array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97304" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(12) "Section_Lead" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(10) "Lead Story" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97304" ["subject"]=> string(52) "Housing and Tax Reform: Where Could the Impact Land?" ["authors"]=> string(18) "By Suzanne De Vita" ["data"]=> string(4087) "Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. 
 
How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research.
 
With the bill's new provisions, the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is applicable to loans of up to $750,000 (down from $1 million), and state and local tax (SALT) deductions are limited to $10,000. An analysis conducted recently by HouseCanary, provider of predictive real estate analytics and insights, determined that 82 percent of lost MIDs under the new laws are concentrated in 10 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), including four California MSAs and four East Coast MSAs. 
 

 
All told, 6.4 percent of loans between $750,000 and $1 million could be affected by the changed MID, or $287 million in deductions lost total, the research reveals.
 
In the case of the deduction of state and local taxes, including property taxes, 66 of the 3,134 counties in the U.S. could be impacted, the research shows. Bearing the brunt could be Boston, Mass., New Jersey and New York, where citizens could depart for lower property taxes in other states.
 

 
"The recent tax bill clearly addresses some key deductions for many current and potential homeowners, yet the overall net effect on the nation's housing picture is harder to discern," says Alex Villacorta, executive vice president of Analytics at HouseCanary. "On the surface, the reduction in the caps for the mortgage interest deduction (MID) seem to squarely target the higher end of the nation's housing inventory, specifically those homes valued between $750,000 and $1 million. Throw in the caps to the state and local taxes deductions, and even more force is added to the headwinds for homeownership.

"Yet, for most homebuying consumers, there may actually be real tax savings that could potentially assist acquisition of the necessary down payment for homeownership, something that has been elusive for many new entrants into the market," Villacorta says. "What we do know at this point, however, is that this new tax bill will add another layer of uncertainty to a market that has been searching for some semblance of normal since the euphoric run-up and near economic collapse of the housing market over the last decade. The new normal of today's market dictates that all market participants—buyers, sellers, lenders, and investors—will have to be vigilant at a granular level to better understand when or if this tax bill, or any other factor, affects their property's market value."

Thirty-three percent of Americans approve of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; 55 percent disapprove, according to a Gallup poll in January. More than 35 percent of respondents to a December realtor.com® survey were "concerned" about homeownership in light of the reform. 
 
For more information, please visit www.housecanary.com
 
Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com" ["preview"]=> string(507) "Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research. With the bill's new provisions, the mortgage" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(1) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(3) "835" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(4) "Ad_1" ["item_type"]=> string(2) "ad" ["zone"]=> string(4) "Ad 1" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97354" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_01" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 1" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97354" ["subject"]=> string(74) "Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2018" ["authors"]=> string(17) "By Jameson Doris " ["data"]=> string(7155) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with "upscale" projects taking the biggest hit. 
 
The report, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects and their average resale value one year later, found that garage door replacement has the highest ROI at 98.3 percent (up from 85 percent year-over-year). Backyard patio jobs garner the lowest ROI, at 47.6 percent (down from 54.9 percent year-over-year). The reason for the sweeping decrease in ROI isn't immediately obvious, but Remodeling magazine's editor-in-chief (and manager of the report) Craig Webb notes that it's likely related to the strength of the housing market currently.
 
"It's not clear if...nationwide affordability concerns are leading (real estate) pros to question the value of renovations that would make a house even more expensive at resale," says Webb.
 
However, a silver lining from the report relates to when the data was compiled. Remodeling magazine put all the cost information together before the country was struck with several natural disasters, including massive forest fires and several hurricanes. Since then, building supplies and the price of skilled labor has increased, but that's expected to change over the course of 2018. As a result, expect to see the ROI of most of these projects level out by the end of the year.
 
Despite these events, some longtime trends continued through the new year. Remodeling is still far more cost-effective than replacement, but, according to real estate pros, replacing is still the way to go. This year, there's a 20-point difference in ROI: 76.1 percent for replacement jobs, versus 56 percent for remodeling.
 
