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Millennials Aren’t Killing the Real Estate Industry. They’re Investing Differently

Although millennials may get a bad rap for being lazy and are blamed for killing a plethora of industries, there’s a good reason to believe that those in the real estate industry would make a huge mistake in ignoring this generation. In fact, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts that millennials will form 23 million new households over the next decade. That said, millennials may be looking for different things from their homes than previous generations wanted — so it’s essential that builders, agents, and other industry professionals pay attention and adjust accordingly.

Suburban houses in a quiet southwestern neighborhood

In a recent survey conducted of 1,000 Americans who said they wanted to purchase a home in the next year, 51% of those participants were found to be millennials. Eight in 10 millennial homebuyers would be purchasing a home for the first time. What’s more, 84% of millennials surveyed felt that homeownership was a core component of the American dream — and this milestone was one they prioritized over getting married or having children. In other words, contrary to what you might have been told, millennials are very interested in owning a home and actually feel that it’s a pivotal rite of passage.

Admittedly, many millennials are currently renting. But data indicates that this isn’t necessarily because these individuals aren’t open to the idea of buying a home; it’s likely because they can’t afford it.

That may be partially why some industry professionals are complaining that millennials don’t “want” the sprawling homes built by baby boomers. In 2016, the U.S. construction market was worth approximately $1,162 billion — but that doesn’t mean that younger generations are willing or able to spend a small fortune on building or buying a home. While there likely is a stylistic shift at play, the simple fact is that many of these homes are listed for prices that millennials can’t afford. Subsequently, reports show that homes built prior to 2012 are often selling at deep discounts (sometimes for less than the owners pay to build these homes) in order for older owners to downsize.

Although 56% of millennials and 46% of baby boomers prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods, they tend to look for different features — and different prices — in homes. Millennials would rather have modern design than a home that’s ornate and traditional. They do tend to like a minimalist approach and updated features, two things that aren’t often found in the homes baby boomers are attempting to sell. And, in fact, in 2014, millennial homeowners were just as likely to renovate their homes as other age groups, primarily driven by the desire to make a newly purchased home their own.

But ultimately, it may not be personal preferences that are keeping millennials from buying. According to the recent Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, millennials go on more house tours and attend more open houses than Gen X and baby boomer buyers, showing that they’re willing to put the work in and are generally more excited about being involved in the home buying process. And although millennials currently make up 36% of homebuyers, the largest share in the market according to the National Association of Realtors, they’re being forced to pay a whole lot more than homebuyers of the past. According to a report published by Business Insider, millennials buying their first home today are likely to pay 39% more than what baby boomers paid when they purchased their first homes during the 1980s. The cost of living and the cost of real estate has gone up, yet wages have not increased in kind. And now that millennials are facing more student loan debt than any other generation before them, it makes it challenging to take on a loan. Once millennials are able to afford a home, which often happens a bit later in life, it makes sense that they’d want to purchase real estate that aligns with their own personal tastes, rather than settling for outdated design.

In the end, the need for affordable housing and a shift towards more contemporary design elements may play a key role in convincing millennials to switch from renting to owning. But it might not be as hard as many industry experts think to entice this generation to buy; if existing data is any indication, many millennials are just as eager to own a home as those individuals belonging to prior generations were. Instead of vilifying this generation, it might be wise for builders, developers, and agents to find ways to appeal to millennials and make homeownership feasible.

Designing a 'Zen' Space: Important Tips to Know

Designing a ‘Zen’ Space: Important Tips to Know

In today’s society where everyone constantly seems to be in motion, it’s nice to have a relaxing, calm environment to come home to. This is why more and more homeowners are choosing to design their house more zen-like. Having a place where you can relax both your body and mind is important. So if you’re looking to create a calming ‘zen’ space in your home, keep reading for some great tips.

Designing a 'Zen' Space: Important Tips to Know

Utilize Natural Lighting

One of the first things you should focus on when creating a relaxing environment is the lighting. You shouldn’t have harsh fluorescent lighting in your zen space — this lighting can keep you feeling restless and even give you a headache. Instead, opt for natural and soft lighting. If you’re focusing on one room, choose a room that has windows that can let natural lighting in. For other sources of soft light, mix a variety of floor lamps and wall-mounted light fixtures to give yourself the ability to control the lighting in the room. With soft, natural light, you’ll be able to relax easily. Furthermore, you should consider moving any electronics, including your phone, out of your new space. Blue light emitted by electronics can not only be harmful to your eyes, but it can cause difficulty focusing and sleeping as well.

