Are you remodeling your kitchen and having a hard time deciding on the finishes? If you are, then you should check out this helpful Houzz article: 3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely. According to the article, the selection process is complicated because there isn’t a set rule for choosing materials and finishes. However, there are still some general guidelines that can help homeowners make sense of a kitchen remodel.
According to the Eye on Housing blog, the cost of building materials have increased quickly. This is the result of the housing recovery that has gained momentum since the start of 2012. Overall producer prices have increased by less than 3%. On the other hand, softwood lumber (30%), OSB (80%) and gypsum (26%) prices are higher than at the start of last year.
Planning on remodeling your home soon? If you are, then you should check out this interesting article on Houzz: 11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel. The article was written by Anne Higuera. She and her husband are owners of Ventana Construction, a full-service remodeling company with a focus on whole-house remodels, additions, kitchens, baths and custom new homes in the Seattle area. The following are eleven things you can expect during a home remodel.
According to a recently released study by the NAHB Economics Group, What Home Buyers Really Want, energy efficiency is at the top of home buyers’ most wanted list. In the study, 94% of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91% want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89% want energy-star rated windows, and 88% want ceiling fans. The What Home Builders Really Want research is based on a nationwide 2012 survey of new and potential home buyers. The report provides insight into buyers’ preferences for home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology in the home, energy efficiency, choosing a community, and trade-offs buyers are willing to make.
According to the latest figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of new homes increased in January by 28.9% from a year ago, and 15.6% since December. On an annual seasonally-adjusted basis, newly built, single-family homes sold at a 437,000 pace. New home sales increased in every region. The West had the biggest gain at 45.3%. The Northeast posted a 27.6% increase, and the Midwest saw an increase of 11.1%. The South had the lowest increase (3.2%).
Ten northwest cities are listed in the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). The NAHB/First American IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The northwest cities in the index are Corvallis, Medford, Portland, Bellingham, Kennewick, Longview, Seattle, Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yakima.
More good news for the home building industry. According to the latest NAHB Economics housing and economic forecast, single-family and multifamily construction will see strong growth rates, with remodeling experiencing lesser but still positive growth.
Did you know you can get cash back for weatherization and other home upgrades? It’s true. Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for energy-efficient upgrades to single-family and multi-family homes in both Washington and Oregon. For instance, Energy Trust of Oregon will pay homeowners $150 to seal air leaks in their homes. Isn’t that awesome?