Things to do this Weekend: December 9th – December 11th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Bush-Holley House by Candlelight Venue: Bush-Holley Historic Site in Cos Cob, CT Date: December 11, 2016 Description: A festive holiday evening when, once a year, costumed interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich’s only Registered National Historic Landmark. Event: Christmas Open House Venue: Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Branford Date: December 3 – 11, 2016 Description: 15 acres of Choose & Cut Christmas Trees, hand crafted wood ornament with every tree. Santa is here Dec. 3 & 4 from 11-2 pm. Event: 2nd Annual Redding Artisan Fair Venue: Redding Elementary School in Redding, CT Date: December 10 , 2016 Description: Annual fair features more than 40 local artisans surrounded by a winter wonderland, with a wide selection of beautifully handcrafted pieces and gifts. The event also includes winter-themed games, crafts, door prizes and a bake sale. Event: Holiday Fun Venue: Denison Homestead Museum – Pequotsepos Manor in Voluntown, CT Date: December 10, 2016 Description: Experience an old fashion Christmas. Enjoy strolling through the festive home and speaking with costumed reenactors as they cook over an open hearth and spin wool. View more events in Connecticut on CTVisit.com. Rhode Island Event: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas  Venue: Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick, RI Date: December 8 – 11, 2016 Description: For many, Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas unless there is a dusting of snow on the ground upon waking up on December 25. Event: The Foundry Artists Holiday Show Venue: Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, RI Date: December 9 – 11, 2016 Description: The Foundry Artists Holiday Show was created thirty years ago to showcase the works...

Deck the Halls (or Don’t) When Selling Your Home During the Holidays

–Article from Realtor.com   Unless you’re a total Grinch, it’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home. You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either. So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Hey, we’ve got some tips—an early secret Santa gift from us to you! 1. Depersonalize the decorations “It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible,” says Erika Dalager, marketing manager at roOomy, a virtual home staging site. “The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home.” That means avoiding the personal decorations that appeal mostly to you and your family: “Best Mom” tree ornaments your kids made in preschool Named Christmas stockings Religious tokens and symbols A ton of holiday cards Photos of your baby’s first Christmas Hope Mazzola, a real estate broker with William Raveis in Katonah, NY, says glitzing a home with over-the-top decorations is like wrapping a house in an “ugly holiday sweater.” “Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home,” Mazzola says. “Enhancing the features of the home versus adding all the bells and whistles will keep buyers on track.” 2. Consider the neighborhood If your whole...

6 Great Holiday Decor Ideas to Amp up Your Curb Appeal

Article from RealtyTimes Stumped about how to make your home stand out at the holidays for all the right reasons? You don’t have to clean out Home Depot’s inflatable character aisle to make it festive. A few tips can take it from plain to just plain amazing. 1. Highlight your architecture Have some great architecture to work with? “Edging the roof, windows and doors makes your home’s own charming features stand out big time,” said House Beautiful. House Beautiful2. Take advantage of your landscaping Net lights make decorating so easy your little kids can do it, and when laid out over hedges, they bring a festive look with minimal effort and expense. If you have trees in your front yard, wrapping the trunks in net lights brings the beauty without the pain of having to weave lights around individual branches. Hanging icicle lights or snowflakes from random branches is a great finishing touch. American Sale3. Spread the love Gates, fences, front porches, and walkways are great opportunities to extend your décor and call attention to the property’s features. House Beautiful4. Don’t forget about your front door A simple wreath is an easy way to set a welcoming holiday tone, and the choices are endless, whether you go with store-bought or decide to make your own. But, it’s just the beginning of the inspired ideas for your front door. “Give your front door the city glam you love by filling lanterns with shiny ornaments, and adorning with a black and white polka dot ribbon (how very Kate Spade of you), as in this outdoor vignette from Dimples & Tangles,” said Elle Décor. Elle...

