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Home Trends
A trend simply reflects what seems to be going around at any given time, and it can be in any area and doesn't only reflect fashion, pop culture and entertainment. Trends may also depend on changing demographics, housing & economic indicators, a nation’s current political mood, and emerging trends in disasters. The following trends are focused on housing, and our family's protection. It is important to become aware of the emerging trends that may positively, or negatively affect our home investment and our well being.
For many people, owning a home brings a sense of pride and freedom that cannot be matched by renting. When you own your own home, you aren’t bound by a landlord’s rules, and your monthly payments are actually building equity. You can paint your kitchen pink, change the landscape, install a basketball hoop, or turn your unfinished basement into a movie theater. Provided you work within any building or zoning regulations, you can do almost anything you want with your home. The shift in housing design is more of an emphasis of smaller homes with larger outdoor living areas.

Home Trends Resources & Studies

This section is dedicated to green living tips, resources to protect your home investment, home safety tips, home improvement trends, phone apps, indoor and outdoor living spaces and home maintenance.
  • Green Living

    The importance of becoming environmentally aware is becoming more and more important, and more people are taking the environment into account when buying a home or planning new construction.

  • Sustainable Home Design

    According to the National Building Museum, when you are building, renovating, or choosing interior finishes and materials for your home, consider some of the following actions and measures you can take to incorporate these principles for more healthy, efficient, and sustainable living. Learn the principles of sustainable design.

  • Homeowners Insurance

    In addition to a homeowners insurance policy, an umbrella policy provides vital coverage for people who own a home, an auto mobile, and/or a boat. Umbrella policies are designed to give added liability to the limits of home, auto, and boat insurance coverage’s.

  • Home Safety Tips

    Everyone knows it’s not safe to smoke in bed or fall asleep with candles still burning. But what many people don’t think about is if their home is safe and how to properly react if a safety hazard does arise.

  • Prepare For Disaster

    When making your plan, think about the people and places in your daily lives. Talk to close friends and family about their plans. Develop plans together and include versions for work, school and other places you spend time. The more options you can think of now, the more prepared you will be later.

  • Flooding And Flood Risks

    Hazards associated with torrential rains include flash floods, stream flooding, and landslides. Changing weather patterns, erosion, and development can affect floodplain boundaries.

  • Home Repair Costs

    Insightful information of what items you should budget for home repairs.

  • 7 Exterior Home Improvements

    Curb appeal is everything when it comes to selling your home, and that means your home’s exterior needs to be in optimal condition.

  • Home Features Survey

    2013 Home Features Survey by the National Association of Realtors®.

  • Home Improvement Apps

    Online software and mobile apps to help you maintain and decorate your home.

  • Feng Shui

    Feng Shui (meaning Wind and Water in Chinese) is the ancient art of placement to promote harmony, wealth, success and health.

  • Vastu Shastra

    Natural forces like solar energy from sun, cosmic energy, lunar energy, thermal energy, magnetic energy, light energy, and wind energy can be balanced to enhance pease, prosperity and success.

  • Outdoor Kitchens

    Things you need to consider when planning an outdoor kitchen.

  • Desert Gardening

    Curb appeal starts with the garden. Here is everything you need to know about desert gardening.