Archives for February 2012

Rents Rise on Back of Soaring Demand



Rents across the country are climbing steadily on upwards, as new data from the Labor Department reveals a 2.4% increase in January from the same month one year ago.

The Legacy at Millennium Park, Chicago, Wins Gold Award for Design Excellence



The Legacy at Millennium Park Is a 72 storey Luxury condominium building in Chicago overlooking Millennium Park, and it has just won the 2011 best in American Living Gold Award for High Rise Multi-family Housing. The winners were announced at the 2012 International Builders Show held earlier this month in Orlando.

RICS European Housing Review Shows True Extent of fall in UK Market



The latest RICS European Housing Review for this year shows that overall the housing market in Europe remained subdued throughout last year, and has price declines in the UK slowed with property prices falling by an average of 1.5%.

Why The “Experts” Can’t Figure Out The Housing Market



We’re seeing a lot of media reports questioning what is happening with the housing market. The data seems to be confusing, and often looks good one month, then ends up being revised downward the next. So what is REALLY going on out there?

Six Hot Kitchen Design and Décor Trends



Kitchens are fast replacing the family room as the most frequented area in most people’s homesandas a result, the ever-changing trends reflect comfort, style, function, aesthetics and everything else in between. This year, there are some new trends and some older ones with a twist – that reflect the changing lifestyles of people from many walks of life.

Fed Has “Limited Options” To Help Fix Housing



The Federal Reserve is no longer in a position to help America ease its way out of the housing crisis, according to a new report drafted by some of the country’s top economists at the recent US Monetary Policy Forum.

Homes Near UK Olympic Sites Enjoy Rising Values



New figures from UK bank Lloyds TSB show those homes closest to the Olympic sites have seen their value increase by an average of more than £60,000 since London won the bid in July 2005, according to a report in Property Wire.

Montague Review is Opportunity to Boost Investment in UK Homes



The UK government backed Montague Review is aiming to encourage greater institutional investment in what has been termed as ‘build to let’ homes, and this news has received enthusiastic support from the British Property Federation.

Free Plugins for your Real Estate Blog



If you have a real estate blog that’s powered by WordPress, you’re probably already familiar with some of the many great features and plugins available to the site administrators. Some of the plugins developed specifically for real estate websites include design options for displaying property listings and various other tools related to an MLS search.

LeaseRunner: A Landlord’s Nirvana – A Tenant’s Dream Come True



Few individuals are fortunate enough to witness the emergence of an idea that will revolutionize the real estate industry – specifically the rental market, so it’s with great pleasure, and excitement, that I share a fabulous resource for both tenants and landlords – LeaseRunner.