Nationally, when it comes to renovation ROI, curb appeal still wins out. Here are the top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report's "midrange" cost category:
 
Manufactured Stone Veneer (97.1% ROI) Entry Door Replacement (Steel) (91.3% ROI) Deck Addition (Wood) (82.8% ROI) Minor Kitchen Remodel (81.1% ROI) Siding Replacement (76.7% ROI) The top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report's "upscale" cost category are:
 
Garage Door Replacement (98.3% ROI) Window Replacement (Vinyl) (74.3% ROI) Window Replacement (Wood) (69.5% ROI) Grand Entrance (Fiberglass) (67.6% ROI) Bathroom Remodel (56.2% ROI) Nationally—and on the complete other end of the spectrum—here are the five projects with the lowest ROI in the "midrange" cost category:
 
Backyard Patio (47.6% ROI) Master Suite Addition (56.6% ROI) Major Kitchen Remodel (59% ROI) Bathroom Addition (59.9% ROI) Deck Addition (Composite) (63.6% ROI) The five projects with the lowest ROI in the "upscale" cost category are:
 
Master Suite Addition (48.3% ROI) Major Kitchen Remodel (53.5% ROI) Bathroom Addition (54.6% ROI) Bathroom Remodel (56.2% ROI) Grand Entrance (Fiberglass) (67.6% ROI) The 2018 Cost vs. Value Report compares, across 149 markets, the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects with their average value at resale one year later. Average resale value is calculated based on estimates provided by real estate professionals. View the full report, including project descriptions and city-level data, here
 
Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog and social media editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at jdoris@rismedia.com.  " ["preview"]=> string(257) "
A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97257" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_03" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 2" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97257" ["subject"]=> string(63) "Social Skills: Best Times for Real Estate Professionals to Post" ["authors"]=> string(16) "By Jameson Doris" ["data"]=> string(6986) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: It may sound like an easy topic to address, but when you consider the growing number of platforms, real estate professionals need social strategies in place to capture their clientele. This starts with knowing your audience and knowing when they're active online.
 
As a real estate professional, it's important to be in tune with your community and your personal clientele via social media. Posting about local events and goings-on is one of the easiest ways to get social media engagement. But, there are some general social media facts to be aware of, like how 80 percent of the country's population live in the Central and Eastern time zones. Take timing into consideration when posting. Also, if your audience is older, you probably shouldn't post after 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., when most of your audience is already asleep.
 
With such a variety of social platforms now at your disposal, it can be dizzying trying to make sense of the best times to post. Here are some tips to follow for the most popular social media sites/apps:
 
Facebook: Let's begin easy. For agents and brokers, it's no secret that Facebook is your greatest social asset. Besides the fact that the vast majority of your clientele is likely active on the site, there are few times that you can go wrong posting to Facebook. According to Fast Company, though, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. is the best time to post, with Wednesday at 3 p.m. being the prime hour during the week. However, this doesn't mean you can't post any other time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., as long as it's valuable content. 
 
Think of what will best speak to your audience: what are their interests and what time of year is it? If the warm season is right around the corner, maybe share a piece on summertime activities that are going on in your area or great weekend getaways. Also, as a rule, lighter content will perform better on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for obvious reasons.
 
LinkedIn: The rules for LinkedIn are very similar to the rules for posting on Facebook, with one exception: stick to the work week. By far, the most engagement you'll see on LinkedIn is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Naturally, those numbers fall off dramatically on weekends. The social aspect of the site is still career-oriented and, unless you're targeting job hunters, most people aren't going to give LinkedIn much attention from Friday to Monday. What's interesting about LinkedIn, however, is that research shows posting earlier and later in the day will garner the best engagement. People treat the site almost like they do the morning paper, so they'll check it once they've gotten to the office and likely once again right before they leave.
 
Instagram: Instagram is becoming less and less "that app that your kid uses." The real estate industry has been slow to pick up the app, but since it's highly engaging and photo-centric, that shouldn't be the case. Beautiful photography is crucial to selling homes, so having another platform to push those photos out on should be a priority. Instagram, however, is one of the social platforms that people will check the least during business hours, as they likely won't find an interesting article or anything that they can construe as "working" if their boss catches them on it. Also, the desktop version of the app is still clunky at best. With that in mind, noon is still a safe bet to post. Many people check their Instagram when they run out to lunch, but your best engagement numbers are still going to be during the week after 5 p.m.
 
