What trends will drive home design in 2014? According to newly released information by Pulte Homes, cool, soft colors, open spaces with natural lighting and modern, angular details are the top home design trends this year.

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January 20: Links of the Day

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Real estate links

- Despite all the progress the housing market has made the last two years, Freddie Mac says the recovery still has a ways to go.

- The American housing stock continues to age, which might give remodelers an opportunity in the long term and may signal a future demand for new home construction.

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This weekend could be your perfect chance to find your dream home! Prudential Select Properties is hosting Open Houses throughout the area this weekend. You can see all the homes we'll be showing by clicking here. Check out the search function to refine your search. We look forward to seeing you!

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January 17: Links of the Day

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Real estate links

- A recent report indicates it might be easier for some Americans to get a mortgage as credit standards ease.

- Here are some pointers for unmarried couples looking to buy a home. 

- Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to an average of 4.41 percent this week.

St. Louis links

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Photo courtesy of http://www.peabodyoperahouse.com.

Sesame Street Live “Make a new Friend”
Thursday, January 16-Sunday, January 19
Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang from Sesame Street are visiting the Peabody Opera House! The show “offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages.” This show promises to be a blast for the entire family. Performances are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are going for $19, $27, $39 and $63. http://www.peabodyoperahouse.com/events/detail/sesame-street-live-make-a-new-friend

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January 16: Links of the Day

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Real estate links

- Chief economist Lawrence Yun has a post on the impact of depleting shadow inventory. 

- The average size of new multifamily units is rising.

- Do you think 2014 is the year of the big move?

St. Louis links

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We’ve gotten our fill of cold weather in St. Louis recently. Those falling winter temperatures typically raise home-heating costs — along with concerns over the impact of increased energy use on the environment. Plastics Make it Possible® offers some tips on low-cost, do-it-yourself projects to help cut down on wasted energy in the winter — and all year round.

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