New Website Helps Home Owners, Buyers Protect the American Dream

Despite the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support homeownership, legislative and regulatory proposals now under consideration would greatly harm home owners, home buyers, the housing market and the nation's economy. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched a new website,, to bring attention to...

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The Top U.S. Cities for New Home Construction – Houston #1

While construction activity came to a near-halt after the housing bubble burst, things are finally looking up, according to a recent report in Atlantic Cities. As with all real estate, construction is also local, however. While construction is gearing up in some markets, it remains dormant...

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Color Culture: Hottest Hue Trends for 2012-13

What’s new with hue? Whether you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe or your decorating scheme, new colors have complex roots. Color forecasters take a long look at the world around us, analyzing and predicting which colors will most fit our state of mind in...

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House-Obsessed Homeowners Get Inspired by Social Media

The Internet makes it easier than ever before to find home improvement inspiration. Social networking sites have taken the place of word of mouth between neighbors, and popular sites like Houzz and Pinterest let users share ideas and opinions on home trends with a seemingly...

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Texas reaches population milestone

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Texas should have reached a population milestone on April 3, 2012. According to the Business Journals’ On the Numbers report, a state reaches a milestone when its population ends in at least four zeros, and Texas was expected to have...

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New Survey Explores Homebuyer Mobile Device Trends

The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets is shaping local home search as shoppers look for ways to easily access listings information while on the go, according to a new Mobile Home Shoppers study from The Real Estate Book / Nearly all, 98 percent,...

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How Birth Order Affects Financial Decisions

Does birth order really influence financial behavior? A new survey from reveals that some of that theory rings true when it comes to how first borns, middle borns, last borns and only children stack up financially. The survey was conducted online within the United...

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Freshen Your Space with Spring Decorating Tips

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The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Perhaps you have already spend some quality time in your garden or sprucing up your lawn. But what are you doing to welcome spring inside your home this year?

“It’s easy to usher in the warm weather and bring new life inside, no matter what style you prefer,” says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising for Ashley Home Furniture. “From facing furniture toward the light, to placing a favorite armchair near a pretty outdoor view, to opening curtains wide—it’s relatively simple to make nature’s biggest spectacle part of the décor.”