Snapchat: Here's another social app that was originally marketed to and used by millennials, but is now being employed in more professional settings. As with Instagram, you can upload photos and videos to Snapchat, but (like Instagram Stories) they disappear after a certain amount of time. Also, the best posting times for Snapchat are pretty much identical to those of Instagram. But keep in mind that Snapchat should only be used to fill out a social strategy. You shouldn't focus on Snapchat if that means you won't have time to post regularly to Facebook and Twitter.
 
Twitter: Last, but certainly not least, we come to Twitter. There have been talks of the app's demise for years now, but for now, Twitter is sticking around. The good thing is, unlike with Facebook and Instagram—where you really shouldn't post much more than a few times a day—you can post as much as your heart desires on Twitter. Tweets are incredibly ephemeral because when you post one it's just plugged into an endless scroll of tweets, and five minutes later it's buried. Also, feel free to tweet any day of the week—though, Fast Company's research shows that Monday through Thursday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. are the absolute best hours to post.
 
There are several other social platforms that real estate professionals are taking advantage of, such as Google+ and Pinterest; however, as mentioned above, you should only be considering these platforms if you already have a robust social strategy and can pool some of your resources away from Facebook and Twitter. In 2018, though, your identity on social media should be an extension of your real estate business and its goals. Make sure you're investing in the above social sites/apps and taking the time to learn about your clientele and when they're active online.
 
Find more social media strategies, tips and trends in RISMedia's Social Skills series.
 
Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog and social media editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at jdoris@rismedia.com" ["preview"]=> string(236) "
It may sound like an easy topic to address, but when you consider the growing number of platforms, real estate" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97327" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_04" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 3" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97327" ["subject"]=> string(42) "Cyber Crime: What Renters Should Watch For" ["authors"]=> string(18) "By Suzanne De Vita" ["data"]=> string(4509) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: Are you on the hunt for a rental? Ad boards, listing portals and vacation sites have made it easier than ever to find one—and easier than ever, regrettably, for scammers to strike. Common cons include:
 
False Identity
Cyber criminals are altering the contact information on existing online rental posts, changing the email and/or phone number and disseminating the "new" post on other websites. The goal? Applicants who contact them can then be roped into other schemes, including wire fraud
 
Imaginary Listing
Fraudsters are also inventing listings that are not for rent or made-up (or, another variation: advertising a for-sale home as a rental). The intent is to obtain the applicant's information and/or money—the latter, generally, by asking for an application fee, first and last month's rent, a security deposit, etc., via money transfer.
 
'Priced to Rent'
Hackers are adapting advertisements, as well, by copying an existing listing and distributing it elsewhere with one modification: a new price. The advertised rent, typically, is considerably lower than market rate—an effort to generate the most interest, and, for the imposter, the most opportunities to scam.
 
What can you do to confirm the legitimacy of a rental? Here are a few steps you can take:
 
Avoid applying right away. With most rental searches happening online, the likelihood you'll be asked to complete a digital form is high. Criminals can, however, intercept the application, which may include personal or sensitive information. Protect yourself and take a tour in person (with a family member or friend, or your REALTOR®)—it's one more way to ensure it's genuine.
 
Compare costs. How does the rent shown online compare to others in the area? Ask your REALTOR® for guidance, or do some research yourself. If it appears excessive, the listing could be phony. (Pro tip: Get into this habit regardless—if it's not cyber crime, it could be a real-life rip-off.)
 
Get face-to-face. Fraudsters will often feign illness or other situations to prevent you from meeting them in person (e.g., "I'm out of the country/state," "I'm detained/in jail," "I'm in the military"). Some may even claim they have an associate, sometimes called an "agent" or "lawyer," who can meet you in their stead. If they're dodging you, don't fall for it.
 
