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Aug 19

6 Actually Good Pieces of Home Decorating Advice from Twitter


We scoured the Twitterverse for the best home decor tips.
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20
Aug 19

Douglas Elliman moves into Texas

Brokerage Douglas Elliman is expanding its footprint to Texas through a joint venture with Houston-based real estate marketing and sales firm Sudhoff Companies.

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20
Aug 19

Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase

Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase | Simplifying The Market

Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t keeping up.

The number of new housing permits issued prior to the great recession increased for 15 years until 2005 (from 1.12 million in 1990 to a pre-recession peak of 2.16 million in 2005). According to Apartment List,

From 1990 to 2005, the number of single-family permits issued more than doubled, while the number of multi-family permits grew by 49 percent.

When the housing market crashed, the number of new homes permitted decreased to its lowest level in 2009 (see below):Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase | Simplifying The MarketSince then, supply and demand have been out of balance when it comes to new construction. According to the same report,

Construction of single-family homes has recovered much more slowly — the number of single-family housing units permitted in 2018 was barely half the number permitted in 2005.”

Why is new construction so important?

As the U.S. population increases, there is also an increase in the need for new homes. Today, new construction is not keeping up with the increase in the nation’s population. The report continues:

“The total number of residential housing units permitted in 2018 was roughly the same as the number permitted in 1994, when the country’s population was 20 percent less than it is today.”

Essentially, the dip in home building coupled with the steadily increasing U.S. population means there is now a selling opportunity for homeowners willing to list their current houses.

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling your home to move up, now is a great time to get a positive return on your investment in a market with high demand. Let’s get together to determine the specific options available for you and your family.

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20
Aug 19

Our Guide to the Best Bedding That Will Make Your Dorm Feel Like Home


The bed is the most important part of the dorm, after all.
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Aug 19

This Popular Cutting Board Sold Out in Just 3 Days—and It’s Finally Back in Stock


But there are no guarantees for how long it’ll be in stock this time.
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Aug 19

These Food Containers Pro Chefs Love Just Got a Makeover—and We Think It’s Genius


Your pantry is about to get a glow-up.
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Aug 19

This California Company Is Offering Discounts on Prefab Housing for Wildfire Victims


For individuals affected by a natural disaster, the recovery period can quickly become overwhelming and stressful specifically due to concerns about rebuilding. Fortunately, in times like these, private citizens and organizations tend to come together to help victims begin to regain a sense of normalcy.
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Aug 19

8 of Our Favorite Brands that Have Collaborations with West Elm


One of our favorite home sites just got even cooler.
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Aug 19

Sotheby’s International Realty expands in the Midwest

Sotheby’s International Realty is adding to its footprint in the Midwest with its first affiliated office in Kansas as the heartland becomes more enticing for high-net-worth families.

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Aug 19

A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth

A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth | Simplifying The Market

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.

The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).

These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.

Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth.

As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.

That is why Gallup reported Americans picked real estate as the best long-term investment for the sixth year in a row. According to this year’s results, 35% of Americans chose real estate. Stocks followed at 27%, then savings accounts and gold.

Bottom Line

If you want to find out how you can use your monthly housing cost to increase your family’s wealth, let’s get together to help you through the process.

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