With top economists like Freddie Mac’s Leonard Kiefer calling 2017 “the best housing market in a decade,” how can 2018 compete?
While 2017 exceeded expectations in the two most important categories, sales and prices, it has its weaknesses. Now that the results are in, here’s a quick review of 2017’s accomplishments and disappointments.2017: Great for sellers, not so great for buyers
Home sales increased by 1.1 percent in 2017 to a 5.51 million sales pace and surpassed 2016 (5.45 million) as the highest since 2006 (6.48 million). NAR’s chief economist Lawrence Yun noted that market conditions were far from perfect and sales would have [...]
Several reports reveal the smart home is going mainstream. Zion Market Research, citing financial figures, predicts the smart home market will grow from $24 billion in 2016 to roughly $54 billion by 2022 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 15%. The research firm bases that finding on existing trends and forecasted models.
As an example, consumers already use in-home devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) to control lighting, heating and air conditioning, irrigation, entertainment, security, and appliances. Zion believes purchases of those types of items will only increase as consumers benefit from smart home technology.Definition of Home [...]
As a homeowner, it is important to understand that there are several safety concerns relating to your home’s system and appliances. This is especially true with your home’s electrical system. It is present in almost every part of your home and has its own safety risks. Here are five electrical safety tips every homeowner should know, along with precautions to take to avoid any major issues.Protection for Little Ones
Take note of unused wall outlets in your home. They can be a serious threat to children if left ignored. You can prevent a nasty zap by creatively arranging furniture to block such outlets from view. You can also use plastic inserts to cover the [...]
You can find a tundra-like climate in Alaska, but at the same time, Hawaii’s climate is like a rainforest. And then the rest of the country is somewhere in between. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll want your home to be as energy efficient as possible — especially in regards to your specific climate—and having the right windows is key. If you’re looking for the ideal windows for where you live, read on to see what’s a good fit for your home.Colder Climates
In places where the temperature drops below freezing, home heating is a must. And that plays a role in the U-Factor, also known as the rate that indicates heat loss. You’ll want a window [...]
Are you pumped up about heart health? You should be! February is American Heart Month and we’d be remiss to not mention some of the most heart-healthiest cities before the month is over. These cities are crazy about the cardiovascular system.Oakland, California
Oakland is the most heart-healthy city in the US. Oakland has a diverse healthcare ecosystem with hospitals and clinics that specialize in women’s heart health, adolescent and teen heart health, children’s heart health, and Native American health. The City of Oakland also has a low obesity rate, a low number of fast-food restaurants, and a good walker/biker population, making it the most [...]
No matter how often you entertain, it’s always great to have a home designed to get the most out of a party. If you’re buying a home, here are features to consider if you plan to entertain regularly.Great curb appeal
Your guest’s first impression of your house is the outside. Is there enough room for parking? Do you have good lighting from the street to the porch? Is your walkway smooth and free of cracks and potholes people might trip over? If your walkway involves stairs, is narrow or has other minor obstacles, you can add lighting, landscaping and maybe a second walkway to improve it.A covered front porch or entryway
No one wants to stand in the [...]
The nostalgia and romance of the ambiance from a gazebo still has a draw, even today. It can act as a private retreat away from the stress and cares of the everyday world. Whether you want to sit and read a book, contemplate with a cup of tea, or just enjoy your garden–gazebos have a touch of old-world charm.
Initially used as a “gazing room” in the Victorian and Edwardian ages, gazebos were used to for enjoying the panoramic view of gardens and surrounding property. They are also classically used in romance novels as the setting for a forbidden tryst or a way to spend some time together as a couple. By any stretch of the imagination, gazebos are timeless.Why [...]