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Need for bigger timber leads piling shortage on Texas coast

Need for bigger timber leads piling shortage on Texas coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Need for bigger timber leads to scarcer pilings on the Texas coast.

A severe shortage of timber pilings, crucial for construction on the coast, is complicating life for home builders.

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New construction is booming in Port Aransas, and starting to pick up on Corpus Christi's North Padre Island area with the new Schlitterbahn Water park getting ready to open in 2015.

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200sqft elevated cabins on Texas coast?

200sqft elevated cabins on Texas coast? | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

When was the last time you spent quality time with Mother Nature? These small homes provide the perfect setting to savor summer.

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It's not there yet, but when we run out of empty lots and land on the Texas coast, I'd expect to see small cabins under 200sqft.

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Get the Travel Texas App

Get the Travel Texas App | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Whatever you love, it lives in Texas. The TravelTex mobile travel guide app is your passport to a one-of-a-kind trip through Texas. Explore the great cities and towns of Texas and discover things to do throughout your vacation. 

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Before you go on your vacation, plan your trip and build out an itinerary of the great things to do in Texas. Then, as you travel through Texas, use this mobile app to check in each stop along the way to earn badges and share them with friends.


Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.traveltex.app&hl=en


Iphone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/travel-texas/id742220902?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 


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Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate

Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Buying a Luxury Home
According to the 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers published by the National Association of Realtors, nine out of 10 buyers used the Internet at some point when looking for a home, and 43% of recent buyers first found the home they purchased online.

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The Bottom Line
The luxury home market has experienced record growth in the last several years. Much of the growth in the U.S. and Canada is the result of international buyers who want to take advantage of favorable exchange rates, are relocating for work, are using real estate as an investment, or who may be affluent parents purchasing a home or condo for their children who attend North American universities.

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Hotel Rooms in the 10 things not to buy

Hotel Rooms in the 10 things not to buy | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
It’s not just dying technologies that prove an unnecessary drain on our wallets. How to shop smarter in the year ahead.
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As more travelers book vacations, demand for hotels is rising and so are room rates.


The daily rate at U.S. hotels averages $110.59 this year, up 12.6% from 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.


There’s a cheaper alternative: Travelers can reserve apartments or homes in their destinations at a lower price with more space.


Several services, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner, allow consumers to choose from an assortment of homes to stay in.

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The Most Popular Online Booking Sites in Travel

The Most Popular Online Booking Sites in Travel | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

2014 is turning out to be a consolidation year, with big getting bigger. But there is lots of interesting jostling beyond leaders, and that's where the action will be rest of the year. Airbnb's rise has been spectacular, and will continue to break through on the charts.

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The top five travel booking sites are:


  1. Booking.com
  2. TripAdvisor.com
  3. Expedia.com
  4. Hotels.com
  5. Airbnb.com (new)

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18. HomeAway / VRBO are popular for locally managed (by owner)  vacation rental homes and condos.


What's your favorite?


For me, Expedia, because I already know what I want and need the most efficient transaction coupled with the best service to make changes along the way.


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41% of Americans Would Prefer to Build their Home | Keeping Current Matters

41% of Americans Would Prefer to Build their Home | Keeping Current Matters | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

 sounds like a great sweetspot for  companies like @bluhomes


Via Emmanuel 'Manny' Gigante, Kristine Dugan
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New homes are preferred on the Texas coast when the communities are nearly finished.

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 sounds like a great sweetspot for  companies like @bluhomes with their great product and energy efficiency  and less constraints then site built #homes

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41% of Americans Would Prefer to Build their Home | Keeping Current Matters | @scoopit via @BayAreaFHAguy http://sco.lt/...

Kimberly Shivers's curator insight, June 2, 2:28 PM

Buying an existing home vs. new construction home.  My new construction buyers always underestimated the cost of finishing a new home move in.  The investment of getting a fenced yard, the landscaping, the window treatments & painted walls proved to blow the budget. Resales are more popular with experienced buyers.

 

 

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South Padre in Most Improved Rental Bookings Report

South Padre in Most Improved Rental Bookings Report | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The HomeAway Vacation Owners Report for 2014

More rentals, more owners and increasing rates with younger buyers and renters is the story on the Texas coast.


  • Shows the average age at which owners purchased their vacation home was 47 years young and vs 54 years old only two years ago.
  • South Padre in among the report’s most improved locations. And younger buyers and renters are heading to the coast.


The average age at which owners began renting their vacation homes was 50 years young,  and that’s six years younger than owners in 2012.

  • Are people more determined to take time off and experience pleasant memories with their children?
  • Are they sold on a vacation home as a solid investment?
  • Have they purchased their retirement home and plan on others paying the mortgage and maintenance until they can quit the workforce?

