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What’s Your #WindowSeat Type

Shelf: A window seat made of a shelf-style bench outfitted with an upholstered cushion allows for open storage under the seat. This option, which you can make yourself or hire out, is great in utilitarian spaces such as mudrooms, entryways, or even a laundry area. Fasten the underside of the shelf to 24 cleats screwed…

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7 #NaturalStones For Your #BathroomRemodel

There’s no other material quite like natural stone. No two pieces are exactly alike, and nothing else adds the same organic warmth and texture to a bathroom. Not to mention the longevity. If they’re well maintained, your stone surfaces can last a lifetime. Marble, of course, has been a popular stone choice for luxurious interiors…

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#HomeSearch Process

 , Looking at the interactive graph above, there is an obvious increase of people who started their home search online. Indeed, the share of people using the Internet has increased by 28% since 2004. In 2013, 48% of first-time home buyers and 40% of repeat home buyers used the Internet in their home search process.

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Latest #HousingStats

Homebuilders were busier in September, digging more dirt and ready to bring more new homes to the market.  But construction was tilted towards multifamily apartment units.  Single-family home construction still remains well below historical norms.  A housing shortage is a definitive possibility next year unless homebuilders get more active.  

#TropicalFlavor With #Wicker #Rattan

Find out more about what separates — and unites — these classic materials. Think you know the difference between wicker and rattan? Well, the truth is, they often are one and the same. Rattan is a plant material harvested from palm fronds to create a grassy, classic design essential. Wicker is a woven material made…

New #CreditModels

New #CreditModels

The Fair Isaac Corporation recently introduced a new scoring model. The model could help to expand credit to first-time and minority groups. But there is a problem: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who support the majority of the mortgage market, don’t use the new model. In “FICO 9″, less emphasis is given to the impact…

50 Favorite #BuiltInStorageIdeas

50 Favorite #BuiltInStorageIdeas

Storage is a common problem for most homeowners, but with effective and clever built-ins, organization is a no-brainer. Because built-ins are custom-made for each space, they maximize every square inch of your home. They can turn empty, unused space into hardworking home offices, drawers, shelves, or even entertainment centers. Essentially, built-in storage units can add…