Last-Minute Tax Breaks For Homebuyers You’re In Danger Of Missing

December 2016 may see the end of a number of tax breaks that homeowners took advantage of in the past. No one wants to talk tax when holiday festivities are in full swing. After all, this year’s taxes won’t matter until next April. Right? Well, maybe for some people, but if you’re serious about buying or selling that home in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, you may want to take a moment to step away from the eggnog and tune in to the tax breaks you could take advantage of before the end of the year. Each year, many tax breaks for homeowners (both buyers and sellers) are set to expire. Congress must pass extensions for certain credits to stay available into the following years. And at this point, it looks as if many breaks for homeowners could be reaching an end. If you own a home — or are looking to buy a home — you may need to act now. It could be your last chance to claim qualifying deductions and write-offs. Here’s what could go away once 2017 rolls around. 1. No more mortgage debt forgiveness Typically, when a mortgage lender writes off any part of, or all of, a forgiven debt, the amount that is forgiven is passed back to the borrower as taxable for federal income tax purposes. The rule applies to all debt, including home mortgages. However, this rule was changed by Congress to help struggling homeowners during the Great Recession through the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. Under the rule, qualifying homeowners who either lost their homes to foreclosure or qualified...

Things to do this Weekend: December 2nd – December 4th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Small Gifts Big Art: Holiday Art Sale Venue: Downtown New Canaan in  New Canaan, CT Date: December 2 – 4, 2016 Description: Silvermine is coming to downtown!  Its popular holiday sale expands this year to two locations. In addition to the annual Silvermine School of Art Faculty and Student Holiday Sale at the arts center on Silvermine Road, a gallery pop-up exhibit and sale of work by the Guild artists will join in the fun at the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Stroll beginning December 2 at 5 p.m. Event: Gingerbread Houses for Children Venue: Lyman Orchards’ Apple Barrel in Middlefield, CT Date: December 3 – 4, 2016 Description: A wonderful way to enjoy the holidays. Turn up the holiday magic for your young ones with a fun-filled session of confectionary creativity. The Apple Barrel Bakery team will lead budding gingerbread architects and candy lovers in crafting the edible holiday homes of their dreams in this seasonal Lyman Orchards favorite. Event: 43rd Annual Festival of Trees  Venue: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT Date: December 2 – 11 , 2016 Description: A holiday custom for the past 43 years, featuries musical entertainment and festive family activities in the midst of decorative trees and wreaths created by community organizations and local artists, on view in the museum’s galleries for a limited time. Event: Holiday Carnival  Venue: Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT Date: December 3, 2016 Description: Activities include horse drawn wagon rides around the Village, photos with Santa, Santa’s Workshop (noon-4 p.m.) for special shopping just for children with all items under $10, entertainment...

Holiday Events – Westchester County New York

December is here and there are plenty of events to bring you holiday cheer! Check out these events going on throughout the holiday season in Westchester County. Event: Westchester Winter Wonderland   Venue: Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY Date: Various dates in December Description: Westchester Winter Wonderland will combine the best of New York City’s Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park with the largest light show in the Hudson Valley. More Information Event: Santa Visits the Rosen House Venue: Caramoor Center for Music & Arta Date: December 10th Description: Jolly Saint Nick comes to Caramoor for an event that features holiday games and a 30 minute concert of sing-alongs before being joined by Santa Claus. More Information Event: North Kensico Christmas Light Show Venue: 21 N. Kensico Avenue in White Plains, NY Date: Various dates in December Description: Come on out and enjoy our 2016 Computerized Christmas light and music display and discover it for yourself and your family. This year we have over 10,000 lights on 144 channels synchronized to music. More Information Event: The Wizards of Winter with Original Members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Venue: Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY Date: December 8th Description: The Wizards of Winter return this Holiday season bringing their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun! More Information   Event: Holiday Party with Santa  Venue: 380 Saw Mill River Rd in Elmsford, NY Date: December 17th Description: Kids holiday party with Santa–games, dancing, pizza and more. More Information...

