housing market: Are McMansions Returning to the Housing Market? - 07/07/13 10:11 PM
Are McMansions  Returning to the Housing Market?
Prior to the housing boom we were experiencing a definite upsurge in the size and stateliness of homes in the U. S.  The modest ranch, split level and even capes were being outpaced by larger homes with significantly more square footage.
Once the crash hit us in 2009 builders began to pare down home sizes.  During that eventful year, the median home size dropped to 2,135 square feet bringing it close to the levels of 2003.  When that occurred, many thought that the days of the McMansion were at an end. … (1 comments)

housing market: Has the Housing Market Really Recovered? - 06/23/13 04:36 AM
Has the Housing Market Really Recovered?
The answer to this question seems to be a resounding “yes.”
In most housing markets around the country prices have surged some 8 to 10% over the past year, and that’s a good thing for home owners.  It also bodes well for the general creation of wealth in our economy.
Housing Prices on the Rise
A recent article in the New York Times cited that the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index posted the largest gains in seven years.  Builders have also been encouraged and the number of building permits has surged … (1 comments)

housing market: Home Remodeling on the Upswing - Is it a Good Thing? - 08/16/11 11:57 AM
There could be a number of reasons for the recent jump, but according to an article in the Austin Business Journal, home remodeling has risen to its highest level in seven years. 
Figures released indicate an increase of 22% in May from a year ago which marks 19 straight months of gains.  These numbers put home remodeling levels at their highest since Buildfax started tracking these figures in 2004.
This bodes well for construction workers who hitherto fore have been gainfully employed building new homes.  With the decline in housing starts home improvement projects will … (7 comments)

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