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The Fusion Revolution: One Roof, Two Homes, pg 8-9. http://forclosurenewsreport.com, Nov 2013, Vol. 7, Issue 11, By Howard Perlman.

 

“It’s time for a revolution! For years, architects have not been designing houses for the way we actually live. During the frantic bubble years, Perlman Design Group (headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., with offices in Phoenix, Ariz., and Newport Beach,Calif.) was too busy to stop and assess —really assess — how Americans’ living habits were changing. It took the slowdown of 2009 to make us realize that the world had changed.” Read more.

Read more article topics below: Fusion, Doubling Up, Working At Home, Planning: Urban & Suburban, Places To Live, Housing Trends, Homebuilding Business, Architecture

Fusion: 2Gen and eBiz Homes In The News

Ahwatukee Foothills News, IKEA teams up with Lennar Homes to benefit Habitat for Humanity, By Allison Hurtado, 12/3/2011 “An architect out of Vegas, Howard Perlman, came up with the concept,” said Alan Jones, Lennar’s Arizona division president. “He spent a bunch of time in Europe and he had the initial idea of having a separate living area. You could use it for whatever. It could be a day care center, it can be an office, and it works really well for those. Not everyone is using it for a mom or a dad or child that’s coming back…” Read more.

The Press-Enterprise (pe.com), REAL ESTATE: Lennar unveils “home within a home”, By Leslie Berkman, 11/12/2011 “NextGen models are scheduled to be rolled out at 35 to 40 Lennar communities in California, Arizona and Nevada by the end of the year, said Jeff Roos, Lennar’s southwest regional president…Howard Perlman, a Las Vegas architect, takes credit for creating the multigenerational home concept and shopping it to home builders about eight months ago. “ Read more.

Azcentral.com, Lennar unveils its “NextGen” home design in Gilbert, by John Stanley, 10/8/2011 “Nearly a third of American adults are “doubled up,” with two or more adult generations living in the same home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s good news for Lennar Homes, which last month unveiled its “NextGen” home, designed specifically to allow more than one generation to share a house while maximizing privacy and independence.” Read more.

USA Today (usatoday.com), A model for today’s family — or families, By Sue Doerfler, The Arizona Republic, 12/10/2011 “We call it NextGen because we feel it’s the next best thing in housing,” said Alan Jones, Lennar’s Arizona Division president. “This allows us to reach a segment of the population we haven’t reached before.” The concept is designed for Baby Boomers whose aging parents are moving in with them. Read more.

Las Vegas Review Journal (lvrj.com), Home sweet multigenerational home: Builder explores new niche, by Hubble Smith, 12/14/2011 “Las Vegas architect Howard Perlman took the lead in designing the 2-Gen brand home with an independent lock-off suite that has its own entry, living space and kitchen…” Read more.

Bloomberg Businessweek (businessweek.com), Making Life with the In-Laws Bearable, by John Gittelsohn, 11/23/2011 “A new kind of home is being marketed to multigenerational households….. KB Home, Lennar (LEN), and Pulte Group (PHM) are among builders that offer models with second master bedrooms, kitchenettes, and separate entrances.” Read more.

New Jersey Local News (nj.com), Multigenerational households are on rise in N.J., by Star-Ledger Staff, 8/11/2011 “In my opinion, multigenerational families are very common among Hispanic families now,” says Fernandez, whose parents, whom she calls “typical Latino, strict Catholic types,” are from Puerto Rico. “We kind of always stick together.” Read more.

Don’t Bet Against The (Single-Family) House, newgeography.com, by Joel Kotkin 02/29/2012 “This is widely believed to be a temporary blip caused by the recession, which clearly is contributing to the trend. But the move toward multigenerational housing has been going on for almost three decades…” Read more.

New-home builders offer a fresh take on in-law quarters, Arizona Daily Star, Dale Quinn, January 29, 2012 ‘He said his father wouldn’t likely have agreed to move in if he didn’t have his own space. That’s mainly because, as they age, people don’t want to make life harder for their adult children.’ Read more.

Multi-Generation Living Makes a Comeback, Thirdage.com, by Julie Swidwa, April 13, 2010 “Our kids see the advantage of pooling resources, and they understand family responsibilities,” Cherisse said. “It’s good for character-building…” “With two or three generations living under one roof, families often experience more flexible schedules, quality time with one another and the ability to better juggle child care and elder care.” Read more.

