RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

MAR 2019

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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18 March 2019 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE Trending in Real Estate Ithaca, N.Y., Charlottesville, Va., and The Villages, Fla., are the top three cities in the U.S. where women are becoming solo homeowners, according to a recent study by SmartAsset. The findings are based on home-loan data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and follows women making home purchases without co-signers. A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll, Urban Country is one of the hot trends in interior design. The look brings the feel of rural living to urban spaces by pairing handmade pieces and warm neutrals with ornate fixtures and contemporary elements. Buying a home in California remains challenging. According to the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), the percentage of homebuyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in the fourth quarter of 2018 edged up to 28 percent from 27 percent in the third quarter of 2018, but was down from 29 percent in the fourth quarter a year ago. Those who don't own a home are more interested than ever in making it happen. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Aspiring Home Buyers Profile, based on the results of its 2018 Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) surveys, 84 percent of non-owners in the fourth quarter of 2018 said they would like to own a home sometime in the future. Asked why they don't currently own a home, non-owners were most likely to cite affordability. Your garden game may be on point, but how's your "interiorscape"? According to LoveYourPlants.org, using plants to enhance your home's interior design not only has aesthetic benefits, but also enhances your well-being by releasing oxygen throughout the day and removing allergy-causing toxins from the air.

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