The Climate Change Problem Is ‘Right Here.’ How Will It Shape Real Estate?

At Inman Connect, host Katie Kossev of The Kossev Group was joined by ClimateCheck’s Skylar Olsen to explore “How Climate Change will Shape Real Estate Now and in Decades to Come.”

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In the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of the east coast’s most popular second-home markets, houses are falling into the ocean.

Back in 1999, the state had to transport the famed Cape Hatteras lighthouse a half-mile inland.

Due west across the country, wildfire season in California continues to lengthen and burn hotter. Homebuyers have trouble getting insurance.

At the top of our planet, climatically influential sea ice is deteriorating, allowing more sun into the frigid ocean depths, warming the seas, and initiating unnatural changes in weather around the world.

These shifts in what’s normal have moved into the real estate, and the team behind ClimateCheck is working to help the industry understand how.

(Disclosure: ClimateCheck’s CEO is Cal Inman, the son of the founder and chairman

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Post-pandemic: How COVID-19 will change office, hotel and mixed-use design

As the U.S. enters the mass vaccination phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the physical threat of COVID-19 could soon be behind us. Those in the construction industry, however, will likely see reminders of the virus in their daily work for years to come through design and new building features meant to maintain social distance and create safer living and working environments.

Some of the biggest changes will be seen in spaces where people are most likely to congregate, including offices, hotels and multifamily spaces. Here, Construction Dive breaks down how each type of structure is likely to change due to COVID-19 miitgation strategies and what contractors need to know:

Offices: An emphasis on collaboration

After years of using an open plan design for new offices and conversions, said architect Brad Simmons, managing partner at KAI Enterprises, many office building owners could revert back to closed offices and cubicles but with an eye toward flexibility to accommodate potential temporary or permanent reductions in an on-site workforce.

But architect Lesley Braxton, principal at the Atlanta office of architectural and design firm Perkins+Will, doesn’t anticipate a major move away from collaboration-centered design just yet.

“I think everybody is thinking of the home

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Interior Design Tips to Change the Energy in Your Home

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Laying out materials and photos of furniture is how LuxySpace designers Christina Kaz and Lilit Devejian make a mood board — both physically and digitally.

The pair have been tasked with designing a home, and the mood board they are working with reflects one room’s vision.  

“It’s all about the feeling and design ideas and then transforming those into our mood boards”, said Kaz.


What You Need To Know

  • Designers Christina Kaz and Lilit Devejian of LuxySpace help create interior spaces that are healing, empowering, and inspiring
  • Lilit and Christina’s mission is to not only to create beautiful spaces, but to establish an elevated existence using the power of interior design to make any atmosphere feel healing, empowering, encouraging, and inspiring
  • Some of their recommendations include painting, investing in artwork, adding drapery or an area rug, or bringing in plants

Before they build the mood board, they start with an in-depth discovery with their clients to learn the “why” behind their vision.

Today they’re at Interlude Home, a showroom in the West Hollywood design district, making some pre-selections for their client based on the mood board they built after discovery.

“This is the inspirational chair …

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Why dark walls could change your home for the better, according to interior design experts

  • White and neutral-colored walls have been trendy in homes in recent years.
  • But dark colors might be a better choice for your space, according to Ben and Erin Napier of HGTV‘s “Home Town.”
  • “It creates contrast,” Erin told Insider of why dark paint works in home spaces.
  • The latest season of “Home Town” premiered on HGTV on Sunday, and new episodes will be airing each week.

Home decor trends go in and out of style every few years, though some have more staying power than others.

In recent years, neutral color palettes have dominated interior design trends, particularly when it comes to painting. People have been opting for white and other light colors on their walls, aiming to create a clean look.

However, darker paint colors are becoming popular again, and Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” told Insider they’re excited that people are opting for richer shades.
“People are less afraid of dark rooms now,” Erin told Insider. “I think it’s exciting to see more of a return to color on the wall – dark, saturated, moody color.”

Why dark walls could change your home for the better, according to interior design experts
Dark walls can create contrast.Wachirawut Priamphimai / EyeEm / Getty Images

Painting the

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Lorain Building, Housing, Planning change could bring home improvement money | Lorain County

Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning could add staff in a move to spend federal money designated to improve houses in the city.

The Building, Housing and Planning Department will reorganize in an effort to resolve longstanding issues with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That is the federal agency that oversees the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which can pay for home improvements for low- to moderate-income residents.

The HOME program has been on hold in Lorain since 2016, said Max Upton, director of building, housing and planning for the city.



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Max Upton, Lorain director of building, housing and planning, standing at left, speaks to Lorain City Councilwomen, seated from left, Beth Henley, Pamela Carter and Mary Springowski during a public hearing on Nov. 2, 2020. Upton has notified the Lorain Civil Service Commission about a plan to restructure the department, adding jobs and allowing the city to spend federal money on home improvements. 



The city gets up to $500,000 a year in HOME funding, Upton said.

Every year that ticks by, Lorain is losing out on money that could be going to help people, he said.

“The whole

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8 ways the post-pandemic home will change

For anyone aspiring to have a lovely home, especially during the pandemic, let me warn you about the two words that will foil your plans every time: For now.

Over the past year, I have been hearing those two words too often. Heck, I’ve been saying them myself. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

For now, the kitchen table will just have to look like a lawyer’s office after a tornado, until we can go back to our real offices.

For now, we’ll have to put up with the 60 boxes of microwave popcorn and eight crates of toilet paper on the pantry floor, until we can stop hoarding as if planning for Armageddon.

For now, just until the pandemic is over, Grandma will have to sleep in the room with the baby and the NordicTrack.

And next thing you know, for now becomes for always. That is no way to go through life.

If this pandemic hasn’t caused you to reckon with the finiteness of life, you might already be dead. Here’s reality: Now is all we have, so make now beautiful.

Happily, as I look at current home trends, I see that many of you already are making

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