Monday, December 27, 2010

GE to Sell Mortgage Assets to Santander - WSJ.com

GE to Sell Mortgage Assets to Santander - WSJ.com

Real Estate: Relative Values - WSJ.com

Real Estate: Relative Values - WSJ.com

Homey Outdoor Kitchen | Home Decorating Ideas

Homey Outdoor Kitchen | Home Decorating Ideas

Realty Times - Real Estate Outlook: Builders Regain Optimism

Realty Times - Real Estate Outlook: Builders Regain Optimism

Rich no longer resisting the urge to splurge

BURLINGTON — Even as many Americans still struggle to pay bills and find work, some consumers feel comfortable enough to finally indulge themselves this holiday season by making luxury purchases.

The willingness of the haves to loosen their purse strings was on display at a recent Long’s Jewelers party for select customers like Phyllis Schneider, who scooped up $5,000 in sapphire rings, bracelets, and earrings as a gift to herself. Yesterday, Tracy Campion replaced her 2007 BMW with a new 5 series model to shuttle her wealthy real estate clients.

Such examples represent just a sliver of the spending spectrum. But the demand for luxury products has provided a boost to high-end merchants. Many upscale retailers saw sharp declines in revenues during the recession of the past two years, when plummeting portfolios prompted more affluent consumers to temporarily swear off gems and fancy cars.

“Everybody is tired of worrying about the future and the economy,’’ said Andrea Sheehan, who bought a silver bangle at Long’s days after receiving a diamond ring from her husband, their first big jewelry splurge in two years.

Some national chains and independent merchants expect double-digit increases in jewelry sales for 2010, a dramatic turnaround from the 40 percent drops the hardest hit jewelers have experienced since 2008, according to retail analysts. Luxury car sales, meanwhile, are up nearly 12 percent this year, compared with a 5 percent bump across all vehicle categories, according to Ward’s Automotive Group, an auto research firm.

The heady days of conspicuous consumption that marked the middle of the last decade have not returned. But people of means are feeling less guilty about displaying their good fortune. And nothing better reflects the rebound of the luxury market than jewelry, considered by many to be the ultimate symbol of discretionary spending.

“Last Christmas was a disaster for most jewelry retailers. 2010 is the year of recovery and the year of hope,’’ said Michael J. Silverstein, a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. “Many households with incomes above $100,000 don’t believe the sky is falling anymore. And when they don’t believe the sky is falling anymore, they want things.’’

That desire is translating into some serious spending. Tiffany & Co. projects sales to increase 10 percent this year, and diamond seller Blue Nile estimates a jump of as much as 12 percent this quarter.

One indicator of renewed bling lust is the share of shoppers who purchased jewelry over the Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving. The percentage rose substantially, from 11.7 percent in 2009 to 14.3 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington, D.C., trade group. Jewelers say business is still off from prerecession highs, but for the first time they are optimistic that they can make up some of their losses.

To satisfy the pent-up demand, merchants are pushing flashy new products and high-profile offerings, such as a 20-carat emerald cut diamond that Shreve, Crump & Low hopes to sell for $1 million by the end of the year. The Boston jeweler upgraded last week’s annual holiday party by plying customers with caviar along with the usual champagne. Several shoppers at the event bought items that cost more than $100,000, including an 8-carat canary diamond, a 5-carat emerald cut-diamond, and a rare strand of Tahitian pearls.

The fete was cohosted by Lexus of Watertown as part of a holiday partnership that offers every customer who buys or leases a new Lexus a Shreve, Crump & Low gift card worth between $200 and $1,000. People are always looking for value, even if they are luxury-goods shoppers seeking to unleash their urge to indulge.

“Consumers have battled economic forces for the last couple of years and they are really ready to let loose and open their purses,’’ said David Walker, chief executive of Shreve, Crump & Low, which is expecting revenues to jump 30 percent this year after struggling with declines of up to 15 percent over the past two years.

At Herb Chambers car dealerships, the luxury vehicle business is also up about 30 percent over 2009. The company expects to sell six or seven Bentleys in December; over the past 18 months, it averaged one a month. The British-made cars range in price from $190,000 to $300,000.

Campion, who is leasing her new BMW from Herb Chambers in Boston, said she feels comfortable acquiring a fancy set of wheels. She said revenue at her residential real estate business, which deals in homes starting at about $1 million, soared 30 percent this year to $221 million in sales.

“I am rewarding myself with a nice car,’’ Campion said. “The car I drive is a reflection of my business. It’s important.’’

Selling a subdivision this year helped bring Tom Zocco back to the jewelry market. He recently treated his girlfriend to two necklaces at Shreve’s and then bought more trinkets for his children at Kay Jewelers.

