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Market Watch

Builder Confidence Rises for the Third Consecutive Month

December 20, 2011


Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes edged up two points on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December.

This marks a third consecutive month in which builder confidence has improved and brings the index to its highest point since May of 2010. The move also is the first time the index has improved for three consecutive months since mid-2009.


Decline in U.S. Home Values Smallest in Four Years

December 22, 2011



U.S. home values probably will have their smallest decrease in four years in 2011 after the decline in property prices slowed, Zillow Inc. said.


Not Every Real Estate Market is Struggling

December 21, 2011



While there’s a lot of housing pain, there’s also some good news. That’s because in some markets across the country, not only have home values improved, a few have even seen double-digit growth.


In 2011, Rich Homebuyers Went Bargain Hunting

December 23, 2011


While the general housing market struggled to shake off the effects of foreclosures, unemployment, and a fragile economic recovery, several new records were set in such luxury markets as San Francisco, Manhattan, and the Hamptons as the superrich returned to real estate. Falling prices for many prestige properties helped close eight-figure deals.


Extraordinary Living


No More Winter Blues: 20 Winter Home Tips

December 21, 2011


It’s time to celebrate winter! Don’t let yourself get lost between the seasons pining for springtime—take advantage of wintertime and turn up the cozy factor in your home.



Best Rooms of 2011 by Elle Décor

December 20, 2011



Elle Decor shares the most stylish and inspiring rooms of 2011 that leave a lasting impression.





Painting Wood Floors

December 22, 2011


Are you ready to stir things up a bit?  How about painting your floor? The look can range from warm country with classic diamonds on a wood floor to playful contemporary with a bold color and high gloss.  And for the artistically bold among us, the possibilities are endless.




5-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

December 23, 2011



Pinched for time? Here are some ideas you can do in less time than it takes to hang stockings by the chimney with care.




2009 Red Burgundy

December 21, 2011


If you have been eyeing the 2009 Burgundy vintage from a distance, reading the glowing reviews, trolling winesearcher, waiting for the allocations of your favorite growers to arrive, it’s time for action: the world has gone mad for Red Burgundy and the 09’s from the best producers will evaporate quickly.

If you have resolved in the New Year to expand your Burgundy collection, or perhaps start one, it’s a good idea to get going right now.



Milhous Collection

December 20, 2011


The Milhous Museum, compiled over the past fifty years by brothers Bob and Paul Milhous, focuses on rare and important automobiles, mechanical music, and collectibles, boasting one of the world’s most notable assemblies of orchestrions, fair, dance and theater organs.  RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, is delighted to offer the Milhous Collection in situ at auction on February 24-25, 2012.


Finest and Rarest Bordeaux: A Magnificent Private Collection

December 22, 2011



London will kick start its wine auctions in the New Year with a fabulous single owner collection of Bordeaux spanning five decades from 1953 to 1995. The focus of the collection is on great vintages from the 1980s and 1990s with over 100 cases from the iconic 1982 vintage. First Growths, Super Seconds and other Classed Growth Claret will be on offer from this vintage in parcel quantities providing a wonderful opportunity for some fantastic comparative tastings.



Old Master Drawings

December 23, 2011


In what is one of the richest and most varied Old Master Drawings sales for years, perhaps the most remarkable single sheet is the exceptional, large-scale portrait head of a young man, executed in the late 1460s or early 1470s, and attributed to Piero del Pollaiolo.  An exceptionally well preserved masterpiece of Florentine Early Renaissance draughtsmanship, nothing like this drawing has appeared on the market in recent years.