Welcome to August. It’s the month of lighter commutes, many vacation days and full court press of back to school advertisements. Your home will be a little bit hotter this month, but please don’t forget that winter is coming. So don’t even think about complaining of the heat and instead enjoy your weekly dose of real estate headlines.
Speaking of hot. Guess which U.S. city boasts the hottest real estate market?
House Beautiful is already looking at what the 2015 home color trends are that you need to know.
Million dollar home sales in California are at an incredible 7 year high.
Michael Jackson’s Neverland estate might be up for sale pretty soon.
Here are 3 pennywise reasons to downsize your home.
Bigger Pockets looks at the most and least affordable counties for millenials to buy and rent.
In good news, foreclosures are down while traditional home sales are rising.
Golden City is a new documentary about the tech industry’s transformation of housing in San Fran.
And finally, here are the most expensive bathtubs in the world.
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Why do weekends in the summer go so quickly? It feels like an iced coffee kind of afternoon as we reach the last full week of July. Dog days of August await us next week, but before the humidity rises even further here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.
Can landscaping really deter intruders and pests?
Holy House Hunters, Batman! Will reality TV encourage home flippers to get back into the market?
Cash is still king especially in new home sales.
Being in the dog house is no longer a bad thing as more home owners are creating amenities to comfort their canines.
Don’t tell my boys, but “Lego” apartments are all the rage in Australia.
The first female mayor in Paris says her “absolute priority is housing.” Merveilleux d’entendre.
Fast Company has a feature on rooftop solar panels that also act as extra housing.
Oscar the Grouch would be jealous. An environmental activist just made a house out of garbage.
Check out these “homes of the future” from the 50′s and 60′s when plastic was thought to be the building future of the next century.
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch have agreed that the Dodd-Frank bill killed housing.
And finally, here are 12 signs you love your home a little too much.
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How is July almost over already? Didn’t we just start summer? I’m feeling the need to spend more time in the pool in order to appreciate these days of summer. But before you get your swimmies on, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.
Good news. Foreclosures down and home sales are up slightly in June.
An apartment made from shipping containers is being erected in Washington this week.
What are the top 10 home features for which buyers will sacrifice location?
This New York building shows perfectly how mod design can look incredibly cool in real estate.
How can buyers look for signs that a home hasn’t been well maintained?
Somebody call Rick Grimes. Zombie houses are stalking central Massachusetts.
Can you renovate a kitchen as a renter?
I want a Jibo! It’s a robotic assistant for your home that looks like it came straight out of Wall-E.
And finally, here are some simple and thrifty was to deck out a patio.
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All that patriotism from last week has led you to this moment: Monday morning. The 3-day weekend is no more and chances are you even battled some traffic this weekend that may have even been worse than your weekday travels. But as summer temps and sunny days start to become the norm let’s start your week off right with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.
Are investors choosing property over stocks and gold?
The Motley Fool looks to answer the question as to why more young people aren’t buying homes?
“Wee houses” are evidently catching on in Scotland as they only take 3 weeks to build. Read it again and you’ll get it. I had to at least twice.
Other than on every episode of CBS’ Blue Bloods, it does appear that the dining room is dying off.
One brave soul can own a home referred to as “the Murder house.” You know which one. It’s the home from the first season of FX’s American Horror Story.
If thought home prices in the US were high, check out Australia.
Here are 18 ways to make selling your home easier.
One home in San Francisco sold for 77% over asking price. Ouch.
Would you be interested in buying Meg Ryan’s former home?
And finally, courtesy of BuzzFeed here are 74 thoughts everyone has when buying their first home.
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June was a big month for Coldwell Banker. If you didn’t know, we are still continuing with the roll out of our Home Field Advantage MLB partnership. We also announced our collaboration with BuzzFeed and we’re proud to be the first real estate company to do so. Our blog was also booming with great articles. To recap, here are our Top Five most viewed posts…
Three Reasons Why We Love the World Cup
The World Cup is well on its way and there are a few reasons why we’re excited about the 2014 installment of arguably the greatest sporting event on Earth.
Six Unique Ways to Light Up Your Backyard
Bright ideas to brighten up your backyard fun.
How to Plan a Successful Move with Children
Do you know the four steps to an almost seamless move?
Three Ways for Home Sellers to Maximize Showings in the Summer
Summer is finally here. Keep these ideas in mind for maximizing your warm-weather selling success…
15 Beautiful Backyard Swimming Pools
The perfect dose of some of the most beautiful and incredible swimming pools from Coldwell Banker listings.
