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Archive for March, 2011

Will 20% down payments drastically hurt home-buying?

Meg in Market Trends, Other   •   0 comments Mar 31, 2011

According to the Wall Street Journal, those in charge of such things (federal regulators and the like) have put forth a plan to radically alter the face of home loans as we know them. The new rules, which still need to be voted on and approved, would make mortgages MUCH more expensive for any home-buyer

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Do the Wave! (In Denmark)

Meg in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Mar 30, 2011

Called simply “The Wave in Vejle“, this gorgeous and innovative apartment building in Vejle, Denmark, recently caught our eye. Mostly because it’s absolutely beautiful + awesome. The award-winning design, by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects, integrates uber-sleek modern minimalism with the curves and dips of the surrounding landscape. Why can’t all apartment buildings grace

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No More New Home Sales?

Meg in Market Trends, Other   •   0 comments Mar 28, 2011

Many real estate experts are reporting that things are looking a little brighter than they have in a while. Jobs are starting to come back, but home prices are still at record-lows. And yes, people are starting to buy. It sounds like pretty good news all around – and for most of the real estate

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Ugly or Awesome? We're not sure.

ddai in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Mar 26, 2011

A “model” apartment recently featured on Curbed.com is taking the art of clashing to new heights.  The flat, which is located in Guangzhou, China, was decorated by Italian designer Alberto Apostoll in a wild mix of French, Italian, and British styles. And it shows:                      

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Ugly or Awesome? We’re not sure.

Meg in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Mar 26, 2011

A “model” apartment recently featured on Curbed.com is taking the art of clashing to new heights.  The flat, which is located in Guangzhou, China, was decorated by Italian designer Alberto Apostoll in a wild mix of French, Italian, and British styles. And it shows:                      

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Serious Green Real Estate, Courtesy of the Viking Hordes

Meg in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Mar 25, 2011

Most of us think of the “green” movement as a fairly recent thing. Also, most of us think of Vikings as giant raging berserkers who go around munching on raw bear meat and raping villagers. And while that image is probably pretty accurate, there’s more to the story. For example, did you know that the

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Is this the "home of the future"? Or it is just scary?

ddai in Architecture, Design, Green Homes, Novelty Real Estate, Real Estate   •   1 comment Mar 22, 2011

Even if you’re naturally the optimistic type, the future can be scary and uncertain. But “home” will always mean a comfy, cozy haven immune from the madness of change, right? Wrong, apparently. A crazed CG rendering of the “home of the future” is making its way around the real estate blogosphere today, and it’s anything

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Is this the “home of the future”? Or it is just scary?

Meg in Architecture, Design, Green Homes, Novelty Real Estate, Real Estate   •   1 comment Mar 22, 2011

Even if you’re naturally the optimistic type, the future can be scary and uncertain. But “home” will always mean a comfy, cozy haven immune from the madness of change, right? Wrong, apparently. A crazed CG rendering of the “home of the future” is making its way around the real estate blogosphere today, and it’s anything

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Unsolved Listing Mysteries – What Happens to Crime Scene Houses?

Meg in Celebrity Homes, Discounted Homes, Homes for Sale, Listings, Real Estate, Real Estate Tips   •   0 comments Mar 21, 2011

This morning, Inman News featured an article by Mary Umberger called “Overcoming Real Estate Stigmas”.  The title, which sounds like it’s introducing another rant against post-housing bubble real estate negativity, is misleading. Actually, the article is more about whether/how an agent, owner, or buyer can get past a home’s past – particularly when that past

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Want to see a REALLY ugly house?

Meg in Novelty Real Estate   •   0 comments Mar 20, 2011

  Once in a while we might showcase a home for it’s breathtaking views, architectural innovation, or stunning decor. Not so this time. This particular “McMansion” on the outskirts of Chicago (which we noticed via the glorious Curbed.com) is nothing much to look at on the outside – and its interiors are some of the

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