“Certainly we’ve held off for the last couple of years. But I feel a little better now about the economy and the way things are going,’’ Zocco said.

Some retailers are expanding their collection of high-priced jewelry as a way to drive sales, a move that would have been almost unthinkable in the last couple of years. At LuxCouture in Newton, which used to focus on expensive handbags, owner Sari Brown has increased her jewelry selection by 50 percent. She quickly sold a batch of diamond pendants from a Lebanese designer that cost between $1,400 and $3,000, as well as $3,500 stretch bracelets with diamonds and other assorted stones.

Craig Rottenberg, president of Long’s Jewelers, introduced two upscale designers for the holiday season to cater to the growing demand for jewels. It’s already paying off: The average spending by customers is up by about 20 percent this year.

At the recent holiday party, consumers fawned over several rare sapphire pieces from Israeli designer Yvel that cost more than $100,000.

“I’m tired of feeling like it’s not OK to enjoy yourself,’’ said Kendra Lebwohl, as she tried one on of Yvel’s pricey black Tahitian pearl creations.

Dayle Goldstein spent the evening wearing a $195,000 diamond necklace and $145,000 diamond chandelier earrings from the other new Ivanka Trump line. Staff describe the merchandise as “heirloom chic.’’

Goldstein, whose last big splurge was a Cartier Roadster watch in 2007, didn’t pull the trigger, but left with words of optimism and a hint.

“I deserve them,’’ Goldstein said. “And Christmas is right around the corner.’’


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Economic history of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Economic history of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Best Of Modern and Contemporary Living Room Interior Furniture Design - Living Room - Home Design and Decorating Ideas

The Best Of Modern and Contemporary Living Room Interior Furniture Design - Living Room - Home Design and Decorating Ideas

Existing home sales rise 5.6% November - Dec. 22, 2010

Existing home sales rise 5.6% November - Dec. 22, 2010

Hooray? Higher mortgage rates spurred home sales uptick - Fortune Finance

Hooray? Higher mortgage rates spurred home sales uptick - Fortune Finance

New home sales rise 5.5% in November 2010 - Dec. 23, 2010

New home sales rise 5.5% in November 2010 - Dec. 23, 2010

Existing-Home Sales Resume Uptrend with Stable Prices

Existing-Home Sales Resume Uptrend with Stable Prices

Thursday, December 23, 2010

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Founder of Foreclosure.com Defaults

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Founder of Foreclosure.com Defaults

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economic Growth Exceeds Forecast

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economic Growth Exceeds Forecast

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Applications to Purchase Homes Fall

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Applications to Purchase Homes Fall

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economists Predict Flat Home Prices

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economists Predict Flat Home Prices

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Lenders 'Foreclose' Homes They Don't Own

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Lenders 'Foreclose' Homes They Don't Own

Landmark American Bank Note Building goes for $18M | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

Landmark American Bank Note Building goes for $18M | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

Leasing at Continental to begin next month | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

Leasing at Continental to begin next month | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

New robo-regulations lead to steep decline in NY foreclosures | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

New robo-regulations lead to steep decline in NY foreclosures | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

For Sale: 2BR/1+1BA Co-Op in Great Neck, NY, $225,000

For Sale: 2BR/1+1BA Co-Op in Great Neck, NY, $225,000

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Condo in Bayside, NY, $220,000

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Condo in Bayside, NY, $220,000

For Sale: 4BR/2BA Single Family House in Elmont, NY, $374,999

For Sale: 4BR/2BA Single Family House in Elmont, NY, $374,999

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Co-OBayside in Bayside, NY, $233,000

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Co-OBayside in Bayside, NY, $233,000

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Home Modifications for Boomers Are Booming

A survey by AARP earlier this year found that 33 percent of adults older than 45 have modified their homes to allow them to age comfortably in place.

Aging-in-place modifications can include:

· Decorative grab bars in showers
· Step-free entrances
· Levered door handles
· Raised electrical outlets
· Bathrooms that can accommodate wheelchairs
· Widened doorways to accommodate walkers
· Higher toilets

Mike Leary, founder of Rochester, N.Y., firm Access Lifts & Ramps, says business is brisk and he expects it to continue to grow. "If my kids stay in the business, they'll be the ones to make out well," Leary says. "They'll be taking care of me. I'm in the middle of the Baby Boomers."