Never pay upfront. If the person asks for any funds—any—before you've seen the rental and/or signed the lease, don't pay them. The most common red flags? Any exorbitant fee, for one, and also terms like "prepaid Visa card" or "Western Union." Ignore any request for a "money transfer" or "wire transfer"—these are signs of a thief.
 
Remember: Be alert and attentive when looking for a rental online. You can report scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
 
Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com." ["preview"]=> string(294) "
Are you on the hunt for a rental? Ad boards, listing portals and vacation sites have made it easier than ever to find one—and easier than ever, regrettably" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97290" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(11) "Section_04a" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 4" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97290" ["subject"]=> string(40) "Juggling Responsibilities in Real Estate" ["authors"]=> string(15) "By Verl Workman" ["data"]=> string(3852) "Sitting down with the regional owner of a large franchise at the conclusion of a recent convention, I found myself in a discussion about how one person can do it all. During this discussion, I had one of those rare moments of clarity that came in the form of an exercise I demonstrated from the stage the next day.     
 
As small business owners with growing pains, we were sharing ideas about how to scale and grow without letting either our customer service or our commitment to our employees and partners be diminished. 
 
It was during this deep personal discussion that I saw clearly a man juggling a series of balls, each with a name or title on it. There were several other balls on the table in front of him with other names/titles. Here are some examples: The juggler in my vision was very good. He had four or five balls in the air at all times and did a great job keeping them in the air while moving his hands into position to catch and throw the next ball. But things got interesting when the juggler—with five balls in great rhythm—is asked to pick up another ball. The juggler, knowing that he couldn't add one more ball, had to make a critical decision: which ball do I put down in order to pick up the next one?
 
Imagine you're working with buyers and sellers, doing all your own admin work, and are a parent and spouse. In order to pick up marketing or training a new agent, or giving back to your board or association, you have to choose which ball to put down.
 
The juggler—looking perplexed—looked at the non-negotiable of father and husband, then looked at buyers/sellers and decided that he couldn't put any of those down. The clarity came when the juggler said that he didn't want to do real estate at the expense of his family.   
 
At that moment, we decided that our families were non-negotiable and that we were going to create leverage in our business so that we could be present in our lives. 
 
Leverage is simply using systems and humans to pick up the balls that must be juggled in order to provide great client experiences. It all starts with your first assistant and grows from there when a buyer's agent is hired. Understanding that we all drop the ball at one point or another­—and that it's usually the people we care about most that get let down with the excuse that we're doing it all for our families­—we have to be willing to delegate and pass the ball to others so that we can give attention to what matters most in life.
 
As David O. McKay said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home."
 
Now's the time—and this is the year—to create leverage in your business and your life.
 
Verl Workman is the founder and CEO of Workman Success Systems (385-282-7112), an international speaking, consulting and coaching company that specializes in performance coaching and building successful power agents and teams. Contact him at Verl@WorkmanSuccessSystems.com.
 
For more information, please visit www.workmansuccesssystems.com" ["preview"]=> string(302) "
Sitting down with the regional owner of a large franchise at the conclusion of a recent convention, I found myself in a discussion about how one person can" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97324" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_05" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Home Spun Wisdom" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97324" ["subject"]=> string(65) "Looking Into Oceanside Real Estate? 4 Beach Locations to Consider" ["authors"]=> string(19) "By Hannah Whittenly" ["data"]=> string(4253) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: If owning a home by the ocean is your ultimate dream, today’s real estate market makes it much easier to make that dream a reality. However, with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where that dream home should be. Here are four beautiful—and affordable—options to help you narrow down your search.
 
Corpus Christi, Texas
Located near Padre and Mustang Islands, Corpus Christi has been called the Texas Riviera. There are 11 beaches, two marinas and the average temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. There's also an average of 255 sunny days each year and two-thirds of the area is covered by water. Corpus Christi has four distinct areas that are like small cities in and of themselves. The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. Vehicles are permitted on the beach, where you can find rare birds, climb an observation tower or simply relax in a beach chair. The average cost of a house or condo in Corpus Christi in 2016 was $132,400, less than the $161,500 Texas average.
 