Holiday Events – Connecticut & Rhode Island

December is here and there are plenty of events to bring you holiday cheer! Check out these events going on throughout the holiday season in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Connecticut Event: Festival of Silver Lights  Venue: Hubbard Park & Castle Craig in Meriden, CT Date: November 22nd – January 3rd Description: Illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling, white lights. There are over 200 figures and buildings that are decorated with the lights in this spectacular display. A lighting ceremony takes place on November 22 at 6 p.m. More Information Event: Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Venue: Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT Date: November 25th – December 18th Description: Festive activities include a spectacular light show every half hour at the main gate featuring tens of thousands of dancing lights set to holiday music. More Information Event: Festival of Lights  Venue:  Olde Mystic Village Date: November 27th – December 20th Description: Walk through a winter wonderland with more than 4,000 luminaries light the walkways along with entertainment and refreshments throughout the evening. More Information Event: Lantern Light Tours Venue: Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT Date: November 25th – December 23rd Description: Experience a New England holiday tradition at Mystic Seaport and step back in time to Christmas Eve 1876 for a guided tour of Greenmanville featuring a play with a tavern dance, a horse-drawn carriage ride and the beautiful glow of hundreds of lanterns. More Information Event: Northern Lights Limited  & Santa Express Venue: Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, CT Date: November 25th – December 23rd Description: A holiday train ride with Santa at the Railroad Museum of New England promising a Festival of Lights both inside...

The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2017

We won’t pretend to know everything that 2017 will bring—heck, 2016 sure surprised us—but we’re pretty certain there will be changes. A lot of them. And while the surprise triumph of Donald Trump in the presidential election won’t alter the fundamentals shaping the 2017 real estate market, its impact is already being felt. We’ve seen interest rates jump since the election, a movement that’s likely to affect the youngest generation of home buyers. Just like last year, realtor.com®‘s economic data team analyzed our market data and economic indicators to come up with a picture of the key housing trends for 2017. As we prepare to bid farewell to 2016, it looks like we’ll be saying goodbye to the last of the record-low interest rates of the past few years, too. Interest rates have shot up 40 basis points, or 0.4 percentage points, since Trump’s election. And that’s significant, especially for first-time home buyers, including many millennials. “With more than 95% of first-time home buyers dependent on financing their home purchase, and a majority of first-time buyers reporting one or more financial challenges, the uptick we’ve already seen may price some first-timers out of the market,” says Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, who worked on the realtor.com 2017 housing forecast. According to the forecast, the 2017 national real estate market is predicted to slow compared with the past two years, across the majority of economic indicators studied.  But maybe “slowdown” isn’t quite the right description. “I would characterize our 2017 forecast as a moderation, as opposed to a slowdown,” says Smoke. “The pace of growth is still strong and, for pricing, still represents an above-average level...

What You Need to Inspect When Buying a House

For everyone who is not a multimillionaire, buying a house is a significant investment. Because of this, prior to making a purchase, you need to make sure that money you are investing is not wasted. Sometimes, if a price of a property seems too good to be true, it probably is. What is the use of paying less for a home only to waste a fortune on repairs and maintenance of the faulty power grid. Therefore, the inspection of your home prior to purchase becomes paramount, and here are a few things you need to look out for. A WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD As soon as you see an ad for a house for sale, you need to check out the neighbourhood it is in. Sure, the real-estate agent is going to talk all praises, but you simply cannot hide the truth from the online community. A home in a sketchy neighbourhood is a safety risk, but also a perilous investment. While cheaper to buy, it is impossible to get a decent resale price if you ever decide to move. However, crime rate is not the only thing you should be looking for. A home in the vicinity of an industrial zone or airport is also a problem and something that can significantly lower your lifestyle quality. On the other hand, the vicinity of schools, stores, cinemas and similar venues is always a good sign. CHECK OUT THE PLUMBING Once you get to the place, your first task should be to check out the conditions of the plumbing. According to people from Your Choice Plumbers, the first thing you...

