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Hampton Bay Lighting – Affordability And Great Variety

Posted by – May 19, 2012

Why Hampton Bay Lighting?

Widely known in the home improvement industry as providing well-designed and affordable lighting choices, Hampton Bay Lighting Parts is committed to producing quality lighting at budget-friendly prices.  Offering indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures in a great variety of models and styles, Hampton Bay products are carried by many home improvement retailers and lighting design stores.

Bathroom, kitchen and vanity lighting are offered in unique designs and patterns with fixtures to suit any home décor beautifully. Various finishes and glasses are available to personalize fixtures to suit each home’s needs.  Light fixture offerings include hanging lights, flush and wall mounted fixtures, those that are fitted on the wall as sconces and such, and everything else from chandeliers to recessed lighting. Floor and table lamps, lamps for children and teens, swing arm and partition lamps are also produced by this company.

Hampton Bay Lighting Styles

Hampton Bay Lighting creates many beautiful outdoor lighting fixtures in a variety of styles and several outstanding lighting collections. Porch lights, patio lanterns, post torches, deck lighting, landscape lighting and flood lights are all offered in a variety of fixture choices. Some include LED lights and some are solar powered.  Deck lighting includes post lanterns, recessed floor lighting, rail and step lights, and pyramid post sleeve cap lights.

Outdoor lighting collections include the Augustine, offering a bronzed and intricately detailed upscale look; the Beckingham, with dual toned highlights in its bronze finish; and the Chalet, which provides cylindrical lanterns with a gorgeous dark finish. The Aged Iron Collection includes motion-sensing wall lanterns and the Anderson offers round diffusers in an artfully unique architectural style.  The formal upscale Prestige Collection includes beveled glass in hexagonal shaped lanterns.  The charming Bromley Collection featured Stone Mountain finish with seeded glass and the Crestwood has an elegant embossed leaf motif topped by an acorn finial.

Indoor lighting collections include the Chateau DuVille, with its warm ambience, and the sleekly clean lines of the Wave Collection.  The Restoration Bronze Collection offers modern elegance and the Mayport Collection is classic, with its brushed nickel finish and frosted wave glass. The Murray Collection showcases brushed nickel with contrasting dark shades. The Torino is scrolled bronze with beautiful amber glass shades. The Rhodes is warmly unique and the Alta Loma is all dark bronze simple elegance. The Rock Creek Collection has a hand-painted iron oxide finish while the Caffe Patina group is European-inspired and elegantly sculpted.

Hampton Bay Lighting Chandelier

Chandelier groupings include the Croft Collection in olive stone, the Estelle with sparkling strings of glass beads set in champagne-finished metal filigree, and the Charleston with its oil rubbed bronze elegance. These hanging chandeliers are offered in from three to six light fixtures and hanging fixtures with a single shade suitable for entrance halls and foyers.

Ceiling fan lighting is made for both interior and exterior use. Interior ceiling fans range from 36 inches to 60 inches in diameter with from one to three speeds.  There are finishes to complement any décor. These include brushed nickel, steel, and bronze; rubbed and tarnished bronze; natural iron and iron oxide; gunmetal; weathered copper; walnut or weathered wood; and painted white. Fans may have from three to five blades and most are reversible, to maintain a comfortable environment in any season.  Exterior fan finishes include gilded and natural iron; brushed nickel or bronze; rustic copper; painted white; or rattan wood. Outdoor fans range from 42 to 68 inches in diameter and some operate by handheld remote control for convenience.

Hampton Bay Lighting also provides for utilitarian and specialty lighting. In addition to flood and security lights, the company also provides exit and emergency lighting as well as industrial and shop lighting, including fluorescent strips and battery-operated backup lights. On a more whimsical note, strings of globe patio lights, rope lighting and solar powered stepping stone lights are also produced by the company. With its wide variety of styles, finishes, and designs, combined with its great quality, Hampton Bay Lighting is perfect for any room in a home.

Buying a Home on North Bay Road

Posted by – October 25, 2011

You may have visited individuals who live on North Bay Road and decided that you wanted to live there as well.  The area is very nice with all of the amenities.  Don’t forget about the great weather and the postcard like settings.

When you are considering buying a home, you have to look past the for sale sign.  There are a lot of homes to consider in the North Bay Road area.  North Bay Island features lush neighborhoods of single-family homes that are very attractive.  On Treasure Island, which is a part of North Bay Village, you’ll find a mixture of both single and multi-family homes.  Harbor Island is mostly multi-family buildings. There are a number of high-rise luxury condos to choose from as well. The majority of the residents live year round in North Bay Village.