The sales data was consistent with the National Association of Realtors’ 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013.

  • It revealed vacation-home sales climbed 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last year from 553,000 in 2012.
  • “Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, who expected an improvement in the vacation home market.

According to HomeAway, families are feeling more confident in the economy and the financial markets and thus willing to spend cash on vacations.

  • This confidence has provided a solid rental pool for vacation property buyers who have moved their purchase out of the “personal” column and into the “investment” column.
  • “More families and groups are traveling each year to stay in vacation rentals across the world,” said Brian Sharples, co-founder and chief executive officer of HomeAway.
  • Younger buyers are wise to invest in a property as early as possible to take advantage of the rising profile of vacation rental.
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Second-home owners overestimate the time they can realistically use their property. Academic calendars, family reunions, can’t-miss business trips and basketball tournaments often get in the way of the only time you can everyone together at the beach or lake.

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High-Tech Luxury Homes

High-Tech Luxury Homes | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Demand for futuristic features has been increasing among luxury homeowners. The Erwins purchased a home adaptable to future technology

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The Texas coast has new "high-tech high-rises" - like the Sapphire on South Padre and The Emerald on Galveston.

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What will the #luxury home of the future look and live like? It could be here already!  #omaharealestate #huskerhomes

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Texas Demolishes As Best State To Do Business

Texas Demolishes As Best State To Do Business | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
For the tenth year in a row, Texas has taken home the blue ribbon for being the best state in the country for business.
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Texas is the best state for business and I don’t see anything slow it down - CEO interviewed by Chief Executive Magazine.


The education and quality of eligible employees is excellent right now.  Business is booming and growing quicker and more rapidly in 2014 than any other year.  


Come to Texas, where America is Still Strong.

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Texas oil production moving up in world ranking

Texas oil production moving up in world ranking | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Eagle Ford Shale Texas oil production will reach over three million barrels per day, and by the end of this year, Texas’ oil production could exceed the output of every OPEC country but Saudi Arabia.

Schematic section showing the Eagle Ford Shale

The state’s production, driven mainly by the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Permian Basin in West Texas, will reach about 3.4 million barrels per day, propelling Texas past Iraq and Iran, said Greg Leveille of ConocoPhillips.

Among non-OPEC countries, only Russia, the United States as a whole, China and Canada would exceed Texas’ oil production, making the state the world’s sixth-largest producer.

“This is the greatest comeback story you can possibly imagine,” Leveille said at the Eagle Ford Consortium conference in San Antonio.

  • Leveille said the high crude oil content of the Eagle Ford and the high level of returns that Houston-based ConocoPhillips and other operators are seeing mean it has the greatest potential of all U.S. shale fields.
  • “The Eagle Ford is by far the most important unconventional reservoir play in North America today,” Leveille said.

“We want to talk about the boom without having a bust.” Leveille said the region will see “decades and decades of production.”

  • “What you’re seeing unfold in the Eagle Ford is probably the greatest energy success story we will see in the 21st century,” Leveille said.
  • The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers’ estimates are slightly less optimistic than Leveille’s, but also point to surging production.
  • The industry group estimates the state’s crude oil production rose to 2.7 million barrels per day by the end of 2013 and will cross the 3 million mark before year’s end.

South Texas is transforming alongside the Eagle Ford – a formation that everyone in the industry knew was there all along, but could never tap. Drillers used to talk about getting gas “kicks” while drilling through the shale.

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Vacation home buying: All you need is love and the right lifestyle area

Vacation home buying: All you need is love and the right lifestyle area | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Advice about purchasing a second home — like the Vacation Home Tip Sheet below – kind of reminds me of a horoscope; it includes common sense rules that could apply to any buyer and any home. My list of important criteria for buying the perfect Texas beach home is a little different, and it goes like this:

1. Love something about the area where you are considering buying a second home. To buy, use and maintain a vacation home, there has to be a compelling reason and an emotional attachment that keeps you coming back year after year. Otherwise, it’s not worth the hassle even if you can rent it to cover the mortgage.

2. Buy in an area close to your primary residence or family. The bulk of second homes are within two hours of buyers’ primary residences.

3. Know your second hometown well enough to pick out what we at Texas Beach Homes call “the lifestyle area” that best suits your needs. Take the time to dig into each neighborhood before you plunk down your money. Sometimes homes in your preferred area aren’t frequently available so you’ll have to be patient and work with a local realtor to spot listings when they come up.

4. Stay in the area with your family and see what it’s like to live there during the season when you plan to visit. Are the people friendly? Is the ambience conducive to relaxing or adventuring or whatever is your purpose for getting away from your primary home?

