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    Save the dates: Spring design calendar filled with home tours – Houston Chronicle - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Spring weekends in Houston are filled with home-related events, from home and garden shows to architecture and history tours and shopping events.

    Design in Bloom brings a panel of national speakers to talk about architecture, design and, of course, floral design March 24. The following weekend is filled with home tours, ranging from modern homes to downtown lofts and more historic homes in Woodland Heights. Texas Antiques Week in Round Top is a shoppers delight, and the April and May bring more home tours.

    Get your calendar out; its time to save a few dates.

    The TexWoods series of home and outdoor living shows is underway, with a new HTown event at Silver Street Studios in First Ward. Hours are 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sundays. (Note: Ill be a speaker at the HTown and Lake Houston shows, speaking about design styles each day at 12:30 p.m.) At all shows, admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. Heres the spring lineup:

    HTown: March 7-8 at Silver Street Studios at Sawyer Yards, 2000 Edwards. Speakers include Laura Dowling, who was the chief White House floral designer for six years of the Obama administration.

    Cy-Fair: March 21-22 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Events include floral design workshops by Ashley Wallace of The Tallest Tulip.

    Lake Houston: March 28-29 at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Speakers include Dr. Loris Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show.

    This years Design in Bloom event, in conjunction with Texas Design Week, brings Flower magazine editor-in-chief Margot Shaw, Nashville interior designer Ray Booth, Atlanta architect Bobby McAlpine, Lexington, Ky., landscape architect Jon Carloftis and New York floral designer Lewis Miller together for panel discussions, book signings and floral demonstrations.

    When: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24

    Where: Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road (in various showrooms)

    Tickets: $10-$100;

    The Houston Downtown Management District will hold its second annual home tour on March 28. The self-guided tour takes you into residences in Bayou Lofts, Commerce Towers, Camden Downtown, Franklin Lofts, Kirby Lofts on Main, St. Germain Lofts and Condos at The Star. Park at One Market Square Garage (800 Preston) for $5 and a courtesy shuttle will take you to participating properties. There will be live music 11 a.m.-2 Market Square Park, a lobby tour of the Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings from noon to 3 p.m. and pop-up art shows by Rachel Schwind Gardner and Felipe Lopez all day at Franklin Lofts.

    When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28

    Where: Start from Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in the W.L. Foley Building, 214 Travis

    Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 tour day;

    While theres plenty of traditional home construction under way, contemporary and modern homes are increasing in popularity and the Modern Architecture + Design Societys annual tour will open six new examples of cutting-edge residential architecture to the public. Showcased architects include 2Scale Architects, studioMET, Intexure Architects and Boxprefab, On Point Custom Homes and Fifty Seventh + 7th by Carnegie Homes. Its a great chance to meet the architects and designers who worked on the homes.

    When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28

    Where: 1129 W. Pierce (2Scale Architects); 4038 Falkirk (studioMET architects); 5612 Blossom (Intexure + Boxprefab); 2514 Avalon Place (Fifty Seventh + 7th by Carnegie Homes); 2300 South Boulevard (On Point Custom Homes); and 2235 Colquitt (Scott Ballard Architect)

    Tickets: $15-40 in advance, $50 at the door on tour day;

    Homes built from the 1910s through the 1920s plus a few more current construction will be among the eight open to the public on the annual Woodland Heights Home Tour. The neighborhood began in 1907 as a streetcar suburb to Houstons downtown and was valued for its easy access to Highland Park now called Woodland Park. The neighborhood is busier now, but retains much of its century-old charm.

    When: noon-6 p.m. March 28-29

    Where: 619 Bayland, 505 Byrne, 3324 Morrison, 628 Omar, 3524 Pineridge, 715 Ridge, 1611 Sage and 621 Wendel

    Tickets: $10 for single homes, $25 in advance, $30 starting March 26;

    Round Top and surrounding small towns fill with visitors for Texas Antiques Week shopping that now lasts much longer than a week. Stalwarts such as the Original Round Top Antiques Fair and Marburger Farm Antique Show stagger their dates from March 30-April 4, but other shops, Excess Fields and pop-up tents open at least a couple of weeks prior. Head there early to avoid long lines of cars on Texas 237. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes and take cash since WiFi there is sketchy and vendors credit card apps dont always work.

