Friday, June 3, 2016

FRIDAY - time to shine

Teddy Edwards Brooklands

- Kitchen Confidential: 8 Ways to Prep for Resale
- High Rents May Force Buyers Into the Market
- Where’s Housing Headed? A Google City, Maybe
- Homebuyers Worry Most About Cost and Competition in Latest Redfin Survey
- For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds
- The Newlyweds’ Guide to Buying a Home
- 6 Alternative Flooring Ideas to Kick Up Your Style    

Enjoy!


High Rents May Force Buyers Into the Market - Rents have been on the rise for several months now as demand for rental housing has increased due to a short supply of homes for sale, particularly among starter homes, and high down payments. A recent survey showed that the pendulum may be swinging in the other direction, however.

Where’s Housing Headed? A Google City, Maybe - Alphabet hasn’t ruled out the possibility of developing a city “from the Internet up,” confirmed one of the Google parent company’s executives recently. “Technology,” the exec said, “ultimately cannot be stopped.” Google is not the first to attempt to deliver the homes of the future. Epcot—the famed theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.—originated from an idea for a master-planned community, with Disney himself envisioning a wind tunnel metropolis that would inform the planning of future cities.

Homebuyers Worry Most About Cost and Competition in Latest Redfin Survey - Affordability is the main concern keeping homebuyers up at night, according to a survey of 975 buyers conducted this month by Redfin. One in four respondents cited affordability as their top concern in buying a home, making it the most common response. Competition was the next-most common worry, cited by one in five homebuyers, a number that has increased from one in 10 in November. These concerns are justified: last month home prices were up 5 percent from a year ago, and 60 percent of Redfin offers have faced competition thus far in May.

For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds - Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household. 

The Newlyweds’ Guide to Buying a Home - Hey, lovebirds: If you’re newly married, you may be thinking of buying a nest together. Indeed, 35% of married Americans purchased their first home together within two years of tying the knot, according to a study by Coldwell Banker. Yet while we hear plenty about the home-buying challenges faced by unmarried couples, that doesn’t mean that marriage makes this process a walk in the park.

6 Alternative Flooring Ideas to Kick Up Your Style - Rubber, cork, concrete and other materials are worthy options in lieu of hardwood or tile. Some of my favorites:

Bamboo Doors and Floors

Mid Century Modern - Eichler Renovation

Hoffmanresidence-Staircase

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