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Dec 13

GlobeSt: Pent-Up Housing Demand Causes Project To Sell Out Ahead Of Schedule

Part of Trumark’s Northern California portfolio, the Timber community sells out ahead of schedule. Developed in partnership with The Resmark Companies, Timber provides direct access to transit, schools, parks, sports facilities and shopping.

Dec 10

Dwell: Coastal Design Meets Sustainability at Upcoast in Costa Mesa

Dwell features Upcoast, Trumark’s coastal community recently named “Detached Community of the Year Priced under $1.5 Million” which offers 28 three-story detached homes with sustainable design just one mile up from the coast.

Dec 08

Top Holiday Gift Ideas for the New Homeowner

This holiday season, we’re unpacking the ultimate gift guide for the friends and family of a new homeowner – and we didn’t stop there! We took the process one step further, by catering gifts that are sure to please everyone from a practical husband to a culinary mom blogger. Happy shopping!

1. The Practical Homeowner

For the practical couple or family, liven up their new home with warm, organic cotton towels in festive hues such as a merlot-inspired red. Try these Pottery Barn organic, 600-gram weight bath towels, made of pure organic cotton from Turkey and densely woven to create material that is luxuriously soft and absorbent.

2. The Celebratory Homeowner

For the cocktail enthusiast, consider a barware collection to channel their inner mixologist. Add a little 1950s glamour to a new home (and cocktail hour) with West Elm’s Deco Barware Collection. The gold-finished bar tools come with a solid marble base for an elegant look that’s sure to look great on display over the holidays – and beyond!

3. The Culinary Homeowner

Restocking the kitchen cabinets after a move can take some time, especially for the culinary enthusiast. Give the gift of spice with World Market’s Travel Spice Kit complete with 20 herbs to help your friends navigate the holiday season with well-flavored, festive dishes.

4. The Tech-Savvy Homeowner

Give the gift of convenience and ease to the tech-savvy homeowner by creating a QR Code for their Wi-Fi password – which means no typing or relaying a 27-digit password to holiday guests. Learn how via lifehacker.com

Dec 02

2017 Real Estate Trends to Watch

December marks the final month of 2016, and with that, our eyes are set on 2017. We have rounded up the top trends to stay abreast of in the real estate industry. Tell us in the comments below, what trends are you seeing?

  1. The Appeal of Active Adult Communities – More people are looking to move into communities that feature “lifestyle amenities” because they want a social atmosphere with people their own age, but they don’t want to skimp on the luxuries. (source: BuilderOnline.com)
  1. New Luxury Buyers Are Young, Tech-Savvy And Focused On Lifestyle – Not so long ago, 50- or 60-something CEOs who had worked their way up the corporate ranks were the ones buying luxury residential properties—big houses that were good investments, above all else. Today and predicted in 2017 will be the continuation of “a new breed of buyer” that is tech-savvy and focused on a lifestyle that has everything in one place. (source: Mansion Global)
  1. American Home Sizes Are Shrinking Again – After years of growth, new single-family homes in the U.S. are finally getting a little smaller. According to Census Bureau data and an analysis from the National Association of Home Builders, the average square footage for a single-family home dropped by 42 feet — from 2,658 square feet in the first quarter of 2016 to 2,616 square feet in the second quarter. While that may not sound like a lot, it is a clear reversal in the trend of builders focusing on the higher-end buyer. (source: Money Talks News)
  1. Aroma, The New Building Amenity – Scented candles. Fragrance sticks. Incense. Potpourri. Many of us spend a lot of time (and money) trying to make our homes smell pretty. Hotels have been dousing their lobby with fragrances for years, hoping we’ll keep booking rooms at the Westin because it smells like White Tea. Now, rental buildings and condominiums in New York City have caught onto the idea, infusing lobbies, hallways and fitness centers with fragrances. Sometimes they are blown in through the ductwork, other times stand-alone machines do the job. Either way, the building smells a whole lot fresher than a city sidewalk. (source: New York Times)
  1. Demand for rental properties remains at an all-time high – More people are choosing to rent than at any point in recent history. Institutional investors, as well as individuals, are getting in on the action, snatching up rental properties to fill out their portfolios. Single-family rentals are an especially hot item. Roughly 40 percent of renting households today are in single-family rentals – that’s up from 34 percent in 2005, and single-family rentals are catching the eyes of investors. (source: DSNews.com)