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What’s Up With Housing?

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If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.
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Exterior maintenance matters. Here are four projects that will boost your home’s curb appeal while curbing the need for costly maintenance down the road.
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The tax reform bill also might be contributing to the growth in home plans. Eighteen percent of the respondents doing projects said they have increased their remodeling budget as a result of their taxes getting lowered.
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In the next few years it might become fast and easy to secure a mortgage as blockchain technology quickly ties all financial accounts into the home transaction.
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It’s anyone’s guess what the coming years will bring in terms of home layouts. For now, here are the five hottest home design trends impacting floor plans in 2018.
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Mortgage Rates FallMortgage Rates Fall For The First Time This Year…
The average rate on a 30-year FRM slipped to 4.44% from 4.46% last week due, in part, to a government report that inflation pressures may be easing.
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Multi-Family TrendsThese Trends Are Radically Disrupting Multifamily Housing.
Renters’ desire for personalization and less stress, integration of AI and IoT into apartment infrastructure, concentration of 35+ age groups will drive multifamily in next 12 years.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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A new NAHB survey confirms that consumers are definitely intrigued by smaller homes, 600 square feet or less. 53% said they would likely consider buying one.
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Disabuse buyers and sellers of these common misunderstandings about what constitutes a true smart home and what different technology features are actually worth.
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The median price of a house in Pinellas shot up 14% to $245,000. That was the biggest year-over- year increase since May. But the number of closed sales plunged by 12.8%.
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The cure may be in an architectural concept that sounds new but is as old as the hills. Take a dose of biophilia and read how your home’s design can help you live a healthier, less stressful life.
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A stronger economy at the beginning of the year increased the chances of more rate hikes, according to minutes of the Fed’s January 30-31 meeting released Wednesday.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement accounts that allow investors to pursue alternative investments. Among those alternatives, the most popular is real estate—a broad asset class that includes many different investment opportunities.
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“Tight credit, lack of inventory and high demand are the major factors that tell us there’s no housing bubble, despite rapid price increases.” ~ Redfin
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NFIP ExtendedNFIP extended for six weeks – to March 23
As part of the just-passed continuing resolution to keep the government open, the National Flood Insurance Program now won’t expire until March 23
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Scrimping and saving to come up with a down payment is no easy feat. But one generation is having the hardest time doing so to become homeowners.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018…
Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment.
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The #CFPB says it will do everything necessary “to fulfill the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities but go no further.” Limiting CFPB’s future actions will “serve as a bulwark against the misuse of our unparalleled powers,” says Director Mulvaney.
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There continues to be a steady flow of capital, although the big banks have tightened their hold on construction loans.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road. 

WHAT’S HOT NOW

While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white kitchens, this year we expect to see a move toward warmer, cozier elements throughout the home.

  1. Warm Colors

A cool color scheme has dominated home design in recent years, but this year warm neutrals like brown and tan are back, along with rich jewel tones. While the pastel craze of last year is still hanging on, expect to see alternative color palettes featuring deep, saturated shades of red, yellow, green and navy. Grey will remain popular, but in warmer tones, often referred to as “greige.”

  1. Cozy Elements

Along with warmer colors, we can expect to see a shift from stark, modern design to cozier looks. Velvet upholstery, woven textures and natural elements, like wood and stone, will heat things up this year.

  1. Mixed Metals

It used to be considered gauche to mix finishes, however the look of mixed metals will be very big in 2018. Brass will continue to trend, along with matte black and classics like polished chrome and brushed nickel.

  1. Bold Patterns

Expect to see a lot of bright, bold patterns in the form of geometric shapes and graphic floral prints. These will be featured on everything from furniture to throw pillows to tile.

  1. Natural Elements

Look for the use of natural elements throughout the home, including wood, stone, plants, flowers and grass. Botanical patterns will also be seen in prints, wallpaper and upholstery. Concrete accents will complement these additions in an effort to bring the essence of the outdoors inside the home.

