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The housing market has been hot, hot, hot for a long time now, and many homeowners have capitalized on that by selling and gaining a great profit. However, the market seems to be slowing down, which means those profits from sales are starting to dwindle a bit. In fact, it seems that now is a great time to actually invest instead of selling, while waiting for the market to rise once again. We found some great details about this phenomenon in a recent article on the Oregon Live Website.

“Portland-area home prices continued to rise at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in May, according to the S&P/ Case-Shiller home price index, slower than the nation as a whole. That’s the same rate of home-price appreciation as the metro posted in April. Home prices in Portland haven’t risen so slowly since 2012, in the early days of the housing market’s recovery.”

Source: Elliot Njus, Oregon Live

All is Not Lost for Homeowners Hoping to Sell

If you had your heart set on selling your home, we hope you won’t let this news of the stabilizing home market cause you to fret. The fact is, there are many things you can do to continue to invest in your home’s overall worth. In fact, doing so now might be the best time of all.

Remodeled homes almost always bring a better price on the market than those left in a bit of disrepair. That is especially the case with flooring. Nothing says, “We’ve taken great care of this home” better than stunningly gorgeous flooring. And that’s just what you’ll have if you invest in strand woven bamboo by EcoFusion.

Strand woven bamboo is a little different, not only from your average floor covering, but from other bamboo products as well. For instance, ours is the only 100% vertically integrated mill importing into North America.

What’s more, the construction process yields a product that is incredibly stable, and performs well under even the highest levels of traffic. We are even able to maintain a status as a 100% rapidly renewable resource, and we add no urea formaldehyde or any harmful VOC’s to our strand woven bamboo.

Contact your local flooring retailer to ask about EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo.

Anyone interested in selling their home is always looking to get a higher price than what they paid for it. It’s only human nature, but it can also be the product of careful planning. It’s also common knowledge that upgrading and remodeling your home, prior to selling it, will bring a better price as well. If you’re still a ways off from selling, all the better, as your home only has more time to increase in value.
We recently came across an article that tells us homeowner profits are currently on the increase. That means that with a little addition here and there, especially in flooring, you could also reap a great benefit from this, especially in the Denver area. We found the following article to be very interesting:

“Last year, houses sold for $33,000 more than homeowners paid for their properties, according to a Zillow Analysis released last week. Columbus-area sellers profited slightly less than the national median of $38,856, which translates into an annual return of 2.94 percent. San Jose, California, homeowners sold their homes for $296,000 more than they paid, the highest profit in the nation.”

Source: Jim Weiker, The Columbus Dispatch

Denver, Colorado ranks only second behind Dallas, Texas as the most confident city in our nation right now, in terms of market resale value. This can be improved upon all the more, with the addition of new flooring, in the form of EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo. 

Strand Woven Bamboo is considered hardwood flooring, which is still very sought after by those looking to purchase a new home. However, that’s not the only thing that makes this floor covering desirable. It’s also a 100% rapidly renewable resource, which means for those eco-friendly homebuyers, this floor will be a huge hit.

There are far more benefits to this remarkable floor covering as well, and ones we think will not only be popular this year, but will stand the test of time. Take, for instance, the fact that ours is the only 100% vertically integrated mill importing directly into North America, as we grow, harvest and process our own bamboo. Additionally, that bamboo is harvested at five to six years of growth, allowing for the absolute ideal strength.

For even more benefits and features of Strand Woven Bamboo, check out EcoFusion, sold by a retailer near you.

In some geographic locations, selling your home can be extremely beneficial, financially speaking. In others, however, it can cause you to actually suffer losses, rather than achieving gains. During those times, it can be far better to put that money to work in remodeling, and wait out the slump.
 
Remodeling actually builds equity in your home that can be even more beneficial when the market recovers, and you stand to make financial gains on your home sale. We came to this conclusion after reading an article in the Seattle times, recently, that you might want to check out for yourself.
 
“Real estate commissions and other fees can eat up about 10 percent of the sale price of the home. Some expenses are negotiable and fluctuate with the real estate market. But sellers should expect to pay part of the costs in the transaction, and avoid sticker shock at closing time. So, if you sell your house for $250,000, you could end up paying $15,000 in commissions.”
 
Source: Bridget Sielicki, Seattle Times           
Remodeling Your Floors with Strand Woven Bamboo Makes Sense
 
What better time than now to spend a portion of what you would spend to sell your home, and place that in remodeling and renovation instead? In fact, having strand woven bamboo installed in your home could potentially raise the sale price in the future. It’s a matter of making your patience, and products like bamboo flooring, work in your favor.
 
