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Hottest Fireplace Trends for 2014

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Contemporary FireplaceOver the years, fireplaces have been a familiar feature in many homes, however until very recently, they have undergone very little change from the traditional hearth. According to Napoleon Fireplaces, 2014 is heating up to be a very different year for the fireplace. Fireplaces are becoming the design focus for many rooms in the house and with new technological advances it’s now possible to do more with the fireplace than ever before.

“We’re seeing some very interesting home designs that incorporate fireplaces in many creative new ways,” said David Coulson, of Napoleon Fireplaces. “While the traditional hearth will be a mainstay for many homes, modern fireplaces with crisp lines and glass frames will continue to rise in popularity with new homes and redesigned rooms. That being said we’re seeing several new trends emerge this season that are really changing the way people are thinking about fireplaces.”

Coulson suggests keeping the following hot trends in mind when looking for a new fireplace this season.

• Modern: The upcoming season will continue the trend of sleek and modern fireplaces. Look for clean, linear lines with less metal and more glass. People want the full flame and don’t want black or chrome metal frames blocking the view or interfering with the lighting.

• Gas: Gas fireplaces will continue to rise in popularity this season. The convenience of flicking a switch compared to collecting, piling and lighting firewood is quickly winning out. The younger generation of fireplace buyers want a quick lighting fireplace that is cleaner and easier to maintain.

• Outdoors: 2014 will be a big year for the outdoor fireplace as people create or expand on their backyard oasis. The idea of turning a backyard into another room of your house is fueling the Outdoor Fireplaceoutdoor fireplace trend and Napoleon has developed several new models to accommodate this demand.

• Heat rises: Much like HD televisions, consumers are placing their fireplace inserts higher up on the wall. New technology allows for home owners to insert enclosed gas fireplaces almost anywhere in the house and many people are taking inspiration from designers who are playing with the traditional ideas of where you find a fireplace.

• Unlikely locations: Much like the migration of fireplaces up the wall, more fireplaces are being installed in unlikely rooms. For example, Napoleon makes several models which are ideally suited for the kitchen or bathroom. These fireplaces however are typically used to decorate the room.

In the end, every room is different so it’s important to find the right fireplace that fits.

Source: Napoleon Fireplaces

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Green Valley AZ December 2013 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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2013 ended with a 5.1% increase in sales over 2012:  1060 homes sold as compared to 1009 in 2012.   In December sales were down by 15.2% compared to December 2012, with 67 sales as compared to 79. 

At the end of December there were 925 active listings as compared to 935 in December 2012.  

There wasn't much change in the average sales price in 2013 as compared to 2012, a slight increase of 2.33%:  $160,000 vs. $156,355.   The big news in 2013 was the increase in sales in the higher priced homes: $300,000 to $500,000+.  There were 76 sales in 2013 as compared to 56 in 2012.

A great indicator that a market is improving can be seen in the "absorption rate" which tracks the number of months of inventory that are listed in a market at any given time.  The year ended with the absorption rate down by 13.91%:  9.78 months of inventory on hand in 2013 as compared to 11.36 in 2012.  

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 9 already under contract in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one.  My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you. 

Green Valley AZ December 2013 Real Estate Statistics

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