What home buyers want

As the dust settles from the housing bust, what are buyers now looking for?

The homes that sold like gangbusters during the good times - to the tune of nearly 1.4 million in 2005 alone - are not what the buyers of tomorrow say they are looking for.

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Big Sky Cabin

As we continue to see the trend of smaller is better - take a look at this unit at only 1500 sf.

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Vanilla home loans?

Are government regulated "vanilla" home loan packages the new standard?  Builder Online explains.

WASHINGTON - If President Barack Obama gets his way, consumers who take out mortgages would automatically get a "plain vanilla" loan - such as a traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage - unless they opted for a riskier variety.

Obama's plan to revamp financial regulation aims to protect borrowers from the confusing and high-risk mortgages that fed a pandemic of delinquencies and foreclosures, led to the worst financial crisis in decades and thrust the nation into a deep recession.

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iPhone home automation control

Would you like to control your home automation system from the convenience of your cell phone?

Far beyond just the music opportunities, the iPhone application represents a major development in digital platforms across the residential platform, controlling music is just one element. If people can mute a room from their iPhone, why not dim the lights and turn up the temperature a few degrees too?

Lutron agrees. The lighting-control company recently launched an iPhone/iPod Touch application that's available for free from the Apple Web site, although consumers likely will have to pay a nominal programming fee to have the application integrated with their HomeWorks lighting-control system. 

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A Cabin in the Woods

Nestled in the foothills just minutes from Big Sky Resort - this cabin is another example of living large in a small space.

This Porcupine Park property is a great example of a true western motif Montana cabin.

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Single Family Home Starts up 2.8%

Although multi-family housing was down again this month - there is a little sun shining on the single family market.

Initial construction of U.S. homes and building permits both sank to record lows in April, according to a government report released Tuesday May, 19th, but the same report also showed signs of stabilization in the single-family core of the housing market.

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Union Pacific Dining Lodge

With a lot of interest and phone calls coming in this month from our feature RMR website photo, I though it prudent to run the UPDL project as this months feature project. In 2007, RMR was awarded the bid and opportunity to do a full structural remodel on the UPDL building.  Consisting of log & timber, structural steel, masonry, electrical, HVAC, roofing, and finishes upgrades, the challenge was performing all scope to be hidden to the eye.  Each and every upgrade was completed with the end goal of keeping the historic structure unchanged by view and design.  The project was a striking success. View a photo gallery Read the rest of entry »

Free Green Building Advice

Free green building advice - It comes at a good time: When the new-home construction market begins to recover in the next two to three years, sustainable, green construction could outpace conventional methods, with the value of green building construction starts reaching between $96 billion and $140 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction's "2009 Green Outlook: Trends Driving Change" report.

BuildingGreen's new greenbuildingadvisor.com is a one-stop database of green-building expertise. Nearly 1,000 construction drawings and other resources, including notes on building codes, installation videos, and products, detail ways to achieve sustainability for various home types and climates.

Six phases of a construction project

This pretty much sums it up in six short segments.

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Disillusionment
  3. Panic
  4. Search for the guilty
  5. Punishment of the innocent
  6. Praise and honors for the non participants

Head West

5 out of the top 15 housing markets in the U.S. are found in Montana.  

I had to double check to make sure this list wasn't published on April Fools Day - Fargo, ND made #2...?

  1. Billings, MT
  2. Fargo, ND
  3. Lander, WY
  4. Trenton, NJ
  5. Morgantown, WV

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