Building on housing data compiled by NerdWallet identifying the top 10 small, mid-sized, and big cities for homeowners, Builder released its own revised list of the top 10 big cities for new homeownership.

Among the top 10 markets on the list: San Antonio, Raleigh, Denver, Charlotte, Nashville and Jacksonville.

Builder used Metrostudy data to compare the median price for existing versus new homes, calculating how much more home buyers in each market would pay for a new home based on last year’s median closing price. The percent increase represents the additional cost based on the existing home median closing price and shows the difference in median price.

Median closing prices for new homes in all ten cities held under $300,000 last year. New home buyers in the top big cities for homeownership can also expect to find new homes for less than $200,000 more than existing, which based on higher average household incomes than smaller, neighboring cities bodes well for families who want to spring for new.

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Arguably the best part of owning your own home is having the ability to decorate it to fit your tastes and style. It’s your place to experiment, have fun, and reflect your personality. When it comes to home design, there are no right or wrong answers. Your special touches are what makes a house your home. Whether your family room is the place you gather to watch TV after a long day, entertain friends and family on the weekends, or just curl up with a good book for some alone time, here are some design ideas and inspiration from Lennar models across the country for one of the most important rooms in your home.


The Silverleaf | Denver, CO
The Silverleaf | Denver, CO

Add a neutral foundation of paint and furniture to your room and have fun with color, as seen in this home from Lennar Colorado. A simple base allows you to easily and affordably change the look of your room as the seasons, or your tastes, change. Mixing floral, geometric, stripes and abstract patterns may seem intimidating at first. Stay within the same color family and scale, and you’ll be coordinating like a pro!

Sophisticated elegance

Residence 3 | Inland Empire, CA
Residence Three | Inland Empire, CA

On the other hand, a lack of bold color doesn’t have to equal boring! In Lennar Inland Empire, a light, neutral color story creates a relaxed yet elegant family room atmosphere. Mixing metal colors and finishes, such as the mirror and coffee table, is a popular trend for home design in 2015. Whether faux or real, greenery accents add life to a room and coordinate beautifully with the soft tones.


The Canterbury | Palm Beach, FL
The Canterbury | Palm Beach, FL

Go bold with an accent wall that ties into the pop of color provided by thoughtful accessories. A mix of fabrics warm up the modern and chic room. Simple window treatments allow the natural beauty and color of the outdoors to shine in Lenanr Palm Beach.


The Stockton Grande | Orlando, FL
The Stockton Grande | Orlando, FL

Feeling a little dramatic? A 3-dimensional accent wall adds textur and drama to this Lennar Orlando room. Plush furniture and mirrored table create an opulent, yet accessible feeling.


Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA

Incorporating a theme into a room is a fun way to express your personality. A deep red accent wall, navy touches of color and cream tones provide a subtle and classic Americana feel to this design by Lennar Seattle.


What’s your favorite design style? We’d love to know any new trends you’re looking to try out in 2015!