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Wednesday Jul 30

Lifestyle

The House of Pain Is In Effect, Y’all

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:09

The housing crisis is confusing and hurting everybody. Here, expert advice.

The month of June came with the news of a 53 percent rise in home foreclosures, according to real estate data firm RealtyTrac. With the dismal housing situation, many are confused. We see more and more “For Sale” signs cropping up; who is buying, and who is selling? And, there have been reports that it may be more cost-effective to rent than to buy. Which is the better option?...

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The Fall of the McMansion

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:09

Halt that construction! The walls of American excess are crumbling.

Saltboxes, colonials, and farmhouses…these old-fashioned homes have captured the hearts of contemporary Americans looking to build homes that evoke feelings of nostalgia and family. The once-popular McMansion, says Iconoculture, has been on its way out, as people seek to abandon the cold carbon copy anonymity of oversized, inefficient dwellings. “Consumers are increasingly backlashing against the homogeneous style of McMansions. Homeowners may still want big homes, but they want heritage, character and charm, too,” the report says.

What are the reasons for this shift in housing trends?...

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