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U.S. Homes Gain $1.9 Trillion in Value in 2013; Largest Gain Since 2005

U.S. Homes Gain $1.9 Trillion in Value in 2013; Largest Gain Since 2005 | Housing | Scoop.it

Gains were calculated by measuring the difference between cumulative home values as of the end of 2012 and anticipated cumulative home values at the end of 2013. The overall value of all homes in the U.S. at the end of 2013 is expected to be approximately $25.7 trillion, up 7.9 percent from the end of 2012. Last year, cumulative home values rose 3.9 percent from 2011.


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Very good news overall. Everything is local though. 

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15 Distinctive and Trendy Kitchen Island Designs - Home Designer Ideas

15 Distinctive and Trendy Kitchen Island Designs - Home Designer Ideas | Housing | Scoop.it
Evident or not, the kitchen island is one helpful space in our kitchens. It serves each as a bar once we need to get some drinks, and naturally, it serves as nook for meals we don’t absorb our eating rooms.
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Real Estate Open Houses: Do They Sell Homes?

Real Estate Open Houses: Do They Sell Homes? | Housing | Scoop.it
Why Real Estate open houses are popular but not that effective as a marketing activity. Why A Realtor gains more benefits than a home seller.
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7 Home Maintenance Chores That Turn Costly If You Delay - US News

7 Home Maintenance Chores That Turn Costly If You Delay - US News | Housing | Scoop.it
Don't let your leaky faucet drip into your emergency savings.
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A few good reminders with spring and summer coming around. #house #home #realestate #homemaintenance #preventativemaintenance #

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A Walk Through One of the World's Weirdest Houses - Slate Magazine (blog)

A Walk Through One of the World's Weirdest Houses - Slate Magazine (blog) | Housing | Scoop.it
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A Walk Through One of the World's Weirdest Houses
Slate Magazine (blog)
A walk through the House on the Rock, perched atop Deer Shelter Rock in rural Wisconsin, raises a lot of questions: Is this real?
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Sensory overload!!! Could spend days in this house and not see everything. Definitely different! #realestate #House #odd #home  

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These 3-D Printed Houses From China Appear In Just A Few Hours

These 3-D Printed Houses From China Appear In Just A Few Hours | Housing | Scoop.it
They won't win any beauty contest, but a Chinese company has figured out how to print practical homes from waste materials--all for half the cost of...
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Technology amazes me.  #3D #printed #houses #realestate

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10 Ways to Look for Investment Properties - DailyFinance

10 Ways to Look for Investment Properties - DailyFinance | Housing | Scoop.it
10 Ways to Look for Investment Properties
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Word of Mouth - Don't keep your interest in investment properties to yourself; other people could help you with your search.
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10 Ways to Look for Investment Properties. #realestate #investing #investmentproperties.  Let me know how I can help you find investment properties.  

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Plan To Annually Reassess Properties In Philadelphia Is Scrapped - CBS Local

Plan To Annually Reassess Properties In Philadelphia Is Scrapped - CBS Local | Housing | Scoop.it
Plan To Annually Reassess Properties In Philadelphia Is Scrapped CBS Local PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Last year's overhaul of property values in Philadelphia has led to a backlog of appeals this year, and that, in turn, has prompted the city to scrap...
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Phila doesn't have the manpower to handle this every year especially after the big change this past year.  #philly #realestate #taxes. 

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This new service from Porch is like Carfax for houses - Digital Trends

This new service from Porch is like Carfax for houses - Digital Trends | Housing | Scoop.it
Digital Trends This new service from Porch is like Carfax for houses Digital Trends Wouldn't it be nice to know the repair and remodel history of a house you're thinking of buying, much like you can look up the accident history of a car before you...
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Porch - the Carfax of home repairs.  #realestate #home #repairs 

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Most Expensive NBA Houses - Business Insider

Most Expensive NBA Houses - Business Insider | Housing | Scoop.it
The guys who dropped the most cash on the best houses. ... The 16 Most Expensive Homes In The NBA ... Using that resource, we boiled down a list of the 16 most expensive houses currently owned by active NBA players.
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Some of the most expensive homes owned by NBA players.  Some on the list will surprise you.  

 

#realestate #luxuryhouses #homes

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Iceland's Historic Turf Houses: The Eco-Homes of the Future?

