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Top 10 Dream Home Features

by Teamworks

Source: Macon Telegraph, 11/27/2011

If you were given a chance to design a dream home, what features would you choose first? Take a look at the most popular wish list in 2011 from Nudura, a leading firm in building technology:

  • Curb appeal. Home exterior, driveway, and landscaping must attract admiring attention.
  • Concrete and natural stone, rather than wood framing and brick. These homes ( are not only beautiful, they are stronger, more sound resistant, and far more energy efficient than wood frames and brick.
  • Maximum energy efficient throughout from top to bottom.
  • Solar panels in the roof to generate a personal energy source.
  • A large, designer kitchen with natural stone countertops and futuristic appliances, cabinetry and waterworks.
  • Natural hardwood flooring like Brazilian cherry and sustainable bamboo.
  • A sunroom, a front porch, and a backyard finished patio.
  • Vessel sinks, or free-standing bowls above the bathroom countertop, accompanied by wall-mounted faucets.
  • Bedroom walk out or balcony.
  • Designer bathtubs and walk0in shower with marble tile, a seating bench and rainfall showerhead.

At Jon's Custom Homes, we include these ameneties into our homes. We pride ourselves with building energy efficient homes that exceed the GA Energy Efficient Code. Visit us online at Jons Custom Homes or call us about our energy compliant homes.


By: Gavin Mathis

Published: November 4, 2011

In this week’s top news, the president and the Federal Reserve go on the offensive to help the housing market, but do their plans have what it takes to get the job done?

Last week, President Obama announced an executive order to help home owners refinance their mortgages, and now the Federal Reserve is considering measures to reduce borrowing costs. Is housing finally getting the attention it deserves? Read the top housing news, including more on the bipartisan housing commission and how foreign home buyers could help our economy, in this week’s Friday Five.

Huffington Post: Housing is Back on the National Agenda

Last week, President Obama and Ed DeMarco, the overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced their intention to remove barriers that have kept working home owners from refinancing home loans into low-interest rates. Huffington Post blogger Janis Bowdler thinks this looks promising for Latino families and home owners.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Bernanke Housing Rebound May Hinge on Access to Refinancing

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke can’t go it alone when it comes to reviving the U.S. housing market. Federal policymakers are considering buying mortgage-backed securities to push down borrowing costs and help home owners refinance their debt.

U.S. News & World Report: Can Foreign Buyers Save the U.S. Housing Market?

Ultra-low and declining home prices are a headache for home owners, but they might also be the key to healing the housing market as foreign investors snap up real estate bargains in the United States.

HouseLogic: Housing Commission: A Sign Policymakers Finally Get Home Ownership?

Reaching consensus in Washington is more difficult today than ever before, but the housing crisis is too big of an economic burden for a new bipartisan commission to get bogged down in politics.

NPR: Official: No 'Silver Bullet' to Solve Housing Crisis

The White House says it will help millions of people hold onto their homes through a government-backed modification program. But critics are skeptical the plan will be a success, in part because of the dependence on the goodwill of banks to voluntarily join up. Raphael Bostic, the assistant secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, tells NPR that he doesn't think there is a "silver bullet" for solving the housing crisis.

By: Gavin Mathis

Published: November 2, 2011

Reaching consensus in Washington is more difficult today than ever before, but the housing crisis is too big of an economic burden for a new bipartisan commission to get bogged down in politics.

A D.C. think tank, the Bipartisan Policy Center, last week launched a housing commission tasked with finding long-term solutions to help the housing market and address issues affecting home owners. Chaired by former Sens. George Mitchell (D-Maine) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.), and previous HUD Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez, the commission will have to produce recommendations that not only cure the ailing housing market but also pass the Congressional gauntlet.

For several decades now, the housing industry has been the victim of well-intentioned but misguided policies. A commission that will set aside partisan differences and focus on issues like increasing Federal Housing Administration loan limits, making sure flood insurance is available, and maintaining the mortgage interest deduction is needed now more than ever. It’s going to take the best ideas — on both sides of the aisle — to get Americans back in their homes. 

At a recent press conference, each of the commission’s co-chairs said the housing market is inextricably linked to the economic recovery. "Housing isn’t only a basic human need," Mitchell said. "It’s also a critical element of our economy, and now, more than ever, is the time for a fresh look at this issue."

Bond said there’s no question that the American housing system is broken. “We aren’t going to come out with a Band-Aid within just a couple of months because, as what’s been described (as) one Band-Aid here may cause a wound to open up over there,” Bond added.

Martinez went as far as to describe the housing crisis as a “human crisis.” His remarks aren’t hyperbole. The negative impact that a weak housing market has on employment contributes to societal as well as economic troubles. How are children supposed to focus on school when their parents are out of work and worried about losing their house because they can’t meet their mortgage payments?

Unfortunately, the commission isn’t slated to release its findings until the first quarter of 2013, making home owners wonder if its work will be too little too late. However, Bond said it’s unlikely for Congress to act before then. “If the Senate is still anything like it was before I left, the chances of them getting anything done on housing in 2012 are somewhere between slim and none,” Bond said.

Despite this delay, it’s reassuring to finally see policymakers recognizing the importance of a full housing recovery. Along with the executive order issued by President Obama last week that introduces new rules for federally guaranteed mortgages, enabling home owners with little or no equity in their homes to refinance and avoid foreclosure, it looks as if we’re making some headway.

Do you think the new housing commission will be able to come to a consensus and find long-term policy solutions that Congress will adopt, or is it too little too late?

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