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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ride a roller coaster through the house on this unique home tour

I can't tell whether someone actually did this or it's just a marketing ploy - I'm inclined to assume that it's the latter.

Prospective buyers viewing a home in Ermelo, Netherlands went on an actual ride when a real estate broker installed a wooden roller coaster throughout the seller's home.



The broker, Verder met Wonen, created a corresponding advertisement and YouTube video featuring clients getting whisked through the house, up staircases and even down a small drop on the property's backyard. Read more about it here.

10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

If you're wondering which (and how many) Christmas lights to install on your house, here's some inspiration. My personal favorite - this techno style Amazing Grace:


This is definitely the most ambitious - 13 houses on Bainbridge Circle in Murrieta, California, decided to pitch together and decorate the entire street, all synchronized together to Little Drummer Boy:


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Friday, December 5, 2014

10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

If you're wondering which (and how many) Christmas lights to install on your house, here's some inspiration. My personal favorite - this techno style Amazing Grace:


This is definitely the most ambitious - 13 houses on Bainbridge Circle in Murrieta, California, decided to pitch together and decorate the entire street, all synchronized together to Little Drummer Boy:


Saturday, November 29, 2014

The good: $250K for a 100-acre property with a huge house. The bad: in New Hampshire and booby trapped


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It turns out there isn't a huge market for a $250,000-plus, 100-acre property that may be booby-trapped.

The sale of the compound owned by a now-jailed pair of tax evaders who held off police during a nine-month armed standoff is beset by problems both procedural and perilous: High bidders would have only seven days to come up with the financing for the property they have to buy largely sight-unseen because it could be filled with hidden explosives.

No bidders showed up at an Aug. 15 auction at federal court in Concord, where Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Brenda Mikelson went through the motions of soliciting a minimum bid of $250,000 on the Plainfield compound where fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown holed up in 2007.

The Browns were ultimately captured by U.S. marshals posing as two of the supporters who thronged the compound.

Another obstacle: Concerns that booby traps and explosives may be buried on the densely wooded property mean federal officials still won't let interested bidders tour it. Buyers who are prepared to ante up a hefty bid on the Plainfield property have to do it with little access.

During his trial in 2009, Ed Brown testified that explosives in the woods around their home were there to scare intruders, not hurt them. But in a radio interview during the standoff, he said if authorities came to kill him or arrest him, "the chief of police in this town, the sheriff, the sheriff himself will die. This is war now, folks."

Elaine and Ed Brown are in the 70s. Elaine Brown is serving 35 years in prison; Ed Brown is serving 37 years.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Buying a house? Make sure you have plenty of room - aging parents are moving in with their kids

Interesting article at Marketwatch - excerpts below, but you should read the whole thing there.





While much has been written about millennial children boomeranging back to live with their parents, there’s another group of people who have been quietly doubling up: baby boomers and their own aging parents. And some expect this particular trend to hold even with an improving economy, as people live longer and require more care at the end of their lives.

Need more space? Search here.

A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects found that dedicated guest rooms, including in-law suites (that can be as simple as a secondary master bedroom suite with a bathroom), have been gaining in popularity over the past couple of years. In 2014, 39% of respondents in a group of more than 500 residential architecture firms said they were seeing more demand for this feature, compared with 26% who said the same in 2013 and 10% in 2012. Also getting hotter: Home features that accommodate multiple generations and age-in-place features.

“As many households become caretakers for aging relatives, separate living suites have become popular options for accommodations,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist for AIA,in a news release.

What’s more, an analysis from real-estate website Trulia found that there has been an increase in the share of seniors living with relatives over the past 20 years.

Home accommodations for aging parents

Sometimes, aging parents will front the costs for creating extra space in their grown children’s homes, whether through a remodel of an existing home or the building of an extra suite in a new home, said Harold “Bud” Dietrich, an architect in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area. Other times, their children have the foresight in, perhaps, their 40s, to purchase a home with spaces that will serve their aging parents down the road — assuming they will ultimately live with them.

These suites can be as simple as a second master bedroom and bath or as elaborate as a wing with a bedroom, kitchenette, sitting area, bathroom and separate door to the outside, Dietrich said. Oftentimes, these areas are made to be accessible, largely to prevent trips and falls.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ashburn Patch featured 22810 Arbor View Dr as this week's Wow House!

