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Top 5 Predictions for this Year’s Real Estate Market

And what it all means for Home Sales, New Home Construction, Land Sales and Development What is the 2015 real estate market going to look like?  Will home sales finally soar, or are we instead going to see the market drop? Is 2015 finally the year when construction and development hit full recovery?  The Great Recession has left so many professionals in the real estate industry anxious for things to be like they were before the housing markets crashed, but hiccups in 2014 unfortunately showed that the road to recovery could be slower and longer than many hoped. What do…

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Analyzing Housing Markets: Hot Spots for High Income Homes

There are all kinds of information and data that you can use when evaluating housing markets for homebuilding and real estate purposes. A Washington Post article provided some interesting insight about where the highest earning citizens live in our country. You can use the related color-coded map tool to quickly identify the wealthiest US Counties based on the most recent Census data, and also to search by county to see the breakdown of high income households in each county. Click here for the Map Search Tool. We like it because it is easy to use and a very visual way to compare this information…

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Economic Role of the Housing Industry – Learn About the Facts

We often hear that the housing industry is a key indicator of the U.S. economic recovery – and a key driver in that recovery – but how many Americans really understand the facts? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has examined the economic benefits of new home construction, and the facts are compelling – especially in three key areas: Jobs…Jobs…and more Jobs Generating Taxes for Communities Housing’s Role in Putting America Back on Track Jobs: The NAHB estimates that for each new single-family home that is built, three new jobs are created. These jobs are created in the construction…

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Today’s Home Building Trends

“Today’s Homebuilders are Building Smaller, Responsible Homes with Eco-Friendly and Smart Home Technology Features“ Homebuilders always are trying to find the right mix of features and design elements to draw in new home buyers, and this can be seen in some of the interesting home building trends that are becoming popular.  Probably the biggest factor affecting home design trends and residential construction is that the home building industry actually is starting to reignite. What this ultimately means is that many of the “cutting edge” ideas that were hailed as trends a few years ago in the industry press are becoming reality –…

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How to Sell Lots and Land (and Why it’s Different from Selling Homes)

Selling a house in a changing real estate market can be challenging. Selling dirt can be even more challenging…in any market.  In this article we provide tools for landowners and real estate professionals about how to sell lots and land, and why your strategy with vacant residential land needs to be different from selling a home. What to Expect:  The Land Market & Why It’s Different Many people expect the market dynamics for lots and land to be the same as the market for existing homes.  They are not. You’ll be better prepared to sell your home lot or land…

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Home Builder Loan Market…Not So Terrible?

Whether it’s houses, land or lots for sale, too many in the real estate industry have seen deals fall apart because of the tight lending market over the past few years. Words to describe the lending market in recent years might include: “terrible”, “non-existent” or “impossible”…making a report of “neutral” something to celebrate. The NAHB recently issued its “Survey on Acquisition, Development & Construction Financing” for the second quarter of 2012, which describes homebuilders’ and developers’ current experiences with the availability of loans for land acquisition, land development and home construction. What can we glean from the survey? Our key…

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LotNetwork.com Creates a Better Way To Buy And Sell Residential Lots and Land

Launching Today Nationwide: Internet’s largest Website, Listing Service and Networking Venue Focused Solely on Lots and Land for Homesites or Development More than 250,000 Listings Searchable for Free. CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — LotNetwork.com, the first nationwide listing service focused solely on residential lots and land, launched today featuring more than 250,000 properties for sale across the country. LotNetwork.com is designed to help provide buyers and sellers of land for homesites and residential development with a targeted, easy-to-use, and economical way to connect with each other, while addressing the unique challenges of marketing these types of properties. As the effects of the…

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Some Housing Markets Are Rising; Others, Not So Much

Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal examines the fragmentation of American housing markets. Timiraos argues that the concept of a “national housing market” no longer remains. In the past, markets across America rose and fell together, but Timiraos proposes an updated, more detailed view of today’s unique market segments: Rising-from-the-ashes markets The mountains and Midwest Those experiencing big price declines The expensive housing markets From the Wall Street Journal: Some Housing Markets Are Rising; Others, Not So Much

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