The National Association of Realtors” continues to characterize the real estate market as slowly and steadily progressing upwardly mobile. A recent CNN Money article quoted The National Association of Realtors stating “previously-owned homes come in just slightly below November’s sales pace, but up 12.8 % from a year ago.”
A 2013 real estate market characterized to be the most affordable housing market ever on record may or may not be wishful thinking. The experts are disagreeing with some stating it will be a very good year, possibly the best ever, to buy or sell a home. Other experts state the recovery is still a recession and not a recovery at all.
With that in mind, if this will be the year you make the decision to buy a home. Have you considered what style of home would be the best fit for you? There are distinct differences in all the architectural styles designed specifically to provide those comforts you want for your home life. Every few decades or so new styles have taken shape as the most popular in response to culture status and location.
I’ve described just a few of them below and provided links for those readers wanting more information on home styles and what each specifically is designed to offer!
1. The American Farmhouse – This practical, serviceable style characterized the rural landscape from early Colonial Days and still can be seen offered for sale across the American landscape. They are simple 1 to 1 1/2 story homes built with local materials and characterized by large porches, fireplaces, thick walls, and no architectural guidance.
2. The Classical Colonial – A favorite home style across The United States from the 1600’s to the present. Usually this favorite is characterized by 2 stories, spaciousness, and stately elegance. It’s often rectangular and symmetrical in style with bedrooms on the second floor, a central hallway, and suggestive of more formal living preferences. There are many variations of the Colonial style but most are distinctive looking with front columns rising to the second story with minimal roof overhangs.
3. The Victorian – Popularized in the mid 1840 through the 1900’s, this ornamental style adorned with curved towers, large, flowing, spindled porches, and turreted roof lines with patterned shingles is also found in almost every town and city. Characterized by 2 or more stories, lots of square footage, and rooms for absolutely everything make it a really fun and intriguing, comfy homestyle home.
4. The American Bungalow – The American Bungalow home trend is said to have been formed from the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900’s through 1930. Traditionally all rooms evolve off the main living area giving the home a comfortable informality. Often constructed of wood, stone, and stucco siding, the Arts & Crafts style provided the early 1900 families an economic livability affordable to working class families. These craftmans style homes are popular for their interesting features and construction.
5. The Ranch Plain and simple best characterize this American classic which began to make it’s appearance in suburban residential neighborhoods across the country in the 1930’s and has recently seen a revival in popularity. It’s 1 story, low profile, with minimal use of decoration, floor plans designed to incorporate ease of entertaining and family life while offering space and utility continue to be enjoyed by loyal owners of the style.