Could women's lib be back, if a bit undercover? Studies show that single women are flexing their buying power and purchasing homes while couples are buying in fewer numbers. Unmarried buyers are increasing in numbers while women buyers have been double that of men since the 1990s. Younger women today are making more than their male counterparts in larger cities, but this is not so true for older women. Dynamics have changed for a variety of reasons, such as more females graduating from college and less traditional male occupations (e.g,, construction). Real estate agents note that female buyers are more organized and budget better than [...]
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You want to buy a piece of land to build a custom home. That's great, but do you know what you are doing? Think it's easier than home buying? Not necessarily, as many different factors arise. Use these land-buying strategies to ensure you purchase the right parcel for your home. Check Zoning How a parcel is zoned is important to current and future use. Check city, county and state zoning as applies to the parcel. Review the zoning restrictions. Ask the appropriate parties about any plans to change zoning that may impact your home-building plans. Likewise, know who has already [...]
Architecture in New Mexico is a unique blend of native and European styles. Subdued and earthy and built with plenty of natural materials, buildings blended in with their environment. Just take a walking tour of Old Santa Fe in northern New Mexico to see several early, classic building styles (Pueblo, Spanish) that define the state. Inside we'll learn more about why these styles make New Mexico so enchanting. Pueblo Style This is a traditional and defining style of the state as built by early Pueblo tribes who developed their structures based on need and resources rather than as a specific [...]
Around 2012 new homebuilder KB Home seemed to be the first builder to add the option to prewire electric and hybrid plug-in vehicle charging stations in their new homes. The new “green” option adds an extra few hundred dollars to a new KB home. Other homebuilders have followed suit. Mid Atlantic Builders in Maryland and Virginia announced in January 2014 that electric-car charging stations are being installed in certain models. Terra View Homes in Canada has partnered with SunCountry Highway, a Saskatoon-based company that sells electric vehicle chargers, to show off a Kitchener, Ontario (west of Toronto) model home equipped with an electric vehicle charging station. [...]
I originally published this article several years ago in my weekly real estate column, but I am re-publishing it here due to demand. Homeownership_-_Wealth_or_Slavery.pdf