And, of course, follow the tips in the Vacation Home Tip Sheet. But first, make sure you have love, proximity and the right lifestyle area for your new beach home.

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The Most Fabulous Houses Of 2014

The Most Fabulous Houses Of 2014 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Today, the American Institute of Architects released its list of best residential design. Check out the winners here.
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Every year, the American Institute of Architects honors the best residential design in the U.S., recognizing, as the organization puts it, “good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.”

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Stylish Vacation Homes around the Globe

Stylish Vacation Homes around the Globe | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Handpicked vacation homes for sale. From villas, compounds, cabins to architectural gems And anything in between. Cool Vacation properties everywhere.
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For inspiration into the world of travel, a collection of architectural and design possibilities for a family vacations, romantic weekends or even business trips?

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U.S. new home sales jumped 18.6% in May

U.S. new home sales jumped 18.6% in May | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
New-home sales soared in May, but the gains simply put the market back on track to match last year's overall pace, rather than signaled a significant momentum gain.
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Visionary community developers and a progressive cooperative city government have propelled Port Aransas to new heights the past 5 years, surpassing both Galveston and South Padre Island in rentals, sales and median price.

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Modern prefab gets right price - needs Texas coast community for them

Modern prefab gets right price - needs Texas coast community for them | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

For a century, architects have been imagining factory-built houses that would combine the economics of mass production with thoughtful design and quality construction. What's needed is a community on the Texas coast for these.

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Altius has learned to max out the size and lose the high tech stuff like solar and keep it simple (parks have sewer, water and electric hookup) get rid of lofts and things that complicate construction and try and find the right balance between quality and price,but people are still going to complain at $195 sqft on the Texas Coast.


The biggest problem with the development of the small green modern prefab is there are not that many places to put them.


What's needed is a community, with shared services and facilities, on the Texas coast for these.

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Which natural disaster will likely destroy your home?

Which natural disaster will likely destroy your home? | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. RealtyTrac's latest data tells you which threat is greatest to your home based on where you live.
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Find a home that lasts!


When buying a home in a hurricane-prone area check out the home's quality of construction and its ability to withstand a storm.


Houses built in flood zones should be built on pilings high off the ground so storm surge waters can flow beneath without damaging the upper parts of the home.


All the newer homes are built to storm resistant height and construction standards.

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Housing Perspectives (from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies): What Drives the Decision to Rent vs.Own?

Housing Perspectives (from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies): What Drives the Decision to Rent vs.Own? | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Via John M. Holland
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Most people can't get a mortgage, and in most cases would lose money doing so.

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Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Industry's over-inflated reserve estimates are unravelling, and with it the 'American dream' of oil independence


Via Willy De Backer
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Perhaps some plays, but each is different, Eagle Ford Shale Play in Texas continues to exceed expectations.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 24, 8:32 AM

Is the American shale bubble going to bust? Nafeez Ahmed provides the facts. But do facts matter for policymakers?

"Despite the mounting evidence that the shale gas boom is heading for a bust, both economically and environmentally, both governments and industry are together pouring their eggs into a rather flimsy basket." Or: the power of lobbying...

Eli Levine's curator insight, May 24, 6:02 PM

The big problem with using a finite energy source: you're eventually going to run out of it.

 

Nature is telling us that it is way past due for us to be getting off of the fossil fuels through the effects we are experiencing from climate change.  The universe itself seems to be telling us that it is time to get off fossil fuels through this development.  Conservatives can't realize and accept that there does come a point when you HAVE to make ACTUAL changes to your regimen in order to survive.  Corporatist Libertarians don't seem to be able to accept or realize that you NEED government to take a proactive role in bringing this about; that the market will not make the changes fast enough or thorough enough to bring about the changes that we need in order to make a significant enough difference in order to survive.

 

Both of these sides are driven by ideology primarily, not by science or fact.  Most of the Liberals and self-described "Progressives" also live only on the plane of ideology and not in the empirical reality that is around them.  This is how they have been so ineffectual at getting anything done to counter the Right and the Corporatist Libertarians when they have the basic outlines of the solutions that people both want and need in order to be well and survive in reality.

 

This is how the species is going to be made to go through a resetting phase, where hopefully, those with the poor brain types will be driven out or killed off by nature in the process of trying to survive and failing to do so.  Quite honestly I don't want to go through this phase myself.  That is why and how I am so vocal with my opposition to both the stupidity and senselessness of all sides in the political arena save for true Progressives and people who put facts and science ahead of personal belief, ideology or identity.

 

Think about it.

