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Discover The Latest North And South Carolina Custom Home Building Trends

Discover the Latest North and South Carolina Custom Home Building Trends by Mark StjeanWhile the nation, and the home building industry in particular, has suffered through an economic downturn in the last few years, new home building continues to be strong in some areas of the country, such as North and South Carolina. New home production levels in some states have fallen dramatically, but in North and South Carolina the production level is much healthier and is on an upswing. Choosing to build your new home in either North or South Carolina is a wise decision as you will find that a consistently positive market climate in these states indicates that your new homes value will experience less fluctuation than in other areas of the country.According to Robert Denk, Assistant Staff Vice President, Forecasting & Analysis at the NAHB, South Carolina is one of the most thriving areas in the country for new home building. He discussed this trend in his presentation Eye on the South Carolina Housing Market,presented at 2008 HBA of South Carolina State Convention, on August 1, 2008. Greenville, SC is a highly attractive location that offers a stable marketplace to build your new home. provides a current snapshot of the market trends for this area; showing that over the prior year, median home sales have increased 12.3% and have held relatively steady throughout the economic decline. According to and a number of North Carolina cities such as Raleigh are experiencing stabilizing and increasing median sales prices. Raleigh is an area that has consistently trended upward during the economic slump, and according to Trulia, has achieved home sales price increases totaling 6.4% in the last 5 years. If youd like to build in North or South Carolina, you’ll find that there are some exciting new trends with custom home floor plans and styles that you should become familiar with. Home design and development is something that is always evolving, and it’s something that changes along with other aspects of our culture and lifestyle. Custom homes in the Carolinas are displaying some of this evolution with their emphasis on large, freely flowing designs and spaces. This demonstrates perhaps the trend of more open and relaxed lifestyles in general. A home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place in which you can really relax and enjoy your time with family and friends. New home building today allows you to inject yourself into the process, customizing and tweaking as you go. Particular areas of interest for those developing their own custom home floor plans include the kitchen, the main great room and the bathrooms. With these larger, more breathable spaces many individuals and families are also spending more time with their new home builder focusing on the detail and design level of the ceiling. Fewer walls and obstructions and larger spaces allow more focus on ceilings. You’ll find that today many custom home floor plans include very intricately designed and styled ceiling moldings or trims, along with textured and multi-leveled shapes and styles.The use of natural materials throughout the home helps to tie in the interior look and feel with that of the exterior. For example, you’ll find many custom home floor plans showcasing stone walls and a variety of other natural materials. It’s certainly a far cry from the fake wooden paneling that was so commonplace a few decades ago!Another major trend with new custom homes in the Carolinas is the use of bright and vibrant colors. Every room in your house should call to you and to your visitors, inviting people to come in and stay a while. Every room can be showcased differently by your custom home builder, emphasizing certain stylistic elements or simply putting more of your personality into play. A multitude of blue, green, yellow and even red shades are being used. These range from calming pastels, to slightly earthy tones to the really engaging, eye catching colors mentioned above. The color green, for example, offers a variety of shades to match most any room, and according to Amelia T. Handegan, in House Beautifuls August 2009 article Great Greens, by Christine Pittel, green is becoming popular as a color that can set a relaxing mood. New home builders are aware of developing color trends and can provide the kind of custom home designs that can make the best use of color for each room.Now more than ever you can find a North or South Carolina home builder that works with you to produce a custom home you will be thrilled with for decades to come. Even in this slow economy it is a great time to build in the Greenville, SC area as some builders are making significant investments in this marketplace; which offers consumers incentives to build now. From bright, engaging palettes of colors, to open kitchens, great rooms and more, new home building in the Carolinas is continuing to evolve and is more exciting than ever.Written by Lisa Santora; a guest writer for Schumacher Homes, the leading on your lot custom home builder. Lisa Santora is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. 2010 Schumacher Homes.Article Source:

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The Queen City Of The Hudson Is A “Reed Covered Hut By The Water”

By Barbra I. Miller

Derived from the native term “Uppu-qui-ipis-in” which means “reed-covered hut by the water,” Poughkeepsie today has expanded beyond huts into a permanent community of some forty-three thousand souls. Poughkeepsie is actually the name of both a town and a city, both municipalities right next to one another because the city actually used to be the western part of the town (and, incidentally, was an independent village in its own right before that). Except for legal purposes, and such services as fire and police, the two communities are often viewed as one, with a combined population exceeding seventy-five thousand people. The town is actually home to much more people than the city, which counts only some thirty-thousand-plus citizens.

Thus, it’s expected that their respective real estate markets will be quite different. A closer examination of the latest demographical figures shows that the town is much more affluent than the city, with a median income of over fifty-five thousand dollars a year as opposed to well under thirty-thousand for the city. Indeed, the Town of Poughkeepsie is able to provide for its own emergency services, which are staffed by fully paid civil servants, and not volunteers as is the case with many a suburban community.

As for the City of Poughkeepsie, it’s been severely battered by the economic malaise afflicting the rest of the state and the country as a whole. Average listing price in the two-week period between January 20, 2010 and February 3, 2010 fell almost thirty thousand dollars, to two hundred and fifty-one thousand dollars, though almost five thousand of that has been “recovered” as of February 10. However, the actual median selling price, based on two hundred and thirty-four homes sold, is almost thirty-three thousand dollars short of the median listing price, at barely two hundred and twenty thousand. Average per square foot in the city cost one hundred and thirty-two dollars.

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Poughkeepsie was once the “Queen City of the Hudson,” but has suffered economic setbacks for the past twenty-plus years and was just beginning to recover in fits and starts when the recent recessionary woes struck. This has obvious implications for local realty, both residential and commercial. The Town of Poughkeepsie, however, seems rather more vibrant in comparison. International Business Machines, Incorporated, was once the most notable employer around, and while the company still maintains a campus in town, most of its production has been moved elsewhere. Vassar College in the City of Poughkeepsie is arguably the most notable employer now.

Should you purchase any Poughkeepsie property? Well, there’s no way it’s reclaiming its glory days, so the local real estate market is never going to be a hot one. But if your goals are more modest, and especially if you live in the city yourself, of course, Poughkeepsie property can be a solid investment.

Now even with all that said, however, we must end on this note, that of the legal disclaimer: Neither the author nor the publisher shall be deemed liable for the contents of this article, which constitute mere opinion only and should never in any way be misconstrued as professional advice of any kind whatsoever! Always consult the relevant professionals, properly licensed and/or otherwise qualified, when making business decisions of any financial consequence.

About the Author: Barbra I. Miller writes frequently on real estate topics for various online publications. Please visit

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