 

The new American household: 3 generations, 1 roof, money.cnn.com, By Les Christie, 04/03/2012 “It’s such an advantage to have multiple wage earners in the same household when the economy is still struggling.” said Nicolas Retsina, a lecturer at the Harvard Business School and one-time head of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Retsina said the multi-generational housing trend is one he expects will continue.” Read more.

How the sandwich generation can avoid getting squeezed, Reuters.com, by Lou Carlozo, July 6 2012 “Children of the baby boomers, the so-called sandwich generation, face household fiscal strains unlike any other time in history, often with the obligation to support their parents as they age and their children as they enter college, with one eye on their own retirement funds. ” Read more.

Multigenerational Living a Top Trend in New Home Design; Will Builders Follow Suit?, Senior Housing News, by Alyssa Gerace, 05/14/2012 “Multigenerational housing is an emerging niche market, at least in certain areas, says Steve Melman, Director of Economic Services at NAHB, adding that the trend is ‘something to be aware of.” Read more.

Lennar’s Multi-Generational Home a Success in Arizona, Lennar.com, 08/21/2012 “Since New Years, Lennar has sold more than 100 NextGen plans here in Arizona alone. “Clearly we’ve hit on a concept that is meaningful to the home buying public. We never dreamed we’d be selling at this velocity in 2012, but the plans are offering specific solutions, affording privacy and flexibility,” said Alan Jones, Lennar Arizona Division President.” Read more.

Solution to US debt woes isn’t economic. It’s social., By John L. Graham, Contributor, July 27, 2011 “It’s no wonder that the current so-called economic malaise began with housing in 2007. That’s about the time the economic system began to realize that the American housing stock is actually worth less because it doesn’t fit the coming needs of the marketplace.” Read more.

Multigen Housing for Modern Families, Yardi.com, By Erica Jarrell,Aug 20, 2012 “A marked increase in transgenerational living arrangements has sparked in a shift in the housing industry that could spell success for builders that are willing to explore a change in direction.” Read more.

Advantage Goes to Three-Generation Households, USC News, By Athan Bezaitis,August 12, 2009 “Living in a three-generation household can enhance the economic well-being of children, according to a new study from researchers at USC and the University of Massachusetts Boston.” Read more.

Modern Family: Three Inspired Houses Respond To Surge In Multigenerational Households, Builder Magazine, By Amy Albert, September 12, 2012 “Aging Boomers, adult siblings, boomerang kids, elderly parents: The typical American household is being reinvented as you read this. Three inspired projects respond to the surge in multigenerational living, with privacy and togetherness for all.” Read more.

Multi-Flex: Bringing flex power to a single-family house can expand your pool of buyers. Builder Magazine, By Bill Hezmalhalch, September 24, 2012. “The rise of multigenerational living has created a demand for homes to suit all sorts of household mixes: parents moving in with kids, kids moving in with parents, siblings moving in with each other. Accommodating the need for privacy within a reasonably sized footprint is the crucial issue.” Read more.

Gen-Y seeks the city life says institute, LVB.com, By Brian Pedersen, November 9, 2012. “Can Master Planned communities be designed in a more Urban Way? It requires more density that can be achieved through a higher percentage of apartments and multigen homes. With the greater density, walkable retail, coffee shops, etc., become viable.” Read more.

PulteGroup: Mom and dad expect future roommates – Families make plans for new space to deal with projected increase in multi-generational households. Housing Zone, By HZ staff, October 17, 2012.
“Twice as many households as today will experience adult children or aging parents moving in at some point in the future, a new survey by national home builder PulteGroup shows.” Read more.

Under One Roof, Building for Extended Families. The New York Times, By Penelope Green November 29, 2012.
“Over 130 NextGens have been sold in AZ so far this year and over 50 of them were “Evolutions.” Conceived and designed by Perlman Architects of AZ, the Evolution model is the most significant new home concept in the last 50 years.” Read more.

Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate’s Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space. http://realestate.aol.com, By Krisanne Alcantara, November 16, 2012.
“Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn’t have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home” Read more.
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Doubling Up

newgeography.com, Will you still house me when I’m 64? By Ross Elliot, 11/28/2011 “…there will be a good 10 to 15 year period for people for whom the family home no longer suits, and who aren’t yet ready for ‘God’s waiting room.’ How we accommodate this coming bubble of seniors who want to age in place and continue to live independently, and how planning schemes will allow markets to provide choice and diversity, is something that perhaps should be a policy focus now.” Read more.

MarketWatch.com, In today’s economy many are finding it necessary to share living space. By Ruth Mantell, 11/22/2011 “Nikki Roddy, left, and co-worker Pam McElroy, share a doubled-up household in San Francisco with their boyfriends. In recent years, the number of adults in doubled-up households has been rising.” Read more.

The Changing Demographics of America, newgeography.com, by Joel Kotkin 6/27/2010 “…The new suburbia will be far more environmentally friendly—what I call “greenurbia.” The Internet, wireless phones, video conferencing and other communication technologies will allow more people to work from home: at least one in four or five will do so full time or part time, up from roughly one in six or seven today. . .” Read more.

usatoday.com, Household Makeup, More Family and Friends Move in Together, By Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg, 12/6/2010 “…Grown children returning home. Brothers and sisters moving in together. Families taking in grandparents. Friends living in the basement…Fueled by the dismal economy and high unemployment, more Americans — friends and families — are doubling up” Read more.

Spending Time with Grandparent Produces Better Behavior in Older Children, Teenagers. Feb. 23, 2009 Spending time with a grandparent is linked with better social skills and fewer behavior problems among adolescents. This is especially true for those living in single-parent or stepfamily households, according to a new study. Read more.

Bloomberg.com, Homebuilders Target In-Laws, Dogs as Extended Families Grow, By John Gittelsohn, 11/16/2011 “The number of households comprising three generations rose to almost 5.1 million in 2010 from 3.9 million a decade earlier, according to the Census Bureau. An estimated 51 million Americans, or 16.7 percent of the population, lived in homes with at least two generations of adults in 2009…” Read more.

Bloomberg.com, Grandma Bunks With Jobless Kids as Multigenerational Homes Surge, By Christopher Palmeri and Frank Bass, 8/29/2011 “…today’s extended families are more likely to live in suburbs…“Many conservatives are locked into this 1950s paradigm of the nuclear family,” said Joel Kotkin, author of “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050,” a book about demographics.”  Read more.

Washingtonpost.com, Recession pushes more in D.C. area to live with relatives, the Washington Post, by Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik, 08/17/2011 “…Almost 1.2 million of the region’s 6 million residents were living with extended family members and friends last year, a 33 percent rise over the past decade…“We haven’t seen anything like this since the Depression,” said Frances Goldscheider, a Brown University sociologist.…” Read more.

AdvertisingAge (adage.com), Boom in Multigenerational Households Has Wide Implications for Ad Industry, AdAge.com, By Beth Snyder Bulik, 08/23/2010 “…the trend could have big implications for marketers virtually across the board in categories from housing… 60% of women serve as caregivers to other family members or friends, which may mean leaving a job or reducing hours…This really is more of a return to normal…” Read more.

Usatoday.com, Census tracks 20 years of sweeping change, USA Today, By Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg, By Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg, 08/10/2011 “…Various forms of three generations under one roof; adult children returning to their parents’ home, sometimes with a spouse and their own children or both; blended families that include stepparents or stepchildren; and extended families that include a parent, a child, cousins and others, related or not…” Read more.

cbsnews.com, More Americans Families Living With Extended Family, by CBS News, 3/18/2010 “About 6.6 million U.S. households in 2009 had at least three generations of family members, an increase of 30 percent since 2000, according to census figures. When “multigenerational” is more broadly defined to include at least two adult generations, a record 49 million, or one in six people, live in such households, according to a study being released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.” Read more.

The Telegraph (telegraph.com), Return of the Extended Family, by Zoe Dare Hal, 2/2/2008 “…Separate sitting rooms and kitchens are essential: eating or watching television together is then a choice, not compulsory…” Read more.

New York Times (nytimes.com), Sibling Seeks Same to Share Apartment, By Carol E. Lee, 1/29/2006 “…in many cities nationwide, many siblings in their 20′s and 30′s are moving in together rather than bunking with college friends or strangers…they like the security of knowing that their brother or sister won’t cheat them on bills, and many find that living together gives them a sense of having a home, not just a bedroom in an apartment…” Read more.