Source: USA Today, Matthew Daneman (12/21/2010)

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Home Modifications for Boomers Are Booming

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Home Modifications for Boomers Are Booming

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Defaults Rose in December

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Defaults Rose in December

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Census Shows 9.7% Jump in U.S. Population

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Census Shows 9.7% Jump in U.S. Population

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR: Existing-Home Sales Rise 5.6%

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR: Existing-Home Sales Rise 5.6%

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-N.J. Threatens to Block Foreclosures

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-N.J. Threatens to Block Foreclosures

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Census Bureau to Release 2010 Housing Data

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Census Bureau to Release 2010 Housing Data

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Research Firm Forecasts Fall in Home Prices

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Research Firm Forecasts Fall in Home Prices

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Phipps Discusses Aid to Military Families

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Phipps Discusses Aid to Military Families

LuxeChatter: Historic Newport Property Built in 1887 Sells for First Time

LuxeChatter: Historic Newport Property Built in 1887 Sells for First Time

Gotham Dream Cars Expands Fleet of Luxury Rentals

Gotham Dream Cars Expands Fleet of Luxury Rentals

LuxeChatter: From Firehouse to Modern Masterpiece

LuxeChatter: From Firehouse to Modern Masterpiece

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Realty Times - Buyer Consultation: Financial Options and Qualifications Section

Realty Times - Buyer Consultation: Financial Options and Qualifications Section

Realty Times - Mortgage Rates Continue to Climb

Realty Times - Mortgage Rates Continue to Climb

Realty Times - The X Factor--Why Making An Offer On A Home Should Be Based On Value To You

Realty Times - The X Factor--Why Making An Offer On A Home Should Be Based On Value To You

Design Psychology : Styled, Staged & Sold

Design Psychology : Styled, Staged & Sold

Eco friendly solar energy - Solar Panels UK | Energy Solution Green Tips | Home Improvement | Help Environment

Eco friendly solar energy - Solar Panels UK | Energy Solution Green Tips | Home Improvement | Help Environment

Renovations with High ROI | Home Improvement Tips

Renovations with High ROI | Home Improvement Tips

Graham Porter’s gardening: Flowers fit for a very special bride’s bouquet - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Graham Porter’s gardening: Flowers fit for a very special bride’s bouquet - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 256-260

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 256-260

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Choosing the Right Carpet

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Marble Floors Enhance the Room Decor

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Bathroom Vanity One of The Important Components Bathroom - Bathroom Design - Home Design and Decorating Ideas

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Sample Image of Modern Kitchen Lighting Design - Kitchen Design - Home Design and Decorating Ideas

Jenna Bush’s Baltimore Rowhouse on Market for $474,900 | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Jenna Bush’s Baltimore Rowhouse on Market for $474,900 | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

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Homes Made Famous in Favorite Holiday Movies | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Harrison Ford Lists Manhattan Penthouse for $16 Million | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Harrison Ford Lists Manhattan Penthouse for $16 Million | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

At Home with Marni: How to make a (holiday) scene - San Jose Mercury News

At Home with Marni: How to make a (holiday) scene - San Jose Mercury News

Apartment for sale in Coto Real, Marbella Golden Mile - 290.000 EUR

Apartment for sale in Coto Real, Marbella Golden Mile - 290.000 EUR

Living Room With Bali Blinds | Home Decorating Ideas

Living Room With Bali Blinds | Home Decorating Ideas

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Master Bedroom, A Hotel Suite Like Retreat | Home Decorating Ideas

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort Added to Luxury Portfolio Development Collection

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort Added to Luxury Portfolio Development Collection

Luxury Portfolio Blog: LuxeChatter: Significant Luxury Portfolio Listings for November

Luxury Portfolio Blog: LuxeChatter: Significant Luxury Portfolio Listings for November

Chinese Property Investors Go Shopping in Japan - WSJ.com

Chinese Property Investors Go Shopping in Japan - WSJ.com

Owning a home still the American Dream, despite housing bust - Dec. 16, 2010

Owning a home still the American Dream, despite housing bust - Dec. 16, 2010

Housing starts, building permits rise in November - Dec. 16, 2010

Housing starts, building permits rise in November - Dec. 16, 2010

Foreclosures drop as banks clean up robo-signing scandal - Dec. 16, 2010

Foreclosures drop as banks clean up robo-signing scandal - Dec. 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Realty Times - Pros and Cons of Condo Living

Realty Times - Pros and Cons of Condo Living

Apartment for sale in Bahia de Marbella, Marbella East - 550.000 EUR

Apartment for sale in Bahia de Marbella, Marbella East - 550.000 EUR

Inflation Still Muted; Factory Output Grows - WSJ.com

Inflation Still Muted; Factory Output Grows - WSJ.com

Tax cut package: What's in the bill and what it costs - Dec. 15, 2010

Tax cut package: What's in the bill and what it costs - Dec. 15, 2010

Housing Trends Long Island and Long Island Real Estate Market Update

Housing Trends Long Island and Long Island Real Estate Market Update

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Activity Falls as Rates Climb

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Activity Falls as Rates Climb

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Energy Tax Credit Deadline Looms

