Thursday, March 27, 2014

Private Open House Program

Sign up with Investors Realty to receive invitations to our open house program. With the the invitations you'll receive opportunities to see some of our completed homes, talk with current home owners, collaborate with our Homeowner Advisors and Design Team, and get a first hand look at the products current owners using in their new home projects.

The best part is that they're free with no obligation on your part.

Click this link to view more information about our open house program and decide if you'd like to sign up to receive the benefits! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Benefits of Gardening

The weather is getting nicer and nicer, and with the heat of the summer will come the time to start thinking about your garden! Gardening not only makes your yard look great, it can also make you look and feel great as well! Gardening is a great way to burn off some of those excess calories as well as strengthen your bones.

The following infographic shows some of the health statistics involved in gardening, real estate statistics, making money with your garden, the environmental benefits, and more! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dive In! Exploring the Endless Health Benefits of Swimming Pools

Here at Southern Meadow our residents have access to the community clubhouse. With spring here one of the more popular areas of the clubhouse is sure to be the swimming pool and BBQ area outside. There are many reasons to choose to go swimming, to cool off on a hot day, for a little fun, and for the numerous health benefits that come with swimming are a few.

If you swim for just 2.5 hours a week, you can greatly reduce your risk for chronic disease. In fact, active swimmers have a 50% lower risk of death than people who are inactive. The following infographic published by Custom Pools shows many statistics and health benefits of swimming.

To view a larger image click here and zoom in. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why are New Homes Getting so Big? Look at Who’s Buying Them.

February, 2014 NAHB - Though the average size of new homes keeps getting bigger, there is more to this home buying trend than meets the eye, according to Census Bureau data presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
“The average home size has continued to rise for the past four years, from 2,362 square feet in 2009 to 2,679 square feet in 2013,” said Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president for survey research.
The share of new homes with at least four bedrooms has also been on an upward trend, rising from 34 percent in 2009 to 48 percent last year.
Meanwhile the percent of homes with at least three full bathrooms has gone from 23 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2013, and the share of homes with three-plus garages has climbed from 16 percent in 2010 to 22 percent last year.
The upward trend also applies to the percentage of two-story single-family homes started, with the share steadily rising from 51 percent in 2009 to 60 percent in 2013.
As homes get bigger, so does the average sales price, rising from $248,000 in 2009 to $318,000 in 2013. To find out why homes are getting so big you need to look at who is buying them.
“It requires a high credit score and a nice income to qualify for a mortgage,” said Quint, who noted that the spread between the average Experian credit score of all U.S. consumers and the average home borrower’s score has risen from 33 points in the early 2000s to 58 points in 2013.
The median income of new-home buyers has steadily climbed from $91,768 in 2005 to $107,607 in 2011.
During the same period, the number of new-home sales has dramatically declined, from 1.28 million to 306,000.
“There are not as many people who have the income that can qualify for a new home,” said Quint.
Most Popular Features in 2014 Homes
The features that builders are most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year are a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, low-e windows, a laundry room and a great room, according to the latest survey by NAHB.
Energy-efficiency is also a key theme, as Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows also rank high on the list.
According to builders, granite countertops, a double-sink and a central island will likely make the cut in the kitchen as well as a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom.
Other features that builders are likely to include are first-floor ceilings at least nine-feet high, a front porch, exterior lighting and a patio.
Conversely, the most unlikely features to show up in 2014 homes are laminate kitchen countertops, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom, a two-story family room, a media room, a two-story foyer and a whirlpool in the master bathroom.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mad about St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's day is Monday, March 17th and I'm sure most of you know to wear something green or risk getting pinched, but did you know that the original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue? The following infographic shares fun and little known facts about St. Patrick's day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Health Benefits of Music

If you're not already going to Southern Meadow's Zumba class, maybe reading this infographic will change your mind! It goes through a breakdown of the mental and physical health benefits of music. Zumba is a great way to get exercise to some great music, lifting your mood throughout the day and increasing your overall physical health. If you prefer to exercise by yourself, you should still consider making a playlist or two for walking, jogging, biking, or any form of exercise you may otherwise get in order to improve your overall performance!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daylight Saving Time

Mark your calendars everyone, March 9th is daylight saving time! We're losing an hour of sleep, so if you have to be somewhere the next day make sure you get a little extra sleep. Some of you may wonder why exactly we have to disrupt our schedules every year for this time change. One reason is to conserve energy, but probably the most influential reason is that we gain an extra hour of sunlight in our day, which can greatly effect mood! So, although we're losing a little sleep now, with the extra  daylight we'll be having soon we'll start to feel much less tired throughout the day.

The following infographic shares 12 facts about Daylight Savings time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Award Winners

February, 2014 NAHB - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council announced the winners of its 2014 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, which honor excellence and innovation in the design, development, lifestyle and marketing of housing for the mature market. The annual awards program, held during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, showcases the latest trends in housing for that market sector.
“This year’s winners stepped up to the plate and supplied competitive and attractive projects for the 50+ market,” said Robert Karen, chairman of NAHB's 50+ Housing Council and managing member of the Symphony Development Group. “Today’s 50+ home buyers and renters are looking for homes and communities that are much more innovative, and incorporate features and amenities that fit their lifestyle. These winning projects do just that.”
Top honors went to NoHo Senior Arts Colony, North Hollywood, Calif., a rental community for residents aged 62 and older located in the NoHo Arts District—a diverse urban neighborhood with many small theaters, artists’ studios, and creative professionals. Of the infill community’s 126 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 80 percent rent at market rates, with the other 20 percent serving low-income residents. The community’s social spaces include an art studio, sculpture studio, art exhibit space, a 76-seat Performing arts theater that is shared with local professional theater groups, rehearsal spaces, a creative writing and read-aloud library, a computer media arts center, a yoga/meditation room, as well as more traditional community rooms.
Other honorees include Alta Verde Coral Mountain in La Quinta, Calif., which received a Gold award in the Best For-Sale Community (Up to 200 Homes) and an innovation award. The homes in this development are elementally modern, built at an economical cost per square foot. As examples, the front doors were constructed from commercial grade fiberglass, custom filled with lightweight concrete to survive the desert heat and provide security, acoustic value and overall weight and quality. These homes also have green elements, such as 2 kW solar panels, reflective cool flat roofs, tankless water heaters, low-E dual glazed windows and LED lighting, and are pre-wired for electric car chargers.
Moorings Park in Naples, Fla., won a Gold award for Best 50+ Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Moorings Park, an already-successful CCRC, wished to enhance its current offerings with a new product, amenities and a lifestyle of wellness that would exceed the expectations of future residents. Four new buildings—three residential lifestyle apartment buildings and the Center for Healthy Living—now form a small “town square” and include the new upscale restaurant with casual, outdoor and fine dining options. Spacious independent living lifestyle apartments were designed to be completely customized by the owner. To encourage wellness dimensions beyond the physical, the Center also offers a meditation room, Zen garden, creative arts studio, and lecture space for visiting speakers.
There were 35 Gold award winners, 24 Silver award winners and three entries honored with awards for innovation. View the complete list of this year’s winners at Images of winners and finalists are available upon request.