    The Original Round Top Antiques Fair: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. VIP admission, 1-6 p.m. general admission March 30; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1-4. VIP early shopping pass, $20, general admission $10; includes entry to the Big Red Barn Event Center and the Continental Tent;; 475 S. Texas 237, Carmine

    Marburger Farm Antique Show: Early buying 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and general admission 2-6 p.m. March 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1-3; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4. Early buying $25; general admission $10;; 2248 Texas 237, Round Top

    The Compound Antique Show: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 2550 S. Texas 237, Round Top; admission is free;

    Rice Design Alliance is still firming up its roster for the 2020 Architecture Tour, themed Upwards. This tour is always highly anticipated, featuring some of the most interesting homes in the city on timely topics. The alliance will share more information on homes and tickets soon, but for now you can set these dates aside.

    When: 1-6 p.m. April 25-26

    Tickets: Information coming soon.

    Milieu magazine is hosting its first Designer Showhouse, a 7,400-square-foot Edwin Lutyens-style home built by Jennifer Hamelet Mirador Builders. Top designers from the U.S., Canada and Europe including Kathryn Ireland, Lisa Fine, Carol Glasser and Jennifer Vaughn Miller will design the interiors. Milieu, a luxury shelter and lifestyle magazine, was founded in 2013 by Houston interior designer Pamela Pierce. The showhome event will benefit Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer, a group that provides assistance to families with children who have cancer.

    When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25-26 and May 2-3

    Where: 3736 Del Monte

    Tickets: $200 in advance ($250 day of); tour admission $35; or at the door

    The Galveston Historical Foundations annual home tour is must for history buffs and for newcomers to the area who want to learn more about the Gulf Coasts architectural history. Galveston is a tourism city now, but it was once a thriving port city where merchants built beautiful Victorian and Queen Anne-style homes, grand examples and bungalows, too. The 2019 tour had eight homes and the 2020 lineup should be announced soon.

    When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 2-3 and May 9-10

    Where: Tour homes to be announced

    Tickets: $30;

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    Tomlinson: Tech entrepreneur tries to disrupt construction industry with a better wall – Houston Chronicle - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Real estate customers of all stripes are demanding structures built to reduce energy costs, resist natural disasters and fit into tight budgets, but innovation comes hard to the construction industry.

    Too often walls come in only two choices: concrete-filled masonry blocks or framed walls stuffed with insulation and clad with sheetrock. Neither method is especially efficient, in terms of labor or energy, but builders usually stick to what they know. Luckily, innovators are making new choices available.

    A new concrete-and-foam wall system can better deaden sound, defend against fire, stand up to floodwater, insulate against Texas heat and, most importantly, costs about the same as conventional methods. Entrepreneur Paul Brown co-founded Bautex after failing to find better building materials for a construction project.

    Most contractors, most architects really have the same palette. Its the same palette theyve had over 100 years, he said. People were struggling just to meet code, and these buildings that were being released were barely legal. They were struggling to get those done within budget.

    Tomlinsons Take: Middle-class Texans are facing a housing crisis

    Unlike other industries where prices go down, construction costs have only gone up. Brown saw an opportunity if he could create high-performance products with lower costs, something he learned in the tech industry.

    They have to fundamentally simplify construction to the point that they save time, save money, save labor. At the end of the day, its all about dollars, Brown said. We absolutely want to see superior performance in every product.

    The Bautex block is based on a technology developed in Austria in the 1930s, improved upon in the 1970s and then brought to United States in the late 1990s. Each block is about the size of four cinder blocks and have similar channels for poured-concrete reinforcement.

    Brown and his team developed a patented manufacturing process at Bautexs San Marcos factory to mass produce the blocks at a low cost. Italian-made machines mold the blocks from a mix of cement, fly ash, foam pellets, water and a chemical additive. Three workers can produce enough blocks top build a big-box store in 16 hours.

    Once at the building site, a group of workers stack the blocks, glue them together, thread rebar through the channels, and pour concrete in the channels to create walls that are stronger and more insulated than either framed or masonry walls. The process is quicker, cheaper and better insulated than competing systems.

