Trends to Watch: On-demand Home Showings

In the past, there were some caveats when showing a home to a potential renter or buyer. If the home was occupied, there were only certain days and hours you could visit. You might also need to book that showing a day in advance or even further out, depending on the unique circumstances of the home’s occupants. Now, with on-demand home showings, all of that is changing. In New York City, for example, half of all the potential renters who book showings through Naked Apartments request to see the property that same day. It’s a growing trend and one Realtors ...

Trends to Watch: The Tiny House Movement

From retirees to college grads, the tiny house mindset is taking hold. More and more, families, couples and singles are choosing to swap space for simplicity. The less is more paradigm is taking hold with its many benefits, including less carbon footprint, lower cost and reduced chores. How Tiny are These Houses? The typical tiny house is 100 square feet to 400 square feet. Many have widths of 7 feet, lengths of 17 feet and ceiling heights of just a little over 6 feet. Consumers can find tiny house builders scattered throughout the country, including in states like California, Wisconsin, Florida and ...

Trends to Watch: Today’s Buyers Want Energy Saving and Eco-Friendly Homes

As home buyers become more conscious of technology and available options for environmentally-friendly homes, demand for those features is sure to increase as well, according to trend analysts, perceptive realtors and forward-thinking builders. Not only do codes and zoning regulations promote energy awareness and smart technology, but buyers are more discerning and less apt to settle for second-rate options. Homes today offer more features, better insulation and performance, earth-friendly and natural materials, and lasting durability to an extent not envisioned even a decade ago. Green building initiatives have swept the country. While specific guidelines differ from one location to another, ...