  1. Feature Walls

Also called an accent wall, a feature wall is one that exhibits a different color or design than the other walls in the room. Expect to see an increased use of feature walls showcasing rich paint colors, bold patterned wallpaper, and textures brought in through millwork and shiplap.

  1. Statement Lighting

Lighting will take center stage with distinctive fixtures, including local artisan and vintage pendants and chandeliers. And smart lighting technology will enable homeowners to customize their lighting experience based on time of day, activity and mood.

  1. Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors will continue to dominate the market. The trend is toward either very dark stains paired with light-colored walls or light stains with darker walls. Greyish tones will remain popular, as will matte finishes, which are easier to maintain than high gloss. Expect to see frequent use of wider and longer wood planks, as well as distressed and wire-brushed finishes, which add texture and dimension.

  1. Smart Homes

Everything is getting “smarter” in homes, from locks and lights to thermostats and appliances. And with devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, you can control many of these with voice activation from a central hub. We will see continued integration of and advancements in smart-home technology in 2018.

KITCHEN TRENDS

While white kitchens will remain popular in 2018, expect to see more color this year in everything from cabinets to tile to appliances.

  1. Two-toned Cabinets

Two-toned cabinets are quickly overtaking the white-on-white look that has dominated kitchen design for the past few years. While white remains a classic, grey and bleached-wood cabinet variations are surging in popularity, along with darker neutrals like navy and green.

     2.   Quartz Countertops

Granite reigned as the top countertop choice for many years, but quartz is now king. It’s highly durable, low-maintenance and comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. It’s also heat resistant, scratch resistant and non-porous (unlike granite and marble) so it doesn’t need to be sealed.

  1. Bold Backsplashes

After years of dominating backsplash design, the white subway tile is officially on its way out. Expect to see it replaced with more elaborate shapes, patterns, colors and textures. Tile that mimics the appearance of wood, concrete and wallpaper is also gaining in popularity.

  1. Statement Sinks

While stainless steel and white porcelain are always safe bets, the trend is moving toward sinks that make more of a statement. Look for unexpected pops of color and materials like natural stone and copper. Touch-free faucets are expected to gain favor with homeowners this year, too.

  1. Brass is (Still) Back

Brass fixtures came back in a big way over the past couple of years and will continue to be a popular choice in 2018 along with matte black, black nickel, polished chrome and brushed nickel. Missing from the list? Rose gold, which is decidedly “out” this year.

  1. Multi-purpose Islands

Kitchen islands have evolved from simple prep-stations into the “workhorse” of the kitchen. Many feature sinks, built-in appliances and under-counter storage while also serving as a casual dining area. They have become the focal point of the kitchen, and we expect to see more of them in 2018 and beyond.

  1. Black Stainless Steel

Black stainless steel is the hot new finish option for appliances, and it’s hitting the market in a big way. It offers a cutting-edge look and is easier to keep clean than traditional stainless steel. However, it’s harder to match finishes amongst different brands, so it’s probably only feasible as part of a complete appliance package.

  1. Appliance Garages

Appliance garages are counter-level compartments designed to house small appliances like blenders, toasters and stand mixers. They make it convenient to have these items readily accessible, without the look of a cluttered counter.

 

 BATH TRENDS

 Expect to see many of the same kitchen design preferences carry over into bathrooms this year, including two-tone cabinets, quartz countertops and brass fixtures.

  1. Neutral Tones

Neutral shades will continue to dominate in the master bathroom as homeowners seek a soothing and relaxing retreat atmosphere. But expect to see more options than just white. Shades of brown, grey, blue, green and tan will help to warm things up.

  1. Natural Elements

Natural materials are particularly hot right now in bathroom design. This includes the use of wood and stone on walls, cabinets, counters and backsplashes, as well as the incorporation of botanical design elements.

  1. Large Tiles

We expect to see a lot more large and slab-sized tiles in bathrooms, which have less grout so they are easier to clean and maintain. Wood-look porcelain tiles are also a favorite in wet areas, as they offer the warmth and rustic appeal of wood with the durability of tile.

