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Bringing Industrial Style to Your New Home

12.08.2017 \ New Home Source

While so many American factories have closed, elements of those industrial spaces live on in today’s homes. Metal and wood beams, exposed brick and concrete walls, mixed metal fixtures, and steel staircases are all part of the industrial-chic look permeating...

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Midwestern Multifamily Real Estate Is Now A Game Of Inches

11.30.2017 \ Bisnow

Artificial intelligence technology like Alexa has the possibility to control everything in a unit. Mary Cook Associates founder and President Mary Cook said tech can be used to monitor peak usage times for fitness centers or when to have a cocktail party, which can...

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Despite Rising Millennial Numbers, We Can’t Forget Boomers!

11.27.2017 \ Builder and Developer

Millennials are the top target for many real estate developers and builders, but given the numbers, that focus may be misplaced. Baby Boomers, now 53 to 71 years old and almost 75 million strong, not only have the longest life expectancies in history, they have more...

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Three Common Design Mistakes That Keep Renters at Bay

10.09.2017 \ Multi-Housing News

Today’s renters—accustomed to boutique hotels, smart coffee shops, and restaurants where the décor is as important as the menu—are visually sophisticated and highly design-conscious. They want spaces that look good, function well, and feel just right.

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5 Design Trends in Value Add Buildings

09.03.2017 \ Builder and Developer

These are uncertain times for builders and developers. And for good reason: land and construction costs are rising and credit lines are declining, according to the most recent Mortgage Credit Availability Index from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Also, many...

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The Law and Order of Real Estate Now: Mind Millennial Buying Habits

08.18.2017 \ Builder and Developer

In today’s real estate market, it’s more fitting than ever to remember that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Millennials are increasingly choosing to buy homes rather than rent. And like their Boomer parents, most want to live in the suburbs,...

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