According to the Wall Street Journal, for the first time in 13 years homeownership is up. After the housing market crash nearly a decade ago, this increase in homeownership shows that the market is finally starting to recover. It also shows that the federal government programs to boost ownership worked and the market is back on track. As a result, in 2017, homeownership went from 63.4% in 2016, to 63.9%, a .5% increase over the year. The last time homeownership increased over a year was between the years 2003 and 2004. [Read more…]
With massive winter storm cells affecting much of the country, including the Northeast recently, we may see more weather extremes before winter is over. As homeowners, it is essential we take extra care this year to winterize our homes to protect them from the damaging effects of the cold. Here are some tips for preparing your home for the cold New England weather: [Read more…]
Appearing in another top ten best cities list, Providence is now ranked as the fifth best city to retire in. The New York Times in coordination with Bankrate assessed cities across the United States and found that Providence has a variety of great benefits for retirees. They took into account a variety of factors that directly impact retirees and found that Providence is a great city to spend your golden years. [Read more…]
It’s official, the Pantone color of the year for 2018 is ultraviolet. This rich color will be seen everywhere from graphic design to fashion to interiors. However, for those who don’t love shades of purple, there are plenty of other colors that have made their way into the style forecasts for 2018. Incorporating these colors into your home can help keep your interior style looking fresh and modern. Here are some of the colors to put on your swatch board this year. [Read more…]
Millennials make up a significant segment of the workforce and the buying public today. Their large numbers mean that when they all agree on something, trends will form. And one thing that they might agree with is where to live. This is why so many cities in the country are trying to take steps to attract them.
Growth in most areas occur in waves. Think of the population booms in cities like Seattle during the early and mid-nineties or Austin during the early and mid-2000s, and you’ll see that when a community takes the time to create a lifestyle that will attract younger residents, its entire population demographic can shift. [Read more…]