Monday, August 27, 2007

Things Are Changing In Real Estate

Sales of existing homes fell 0.2% to 5.75 million units in the year, the lowest since November 2002, said the National Association of Realtors (NAR). It marks the first time that the US's main estate agent body had reported a decline in 12 consecutive months. Read on in this BBC News article. According to senior writer Chris Isidore "Not only did sales slip but the number of homes for sale jumped 5.1 percent, the group said, meaning there is now a 9.6-month supply of homes for sale, up from 9.1-months in the June reading. It was the biggest supply of homes by that measure since October 1991."

Are Things Changing In The Real Estate Market?

New home sales increased 2.8% in July, and the inventory of homes on the market for sale dropped for the fourth straight month. Here is the article... New Home Sales Rise 2.8%

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pick of the Crop!

Well, we haven't had such a bountiful crop of tomatoes this year - but here's a few I picked yesterday. Thanks to the damp and cool Summer we have definitely seen a drop in harvest compared to last year - although our cucumbers and aubergines have done well - but don't mention the runner beans..!

I know it's becoming a bit of a recurring theme, but I have another 'lovely lady' for you! Isn't she gorgeous? She is making an appearance in my shop, along with lots of other fantastic finds, which I have added today. The website certainly keeps me busy, that's for sure! In fact, it's probably just as well our summer weather hasn't been great - I certainly wouldn't have had much time to relax, unlike some...

...if there's such a thing as reincarnation - I want to come back as a cat - one of mine!! I'm also very much aware that I haven't had any spare time to blog. I do appreciate your comments and enjoy visiting your blogs when I can - so apologies if I haven't responded to a question or particular comment recently - normal service should be resumed soon!!

Finally, here's a little teaser for you - exciting new changes are on the way for Vintage Home - I will say no more - otherwise I'll probably tell all! Watch this space, as they say...

Monday, August 20, 2007

Shaq's Shack

Shaquille O'Neal's gorgeous home on Star Island in Miami Beach just dropped in price by $3,000,000. The asking price is now $32,000,000.

home Miami Beach real estate - Shaquille O'Neal

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Very Interesting Factoid

Here we are in August, and the market is flooded with homes for sale, but in Key Biscayne, one of the most beautiful communities in Florida, not one single family home is listed for less than $1,000,000. The least expensive home for sale in Key Biscayne Florida, is $1,099,000, a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with 1151 square feet of living space. There are presently 12 homes in Key Biscayne, which are priced between $5,500,000 and $15,750,000, and presently listed for sale. Of course in the $2,000,000 to $5,000,000, many more homes are for sale in Key Biscayne, with few lookers, and even fewer buyers.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Lovely Ladies, Eiderdown Eye-Candy & Nice Matters!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your lovely comments on the new Pin Board addition to Vintage Home - you are all so kind!

At last we are having some super Summer weather (although I have heard the forecast isn't looking great for the next few days!) I took advantage of the sun and spent some time outside filming the new stock for the shop. I just had to share these lovely ladies with you! The photo above is the lid of an old Burton's biscuit tin - isn't she a honey?!!

The enigmatic young lady above is a wonderful old print - a very different era and look - but just as beautiful!

I have a penchant for the old hollywood movies and when I saw this stunning eiderdown I couldn't resist it - Bette Davis would have loved it I'm sure!

I have been very fruitful in my search for vintage treasures and I'm look forward to adding the next batch of goodies over the coming weeks.

To end on a very happy note, I am feeling rather chuffed (have I heard someone else say that recently, it's a lovely word, makes me think of a bird puffing out his feathery chest!) that Alison and Monika have bestowed the Nice Matters Award on me. Thank you ladies! There are so many brilliant bloggers and blogs out there! I know the Summer is a busy time for everyone and I think it's wonderful that you all take the time to share a piece of your life, art and home with everyone! Enjoy the rest of your week - whatever the weather!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Relocating? Three Kool Pages

Here are three cool pages with all of the MLS listings for Asheville North Carolina, and Kuaui Hawaii, and Oahu Hawaii.
Asheville North Carolina Real Estate
Kauai Hawaii Real Estate
Oahu Hawaii Real Estate

Thursday, August 2, 2007

News and Views at Vintage Home!

Since opening my online shop in February, I have been thrilled with the response from everyone and it is really wonderful to know that a purchase from Vintage Home is something that many treasure!

I often receive lovely emails from people who have purchased from my shop, so I have decided to add a new feature to the website. Today, I am launching the Vintage Home Pin Board which includes feedback plus photos of your own 'Vintage Moments'. Also on show are photos of items that have been purchased from the website, and how they look in their new homes! If you would like to email me your 'vintage home' photos, whether it is a favourite corner, a recently completed craft project with a vintage theme or just something beautiful you would like to share, then I will add them to the Pin Board - with full credits of course! The Below Stairs section will also reside within the Pin Board and will be updated in the coming month. Finally, you will find a link to my Vintage Home blog within the Pin Board too!
A favourite corner of my home.

Handstitched Welsh quilt.

Running an online shop means I go treasure hunting on a regular basis and I have just returned from a trip where I have gathered together some of the most beautiful things! It will take a few days for me to get them all photographed and added to the shop, so to whet your appetite, above is a sneak preview of one of those gorgeous items coming soon; a stunning handstitched Welsh quilt with an exquisite pattern of peonies, roses, birds and dragonflies - what a rare beauty this is!

In the meantime, I have updated the shop with a smattering of pretty eiderdowns and truly, absolutely gorgeous barkcloth curtains! Which reminds me - I am often asked how I can bear to part with the things I sell. Well, I can tell you quite honestly - it isn't easy!!! But I do mean it when I say it gives me real pleasure to know that these wonderful old things find a place in your homes - and your hearts.

I'd like to thank all of you for your custom and kind words and I look forward to bringing you lots more vintage goodies! Now it's back to work for me!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Home Sales Increase Nationwide

As reported today on CNN news, and according to the National Association of Realtors, the pending home sales index is up 5% as of June, meaning that home sales are increasing nationwide.