Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Millennials Join the Real Estate Hunt

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When the couple, both 26, met with a mortgage specialist in December 2013, they found out Biethan would need to improve his score in order for them to get pre-approved for a mortgage. In fact, neither of them knew their credit scores before meeting with the banker, but they were ready to buy their first home after living in Seattle for about six years.
"We found out, OK your credit score really affects your interest rate," Kapelke says. Biethan worked to improve his score over the past year, and the two revisited homeownership in the fall. They closed on a townhouse in West Seattle last month.
With rents rising into unaffordable territory, housing inventory up and mortgage rates hovering below 4%, 2015 may prove to be the year of homeownership for millions of Millennials. Real estate website Zillow predicts Millennials will overcome Gen X as the largest group of home buyers this year — more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds said they plan to buy a house in the next one to five years, according to a survey by Zillow last summer.
But after putting away enough savings, the biggest hurdle for Millennial buyers may be the learning curve that comes with understanding the process, as well as a host of new financial terms, trade-offs and commitments to consider.
It's a stressful process, especially when you've never done it before, recent first-time Millennial buyers say. Kenny Coleman, 25, bought his first place — a loft-style apartment in Cincinnati — in December. He says the first bank he went to for a mortgage wasn't good at explaining the financing process to a first-timer. "They used all this jargon," he says. "And they're talking about all these different insurances." Coleman, who says the process took him from "complete idiot to pretty well versed" in a matter of weeks, ultimately went to a different bank that was willing to give him a fixed-rate mortgage instead of an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Heading into the popular spring selling season, some real estate companies say they're already seeing interest spike from new buyers. Listings for townhouses and starter homes have seen more traffic in the past month on john greene Realtor's website, says Scott Parker, vice president and sales manager.
"There are Millennials on the sidelines that when we provide the right supply on the market are going to be very curious and interested in buying," he says.
If you're one of them, here's what housing experts and recent Millennial homeowners say first-time buyers absolutely need to know before getting into the housing market:
• First, as Kapelke attests, find out what your credit score is. It's the main factor determining what rates you'll get on a mortgage or whether lenders will work with you in the first place.
• Kapelke and Coleman both say they realized it was the right time to buy when they knew they'd be living in their respective cities for the foreseeable future. "Personally, are you going to be living in that area for at least the next five to seven years?" Kapelke says. "You kind of need to be settled, otherwise you're just going to lose money when you're selling (your house)."
• You don't have to have the traditional 20% down payment to become a homeowner, says Tim Savoy, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Washington, D.C. He says many of his clients aren't aware of programs, like a local one called DC Open Doors, that will cover much, and sometimes all, of a down payment.
And Svenja Gudell, senior director of economic research at Zillow, says more lenders now are willing to work with clients on a conventional loan if you have 10% down or even as low as 5%. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans allow you to pay as little as 3.5% down, but are often more expensive than conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Gudell says.
• Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced in December that they would back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%. But Gudell says not many lenders will work with buyers putting that little down.
Plus, be aware of how much more it will cost you when you have a lower down payment. Anything less than 20% will require that you also pay a monthly mortgage insurance. FHA loans will lock you into private mortgage insurance for the duration of the loan. But if you take out a conventional loan with less than 20% down, you can stop paying mortgage insurance once you have 20% equity in your house, Gudell says. FHA loans also often have higher interest rates and require an up-front mortgage insurance payment in addition to the monthly payment.
• Don't become fixated on the listing price of a home, says Parker, calling it one of the biggest pitfalls first-time buyers fall into. Buying a house means you're not only responsible for a monthly mortgage payment but other expenses, such as homeowners insurance and property taxes. Fees associated with closing a sale — such as the origination fee, appraisal fee and courier fee — can also equal another 2%-5% of your loan, Gudell says.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Millennials Join the Real Estate Hunt

