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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

How coronavirus is impacting the housing market

Few homes look their best in the dirty grays of late winter, which is, in part, why homebuying season coincides with the arrival of spring. This year, however, the crocuses that can make a house look that much nicer are showing up alongside the less reassuring news of a virus circling the globe.
The spread of COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. It’s already claimed more than 44,000 lives in the United States. Shelter-in-place orders have been issued for cities across the country and 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the outbreak of the pandemic.
If you’re already in the market for a house, all the uncertainty might have you worried about the housing market. Will COVID-19 cause housing to collapse, as it did during the financial crisis in 2008?
Historically low inventory and rock-bottom mortgage rates would normally set the stage for a highly competitive homebuying seas ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Uncertainty Abounds in the Search for Economic Recovery Timetable

Earlier this week, we discussed how most projections from financial institutions are calling for a quick V-shaped recovery from this economic downturn, and there’s research on previous post-pandemic recoveries to support that expectation.
In addition, we noted how there are some in the business community who believe we may instead be headed for a U-shaped recovery, where the return to previous levels of economic success won’t occur until the middle of next year. Yesterday, Reuters released a poll of U.S. and European economists which revealed that most surveyed are now leaning more toward a U-shaped recovery.
Here are the results of that poll:
Why the disparity in thinking among different groups of economic experts?
The current situation makes it extremely difficult to project the future of the economy. Analysts normally look at economic data and compare it to previous slowdowns to create their projections. This situation, however, is anything but normal.
Today, analysts must incorpora ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Gorgeous tiny house oasis built for paradise

This tiny home on Hawaii’s Big Island is influenced by its lush surroundings, and it’s easy to see why. Built among vibrant trees and plants, the blue cottage was designed to embrace natural light and temperate weather.
Ellie and Dan Madsen, the sister-brother duo behind the aptly named Paradise Tiny Homes, built the 260-square-foot tiny home as to look bigger than it actually is, thanks to a series of clever design moves.
Paradise Tiny Homes
In the living room and kitchen, the ceiling stretches into a lofty pitched roof, while a curved roof over the lofted bedroom creates extra space.
Windows are designed to bring in maximum light. Two half-moon windows and a clerestory window shower light into the front of the house. The sides of the living room also feature two large sliding windows, while a series of smaller openings help brighten up the staircase and bedroom loft.
But the home’s coolest amenity has to be the operable windows in the kitchen, one side of which opens up to the deck ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Keys to Selling Your House Virtually

In a recent survey by realtor.com, people thinking about selling their homes indicated they’re generally willing to allow their agent and some potential buyers inside if done under the right conditions. They’re less comfortable, however, hosting an open house. This is understandable, given the health concerns associated with social contact these days. The question is, if you need to sell your house now, what virtual practices should you use to make sure you, your family, and potential buyers stay safe in the process?
In today’s rapidly changing market, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have a digital game plan and an effective online marketing strategy when selling your house. One of the ways your agent can help with this is to make sure your listing photos and virtual tours stand out from the crowd, truly giving buyers a detailed and thorough view of your home.
So, if you’re ready to move forward, virtual practices may help you win big when you’re ready to sell. While abi ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

How to fight climate change at home

While a global pandemic may have put life (as we know it) on hold—and cleared the air temporarily amid widespread lockdowns—it hasn’t exactly stopped the looming climate crisis at large.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today in a social-distanced world, it’s still possible to make a difference in the fight against climate change with individual actions that start at home.
From rethinking your laundry routine to ditching the plastic trash bag, these 17 ideas not only provide a roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable household, but can also save you some money, too. Let’s get to it.
1. Grow your own food. In addition to helping you eat more fruits and veggies, growing your own food cuts down on transportation energy costs and avoids the pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in conventionally grown crops. You can start a traditional vegetable garden outside, opt for an indoor garden kit, or even start small by regrowing vegetable scraps—like scallions, lettuce ...

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