Low Mortgage Rates Convert Prospective Buyers into Active Buyers

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in News

Of the 11 percent of American adults considering a future home purchase in the second quarter of 2020, about half (49 percent) are not simply planning it, they are actively engaged in the process to find a home. That is a significantly higher share than the comparable figure a year ago (41 percent), which suggests that the COVID-19 crisis and its accompanying record-low mortgage rates have converted some prospective buyers into active buyers.Of Millennials planning a home...

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August/September Builders News Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in News

Check out the August/September issue of our Builders News newsletter!  See a list of Parade of Homes’ houses plus app and virtual tour information. Also, view fun photos from our annual golf  tournament,  read an Upcycle Competition recap, learn what our Vocational Training Council has been doing to engage youth in the skilled trades and much more. Click the link below for the digital edition. Our October issue comes out in late September. August/September 2020...

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Create Your Dreams During the 2020 Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes Aug. 1-9

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in News

A summer tradition continues in the annual Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes! The scattered-site showcase, presented by Hills Bank and Urban Acres Real Estate and put on by The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA), is Aug. 1-9 in seven different cities. The event is a terrific opportunity for anyone looking to build, buy, remodel or simply discover the latest in home design. Trends on display include architecture, colors, smart technology, energy...

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Upcycle Competition Winners Announced

Posted by on Jul 10, 2020 in News

Announcing the winners of our Upcycle Competition, held June 15-26. Top vote getters and their prizes, courtesy of Locals Love Us – ICR and Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH) ReStore, are: 1st Place: Mike, Iowa City/Lawn Mower Lamp – $50 Gift Certificate to IVHFH ReStore, $50 to Herteen & Stocker Jewelers and $25 to Every Bloomin’ Thing. 2nd Place: Layla, Iowa City/Barbie Furniture and Clothing – $25 Gift Certificate to IVHFH ReStore, $50 to Midtown Family...

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Top 5 Remodeling Projects

Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in News

Home owners considering planning to stay in their home should know about remodeling projects that increase the home’s usefulness and make it better to live in. Housing market data reveals that small, smart remodels reward home owners with better return on investment and can help update and customize a home. A recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey of remodelers found the following five most common remodeling jobs. 1. Remodel the kitchen A minor kitchen...

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