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Energy Tax Credit Deadline Looms

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR Leaders Are Named 'Most Influential'

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR Leaders Are Named 'Most Influential'

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort Added to Luxury Portfolio Development Collection

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort Added to Luxury Portfolio Development Collection

Saturday, December 11, 2010

For Sale: 3BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Great Neck, NY, $928,000

For Sale: 3BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Great Neck, NY, $928,000

For Sale: 3BR/3+1BA Single Family House in Glen Cove, NY, $349,000

For Sale: 3BR/3+1BA Single Family House in Glen Cove, NY, $349,000

For Sale: 4BR/3+1BA Single Family House in East Hills, NY, $1,299,000

For Sale: 4BR/3+1BA Single Family House in East Hills, NY, $1,299,000

For Sale: 6BR/5BA Single Family House in Brookville, NY, $1,599,000

For Sale: 6BR/5BA Single Family House in Brookville, NY, $1,599,000

For Sale: 4BR/3BA Single Family House in Searingtown, NY, $1,600,000

For Sale: 4BR/3BA Single Family House in Searingtown, NY, $1,600,000

For Sale: 4BR/5BA Single Family House in Roslyn Harbor, NY, $999,000

For Sale: 4BR/5BA Single Family House in Roslyn Harbor, NY, $999,000

For Sale: 3BR/2BA Single Family House in Roslyn, NY, $799,000

For Sale: 3BR/2BA Single Family House in Roslyn, NY, $799,000

10 best stocks for 2011 - Opportunity in growth stocks (1) - FORTUNE

10 best stocks for 2011 - Opportunity in growth stocks (1) - FORTUNE

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Terrific Feature on Premier Estate Properties

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Terrific Feature on Premier Estate Properties

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Holiday Gift Ideas from Luxury Portfolio

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Holiday Gift Ideas from Luxury Portfolio

Town House for sale in Nagüeles, Marbella Golden Mile - 775.000 EUR

Town House for sale in Nagüeles, Marbella Golden Mile - 775.000 EUR

Preservation Stories for the Holiday Season–Part II | Old House Web Blog

Preservation Stories for the Holiday Season–Part II | Old House Web Blog

PROPERTY REPORT: 'Special Servicers' Getting Creative - WSJ.com

PROPERTY REPORT: 'Special Servicers' Getting Creative - WSJ.com

* Expiring Tax Credit For Homeowners: Do It Now or Lose It!

* Expiring Tax Credit For Homeowners: Do It Now or Lose It!

Graham Porter’s gardening: top tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Graham Porter’s gardening: top tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Garden Tips | NevadaAppeal.com

Garden Tips | NevadaAppeal.com

Home & Garden | Tips on keeping mold off plants | Seattle Times Newspaper

Home & Garden | Tips on keeping mold off plants | Seattle Times Newspaper

Contemporary Sculpture Furniture Design Collection - House Design Ideas, Interior Decorating, Architectures Building, Furniture Design Daily News on HouseDesignBlogs.Com

Contemporary Sculpture Furniture Design Collection - House Design Ideas, Interior Decorating, Architectures Building, Furniture Design Daily News on HouseDesignBlogs.Com

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Winter Decorating - Interior Decor Ideas for Winter | Clipmarks

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Home Decorating Ideas for a Weekend Spruce-Up

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Bargain Interior Decorating Ideas | Home Decorating Ideas

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New Style Of Modern Home Interior Decorating - Home Interior Design - Home Design and Decorating Ideas

Interior Decorating Tips | Home Ideas

Interior Decorating Tips | Home Ideas

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Accessorize a Living Room | Women Interior Design

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Accessorize a Living Room | Women Interior Design

The Top 10 Must Know Decorating Trends for the Holiday Season

The Top 10 Must Know Decorating Trends for the Holiday Season

Hire An Interior Designer -- For Free! - Shelterpop

Hire An Interior Designer -- For Free! - Shelterpop

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Mom caves are latest interior design trend | NJ.com

Rich Dad - Welcome to Rich Dad!

Rich Dad - Welcome to Rich Dad!

Timeless Design Interiors - Home Staging Tips

Timeless Design Interiors - Home Staging Tips

Holiday Home Staging Hamilton County Buyers AND Sellers Can Celebrate!

Holiday Home Staging Hamilton County Buyers AND Sellers Can Celebrate!

