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Storage Tops Kitchen Uses, Owners Say

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

The majority of homeowners recently surveyed prioritized storage over all the other functions of their kitchens, according to a new survey by...

Where You Most Have to Worry About Bedbugs

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Take steps to protect your home, especially if you live in one of these cities. 

4 Growth Areas for Homebuilding in 2018

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

A growing economy, along with positive demographic trends, bodes well for the housing market in the new year, even as affordability challenges...

Best Places to Buy Rental Properties This Winter

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

“For the second year in a row, our study found that the wintertime is the best season to acquire rental properties,” says HomeUnion...

Changes in Leadership at LeadingRE

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Pam O’Connor, founding president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, plans to retire this year.

5G Is Coming: Why You Should Care

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

The superfast wireless technology is expected to turbocharge your devices with lightning-like speeds. 

Rates Rose at End of 2017 But Buyers Undeterred

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Mortgage rates rose to the highest average in months at the end of 2017, but home buyer applications still posted an uptick.

Web Tools Can Speed Your Work

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Whether you need a quick reality check for color choices or a way to verify the status of your site, a variety of small, free websites can help...

‘Aging in Place’ Begins Early: Report

RisMedia Consumer News - January 8, 2018 - 4:09pm

Homeowners are getting older, and to continue on in their current house, improvements are necessary.

“Aging in place,” however, is not just about adding railings and ramps—in fact, 46 percent of homeowners aged 75-plus began improvements early with the expectation that they would grow older, but stay put, according to a HomeAdvisor report. The most common remodels, the report shows:

  • Add Lever-Style Doorknobs
  • Add Pull-Out Shelves
  • Add a Smart Fire Detection System
  • Add a Smart Security System
  • Replace Stone/Tile With Carpet/Wood

Homeowners at an earlier stage, aged 55-75, are also making modifications, but not necessarily due to aging concerns (though they are, fortuitously, ideal for just that). These include adding automated features like a programmable thermostat or voice activation, and, in bathrooms, grab bars and higher toilets.

According to HomeAdvisor, a “holistic” movement is occurring—a comprehensive, and, at times, preventative, approach to living over the years. Early on, that could mean addressing issues that could be unsafe, like a cracked walkway. Later, that could mean cutting clutter and organizing (accessible storage, for example), or eliminating labor-intensive chores, such as adding gutters that clean themselves. The outcome is a lifestyle that is not only beneficial currently, but also crucial down the line, when age can impede the ability to carry out chores and upkeep.

Other key improvements to consider, the report shows:

  • Lighting
  • Modifications in Shower (Bench, threshold)
  • Moving Master Bedroom to First Floor
  • Ramps
  • Wider Doorways

Source: HomeAdvisor

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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What’s in a Buyer’s Name? Apparently a Lot

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

You should be chasing buyers with the names Dylan, Chelsea, Austin, Alexandra, and Taylor. They are the most likely to buy a home, according to...

New Financing Helps Investors Grow Portfolios

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced programs to provide long-term financing at competitive interest rates that...

Win More Followers Online in Just 3 Minutes

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Are you looking to increase your network online? Try these simple ways to engage folks. 

Best, Worst Places for Commuters

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Consistent commutes are important to home buyers. Find out which metros made this year’s list.

Survey: Most Consumers Want VR Home Tours

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Home shoppers are embracing virtual reality, saying they believe the technology will make the buying and selling process simpler and quicker,...

How Much Buyers Put Down on Their Home

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

The majority of buyers who obtained a mortgage last year made a down payment of less than 20 percent, NAR research shows.

Luxury Sales Slow, High-End Inventory Grows

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Supply of homes in the top 5 percentile of sales prices continues to outpace demand, according to a new realtor.com® report.

Some Retirees Still Face Years of Mortgage Payments

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Fewer seniors own their home free and clear, as 32 percent of homeowners ages 60 to 70 say it will take them more than another eight years to pay...

4 Types of Open House Visitors

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Many people who come to open houses are there just to snoop. But sometimes, a snoop will decide to buy.

Expect Building Delays on Commercial Projects

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

The construction timeline for many buildings may lengthen in 2018 due to rising demand, particularly for warehouse and office space.

8 Signs of Fake Buyers, Sellers

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 5, 2018 - 12:00am

Las Vegas real estate agent Lisa Holmquist says she watches for these indications that prospects aren’t being upfront about their real...