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Nov 07, 2016
Top 10 Coldest Housing Markets


(NEW YORK) While homes are flying off the proverbial shelf in some parts of the country, not so much on this list of the U.S.’s coldest real estate markets compiled by website 247wallst.com. But it’s not what you might think. Instead of just compiling numbers for markets where home sales are the absolute worst, they started with the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. They ranked them for median home price and median days on the market. Then they filtered out cities where the unemployment rate ranks in the bottom 20% of major U.S. metros. All to ensure that the cities that made the list are places you would actually want to live. They could just as easily have called this list the “Top 10 Overlooked Real Estate Markets” or “Top 10 Bargain Markets.” But then we probably all wouldn’t be giving it a look-see.

Coldest U.S. Housing Markets:

1. El Paso, TX

2. Albany, NY

3. Virginia Beach, VA

4. Winston-Salem, NC

5. Augusta, GA

6. Columbia, SC

7. Allentown, PA

8. Greensboro, NC

9. Birmingham, AL

10. New Haven, CT

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Nov 04, 2016
Saving Wood Wind


(WESTFIELD, IN) Golf course owners are making tough decisions these days and more often than not they are resulting in course closings. Which makes Pulte Homes’ development proposal for Wood Wind Golf Course all the more special. Pulte Home’s proposal is the only one, out of five, that doesn’t eliminate the course in favor of building houses. Instead, reports Current in Westfield, their plans call for enhancing the golf course and making it in the center of the development. They plan to invest more than $5.5 million to relocate four holes and create an amenity center, along with building houses on the west side of the course. That’s important because Wood Wind is the city’s only public course, offers both a youth and high school program, and over the past eight years has helped raise $6.5 million in charitable donations through golf outings.

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Nov 02, 2016
Eat, Play, Stay


(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) It’s back! Kiawah Island escaped relatively unscathed from Hurricane Matthew, and now it’s your turn to escape to this luxurious golf destination that’s primed, primped, and ready to embrace you. From November 13 through March 2, you can choose either championship golf on their world-class courses or the culinary delights of their memorable dining experiences. There is a range of packages that allow to choose from staying in a private villa or the Sanctuary hotel, golf at The Ocean Course or one of their other four outstanding courses, and dinner at one of the Resort’s heralded restaurants. You can even enhance your getaway with specially priced packages in The Spa at The Sanctuary — exclusive to Golf or Gourmet guests. You can get all the details, and make your reservation, by calling (800) 654-2924.

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Oct 31, 2016
One Hundred and Done


(CARTHAGE, MO) Marking one hundred years is normally a joyous time for a country club and a sign that it successfully navigated the changes that come with the years. Not so for Missouri’s Broadview Country Club, which recently closed its doors not long after celebrating its centennial. The Joplin Globe reports that the closure brings to a halt member Mark Elliff’s three-generation streak at the club’s annual Christmas party. “I went as a kid, I took my kids, and I took my grandkids,” he said. “Santa was always there, and you took a bunch of pictures, and you knew it was the country club because of the background. But times and generations change.” While the club originally had a nine-hole golf course, it moved after WWII to a location adjacent to a municipal golf course and no longer needed to maintain its own course. The newspaper cites a report compiled for the National Club Association that say country clubs around the country are facing steadily declining membership due to changing cultural norms and economic conditions.

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Oct 28, 2016
Havana Housing is Hot


(HAVANA) There was a time when the hottest thing coming out of Cuba was its cigars. But these days, apartments in the communist country are selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars and ocean-view homes are topping a million dollars. NPR reports that it’s been only five years since Cubans have been allowed to buy and sell property, but the real estate market has only begun to thaw since relations between the U.S. and Cuba started to warm up. But before you get too excited about purchasing property on this island just 100 miles off the tip of Florida, there are a few caveats. First, the U.S. still prohibits Americans from buying property here and Cuba only allows residents to purchase homes. And, second, this all-cash market is risky because rules and regulations are hazy and there is no title insurance. Still, the chase is on to find loopholes in the system so foreigners can get in on this booming market. But, hey, at least the cigars are legal now.

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