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Posted by Titine Joyce on 10/17/2019

Want to add your house to the real estate market? If you're operating in a seller's market, you may be able to generate plenty of interest in your house as soon as your residence becomes available.

A seller's market commonly features an abundance of homebuyers and a shortage of home sellers. As such, a home seller who lists a high-quality residence in a seller's market could earn a significant profit.

Operating in a seller's market offers many opportunities for home sellers who prepare accordingly. Lucky for you, we're here to ensure you can get the best price for your residence in a seller's market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize the value of your house in a seller's market.

1. Complete a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal will help you understand your house's strengths and weaknesses. That way, you can perform any home improvement projects before you list your residence. You may be able to boost your chances of a quick property sale too.

Typically, a home appraisal requires just a few hours to complete. A home appraiser will visit your residence and inspect it both inside and out. Then, this appraiser will provide you with a report that details your home's condition.

Review the results of a home appraisal report closely. By doing so, you can prioritize various home improvements and work toward transforming your ordinary residence into one that will stand out in a seller's market.

2. Analyze the Housing Market

How does your residence stack up against comparable houses that are currently available? Examine the housing market to find out.

Evaluate the prices of houses that are similar to your own. This may help you establish a realistic price range for your residence.

Also, look at how long recently sold properties were available before they were purchased. This may help you understand how long it might take for you to get the best price for your residence in a seller's market.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to selling a home, there is no reason to embark on the property selling journey on your own. Thankfully, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market experts are happy to assist you in any way they can.

A real estate agent can provide details about what to expect before you add your residence to a seller's market. He or she will help you plan ahead and ensure your residence features an awe-inspiring exterior and flawless interior that differentiate your property from others.

Moreover, a real estate agent will help you alleviate stress throughout the home selling journey. This housing market professional can respond to your home selling concerns and questions and provide plenty of guidance to help you make informed decisions.

There is no need to leave anything to chance when you list your home in a seller's market. Instead, take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble stirring up interest in your house.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 10/10/2019

Looking to buy a house in the next few months? Ultimately, a cautious approach to purchasing a residence may prove to be ideal, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

There are many reasons to err on the side of caution as you search for your dream house, including:

1. You don't want to pay too much for a house.

Although acquiring your dream house may seem priceless, it is important to remember that the costs to purchase a residence can add up quickly. As such, if you're not careful, you risk overspending on a house.

Lucky for you, there are many simple ways to avoid the temptation to bid too much on a residence.

First, analyze the housing market closely and search for patterns and trends. If you discover an abundance of houses is available, you may be operating in a "buyer's" market. As a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to acquire a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.

Don't forget to get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to starting your home search too. That way, you can enter the housing market with a mortgage – and budget – in hand.

2. You want to find a house that you can enjoy for years to come.

A home is one of the biggest purchases that an individual will make in his or her lifetime. Thus, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to assess a house before you submit an offer on it.

Of course, a home showing is a must prior to the submission of a home offer. A home showing allows you to walk around a residence and envision what life might be like if you purchase this home.

After you submit an offer on a house, you'll likely have the opportunity to complete a property inspection before you finalize your home sale. This inspection is important, as it enables you to learn about any "hidden" problems that may have gone unnoticed during an initial home showing.

If you feel comfortable with a residence after an inspection, you can move forward with a home sale. Or, if you aren't comfortable with a house at this point, you can always submit a counter-proposal or remove your offer entirely.

3. You want your home to retain its long-term value.

Let's face it – buying a home is a tough decision. And if you need extra help determining whether a home purchase is a viable long-term decision, it may be a good idea to consult with a real estate agent.

Typically, a real estate agent can respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions, at any time. He or she is happy to help you explore high-quality houses, and by doing so, will enable you to take the guesswork out of discovering a residence that will retain its value.

Err on the side of caution as you proceed along the homebuying journey, and you should have no trouble purchasing a residence that matches or surpasses your expectations.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 10/3/2019

It’s amazing how much stuff those little ones have. Between the multiple outfits required each day, the toys they love but are growing out of and the ones they aren’t quite into yet, a small home soon overflows with kids’ things. Add to that the required equipment (high chairs, boosters, car seats, strollers, walkers, swings, and a plethora of others) required by modern living, you’re hard-pressed to find room for the family sofa.

For some, just finding space is enough. But for others, swapping out their carefully curated home design for playroom staples causes underlying stress, so here are both decorative and straightforward solutions you can use. 

Portable storage ideas

If you live in an apartment or rental home, you likely don’t want to spend money on cabinets or other types of built-ins. And, if you’re planning on moving into a new home soon, you need them to be as portable as possible. Consider using large laundry baskets to hold stuffed animals and other large playthings. Find smaller plastic buckets at the dollar store to keep blocks and other building toys. Stacking bins with lids work well for smaller objects or those with many pieces. You often find these at discount stores for less, although you can get matching pieces (bins, baskets, etc.) from larger stores, and even decorative ones from specialty organization stores.

Stack your storage in a corner, behind the sofa, or in a closet and pull it out one at a time for your child’s pleasure. If you stack toy bins on shelves, make sure to keep them out of your child’s reach so that they cannot pull down the container and end up with a lump on the head.

