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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 3/1/2021

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Your home is your statement to guests and allows you to show your personality to the world. The only problem is that over time, trends will change, and what once used to be a modern home can suddenly look dated and in need of freshening up. This issue becomes more important if you plan on selling your home in the near future. Homebuyers want a home that is move-in ready and may not need a lot of redecorating immediately. If you have a home with dated decor and are looking to spruce things up, consider the few tips listed below. 

Update Your Color Palette

One of the easiest to spot signs of a dated home is an older color scheme, which makes this the ideal place to start. First, find a color scheme that is modern and fresh and then decide how it can be worked into each room in your home. You can start with paint and then use the new colors to add accents with pillows, blankets and artwork. Adding modern throw rugs is a quick and less expensive way to update older flooring and can add in your new color choices.

Give Your Lighting a Facelift

Lighting is another easy-to-change item in your home, that can quickly jump it ahead a decade or two. You will not only enjoy a fresher look but will also likely save on your energy bills as most new lighting comes with more energy-efficient bulbs. Make sure you choose a modern metal finish and then incorporate it first in lamps and hanging lights, eventually moving on to replace recessed lighting with more modern fixtures. 

Replace Old Flooring

This type of update can be significantly more expensive than others but can quickly modernize an old room. Consider replacing worn or dated carpet and refinish hardwood floors. If you have a heavily traveled space that is not ideal for your current carpet, considering changing to hardwood floors or more modern laminate options. If your kitchen and bathrooms are still sporting linoleum, changing them to tile can be cost-effective and make a dramatic difference. 

Don't Forget Hardware and Faceplates

These items may get little attention, but changing them can be one of the quickest ways to give a room a facelift. Update the faceplates of switches and outlets and find more modern handles, doorknobs and hinges for your kitchen and bathroom. Choosing more modern designs and finishes can pull together the look of the room and all for a minimal expense. 

If your home feels like it is stuck in a previous decade, trying the few tips above can easily spruce it up and make it more appealing for your guests and potential buyers as well. 





Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/22/2021

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Once the floor plan has been finalized and construction work begins, you can start looking ahead to the interior design of your new home. When you take advantage of the styles that are trending today, you will be able to enjoy a fresh, contemporary look in every room of your house for years to come. 

Here are the interior design trends for 2021 that you simply need to take note of:

The Surprising Rise of Wallpaper

Wallpaper may have been something that your grandmother loved, and perhaps she chose a different pattern for every room in the house. But for years, homeowners have shunned the idea of wallpaper — especially because of the work it took to apply and, subsequently, remove. 

Today, however, modern homeowners are loving the idea of wallpaper once again. For starters, peel-and-stick wallpaper makes it easy to add a touch of texture or color to a room without enduring the mess of wallpaper glue and adhesive. In addition, the latest wallpaper patterns complement the other interior trends that are taking shape right now. Wallpaper is particularly popular in rooms that have personal uses, such as a bathroom, bedroom or home office.

The Entrance of Colorful Cabinets

Over the last several years, it seemed like anyone who was renovating their kitchen opted for sleek neutral cabinets in shades of white, gray or brown. However, in 2021, interior design experts anticipate that more people will be adding a burst of color to their kitchen by way of their cabinets. You may opt for a soft green shade, which will allow you to enjoy the color while complementing the rest of the kitchen with neutral decor. You also may consider country blue or daffodil yellow, which also are increasing in popularity.

The Need for Cozy Yet Functional Corners

If you are building a new home that has a quaint nook or a multi-purpose room, then you will want to take advantage of the interior design trends that utilize these spaces best. Even without a dedicated room, you can use a breakfast nook or a loft area as a home office. If you do not need a remote work space, then these flexible areas make ideal play spaces, study rooms or reading nooks. With so much of life happening within the walls of our homes right now, it's more important than ever to make the most of all functional and comfortable spaces.

As opposed to the lot that you select for your new construction home or the floor plan that you design with your builder, your interior design plan can be flexible. It's okay to opt for fashionable colors or accents that may not be popular in a couple of years — it is easy to switch up the color of the room or add in new furniture when needed. As you imagine the interior design of your home, have fun and be creative. This is your space to live in, and you should enjoy it.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/15/2021

Let's face it selling a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for those who are listing a residence for the first time. Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the home selling journey and ensure you can enjoy a pleasant home selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to make the home selling process quick and easy.

1. Evaluate Housing Market Data

The housing market frequently changes, and a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow. However, if you analyze housing market data, you can understand real estate segment trends and map out your home selling journey accordingly.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This information can help you differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market.

Also, evaluate the prices of local houses that are similar to your own. This data will show you how your residence stacks up against the competition.

2. Hire a Home Appraiser

Although you might have received a great price for your house a few years ago, the value of your home likely has changed. As such, you should conduct a home appraisal to receive an accurate property valuation.

A home appraiser will look at your house's exterior and interior, along with assorted housing market data. Then, this appraiser can provide you with a valuation of your property. And once you have a property valuation in hand, you can determine how to price your house.

