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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Home, Hearth and More: 5 Trends to Watch

April 18, 2016 1:48 am

We’ve found that one of the best ways to tap into the most current trends for the home is to check into trade shows, where massive numbers of industry professionals show off the latest and greatest.

Earlier this year, more than 7,500 manufacturers and retailers flocked to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s (HPBA) HPBExpo 2016 to showcase innovations in home heating and indoor-outdoor living.

The expo’s top trends included:

Improved Biomass-Burning Products – New mandates for wood-burning and pellet products will affect how manufacturers design products to meet more stringent emission standards. HPBA anticipates this trend toward reduced emissions and increased efficiency to accelerate through this year and beyond.

Integrated Smart Technology – As the world embraces smartphone apps, more hearth and barbecue products are becoming smart-enabled. From fireplace temperature controls to grills and propane tank monitoring systems, app-friendly products will abound this year, giving homeowners control at the push of a button.

Linear Fireplaces – Linear fireplaces continue to interest homeowners with their sleek, modern design. Available in sizes up to 12-feet wide, with high heat-tolerant glass and no-trim options, as well as electric models with multicolored, realistic flames, linear fireplaces are being sought by homeowners seeking a sophisticated, contemporary style.

Specialized Accessories – Specialized accessories are set to surge this year, as homeowners look for new ways to barbecue. According to recent HPBA research, pizza stones, fish/broiling baskets, cedar planks, rotisseries and grill woks are among the top accessories.

Upgraded Outdoor Kitchens – Today, 10 percent of grill owners have an outdoor kitchen, featuring primarily premium grills, furniture, lighting and outdoor fireplaces and/or fire pits. Of these outdoor kitchen owners, 35 percent are likely to upgrade in the next three years. Amenities such as storage spaces, refrigerators, dishwashers, built-in sinks, bottle rails, cocktail bars, seating options and food preparation areas, as well as entertainment features like televisions and surround sound, are among the products HPBA expects to gain prominence.

In future segments, we'll explore each of these trends, including taking a look at all the latest products, services and inspirations coming out of HPBExpo 2016. 

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Home on the Market? Craftsman-Style Features Are High Selling Points

April 18, 2016 1:48 am

Why do some seemingly similar homes sell at different price points? Keywords in the home’s listing description, for one.

According to a Zillow Digs® analysis, homes with listing descriptions that include the words “barn door,” “shaker cabinets,” or “subway tiles” sold faster (and for significantly more!) than anticipated.

Of the 60 keywordsubway tile s assessed, descriptions that included “barn doors” saw the highest sale premium: 13 percent above what was expected. Other common craftsman-style keywords, like “farmhouse sink,” were also found in top-performing listing descriptions.

“When it comes to real estate listing descriptions, words matter,” says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow. “Your listing description is an opportunity to highlight specific details and finishes that might not be visible in photos. Craftsman-style homes and amenities resonate incredibly well with today's buyers, so if you've got them, flaunt them!”

Understanding what’s popular among buyers can also help those considering a remodel. Drawing an example from the analysis, descriptions mentioning “hardwood floors” sold for 2 percent more than expected; descriptions touting “new carpets” had no effect on the sale price. While everyone’s preferences differ, a home with hardwood floors may be more likely to attract buyers in the future.

The full Zillow Digs analysis:

1. “Barn Doors” – Sold for 13.4 percent higher and 57 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Phoenix, Ariz.

2. “Shaker Cabinets” – Sold for 9.6 percent higher and 45 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Los Angeles, Calif.

3. “Farmhouse Sink” – Sold for 7.9 percent higher and 58 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Los Angeles, Calif.

4. “Subway Tile” – Sold for 6.9 percent higher and 63 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Philadelphia, Pa.

5. “Quartz” – Sold for 6.0 percent higher and 50 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Los Angeles, Calif.

6. “Craftsman” – Sold for 5.4 percent higher and 14 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Seattle, Wash.

7. “Exposed Brick” – Sold for 4.9 percent higher and 36 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in New York, N.Y.

8. “Pendant Light” – Sold for 4.6 percent higher and 48 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Phoenix, Ariz.

9. “Frameless Shower” – Sold for 4.6 percent higher and 38 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Dallas, Texas

10. “Heated Floors” – Sold for 4.3 percent higher and 28 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Seattle, Wash.

11. “Stainless Steel” – Sold for 4.2 percent higher and 42 day sooner than expected; most commonly found in Chicago, Ill.

12. “Granite” - Sold for 4.1 percent higher and 38 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Dallas, Texas

13. “Backsplash” - Sold for 4.1 percent higher and 46 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Philadelphia, Pa.

14. “Tankless Water Heater” - Sold for 4.0 percent higher and 43 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Los Angeles, Calif.

15. “Outdoor Kitchen” – Sold for 3.7 percent higher and 19 days sooner than expected; most commonly found in Tampa, Fla.

Source: Zillow Digs®

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