    Similar cement and polystyrene walls are commonplace in Europe and the Middle East, where lumber is either scarce or expensive and energy efficiency demands are high. The blocks exceed international building codes, and the owner treats them the same as a standard wall.

    In the United States, Brown said the construction industry has resisted change, largely because convincing the architect, engineer, contractor and owner to all try a new technology is difficult. Bautex has used persistent marketing and white-glove customer service to win acceptance, he added.

    If we can walk them through step by step and get them comfortable that we can get them to the finish line, theyre absolutely onboard, Brown said.

    More customers are contacting Bautex as resiliency becomes the byword in residential and commercial construction. The blocks will resist fire for four hours and exceed standards for windstorms, flooding and mold. Post-disaster remediation is simpler than with conventional wall systems. The company has established a foothold with commercial contractors with some custom homebuilders.

    Bautex blocks make up the walls of Sea Star Base Galveston, a LEED Platinum-certified youth center that city officials used as their command center during Hurricane Harvey. The company is currently working on a new structure at Brighton Center, a private school in San Antonio.

    Tomlinsons Take: Millennials pose challenge to real estate values

    The company has dozens of project across Texas and six other states. The founders chose San Marcos because nine of the 10 busiest construction markets are within 500 miles.

    I reported in a recent column on how developers and builders believe only tougher building codes will lead to better, more innovative buildings. Bautex is just one example of suppliers trying to compete on price and quality until cities pass tougher codes. More power to them.

    Companies like Bautex, and there are many, are trying to offer better ways of building that will make our lives easier. Too often, though, builders focus more on quantity and routine because profit margins are thin, and change is hard.

    If you are involved in construction, take a moment to question whether the old ways are still the best. Open your mind to alternatives techniques that are better for the customer and the environment. Building owners and society will thank you.

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    Fiddlers Creek named top 100 best residential golf courses for 15th consecutive year – Naples Daily News - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News Published 6:05 a.m. ET Feb. 29, 2020

    The Creek Course at Fiddler's Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine's top 100 best residential golf courses in the country.(Photo: Rick Betehem)

    For the 15th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddlers Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazines Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country.

    The signature 18-hole, par-72 Creek Course, designed by acclaimed course designer Arthur Hills, is woven into the communitys lush natural surroundings and features a series of strategic and challenging holes. The course offers seven tee placements to accommodate golf enthusiasts of all skill levels and includes 7,157 yards, broad fairways and elevated greens.

    Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed the most respected ranking structure in the industry. The design excellence-based criterion includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other statistical data.

    We are honored to be recognized in Golfweeks Top 100 for the 15th consecutive year and to offer a world-class golf experience for our members and their guests, said Michael Saccameno, head golf professional at The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek.

    The Creek Course at Fiddlers Creek, which opened in February 2002, also has received recognition in Links Magazine as one of Americas 100 Premier Properties, Travel + Leisure Golf magazines Americas Top 100 Golf Communities List, and GolfCourseRealty.coms Top 10 Best Residential Courses in the Sunshine State. Golfweek also named The Creek Course 12th Best Residential Golf Course in Florida in its residential statewide ranking system.

    Located on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island, Fiddlers Creek is an award-winning residential community in Naples, Florida developed by Gulf Bay Group of Companies. Fiddlers Creek has been named a Distinguished Club by BoardRoom magazine, a prestigious honor reserved for the top private clubs in the world.

    Residents of Fiddlers Creek enjoy amenities that include the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa at Fiddlers Creek, featuring a resort-style multi-pool complex, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball facility and both casual and fine dining restaurants. The Club & Spa at Fiddlers Creek offers a luxurious resort lifestyle and hosts numerous community-wide parties, signature events, clubs, classes and a variety of activities for residents of all ages.

    In addition to The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek, residents have the opportunity to join The Tarpon Club, which offers a beach and boating experience that includes beach access at Marco Beach Ocean Resort, ranked among the Top Resorts in the U.S. by Travel + Leisures Worlds Best Awards and by Conde Nast Traveler.

