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Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013

May is National Home Remodeling Month. This is the first of a series of posts in recognition of the occasion with results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey showing that bathrooms remained the most common type of jobs performed by ...


First Quarter 2014: Housing Share of the Economy at 15.5 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the first quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building yielding 3 percentage points of that total. ...


The Most Popular Features to Improve the Performance of Your Home

According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which ...


‘Boomerang Buyers’ Purchase New Homes after Foreclosures

(MCT)—Less than five years after Jose and Mary Guadalupe lost their longtime family home to foreclosure, the Orange County couple were able to buy back their house. ...


Mortgage Applications Slide in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 25, 2014. ...


Hot Property: Actress Ready for Seller Role

(MCT)—Actress Victoria Tennant has listed her home in Bel-Air for sale at $6.995 million. ...


Good News and Bad News about the Spring Housing Market

As America emerges from winter into a hopeful but untested spring housing market, the real estate industry has been aflutter with a mix of news. ...


Mortgage Applications Dip Lower

Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 18, 2014. ...


Top 10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring after Severe Winter

As much of the United States recovers from one of the harshest winters in recent history, it is important to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance, repair and remodeling projects. Winter weather can be particularly damaging to a ...


New Homes Are Less Expensive to Maintain

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. ...


Hot Property: Back on after Short Hiatus

(MCT)--Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. ...


Working at Home: Who Claims the Home Office Deduction?

Often cited as a “red flag” for audits, the home office deduction is in fact a legitimate business deduction with particular importance for certain careers and small business owners. Moreover—from the housing economics perspective—IRS data concerning the deduction, along with Census data ...


‘Cob’ Advocates Willing to Get Dirty to Build Home of Dreams

(MCT)—Making homes out of clay, sand and straw—a material called “cob”—might raise eyebrows in earthquake country, but California devotees are hoping to gain acceptance for what they say is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe way to build. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Down

Recently, Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly as we head into the spring homebuying season. ...


In Top Metro Areas, a Relationship Is Found between Income and Home Values

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at two of those statistics; the median household income and median value of owner-occupied housing units. ...


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