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Daytona Beach is more than just a location for spring breakers or race fans. Many residents enjoy fishing from boats or piers while others spend their free time on the many golf courses in the area. U.S. News & World Report ranks the beach town as the seventh best place to retire in the country. The average home price is $163,815, the average high temperature is 81 degrees Fahrenheit and there is less than 50 inches of rainfall each year. There are plenty of places to hike, camp, kayak and swim in the area, as well as view wildlife, like manatees, gopher tortoises, dolphins and wild boar. If this beach town is of interest to you, don’t hesitate to call a REALTOR®
 
Atlantic City, N.J.
Atlantic City is coming back from decades of neglect and corruption. The town has not completely bounced back from the recession, so housing prices are still low, with an average of $117,500. The casinos along the infamous Atlantic City Boardwalk offer a wide variety of entertainment and the beaches are exceptionally large. Atlantic City also has a fascinating history and a loyal community of residents.
 
North Bend, Ore.
Only three hours outside of Seattle, North Bend has windswept shores, whale-watching and activities throughout the year. Because it is located on a peninsula, there are many oceanfront properties available. The average home costs $165,000, although oceanfront properties are priced slightly higher, with an average cost of $232,500. It is the perfect beach town for golf lovers since the Bandon Dunes Resort is nearby. If you prefer hiking, the Umpqua Dunes in northern Coos County are the largest in Oregon and, since they are off limits to off-highway vehicles, the perfect place for a hike. If you are ready to purchase your dream beach home, consider these four areas during your search. They are affordable and offer many exciting year-round activities. 
 
Hannah Whittenly is a freelancer writer and ocean explorer. 
" ["preview"]=> string(476) "If owning a home by the ocean is your ultimate dream, today’s real estate market makes it much easier to make that dream a reality. However, with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where that dream home should be. Here are four beautiful—and affordable—options" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97186" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_06" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(17) "More News Stories" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97186" ["subject"]=> string(37) "The Hottest Housing Markets This Year" ["authors"]=> string(18) "By Suzanne De Vita" ["data"]=> string(2263) "Accelerating home prices.
 
Expanding income and jobs.
 
New residents.
 
In 2018, the hottest housing markets will boast a combination of these factors, according to Zillow, which recently released its predictions for the year. The markets in Zillow's top 10:
 
1. San Jose, Calif.
2. Raleigh, N.C.
3. Seattle, Wash.
4. Charlotte, N.C.
5. San Francisco, Calif.
6. Austin, Texas
7. Denver, Colo.
8. Nashville, Tenn.
9. Portland, Ore.
10. Dallas, Texas
 
Analysts based the list off the Zillow Home Value and Rent Forecast, which is the change projected in the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) and the Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) for the coming year, as well as employment, income and population statistics from Glassdoor.
 
"This list shows that just because a market is smaller or more affordable doesn't mean it isn't dynamic," says Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow. "Growing cities in the Sun Belt, places like Raleigh, Charlotte and Nashville, offer plenty of opportunities in healthcare and finance, while providing a less-expensive, but still-convenient alternative to the larger and pricier markets in the Northeast. The tech industry continues to roar, attracting thousands of new residents per year to tech-dominant markets like Seattle, Denver and the Bay Area. The higher cost of living in these areas is offset to a large degree by well-paying tech jobs."
 
Across the top 10, analysts anticipate home values will increase between 3 and 8.9 percent in the next year—8.9 percent in San Jose, and 3 percent in Denver. The complete forecast:
 

 
For more information, please visit www.zillow.com
 
Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com." ["preview"]=> string(491) "Accelerating home prices. Expanding income and jobs. New residents. In 2018, the hottest housing markets will boast a combination of these factors, according to Zillow, which recently released its predictions for the year. The markets in Zillow's top 10: 1. San Jose, Calif. 2. Raleigh, N.C. 3. Seattle, Wash." ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97209" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26072" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_06" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(17) "More News Stories" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97209" ["subject"]=> string(25) "3 Ways to Throwback Style" ["authors"]=> string(0) "" ["data"]=> string(5857) "(Family Features)—When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.
 