    Preconstruction and move-in ready homes at Fiddlers Creek are priced from the $400,000s to over $2 million and are offered by six preferred homebuilders Gulf Bay Homes, Stock Signature Homes, Taylor Morrison, Pulte Homes, Harbourside Custom Homes and Ashton Woods Homes.

    For membership details and more information about Fiddlers Creek, call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddlers Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddlers Creek Parkway in Naples, or visit

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    19 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Northwest Indiana – - February 24, 2020 by admin

    Check out this gorgeous, LUXURY MODEL HOME in the North Gate Development of The Gates of Saint John, brought to you by TG Development! The beauty is in the DETAILS. This model home features 4 beds, 2.5 baths, and 2400 square feet with a full unfinished basement. The grand entry offers tall ceilings, custom wood beams, beautiful wainscoting, and a high-end lighting fixture which leads into the grand, OPEN CONCEPT Kitchen/Living/Dining area. The kitchen offers a MASSIVE island, floor-to-ceiling white cabinetry, SS appliances, stainless farm style sink, oiled rubbed bronze hardware, LUXURY granite counters, and much more. There is also an in-eat in dining area. The great room features a gorgeous fireplace, amazing BUILT-INS, and double trey ceiling. The MASTER SUITE offers double walk-ins, and a HIGH END PRIVATE BATH. The bath has a double vanity, white marble finishes, FREE STANDING TUB, and glass shower. There are too many features of this home to mention. It is a MUST SEE.

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    Three Kamloops firms eye national award – Kamloops This Week - February 24, 2020 by admin

    A trio of Kamloops companies are finalists in the Canadian Home Builders Association National Awards of Excellence.

    WD Wedgewood Developments Inc., along with Custom Spaces by Cristalee and Motivo Design Group Inc., are finalists for the project Devils in the Detail in the category of Detached Homes, Custom, 2,500 to 3,500 square feet.

    The Kamloops trio is up against Alloy Homes Incorporated of Calgary, Archia Development Ltd. of West Vancouver, Artista Homes of Oak Bluff, Man. and Vancouver Development of Vancouver.

    The Canadian Home Builders Association National Awards of Excellence recognize the best in Canadian new homes, home renovations, community development and marketing. More than 700 entries were received from coast to coast, from small towns and large urban areas. Nearly 200 judges reviewed images, floor plans and project description before narrowing down the field.

    Winners in 42 categories will be announced at the April 3 gala in Banff, Alta.

    When you look at these finalists, its amazing to see the variety of architectural styles being incorporated into residential housing in Canada today, CHBA CEO Kevin Lee said. Whether a home is built by a developer in a thriving new community or is a custom renovation done by a small family-run business, these projects showcase the pride we have in our industry.

    Categories represent the full spectrum of Canadian homes: low-rise houses, high-rise apartments and homes built for ownership or rental purposes.

    This year, a new category was added: the Entry-Level Home Affordability Award.

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    Stanley Martin Homes to Acquire the Operations of Essex Homes – PRNewswire - February 16, 2020 by admin

    RESTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the homebuilding assets of Essex Homes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2020.

    Columbia-based Essex Homes was founded in 1985 in Aiken, South Carolina, by Karl Haslinger. During the subsequent 34 years, Essex grew to become one of the largest homebuilders in the southeastern United States, with homebuilding operations in Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville, North Augusta, and Brunswick County. For the twelve months ending December 31, 2019, Essex closed 853 homes and controlled 8,332 lots. Karl Haslinger will join Stanley Martin as a Regional President and continue to manage operations in the former Essex Homes markets.

    "Essex Homes is a perfect match for Stanley Martin. The markets in which Essex Homes builds are some of the strongest housing markets in the U.S. Karl and his team have done an outstanding job, and their commitment to quality construction and superior home design is impressive. We look forward to their joining our team as we work together to continue expanding our operations and delivering outstanding quality for our customers," said Steven Alloy, President of Stanley Martin.

    Karl Haslinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essex Homes, said, "Essex started as a custom homebuilder and over the last 34 years has grown to become a much larger builder operating in multiple markets. I am proud of what we have done and our success is the result of the hard work of many on our team. My conversation with Steve started with values, culture and the importance of people to Stanley Martin. I am excited about joining a company that shares our values, the opportunity for the employees of Essex to advance and most importantly an unwavering commitment to the homebuyer."