 

Because will you likely be among the survivors who are left to pick up the pieces and all of the nonsense that comes with that?  Or will your clueless, ignorant and nonsensing brain lead you and yours into a natural death?

 

Think carefully, because you don't have a choice in the matter.  That is just an illusion and nothing more.

 

Think about it.

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Luxury Homes Reinvent the Dining Room

Luxury Homes Reinvent the Dining Room | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Tad Dekko created a dining study lined with books and a glass wall that retracts into the ceiling.


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Some homeowners have eliminated their formal dining rooms and found creative new uses for the space.

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AmEx travel survey shows strong demand for summer vacations

AmEx travel survey shows strong demand for summer vacations | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

All-inclusive beach vacations remain most popular with 43% heading off for sun, sea and sand, while 34% of customers are choosing destinations with cultural attractions.

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A survey of almost 300 travel counselors found 45% reported better sales so far while 67% said the cost of travel is rising.

Travel counselors said price rises in flight tickets and hotel stays was the main reason, yet 35% of agents also said customers are choosing to spend more on additional services such as excursions.


http://texasbeachwatch.org/

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Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island Corpus Christi

Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island Corpus Christi | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

This will be a project that the island, the entire community, will be proud of  said Jeff Henry Schlitterbahn.

Attractions:

  • Four “Master Blaster” uphill water coasters;
  • Three children’s areas;
  • A “Shoot The Chute” log ride, a first of its kind among Schlitterbahn parks;
  • A “Boogie Bahn” inland surfing ride;
  • Three heated swim-up bars for adults;
  • Two wave pools.

The $40 million resort on Padre Island will be the fifth water park for Schlitterbahn, whose deal with the city includes almost $120 million in grants during the next 25 years.

Family shot at Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn expects 300,000 visitors to come to the park each year.

The project also includes some lodging. Terri Adams, Schlitterbahn’s chief operating officer, said the park will feature “a number of” Treehaus luxury suites. She would not say if the company plans to negotiate with a hotel company for more beds or build a hotel itself.

Maybeth Christensen, executive coordinator of the Padre Isles Property Owners Association, said businesses generally continue to support the project, hoping it will touch off economic growth.

Corpus Christi in 2012 hosted 7.1 million visitors, who spent $1.1 billion on tourism-related purchases and services, said Colette Rye, communications director for the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau. Some of that money eventually is used to make local improvements.

 

Jim Lee chairs the Department of Decision Sciences and Economics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and is studying the financial impact the water park and a host of other major development projects will have on the region.

Lee said he recognizes the project will be a boon to further development for an island community that still is without a full-scale grocery store.

“It’s a classic dilemma in economic development: More economic development often means an intrusion on nature,” Lee said. “Most residents choose to live on the island for its special lifestyle that is connected with nature. Ultimately, I think it boils down to the concept of smart growth, which is to preserve the quality of our lifestyle while allowing for more development.”

The project will be positive for the area in the long run leading to business growth of all kinds. It’s going to give the island a boost, especially in the summer time, making the island a destination place and first class resort for the Texas coast.

via Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island

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See Video Why Everyone Wants to Come to Texas

See Video Why Everyone Wants to Come to Texas | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Everyone Wants to Come to Texas! As our state continues to diversify economically and grow exponentially.

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Population and jobs, these cities demonstrate leadership on multiple fronts, including fostering innovation, maintaining a high quality of life and supporting business.

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Kaye Davis's curator insight, May 3, 10:59 AM

Reasons to love Texas, besides the obvious of course! No state income tax, friendly business atmosphere, houses still inexpensive by national standards. And we are the Friendship state with Bluebonnets and BBQ!

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5 Steps to Qualify for a Home Loan [Infographic]

5 Steps to Qualify for a Home Loan [Infographic] | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

 By Jesse McCarl The number of factors that go into approval can be overwhelming when you are trying to qualify for a home loan. But for a look at the most important determinants towards your mortgage approval, here are the five most basic steps.


Via Joe Brant, John M. Holland
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Follow the yellow brick road and have a hefty down payment in your basket.

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Great visual of the loan approval process. Before you get serious about buying, follow these steps to # realestate success

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Top Seven Trends in Luxury Real Estate

Top Seven Trends in Luxury Real Estate | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

From hi-tech bathrooms to geothermal heat, here are the seven hottest trends in luxury real estate.

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1. The Smarthome
Everyone is [digitally] connected in some way and that allows you to control your home.

2. A Separate House for Entertaining
3. Rethinking the Mudroom
4. A Cooler Kitchen
5. The Self- Sufficient Home
6. Custom Detailing, Down to the Doorknobs
7. Hi-Tech Bathroom Fixtures

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