Buyers taking longer to find the “right” home

According to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders, 54 percent of active buyers are taking up to three months or longer to find the right home.

Of course, low inventory is largely responsible as are properties within their price range, according to 49 percent of respondents. Other reasons include the lack of desired features (40 percent) and looking for the right neighborhood (38 precent).

Yet, despite the obstacles, 61 percent say they will keep looking, while 18 percent say they will put off the search for now and resume in the nest year or later.

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Home Improvement: The Garage

The garage might not immediately come to mind when thinking of home improvements but there are plenty of things yo can do that might not add great value to your home but will certainly make your life a bit easier.

  • Organize, organize, organize: Making effective use of your space, whether it’s tools, laundry or storage, is vital.
  • Improving insulation & wall paint: Poor temperature control can damage your garage’s contents. A new coat of paint will certainly make it look better.
  • Convert to extra living space: This, of course, finding alternative sources of storage, not to mention where to park your car.
  • Adding features: Carport, custom caravan shed, charging station?
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Poorly designed buildings contributing to obesity

A New study from the nonprofit Trust of America’s Health states that architectural design of buildings – including homes – are contributing to the obesity crisis. While current trends are placing an increased emphasis on outdoor spaces such as parks, bike lines, and sidewalks, building interiors are seriously lagging behind.

Some cities, such as New York, are adopting “active design guidelines” that are putting greater emphasis on the prominent placement – and use – of stairs and ramps and downplaying the use of elevators and escalators.

It is estimated that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors. With obesity at nearly 40 percent of Americans, including 18 percent of children under the age of 18, physical activity must be increased.

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