Thanks to their practical and energy efficient design, the turf houses of Iceland have been around for centuries – and may be the future of eco-conscious home design…
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Wonder if they have to cut the grass on the roof?  #realestate #house # roof

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Minneapolis - St Paul, MN and Philadelphia: Highest Homeownership Rates in the Nation

Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area and the Philadelphia metro division are the only two metro housing districts tracked with homeownership rates above the national average; 69.4 percent of residents in the Twin Cities metropolitan housing market are owner-occupied. Based on the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) ranking all U.S. metropolitan areas, the latest levels of homeownership rankings and income inequality place Minneapolis in high standing once again.
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Philly Metro area has the highest Homeownership rate in the county.  #housing #realestate #philly #metrophilly. 

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Coming To America: Forbes Billionaire Trophy Home Purchases

Coming To America: Forbes Billionaire Trophy Home Purchases | Housing | Scoop.it
Foreign billionaires are parking their money in the U.S. at an accelerated rate, snapping up landmark properties from commercial towers like New York's General Motors Building to trophy residences in New York, California and Florida.
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Foreign investors are parking their money in U.S. Real Estate.  Should you park some of your money in U.S. Real Estate?  Contact if you need some advice.  #realestate #investing #U.S. 

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$1 billion worth of property sells on biggest auction day

$1 billion worth of property sells on biggest auction day | Housing | Scoop.it
Some regions in Sydney in Sydney had clearance rates above 90 per cent on Saturday as the city recorded the best sales rate on the biggest auction day ever.
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Would you buy a house from a Real Estate Auction? Would your emotions get the best of you and pay more for a property than expect?  RE auctions are big in the REO business - how long before traditional sales go the auction route? 

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Dream Houses on Twitter

Dream Houses on Twitter | Housing | Scoop.it
Under the Stairs Dog Homes pic.twitter.com/wTz67J73mS
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Great idea for dog owners. #doghouse #realestate #home #house

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Official ground breaking of East Market set for this week - Philadelphia Business Journal

Official ground breaking of East Market set for this week - Philadelphia Business Journal | Housing | Scoop.it
Demolition will begin on what is many refer to as Girard Square and transform a section of Market Street.
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Long over due and good news for Philly.  #philly #realestate 

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Yahoo!

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14 very interesting and I think pretty cool prefab homes. What do you think?  #homes #prefab #realestate.

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Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid | Housing | Scoop.it
The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.
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A unique way for Honda to grow it's business.  #honda #realestate #houses

 

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Most US Homes Now Affordable for Average Buyers - AOL Real Estate

Most US Homes Now Affordable for Average Buyers - AOL Real Estate | Housing | Scoop.it
The majority of homes nationwide are more affordable now than they were in the years leading up to the start of the housing bubble, according to Zillow research.
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The market has corrected itself after the bubble.  #realestate #houses #affordable 

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Coming back from foreclosure as 'boomerang buyers'

Coming back from foreclosure as 'boomerang buyers' | Housing | Scoop.it
A foreclosure, or a short sale to dig out from under a mortgage whose payments have become overwhelming, might seem like an insurmountable obstacle to owning a house again in the future. Not for...
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"Boomerang" Buyers back in the market after suffering economic hardship.  #realestate #foreclosure 

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Today's new homes are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, and the living space per person has doubled over last 40 years

Today's new homes are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, and the living space per person has doubled over last 40 years | Housing | Scoop.it
The Census Bureau recently released data on average and median home sizes for 2013 and those data are displayed in the top chart above. Here are some details: 1. In 2013, the average size of new ho...
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Very interesting data - While the square footage of houses have increased over a 1,000 sq ft over the last 40 years, the sizes of families have decreased. More house per sq/ft per family member. Price per square foot has remained roughly the same over the last 40 years.  #realestate #housing #data 

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Existing home sales stay in winter slump - USA TODAY

Existing home sales stay in winter slump - USA TODAY | Housing | Scoop.it
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Existing home sales stay in winter slump
USA TODAY
Existing-home sales slowed again in February, falling to their weakest pace in 19 months.
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Great time to buy if you're in the market.  #realestate #housing #houses 

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50 Scariest Horror Movie Houses

50 Scariest Horror Movie Houses | Housing | Scoop.it
Home sweet terrifying home (From The Amityville Horror to The Ring and more, can you handle the 50 Scariest Movie Houses?
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How many have you seen? #realestate #horror #movie #house

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17 small-bath solutions - MSN Real Estate

17 small-bath solutions - MSN Real Estate | Housing | Scoop.it
While they’re short on space, these small bathrooms make the most of their size with interesting designs, features and storage solutions.
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Great ideas for small bathrooms. Some of these are beautiful and functional.  #realestate #houses #bathrooms

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