California’s solar power requirement for new homes comes into effect



California now requires all newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to be equipped with rooftop solar panels, following a new law that came into effect January 1. It’s the first state in the U.S. to introduce such a regulation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Under the new law, homes are also required to have […]

Hospitals do their bit to tackle homelessness in the U.S.



Hospitals are increasingly buying up real estate as part of an effort to help alleviate the homeless crisis that’s affecting many parts of the U.S. The problem for hospitals is that some patients, after receiving treatment, have nowhere to go once they’re discharged. Insurance companies generally refuse to pay for patients once they’re immediate problem […]

Experts forecast big month for home sales in January



The home shopping season will get into gear earlier than expected this year, due to a combination of low mortgage rates, low unemployment and higher wagers, experts say. January is traditionally a month that sees lots of home buying activity, an indeed in recent years it’s tended to have the second-most number of listing views, […]

Study shows AI could boost minority homeownership rates



Artificial intelligence software might have a practical application in reducing discrimination against some minority groups when it comes to applying for a mortgage online. That’s according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is calling on banks to embrace AI as a way of ending bias in home loan decisions. […]

5 interior design trends set to go out of fashion in 2020



Home interior looks are evolving, and even the open floor plan may be losing some of its long-lasting appeal. Design pros weighed in on a recent realtor.com article on the home decorating trends that may lose some popularity heading into 2020. Here are a few of the trends that they say are falling by the […]

Businesses borrow design concepts from college campuses



Suburban office campuses are borrowing design concepts from universities for indoor and outdoor communal spaces in hopes of appealing to more young professionals entering the workforce. For example, in Warren, N.J., an office campus is building an indoor-outdoor, 20,000-square-foot amenities hub that mimics some universities’ student recreation centers. It features patio dining, exercise equipment, and […]

3 new flooring trends to emerge in 2020



More than 30% of homeowners say the floors are what they dislike most about their properties, according to a survey conducted by online loan marketplace LightStream. New flooring may even increase a home’s value, Dan DiClerico, an expert with HomeAdvisor, told realtor.com. “Putting down new flooring is a smart investment,” DiClerico says. “But more importantly, […]

4 Home design trends to expect in 2020



Interior home design trends are set to be upended in 2020 with bigger, bolder statements winning out in favor of all-white and neutral interiors. That’s according to an article in Forbes.com this week that interviewed several top interior designers on what trends they expect to emerge in the new year. 1. Color transforms as the […]

U.S. home value growth stalls as market stabilizes



Annual home value growth has reached its lowest point since January 2013 as the housing market continues its return to historic norms after a red-hot 2017 and 2018. The typical U.S. home value grew 3.8% to $243,225, according to the November Zillow Real Estate Market Report. Annual home value growth has now slowed in each […]

New home sales hit 12-year high



New home sales enjoyed their best three-month performance since 2007 after seeing a big uptick in November, according to U.S. Commerce Department data published Monday. Economists say low mortgage rates and unemployment combined with strong sales growth led to the boost in sales. All told, sales of new single-family homes jumped 1.3% in November to […]