* Home Staging Tips: A Guide to Staging Your Home

* Home Staging Tips: A Guide to Staging Your Home

24 Expert Home Staging Tips | Home Staging Tips

24 Expert Home Staging Tips | Home Staging Tips

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Home Staging Tips: A Guide to Staging Your Home | Walk With Money

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Home Staging Tips: Kids Bedrooms | raestate

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More selling ideas

Providence Real Estate Group Offers Tips of How to Sell a Home in This Challenging Market | Benzinga.com

Providence Real Estate Group Offers Tips of How to Sell a Home in This Challenging Market | Benzinga.com

Home Improvement Tips For The Year « landing coffee house

Home Improvement Tips For The Year « landing coffee house

Home Improvement Tips to Lower Your Monthly Water Bill » ThisCloud.net

Home Improvement Tips to Lower Your Monthly Water Bill » ThisCloud.net

Project: Home -- Dress up your front door with new hardware - Chico Enterprise Record

Project: Home -- Dress up your front door with new hardware - Chico Enterprise Record

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Realty Times - Pending Sales Rose in October

Realty Times - Pending Sales Rose in October

Interior decorating for dining rooms - Decorating & Furnishing - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

Interior decorating for dining rooms - Decorating & Furnishing - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-No Foreclosures Over the Holidays

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-No Foreclosures Over the Holidays

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Give Owners A Jump on Tax Planning

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Give Owners A Jump on Tax Planning

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Things to Consider Before Doing a Remodel

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Things to Consider Before Doing a Remodel

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Delinquency Rate Expected to Fall

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Delinquency Rate Expected to Fall

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Home Improvement Tips: Skylighting | Pueblo Colorado Real Estate — Pueblo CO Real Estate

Home Improvement Tips: Skylighting | Pueblo Colorado Real Estate — Pueblo CO Real Estate

High Quality Sears Shower CurtainsHome Improvement Tips & ideas | Home Improvement Tips & ideas

High Quality Sears Shower CurtainsHome Improvement Tips & ideas | Home Improvement Tips & ideas

Great Ideas to Grow Your Own Strawberries — Veggie Gardening Tips

Great Ideas to Grow Your Own Strawberries — Veggie Gardening Tips

Container Gardening Tips & Plans : Container Garden Design: Home Gardening Tips, Ideas & Advice | Design Home Decoration & Interior

Container Gardening Tips & Plans : Container Garden Design: Home Gardening Tips, Ideas & Advice | Design Home Decoration & Interior

Gardening Tips for The Month of December

Gardening Tips for The Month of December

Tips to Get a Certification for Home Staging

Tips to Get a Certification for Home Staging

10 Terrific Home Staging Tips & Tricks | Home Staging

10 Terrific Home Staging Tips & Tricks | Home Staging

Design tips for this tricky home space | space, home, decorating - Business - The Orange County Register

Design tips for this tricky home space | space, home, decorating - Business - The Orange County Register

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Choose Art for Your Dining Room | Decor Home Tips

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Choose Art for Your Dining Room | Decor Home Tips

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Accessorize a Bathroom | Interior Design Tips

Interior Decorating Ideas : How to Accessorize a Bathroom | Interior Design Tips

8 Creative Ideas Home Office Interior Decorating Arrangement - Home Decorating and Accessories For Your Dream House on newhouseofart.com

8 Creative Ideas Home Office Interior Decorating Arrangement - Home Decorating and Accessories For Your Dream House on newhouseofart.com

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-New-Home Sales Slide

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-New-Home Sales Slide

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-8 Factors for Standing Out in Real Estate

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-8 Factors for Standing Out in Real Estate

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Buyers Show Growing Interest in Tiny Houses

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Buyers Show Growing Interest in Tiny Houses

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Crisis Slowing Sales

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Crisis Slowing Sales

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Rates Continue Upward Climb

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Rates Continue Upward Climb

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Fed Releases Updated Appraisal Guidelines

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Fed Releases Updated Appraisal Guidelines

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Commercial Real Estate Prices Show Gains

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Commercial Real Estate Prices Show Gains

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Deficit Reduction Commission Endorses Plan

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Deficit Reduction Commission Endorses Plan

Thursday, December 2, 2010

2010 Homebuyer Survey

One of the most useful research projects of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) is the annual survey of homebuyers and sellers. The 2010 version (Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2010) became available in November of this year.

The information is based on answers to an eight-page questionnaire mailed to 111,000 consumers who purchased a home between July 2009 and June 2010. (Names and addresses were provided by Experian, a company that maintains an extensive database of recent homebuyers that is derived from county records.) There was a 7.9 percent response rate.

In 2010, first-time homebuyers constituted 50 percent of the market. That is a huge portion. There are a number of factors to explain this increase, one of which is that first-time buyers don’t have to sell a home before they can buy. Moreover, prices have been dropping while interest rates remain low by historical standards. Especially, government policies such as tax credits have played a major role.

