There are many sites now where you can examine the value of your home, such as Zillow or Realtor. If you’d like to know how you are doing compared to homes in other parts of the country, Bankrate has a “home values state by state” map you can try.
MSN lists 10 homes around the country (U.S.) that are worth around $1,000,000. Do you think any of them look like they are worth $1,000,000? After all, if you are spending that kind of money for a home, you kind of want it to look like it’s worth a million. I’m not sure that all of these do.
Waze is a traffic application that’s been around for a few years, and it was acquired by Google. While it has been a boon to drivers with smartphones who want to bypass traffic jams, and cities who would like to avoid traffic jams, mynewsla.com reports that local neighborhoods are not happy with the “cut-through” traffic caused by the use the app.
With so many people now communicating over wireless phones, wireless technology is now OLDWorthy. Even powering your phone wirelessly has been around for a while now.
Furniture is, of course, also OLDWorthy. But with Ikea about to release its line of wireless charging furniture that support the Qi standard built into many new phones, wireless and furniture are about to become NEWWorthy again. They’re also selling DIY kits so you can embed wireless charging technology into your own furniture.
IKEA Belgium presents a vision below of how wireless charging technology can easily integrate into the home.
Robots — sort of giant 3D printing machines, really — have been designed to construct buildings. According to NASA’s winner of the 2014 Create the Future contest, it may soon be possible for a robot to construct a 2500 square foot building in 24 hours.
MIT Technology Review blogged about a new material that “requires no electricity uses the universe as a heat sink—even when the sun is shining.” This might lead to large building rooftops — lined with the material — that keep things cool inside without air conditioning. See also this article on Stanford University’s website.
Image from NANO LETTERS.
Yahoo Finance did a piece on “Top 10 college towns for landlords.”
Morningstar reports that the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index rose in November, 2013. Although this index has gone up in the past, it only recently reached levels approaching mid-2014 prices. That’s NEWWorthy.
Forbes recently listed its choices for “Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest in Housing in 2014“. Below is last month’s CNN Money interview with the CEO of Zillow on the subject of the “Hottest Housing Markets”.
MIT Technology Review blog reports that researchers have designed windows that stop sound but not air flow.
HGTV has posted a preview of their Dream Home 2014. It will have beautiful mountain views set in the Schaffer’s Mill community of Truckee, Calif.
Smithsonian Science lists the top six invasive plant species in the U.S.
In their campaign called “Main Street Matters,” Benjamin Moore plans to paint 20 Main Streets across the U.S. and Canada. Vote for your choice!
Apps for house-hunting are a reality and can be quite useful. Zillow.com appears to lead the competition.
These are a few of the home value determination websites I found and liked.
Yahoo gives a home’s worth using Zillow and Eppraisal.com values.
Many of the other home value websites I looked at seem to provide reports from realtors after you provide your contact information. I didn’t try them.