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Homebuyer Preferences: Millennials vs. Other Generations

*By Paul Emrath on August 20, 2019 on eyeonhousing.org

A recent study by NAHB reveals that millennials have a much stronger desire for certain bathroom features relative to older generations.

The report compiled survey data between 2007 and 2018 and found that the share of home buyers who want whirlpool tubs declines as the older generations age but stays relatively constant for millennials.  As of 2018, 70% of millennials expressed a strong preference for whirlpool tubs, compared to 62% for Generation X, 47% for baby boomers and 44% for seniors.

Meanwhile, the share who want a dressing area increases for millennials while falling or staying constant for other generations.

Those who prefer his and her baths increases dramatically over the years for millennials and shows no real trend among the other generations.

All four generations show an elevated preference for built-in kitchen seating.  Of note is the increasing upward trend for millennials who desire trash compactors and built-in kitchen seating.

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33 Home Upgrades that Cost Less than $100

**Money Talks News - August 14,2019**

Sometimes home improvements are out of reach for the moment. A kitchen upgrade can cost thousands of dollars you might not have to spend right now.

Other improvements are unavoidable, but also expensive and unsatisfying at the same time — take a roof replacement for one example.

But if you’re in the mood to spruce up your home, there are plenty of doable projects that make a real difference and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

The following improvements should run you less than $100 but will help make your home look and feel like a million bucks.

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Wildlife Refuge Plans to Open this Fall near Navarre

By Duwayne Escobedo | 315-4489 | @DuwayneENWFDN | descobedo@nwfdailynews.com
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at 11:59 AM

HOLLEY — Bill Andersen worked Wednesday to complete a sixth habitat for its animal ambassador, Riley the striped skunk.

“We’re going to have a very happy skunk on our hands,” said Anderson, as he left a growing tree for it to play on.

It is part of the new $1 million digs for the popular Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge being built on a wooded 2.3-acre parcel in Holley just north of Navarre off State Road 87. The refuge rehabilitates and releases injured or orphaned wildlife indigenous to Northwest Florida. It also responds to strandings of marine life along an 85-mile stretch of Gulf Coast beaches.

Plans call for two more than 2,000-square-foot buildings for education and outreach and for rehabilitation. It will include 23 habitats total, mostly for the wildlife refuge’s ambassadors, which are animals too injured or too dependent on people to live in the wild.

Bill and his wife, Carol, who goes by the nickname “Stormy,” donated the land, which is part of their 6-acre property that includes access to East Bay.

The wildlife refuge has outgrown the aging and cramped fire station on Okaloosa Island that...

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4 Affordable Ways to Get a First Home to Start Your Family

*Posted on August 7, 2019 - 9:29am by Housecall
By Meghan Belnap

If you're ready to start a family, you're likely concerned over how you'll be able to afford the right family home. You can save money on your first family home by going through the right channels to secure the best deal.

Here are four affordable ways to get a first home to start your family:

Apply for First-Home Buyer Assistance

Certain loans and grants are available to first-time homebuyers to ease the purchasing costs. Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can save you money on a home and even help you with public housing residence, if necessary. A Veteran's Administration (VA) loan might be available to you if you've served in the armed forces. You might also be eligible to apply for a USDA loan or an FHA loan.

Choose a Condo Instead

Most families want to live in a house, but there are condos for sale that make great family homes. Some condominium complexes also have security guards on staff and take other measures to keep residents safer. Buying a condo that's large enough to support you and your growing family can be done with...