Only four percent of buyers purchased a home that had been foreclosed or that was in the process of foreclosure. That is actually lower than a couple of years ago. In 2010 a full 39 percent of buyers did not even consider buying a home in foreclosure. Of those who did consider making such a purchase, but did not ultimately do so, the primary reason (26%) was that they simply could not find a home that was right for them. Nineteen percent did not purchase a foreclosure home because the process was too difficult or complex. Another seventeen percent did not buy because the house was in poor condition.

Certainly the most useful information for sellers and their agents is to be found in the section on the home search process. While the survey results are not significantly different from those of recent years, the trends continue. For example, this year 74 percent of buyers said that they used the internet frequently during the search process, about the same as 76% last year. In 2003 that number was 42%.

Thirty-six per cent of buyers went to the internet as the first step in the home search process. 19 % contacted a real estate agent first, and 7% began by driving through neighborhoods looking for homes for sale.

Buyers use multiple sources of information in the process of looking for a home. Far and away the most used sources are the internet (89%) and real estate agents (88%). What is the third most used information source? Yard signs (57%).

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) websites were the primary source of information for buyers who used the internet in their search process. 59 percent of those buyers went to MLS sites. Of course, many went to a variety of different sites. 45 percent used Realtor®.com, 43% went to real estate company websites, and 42% went to sites hosted by individual agents. Aggregators such as Zillow, Homegain, and Yahoo were visited by 41% of buyers.

While there is a lot of intriguing information about the sources of information used by prospective homebuyers, certainly the most relevant has to do with where they actually found the home that they ultimately purchased. It is still the case that, more than any other source, a real estate agent is responsible for informing the buyer about the home that is ultimately purchased. That is how 38 percent of buyers found their home.

But the internet is a very close second (37%). Moreover, the differences in less than a decade are fascinating. In 2001, 48 percent of buyers learned about their home through a real estate agent, and only 8 percent found their home on the internet. The times they have changed.

Some things though, remain persistently the same – or close to it. In 2001, a yard sign was the third most likely source of information leading to the home that was purchased (15%). And this year? It is still the third leading source at 11%. Print media may not be dead, but it has shrunk to insignificance in this arena. In 2001, 7% found the home they purchased through a newspaper ad; in 2010 it was 2%. Fewer than 1% found their home through a home book or magazine.

The 2008 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows what works. It is a valuable resource.

Published: November 30, 2010
By: Bob Hunt

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Fed Beige Book: Mixed Signals on Real Estate

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Fed Beige Book: Mixed Signals on Real Estate

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Derren Brown is amazing. Subconscious Influencing

Do Green Homes Sell Faster? : Styled, Staged & Sold

Do Green Homes Sell Faster? : Styled, Staged & Sold

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economists: Flat Home Prices, Growing Economy

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Economists: Flat Home Prices, Growing Economy

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-American Dream Home Shrinks

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-American Dream Home Shrinks

10 Spectacular Ski Homes for Sale | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

10 Spectacular Ski Homes for Sale | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Fruit and Berry Bonsai Autumn Pruning and Root Care Recommendations

Fruit and Berry Bonsai Autumn Pruning and Root Care Recommendations

Growing Bonsai - Care for Fall

Growing Bonsai - Care for Fall

Is it Easier to Buy a Short Sale or Foreclosure? | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Is it Easier to Buy a Short Sale or Foreclosure? | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Official Page of Team Jeacoma

Official Page of Team Jeacoma

Inman News Feed

Inman News Feed

Commercial Real Estate Markets Stabilizing, See Slight Improvement in 2011

Commercial Real Estate Markets Stabilizing, See Slight Improvement in 2011

Graham’s gardening tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Graham’s gardening tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

The Not-Too-Styled Coffee Table - WSJ.com

The Not-Too-Styled Coffee Table - WSJ.com

Home Improvements for the Winter Season | Home Improvement Tips

Home Improvements for the Winter Season | Home Improvement Tips

ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog: Just In Case You Thought The Market Was Going to Overheat

ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog: Just In Case You Thought The Market Was Going to Overheat

Relative Values: Homes on More Than 100 Acres - WSJ.com

Relative Values: Homes on More Than 100 Acres - WSJ.com

Luxury Homes in Lyme, Conn., Encino, Calif. and Fort Worth, Texas - WSJ.com

Luxury Homes in Lyme, Conn., Encino, Calif. and Fort Worth, Texas - WSJ.com

Safety of Flooring - Need of the Hour

Safety of Flooring - Need of the Hour

Bamboo Flooring Pros And Cons - 5 Ways To Look At Bamboo Flooring Hardness

Bamboo Flooring Pros And Cons - 5 Ways To Look At Bamboo Flooring Hardness

Area Rugs Are Great For Any Room

Area Rugs Are Great For Any Room

Living Room Remodel | Decor Home Tips

Living Room Remodel | Decor Home Tips

Interior Decorating Near Irvine CA- Home Decorating Ideas Interior Decorator Interior Designers | Decor Home Tips