House of Horrors: 6 Things a Home Inspector Might Not Catch

Before buying into a monthly mortgage payment, 77% of home buyers hire an inspector to go through their new digs with a fine-toothed comb. This is a very good idea. That extra set of eyes gives buyers peace of mind that a new house won’t have a leaky roof or cracked foundation. Or something even worse. But what you might not realize is that countless conundrums go unnoticed during a home inspection simply because the inspector doesn’t look for them. And those undetected flaws could add up to expensive repairs. Here’s the deal: Home inspectors aren’t regulated by federal guidelines. Each state has its own licensing and/or certification requirements. They vary from Texas, which requires 130 classroom hours of real estate inspection training, to Georgia, which requires an inspector have a business license and a letter of recommendation—and little else. That means home buyers have to do their own homework to make sure they’re working with a reputable and thorough inspector. Make sure to verify an inspector’s references and ask to review the checklist of items covered during an inspection. And, once you’ve done that, ask your inspector to check for these budget busters. Runny appliances If you’re buying a home for the first time, you’re probably swooning over the idea of having your own washer/dryer or dishwasher. And to make sure your new BFF won’t break—and break your heart—an inspector should run these kind of appliances to check for functionality and leaks. But inspectors don’t always go over all the bells and whistles on appliances. “Checking the water dispenser for issues on a fridge isn’t standard,” says Tom Kraeutler, a former home inspector, author of “My...

5 Ideas to Light up Your Festive Season

It’s that time of year again: a time for too many mince pies, pinning stockings to the end of your bed or the mantelpiece, finding the perfect gift and leaving goodies out for Santa and Rudolph. It’s also a time for bringing out the same old tree and threadbare lights and decorations. But with just a little extra thought, and some creative lighting, you can quickly and easily add a little seasonal sparkle and rejuvenate your home this winter. 1. Go outside and get bare  A popular choice for many people looking to spruce things up at this time of year is to head straight for the tree. But if you’ve got a lot of opinions to balance in your house, and your choice gets pushed to the back of the queue, fear not, you can always leave! By which I mean, go outside and look to the walls, windows, door and roof. If inflatable snowmen aren’t your style, and you want something more understated, bare bulbs are a great way to invoke a seasonal atmosphere. Use them to highlight a prominent feature like the eves. If you’re looking for something with a little more colour, use bunting-style lighting instead. 2. Make the lights the feature If you don’t fancy spending the afternoon untangling the fairy lights and wrapping them around the tree, drop them down in front of a window instead. From the outside they’ll look beautiful, but inside, reflecting against the darkness of a winter night, this simple setup will bring the twinkling stars into your home. 3. A little lighting goes a long way Subtlety is...

Things to do this Weekend: November 25th – November 27th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland Venue: Wilton Historical Society in Wilton, CT Date: November 25 – January 16, 2016 Description: Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels. Event: Gingerbread Houses for Children Venue: Lyman Orchards’ Apple Barrel in Middlefield, CT Date: November 26 – 27, 2016 Description: A wonderful way to enjoy the holidays. Turn up the holiday magic for your young ones with a fun-filled session of confectionary creativity. The Apple Barrel Bakery team will lead budding gingerbread architects and candy lovers in crafting the edible holiday homes of their dreams in this seasonal Lyman Orchards favorite. Event: Northern Lights Limited & Santa Express Venue: Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, CT Date: November 25 – December 23, 2016 Description: A holiday train ride with Santa at the Railroad Museum of New England promising a Festival of Lights both inside and outside the train and at historic 1881 Thomaston Station. Event: Holiday Market Venue: Simsbury Historical Society in Simsbury, CT Date: November 26 – December 11, 2016 Description: A wonderful place to shop for unique gifts including handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, candles, soaps, art, knitted items, crafts, handbags and much more. View more events in Connecticut on CTVisit.com. Rhode Island Event: Holiday Lantern Tour  Venue: Brick Market Museum & Shop in Newport, RI Date: November 25, 2016 Description: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and...

