008 as a retention tool for young professionals already living in Maine. The Educational Opportunity Tax Credit program targeted Maine college grads and allowed them to use their loan payments as tax credits. "Over time, the employer community spoke out loud and clear that even if 100% of college graduates in Maine chose to stay here and work,…
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