New Homes are 10% smaller

There has been a lot of buzz recently about the changing real estate market with specific focus on modern trends.  While new construction is definately down, the cusomer is starting to reinforce the new message which has be stated before.

According to a recent article from Monday November 15th, 2010, the average home size for new construction is down approximately 10% from the boom in 2006-2007.  The focus of the article is on smaller communities and quality construction as the new trend.  Homeowners are electing larger open spaces in their homes and the removal of unused rooms from past building styles.

Additionally, homeowners are becoming increasing focused on energy conservation, and reduced maintainance and yard care which also lends to this trend.

Recent price reductions in the high end large home category are showing that the best way to preserve long term value is to control size, and build quality (and extra bathrooms, too).

To read more on this article, please click here:  http://selectsothebysrealty.com/page/usa_today_new_homes_get_smaller

Four Upstate NY Cities Ranked in Forbes Top 10 Places to Raise a Family

Upstate NY had a strong Showing in the latest Forbes.com report on America’s Best Places to Raise a family. Rochester, Syracuse, Albany’s Capital Region and Buffalo hit the list in that order. In addition, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh in PA hit the list and created a very strong Northeast showing. Great to see the media confirming what we already know!

http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/best-places-family-lifestyle-real-estate-cities-kids_slide_3.html