Roundup: The Open Door’s Top 10 Posts of 2017

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We hope you enjoy visiting Lennar’s The Open Door blog to learn about the latest real estate news, home trends, and keeping up with what is going on inside Lennar. To wrap up the year, here are the Top 10 Blogs of 2017. The Lennar family wishes you a happy holiday season!

10. Is it time to downsize your home?

After living in one place for so long, around which you have built so many memories, the very idea of moving is daunting. However, life takes many turns and, at some point, you may find yourself spending a great deal of time and money cleaning and maintaining a large four-bedroom home that only you and your spouse live in, when the two of you would rather be spending retirement vacationing to the islands, the countryside, the big city – anywhere but the local grocery store.

(Read Full Article HERE)

9. Lennar and CalAtlantic Announce Business Combination Creating the Nation’s Leading Homebuilder

Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN and LEN.B) and CalAtlantic Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAA) announced that their respective boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which each share of CalAtlantic stock will be exchanged for 0.885 shares of Lennar Class A common stock in a transaction valued at approximately $9.3 billion, including $3.6 billion of net debt assumed.

(Read Full Article HERE)

8. What to know before getting your first mortgage

If it’s your first time buying a home, then you might be asking yourself the many questions that come along during the home buying process. Most questions may be centered around financing– including how and when to apply for a mortgage. This recent article by Eileen Oshanassy of Realty Biz News, shares three things to consider before getting your first mortgage.

(Read Full Article HERE)

7. 6 Homegoods to Toss When You Downsize

Preparing to downsize and move into a new home is an ideal time to assess your belongings. To avoid packing more than you need, decide what can be tossed, donated, or sold, especially when moving to a smaller space.  The team from Modernize shares tips for items to consider parting with before you move to your new home.

(Read Full Article HERE)

6. 55+ housing market: full speed ahead

The 55+ housing market is expected to continue growing according to experts attending National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL. This recent article by James Limbach of Consumer Affairs shares more details on the 55+ housing market.

(Read Full Article HERE)

5. 8 outdoor living trends for 2017

Summer is almost here, and now is the time to prep your outdoor space(s) for entertaining guests. With the proper materials, furnishings, recreational features, and landscaping treatments, you can achieve a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces of your home and effortlessly impart a sense of comfort and delight to family, friends, and neighbors, as they dine, sport, and socialize on the patio and/or in the courtyard. To help you begin planning the restoration and transformation of your modest backyard into an impressive open-air oasis of relaxation and entertainment, here are eight outdoor living trends for 2017.

(Read Full Article HERE)

4. Top 5 real estate trends for 2017

As the New Year arrives, so do new trends and changes in the housing market. If you’re looking to buy a new home in 2017, stay up to date on these trends to know what to expect when you buy your home. This recent article by Rebecca Lake of Smart Asset, shares what might be in store for 2017.

(Read Full Article HERE)

3. Lennar debuts World’s First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Design in 12 communities as nationwide program kicks off

Lennar (NYSE: LEN and LEN.B), one of the nation’s largest builders, today debuted the first 12 communities in its national rollout of the world’s first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED smart homes featuring integrated automation and voice control with Amazon Alexa – all a part of Lennar’s signature Everything’s Included approach to homebuilding.

(Read Full Article HERE)

2. Ring Tapped for World’s First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Homes by Lennar in Partnership With Amazon Alexa

Ring is proud to be a part of the revolutionary Wi-Fi CERTIFIED homes designed by Lennar, one of the nation’s largest home builders. The new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED home designs ensure Ring – and all internet-connected products – operate at peak performance from every corner of the home.

(Read Full Article HERE)

1. Decorate your new home with these interior design apps

Erin Vaughan from Modernize shares her go-to apps for home design inspiration. Whether you’re just looking for ideas, or are ready to jump into a decorating project, one or more of these apps may make it on to your home screen in the near future. What are your favorite apps or websites for home inspiration? Share with us in the comments below!

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