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Whether you’re selling your own home or staging a home for your seller, paying attention to industry trends can go a long way toward ensuring a fast and successful sale.

Each year, Fixr—a company that creates remodeling cost guides–polls industry influencers to find out what the top trends are within the building industry. Following up on our 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging post, we’re bringing you the highlights of the full report that includes the complete results from Fixr’s single-family home trends survey.

By incorporating any of the following trends into the home you are selling, you can help ensure that it will appeal to a wider audience and help increase the chances of a fast sale for maximum ROI.

Gen Xers Lead the Shift Toward the

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Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged.

Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.

Home construction per household is now at its lowest levels in nearly six decades, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This isn't just a problem in San Francisco or New York, where home prices and rents have gone sky-high. It is also a problem in midsized, fast-growing cities farther inland, like Des Moines, Iowa; Durham, N.C.; and Boise, Idaho.

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Vacant land has been selling at lower prices than the past, and many home buyers are considering building their dream home. The conflict arises from a few factors; cost, time, and convenience. In this post we will shortly talk about how each of these factors play a part in your decision and how to come to a final conclusion.

1) Cost: Everyone wants to build a home that is perfect for them, but if that is the case, why doesn't everyone? Perhaps the largest deterrent to building a home is the difference in cost. Building a home has a higher total cost at face value, and the building process has many hidden costs that many buyers don't expect. These hidden costs come in many forms, from defects such as siding falling off the home, the cost of landscaping,

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It wouldn't be Michigan without a mid-April blizzard!

We are hoping that this is the last of the snow we are going to see this year, and words cannot describe how excited we are for some warm sunshine! Now that the snow has melted and you can get a good look at your lawn, it's time to plan for some lawn revitalization! Nothing is worse than bringing in the new weather with a patchy lawn, so here are some basic tips to keep your lawn green and beautiful!

1) Now that the weather should start to warm up, it's time to get out there and rake your lawn! With a wire rake, one that has thin metal fingers, you want to gently rake any grass that looks flat. Grass that lies flat over itself doesn't absorb light like it needs to, so make sure every part of your

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If you run a business out o your living space, or simply need a nook to work on your finances or groom your Pinterest board, the following tips can help you upgrade that home office.

Splurge on something inspirational.

Whether it's an original piece from a favorite artist or a high-tech piece of equipment that makes working more exciting, splurge on something for your work space that makes you excited to be there.

Light it right.

The right lighting can make all the difference. While low lighting can set a romantic mood, it can also make you sleepy or unmotivated-not the right vide for a workspace. At the same time, fluorescent lighting can lead to headaches. Set yo your work station by a window for natural light in the daytime, and set up a

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While it is  still new to homeowners and buyers, smart home technology is starting to catch on. These days, you can find everything from smart thermostats to locks and light bulbs that use an Internet connection to allow you to control them from your phone or computer. These devices are home automation systems can add convenience, security, and energy efficiency to your home- in addition to the novelty of being able to dim all the lights in your home at one. Still, despite their seeming inevitability, a new report from the National Associations of Realtors found that only 15 percent of real estate agents say they're getting questions about the technology from their clients. That, however, is likely due to the products newness rather than their

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