National Builder Trade In Program

New houses will have Alexa and Wi-Fi built into the walls

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 17

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. 

Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be filled with IoT appliances that depend on the internet, a strong network signal is becoming increasingly important.

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Owning a Home is still the Dream!

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 10

Despite the effects of the Real Estate crash in 2008, people still love their homes and believe in the value of home ownership.

4 costs you haven't factored into your home buying budget

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 03

It's not cheap to buy a home these days, and we're not just talking about the price of the home itself.

Other out-of-pocket costs that crop up during the purchasing process, or even when you're moving in, can put an unexpected strain on your already-hurting bank account.

For starters, you'll need to budget between 2% and 5% of the home's purchase price for closing costs, including appraiser, lender, and title fees. New regulations passed last year mean lenders have to be more transparent about these fees, and (as long as you read your closing documents) you should have a relatively good idea of what they'll be when your lender makes you an offer.

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Home prices are sky high, but mortgages are still cheap

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 26

Real estate is crazy expensive.

The median existing home price climbed to $252,800 in May, according to the National Association of Realtors, exceeding the peak hit in June 2016 of $247,600.

At this point, home prices have been rising every month for more than five years.

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Take Care – it’s hot out there!

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 21

There is an Excessive Heat Warning issued for the Phoenix area.

Stay safe and drink lots of water!

And keep your pets cool, hydrated and off of hot pavement.  If the pavement would burn your bare feet, it will burn your dog’s paws.

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Looking for a Newly Constructed Home? Better Buy Now

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 19

More newly constructed homes were completed in May—but fewer abodes are in the pipeline, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers in the latest residential sales report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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5 Popular Trends in New-Home Construction

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 13

What building materials are trending in new-home construction? The latest Annual Builder Practices Survey, conducted by Home Innovation, reveals what buyers can expect to see in the new-home market.

 

  1. Garages: The garage door is getting more enhancements, including windows, insulated doors, and doors made of composite or plastic materials. In 2014, 32 percent of all new single-family homes had bays for three or more cars—the most ever recorded in this study's history.
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A record 60.6 million Americans live in multigenerational households

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 05

The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

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Is Your Backyard Safe? Check Out These Summer Safety Tips

by Builder Trade In Program May, 30

Summer is on its way, and with it you can expect the occasional bicycle accident, skinned knee, or sunburn. We’re usually so focused on the dangers in the “outside world,” it’s easy to forget that injuries can occur in our own back yards. Read on to learn how to recognize and remove these common backyard safety hazards.

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Home builders can't find enough workers

by Builder Trade In Program May, 21

There's a huge "help wanted" sign hanging over the home building industry.

Builders throughout the country are struggling to find workers, and it's causing major problems: Labor costs are rising, homes are taking longer to complete and buyers are facing higher prices.

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