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Aug 18

A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Hiring a real estate professional to help you buy your dream home or sell your current house is one of the most ‘educated’ decisions you can make!
  • A real estate professional has the experience needed to help you through the entire process.
  • Make sure that you hire someone who knows current market conditions and can simply and effectively explain them to you and your family!

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Aug 18

CB2 Just Launched a Stylish Collection With Gwyneth Paltrow's goop

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company, goop, may have a reputation for suggesting and selling items so expensive most of us could only dream about buying them, but its newest collaboration is a departure from the site’s extremely affluent roots. The new goop x CB2 furniture collection just launched, and it’s surprisingly on the affordable side.

And while we’re excited to see GP pivot into the design space, we would have expected her to pair up with a luxury brand like ABC Carpet & Home, not Crate & Barrel’s more affordable sister store. But hey, after seeing the 58-piece collection we’re not complaining. Because my goopness, is it beautiful.

There are, of course, some extravagant offerings, like this $3,299 special edition shearling chair signed by Gwyneth herself (you can also buy it unsigned for $899). But overall, the collection is moderately priced and includes a range of stylish pieces with thoughtful details. Take for instance, the chinoiserie rug, which was inspired by Paltrow’s time in England.

“I lived in England—where chinoiserie wallpaper and tapestries are so prevalent—for such a long time,” Paltrow explained on CB2’s site. “To me, the motif represents a very homey feeling, which I’ve never seen on a rug before. It was really fun to transpose it off the wall and onto the floor.”

That soft, almost romantic theme carries through the rest of the collection as well. You can shop the full line on CB2.com now, but check out our favorite pieces below.

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Aug 18

The Best Vacuums for Pet Hair — The Best List

Everyone needs a vacuum, but pet owners especially need all the help they can get keeping up with all that shedding. Not just any regular vacuum will do—pet owners need something with extra strong suction that can work on all floor types plus furniture. If allergies are a concern, then a vacuum with a filtering system is just as important as power. It’s a lot to research, so to make it easier we rounded up our favorite vacuums made specifically with pets in mind.

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Aug 18

Chip Gaines Wants To Fund Your Business—Again

Chip Gaines is looking to make your dreams come true… again.

You may recall that last October, the “Fixer Upper” alum/home renovation king launched a new platform called Chipstarter (you know, like Kickstarter) to help a few lucky folks achieve their wildest dreams.

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Aug 18

The Best Living Room Colors to Refresh Your Space

If your living room feels like a relic from a past life, it may be time for an update. But refreshing your furniture and replacing all your objets d’art can be a pricey proposition. Enter: paint! A new coat can dramatically change the look and feel of your living room without costing you a fortune. But here’s a challenge: consider a color that’s not white. These 11 shades are gorgeous and bold—and they’re guaranteed to give your space an unforgettable makeover. Hate the look? Just repaint. But we bet you won’t.

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Aug 18

This Eco-Friendly Tiny House Is Straight Out of a Finnish Fairytale

First things that come to mind upon seeing this cabin: modern, striking, sustainable. That’s exactly what Finnish designer Robin Falck wanted to embody when building the Nolla cabin, an eco-friendly tiny house in Helsinki.

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Aug 18

Why are Existing Home Sales Down?

Why are Existing Home Sales Down? | Simplifying The Market

The latest Existing Home Sales Report issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that home sales have decreased for four consecutive months and are at their slowest pace in over two years. This has some industry leaders puzzled considering the fact that the economy is strengthening, unemployment is down, and wages are beginning to rise. This begs the question: “Where are the buyers?”

Actually, agents in the field of most communities are still seeing strong desire from prospective purchasers. They have a list of potential buyers ready to go if the right houses come on the market and they claim it is not a shortage of demand, but is instead a shortage of inventory that is causing the market to soften.

Why is there a shortage of inventory?

You only need to look at the graph below to understand:

Why are Existing Home Sales Down? | Simplifying The Market

New construction sales over the last ten years are far below historic numbers from 1995-2002.

A recent industry report looked at building permits and concluded:

“If construction over the past decade matched historic norms, accounting for population change, the country would have had 2.3 million more single-family home permits.”

That decade of not building enough homes is the primary reason for the concerns about today’s market.

Wait, weren’t we talking about ‘existing’ home sales?

Some may argue that NAR’s sales report deals with existing home sales and not new construction, and they would be correct. However, reports have shown that one of the main reasons why existing homeowners are not selling is because they can’t find homes that meet the needs of their current lifestyles. Historically, the upgrades in a newly constructed home were the answers to those needs.

Over the last decade, however, there were fewer homes built to satisfy this move-up seller. Consequently, there are many homeowners who stayed in their homes for a longer tenure, instead of putting their homes up for sale.

Bottom Line

As more new homes are being built, there will be more housing inventory to satisfy current demand which will cause prices to moderate and sales volumes to increase.

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Aug 18

Accio Wallet: Three New Harry Potter Books Are Being Released in October

Talk about the name that keeps on giving to its Muggle fans. Just in time for Halloween, Insight Editions is releasing new Harry Potter books that will add to the ever-growing brand. However, these aren’t just any ordinary books (as none of them are), but unique reads that you’ll love to make room on your coffee table for.

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Aug 18

The Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones — The Best List

Safe to say, Bluetooth headphones are pretty much standard for everyday listening right now. Whether you’re commuting with a podcast, exercising with a playlist, or just trying to make a phone call, it’s easy to enjoy the physical flexibility of wireless headphones. If you’re an iPhone user, your device doesn’t even have a headphone jack anymore (quelle horreur!), so wireless is really your only option these days.

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Aug 18

The 5 Design Books I'll Always Keep on My Bookshelf

As the House Tour editor here at Apartment Therapy, looking at a wide range of homes is a requirement (and a delight!). And while many of those spaces I see online, I still have a penchant for flipping through the pages of a good coffee table design book for inspiration.

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