Cube storage solutions

Most post-college adults probably still have their Ikea cubes or similar ones from Target. Cube storage has undeniable appeal since you can go for plain foldable cubby bins or fancy baskets. Oblong cube storage (two by four, three by five) works two ways, vertically or horizontally. Most cube storage solutions originally came with wall mounts. If you did not keep the wall mount (what college student does?), you could order a replacement from the manufacturer. When placing children’s toys in cubbies, the shelving must be securely attached to the wall to avoid tip-overs that could result in serious injury to your child.

To make your cubbies decorative, paint the outside of the boxes to match your décor or purchase containers in complementary styles, textures, and hues.

If you’re brave, you can find online instructions to paint your cube shelving to match your décor. To add portability, consider attaching locking wheels to the bottom of the unit.

Built-in storage options

If your budget allows for it, built-in storage supplies ongoing organizational space to your home. Lower cabinets in the family room offer a place for games and toys, and later, when the kids are grown and gone, a place to store all your crafting supplies.

No matter which storage solution you choose, take care to secure it from little hands, or little climbers. To find a home with more place space, talk to your real estate agent today.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/26/2019

When selecting an area rug, several factors will go into determining the size, shape, material, and even the thickness you want. Just like buying a home, it is all about location, location, location. Ask yourself these questions:

- Where will you use the rug?

- How much traffic does that room get?

- Must it hold up to wet shoes and outdoor debris?

- Will there be food in the room?

- Are pets likely to sleep on the rug?

- Will your children play on the rug?

- Do you like to sit or lie down on the rug?

Location

If your rug is in a formal living room, a hand-tufted silk or wool rug might work, but if the carpet graces your family room, where the kids and pets will play on it, nylon or viscose are more durable fabrics. Also, some family members might find the wool in a rug scratchy on bare legs and arms.

High traffic areas such as an entry or hallway, or a busy family room might benefit from sisal or jute if no one wants to sit on them. Moreover, either sisal or jute under a table where crumbs can filter between the spaces in the weave is probably not useful.

Size and shape

In the case of rugs, size matters and bigger is better. If a rug is too small, it chops up your design. The perfect size can pull everything together into a cozy space. When sizing up your carpet needs, consider the room’s orientation. If the room is a rectangle, but you want your sitting area to be a square with a walkway behind the sofa, opt for a square rug. In breakfast nooks, use a round or octagonal rug under a round or octagonal table. Use square under a pub table too. If your dinette is oblong or oval, a rectangular rug is best.

- In the dining room, choose a rug size with at least two or three feet beyond each side of the table to allow for pulling out chairs. Most formal dining tables need a rug that is eight feet wide or wider to accommodate the larger chairs.

- In your living room, leave at least a one-foot space between the edge of the rug and the walls. Your carpet should be large enough that at least the front feet of your main furniture pieces can rest on the rug.

Pile or thickness

When determining the thickness or pile, consider whether a piece of furniture will fit entirely on the rug or be partially off it. If the pile leaves the front feet higher than the back, seating might feel awkward. 

If you need help deciding which rug will best fit in your new home, talk to a design specialist at a local carpet store.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/19/2019

Are you conscious of your environment? Fact is, almost every kitchen is causing some level of harm to the environment, no matter how environmentally-conscious the homeowner. That being said there are things you can do to "go green" and reduce your negative environmental impact.Here some ways to go green in your kitchen, at no additional cost.

Wash dishes the "Green" way

The method you adopt when it comes to washing your dishes determines how much water you use. Before you use your dishwasher, wait till you have a full load in it, not just one meal or days worth. The water used to run a partially filled dishwasher is the same as to wash one full load, so by combining multiple meals and days of dishes, you can cut your water usage in half or even further.

Most dishwashers come with an ‘economy' button option. Turning it on will save your energy and water. Another thing to look out for is the ‘heat dry' option. Turn it off and air-dry your dishes instead. That will save tons of energy for you.

Cook smart

The conventional oven consumes 50% more power compared to the microwave oven. If you are going to cook small dishes, use the microwave oven instead, or maybe the toaster oven or slow cooker.Using a microwave oven also brings less heat into the home, thereby needing less air-conditioning.

Fridge usage

Browsing through the fridge, keeping the door open for long is one of the ridiculous ways to waste energy. Also, make sure that your refrigerator is not leaking cold air due to a faulty seal. If that is the case, then it is time to get the seal repaired.

Keep recycling

Find out what in your home can be recycled and how to get them to your local recycling facilities. In most regions, the recycling company goes door to door to pick them up, just like they do your trash cans. So, always get those recyclables in your kitchen out for the recycling service to pick them up.

Products with less packaging

It is not easy to altogether avoid food packaging, but you can start from little and work your way up. Avoid buying products with excessive packaging. Instead of buying them individually, buy large sizes of products.

Going green in your kitchen is a practice that would benefit you tremendously. Apart from the money saved from less usage of energy and water, you help make the environment less polluted and more friendly. It's time to start building and working through a checklist of things to keep your kitchen green. You will be grateful you did.




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