Our gorgeous 5 bedroom, 5 bath listing on Arbor View is the week's Wow House at Ashburn Patch!

Wow House: Spacious and Dramatic on Arbor View Drive:













Address: 22810 Arbor View Dr, Ashburn, VA 20148

Details: 5 beds, 4.5 baths, 6,986 sqft

Asking Price: $890,000

See more info and get all the information on 22810 Arbor View Drive.

The realtor’s description at Zillow:
Spectacular Centex Home in the heart of Brambleton! 7000 finished sq ft! Spacious and Dramatic, This Home Has It All!!! Absolute Show Stopper! Bamboo Floors, Unbelievable Media Room! 12 ft Ceilings! Home Gym! Large Trex Deck with stairs to fully fenced back yard! Wet Bar! Gorgeous Trim Package including Shadow Boxes, Chair Rail, and 3 Piece Crown! Elegant Main Level Office with Double Glass Doors! Huge Granite Kitchen overlooks the Family Room and the Back Yard…

Friday, November 21, 2014

Things you can get away with if you don't have to worry about an HOA

Artist Kat O’Sullivan Transforms a Dull Shack Into a Psychedelic Rainbow House

The artist Kat O’ Sullivan has been creating upcycled sweaters and clothing for over 20 years. “It seems like anything within my grasp ends up painted a million colors,” she says. And this statement certainly held true when the artist decided to purchase a home in upstate New York that had been built in 1840. “I just thought it was cute,” explains Sullivan, but “it was the kind of house you would drive by and never notice.”

But once in the hands of the artist and her “creative mayhem” the home quickly began to change. After a trip to the local paint shop – “give me one of everything!” – Sullivan spent countless hours painting and renovating until the home looked like a psychedelic rainbow complete with oddly shaped windows, eyes and a big mouth. But “Calico,” as Sullivan calls her home, is an eternal work in progress. “It will only get weirder.”






More pictures.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Housing Trends eNewsletter- Charles and May Witt

National market update

Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2014) – After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.

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Infographic: September 2014 Existing-Home Sales

Total existing-home sales increased 2.4 percent to 5.17 million in September from 5.05 million in August and are 1.7 percent below the 5.26 million unit pace in September 2013

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National housing indicators

Existing home sales (October)

5.17 millions units*

Existing home median price (October)

$209,700

Housing Starts (October)

1.017 millions units*

New home sales (October)

5.04 millions units*
*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

National economic indicators

Home ownership

3rd Qtr 2014

+64.4%

3rd Qtr 2013

+65.3%
The homeownership rate in the third quarter 2014 was 64.4 percent, down 0.9 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the third quarter 2013 rate of 65.3 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest and South were lower than the rates in the third quarter 2013, while the rate in the West was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.

New home sales

September 2014

+0.2%

August 2014

+15.3%
Sales of new single-family houses in September 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000. This is 0.2 percent (+/- 15.7%)* above the revised August 2014 estimate of 466,000.
Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Regional market updates

View market statistics for your region.

Click on the links below to view data from two different industry sources. Choose information on local prices & state sales from any of 150 metropolitan housing markets prepared by the National Association of REALTORS® or information on sales & price activity from local area markets in 25 states prepared by Clarus MarketMetrics.

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Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time. Read more
Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more
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Loudoun County is the Number 1 county to live in the US

Per this article at HuffPo:
City pride is most certainly a thing, and most people across the country are not afraid to show theirs. But, thanks to this list of incredible counties, a new kind of pride is about to become very real, as well.
According to the blog on the real estate site, Movoto, these are the state subregions to live in if all those city lists are a bit too specific for you.
"We looked at 640 counties across the US in order to create this ranking," Movoto's editorial content manager Randy Nelson told The Huffington Post. "We scored each in terms of unemployment, median household income, median rent and home price (higher being more desirable), precent of families below the poverty line and high school graduation rate. The average of these scores was used to determine the best counties, the higher the better."
And based on their impressively high scores, Nelson insists these areas have "earned the right to be called the best in the nation."
Population: 315,134

Highlights: Highest median household income of all the counties considered, incredibly low unemployment and poverty rates, impressive desirability in the housing market

To see the complete rankings, visit the Movoto Real Estate Blog.