PewResearchCenter Publications (pewreserach.org), The return of the Multigenerational Household, By Pew Social Trends Staff, 3/18/2010 “…In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 16% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations…since 1980 in these multi-generational households is partly the result of demographic and cultural shifts…”Read more.

togetheragainbook.com, Together Again A creative guide to successful multigenerational living, by Sharon Graham Niederhaus and John L. Graham “,,,financial and emotional benefits of living together; proximity and privacy; designing and remodeling your home to accommodate adult children or elderly parents; overcoming cultural stigmas about independent living; financial and legal planning; and making co-habitation agreements.” Read more.

uk.answers.yahoo.com, Single Mothers all Living Together, Yahoo Answers, UK 2009 “…basically three or four single Mothers, joining up to rent a larger house in a good neighbourhood near to good schools…which they could not have done alone…and then supporting each other with babysitting etc. I thought this was amazing…” Read more.

demomemo.blogspot.com, Adult Children in the Home, by Cheryl Russell, June 23, 2011 “Buried in the 2010 census table QT-P12, and requiring a minor calculation to determine the result, is this astounding fact: 9.5 percent of California’s household population are adult children living with their parents.” Read more.

grandparents.com, When Families Live Together: A Survival Guide, July 1, 2009 ”Many grandparents tell us not only that they love having their family back under their roof; they also love being needed again. They say it brings purpose to their days, and meaning to their lives.” Read more.

PewResearchCenter Publications (pewreserach.org), The Boomerang Generation: Feeling OK about Living with Mom and Dad, March 15, 2012 “More than three-quarters of young adults ages 25 to 34 who have moved back home with their families during the Great Recession and the troubled economic years that followed say they’re satisfied with their living arrangements…” Read more.

www.forbes.com, How To Live Peacefully With Your Mother-In-Law, by Ashlea Ebeling, 9/26/11 “We wanted it to be just ideal and it turned out even better than we thought,” says Billie, now 87, adding, “I feel secure.” Read more.

nytimes.com, The Changing American Family, by Natalie Angier, November 25, 2013 “American households have never been more diverse, more surprising, more baffling. In this special issue of Science Times, NATALIE ANGIER takes stock of our changing definition of family.” Read more.

KJZZ.org, Generational Housing Boom Leads To Bigger New Homes, by Peter O’Dowd, October 4, 2013 “New homes are back in a big way – literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country add more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.” Read more.
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Working At Home

Commercial Real Estate: Shrinking To Fit, newgeogography.com, by Bill Watkins 08/10/2011 “…Initially, the growth in telecommuting was driven by workers’ desires to physically commute on fewer days. Today, the initiative is changing to employers.…” Read more.

More Americans Working From Home, Robert Longley, About.Com, 1/28/2011 “The number of Americans working out of their homes increased from about 9.5 million in 1999 to about 11.3 million in 2005, half of them making at least $75,000 a year, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau…” Read more.

Cisco Study Finds Telecommuting Significantly Increases Employee Productivity, Work-Life Flexibility and Job Satisfaction On average each employee saved approximately US$5,000 in 2008 in fuel expenses alone by telecommuting (the total for all surveyed was US$10.3 million). Read more.

Ten Advantages to Telecommuting, Richard P. Johnson, TSHBI, Sept 1994 “…Areas of Conserving Energy, Protecting the Environment, Promoting Family Values, and Enhancing Worker Safety…” Read more.

The Advantages of Working from Home, Blog “…Save time on commuting…Save money on transportation…Expenses are deductible…More flexible schedule…Less stress & anxiety…” Read more.

Benefits of Working from Home, Blog “…you can still be the person who will drop off and pick up your children after school, take them to the doctor or even watch out after your toddler for half of the day…the time you spend with your children is priceless…” Read more.

27 Work-from-Home Advantages and Why I’ll Never Go Back, Aug 8, 2009 “…I get to make dinner for my kids every night and not have to worry about making it home on time…” Read more.

How Working at Home can Yield a Healthy Lifestyle, International Business Times, Oct 8 2010 “…Your entire home cannot be your work space and your work space cannot be your home. Dedicate a room…where you work. This will help your brain feel like you’ve arrived at or left work.” Read more.