In addition, it often helps to complete a home inspection prior to listing your residence. Because if you perform a home inspection today, you can identify and correct any home problems that otherwise may slow down the home selling process.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about where to find housing market data or how to hire a home appraiser, there's no need to worry. Real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals will do whatever it takes to help you sell your house.

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who is available to assist you in any way possible. For instance, if you need help pricing your house, a real estate agent can make it easy to establish a competitive initial asking price. Or, if you are debating whether to accept or reject a buyer's proposal, a real estate agent can help you make an informed decision.

Let's not forget about the comprehensive support that a real estate agent provides in the days and weeks after you accept an offer, either. This housing market professional will keep you up to date about a home purchase agreement as closing day approaches. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them.

Ready to list your residence? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can increase the likelihood of a fast, simple home selling journey.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/8/2021

Home sellers sometimes struggle to stir up interest in their residences. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help your residence capture buyers' attention, such as:

1. Craft an Engaging Home Listing

A home listing should engage and inform buyers. Otherwise, an ineffective listing may make it tough for a seller to effectively promote his or her residence to the right groups of buyers.

To craft an effective home listing, it is important to consider the buyer's perspective. Think about why you purchased your home in the first place, and you may be able to identify unique property features that you can highlight in your listing.

Also, ensure your home listing is clear, concise and easy to understand. You may want to incorporate high-resolution images of your home into your listing as well.

2. Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

As a home seller, it is crucial to upgrade your house's curb appeal. Because if your home makes a positive first impression on buyers, you could speed up the property selling journey.

To bolster your house's curb appeal, you should mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks. You may want to repair or replace any cracked or damaged home siding, too.

For those who want extra help with home exterior upgrades, you can always hire local contractors. In fact, these professionals will streamline the process of upgrading your house's curb appeal.

3. Eliminate Clutter

If your home is loaded with a wide array of personal belongings, you may want to remove these items. That way, you can help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your house. You also can show off the full size of your residence during open house events and home showings.

Cutting down on clutter can be simple. If there are items you no longer need, you can donate them to a local charity, sell them at a yard sale or online or give them to family members or friends. Conversely, if there are items that are broken or damaged, you can safely dispose of them.

As you get set to promote your residence to buyers, it often helps to have an expert real estate agent at your disposal. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the property selling journey. Therefore, he or she can help you achieve your desired home selling results as quickly as possible.

If you are committed to getting the best price for your residence, for example, a real estate agent will help you do just that. Or, if you are unsure about how to price your home, a real estate agent is happy to provide pricing recommendations. Perhaps best of all, if you ever have questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent can respond to them.

Want to generate interest in your home? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood that your house will capture buyers' attention.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/1/2021


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For years home ownership has been the American dream, but, according to the Pew Research Center, a higher percentage of us are renters than at any other time in the last 50 years. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. For many people renting may be the right choice. Every individual and family needs to consider all the factors and make the decision that’s right for them.

The Financial Consideration

There’s a rule of thumb called the price to rent ratio. You get it by dividing the price of a house by the annual rent. For example, if you can buy a house for $300,000 or rent it for $1500 per month, the ratio is 300,000 / (12 * 1500), or 16.7. When the number is 15 or less, buying is the better choice, when it’s 16 to 20, renting becomes more favorable and when it’s over 20 renting is significantly better. However, this fails to take in factors like down payment amount, financing terms, taxes, insurance and other costs, which can vary widely. A more accurate number, telling you how long it will take to cover the up-front costs of ownership and pull even financially with renting, can be found using one of many calculators available.

The Other Considerations

While this sort of calculation is valuable, there are other questions, both financial and lifestyle-related, that the potential renter or buyer must ask.

  • What can I spend upfront for down payment and closing costs?

  • Can I afford a major repair such as replacing a furnace or air conditioner? There are insurance-like plans to defray some of that cost, but those make up another annual expense.

  • How long do I plan to stay? Selling a home and buying a new one is costly and time-consuming.

  • Which is more important to me, stability or flexibility?

Advantages of Home Ownership

As the inheritor of the American dream, the homeowner has some opportunities and privileges that the renter can’t enjoy.

  • Appreciation and equity. As home value rises and morgage balance drops, homeowners gain equity, which for many is their most valuable asset.

  • Building credit.

  • Freedom to remodel. There’s no landlord telling you what you can and can’t do with your property.

  • Stable monthly payments. Taxes and insurance can increase, but principal and interest payment remains the same. If you stay there long enough, eventually you’ll have no principal/interest to pay at all.

  • Tax advantage. For most people, it isn’t what it was before the 2017 tax changes, but interest and taxes may still be deductible.

  • Stability. You can become a member of your neighborhood and your children can stay in the same school system. No landlord can decide to sell and give you notice.

Advantages of Renting

  • No large upfront expenses.

  • Your landlord is responsible for major repairs.

  • Still some opportunity to build credit by paying rent promptly.

  • You have less at risk. You won’t be affected if property values fall.

  • Flexibility. If you choose to move you can easily give notice and do so.

Here’s one last question: which feels better, the satisfaction of owning your own castle or the freedom to change your life quickly? The answer may go a long way toward pointing you in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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