Strand woven bamboo is gaining popularity among homeowners, and for good reason. The benefits of this 100% rapidly renewable resource are becoming more sought after in today’s eco-conscious world. 

EcoFusion processes our own bamboo and imports it directly. It’s only harvested when the bamboo has grown for five to six years. This gives it the perfect strength to be used in our flooring, which features a proprietary engineered cross grain bamboo core. At the same time, there are no harmful VOC’s or formaldehyde added, and it comes with a 35-year transferable warranty as well.
 
Be sure to contact a retailer near you, and ask about EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo. 
 

If remodeling and renovation has been on your mind for a while, now might just be the best time to jump on board and get the ball rolling. Projects that had been on hold for many homeowners are now receiving the green light, thanks to the improving economy and housing market. That’s why, if new flooring is something you want for your home, now is a great time to finally get that project going.
 
We think you’ll agree, especially when you read the article we recently came across on the Door & Window Market Magazine. They report that remodeling activity is increasing, especially in coastal cities such as San Francisco, CA.
 
“The improving U.S. economy has homeowners opening up their pocketbooks, according to the seventh annual Houzz & Home survey of nearly 150,000 respondents. About 51 percent of homeowners who use Houzz say they plan to begin to continue renovations…According to Houzz, remodeling activity and spending was strong in 2017. About 58 percent of homeowners renovated their residences…”
 
Source: Door & Window Market Magazine Website
Remodeling Your Floors Is a Great Idea
 
One of the aspects of your home that probably sees the most use is your floor coverings. Of course, they can be a major design element, adding to your unique décor, but they are also something you and your guests come in contact with each and every day. It only makes sense that when you are planning to remodel, your floors come to mind almost immediately.
 
Strand Woven bamboo by EcoFusion is an excellent choice for your new floors. In fact, it has many features you simply won’t find in any other product. For instance, ECOfusion is a vertically integrated mill that imports directly into North America, ensuring quality and consistency from the factory to your home.
 
We allow our 100% Moso Bamboo to grow between five to six years before harvesting, so it will feature the ideal strength. But the benefits don’t stop there. ECOfusion uses a unique processing method called scrimber that allows them to use up to 85% of the harvested material compared to 30-50% under common methods and machinery.
 
To find out even more information on this great floor covering, be sure to check with your local flooring retailer. Ask them about Strand Woven bamboo from EcoFusion.
In Portland, Oregon, mortgage rates continue to drop, which means it may be easier now to purchase your own home. Better still, spending less on the mortgage overall means you’ll have a little extra “wiggle room” to add in renovations or remodels that are important to you.
 
We came across an article that explains the mortgage rate drop in a bit more detail:
 
“According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average fell to 4.57 percent with an average 0.5 point…The 15-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.04 percent with an average 0.4 point. It was 4.07 percent a week ago and 3.17 percent a year ago…Home loan rates slumped this week, because of rising concerns about tariffs on Chinese goods.”
 
Source: The Washington Post, via Oregon Live
https://www.oregonlive.com/front-porch/index.ssf/2018/06/mortgage_rates_move_lower_for.html#incart_river_mobile_index
​The article goes on to explain various other reasons for the decline, all of which look good to potential homebuyers. However, many of those homebuyers have a growing concern for the environment, and seek to make changes where they can also be for the betterment of the planet. What better way than renovating your home to upgrade your flooring to strand woven bamboo?
 
Strand woven bamboo by EcoFusion offers a dynamic construction that easily provides the most stable platform in today’s flooring industry. Still, it maintains a status as a 100% rapidly renewable resource.
 
We not only grow and harvest our own bamboo, but we process it as well, using 100% Moso bamboo that is harvested after five to six years of grown, for optimum strength. We add no harmful VOC’s or urea formaldehyde to our product, which comes with a 35-year transferable warranty.
 
What we do is take natural strands, or fibers, and infuse them with dense adhesives. They are then cold pressed into blocks, kiln dried and conditioned over the course of several months, so that they will be as stable as possible. Finally, those blocks are milled with precision to the veneers used in your flooring, which are conditioned again, specifically to meet various climates across North America.
 
The final strand woven bamboo product is one you should be able to find at a local retailer. Just ask for strand woven by EcoFusion.