October 22, 2016

Housing Forecast: 2017 Will Be Hot, Is Your Home Ready for Sale?

If you’re thinking of selling a home soon, next year may be the time! But, to sell in 2017 a home owner needs to start preparing their house for sale now. What should be on your to-do list to help improve the condition of the home to get the highest price in the quickest time? A staging plan is important to put together. According to forecasts just released from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, “We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017,” said Realtor Mag, the NAR’s official magazine. “NAR is predicting existing-home sales to reach 6 million in 2017, higher than its 5.8 million forecast for this year. But other entities are even more bullish. MBA is predicting home sales to eclipse 6.5 million next year, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are both predicting 6.2 million.” […]
October 20, 2016

Home Decorating Trend: Matte Black & Copper

Both black and copper have crossed paths in home decorating trends in past decades, but many designers are juxtaposing matte finishes with shiny metals to create an eye-catching opposition. Matte finishes are being used on walls, furniture, fixtures, and ceramics all over the house. A matte finish is being combined with metallics to create a striking contrast of sheens. The new matte finishes are represented in moody dark hues and pretty pastels (talk about varying contrasts). Matte black is especially raising eyebrows in the kitchen, where in recent years we opted for all white surfaces, stainless steel appliances and fixtures.  Matte black adds a contemporary contrast, while copper warms the dark hue up, playing well off each other. Here are a few ways to incorporate the hues:   Matte Black & Copper by tori-toth-arena    It’s important to note while this color combo could promote elegance and sophistication, it should be used sparingly. Matte black […]
October 17, 2016

Selling “As-Is” Affects a Sellers Advantage

A woman recently calls to discuss staging her home, but more importantly getting rid of her clutter. She has lived in her home for over 50 years; raised two kids there and is now ready to downsize and move in with her son. Over the phone, she mentioned removing items she no longer needed. The woman sounded excited to get started however, upon arrival of the home staging consultation she didn’t seem interested in cooperating.  When I asked what was she willing to pack and get rid of she replied, “nothing.” Then continued to say, “her kids or possibly future buyers might be interested in her worn-out belongings” (which we know probably isn’t the case). She understands there are small items, like photos, that need to be packed, but the woman can’t phantom the idea of removing or rearranging furniture in her home. In her mind she believes the decades […]
October 13, 2016

5 Makeover Secrets for a Total Transformation

Updates to a home whether big or small can not only personalize the space, but provide a bigger return on your home’s investment. An entire home renovation can be overwhelming for some, who are not prepared for the unexpected.  Many homeowners are planning a home improvement project now that the housing marketing is rebounding and the demand for move-in ready spaces is on the rise. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, projects home improvement spending to reach $155 billion dollars in 2016, surpassing the peak spent in 2006. To help you navigate through the home improvement process check out these five secrets to a successful project: #1 Home Improvement Secret: The Plan Make sure to consider all the possibilities that could happen in a particular room. Plan for how you’d like to use the space and what actually needs to happen in that particular space. Pay attention to […]
October 10, 2016

Selling a Home After a Natural Disaster

Looking at this weekend’s storm coverage of Hurricane Matthew, that pounded the shoreline of four states – Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina – hundreds  of thousands of homes are dealing with storm surge, wind damage and clean-up. The direct affects the storm has had on the housing market has yet to be determined in the southeast, but homeowners selling a home in those flood zones will continue to face the rough road of recovery months from now.  Many homeowners, including myself during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, have returned to waterlogged homes, insurance claims and dealing with utilities being restored, but it’s what happens next that will determine the future of those homes and neighborhoods. Whether you were selling a home during the height of the storm, now or anytime in the near future, everyone looking to buy and sell in those affected areas should protect themselves from further destruction […]