KBx News

Cabinet Dealer-Distributor Conference a Success

Kitchen and Bath Cabinet Experts (KBx), a group of the nation’s elite cabinet dealer-distributors, gathered last month for their annual national conference at Lake Tahoe. Kathy Tilley, director of KBx, called the recent gathering the best conference the group has …
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Mortgage Application Volume Rises

Mortgage application volume rose 2.4% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The Refinance Index increased 4% from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.3% from one week earlier. The refinance share …
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Home Buyer Behavior: Generational Trend Charts

A recent report on home buyer and seller trends from the National Association of Realtors breaks down everything from types of homes purchased, to the value of online search for each generation in the market. Builder has pulled three metrics …
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Year-Over-Year House Price Increase Steady

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index rose 13.2% in January from the same month a year ago, a little less than expected by economists. That followed an increase of 13.4% in December. From December, U.S. home prices inched down 0.1% in …
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Construction Spending Rises Unexpectedly

Construction spending in the U.S. rose 0.1% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $943.1 billion, according to the Commerce Department. Economists had expected a 0.4% decrease in January. Private-construction spending rose 0.5%, with a 1.1% increase for …
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The 3 Biggest Kitchen Trends Of 2014 Might Surprise You

Kitchen upgrades topped homeowners’ list of renovation projects in 2013, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing, according to a new report released by real estate website Zillow earlier this month that names the big kitchen trends of 2014. …
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Housing Markets Continue Slow Climb Back to Normal

Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). The index’s nationwide …
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Kitchen And Bath Design Trends Reveal Shift Toward Sophisticated Neutrals

The trend for grey has risen dramatically in the last three years, bringing a sense of chic sophistication to kitchens and baths. In fact, warm grey finishes have become the third-most popular color in remodels behind white and beige cabinet …
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Tips to Declutter and Organize Before a Kitchen Remodel

Professional organizer and Mission: Organization guest Debbie Lillard offers web-exclusive tips. Renovating your kitchen can be very disruptive to daily living. Before you start tearing everything out, I recommend removing items that you use everyday — utensils, plates, mugs and …
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10 Trendy Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

Check out these 10 new kitchen and bath trends that are sure to get your creativity flowing. 1. Free Style Because we’re spending more and more time in our kitchens and baths, there is a move away from the all-or-nothing …
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