• Real Estate

    Lumber prices top $1,000 as single-family housing starts drop 12{28ab41d673507bfe0daf970418d2e81f9476b3e139564442359ad7402c370b16}

    A contractor frames a house under construction in Lehi, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Private residential construction in the U.S. rose 2.7{28ab41d673507bfe0daf970418d2e81f9476b3e139564442359ad7402c370b16} in November. George Frey | Bloomberg | Getty Images Consumers want more newly built, affordable homes, but builders are finding that hard to deliver, especially as prices for framing lumber spike ever higher. Lumber prices inched above $1,000 per 1,000 board feet Thursday morning before falling back below that milestone, according to Random Length Lumber Futures for March. The high of $1,004.90 is double the price from just three months ago and a record. Higher lumber costs are likely behind a drop in January housing starts.…

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  • Real Estate

    These are the top 5 real estate podcasts

    Podcasts are the latest infotainment craze to take the American public by storm. With more than 850,000 active podcasts and nearly 31 million downloads in 2020 alone, podcasting has cemented itself as a true American pastime. As the popularity of this medium continues to grow, more and more housing industry professionals are becoming hosts and launching their own podcasts on topics ranging from real estate, fintech, and mortgage news. To provide our readers with a directory, HousingWire has put together a list of some of the top real estate podcasts in the housing space. While these podcasts aren’t in a particular order, each has a unique element that makes it…

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  • Home Design

    2021’s Top Kitchen Design Trends Are All About Warmth and Function

    Of all the rooms in your house, your kitchen likely saw the most action in 2020. With so many people staying at home making artisanal pizza and using their countertops as an office or classroom, this room endured plenty of wear and tear. And that means it might just be the room that’s most in need of a refresh.  But where to start? For inspiration, we consulted with top designers from coast to coast to uncover the hottest kitchen trends in 2021—what you need and what you’ll totally want. Some of these design changes were expected after a year of staying at home, while others might totally surprise you.  “We’re…

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  • Home Design

    Form & Function: The Top Five Basement Requests

    Share Tweet Share Share Email By Jackson Strom, Principle Architect at Strom Architecture Like it or not, we are all spending more time at home these days. Whether it be for exercise, entertainment or relaxation, our homes are now being used for activities that we used to go out for. With that comes utilizing more space than we did pre-pandemic. Our client’s basements are no longer an afterthought. For some clients, basements include some of their most unique features and used spaces of their home. In this edition of Form & Function, we share the top five basement requests our clients are asking for,…

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  • Home Improvement News

    Top Home Remodeling Trends for 2021

    It’s a fact of life; The longer we spend in our homes, the more time we have to look around and notice what’s working for us and what isn’t. More than 3/4 of US homeowners did some kind of home improvement project in 2020. While relief is in sight, checking out the top home remodeling trends for 2021 might make the wait a little easier. Interior designer and realtor Jennifer Burgess was a recent visitor to the Creative Living show, where she shared tips and trends with host Jane Clauss (video above). We’ve transcribed that interview (lightly edited for clarity), so that you can jump right to the section that…

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  • Home Design

    Tips for achieving the top 2021 home trend: Warm interior design |

    Change is on the horizon as 2021 is poised to be a transition year for home design. Expect some of the cool and minimalistic trends of the past to be replaced with more approachable designs that convey comfort, warmth and positivity. “Darker colors, natural textiles — like wood, and soft lighting are great ways to make a room feel warm and inviting,” says Jen Meska, director of merchandising at LL Flooring. “Also, decorate with items and patterns that bring you joy to add a sense of your personality and unique style.” To bring warmth into your home and enjoy this growing trend for years to come, try these tips: For…

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