Shea Homes’ Origen at Civita Sweep National Awards



In design and architecture news, Shea Homes San Diego has just won several gold medals for their contemporary new urban community, Origen at Civita in San Diego’s Mission Valley.

Regional Real Estate Deal News: January 24, 2013



In property and other real estate related deals this morning, several large acquisitions with local and regional impact took place over the last several days. Michigan, California, Florida, Iowa, and other states are represented.

Buying A Property In A Historic District? Do Your Research To Avoid Trouble



Oh how we love those old classic homes in the older parts of the city. Big wrap-around porches, wonderful craftsman or Victorian style trim and beautiful, one-of-a-kind windows. Walking through those older neighborhoods reminds us of childhood days long gone, and a kind of America that seems so far away from the information and technology age we live in today.

America’s Residential Building Codes and Production Standards… Unplugged



While many Americans believe that homes in previous eras were better built than those constructed today, it is a misconception. There may be wonderful features in that early Victorian home, and it may have been well constructed, but the simple truth is that America’s homes today are the best built in history. Talk to your local fireman and he will tell you that the quality of newly built homes has almost put them out of business. Fires do not start and do not spread as quickly in a new home as they once did.

How to Improve the Value of Your House with a Conservatory



People looking to sell their home often look at installing a conservatory as a quick way of increasing the value of their property. It is true that, yes, conservatories can make all the difference when selling a home, however, it is imperative to choose correctly to maximize the potential profit to be made.

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