People make the mistake of falling in love with the home without really checking it out.  If you tend to fall in love with homes the moment you see them, bring someone along who can keep you thinking logically.  Just because the home looks great on the outside doesn’t mean there aren’t problems lurking on the inside or that you will want to settle for something you’re not completely happy with.

If you do find a home that you are interested in making an offer on, have it inspected by a professional home inspector.  Paying a little money now can save you a lot of money in the long run.  You can also find out about any potential problems with the home that may prompt you to offer the seller a different price and you’ll be able to tell them why you’re only willing to offer that much money for the home.

Before you go shopping, be certain that you lay out all of the details you want in a home with your real estate agent.  This will allow them to select the perfect homes for you and your family to view and consider.  They will also help you narrow down the field from a thousand homes for sale to just a few that meet your needs in terms of budget, amenities, school districts, commute times and more.  You want to find the perfect home North Bay Road and a professional real estate agent will help you do just that.

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Affordable Homes

Posted by – July 3, 2011

The 10 most livable and most affordable real estate metro areas in the United States have a number of other favorable characteristics in common, according to a new HouseHunt “Current Real Estate Market Conditions” survey conducted by HouseHunt, Inc., a consumer-oriented Internet firm that provides free information to thousands of homeowners, home buyers and home sellers across the nation. The survey shows median home prices range from $130,100 to $194,400 for existing homes for sale and also found: * The majority of the 10 metro areas report balanced, good-to-active housing markets with sellers usually getting 95% or more of their asking prices. Inventories of unsold homes are mostly limited.

* The majority of the 10 metro areas are experiencing strong job and population growth and good economic news. They offer quality lifestyles, good schools and solid family recreation along with other amenities. Sales data shows that many recent home buyers are relocating from other, often more costly areas.

* All 10 metro markets are attracting both first-time and move-up buyers because of affordable prices, low mortgage interest rates and multiple financing options.

* Median real estate prices for existing single-family homes in the 10 metro areas range between $130,100 and $194,400, compared to the national median real estate price of $188,800. Four of the 10 areas reported double-digit price appreciation in the past 12 months.

* All 10 metro areas have major universities located there.

* Five of the 10 metro areas are popular tourism destinations. Nine of the 10 metro areas are located in warm to moderate climates.

The 10 most livable and most affordable metro areas as determined by criteria developed by “Places Rated Almanac” (David Savageau) and the latest quarterly median sales prices compiled by the National Association of Realtors are:

1. Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT $157,000

2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL $172,800

3. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC $175,600

4. Houston, TX $138,100

5. Phoenix, AZ $193,800

6. Cincinnati OH, $139,600

7. Louisville, KY $130,100

8. Austin-San Marcos, TX $154,100

9. Orlando, FL $194,400

10.Nashville,TN $152,100.

Four of the 10 metro areas – Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Nashville and Austin-San Marcos – are also listed in the latest edition of Lee and Saralee Rosenberg’s “50 Fabulous Places To Raise Your Family” (Melissa Giovagnoli). Like Savageau, the authors give high marks for schools, jobs and business opportunities, family fun, housing affordability, living costs, climate, health care, transportation and quality of life.

“With all the negative news about spiking home prices and the widening affordability gap, it’s refreshing to find highly desirable metro areas where most buyers can find affordable homes,” said Michael Bearden, president and CEO of HouseHunt, Inc. “Our quarterly ‘Current Market Conditions’ reports are accessible on many of our agent websites across the country. For recent home sales in their neighborhoods, homeowners and home sellers can also find this information easily and immediately on HouseHunt’s new website.”

Mark Jenkins of Realty Executives, exclusive HouseHunt member agent for Salt Lake City, described housing activity in his metro area as “improving” from a depressed buyers market.” He said many buyers are relocating from out-of-state to take advantage of the lifestyle and lower home prices. A median price of $157,000 would probably buy a 2,000 square foot home with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage on a one-third or one-four acre lot in a good location. Highest home price appreciation is occurring near the University of Utah. Another hot spot is Park City, a popular ski resort in the nearby mountains where Lee Merryweather of World Class Realty is the exclusive HouseHunt member agent.

An active housing market is reported in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area by Linda Ippolito of Keller Williams Realty, exclusive HouseHunt member agent for Bayshore, Westshore-South Tampa, and Davis Island-South Tampa. She said the whole area is exploding with growth and new industries. Available housing is in limited supply. Although the median price home is $172,800 for the entire metro area, median home prices are closer to $400,000 in South Tampa. Waterfront properties are also priced higher. Average price appreciation is 15.7% in the past year. A slower-paced but high quality lifestyle is reported in the Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill metro area by Ray Lenahan of Robert Gray Realtors, exclusive HouseHunt member agent with Robert Gray for Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville.