Get Rid of Clutter

With the average U.S. home having 300,000 things in it, you probably have a good amount of belongings in your house. And while it’s certainly fine to have some items in your home, you don’t want to try relaxing in an area that is cluttered. This is because extra objects in the room will cause distractions and could even prevent you from forming a relaxing space in the first place. So when you’re designing your zen area, make sure you get rid of unnecessary clutter to allow yourself to clear your mind. You should stick with some comfy furniture and maybe a few decor elements to make the space truly your own, but otherwise, unnecessary items should be moved out of the room.

Choose Warm, Earthy Tones

There are a lot of different ways to design rooms. While a recent survey found that 60% of respondents agreed they would have a sofa be the center of focus in their living room, it’s important to create a space you feel comfortable in. An easy way to do this is to use neutral and earthy tones throughout your space. Whether it’s the color of the walls, furniture, or accent elements, being in a space that offers warm and neutral tones — these colors will promote relaxation and allow you to not be distracted by bright colors around you.

While it’s true that a bathroom remodel can offer a return on investment of 70%, you should focus on making your home a space that allows you to de-stress and feel at peace. So keep these tips in mind when designing your ‘zen’ space for a result that truly allows you to feel your best.

The Best Interior Design And Decorating Trends To Revamp Your Space

Whether your design and decorating choices are big or small, they can immediately communicate your style to anyone who enters your home. They can also bring you a sense of joy whenever you look around you and see the beautiful pieces you picked out. Revamping your space can even have health benefits. One-third of homeowners say that they change to a healthier lifestyle after remodeling their kitchen, according to Houzz.

Now is the perfect time to give your space a makeover and start feeling those benefits. It doesn’t matter if you rent an apartment or own a house, you have options for how you want to express yourself in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the top design and decorating trends of this upcoming year to get inspiration and ideas for your home.

A new kind of subway tile

For a number of years now, white subway tile has ruled the kitchen backsplash market. This style gets its name from the subway tiles that were first used during the early 1900s in New York City subway stations. These tiles became the standard subway decoration because of their easy-to-clean and durable surface that reflected light well. They also became common for kitchens because of similar reasons, but now designers are putting a spin on them.

This year’s trendy backsplashes are still utilizing the fresh white color of subway tiles, but the individual tiles are larger than the standard three by six inches of past tiles. The larger tiles also minimize the amount of grout that shows. Designers are arranging them in herringbone, chevron, or stacked patterns, rather than in the offset brick pattern of years past. Some people are even ditching the rectangular tiles completely and opting for circles and curved lines instead.

Going green

For once we’re not talking about eco-friendly living (although incorporating environmental options remains a popular trend), but rich and vibrant green hues that bring nature inside. Interior designers have seen earthy green tones on the rise in homes as people want to create a paradise that allows them to escape technology and the stress of the outside world.

The best part of these decorating trends is that you don’t have to make permanent changes your landlord wouldn’t appreciate in order to incorporate green into your home. Pick out green throw pillows and blankets to accent your living room, or go bold with an armchair or sectional entirely upholstered in green. If you can make lasting changes to your home, consider incorporating sea glass into a kitchen or bathroom countertop. Subtle shades of green, blue, and aqua are typically found in every 50 to 100 pieces of sea glass and can make a plain space feel like a relaxing oasis.

Multifunctional furnishings

As more people move into smaller apartments and homes made for city-living, decor is also becoming more compact and multifunctional. Anyone who has lived in a more modest space knows the challenge of making a living room double as a guest room or finding storage space when it seems impossible.

Luckily, the furniture to solve these problems can be both stylish and functional. Designers have created storage options that fit neatly into existing furniture pieces, like under-bed drawers. Couches that transform into beds no longer look like the clunky messes that your parents had, but like a completely normal sofa that fits seamlessly into a living room. If you’re working with a small space, be sure to look for pieces like these that can do double duty while adding to the aesthetic of your space.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration from what’s trending right now, it’s time to go forth and give your home a facelift with these decorating trends. It’s probably in need of one, as about 85% of all homes in the country were built before 1980. While you’re remodeling, remember to have fun and pick out designs that speak to you. When all’s said and done, you should have a space that wipes away the stresses of the day and brings you absolute joy.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Wellness Expo Highlights What You Should Know About Indoor Air Quality

The second annual 2019 SXSW Wellness Expo highlighted a number of innovative products designed to make your life happier and, of course, healthier. This two-day event featured a variety of demonstrations, healthy samples, outstanding products, and more than a couple fitness classes in order to promote healthy living in the Austin area.

