Category Archives: Genius ideas

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Appraisal Institute Launches ‘Green’ Valuation Program

About time! It seems that the appraisers have finally decided to get on board with new building protocols. According to the link below, the appraisal industry is making efforts to educate its members on the value of “green” and the building of high performance homes. This is not unlike the new “green” fields available now [...]

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Comment from a home owner….

Classic Urban Homes got an unsolicited email the other day from a recent remodel client of ours. It fell right in line with a project I have been planning to work on. First, their comment: Mike, Thought you might be interested in this. Our heating bill is less this year at 3000sf than it was [...]

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2010 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes

If you have some time this weekend, you should consider going to the fourth annual American Institute of Architects Dallas Tour of Homes. The homes are open this Saturday and Sunday, November 6th and 7th from 10am to 5pm each day. Tickets for all eight homes are $25 each. More information can be found here: [...]

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USA Today: Houses of 2020 will be all about energy (and Classic Urban Homes agrees)

I think the USA today (“Houses of 2020 will be all about energy“) stole the description of one of our (award winning (more on that later)) house plans…. They say The American house of 2020 will likely be smaller, smarter, more urban and efficient. Hmm… When I look at the description of our plans for [...]

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Classic Urban Homes is sponsoring the 2010 White Rock Home Tour

Classic Urban Homes is proud to be a sponsor of the 2010 White Rock Home Tour! The area’s only all-modern home tour embarks on its fifth year of benefiting Blue Ribbon School Hexter Elementary with a wonderful display of mid-century modern homes and a sustainable home. The tour is April 24 – 25 from noon [...]

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Texas Green Building Summit

Great conference today. Learned lots of new things, and heard verification that a lot of the things we are doing are being done the right way. The conference website is here: 2010 Texas Green Building Summit. I am hopeful they will put up some of the speakers’ presentations that I can download and share. Some [...]

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Home buyers are focusing on smaller homes

“Home buyers are focusing on smaller homes” according to the USA today. Echoing themes I discussed a month ago relating to a similar article in the Wall Street Journal “Smaller Houses The Way” Housing size drops with each recession, but economists expect the current movement toward smaller homes to continue for some time in part [...]

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So sayeth Business Week: “If You Don’t Buy a House Now, You’re Stupid or Broke”

Not sure if I totally agree, but he’s got a good point – interest rates are at historic lows and aren’t likely to go lower. In fact, they are likely to go higher in the coming years. One thing he doesn’t mention is that the US Gov’t is one of the main contributors to this [...]

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Smaller houses on the way….

Great article in the Wall Street Journal today – “Builders Downsize the Dream Home.” The article mainly addresses larger production builders, but the point is right on. With tight credit and higher required downpayments, buyers can no longer afford just a little bit more in a house. The market is responding appropriately and offering smaller, [...]

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This makes too much sense (which is why it will never happen)

Here’s a dead simple way to help our new home buyers and those who want to refinance – us the 30-year Treasury Bond as a baseline. The US Treasury offers loans to banks at 50 basis points above the 30 year at issuance to those who are willing to make mortgage loans. That would now [...]