California city vows to clamp down on real estate signage

Government officials in Fremont, California, are mulling the idea limiting the number of open house signs real estate professionals can put up in the neighborhoods where they operate. Officials said they’re considering imposing limits after receiving numerous complaints from residents about open house signs cluttering street corners and sidewalks. They also cite complaints from other […]

Condo applicants dogged by pet interview requests

As competition heats up among home buyers in an increasingly tight market, some condominium and co-op boards are demanding that pet owners subject their furry friends to an ‘interview’ to make sure they’re a good fit. Indeed, some boards require a pets to have full resume with a headshot, and even a recommendation letter in […]

Roads are making way for housing

Large sections of major highways are increasingly being demolished in cities across the U.S. in order to make room for more housing, the Wall Street Journal reported. The trend is evident in metros including Detroit, Milwaukee, Tampa, Rochester and Portland. Highways that were once part of the interstate system are being either shutdown or repurposed […]

Airbnb removes thousands of listings in Boston

Airbnb has reportedly removed thousands of listings in the U.S. city Boston from its website after new regulations went into effect. The move comes at a time when the short-term rental listings site is facing tough scrutiny from regulators. The new regulations in Boston require Airbnb hosts to register their listings with city authorities. The […]

No. of cohabiting, unmarried couples rises in the U.S.

The number of Americans living with an unmarried partner has doubled since 1993, and though the numbers are still small, the increase is significant as it represents a major shift in living arrangements, experts say. Moreover, those unmarried couples are increasingly moving into homeownership. Some 7% of Americans now live with an unmarried partner, up […]

Decks are becoming less popular in new homes, data shows

Outdoor decks are losing popularity among home buyers, and so fewer new properties are being built with them according to the latest census data, the National Association of Home Builders reported this week. The data shows that just 22.6% of new homes built in 2018 feature decks, down a full percentage point from a year […]

Buy your home on Boxing Day for the biggest discount, study shows

If you’re looking to get the best possible price on your new home, you may want to wait and close the deal in the week between Christmas and New Year, according to a new analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions. The analysis found that buyers who close their transactions on the day after Christmas, December 26, […]

The debate over open floor plans rages on

Older consumers seem to be growing tired of the open floor plan, which refers to a home design where the kitchen, dining room and family room are located together in a wide-open space without any separating walls. The open floor plan concept was popularized over a decade ago, but a new survey by the National […]

New home sales fall slightly in October

The number of new home sales in the U.S. fell slightly last month, but they remain almost 10% higher than they were this time last year, according to data released by the Commerce Department this week. In addition, the last two months in new home sales represent the highest monthly sales rate since October 2007, […]

U.S. rents rise for the 4th successive month

Rents across the U.S. are rising steadily, according to the October Zillow Real Estate Market Report, which found that the rate of year-over-year appreciation has increased in each of the past four months. The typical rent in the U.S. is now $1,600 per month, an annual increase of 2.3% in October – just off yearly […]