3 Big Trends in Residential Design

At the combined International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last week, REALTOR® Magazine picked up on the key trends to watch for in the coming year and beyond.

The question on everyone’s mind was what are going to be the game-changers in 2015? Looking over our notes, we found three major insights that the real estate industry should be watching out for. Find out how:

  • Foodies are changing mainstream kitchen design
  • Connected devices may be in for a tumble
  • Gray is here to stay, but it’ll have to share the stage

Get the details on these three predictions for residential design in “Designers, Builders Reveal Hot Trends for 2015.” Also, be sure to check out our other show coverage, including a tour of the New American Home and a few things you might not know about what consumers want from outdoor kitchens.

4 Trends in Real Estate

The 48th annual conference for the National Association of Real Estate Editors, held recently in Houston, provided a snapshot of emerging trends in the real estate market.

  1. With obesity an ever-growing problem in the United States, access to fitness facilities and outdoor recreation is taking on increasing importance. According to Will Holder of Trendmaker Homes, buyers now favor communities that have trails winding through them over golf-course developments.
  2. In the multifamily niche, more and more projects are accommodating occupants’ desire for parks, grooming, and sitting services for their pets.
  3. There’s a growing tendency for young people discouraged by tight underwriting standards to stick with renting instead of buying.
  4. Current home owners are increasingly keeping and renting out properties with ultra-low mortgage rates rather than put them up for sale when they are ready to buy another house.

Source: “6 Surprising Real Estate Trends, From Bikes to Barks,” Culturemap Austin (June 22, 2014)

Facebook Launches “Video Chat Feature”

Video chatting is coming to Facebook through a deal with Skype, announced Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, at a news conference Wednesday.

Russell Haskins with Homes & Land Media told Inman News that he sees Facebook video chat feature a powerful tool for real estate professionals in landing new clients and reaching out to younger clients.

“I guarantee you people will be interviewing agents using this new tool, whether [agents] like it or not,” Haskins told Inman News. “If you’re not ready, they can click on another agent and call [that agent]. I think this is another [tool] separating tech-savvy agents versus those who are timid.”

Placerville, California regional value in the video conferencing feature include using it with our oversea clients or clients relocating to and from other states.

To use the video chat tool on Facebook, you’ll soon be able to just click a button on your Facebook chat list or a friend’s profile page to connect. (A plug-in download will be required to make and receive calls.) Facebook’s new video conferencing tool does not allow for group chats and is not available on mobile phones. It currently can be accessed at facebook.com/videocalling, until it officially rolls out in the next few weeks.

Facebook’s announcement follows on the heels of last week’s Google+’s limited debut, a challenger to Facebook. Google+ offers video chatting for up to 10 people through its Hangouts tool. (Read more about Google+)

Source: “Facebook Offers Video Chat in Arrangement With Skype,” The New York Times (July 7, 2011) and “Ready or Not, Here Comes Facebook Video Chat,” Inman News (July 6, 2011)