(edition.cnn.com), Internet moms: Getting the best of both worlds, by Linnie Rawlinson, 5/24/2007 “Alice says the Internet can give moms a big boost in confidence. In a family where the husband is the main breadwinner, working from home can increase a wife’s self-worth — both psychologically and literally…” Read more.

Home-Based Working Moms (www.hbwm.com), Home Business Dos and Don’ts, 12/5/2011 “Don’t mix your work area with your home space. A separate workplace will help you keep your sanity by providing a haven for focusing on your business. You can also shut the door behind you at the end of the day so you can have dedicated family time.” Read more.

Shop House Kitchen Live work comes to America with this hit Asian restaurant under a second floor apartment! Go to shophousekitchen.com

Life Hacker (lifehacker.com), Finally, a Proper Study to Scientifically Show Telecommuting is More Productive, by Jason Chen, 11/14/2011 “…a Stanford University study used a Chinese travel agency with over 12,000 employees as its base, and concluded that working remotely actually does noticeably increase performance.” Read more

Microsoft Tracks Telework Trends, Ranks Top Cities for Home Workers (greenbiz.com), by Tilde Herrera, 6/15/2011 “It’s no wonder why teleworking is on the rise. Employees can save about $6,500 a year by teleworking from home just one day per week. Workers are also more productive when they telework, often clocking in longer hours in exchange for avoiding that grueling commute.” Read more

Telecommuting from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Telecommuting or telework is a work arrangement in which employees enjoy flexibility in working location and hours. In other words, the daily commute to a central place of work is replaced by telecommunication links.” Read more

GEN Y PRODUCTIVITY FEELS AT HOME (genhq.com), by Preston, 1/9/2012 “54% of Millennials claim they want to start a business, or already have one. Millennials also cite work-life balance as the most desirable trait in a career. Either most Millennials don’t know what it takes to start a business, or most Millennials don’t know what it takes to start a business.” Read more

Making home work: Design keeps up with home office trends, Los Angeles Times, by Lisa Boone, 05/01/2012 “At a home tour organized by the American Institute of Architects’ Los Angeles chapter last month, three of the five homes had a detached office. It’s an increasingly common solution for L.A.’s creative class, including architects.” Read more.
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Planning: Urban And Suburban

Walkable Communities Surveys, urbanland.uli.org, by Jeffrey Spivak, June 14, 2011 Walkable communities and some of their smart growth characteristics appear to be growing in popularity among the general public and even among some segments of prospective homebuyers, according to a series of recent surveys. Read more.

Retrofitting Suburbia, construction.com, by Katharine Logan, November 2011 Surburbia started well enough, with leafy nineteenth-century neighborhoods connected along rail and streetcar lines, walkable shops and services, and a sense of belonging. Read more.

APA’s Top 10 Great Streets 2011, urbanland.uli.org, by Jeffrey Spivak, October 19, 2011 Plenty of streets across the country aren’t designed for walking. They are roadways too wide to cross, or without sidewalks, or pockmarked with billboards, or with buildings set back too far. Read more.

Paved, but Still Alive, nytimes.com, by Michael Kimmelman, January 6, 2012As the critic Lewis Mumford wrote half a century ago, “The right to have access to every building in the city by private motorcar in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle is the right to destroy the city.” Read more.

The New American Divide, by Charles Murray, The Saturday Essay, January 21, 2012 “The ideal of an ‘American way of life’ is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. Charles Murray on what’s cleaving America, and why.” Read more.

Finding The Will To Infill; Observers say incentives may encourage building on existing sites, by Hubble Smith, Las Vegas Business Press, January 16, 2012 “WALK THE TALK Now that the Great Recession has stalled development in Las Vegas, it might be a good time for city and county land-use planners to explore new ways to encourage infill development, architect Howard Perlman said.” Read more.

New milestone: 1 in 6 US residents is Hispanic, Life on MSNBC.com, March 24, 2011 “The final count: 196.8 million whites, 37.7 million blacks, 50.5 million Hispanics and 14.5 million Asians. Hispanics and Asians were the two fastest growing demographic groups, increasing about 42 percent from 2000.” Read more.

U.S. Sees Surge in Asian, Hispanic Populations, The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2011 “New findings from the Census Bureau show that Asians and Hispanics are the nation’s fastest-expanding large minority groups, and shed light on which states are seeing most population growth from the groups.” Read more.