Holiday Hosts: Embellish These 3 Key Spots With Fall Decor

Who has time for decorating when you’re hosting Thanksgiving? You do. Article from Zillow. Photos courtesy of White Buffalo Styling Co. You’re hosting Thanksgiving this year. Your guest list is set, menu planning has already commenced, and it’s going to be the most delicious holiday yet. But you’re forgetting something: Fall decorations to set a festive tone for the feast. Before you get wound up over yet another thing you have to do, take a breather and focus. Specifically, focus on adding simple decor to three key areas to make your Thanksgiving delectable and beautiful. The dining table Livening up your dining table with some fall flair is an obvious starting point, since your guests will be gathering around it. You don’t have to overdo it here to make a statement. A few pumpkins, candles, and flowers can make a beautiful table, and don’t require much effort. Just a few elements can create a simple yet elegant tablescape. For the flower arrangement, grab some greenery and flowers from the grocery store. Choose a vase with a narrow opening to help corral the flowers and make them easier to arrange. Put the greenery in first, then add the flowers stem by stem. For table linens and place settings, keep the colors neutral so your centerpiece can be the focus. The living room Many living rooms have a fireplace as the centerpiece. Dressing up your mantel for the season is the perfect way to make this gathering spot feel season-ready. A bit of garland goes a long way on the mantle. Some fall-colored blooms, pinecones, and candles are great mantel decor. Drape some natural...

Things to do this Weekend: November 18th – November 20th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Founders Hall Wreath Festival Venue: Founders Hall in Ridgefield, CT Date: November 18 – 21, 2016 Description: The festival opens  November 18,  with a Beefsteak Community Feast, giving guests first dibs on a holiday boutique and more than 100 decorated wreaths, swags and garlands. Event: Saturday Fall Migration Bird Walks at Hammonasset Beach State Park Venue: Depart from The Audubon Shop in Madison, CT Date: November 19, 2016 Description: Walks at Hammonasset will be held each Saturday Sept. 10 through Nov. 19, 2016. Event: Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert Venue: First Congregational Church in Danbury, CT Date: November 20, 2016 Description: Jubilant sounds of the season in an eclectic collection of outstanding festive choral music, accompanied by brass ensemble. Event: FEAST – A Native Thanksgiving Buffet Venue: The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center Date: November 19, 2016 Description: A very special Native Thanksgiving buffet dinner with Chef Sherry preparing and featuring traditional Native fare with a modern twist. Event: Connecticut International Auto Show Venue: Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT Date: November 18 – 20, 2016 Description: Two dozen showrooms, all under one roof. One ticket equals one hundred rides, including compact cars, SUVs, vans, trucks, electrics and hybrids. Compare features, options and stylings of the new 2017 models from 27 car lines. View more events in Connecticut on CTVisit.com. Rhode Island Event: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Venue: The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI Date: November 20, 2016 Description: There’s no better way to kick off the season of Christmas tunes than by attending the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve....

With More New Homes on the Market, Holiday House Hunting Looks Good

Just in time for the holidays, more newly constructed homes have come onto the market. (House hunters, you know what to ask Santa for this year.) But permits to build more plunged in October, which could reduce the number of new homes for sale in the months ahead. Just 97,900 permits to build new homes of all types were issued in October—a nearly 9.1% drop from September, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s new residential construction report. However, a slowdown is common in late fall, as Joe Kirchner, senior economist at realtor.com®, pointed out. We looked only at the numbers that were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations. “We’re moving into the cooler months and builders are typically not going to start something just before winter,” Kirchner says. “I wouldn’t worry.” Indeed, the level of permits was only down 1.4% from the same month a year ago. Kirchner also pointed out that issued permits had risen month over month in both August and September, signaling that builders have been more bullish of late in erecting those desperately needed abodes. The number of permits issued for multi-family dwellings, meaning new rental and condo buildings with five or more units, decreased 14.6% from September and slid 2.5% from October 2015, according to the report. But builders ramped up last month by beginning work on 114,9000 new homes—a 21.2% jump from September and a 26.4% rise from the same month a year prior. Read full article from...