    Founded in 1966, Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC is one of the leading homebuilders in the southeastern United States. The company builds in six metro areas: Washington D.C., Richmond, Charlottesville, Raleigh, Charleston, and Atlanta. Stanley Martin builds a wide selection of new housing options, including condominiums, townhomes, and single-family detached homes. The company combines a commitment to excellent design with outstanding quality construction, alongside exceptional customer service. For the twelve months ending December 31, 2019, Stanley Martin closed 1,774 homes and controlled 14,917 lots.

    Stanley-Martin Communities, LLC is a subsidiary of the Daiwa House Group, which is headquartered in Japan and is one of the largest housing and construction companies in the world.

    About Stanley Martin HomesHeadquartered in Reston, Virginia, Stanley Martin Homes builds new condos, townhomes and single-family homes in Maryland, Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Charlottesville, Richmond, Raleigh, Atlanta and Charleston. Founded in 1966, Stanley Martin has been building homes and neighborhoodswith quality and craftsmanshipfor more than 53 years. For more information, Award Winner:2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018MHBR No. 3588

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    At what point does a home become too big to sell? – The Boston Globe - February 16, 2020 by admin

    And according to the Census Bureaus American Community Survey data which includes all occupied homes, not just newly built ones only 4.3 percent of Massachusetts properties have five or more bedrooms. So its fair to say that a five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house could be considered very, very big by most standards. Generally speaking, there is a movement toward smaller, more efficient, comfortable, and intimate spaces, said Peace Nguyen, an agent with Engels & Vlkers in Wellesley. But while most people dont want or, perhaps just as likely, cant afford a home that size or larger, theres still plenty of appetite for big homes, she added, especially among the well-heeled.

    Doug McNeilly, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Wayland, said the tipping point in his area is about 4,500 square feet. His buyers like big homes with four or five bedrooms, an open-concept kitchen and family room, and a three-car garage, he said but once those boxes are ticked, most start to think about trading any excess space for better proximity to work and shopping. Many buyers want a master with a large walk-in and decent size master bath, McNeilly added. [But] they dont need a 1,000-square-foot master suite.

    What were finding is a lot of people are looking for amenities, but not so much the square footage, said Karen Landry, a luxury broker at RE/Max Destiny in Cambridge. Because theyre not just buying one home anymore, theyre buying that second vacation home. Millennial millionaires 5 percent of whom live in Massachusetts own an average of three properties, according to a recent Coldwell Banker report, and Landry said they want homes that are easy to maintain and manage.

    Matt Dolan, a broker with Sagan Harborside Sothebys International Realty in Marblehead, has seen a similar trend, with high-end second-home buyers topping out around 5,000 or 6,000 square feet. A lot of times people are saying, you know what, any more than that, Im not going to be there enough to really do anything with it, he said. And one thing we are seeing as we get younger buyers more in the millennial bracket, they tend to want to do less and less work.

    It can be tough to find the right buyer and balance for a large home, Landry said. Some buyers want to entertain and enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle, she said, but dont want to be burdened by a lot of upkeep or landscaping. And then you have the others who say, "If I have a house this big, I want everything else that comes with it: I want the yard, the pool, the tennis court.'

    Far more important than sheer size, Dolan said, is whether the space complements the intended lifestyle of the home. It really matters how that space is used. Thats the key, he said. In Salem, for example, there are beautiful old mansions with grand parlors on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor. But on the third floor, Dolan said: Youve just got more rooms and rooms and rooms. And that originally would have been where the staff would stay, but now people dont have staff like that they have apps and dishwashers. It can be a challenge for modern homeowners to utilize that space in a useful way.

    Likewise, Dolan recalled an expansive $6 million-plus home with three bedrooms on the first floor and two more in the basement. What do you do if youre a family of four? This amazing giant home isnt going to work that well, he said. You have 6,000 square feet, but its in the wrong spots.