  1. Stone Sinks

Sinks will continue to be an area where homeowners like to exhibit creativity, and hand-carved stone sinks are especially fashionable right now. These may be more suited to powder rooms, where functionality isn’t as crucial.

  1. Freestanding Tubs

 There’s been a tub resurgence in bathroom design after years of preference for stand-alone showers. Modern tastes are gravitating toward freestanding tubs that serve as a showpiece for the bathroom.

  1. Smart Features

Smart technology has entered the bathroom with the addition of features like wireless shower speakers and high-tech toilets, as well as digital shower controls that automatically adjust to your preferences in temperature and spray intensity. 

OUR ADVICE

Style trends come and go, so don’t invest in the latest look unless you love it. That said, highly-personalized or outdated style choices can limit the appeal of your property for resale.

For major renovation projects, it’s always a good idea to stick to neutral colors and classic styles. It will give your remodel longevity and appeal to the greatest number of buyers when it comes time to sell. It will also give you flexibility to update your look in a few years without a total overhaul. Use non-permanent fixtures – like paint, furniture and accent pieces – to personalize the space and incorporate trendier choices.

If you’d like advice on a specific remodelling or design project, give us a call! We’re happy to offer our insights and suggestions on how to maximize your return on investment and recommend local shops and service providers who may be able to assist you.

Sources:

  1. Country Living –
    http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/g3988/kitchen-trends
  2. Elle Decor –
    http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g14486069/kitchen-trends-2018/
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Commercial real estate should continue to surge. But many are growing cautious, given some lurking ‘disruptors.’
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Top tips (and mistakes to avoid) for exteriors, kitchens, and even ceilings—whether you’re getting ready to sell or just freshening up.
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7 Reasons Trump’s Tax Plan Is Good For Real Estate Investors.
With the proper planning, real estate investors can receive amazing tax benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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A digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions, Blockchain is an emerging technology which could transform the way we buy, sell and lease real estate.
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These residential buildings cater to busy professionals by making it easy to work from home.
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If you’re looking for some insight into the coming kitchen trends for 2018 and beyond, or if you’re just looking for some fresh ideas to give your kitchen style an update, here are some clues.


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9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look More Expensive

Kitchens are the most expensive rooms to renovate—period. But if paying for new counters, updating your backsplash, and switching out appliances fall outside of your budget, there are other ways to give your space a sense of luxury without spending a fortune. From upgrading your cabinetry hardware to swapping out an outdated light fixture to hanging an affordable piece of art, you’d be surprised at just how many budget-friendly kitchen styling tricks there are for creating a chef-worthy space on a dime. Even if you do just one of these things, your space will instantly look a million times more luxe—trust us.

If you’d like to take your kitchen’s design up a notch, keep scrolling for nine kitchen styling ideas that will take your space from standard to special and ho-hum to high-end in no time.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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One reason for the increase is that many lenders allowed borrowers affected by Irma to skip a payment.
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The pioneering geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas is developing the Minka tiny home to create an assisted-living model completely on seniors’ own turf and terms.
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Smart CitiesAT&T’s Smart City Vision: More Parking, Fewer Traffic Jams.
Managing traffic flow, locating open parking spots and seeing whether bridges are structurally sound are some of the potential benefits from AT&T’s latest push to power the smart city.
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The forecast predicts a growing economy and positive demographic trends, creating opportunities in the housing market despite the affordability challenges buyers will face from rising prices and mortgage rates.
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Houzz’s 2018 Kitchen Trends study revealed that homeowners are obsessed with clutter-free countertops and ingenious storage options.
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2018 Construction ForecastConstruction Industry Set for a Boom in 2018.
Job creation, increased spending, and high optimism in the construction sector suggests that 2018 will be a big year for builders. For all of 2017, construction added 210,000 jobs, a 35 percent increase over 2016.
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Owning a home always has been, and always will be, a crucial part of attaining the American Dream.