“The big attraction is our Research Triangle, three major universities, excellent quality of life, and moderate weather,” Lenahan said – He said the median home price of $175,600 in the metro area is probably closer to $190,000 in his market area. “That will buy a new home with 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths on a half-acre lot. Either that, or, it would buy an older home in a more established neighborhood,” he added.

Houston, with its “can do” entrepreneurial spirit and liberal-to-zero zoning restrictions, is attracting people from both the East and West Coasts to relocate and to invest in rental properties, according to Kathi Frank of RE/MAX The Woodlands, exclusive HouseHunt member agent for The Woodlands and Woodland Springs. The Woodlands is a 27,000-acre planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston. “Median price home for the entire metro area is $138,100,” she said. “That will buy a new, 1,400 square foot home from a production builder in North Houston or Woodland Springs.” She added: “Estate properties are priced from the low $200,000s to more than $3 million.”

Reva Schafer of West USA Realty, exclusive HouseHunt member agent for Scottsdale and Northeast Phoenix, reported a limited inventory and a very active seller’s market, with sellers usually getting 100% or more of their asking prices. The median price for the metro area is $193,800 “but hard to find anything under $300,000 in my area,” Schafer said. “It’s more like $350,000 to $400,000 as a median price in Scottsdale.. Lots are jumping in price. So are houses.” Year-to-year appreciation is 24.4%! She cited tremendous growth in the suburbs of Peoria and Chandler. “A year ago, investors were buying from builders and flipping (re-selling) the properties. No more. Now, a buyer must live in the property for at least one year to qualify.”

Good job growth, corporate relocations and an improving local economy is fueling the housing market in the Cincinnati metro market, according to Saralou Durham of RE/MAX Preferred Group and exclusive HouseHunt member agent for suburban Montgomery and Hyde Park in Hamilton County, OH. “We have fabulous cultural and recreational facilities and a good quality lifestyle,” she said..”A median home price of $139,600 seems a bit low, depending on the area. That amount of money will probably buy a small two bedroom, one bath home needing some repair or remodeling in one of our small suburban communities.”

In Louisville, Charlotte Wright and Michael McConnell of Evergreen Realty are exclusive HouseHunt member agents for suburban Jeffersontown. “Louisville is now the 16th largest metro area in the nation,” Wright said. “We’re a hub for UPS and have two Ford plants located here. Military personnel stationed as nearby Ft. Knox and their families are also relocating here, she said. “The median price of $130,100 is probably low – $150,000 would be more accurate. The latter will buy a three bedroom, two bath 1,200 square foot house with a garage in a good area.”

Ann Parr of RE/MAX Austin Advantage and exclusive HouseHunt member agent for Westlake & Lake Travis said well-priced listings are attracting multiple, full-price offers in a very active seller’s market. Average time on the market is 60-90 days. “We have younger professionals who want to live close to downtown but the primary place to live is by the lakes,” she said. Prices range from $150,000 to $6 million. “Nice homes can be purchased for $250,000 to $350,000. The median price home is $154,100 in Austin. That would probably buy a starter home in the Round Rock area or a home needing remodeling in Central Austin. Patio homes for retired people near Lake Austin sell for $200,000.”

One of the hottest of the 10 metro markets on the list is Orlando, according to Steve Farah of the Royal Realty Group. Farah is exclusive HouseHunt member agent for Alafaya & Waterford Lakes and Kissimmee: “We’re experiencing unbelievable growth and home appreciation,” he said. “Our seller’s market is so active that listings sometimes last only hours, not days. Buyers frequently must act immediately or the property will be gone!” He feels that the median price of $194,400 is probably low because of high demand and the low inventory. “A median price of $250,000 would be more realistic and would buy a three -bedroom, two bath home with 1,700 to 2,000 square feet.” Since the first quarter of 2004, the median price home has appreciated 28.7%.

Nashville, the 10th ranked metro area on the list, offers a relaxed, friendly lifestyle and affordable home prices to newcomers, according to Mary Barbee of Coldwell Banker Andrews and Associates. Plus, there is no state income tax. Barbee is the exclusive HouseHunt member agent for South East Nashville. “The median price of $152,100 seems low – it’s more like $170,000, depending on location. That amount of money would probably buy a three-bedroom, two-bath new home with 1,200-1,500 square feet in the suburban communities of Madison and Smyrna,” she said. The median home price is up 11.3% in the past year in the Nashville metro area.

About the author: Monte Helme is a national public relations consultant with HouseHunt, Inc. Visit’s real estate page to search homes for sale or find out what is your home worth at

Author: Monte Helme