    Dolans also seen car collectors who would trade interior square footage for a bigger garage. Sometimes you have 6,000 square feet but a two-car garage. Well, theyd give up 1,000 square feet if they could for a six-car garage, because otherwise they dont have a place for their collection, he said. So its all about does that space match the lifestyle.

    After all, isnt that the point of a huge home: a more comfortable setting for a happier life? Maybe not entirely. A 2019 research paper explains that even as the average American house has grown larger, were collectively no happier with our properties than we were 40 years ago and its largely due to envy.

    At any point in time, households living in bigger houses tend to be more satisfied with their home, wrote the studys author, Clment Bellet, an assistant professor at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. However, they start to feel worse about their own house if nearby homes get bigger. The effect is so pronounced among those whose homes are in the second-largest tier, Bellet estimated, that it can trigger something of a suburban arms race, spurring homeowners to build additions and take on debt to reclaim their status.

    Size is just one way buyers might quantify a homes value, however. For many wealthy buyers, Dolan said, its more about making sure a home speaks to their success. Their real estate is part of how they describe themselves to the world. so when they step up, they want to be able to make sure that people recognize the step up, he said. So it has to have certain features, like a grand entryway or a view it has to have that wow factor.

    And just as a picture says a thousand words, a spectacular view is sometimes the best way to communicate grandeur. You can have a fabulous master bath, but its going to be out of style in 10 years," he said. "A view is timeless, and when people come up to a truly breathtaking view, they wont even notice your kitchen cabinets. Theyre entranced.

    Another reason some wealthy buyers are cautious with oversized homes is financial prudence, Dolan said. The top end of the real estate market naturally has a smaller buyer pool, and Boston-area luxury properties took an extra 41 days to sell, on average, according to fourth-quarter 2019 data from national brokerage Redfin. Theres not a lot of liquidity in that market, he said, so some homeowners with huge homes consider cashing out into something smaller.

    If a homeowner is selling a Colonial in a good neighborhood, and theyve made smart choices with their renovations over the years and stage it to have that Pottery Barn antique look, Dolan said, the home will probably sell very quickly. But once you get north of $2 million, he said, the market is less predictable, and the perfect house is in the eye of the beholder. One person may value something, and the next person may not like it at all, Dolan said. So what that leads to at the high end is sometimes homes sell immediately, or they take forever.

    David Brookes, principal at Brookes + Hill Custom Builders in Waltham, notes that his wealthy clients know exactly what they want. Hes built homes up to 20,000 square feet with high-end craftsmanship and sometimes lavish touches, like real gold-leaf molding. But as a custom builder, Brookes has to please only one client and doesnt have to worry about marketing the home to a broader market. I would be really nervous if I was doing that, he said.

    Size can become a liability, too, when a home is starting to feel outdated because theres just so much more that needs updating. McNeilly said there was such a glut of large 1990s houses on the market in Sudbury in the middle of last year that, at one point, there was 72 months of inventory in the $1.25 million to $1.49 million range. Anything over six months is generally considered a buyers market, he noted.

    The seasonal winter slowdown brought those inventory levels back down to normal, McNeilly said. But the same thing could happen again this summer, he added, because a lot of those houses are starting to show their age and the prospect of updating something that size can overwhelm buyers. A 6,000-plus-square-foot house built in the late 1990s with minimal or older updates might need a new kitchen, updates to all four and a half baths, new flooring, and interior paint, he said. That can easily top $250,000.

    The fact is, the bigger and more expensive a house is, the farther it is from the norm. That might make it more enjoyable to own but as an outlier, it can also be inherently more difficult to sell. Higher-end, older, dated, and more unique homes take longer to sell, in general, Nguyen said. It is possible to find that one buyer who falls in love, but there are fewer of them.

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    Litz & Eaton sells three stalled properties to other developers – Indianapolis Business Journal - January 31, 2020 by admin

    Litz & Eatons portfolio includes Liberty Place at Lockerbie Square.(IBJ photo/Mickey Shuey)

    Indianapolis-based development firm Litz & Eaton Investments LLCwhose principals are entangled in several legal battles as part of a messy splithas sold three properties to other local companies who plan to move forward with developing the sites.

