Joshua Homes design offered in Cedar Hill

The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is the Joshua Homes design at 2607 Wells Court in Cedar Hill.

Joshua Homes has been in the commercial and residential construction industry for over two decades. In the Lake Ridge community of Cedar Hill, Joshua Homes helps clients take advantage of expansive lake views from the highest bluffs in DFW, said a company spokesperson.

This fully custom home is clad in brick and stone and has a roof accented in copper. The foyer leads to a château-inspired interior with hand-scraped solid wood flooring and white Himalaya marble. The living space has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and opens to a kitchen with double islands, marble counters, stained cabinets, integrated stainless-steel appliances and a walk-in pantry.

The primary wing features a center-stage luxury bathroom with hand-laid marble, dual sinks and an expansive walk-in steam shower.

Across the home is a theater outfitted with leather seating and the finest sound and picture, said the spokesperson.

Joshua Homes provides quality building and service. For more information or to schedule a design consultation, call 888- 854-2415, visit or email

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Studio41’s kitchen and bathroom expertise helps Chicagoans reimagine their homes

Studio41 specializes in finding and creating solutions for any kitchen or bathroom design project, regardless of the size. For 25 years, they have pursued a singular mission: Creating spaces in Chicagoland homes that are well-designed, practical, trendy and fit Chicagoans’ day-to-day needs.

“We are a kitchen and bath showroom so we show plumbing fixtures, decorative hardware, tile and cabinetry,” says Studio41 Director of Marketing Hannah Byl.

“We have twelve different locations throughout the Chicago area and one in Scottsdale, Arizona.”

Due to COVID-19, this past year has been one of the busiest for these local showrooms.

Byl explains, “People are staying home now more than ever and investing money into their homes instead of traveling or going out to eat. I think the pandemic has also directly played into one of our biggest trends right now, smart technology. We are seeing smart technology being incorporated more and more into different kitchen and bathroom fixtures.”

For example, touchless faucets with integrated pushless technology and voice-activated features are currently very popular in kitchens. Smart showers controlled through smartphone apps designed to adjust water temperature are also on the rise, along with Bluetooth-powered mirrors and medicine cabinets that can adjust your lighting. Smart

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Inside Tom Brady’s homes and $26 million real estate portfolio

Tom Brady is a football legend — but he’s also kind of a real estate mogul.

The 43-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has a $26 million portfolio of homes from New York to Florida and even Montana. He has also sold more than $140 million worth of properties, making about a $30 million profit off real estate deals alone.

Brady shares these homes with his wife, 40-year-old Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, with whom he has two children, Benjamin, 11, and Vivian, 8. He also has a 13-year-old son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, with his ex, actress and model Bridget Moynahan, 49.

The legendary quarterback with six Super Bowl rings will lead his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl 2021 on February 7, but win or lose, he can always go home to his pricey mansions in Miami, New York City and Montana.


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are pictured in 2019. The couple has a $26 million portfolio of

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Real Estate Rumors: Bank OZK, Sundaram Tagore, CC Homes

Law360 (February 5, 2021, 5:21 PM EST) — A venture of developers Great Gulf and Terrace Mountain Investors has landed $110 million in construction financing for a West Palm Beach, Florida, residential project, the South Florida Business Journal reported on Friday. The loan from Bank OZK is for 1515 S. Flagler Drive, where the venture is building a 25-story property that will have 83 residential condos, according to the report.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has reached a deal to lease 6,552 square feet on West 26th Street in Manhattan, Commercial Observer reported on Friday. The art gallery is taking space at 540 W. 26th St., a nine-story office building owned…

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Nearly 40 Mediterra homesites await London Bay Homes designs

With a choice of nearly 40 available homesites and an exceptional collection of award-winning homes by London Bay Homes, Naples homebuyers can create the home of their dreams in Mediterra, Naples’ 12-time Community of the Year.

a house with a pool in a garden: The Mallory will be move-in ready in April 2021 and available for $1,866,000.

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The Mallory will be move-in ready in April 2021 and available for $1,866,000.

Within Mediterra’s distinctive neighborhoods, homebuyers can recreate their preferred London Bay home design with the builder’s signature coastal-influenced architecture, grand floor plans and expansive outdoor living areas. And with move-in ready homes underway in the Caminetto, Lucarno and Cabreo neighborhoods starting from $1.8 million, homebuyers can take advantage of an expedited building process and access to the London Bay Homes’ Selection Studio for their choice of preferred flooring, fixtures, cabinetry and lighting.


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In the Cabreo neighborhood of lake and preserve view luxury villas, seven homesites remain for London Bay Homes’ new open-concept floor plan choices ranging from 2,894 to 3,020 square feet. Available for $1,866,000, the move-in ready Mallory estate scheduled for March completion boasts an open-concept, light-filled and extremely livable floor plan that showcases lake views through a wall of sliding glass doors. The home will also feature an upscale blend of designer features and finishes

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Spike Mendelsohn and Van Metre Homes want to upgrade your kitchen

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Spike Mendelsohn — Photo: Courtesy of Van Metre Homes

Spike Mendelsohn’s concept for his plant-based, vegan fast food chain PLNT Burger came from relatively simple origins: his household culinary dynamics. “My wife is vegan and actually inspired me to go more vegan,” says Mendelsohn. “At any point, I’m probably 80-percent vegan right now.”