Few groups stood out more than indoor air quality company, Airthings. This company produces the best-selling digital radon detectors available on the market today, but their new Healthy Building Solution hopes to improve your indoor air quality as a whole through real-time, wireless detection.

Airthings' New Indoor Air Quality Monitors

“Studies have actually proven that optimizing indoor air quality is directly correlated to improved productivity, and in turn, greater revenue generation,” claims Airthings CEO Oyvind Birkenes. “Our goal to introduce management professionals to our IAQ monitors and enable them to check all these boxes: a healthy building, a productive and motivated staff, and an innovative, forward-thinking company model.”

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is determined by a variety of factors, most notably the particulate matter present in your air. While we all know that pollen counts and smog can cause a decrease in air quality both indoors and outdoors, there are countless factors in the home and workplace that can put your health at risk. For example, seemingly innocuous factors like high levels of humidity can play a damaging role in the quality of your indoor air.

If a person is surrounded by harmful air on a regular basis, deteriorating health effects might occur, such as the development of asthma, recurring headaches, or allergies.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

This is why it’s so important to utilize the best ventilation in hazardous work environments, like kitchens and manufacturing plants. In fact, almost 70% of all manufacturers utilize a compressed air system for ventilation and more.

However, the indoor air quality in your home and office is just as necessary. This often-neglected home component is in need of a change, prompting companies like Airthings have taken an active role in developing new IAQ-monitoring products.

Airthings unveiled three energy-efficient, wireless products designed to detect and measure any potential hazards in your air. For example, their new “Wave Plus” sensors measure radon levels, CO2, humidity, TVOCs, temperature, and air pressure in real time. Better yet, this technology also offers suggestions and tips to help improve your air quality and save energy.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Airthings also showcased two other wireless products: the “Wave Mini” and the “Airthings Hub” (both featured below). While the “Wave Mini” is perfect for measuring the IAQ of a single room; the “Airthings Hub” relies on multiple devices to be distributed throughout an entire building. This can enable a company to seal off dangerous areas and locate the source of air contamination, assuring the safety of their employees.

Airthings Hub

Improving your work and home environment is essential to reducing turnover rate within your company, improving the health of your family, and leading a happier life. With allergy season right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever to get a head start on improving your indoor air quality. While planting trees and shrubs can help reduce your energy bills by nearly 25%, these very same plants can also make your allergies go haywire. It’s no wonder Americans will contract more than one billion colds each year.

If you’re trying to improve your health through the innovative products featured at the 2019 Wellness Expo, perhaps you should start with your indoor air quality.

Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Lighting

Monster Products Launches Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Lighting

If we’re honest with ourselves, we all want an apartment that will wow visitors. A really cool pad that will have everyone gaping in awe at just how awesome your sanctuary is. What if we said you could affordably do so, would you want to know more? Of course, you would. Thanks to Monster Product’s latest launch, you will wow all who visit. The world leader in premium headphones, speakers and power accessories has launched a bright new product category, Monster Illuminessence. Check out this Instagram post for video of the Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light bulbs in action.

Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Lighting

This easy-to-use color-changing LED Lighting System makes the fun and excitement of professional quality LED lighting significantly more affordable than ever. It’s perfect for parties, holiday decorating or just everyday lighting fun. With Monster Illuminessence you can create instant moods and ambience. With Valentine’s Day coming up, why not really set the mood by engulfing your apartment or hotel room in a sensual red or fuschia? Monster makes it easy without the hassle of complicated devices and software set-up.

Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light Bulbs Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light Bulbs

Thanks to simple RF touch remote system that works right of the box, a room awash in bold colors is a push of a button away. Monster Illuminessence is easier to set up and use than Bluetooth or WiFi products on the market. The new Monster Illuminessence line includes kits for large rooms, small rooms, light strips, bulbs, and longer power extension kits. Enjoy color-changing lighting power in the palm of your hand; splash light and color all over your home in an instant, turn the lights on and off or even dim them all at once for a special effect.

Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light Bulbs Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light Bulbs Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Light Bulbs

“Illuminessence is the start of a great thing for Monster,” noted Head Monster Noel Lee. “Lighting is a critical element for creating the perfect ambience for any situation. Imagine concerts or dance clubs without special lighting or Halloween “spookfests” without orange and black lighting. In an instant, almost like magic, great lighting creates a whole new atmosphere and ambience. Monster Illuminessence gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a stunning, professional quality LED light experience without the complicated set-up or the budget-killing price.

Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Lighting

With the Illuminessence System, you can also select preset programmed modes. Select “Sunset” or “Lounge” for relaxation, and “Club” for parties and the lights change automatically to set the mood. The system also boasts special holiday lighting modes such as Halloween, Christmas, and the 4th of July, or just opt for a pure “White” which delivers bright white light for everyday use.

The Monster Illuminessence LED Mood Lighting System comes in four kits. Each kit includes a different combination of LED color-changing bulbs and LED strips to suit your needs. The bulb fits in any light fixture and the LED strips can be stuck below your bed, bar, kitchen cabinetry, or anywhere you want to add instant mood.

Mood Lighting Kit Large
1x Multicolor RF remote control
2x Multicolor/White LED dimmable bulbs
2x 6.5ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 60-LED strips
USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED

Mood Lighting Kit Small
1x Multicolor RF remote control
1x Multicolor/White LED dimmable bulbs
1x 6.5ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 60-LED strips
USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED

Mood Lightstrip 3-Pack
1x Multicolor RF remote control
2x 6.5ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 60-LED strips
USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED

Mood Lightstrip XL
1x Multicolor RF remote control
1x 16.4ft extra bright multicolor/white dimmable 150-LED strips
USB powered, NO MAINS ADAPTER INCLUDED

Extension Cable and Charger
10ft 5V USB extension power cable
Power adapter with USB plug (not for sale internationally)

Aside from the amazing effects, the kits start at only $25.00 each at Wal-Mart. Are you ready for Monster Illuminessence to help you set the mood?

Tiny Apartment, Huge Style: How To Add Your Personal Flair To A Small Apartment

You’ve finally found the perfect apartment located right in the center of your favorite restaurants with plenty of natural sunlight streaming through your windows. The only drawback? It’s tiny. So tiny that you can walk from one end to the other in a matter of seconds and you constantly fear that you may join the 25,000 Americans who sprain an ankle every day from tripping over the jumble of things laying on the floor.

In the interest of both your personal safety and the aesthetics of your space, you need to get your prized possessions off of your floor and neatly stored or displayed in your apartment. These tips for decorating a small apartment will do just that while also giving you a stylish space that you can’t stop showing off.

Moving boxes in new apartment. Real estate concept.

Incorporate Removable Pieces

One of the biggest challenges for apartment-dwellers everywhere is making decorating decisions that won’t send their landlord into a tizzy. However, with unfurnished apartment renters in the United States paying a median price of $1,492 per month, you deserve to add some spunk to your space, no matter how temporary it is.

A quick way to make a statement in your space is with removable wallpaper. This isn’t the wallpaper that plastered your grandparents’ raised ranch. Today’s interior designers are going for modern and chic wallpaper that you can easily remove without leaving a trace. You can also switch up the cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures, or window treatments for easily reversible yet stylishly impactful decorating decisions.

Make Your Storage Do Double-Duty

You’ll be shocked at how much better your apartment feels when you have a great storage system to organize your space. If you don’t have a ton of closet space in your tiny apartment, invest in small baskets and bins to station in strategic locations throughout your home. These tiny organizational tools can sit on floating shelves or on top of cabinets to help hide clutter from view. Just a few well-chosen baskets can make your apartment feel homier.

If you lack the space for long horizontal shelves, try to think vertically. Tall and narrow storage systems are a great option when you don’t have a large amount of space in your apartment. Put identical bookshelves on either side of a doorway for a built-in shelving illusion or stack floating shelves from the floor to the ceiling.

Keep It Light

According to designer Libby Langdon, something as simple as a light rug can do wonders to make a room feel larger than it is. Keep in mind that ark, rich colors tend to make a space appear smaller. Even if your apartment came with dark wall-to-wall carpeting, you can cover it with an area rug in a lighter color to open up your space.

When you’re choosing the color palette for your apartment, focus on using two light and bright shades for the bulk of the space and choose one darker accent color to keep the design visually interesting. This strategy will help you use the design rule of three to your advantage while enlarging your space as much as possible.

As an apartment renter, you have many different responsibilities to juggle. On one end, you have practical duties such as checking radon levels, which are at or above the EPA action level in about one in 15 homes in the United States. On the other, you have the job of transforming your space into a home. Take a deep breath, tackle one thing at a time, and don’t forget to have fun with your interior design choices.

