Smaller Square Footage is “In”

January 7, 2009

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There has been a lot of talk lately in the blogosphere that a coming trend for 2009 is the decline in square footage. In an effort to save money on initial cost as well as upkeep, Americans are choosing smaller homes. In 2008 the average size of a home was 2,000+ square feet according to the National Associate of Home Builders. Just 30 years earlier the average home size was only 1,400 square feet. Most predictions that I am seeing for 2009 can basically be summed up in one statement, Getting Back to the Basics.

What I want to show you is a different way of thinking. I recently found  a blog online talking about small housing called LittleDiggs. In the blog are some fun pictures of ways people are using their space wisely. “Driven by a purity of thought; abito is dedicated to the elimination of dead space…

Another fun blog for small space living is based on Japanese culture (don’t worry the website is in English) and has 20+ pictures to awe you. “Probably the thinnest there is: this wall-like structure in Nagasaki…”

Whether you want to call these homes and businesses green living or just plain crazy… take a minute to think about your use of space and how you could be more efficient.

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Active Website Goes International with Properazzi.com

April 25, 2008

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Ever thought of buying property in another country? Chances are, whether it’s a dream or a reality, many of us have.  But where can you go to look for properties in another country and find what is currently on the market? Understanding the importance of meeting the needs of the growing global marketplace, Active Website has started syndication to properazzi.com, expanding the worldwide reach for our Enterprise Network members.

Why properazzi.com? (more…)

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Utilizing Active Website Technology to Sell High-End Listings

March 12, 2008

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At Active Website we are helping our clients to utilize our technology offerings to the fullest for selling their high-end Real Estate listings. Active Technology offers many solutions and options for getting luxury listings the best quality exposure. Through Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Independent Property Websites (IPWs) and dedicated Elite Portals, our clients have the best tools for creating exquisite online property presentations. (more…)

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Thinking Globally – Attracting International Buyers Locally

December 14, 2007

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“As more and more people in different nations recognize the value of owning [investment] property [or a vacation home in the US], the opportunities and challenges for real estate professionals to broker U.S. property to foreign home buyers are numerous.”
- From The 2007 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity

There are some major factors that are contributing to this influx of foreign property investors. International capital is on the rise, and it’s no secret, the American Dollar is declining in value. For example, the Euro is worth about 50% more than the American dollar, meaning international buyers are basically getting a 50% discount when they invest in North American properties. (more…)

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