The Blue Matter Blog is updated daily. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest industry news, trends and more!
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Welcome to the middle of summer. Yes, July is already here and burgers, the beach and neighborhood fireworks await you this week. Before you consider how much of your wardrobe really is red, white and blue here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your Independence Day week.
Bigger Pockets has 6 acronyms every beginner real estate investor should know.
Troubled singer, Chris Brown, evidently left behind some colorful artwork on the walls of his recently sold home.
Is the Las Vegas housing market finally turning around?
Dr. Dre is cashing in on his recent Beats deal with Apple by selling his LA home for $35 million. Former owners include Tom Brady & Gisele.
What do NYC homeowners dream of the most? Same thing as my wife: a new kitchen.
Heading away for the holiday weekend? Here are 6 tips for watering your plants while you’re away.
The fastest growing metro area in the U.S. has no crime…or kids.
Is a millenial driven housing boom on the horizon?
And finally, here are 12 behaviors at home that’d be weird anywhere else.
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School is out! And that means more time being spent at home by munchkins, tweens and laundry-ridden college kids over the next few months. The A/C is turned on high and you’re really wishing you had a pool or a really good friend with a pool, but alas you’re reading this not in a pool. Chances are you’re on a mobile phone or in front of a computer instead. Before you jump into a pool and ruin your electronic device of choice, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:
Living on the edge? RealtyTrac reports 10.6 million homes are in areas with “very high” natural disaster risk.
Those smart folks at Harvard think the really smart financial thing to do is buy a home.
Here’s an unpopular opinion in real estate today from the folks at The Motley Fool: Why we need subprime mortgages for a healthy housing market.
Bravo’s Million Dollar listing is headed to South Florida.
Yes, I want a maintenance free home. Turns out you can get one in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
AOL Real Estate has a list of 5 missteps that sabotage potential mortgage seekers.
Guess who Business Insider finds to be an extremely important force in the US housing Market? (Hint: Ellis Island)
USAToday has a list of 7 things buyers love, but sellers don’t list.
Are bikers and dogs suddenly ruling real estate?
And finally, take a look at a full service housing module…for cats.
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We are midway through June and it seems like the entire globe has caught World Cup Fever. Before you start celebrating the official start of summer, which happens to be THIS SATURDAY, here are your real estate headlines.
Are dining rooms dying out? WSJ thinks so.
Find out which Beach Boy’s California Dream Home is on the Market
Move over Old McDonald…this luxury barn is listed at a whopping $5.2M
Summer months have you dreaming of life at the beach? Here are the 10 most affordable beachside towns.
Are you guilty of breaking any of Casa Sugar’s 10 Commandments of Rental Decor?
And finally World Cup Fever has taken over the globe and we have totally caught it. Here are 3 Reasons Why We Love the World Cup
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Summer isn’t officially here yet, but man does it sure feel like it. Kids have summer fever as they are itching to get out of school. The thought of all those home summer projects are bothering you more than LeBron’s leg cramps. But before the dreams of summer takeover our minds, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:
Got a garden at your home? Here’s a trick for growing tomatoes that will make all your friends jealous.
What European cities are the rising stars of luxury real estate?
The Motley Fools shares the 1 mortgage mistake millions of Americans make.
If I was musical, I’d want a pool shaped like a violin too.
You think your home is small? Check out this “shoebox flat” in London which consists of a bed in a kitchen and not much else.
Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers sold his “starter home” (and I use that term loosely) for $1.675 million.
These 6 homes have ridiculous chandeliers.
The smarter are homes get could make them more likely to be hacked.
The Wall Street Journal thinks the foreclosure next door could elevate your blood pressure.
And finally, say it ain’t so, Fido! Can pets really stall the sale of your home?
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Oh summer. How I long to see your face, but lately it feels like we’re getting a sneak preview. With schools almost out and the potential of that commute getting a bit lighter gives me cause to celebrate. But before I break out in song, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.
When selling your home, hardwood floors beat carpet every time.
Where are home prices growing at the fastest rate in the world?
You and 100 of your friends could all pitch in and still not afford the penthouse in the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
AOL Real Estate has a list of the worst home decorating mistakes you just might be making.
Are millenials getting squeezed out of buying a home?
Sometimes the unglamorous home projects are the ones that make the most sense and can do the most damage if you put them off.
Can owning 22 rental properties give you more for retirement than $1 million in a 401k?
These are some amazing garages that have been converted into rooms. Check out the before & after pics.
And finally, in pop culture related stories about home, there’s apparently a new animated film called “Home” coming this fall. Here’s the trailer.
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