Friday, September 19, 2014

Building permits, housing on the rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced the following new residential construction statistics for July 2014: Building permits Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,052,000. This is 8.1 percent (±1.8 percent) above the revised […]

HUD scorecard: Housing rebound progresses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest data show progress among key indicators, including rebound in the sale of existing homes and the continuing downward trend of foreclosure starts and completions. While this scorecard notes positive overall trends in the housing market, officials caution that more work needs to be done as the […]

10 things sellers should know

As the economy continues to strengthen, you may wonder whether to stay in your current home or sell while the timing seems perfect. Since there are many things to sort out, the experts at have put together a comprehensive overview of things to consider: • Size: If your home is too small, moving may […]

Alamont a smart vacation retreat

Rustic logs, sparkling windows and crisp lines combine in the Altamont to create a striking vacation retreat. What’s more, it’s surprisingly economical to maintain. Logs are renowned for their excellent insulating qualities, as well as their durability. The metal roof, too, is noted for its long life and ease of care. At center is a […]

Informal Northrop feels fresh, spacious

Clean lines join with a hipped roof to give a fresh look to the Northrop. Raised stucco forms corner quoins and accents the sturdy square columns of this informal single-level home. Inside the vaulted entry, you immediately feel a sense of spaciousness. This plan could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. A vaulted great room […]

Multi-million dollar home sale breaks Olympic Valley record

OLYMPIC VALLEY — The Olympic Valley residence at 254 Granite Chief Road recently sold for $8.5 million, making it the highest priced home sale in Olympic Valley to date. The sale price of 254 Granite Chief is nearly $3 million higher than the previous record home sale price for Olympic Valley, also known as Squaw Valley. […]