Did you know trick or treaters would have to walk from New York to Boston just to burn off the calories they consume in one night? That you can be fined $1000 for trick or treating in Illinois? That kids eat the equivalent of 13 big macs of candy?

Jaw-dropping facts a plenty in this spooky Halloween infographic from Coupon Follow.

How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?


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NAHB, 2014 - Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This latest four-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since November of 2005.

“Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is moving in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.

“While a firming job market is helping to unleash pent-up demand for new homes and contributing to a gradual, upward trend in builder confidence, we are still not seeing much activity from first-time home buyers,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Other factors impeding the pace of the housing recovery include persistently tight credit conditions for consumers and rising costs for materials, lots and labor.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

All three HMI components posted gains in September. The indices gauging current sales conditions and traffic of prospective buyers each rose five points to 63 and 47, respectively. The index gauging expectations for future sales increased two points to 67.

Builder confidence also rose across every region of the country in September. Looking at the three-month moving average for each region, the Midwest registered a five-point gain to 59, the South posted a four-point increase to 56, the Northeast recorded a three-point gain to 41 and the West posted a two-point increase to 58.

Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.


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The Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the The Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association have partnered with Nilson Homes in order to build a new construction home for a special needs family. The new home is substantially discounted thanks to Nilson Homes and it’s subcontractors that donate their supplies and labor. The Realtors and Affiliates further help to make the home more affordable by hosting fundraisers throughout the year and by collecting donations from individuals and local businesses, in which all funds raised go directly to the Have A Heart Home project.

Your help and contribution is greatly appreciated. Please fill out the form on our Charity page and return it with your donation to any of the locations listed below or you can mail it to our corporate office:

Nilson Homes
5617 South 1475 East
South Ogden, Utah 84403

“On behalf of the families that will benefit from your donation, all those involved with the Have A Heart Home project thank you.”


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Style, and by association, your interior decoration decisions, are each extensions of your personality. There are many ways to express personality through design, and it’s easier than ever these days to find styles that are a direct match to the expression you would like to portray.

Over the past decade, the Internet has helped to innovate the way individuals decorate. A growing number of people are discovering more unique and customizable means of decorating their home through online inspiration boards, virtual tools, and sharing through social media. Take a look at the following infographic from HSN to find out how social media is revolutionizing Home Decor.

How Social Media is Revolutionizing Home Decor

by HSN.

 


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This gorgeous home is under construction, so act now and you’ll be able to make some of the final decisions! The interior and exterior of this home are both  absolutely gorgeous and with 3,359 sq. ft. of living space you’re sure to find a way to keep your home and life organized. This home is located in the prime location of Syracuse Utah. You’ll be surrounded by numerous activity possibilities and have easy access to  shopping centers, schools, a fantastic church, and much more!

To view a showing of this home be sure to contact DustinMorgan at dustin@nilsonhomes.com or call at 801-695-6098

Community: Bridgeway Island
Price: $330,990
Beds: 6
Baths: 3
Total Sq. Ft: 3359
Finished Sq. Ft: 3359
Contact: Holly Williams
holly@nilsonhomes.com – 801-628-1226
Details:
Extended 3 car garage, Finished basement, hardiboard exterior, Upgraded cabinets, Granite countertops, 3 tone paint

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The following infographic from Pashmina Developers lists the top 5 reasons of why owning a home is preferred to renting one. The top five reasons as listed in this infographic are equity gains, the freedom to renovate your home, the pride of ownership, cost, and tax advantages.

The infographic also lists some of the prime factors for investing in property in 2014. The top reasons include self employment, meeting growing families needs, and as a long term investment.

An Infographic on �Why OWNING a home is better than RENTING"

 

 


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Fire safety is one of the biggest challenges we face today. Annually it claims the lives of millions out of which more than 40% are children. Household fires are dangerous, destructive, and too common. This infographic from Arbella Insurance is a Guide to Household Fire Safety and Prevention.

Home Fire Safety

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Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention month? Now is an excellent time to examine how prepared for a fire you really are. Do you have a home escape plan? Have you changed the batteries in your smoke alarm within the last year? You can get more information about Fire Prevention Month at the NFPA’s website.

Here’s an excerpt from the NFPA about their theme for Fire Prevention Week of 2014. The article has some helpful tips on ensuring your  family is prepared for a fire. 

“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!”

NFPA, 2014 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA announced the theme at its 2014 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

“Smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Unfortunately, many home fire deaths result from fires where a smoke alarm is present but does not operate. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on motivating people to test their smoke alarms each month to make sure they’re working properly.”

According to NFPA statistics:

  • Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

“Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”

NFPA recommends:

  • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
  • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!”, visit www.fpw.org.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.


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The colors around your home can affect your psychology more than you realize. Different paint and accent colors are better suited to different rooms in the house, although you want to be careful not to overuse certain tones. If you’re looking for home decor tips, the following infographic from HouseHunt is a great guide on how to paint a room to boost mood and enhance each individual room.

 

How to Paint a Home

 


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NAHB, 2014 - Fueled by strong single- and multifamily growth, nationwide housing starts rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.093 million units in July, the highest level since November 2013, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“A return to production levels over one million confirms that consumer confidence continues to improve,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “Propelled by a healthier economy, more and more people are feeling ready to buy a home.”

Single-family housing starts were up 8.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 656,000 units in July, while multifamily production jumped 28.9 percent to 437,000 units.

Regionally in July, combined single- and multifamily housing production rose in the Northeast, South and West, with respective gains of 44 percent, 29 percent and 18.6 percent. Total production fell by 24.8 percent in the Midwest from an unusually high June level.

“July’s increase in starts combined with rising builder sentiment proves that June’s production dip was more of an anomaly than a reversal of the market,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “We should continue to see a gradual, consistent recovery throughout the rest of the year.”

Issuance of building permits registered an 8.1 percent increase to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.052 million units in July. Multifamily permits rose 21.5 percent to 412,000 units while single-family permits increased by 0.9 percent to 640,000 units.

The Northeast, South and West registered overall permit gains of 18.8 percent, 9.6 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, while the Midwest posted a 0.6 percent loss.


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