Learn how to make your updated spaces pay tribute to re-emerging trends and add your own modern touches with these three new-again looks.
 
Retro-Modern
A retro-modern design is unique in every way, with elements transitioning from the historically unfitted 1920s to 1950s charm and eccentricity. The result is a space that represents many eras and design styles, and the kitchen is the perfect space to bring this look to life.
 
Start by establishing a focal point for your retro-modern design, such as a functional nod to the past. Long before modern refrigeration, iceboxes were used in many of the homes in the early 20th century to keep foods fresh. It's possible to mimic this look with the Wellborn Cabinet Premier Series, to achieve an icebox look that actually functions as storage space.
 
Use contrasting finishes, colors and textures to uniquely define a small space. For example, a modern cabinet scheme in a dark stain or paint contrasts beautifully with stainless steel hardware and a pop of color to break up the cold nature of stainless steel.
 
Then bring some uniformity with an option like Shaker decorative legs, which adds to the multi-era design feel. Deriving from the Shaker lifestyle and tradition, the tapering effect offers a beautiful yet simple design feature. Integrate the look across multiple elements, such as a wooden-style tapered leg icebox, along with stainless steel tapered legs on wall and peninsula cabinets, which can pair nicely with stainless-steel hardware and a 1950s Malt Shop grooved countertop.
 
Accessories are an important part of kitchen design, which is why they should be kept top of mind when building or designing that dream space. Features such as removable under-sink baskets and a double wastebasket kit lend ultimate practicality.
 
No matter the era, lighting is a must for a functional kitchen space. A carefully crafted, multi-layered lighting design is an essential component of a dream kitchen. An option like Hafele lighting, now offered through a partnership with Wellborn Cabinet, makes it possible to illuminate cabinetry, delivering ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting to create the right mood for any space.
 
Elegant
A beautiful, ornate bathroom with plenty of traditional features can truly be an interpretation of elegance in design. Plan for an abundance of luxurious, spa-like elements to achieve this look. Incorporate features such as warm hickory covering every inch of the walls and built-in lighting to set the tone for a relaxing atmosphere. Then incorporate antique-styled mirrors and glass hardware to create contrasts among the rich tones and texture.
 
You can create a distinctive alcove effect by situating the sink vanities directly between matching cabinet ends and recessing two mirrors into the wall. A decorative arch valance can add beauty and function, as this is an ideal place to tuck away lighting that provides depth and visibility.
 
Let a large soaking tub take center stage between the sink vanity and a custom makeup area. While you can rely on cabinetry for functional features, it's also a way to continue adding elegant touches, such as a beautifully crafted tub skirt and arch that complements the vanity area.
 
No luxury bathroom is complete without a standalone makeup alcove outfitted with unique features like drawer dividers (perfect for hair accessories) and countertop hideaway cabinets. Consider creating a focal point using rounded spindles to create depth and allow the custom makeup section to stand out in the design. Lastly, embellish the distinguished look with molding options that highlight the feature areas and create a defined line around the room.
 
An elegant, spacious master bathroom is luxurious and functional, proving that practicality can be used in a glorious way.
 
Retro
Going to the extreme with your aesthetic with a retro design is all about fun, with features such as pops of color in the tile behind the vanities or fun and whimsical wallpaper. A 1950s-style bathroom lets you play on your childlike senses. From bright colors to mixed metals and textures, this unique design style pays respect to the era of carhops, Airstream Travel Trailers and Lucille Ball.
 
The key to making a throwback-styled design work for your contemporary needs is all in the modern elements. Think along the lines of illuminated drawers and cabinets and base pull-out wire baskets. These fun twists of technology paired with retro-styled elements make for a winning solution.
 
When it comes to the vanities and cabinetry, remember that both style and color can bring your retro design together. Don't be afraid to step outside more traditional wood tones, and use unexpected colors, such as the pink hue available in Wellborn Cabinet's ColorInspire program. For the woodwork, look for details such as conical-styled, slender legs that add to the 1950s feel.
 
Reminiscent of days past, a fabulous '50s bathroom is the ultimate definition of an eccentric design.
 
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