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Beth Polozker on emerging trends in the housing market

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Committed to high-quality construction in the single-family market, Beth Polozker is proud to lead her organization, Oakland Homes. A recent report released by McGraw Hill Construction reveals, “single-family housing will grow in 2014.” The pace of foreclosures has eased, home prices are rising and mortgage rates remain low.

Beth Polozker notes that it is critical to understand what factors are actually driving these trends. Polozker states, “In terms of long-term strategy, it is important to understand what trends are impacting the market.”

A whole new generation, the “Millennials” are starting families and beginning to look for single-family homes. Almost half of millennial women rank owning a home as their primary goal.

The U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the demand for single-family housing and the desire to establish a permanent location shows a new type of homeowner is entering the market.

Polozker says, “Our homes are expressions of our needs, personalities, and lifestyles. It is essential that a property has top-notch amenities.”

Beth Polozker Reveals Emerging Trends for 2014

Buyers are looking for more standard features. Buyers are looking for open floor plans, high ceilings, large mudrooms, walk-in closets, and storage space. On the must-have list are upgraded flooring, gas fireplaces, and luxurious owner’s suite bathrooms. Topping the list is a spacious and efficiently designed kitchen with granite countertops, integrated technology, and high-end appliances. The kitchen has evolved into the hub of the home and families want the space to hangout and dine in one central location.

Beth Polozker lists below the top 5 trends we will see in 2014:

1. Multi-Generational Living: In the past few years, construction for this type of home has jumped by 30 percent.
2. Green Design: Buyers are looking to reduce operating costs in their homes and expect to see green elements as standard features.
3. Outdoor Spaces: The outdoor space is becoming as important as the indoor space. Buyers want a seamless integration with the outdoor space becoming an extension of the living space. Large decks, outdoor fireplaces, and oversized BBQ’s are must haves.
4. Good Design: Cost effective design will replace complex forms and multi-level roof lines. Straightforward gable roof design and rectangular forms, creative layouts, and curb appeal will be important to buyers.
5. Multi-Family Units: A mix of housing types is evident as families across generations can live close to one another. Buyers want to walk to shops and restaurants and be close to public transportation.

When looking for a home there are several considerations when deciding between an older home and a new build. The last thing a new homeowner needs to deal with is unexpected expenses when amenities need to be repaired or replaced. Polozker notes that buyers who do opt to buy homes with outmoded amenities will often experience ongoing costs to keep up with trending and necessary home features. While upgrading may seem like a small burden for a buyer, it is important to note that these things do add up. Items that may need to be repaired, replaced or installed when buying an older home include:

● A new HVAC System
● Efficient, Leak-Proof Plumbing
● High Performance Insulation
● Eco-Friendly Design Qualities
● Electrical Systems
● Security Systems
● Energy-Efficient Appliances
● Lawn Care Systems
● Energy Efficient Low E Windows
● Updated Bathroom Fixtures

As an entrepreneur who is vastly experienced in the real estate sector, Beth Polozker, a qualified and licensed builder recognizes that homeowners want quality homes that save them money over the long-term. Her company, Oakland Homes, offers the following standard features:

● An exterior foundation insulation system that eliminates basement moisture and helps the home to maintain desired temperatures without costly energy waste
● High performance insulation package
● Low E dual-pane vinyl windows and steel insulated entry doors
● A high efficiency gas furnace and energy efficient central air adding comfort and reducing energy bills

Beth Polozker’s ability to focus on trends, meet consumer demands, and deliver high-quality service across the board has allowed her to form a comprehensive career in the real estate industry.



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