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
When the couple, both 26, met with a mortgage specialist in December 2013, they found out Biethan would need to improve his score in order for them to get pre-approved for a mortgage. In fact, neither of them knew their credit scores before meeting with the banker, but they were ready to buy their first home after living in Seattle for about six years.
"We found out, OK your credit score really affects your interest rate," Kapelke says. Biethan worked to improve his score over the past year, and the two revisited homeownership in the fall. They closed on a townhouse in West Seattle last month.
With rents rising into unaffordable territory, housing inventory up and mortgage rates hovering below 4%, 2015 may prove to be the year of homeownership for millions of Millennials. Real estate website Zillow predicts Millennials will overcome Gen X as the largest group of home buyers this year — more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds said they plan to buy a house in the next one to five years, according to a survey by Zillow last summer.
But after putting away enough savings, the biggest hurdle for Millennial buyers may be the learning curve that comes with understanding the process, as well as a host of new financial terms, trade-offs and commitments to consider.
It's a stressful process, especially when you've never done it before, recent first-time Millennial buyers say. Kenny Coleman, 25, bought his first place — a loft-style apartment in Cincinnati — in December. He says the first bank he went to for a mortgage wasn't good at explaining the financing process to a first-timer. "They used all this jargon," he says. "And they're talking about all these different insurances." Coleman, who says the process took him from "complete idiot to pretty well versed" in a matter of weeks, ultimately went to a different bank that was willing to give him a fixed-rate mortgage instead of an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Heading into the popular spring selling season, some real estate companies say they're already seeing interest spike from new buyers. Listings for townhouses and starter homes have seen more traffic in the past month on john greene Realtor's website, says Scott Parker, vice president and sales manager.
"There are Millennials on the sidelines that when we provide the right supply on the market are going to be very curious and interested in buying," he says.
If you're one of them, here's what housing experts and recent Millennial homeowners say first-time buyers absolutely need to know before getting into the housing market:
• First, as Kapelke attests, find out what your credit score is. It's the main factor determining what rates you'll get on a mortgage or whether lenders will work with you in the first place.
• Kapelke and Coleman both say they realized it was the right time to buy when they knew they'd be living in their respective cities for the foreseeable future. "Personally, are you going to be living in that area for at least the next five to seven years?" Kapelke says. "You kind of need to be settled, otherwise you're just going to lose money when you're selling (your house)."
• You don't have to have the traditional 20% down payment to become a homeowner, says Tim Savoy, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Washington, D.C. He says many of his clients aren't aware of programs, like a local one called DC Open Doors, that will cover much, and sometimes all, of a down payment.
And Svenja Gudell, senior director of economic research at Zillow, says more lenders now are willing to work with clients on a conventional loan if you have 10% down or even as low as 5%. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans allow you to pay as little as 3.5% down, but are often more expensive than conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Gudell says.
• Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced in December that they would back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%. But Gudell says not many lenders will work with buyers putting that little down.
Plus, be aware of how much more it will cost you when you have a lower down payment. Anything less than 20% will require that you also pay a monthly mortgage insurance. FHA loans will lock you into private mortgage insurance for the duration of the loan. But if you take out a conventional loan with less than 20% down, you can stop paying mortgage insurance once you have 20% equity in your house, Gudell says. FHA loans also often have higher interest rates and require an up-front mortgage insurance payment in addition to the monthly payment.
• Don't become fixated on the listing price of a home, says Parker, calling it one of the biggest pitfalls first-time buyers fall into. Buying a house means you're not only responsible for a monthly mortgage payment but other expenses, such as homeowners insurance and property taxes. Fees associated with closing a sale — such as the origination fee, appraisal fee and courier fee — can also equal another 2%-5% of your loan, Gudell says.
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Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

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If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
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Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
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Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com

Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com

Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

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If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com

Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com

Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com

Most Popular Home Styles – Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com
If you're in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you're likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according toHouseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? "The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It's well-designed, well-crafted," Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let's back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you'll never have to wonder again.
  • 1
    Craftsman style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    According to Snider, Craftsman style homes are reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement. The arts and crafts movement began as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; artists and designers sought a return to uniquely-crafted decorative arts in a time when most things were becoming heavily mass-produced. Craftsman homes feature exteriors that are usually a combination of stone and wood. The houses are often bungalows but may be of any shape so long as they emphasize a relationship with nature and the craft of construction.
  • 2
    Country style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Country style homes are mostly likely an update of the popular "Colonial style." The colonial home is -- you guessed it -- influenced by 18th century colonists bringing European styles with them. They're probably most recognizable for featuring two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door. Country houses aspire to be warm and inviting. They generally have wide porches, shutters, dormers, and wood detailing, according to Snider.
  • 3
    Traditional style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    A Traditional style house is similar to Country style. Traditional houses differ from Country houses in that they pay more attention to historically accurate details than trying to create simple charm, says Snider.
  • 4
    European style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    European style homes typically evoke styles from France, Italy and sometimes England. There's an emphasis on elements looking old but durable, such as plaster walls, marble or high-quality stone floors, and massive fireplaces. European exteriors may include complicated rooflines, stone, and even copper roof elements.
  • 5
    Ranch style
    Courtesy of Bud Dietrich, HFD Architects
    Ranch homes are a regional style from the West and Southwest but are now found throughout the country. Originally used as housing on ranches, the term has come to mean any single story house, Snider explains. Because the entire house is on one floor, Ranch houses can be sprawling. The Ranch house became the quintessential modern house in the 1950s and '60.
  • 6
    Farmhouse style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Farmhouses are found throughout much of the country. The foundations are rectangles usually with one or more additions; roof lines are also simple. Farmhouses follow many 19th century designs, including tall, narrow windows laid out for cross breeze, large porches, wood siding, and may even include a metal roof.
  • 7
    Cottage style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Cottages are smaller houses or bungalows with details that evoke the 1920s, when a typical cottage would have a generous front porch, with a second story typically tucked into the attic. According to Snider, the interior might include built-ins like window seats, display cases or dining booths. The Cottage style is similar to the Craftsman except that the details are simpler, less expensive, and the woodwork is usually painted.
  • 8
    Modern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    Modern homes reference a style popular in the 1950s and '60s. Modern houses use flat or lower slope roofs, horizontal windows and large, undecorated fireplaces. They embrace the horizontality of the landscape and automobile culture. Modern houses eschew fussy details and often employ high-quality materials such as marble, wood floors/paneling, and stone, Snider said. The overall effect creates clean lines..
  • 9
    Southern style
    Courtesy of Houseplans.com
    The Southern style home is a regional style developed in reaction to the hot, humid Southern climate. Southern houses typically include elements to take advantage of cool breezes such as elevated main living levels, wrap-around porches, large operable shutters, wide roof overhands and verandas. Southern style homes might also have 19th century details found in Plantation houses like monumental columns at the entrance, Snider adds.
  • 10
    Mediterranean style
    Mediterranean style houses evoke homes in southern Spain, France, and Italy. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to extend the house outdoors. The outside of these homes usually have few details and have plaster walls. Roofs are flat or low slope and might be tiled, says Snider. The interior detailing is simple and may include decorative tile or exposed wood beams.
  • Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Snoqualmie Pass Properties, Snoqualmie Pass Homes, Snoqualmie Pass Lots, http://www.snoqualmiepassliving.com