Archives for March 2018


Based on 72,986 Interstate and Cross-Border Household Goods Relocations from January 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017. Click on the map for detail for each Province or State.

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10 Bathroom Trends From the Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show

A designer and his team hit the industry’s biggest show to spot bathroom ideas with lasting appeal

For some people, a winter vacation means relaxing on a beach in Florida. For me, a winter trip to Orlando means one thing: a visit to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. My design team and I recently attended the show and spotted a number of beautiful home trends, many of which you can expect to last well beyond 2018. Here are some of my favorite bathroom design ideas from KBIS that you can apply to your home for fresh style. (For kitchen inspiration, check out our favorite kitchen ideas from KBIS.)

Existing Home Sales Report

For years, inventory levels have been sinking, and prices have been growing, making the home buying process increasingly complex and sometimes discouraging. But after two consecutive months of declining sales, existing-home sales made a comeback in February, rising 3.0 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Sales are now 1.1 percent higher than February of last year. #GoodNews

Although home sales in the Midwest and Northeast saw a dip in this period, the South and West regions skyrocketed, boosting the national numbers.

Dr. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist noted that “The very healthy U.S. economy and labor market are creating a sizeable interest in buying a home in early 2018. However, even as seasonal inventory gains helped boost sales last month, home prices – especially in the West – shot up considerably. Affordability continues to be a pressing issue because new and existing housing supply is still severely subpar.”

Added Yun, “The unseasonably cold weather to start the year muted pending sales in the Northeast and Midwest in January and ultimately led to their sales retreat last month. Looking ahead, several markets in the Northeast will likely see even more temporary disruptions from the large winter storms that have occurred in March.”

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In February, the median home price rose to $241,700, a 5.9 percent increase from February 2017, and the 72nd straight month of annual gains. The average days on market fell to 37, down from 41 in January, and 45 last February. That’s what we call a competitive market.

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall comments on the difficulty first-time buyers are seeing in this competitive market. “Realtors® in several markets note that entry-level homes for first-timers are hard to come by, which is contributing to their underperforming share of overall sales to start the year. Prospective buyers should start conversations with a Realtor® now on what they want in a new home. Even with the expected uptick in new listings in coming months, buyers in most markets will likely have to act fast on any available listing that checks all their boxes.”

Regional performance varied, with sales in the West outperforming all other regions. While sales fell in the Northeast by 12.3 percent, and dropped 2.4 percent in the Midwest, they skyrocketed 11.4 percent in the West, and 6.6 percent in the South.

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These Social Media Trends Are On The Rise In 2018

There’s no doubt social media will remain center-stage in our lives this year, but what type of content will make you shine this coming year?Unsurprisingly, video will remain the preferred vehicle for information. By 2020, around 80 percent of global internet traffic will be attributed to video, so it’s smart to get in right away! Choosing video makes sense when we look at the stats: almost 95 percent of video messages are retained by viewers, compared to only 10 percent of text content. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that?

Another trend? Generation Z is filled with true digital natives, with more than 30 percent using YouTube, 25 percent using Instagram and 14 percent using Snapchat. This year also brings good news for every content maker out there: investment in influencers is on the rise across all platforms and has even trumped classic email marketing campaigns. The increase in investment has its reasons: influencers can increase your conversion rates tenfold. Not bad in our book!

Another trend that won’t comes as a surprise? Smartphones gain more popularity every day, and by the end of the year, the world will see nearly 2.5 billion of them in use. That’s why social media platforms are developing better functioning mobile versions: more than 50 percent of screen time in the U.S. is on the phone, so it’s only logical mobile versions need to be up to the task. We wish you luck creating winning content this year!


A New Survey Reveals How Much That Kitchen Remodel Might Cost You

It’s a good starting point, but the true cost will depend on regional and other factors

Many things in life can be boiled down to one central concern: What’s this going to cost me? When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, the answer isn’t always straightforward. The size of your space, the scope of work involved, your DIY abilities, the quality of materials you choose and even your geographic location all play a part. But if you’re going into it blind, a new study from Houzz, which surveyed more than 1,700 users about their kitchen renovations, can give you a solid jumping-off point and offer ideas on how you might allocate that budget.

What Does a Pianist See? | Eye Tracking

Using eye tracking glasses, this video answera the question of what a pianist sees while playing.

A Language Made Of Music

You might have heard of Esperanto, an language that’s supposed to be internationally accessible. You probably haven’t heard of Solresol, a language entirely based on music. Its creator was an idealist, and hoped that he could unite all humankind with a universally accessible language built on something we all know: music. Solresol combines the do-re-me syllables used for teaching music into two-, three-, and four-syllable words, grouped into categories of similar words. Because there are only seven syllables, the language easily translates to hand signals.