The reality TV-minted celebrity chef, who also chairs the DC Food Policy Council, opened PLNT Burger last March within Whole Foods in Silver Spring. Despite launching right before the pandemic hit, PLNT Burger has continued to grow, opening outlets in six other Whole Foods, including the large, gleaming new location in Shaw. A national expansion is planned for later in the year.

But that’s not the only success Mendelsohn has had amid COVID-19. The man behind the popular burger joint Good Stuff Eatery as well as the hip, community-driven pie shop We, The Pizza has also embarked on a completely new endeavor, one that sees him adding Culinary Lifestyle Expert and Kitchen Design Consultant to a mix of titles. Both stem from his partnership with Van Metre Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in Northern Virginia.

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Spike Mendelsohn’s kitchens — Photo: Courtesy of Van Metre Homes



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Designs of tiny homes earn big recognition for students

Two University of Miami School of Architecture students recently won honorable mentions in the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s “Less is More” competition.

Cozy, energy efficient, mobile. These are some of the descriptions of what has become a growing trend in real estate: Tiny houses. 

An increasing number of Americans are leaving behind large homes to live in these miniature structures that range between 100 to 600 square feet. Many are in a price range well below $100,000.  

Television shows like “Tiny House Nation,” “Tiny House Big Living” and “Tiny House Builders” have popularized the trend of people who want to downsize, live in a structure with low maintenance, and lower carbon footprint. 

Madison Seip

“I think people are realizing that the size does not matter as long as you have all that you need in a home,” said Madison Seip, a fifth year School of Architecture student at the University of Miami. “You don’t need all that space, and it is more expensive to heat or cool.” 

Seip and Peyton Smyth, a third-year graduate student of architecture, recently received honorable mentions for their designs of tiny homes from the Center for Architecture Sarasota in the “Less is More”

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Ashley Cusack Coral Gables Miami Top Agent Luxury Homes Real Estate Featured

Top Coral Gables Miami Realtor Ashley Cusack has been featured in the January 2021 Florida edition of Top Agent Magazine. She was recognized for her 30 year professional career and over $1 Billion in real estate sales.

Top producing Miami broker Ashley Cusack has been featured in the Florida edition of the January 2021 Top Agent Magazine. Ashley manages the Ashley Cusack Team for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services EWM Realty out of Coral Gables, Miami.

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To be considered for a feature in Top Agent Magazine all professionals must go through a nomination and interview process. All candidates are then evaluated based upon production, professionalism, as well as industry and community involvement. .

Ashley and her team are highly experienced real estate professionals who represent both sellers and buyers in Coral Gables,

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Divvy Homes raises $110 million in round led by Tiger Global

  • Divvy Homes, a rent-to-own startup, raised a $110 million Series C equity round.
  • The round was led by hedge fund titan Tiger Global Management.
  • CEO Adena Hefets said demand for single-family properties has led more buyers to seek alternative paths to homeownership.
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Rent-to-own startup Divvy Homes announced that it has raised a $110 million Series C equity round. 

The round was led by hedge fund-turned-venture-capital-investment firm Tiger Global Management, with participation from GGV Capital, Moore Specialty Credit, JAWS Ventures, and existing investors. When added to significant prior fundraising, (including from Lennar, one of the largest homebuilders in the country), it brings total equity and debt funds raised to more than $500 million.

Divvy Homes purchases homes on behalf of their customers, who then rent them back from Divvy for three years. During that period of time, one-quarter of their monthly rents goes towards an equity stake in the home. After three years, renters can choose to purchase the homes outright from the company — at a predetermined price and with down payments reduced by a portion of the rent paid — or they can move out and get back the equity they put

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Houston real estate agents caught on tape steering buyers away from homes with less commission

“I’m not even going to show it to them, to be honest with you,” the real estate agent said. “I can’t help you to sell something that’s wiping out my profession.”

In recording after recording, Houston real estate agents are heard saying they will not show certain homes to their clients — even though the houses meet all the buyers’ desires.

Real estate agents are required by law to act in the best interests of their clients, but interactions recorded by California-based discount brokerage REX show that many actually steer clients away from homes that offer less lucrative commissions.

The recordings have come to light as high-profile lawsuits, including one brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, question the way real estate agents are compensated.

If those cases, or cases that follow, succeed in lowering real estate commissions to levels more in line, for instance, with the flat 1.18 percent commission seen in the United Kingdom in 2018 it could save homeowners upward of $70 billion a year — while costing agents the same amount.

Jack Ryan, REX’s chief executive, credits the recorded conversations with sparking the DOJ suit

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