Interior Decorating Near Irvine CA- Home Decorating Ideas Interior Decorator Interior Designers | Decor Home Tips

Home Furniture | Decor Home Tips

Home Furniture | Decor Home Tips

The 3.8% Tax Is Not a Real Estate Transfer Tax : Speaking of Real Estate

The 3.8% Tax Is Not a Real Estate Transfer Tax : Speaking of Real Estate

Realty Times - Condominiums & Other Real Estate Trends

Realty Times - Condominiums & Other Real Estate Trends

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 251-255

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 251-255

Prices fell during the third quarter and may continue down. - Nov. 30, 2010

Prices fell during the third quarter and may continue down. - Nov. 30, 2010

Foreclosure "robo-signing" scandal impact: Sales dry up - Nov. 29, 2010

Foreclosure "robo-signing" scandal impact: Sales dry up - Nov. 29, 2010

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Crisis Slowing Sales

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Crisis Slowing Sales

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover Near Four-Month High Set Two Weeks Ago | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover Near Four-Month High Set Two Weeks Ago | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

California Poppy Seeds - Pink and Orange Poppy Pots to Liven Up Any Space

California Poppy Seeds - Pink and Orange Poppy Pots to Liven Up Any Space

Innovative lighting ideas for home décor - Interior Design - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

Innovative lighting ideas for home décor - Interior Design - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

Terrific Feature on Premier Estate Properties

Terrific Feature on Premier Estate Properties

Monday, November 29, 2010

A skyscraper like no other: Taiwan to build 390-meter tower with floating observatory blimps

A skyscraper like no other: Taiwan to build 390-meter tower with floating observatory blimps

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Title Insurance: More Important Than Ever

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Title Insurance: More Important Than Ever

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Mess Leaves Some Buyers in Limbo

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Foreclosure Mess Leaves Some Buyers in Limbo

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-New-Home Sales Slide

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-New-Home Sales Slide

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Buyers Show Growing Interest in Tiny Houses

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Buyers Show Growing Interest in Tiny Houses

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR: Commercial Real Estate Stabilizing

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-NAR: Commercial Real Estate Stabilizing

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cabasse L'Ocean Speakers – 117dB with no distortion

Cabasse L'Ocean Speakers – 117dB with no distortion

Interior design and decorating ideas for home improvement - Home Decorating - Architecture and Home Interior Design

Interior design and decorating ideas for home improvement - Home Decorating - Architecture and Home Interior Design

Interior decorating ideas for your modern home - Interior Design - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

Interior decorating ideas for your modern home - Interior Design - Interior Design | Architecture | Furniture

Interior Decorating Ideas

Interior Decorating Ideas

PSE – Articles » Most newborn Vegetable Gardening Tips

PSE – Articles » Most newborn Vegetable Gardening Tips

Rose Gardening- 21 Easy Rose Gardening Tips

Rose Gardening- 21 Easy Rose Gardening Tips

African Violets: Top 10 Gardening Tips for African Violets

African Violets: Top 10 Gardening Tips for African Violets

Gardening column: Finish fall tasks before snow flies | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN

Gardening column: Finish fall tasks before snow flies | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN

Graham Porter’s gardening: weekly garden tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Graham Porter’s gardening: weekly garden tips - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Ruth's Tips: Matilija Poppy - San Jose Mercury News

Ruth's Tips: Matilija Poppy - San Jose Mercury News

5 tips for indoor container gardening | Chattanooga Times Free Press

5 tips for indoor container gardening | Chattanooga Times Free Press

Costa's Garden Odyssey coming to Casula to share free gardening tips - Environment - News - Liverpool Leader

Costa's Garden Odyssey coming to Casula to share free gardening tips - Environment - News - Liverpool Leader

Home Staging Will Remove Your Personal Footprint And De-clutter Your Home - Home Staging Tips - Zimbio

Home Staging Will Remove Your Personal Footprint And De-clutter Your Home - Home Staging Tips - Zimbio

Luxury Home Living - Staged by Welcome Home Staging

Luxury Home Living - Staged by Welcome Home Staging

Staging Home for Selling - Staging Tips for Selling Your Home from WomansDay.com

Staging Home for Selling - Staging Tips for Selling Your Home from WomansDay.com

Home Staging Tips To Sell A Home

Home Staging Tips To Sell A Home

Home Staging Tips That Focus on Largest Customer Segments

Home Staging Tips That Focus on Largest Customer Segments

Home Staging Tips To Better Sell A Home

Home Staging Tips To Better Sell A Home

Home improvement tips articles and advice

Home improvement tips articles and advice

Home Improvement Tips for Raising the Value of Your House | Home Ideas

Home Improvement Tips for Raising the Value of Your House | Home Ideas

Thursday, November 25, 2010

STELLAR Mirror: A Reflective Work of Art

STELLAR Mirror: A Reflective Work of Art

WETAG Gets Cover of Unique Homes Global Issue

WETAG Gets Cover of Unique Homes Global Issue

Price Reductions Surpass Highest Historical Levels In 15 U.S. Cities, Remain Flat Nationwide

