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Mortgage Rates Increase Following Fed Policy Pivot

NAHB The Federal Reserve on Dec. 15 signaled that it will be shifting from an accommodative monetary policy stance that has supported the economic rebound from the 2020 recession toward a tighter policy as a direct result of ongoing, elevated inflation data. For the housing community, this policy pivot means that mortgage interest rates are likely to rise in 2022. This will reduce housing affordability and again emphasizes the need for policymakers to enact solutions to fix the nation’s supply chains that are impeding more robust housing construction. At the conclusion of its December policy meeting, the Fed announced changes to its outlook and projections in response to increased inflation data and inflation expectations that…

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Take Action Now to Fight the New Lumber Tariffs

NAHB The Commerce Department on Nov. 24 moved forward with its next administrative review to double the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. from 9% to 18%. NAHB strongly opposed this move as it will only exacerbate market volatility, put upward pressure on lumber prices and make housing more expensive. We need your help to get Congress involved. Please call or write your members of Congress today and urge them to tell President Biden to negotiate an updated softwood lumber agreement with Canada and increase U.S. lumber production by harvesting more timber from U.S. forest lands. Click on the “Take Action Now” button below to send a letter to your members of Congress. TAKE…

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In the Pavilion: Get Inspired to Show Your Home Some Love

As you explore the gorgeous homes at this year’s Homearama show, you might be inspired to make changes to your current home. At the Pavilion tent at the show, representatives from local home improvement contractors will be ready to assist you with any questions you may have about upgrading your house.  Planes Moving & Storage As a family-owned business, Planes Moving and Storage has been serving customers for over 95 years. For the last 20 years, they have been on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA List of Top 100 Privately Owned Companies. Planes takes personal responsibility for the moving process so you can focus on settling into your new home. Stop by the Planes booth…

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Walk the Walk With New Urbanism

As soon as you arrive at Union Village, you’ll know it’s a different kind of community. You might be reminded of the eternally sunny town featured in the movie The Truman Show. That story did take place in a real New Urbanist community: Seaside, Florida. J&K Custom Homes, one of the builders featured in this year’s Homearama, recently talked more about New Urbanism and the friendly communities it creates on their blog.   Living the Pedestrian Life  The blog points out just a few of the highlights of these types of communities, which are based on “an urban design model that prioritizes nearby shops, walkable streets and lively public spaces.” The community design ripples out…

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Homearama: The Freshest Looks and Design Trends

Every home in this year’s Homearama show has its own personality, but we did spot a few eye-catching design trends popping up all over Union Village. We can’t wait to hear about your favorite looks.  Dramatic Colors Blues to greens to grays, saturated colors spice up accent walls, or in some cases, entire rooms in this year’s show homes. Look for these moody hues in bedrooms, powder rooms and special activity rooms.  Added Texture Forget flat: It’s all about texture in the show homes. Walls pop with trim details. You’ll find plenty of plush from throw pillows to throw rugs to soft bedding.  Metallic Sparkle Look up, look down, look all around . .…

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Event Roundup: Homearama Events for October 9 – 17

Homearama® Lifestyle Edition is fully in motion at Union Village! In addition to the 11 gorgeous new homes to visit in a charming new community, there’s also a full calendar of fun events. There’s something for everyone: special programs for kids, free admission for military personnel on appreciation day, football tailgating fun, adoptable pets and more. Find your favorite and start planning your visit. Here’s the roundup of events for week 2 of Homearama Lifestyle Edition. Saturday, October 9 Come root for the Buckeyes at our Tailgate Party for the OSU vs. Maryland game starting at 12 p.m. Enjoy food trucks from Lilia’s Outside Cafe and Dirty Dawgs & Fries from 12-4 p.m then…

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Searching for Fun? Join the Homearama Scavenger Hunt

Look closely and you’ll find more than just great decorating ideas at this year’s Homearama® show at Union Village. We’re adding to the fun by including a Homearama scavenger hunt everyone can join in.  Start by looking for this page in your guidebook:  As you explore the show, search for 11 “lost keys” in the show houses. Write down the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to each key to uncover the 12-letter key code. Once you’ve figured it out, follow these steps to be entered to win great prizes for your next home improvement project like a $250 gift card to Morris Home Furnishings and more: Step 1 Take a group photo, selfie…

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