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These are the top 5 home decorating trends of 2019 according to Etsy



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It’s time to come back down to earth. Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s resident trend expert, has declared 2019 the year of Being Real. 2018 was all about escapism — from the news, social media and partisan politics, which meant consumers were drawn to soft pastels, celestial motifs and mystical unicorns.

In 2019, Isom Johnson anticipates a “shift towards reality.” Expect to see a rise in the popularity of all-natural and sustainable products, and the embracement of authenticity. “The world isn’t perfect (and you don’t have to pretend that is), but you can also do something about it,” writes Isom Johnson.

A few trends that aren’t going anywhere in the new year? Seventies and nineties style decor, confetti-like terrazzo and llamas (because they’re cute and have seen a 239 percent search spike on Etsy in 2018).

Read on to find out which new decor trends will be cropping up on the global online marketplace in 2019.

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1. Burnt orange (aka terracotta) takes the lead

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While Millennial pink, Gen Z yellow and generational label-less lilac ruled 2018, earth tones are slated for a comeback in 2019. Our roundup of the top paint colors of the year revealed terracotta as an early front-runner, and Isom Johnson agrees. “This desert-inspired hue is grounding (yet refreshing) and unapologetically natural – exactly what we need in 2019,” she writes.

2. Maximalist decor goes all out

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You shouldn’t put a limit on the number of things you love. “Maximalism is the moment we’ve been secretly waiting for – a rebellion against the often unrealistic quest for order in our homes and lives,” notes Isom Johnson. Minimalism isn’t a movement for everyone; while it can be freeing for some, it can come across as cold and austere to others. Maximalist decor embraces bold (sometimes clashing) patterns, loud color combos and layer upon layer of texture.

3. Herbariums replace terrariums

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Plant parents know that less work equals more enjoyment. And what could be easier than flowers and herbs that require zero watering or pruning? Isom Johnson calls them “the perfect solution to bringing the outdoors in without sacrificing those natural pops of color.” Whether pressed between panes of glass or suspended in oil-based liquid, these pieces are sure to grow in popularity.

4. Southwest style rises once again

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“Etsy sellers will be bringing back bolo ties, desert-inspired illustrations and bold, woven textiles for an all-out Southwestern resurgence,” writes Isom Johnson. The aesthetic has gained a modern edge (no Kokopelli wall art here), and is characterized by “earth tones, rough textures, and natural fabrics.” The aesthetic of your great aunt’s Arizona vacation home is now a thing of the past.

5. Sloth motifs encourage slow living

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It seems like every year there’s a new “it” creature — foxes, unicorns, elephants, llamas. We put their likenesses on every piece of decor imaginable, from coffee mugs, to throw pillows, baby mobiles and more. In 2019, we’re taking it nice and easy with a slew of sloth-inspired decor. Or as Isom Johnson puts it: “A real-life representation of the carefree lifestyle many of us strive for every day.” Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to go take a nap on the couch.

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Vancouver’s housing market is in the dreaded ‘death cross’ — here’s what that means for home prices




Enter the death cross.

The ominous term, one that should be familiar to those following the stock market, isn’t literally a matter of life or death.

But it does often signal an asset will lose value, and according to new analysis from Eitel Insights, Vancouver’s detached-home prices have spiraled into a death-cross scenario.

Death crosses occur on charts when the short-term average price crosses below the long-term average, suggesting immediate demand has fizzled to the extent that longer-lasting declines are on the way.

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And that’s exactly what happened in Vancouver last month, says Dane Eitel, a local realtor and founder of Eitel Insights, which applies stock market-style technical analysis to housing markets.

“This shows that we are going down longer. The short-term is actually starting to dip past any previous points since 2013,” Eitel explains of the drop in short-term average pricing, which is based on annual prices. The long-run average is calculated over 26-month periods, a timeframe Eitel says has proven more reliable than two-year cycles.

This is just the eighth time that this has happened in Vancouver since 1978, the furthest back the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver provides average pricing.

Eitel says there is a psychological factor that has sent investors looking to other markets for single-family homes. They don’t anticipate future gains in the coming years, so they’re leaving the market for greener pastures.

Meantime, expanded stress testing for mortgage applicants has eroded the buying power of some who now have to qualify at higher rates. “The years’ momentum of continually increasing has seized to exist, so now this longer-term momentum has to catch back down,” he says.

The last time Vancouver’s single-family home market was in a death cross was 2012, a situation that persisted for less than a year. But Eitel sees the current situation as mirroring the preceding death cross in the ‘90s, which saw a similarly exuberant runup in pricing.