TREND ALERT: A KITCHEN ISLAND THAT’S ALSO A BREAKFAST NOOK

Build a large island with room for bar seating or condense the island size to include a breakfast nook? If you’re redoing your kitchen and are working with a somewhat limited amount of space, this might be one of the conundrums you face. But, a growing kitchen trend could solve that problem by combining both ideas into one chic solution. What people love about this kitchen layout is how it does double duty as both an island and a breakfast nook, creating a useful and eye-catching focal point and encouraging togetherness. And, it allows you to be as creative as you want when designing the the look, even when you have tons of space to accommodate the most inspired dream kitchen. This traditional kitchen gets a lift from a built-in banquette along the backside of the L-shaped island. No counter space is sacrificed here! PintrestThe idea works just as well in a classically modern space. White cabinets and marble counters contrast beautifully against the tufted black leather seating. Modern Home Design and DécorLook how more a modest-sized island shines by accommodating a small seating area on the backside and hanging a sparkly chandelier overhead. PintrestRead More on Reality...

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties Releases New Technological Innovations

Wallingford, CT – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties today announced the launch of two new proprietary systems that will enhance the consumer experience online. The company is the first in the market to include a Star Ratings System and display the results on their public site. With 92% of consumers reading online reviews, the star ratings, only found on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices website, will assist consumers in choosing their Realtor®. Equally important, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Buyer Connect program and Home Valuation System is a valuation tool powered by Buyside™ that aggregates data and analyzes it instantaneously to provide multiple home value estimates from three data sources, including Zillow, and utilizes real-time buyer information to match buyers to sellers. “Consumers today are able to access a myriad of information on the web. Interpreting the information is a challenge which can be met by working with a knowledgeable agent who can speak to real-time data analysis,” stated Candace Adams, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties. “Having this kind of insight will go a long way to making sure our clients are the most informed buyers and sellers in the Northeast.” Along with announcing Five Star Ratings and the Home Valuation System, online safety has always been a top concern for the company. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties is committed to ensuring that their clients are protected throughout the entire home buying and selling process by adding an extra layer of security, making it only one of two secure real estate websites in the Northeast. By investing in digital...

Millennials Drive the Housing Market

–Article from Zillow Young homeowners are more diverse and they’re also gravitating toward the suburbs. It was friends and the rising cost of rent that finally turned Matt Fong’s attention toward buying a home. “I liked where I lived, and I tried to keep the rent a certain part of my income,” said the 32-year-old project manager for a Seattle ad agency. “Then I saw another friend buy a home and rent out rooms to make a profit. I thought, ‘If you can do that, I can at least start looking.’” Fong’s rent had climbed to nearly $1,600 for a 1-bedroom apartment, which a quick look at the market told him was roughly what a condo would cost in the same hip neighborhood. Ultimately, he purchased a single-family home in a different part of town, to avoid condo fees and to get some yard space where he can tinker and restore furniture. Fong is a millennial homeowner, which, it turns out, is not so rare today. New Zillow Group research shows that young adults are buying homes in sufficient numbers now and they are actually driving the housing market. Half of home buyers are under age 36 “Millennials are shaping the market more than anyone realized. In fact, half of all buyers are under 36 and half of sellers are under 41,” said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman, referring to results from a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers and renters that are part of the new Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report. Young adults are also driving more diversity among homeowners. Only 66 percent of millennial homeowners are white, compared with...