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US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates
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Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

New-home sales rose 6.1 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That sales pace is nearly 13 percent higher than February of last year, a positive sign for the housing market that demand is robust at the start of the spring home-buying season.

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New Home Friday 03-24-2017
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Common Furniture Arranging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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Arranging furniture in a new home can be both daunting and exciting. The possibilities are seemingly endless, but it can be deceptively easy to get off track. Arranging furniture is an imperfect art form and you want a balanced space that is neither cluttered nor barren.

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New Home Friday 03-17-2017
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​6 landscaping trends you'll want to try in 2017
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Much like hairdressers know which bobs and weaves will be big this season, landscapers know which hedges and patio sets are poised to take off.

Every year, the National Association of Landscape Professionals gathers insight on consumer demand from its 100,000 members and marries it with research on lifestyle preferences and technological innovations.

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New Home Friday 03-10-2017
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Eight Must-Have Apps for New Homeowners
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When purchasing a new home, there’s tons of paperwork to keep track of. The last thing on your mind at closing is finding a lawn care professional or figuring out how to use your fancy new appliances.

Luckily for you, there’s an app for that. From moving to meeting neighbors to home security, we’ve narrowed down the list of great apps for new homeowners to our eight favorites.

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New Home Friday 03-03-2017
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What came out of the International Builders’ Show last month?
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There were plenty of new ideas, features, and designs of interest to the real estate community at the 2017 International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, both held in Orlando, Fla. last month.  Here are the top trends and buzzwords you need to know about.

Modernity in Moderation

It turns out designers, home builders, and consumers have different ideas of the meaning and salability of the term “modern," and the industry is working to bridge that gap. Seth Hart of DTJ Design in Boulder, Colo. explained how “moderated modern,”—where asymmetrical windows and color and material combinations that provide high contrast—can be used on more traditional homes to provide an updated feel without breaking the bank or turning off buyers.

“It’s not about doing wild roof forms,” Hart told attendees. “It’s all about how you create a modern design in something that still has a broad market appeal and is done affordably.”

Eric Brown, a builder representative with Artisan Homes Realty, LLC in Phoenix uses the term “comfortable contemporary” to help identify the style. “It’s going to attract baby boomers,” he predicted, noting this style offers “something that reminds them of their old home, but it’s updated.”

Another twist on this trend comes in the form of the “modern farmhouse,” which was another popular buzzword at the show. Many of the winners of the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Best in American Living Awards featured farmhouse sinks, reclaimed wooden beams, and barn doors layered into modern designs. Even the farmhouse elements themselves are being updated, as is evident in cleaner, more minimalist designs made of contemporary materials.

 

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New Home Friday 02-24-2017
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