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Become a Facebook Graph Search guru and rock your real estate business

Last week I spent a lot of time focusing on how much likes matter. Here’s the deal: Beneficial likes make you relevant and that is one of the foundational “pillars” in Facebook’s Graph Search algorithm … read more

Guest Picks: More Ideas for Artful Terrariums (19 photos)


Because Part 1 was so popular, I decided to tack on another ideabook about creating an artful terrarium. Here youll find more stunning vessels for display, as well as ideas for what to place inside your… read more

Combined Value of US Homes to Top $25 Trillion in 2013


The overall cumulative value of all homes in the U.S. at the end of 2013 is expected to be approximately $25.7 trillion, up almost $1.9 trillion, or 7.9 percent, from the end of 2012. read more
Sep 9

Yes, You Can Use Brick in the Kitchen (16 photos)


Houzzers, I get the feeling from some Comments sections that many of you are afraid of using brick in the kitchen, and that’s a shame. Brick can lend a wonderful historic look, warm up a kitchen or make you feel like you’re in an urban loft. On the other hand, you fear you’ll wind up with a stack… read more
Sep 4

Housing Starts, Permits Fall More Than Forecast in May

Filed under: News, Buying, Investing
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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts and building permits fell more than expected in May, suggesting the housing recovery will likely remain slow for a while.

Groundbreaking for homes fell 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1 million units, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

March’s starts were revised down to show a 12.7 percent increase instead of the previously reported 13.2 percent rise. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast starts slipping to a 1.03 million unit rate last month.

Housing is struggling to regain momentum after a run-up in mortgage rates and hefty increases in prices stifled demand. A shortage of properties has also weighed on the sector.

Groundbreaking for single-family homes, the largest part of the market, fell 5.9 percent in May to a 625,000 unit pace, while starts for the volatile multifamily homes segment decreased 7.6 percent to a 376,000 unit rate.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last month there was a risk a protracted housing slowdown could undermine the economy.

Permits to build homes declined 6.4 percent to a 991,000 unit pace in May, pulling back from the 1.06 million units touched in April. Economists had expected permits to fall to a 1.05 million unit pace.

Permits for single-family homes rose 3.7 percent to a 619,000 unit pace. They continue to lag groundbreaking, suggesting single-family starts could fall in the months ahead.

A survey Monday showed confidence among single-family home builders increased in June, but fell short of reaching the threshold considered favorable for building conditions.

Permits for multifamily housing tumbled 19.5 percent to a 372,000 unit pace.

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Sep 2

Home Loan Program Just for Rural Households Saved by Farm Bill

The recent farm bill helps homeowners in rural areas who have a hard time finding home loans. read more

Should You Take Real Estate News Into Account When Buying?

Here are three strategies for approaching a real estate transaction in the era of information overload. read more

How to Improve Air Circulation in a House

Proper air circulation is crucial in any home, because airflow regulates temperature, removes impurities, prevents mold and just creates a more pleasant and safe breathing environment. By contrast, poor air circulation can actually endanger your health. When your home’s air seems stagnant, or its air circulation otherwise leaves something to be desired, take steps to get breezes flowing again for a healthier, more comfortable home. read more

How to Make Your Front Yard Attractive

Your front yard is the first thing visitors and passersby see, so you want to make a positive impression. Dying grass, clutter and unkempt landscaping are just a few problems that drive down the curb appeal of the yard. Once any problems are fixed, you can add landscape features, such as planting beds, to boost the visual appeal of the outdoor area. Your front yard updates can improve the value of your property, in addition to pleasing the neighbors. read more

How to Decorate a Tiny Office

Whether you run a business out of your home, work on the occasional after-hours project or just need a quiet spot to do the monthly bills, having a dedicated office in your home is key to being productive. Choosing the right decor for your home is also important, though, since you want to make sure that the space is comfortable and promotes concentration. When you’re dealing with an extremely small office space, decorating can definitely be a challenge. If you keep your design simple, however, you can create an attractive and effective home office no matter how tiny the space. read more