Price Reductions Surpass Highest Historical Levels In 15 U.S. Cities, Remain Flat Nationwide

Best Practice for Feeding Your Plants

Best Practice for Feeding Your Plants

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 246-250

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 246-250

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245

Evergreen - Energy solutions products - solar panels UK

Evergreen - Energy solutions products - solar panels UK

Hot water - Alternative energy solutions - Solar thermal Systems

Hot water - Alternative energy solutions - Solar thermal Systems

Graham Porter’s gardening: fruit and vegetable update - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Graham Porter’s gardening: fruit and vegetable update - Gardening Tips - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner

Relative Values: Homes on More Than 100 Acres - WSJ.com

Relative Values: Homes on More Than 100 Acres - WSJ.com

Falls' Hottest Trends in Flooring

Falls' Hottest Trends in Flooring

How to Select Bathroom Tiles That Are Cheap

How to Select Bathroom Tiles That Are Cheap

How to Take Photos for DesignerAtHome.com | Interior Design Tips

How to Take Photos for DesignerAtHome.com | Interior Design Tips

Price Rise Is a Record - WSJ.com

Price Rise Is a Record - WSJ.com

New homes sales in another big dip - Nov. 24, 2010

New homes sales in another big dip - Nov. 24, 2010

Existing home sales drop after two months of gains. - Nov. 23, 2010

Existing home sales drop after two months of gains. - Nov. 23, 2010

The R2B2 pedal-powered kitchen appliance concept

The R2B2 pedal-powered kitchen appliance concept

Could Farmland Be the Next Real Estate Bubble? | NewsGeni.us

Could Farmland Be the Next Real Estate Bubble? | NewsGeni.us

Luxury Real Estate Marketing: The Importance of Shifting Paradigms | NewsGeni.us

Luxury Real Estate Marketing: The Importance of Shifting Paradigms | NewsGeni.us

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-The Latest Weapon in the War on Foreclosures

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-The Latest Weapon in the War on Foreclosures

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Moody's: Housing Prices to Fall Until Mid-2011

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Moody's: Housing Prices to Fall Until Mid-2011

Crafty Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal: Home & Design: REALTOR® Magazine

Crafty Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal: Home & Design: REALTOR® Magazine

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Existing-Home Sales Decline in October

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Existing-Home Sales Decline in October

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Purchase Applications Hit 6-Month High

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Mortgage Purchase Applications Hit 6-Month High

Receiver appointed at $84 million Midtown hotel and condo foreclosure | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

Receiver appointed at $84 million Midtown hotel and condo foreclosure | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

RXR buys former Macklowe tower for $400M | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

RXR buys former Macklowe tower for $400M | The Real Deal | New York Real Estate News

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Housing Trends Long Island and Long Island Real Estate Market Update

Housing Trends Long Island and Long Island Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate Glossary

Real Estate Glossary

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Government Auctioning Off Excess Property

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Government Auctioning Off Excess Property

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Shadow Inventory Increases Likely

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Shadow Inventory Increases Likely

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Existing-Home Sales Decline in October

REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Existing-Home Sales Decline in October

Motivational Quotes Collection

Motivational Quotes Collection

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 236-240

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 236-240

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245

Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245

Popular Home Renovation Projects | Home Improvement Tips

Popular Home Renovation Projects | Home Improvement Tips

Home Improvements for the Winter Season | Home Improvement Tips

Home Improvements for the Winter Season | Home Improvement Tips

Luxury Portfolio Blog: LuxeChatter: Significant Luxury Portfolio Listings for October

Luxury Portfolio Blog: LuxeChatter: Significant Luxury Portfolio Listings for October

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Cartier Poker Set

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Cartier Poker Set

General Growth Beckons to the Refinancing Machine - WSJ.com

General Growth Beckons to the Refinancing Machine - WSJ.com

Fed forecasts slow growth, high unemployment to continue - Nov. 23, 2010

Fed forecasts slow growth, high unemployment to continue - Nov. 23, 2010

Design Psychology : Styled, Staged & Sold

Design Psychology : Styled, Staged & Sold

Realty Times - Rate of Foreclosure Still High

Realty Times - Rate of Foreclosure Still High

Lastest Interior House Design News | Interior Design Tips

Lastest Interior House Design News | Interior Design Tips