    Brad Litz and John Eaton agreed to sell a one-acre lot at the southwest corner of North Park Avenue and East North Street to Integra Builders, a Fishers-based custom home builder.

    The sale, which closed Jan. 9, will allow the Liberty [emailprotected] Square projectan $8 million, 12-unit condominium development comprised of five buildingsto move forward as planned, Litz said in an email to IBJ. The project had been expected to be finished by February.

    Integra also this month bought the firms Fall Creek Villas townhouse project at the southwest corner of Delaware Street and East Fall Creek Parkway South Drive. The $2 million project comprised of five 2,100-square-foot town homes, was supposed to be completed by mid-2019.

    Litz said Integra plans to break ground on both projects in the near or immediate future, but he did not offer specifics on the firms timeline. Both he and Eaton will are expected to consult separately on the projects.

    In addition to the properties bought by Integra, Litz & Eaton also this month sold five lots along Leon Street, just south of the Liberty Square development, to TKW Builders, which plans to construct five single-family homes. Litz is consulting on the project.

    Financial details of the three sales were not disclosed.

    Integra has built several upscale condo, townhome and custom home developments throughout central Indiana, including several in Fountain Square, Broad Ripple, Fishers, Carmel and Zionsville. The company declined to comment.

    The projects on the lots bought by Integra each stalled after Eaton and Litz split in June amid allegations of financial misconduct. The breakup has spurred a handful of lawsuits against the men, separately and jointly, including one Eaton filed against Litz.

    One such suit was directly tied to the Liberty Place property. Elements Financialwhich in April 2019 agreed to provide a $5.8 million construction loan for the projectfiled suit in October and placed a lien on the property in hopes of forcing a foreclosure on the loan.

    Elements filing sought to recover an outstanding balance of $1.1 millionin addition to interest, legal fees, collection costs, and late feesfor land acquisition, architectural fees and other pre-construction expenses.

    To settle the dispute and avoid foreclosure, Eaton and Litz agreed to deed the property to an Integra subsidiary, SIG LLC. The transfer released the lien Elements filed on the property and the lawsuit was dismissed Jan. 14.

    An update on the Liberty Place project will likely be heard by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commissionwhich has authority over development in the historic Lockerbie neighborhoodin the coming months, after updated filings have been submitted.

    John Eaton did not return a call requesting comment.

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    On Air Realty Shows Why Haden Custom Homes Need To Be Seen – - January 31, 2020 by admin

    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 / 01:15 PM CST / Updated: Jan 30, 2020 / 01:15 PM CST

    Buying a home can be an exciting and stressful process. If youre in the market then Lynn Robin with On Air Realty has some homes youve got to check out.

    What makes Haden Custom Homes so exciting to work with?

    Chris Williams Haden custom homes manages each building project, he is on site daily and builds a gorgeous high end home.

    What makes Haden Custom Homes different then other builders?

    Chris is the project manager so he doesnt pass the building process off to a superintendent.

    Why did you want to work with Haden Custom Homes as a real estate Broker?

    When I saw his quality of work, and met him and he explained his work ethic I wanted to partner with him and sell his product.

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    Parade of Homes kickoff will be at Magnolia Heights in Washougal – The Columbian - January 31, 2020 by admin

    Northwest Natural has announced plans for the 2020 edition of the annual Parade of Homes, presented by DeWils and HomeStreet Bank.

    A kickoff ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 at Magnolia Heights in Washougal. The site is built off of Southeast McKever Road, which branches off from Southeast Crown Road.

    The 38-lot development from Vancouver-based Waverly Homes includes seven lots set aside for the parade. The developments lots average about 8,500 square feet, and the overall site plan calls for homes ranging from 2,500 to 4,000 square feet and a price range from $850,000 to $1.3 million.

    Last years Parade of Homes opened to the public during September and featured six homes at the Dawsons Ridge development in western Camas. The 2020 parade will be the third in a row in the east county; the 2018 parade was at the Camas Meadows Golf Course.

    The parade homes are typically pre-sold and built to match the specifications of the buyers; but once theyre complete, they become part of the public parade tour for about two weeks before the owners move in. The parade typically includes a mix of homes from several builders.

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