Home Building Soaring

Home-building activity soars 12% to the fastest pace in more than a decade The home building activity continues to ramp up, but the team at Parker Associates is concerned about the election year downturn coming up. Traditionally, there is a fall off of home purchasing during an election year, especially during November. So, though permits to build new homes rose 8% to a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of 1.42 million, the fastest pace since 2007, we recommend you take note of the election year coming up. Home construction activity has surged despite broader economic concerns. The numbers: Construction on new houses jumped 12% in August to the fastest pace in years […]

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Smart Homes

The Kiplinger Letter – Oct. 25, 2019 Home Tech Takeover More front doors in your neighborhood will soon sport video doorbells as more homeowners and renters seek the security of 24/7 surveillance. The small cameras are connected to Wi-Fi, and users can tap into live HD video from anywhere. The latest devices feature a wider field of view, vivid night vision and prerecorded messages for visitors. A big selling point: Spotting package thieves. In fact, sales of web-connected cameras of all types are going gangbusters.Global unit sales of cameras to consumers will surge by 20% yearly through 2023.That year, total revenue is projected to hit nearly $13 billion, much of […]

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Going Remote

The Jobs Going Offsite Remote work is already going mainstream. 17% of workers do most or all of their jobs from home or from some nonwork location. 36% of the workforce does at least a little bit of telework. Knowledge-based jobs are especially suited to being performed off-site…programming, marketing, writing, business consulting, design, etc. Technology like instant messaging makes telecommuting easier than it used to be, giving more folks the option. For employers, the trend can be an asset… more qualified workers to tap, less dependence on the local workforce to find the people they need. Offering remote work is also a nice perk that attracts more applicants without costing […]

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Steps to Success

A Step by Step Guide to Being Successful At PTC, we hear it all the time. “Why isn’t my website successful?” or “Why am I not getting any business?” It’s seems like a simple question to ask, but it’s very complex. There is no “one” reason as to why you are not successful in your business. One of the main issues is that people are not accepting of their own failures. They believe it is some outside force causing them to fail and that the outside force is happy to see them fail. That they didn’t want you to succeed. Seriously? Not only is this harmful to your business, but […]

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Second Homes & Investing

Disposable Income Soaring Thinking about buying a vacation home? You’re not alone. Second homes  are highly sought after now as Americans’ net wealth and disposable income soar to their highest levels on record. Not only are folks eating out more, buying RVs and luxury goods, they’re increasingly looking for a place that they can get away to. That trend has pushed real estate prices up quite a bit, especially in hot markets such as Martha’s Vineyard, the Florida Keys and ski destinations like Aspen, Colo.  Note that properties remain relatively affordable in a number of regions. For instance, homes in much of Maine, upstate N.Y., western Pa. and northern Wis. […]

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Affordable Housing Held Back

Economists identify an unseen force holding back affordable housing When the smoke cleared after the Great Recession, the home builders who survived were in a surprisingly strong position. They had fewer competitors and more power in their local markets. They have since built on that advantage, consolidating until many markets are controlled by just a few builders. Their power has exacerbated the country’s affordable-housing crisis, some economists say. U.S. housing debates rarely involve the “O” word. But oligopolies, a cousin of monopolies in which a few powerful players corner the market, are emerging everywhere. From 2006 to 2015, the number of builders who controlled 90 percent of a typical market […]

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Home Design Trends

10 Home Design Trends on the Rise See popular features and styles for kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more catching on with Houzz users lately. Home design journalist writing about cool spaces, innovative trends, breaking news, industry analysis and humor. Home Design Trends Homeowners Want What will homeowners be asking for in their homes in the near future? While a crystal ball wouldn’t be realistic, a reliable alternative is to look at what’s catching on now and assume those trends in color, function and style will only proliferate in the coming weeks, months and years. After combing through hundreds of popular Houzz photos and pulling from ongoing conversations with design […]

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Block Bad Website Bots and Spiders Tweaking .htaccess

Key Steps to Securing Your Site Bots are exceedingly common on the web. In fact, as of 2012, bot traffic exceeded human traffic on the web. That’s right; more than 50% of the hits on your website, on average, come from robots rather than humans as of 2012. These days, it is considerably higher. Bots have a wide range of purposes, and not all of them are bad. Some bots, like the bots wielded by Google and Bing, crawl and index your pages. If you were to block the Googlebot, your site will eventually be removed from their index; they can no longer access it, so your content won’t show […]

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Website Search Traffic Drop

12 Common Reasons Your Website Traffic Is Dropping Successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising executives from Forbes Agency Council share trends and tips. For any business with an online presence, website traffic is important; the more visitors you have, the more opportunities you have to make your brand known, make relationships and ultimately sell your service or product. This is why a sudden drop in search engine traffic is a terrifying prospect, as it ultimately means business losses and lower revenue. Whether it’s a technical issue, a recent website change, a Google algorithm update or poor optimization, there are many possible reasons why traffic to your website has been […]

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US Home Price Gains to Accelerate through 2020

Mortgage Rates to Stay Low According to recent information from experts, U.S. home-price gains will accelerate through 2020. This source goes on to state that mortgage rates likely will stay below 4% through 2020. The team here at Parker Associates agrees that the market continues to look favorable for growth. Reflecting the information from CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, Frank Nothaft who continued by stating that the pace of home-price gains will quicken over the next 12 months as low mortgage rates give buyers the ability to pay more for properties. Home prices probably will increase 5.8% in the 12 months through August 2020, Nothaft said in an exclusive interview with HousingWire. […]

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