The 1996–1999 death cross shaved 17 percent off average prices.

Based on his analysis, Eitel foresees Vancouver detached-home prices — currently averaging $1.7 million — bottoming out at the $1.4-million-mark in 2020–2021, before beginning a historic runup in prices that ends with the average price of a detached home peaking at $2.8 million in 2028.

That start of that scenario would have another, less morbid name: a golden cross.

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Canadian “landing pad” cities will continue to see strong demand for housing in 2019




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There are plenty of factors that should keep the Canadian housing market relatively cool in 2019. Stricter mortgage rules, rising interest rates, and high household debt levels are all expected to contribute towards some lacklustre activity numbers. But, according to one bank, population growth should keep the market balanced in the country’s largest cities.

“Rising rates are a clear headwind to housing markets,” writes the TD Economics team, in their quarterly economic forecast. “However, it is important to bear in mind a key fundamental: population growth has been very robust of late, and is set to remain healthy for the foreseeable future with an immigration target of 340k by 2020.”

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That’s especially true when it comes to the country’s economic hubs, which consistently see the highest levels of immigration and demand for housing.

“With many of these new Canadians destined for ‘landing pad’ cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, demand conditions should remain healthy,” writes the team. “All told, we see more balanced conditions prevailing that will prevent another run-up in sales and prices.”

And while some of the country’s smaller housing markets may not see the same population boom in 2019, the team writes that a relatively balanced picture is emerging in cities across the country.

“Performances are mixed, but aren’t waving any red flags; New Brunswick and Quebec continue to see healthy gains, while soft conditions prevail in the Prairies,” reads the forecast.

Of course, each market will have to grapple with the reality of rising interest rates. The Bank of Canada (BoC) hiked the overnight rate to 1.75 percent in October, a move that has caused the big banks to raise mortgage rates, and many buyers to rethink their decision to enter the market.

The BoC is forecasted to hike rates at least twice more in the new year, which should keep activity from returning to the heights seen in the spring of 2017.

“For the year ahead, we anticipate most major Canadian resale markets to remain in a holding pattern, caught between continued healthy income fundamentals and gradually rising interest rates,” concludes the forecast. “Price gains are expected to be muted in most parts of the country.”

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Ring in the new year in a brand new home by M/I Homes




With about two weeks left in 2018, time is running out to take advantage of the “home for the holidays” sales incentives by M/I Homes. The promotion, available on all of its Houston-area communities, includes GE appliances, a Sonos-brand sound system, and paid closing costs on new and move-in ready homes.

For a limited time, special financing opportunities are available on select move-in ready homes.

Spread over 10,000 fun-filled acres in Missouri City, TX, Sienna Plantation is a master-planned community that offers residents a world of action-packed amenities to explore year-round — from lush wooded landscapes to miles and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Sales for available homes start at $254,990, with sizes ranging from 1,698 square feet to 2,651 square feet in three- to four-bedroom floorplans. Sienna Plantation has a total of four move-in ready homes currently for sale.

The Tavola community in New Caney features many exclusive outdoor activities for active homeowners, including zip lining, hiking and swimming.

Available homes range from 1,843 square feet to 3,317 square feet and are available in three- to four-bedroom floorplans. Tavola currently has a total of six move-in homes currently for sale.

Enclave at Katy is located just thirty miles from Houston. The community boasts both single- and two-story homes that range in size from 2,100 square feet to 3,651 square feet, available in three- to five-bedroom floorplans.

Currently, Enclave at Katy has six move-in homes available. Pricing starts at $287,490.

The Rosehill Reserve community is located in Tomball. It offers a resort-style pool, scenic walking trails and tranquil lakes.

Rosehill Reserve has a total of 12 quick move-in homes currently for sale, with pricing starting at $247,490.

The NorthGrove community is located in the heart of breathtaking Magnolia. It is a fully walkable neighborhood set within 200 acres of preserved lush green space. Pricing starts at $311,990, with four move-in ready units available immediately for purchase.

M/I Homes goes above and beyond to defy customer expectations with every community they design. They implemented a unique set of building standards that exceed traditional requirements. The “whole homes building standards” are a combination of innovative construction methods and superior design, ultimately resulting in better-built, more efficient homes.

M/I Homes stands behind its better building standards program with a 15-year transferable structural warranty on every home.

The prolific developer is also keen on providing homeowners with the latest in green technology. Customers can expect to see significant energy savings in comparison to homes built to standard code — saving as much as 30 percent on energy use and utility bills.

Don’t delay — the special winter incentive is available only through December 31st. Start the new year in a brand new home by M/I Homes.

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