Redesign Your Home Office Space For the New Year With These Creative Tips

Telecommuting isn’t just for the Millennial set. According to a recent survey by the AARP, 34% of older Americans would like to work from home, too. But whether you work remotely or simply want to create a space that’s conducive to health and productivity in the coming new year, redesigning your home office is a great place to start.

Home Office Design from startupguys.net

The U.S. home improvement and repair industry is worth about $326.1 billion, but you don’t need to plan an expensive remodeling project to design the perfect home office. In fact, there are countless ways to transform your home office. And with the right physical space, you can accomplish each and every one of your goals in the new year.

With that in mind, here are just a few home office design tips to consider when revamping your home office.

Keep Your To-Do List Front and Center

When considering the layout of your desk and the wall space above and around your desk, the first element you want to add is a to-do list, which should ideally be updated on a regular basis. You can get a mini whiteboard with dry erase markers, go vintage with a chalkboard and chalk; or simply post a paper calendar or other organization tool on the wall to look at on a daily basis. Writing down your goals for the day is shown to boost the chance that you’ll reach them, so keep your list of tasks in a visible place that will provide a boost of encouragement every time you see it.

Engage in Puzzles During Breaks, But Don’t Get Distracted

Remember: your home office doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets and to-do lists!

You can and should keep some fun distractions on hand as well. That could mean a bookshelf with some of your favorite books or a thick stack of sudoku puzzles. The neurotransmitter dopamine is produced when doing puzzles, making them a great stress reliever to engage in during a short break period. With that in mind, it’s perfectly acceptable to keep a small collection of word searches, crossword puzzles, short reading materials, and other types of puzzles and activities. These will keep your mind occupied without causing a distraction.

These options are also much better than television or social media browsing, which tend to be productivity killers. Of course, it’s also important to make sure your breaks are structured. Taking a break whenever you ‘feel’ like it is far less productive.

Consider a New Shade

More than one-third of respondents in a 2017 Interior Design Trends survey said they would choose a neutral color palette when redecorating their home, but there are several shades scientifically proven to boost productive habits.

“There are certain colors that stimulate your brain in a certain way. Oranges and yellow hues are said to make one hungry; this could be the reason why more and more restaurants are using it in their schemes. Choose a color that is not too gaudy so that it does not distract you. Keeping in mind the climate and the heat, try selecting a neutral color that will soothe you in summer and provide warmth in winters. Lemons, pastel blues and creams are good color choices,” says Lifehack.

Rearrange When Creativity Strikes

Finally, don’t hesitate to rearrange your office whenever you feel that spark of spatial creativity. Giving the room a fresh look every once in a while helps you feel more at peace and essentially creates an entirely new feel, helping you stay productive without growing bored. Give it a try the next time you’re feeling stuck in a productivity rut.

Ultimately, creating a space conducive to productivity for the coming new year can help you stay on top of your goals and add a sense of purpose to your work-at-home routine.

Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes

Seasonal Decor: Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes

.Want to get in the holiday spirit each time you wash your hands? We have just the holiday hand wash for you and your family. Share the joy of seasonal decor with these three, limited edition Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes. These foaming liquid hand soap are mild enough to use frequently and encourages healthy handwashing habits. Dial has launched so many products you know and love. From their coconut milk bath products that continuously moisturizes your skin over 12-hours, and their 2-in-1 moisturizing and antibacterial products, Dial never disappoints.

Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes
Available in three cheery scents, Jingle Bells, Winter Snowflake, and Holiday Bliss, the Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes are perfect for celebrating the winter season. Not only do these foaming hand washes remove dirt and germs, but they are also a great way to decorate your sink with holiday cheer. You’ll love the way its light foam cleans your hands without drying. Instead, it leaves behind a pleasant scent and the assurance of a clean that’s complete.

The Jingle Bells bottle features a wrap that boasts, you guessed it, bells. Red, green and silver bells (some with Christmas string) adore the bottle. The Winter Snowflake bottle features magnified views of snowflakes, highlighting the different snowflake designs. Lastly, the Holiday Bliss bottle features holiday cookies in a variety of shapes. You’ll smile as gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes, polar bears, snowmen, and of course, Santa Claus looks back at you.

Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes

The limited edited Dial Holiday Foaming Hand Washes are available now at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide. Each can be yours for only $3.00. Will you be adding a touch of the holiday to your kitchen and bathroom sinks with the limited edition, seasonal foaming hand washes?