A Brief History of Levittown, Levittown Historical Society “Few communities in America are as easily recognizable by name as Levittown, New York. In addition to its distinction as the childhood home of world famous singer/songwriter, Billy Joel, Levittown is the model on which scores of post World War II suburban communities were based.” Read more.

The Great Recession: A Slayer of Sprawl, Urban Land, by John K. McIlwain, April 5, 2012 “Suburban sprawl, that seemingly inexorable, inevitable spreading of the population to the outer edges of metropolitan areas, may well be over in the United States. If so, this would be one of the few positive results of the recent Great Recession and the housing crash. ” Read more.

How the sandwich generation can avoid getting squeezed, Reuters.com, by Lou Carlozo, July 6 2012 “Children of the baby boomers, the so-called sandwich generation, face household fiscal strains unlike any other time in history, often with the obligation to support their parents as they age and their children as they enter college, with one eye on their own retirement funds. ” Read more.

More Live In Diverse U.S. Suburbs Than White Ones, Bloomberg.com, by Frank Bass, July 19, 2012 “For the first time, more Americans are living in racially and ethnically diverse suburbs than in predominantly white ones, according to a study released today.” Read more.
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Places To Live

The Best Places For Business, forbes.com, by Kurt Badenhausen, 06/29/2011 “…Our look at America’s Best Places for Business showcases the stark contrast between Texas—with its low-cost, pro-business regulatory environment…and overregulated and wildly expensive California…” Read more.
America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals, forbes.com, by Morgan Brennan, 07/12/2011 Midwestern cities eclipsed many glitzier coastal competitors for top spots…A few northeast metropolises cracked the top 15…No West Coast cities made the cut…. Read more.x
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Housing Trends

Tiny Houses Are A Big Hit, ecohomemagazine.com, by Diane Dietz, 01/18/2012 “The five green, prefab houses have a maximum of 600 or 750 square feet of living space. They are designed to look and feel bigger while retaining the economic and environmental benefits of building, heating and cooling a small space.” Read more.
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Homebuilding Business

Why Home Prices Have Much Further To Fall, advisorperspectives.com, by Lance Roberts of Streettalk Live, 01/25/2012 “There has been a deluge of articles recently about the upticks in the housing data. The consensus is that these data points are surely indicating, finally, a bottom in the depressing decline of real estate.” Read more.
America is becoming a nation of renters, The Bottom Line, by John Schoen, 01/31/2012 “The steady rise in demand for rentals has tightened the supply of housing, helping to push rents higher..” Read more.
Private Equity’s Foreclosures for Hot Rentals Net 8%, bloomberg.com, By Edward Robinson, 3/13/2012 “Waypoint, which owns 1,100 houses and is buying five more a day, is betting that converting foreclosures into rentals is a better way to make a profit.” Read more.
Making home work: Design keeps up with home office trends, Los Angeles Times, by Lisa Boone, 05/01/2012 “At a home tour organized by the American Institute of Architects’ Los Angeles chapter last month, three of the five homes had a detached office. It’s an increasingly common solution for L.A.’s creative class, including architects.” Read more.
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Architecture

Czech Republic Landmark Refurbished: Mies Van Der Rohe’s Tugendhat To Open Again, huffingtonpost.com, by Karel Janicek, 01/31/2012 “Villa Tugendhat’s early history was rocked by the turbulence of the 20th Century: The Nazis seized it, then came World War II bombardments that smashed its windows. When the Soviet troops liberated Czechoslovakia, living space became a large stable. It has languished in disrepair ever since.” Read more.
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Featured House: Boxed In by Architect David Jameson, Architectural Record “A couple with Maryland roots decided to move back home from New York with their two children. The husband’s job – he is an international salt dealer – was the inspiration for the 4,860-square-foot house’s blocky form. ” Read more.
William Levitt, Encyclopedia of World Biography 2004 “William Levitt (1907-1994) gained national attention as the man who mass produced houses at a rate of one every 16 minutes. He was introduced to Americans on the July 3, 1950 cover of Time magazine as the “cocky rambunctious hustler” prone to exaggeration. Levitt touted his community as a new form of ideal American life.” Read more.
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