Is Your Paint Dating Your Space?

Colors, like everything else, go in and out of style, sometimes in the space of only a couple of years! Though you can always repaint a room, it has been our experience as real estate agents that a dated, faded or otherwise out of style color can greatly reduce the curb appeal of a home. While it’s always tempting to use color to add a pop of personality to a room, the personality should be applied judiciously so as not to jeopardize the future appeal of the house. Neutral colors like whites, off-whites and tasteful blues and yellows almost never go out of style but other, more adventurous colors do.

If your home features any of the color combinations covered in this HGTV article, consider repainting now!

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It’s Time To Give Vinyl Flooring Another Look

Vinyl flooring is making a big comeback! Thanks to new technologies, vinyl flooring is now available in more styles, colors, shapes and sizes than ever before. Gone are the days of simple, cheap rolled flooring; vinyl is now available in wood look, tile look, planks, tiles, squares, and any endless variation of shades and colors.

Why is this important? Vinyl’s new moment in the spotlight is giving homeowners another cost-effective option when it comes to flooring. Instead of putting down expensive, maintenance-intensive hardwood, homeowners can now put down scratch proof, waterproof wood-look vinyl that cuts down on installation and maintenance costs for the life of the floor. The various looks and colors also give homeowners an array of decorating options, adding interest to rooms for a relatively low cost.

Read more on the Realtor.com blog!

 

 

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What We’re Reading: Picking Paint You Won’t Regret

Trends are a fickle thing. What’s in one day, is out the next and is suddenly back in again 10 years later. While that means one thing when it comes to picking your wardrobe or choosing where to eat (remember when Sriracha was cool?) it’s a wholly different matter when choosing how to decorate a house. Paint can be an expensive decision, hopefully a decision you only have to make every 7-10 years, and it’s important to get it right!

While expressing yourself is great, keep in mind that your taste may not be the same as your buyer, and chances are, you’re going to be listing your house for sale at some point!

This awesome article from houselogic offers a lot of good tips on picking colors you won’t regret. Their tips range from how to accurately sample a color to how sunlight affects color, and which colors you should think about painting rooms that point a certain direction!

We’re going to add one more tip to this list:

If you’re looking to express yourself or go with a bold color, paint an accent wall and keep the rest of the room a complimentary color! It’s a lot cheaper (and easier) to repaint one wall when you prep for sale than it is to have to redo an entire room.

What do you think?

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Fresh Wood Interiors: Fad or Fabulous?

We were doing our morning reading when we came across this blog post from HGTV’s design blog. ‘Natural’ wood or wood-look products are popping up everywhere these days, bringing a new, au natural look to homes big and small.

While we’re always happy to see hardwood when we tour a listing, we’re not quite sure what to think of these interiors just yet! We love a good lived-in look, but could a completely wood-framed kitchen be overkill?

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What do you think – is this trend going to be just another fad or is it going to stick around?

Read more here! http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/natural-wood-design-

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What We’re Reading: Staging Solutions For the Occupied Home

Staging an occupied home can be a challenge for real estate agents. While having furniture in the house helps prospective buyers imagine what a room will look like, owner-occupied homes can appear cluttered and busy, discouraging potential sales! As we’ve written about in the past, staging sells and a well-staged home increases curb appeal and lead to faster sales. While it can be a challenge to live in a home that’s on the market – especially one that an agent is trying to stage – there are some easy, low-cost things you can do to make living in a staged home easier!

The basic principles of packing, improving, cleaning and styling can help stage an occupied home in a cost-effective, attractive manner.

Check out this article on Realtor.com  from an experienced home stylist to read the details of staging an occupied home!

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What We’re Reading: 7 Home Office Ideas for Any Space From HGTV

In our experience, we are seeing more and more people asking about home office spaces. With ever-faster internet and 21st century office policies, working remote is a part of everyday life!

However, simply working at the kitchen table doesn’t cut it for many people, especially if you’re doing it as a full time job. Having an inspiring, neat home office is key to many people’s work-from-home success. Lucky for you, almost any space can become a home office.

 

Check out this article from HGTV for some home office inspiration and tips! 

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Friday Facts – Characteristics of New Housing in 2015

FRIDAY FACTS
July 1, 2016

From an article in Realtor Magazine – DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS

Here are more highlights from the Census’ Characteristics of New Housing report:

Of the 648,000 single-family homes completed in 2015:

  • 600,000 had air-conditioning.
  • 66,000 had two bedrooms or less while 282,000 had four bedrooms or more.
  • 25,000 had one and one-half bathrooms or less and 246,000 homes had three or more bathrooms.
  • 122,000 had fiber cement as the principal exterior wall material.

183,000 had a patio and a porch and 14,000 had a patio and a deck.

  • 137,000 had an open foyer.

Of the 501,000 single-family homes sold in 2015:

  • 453,000 were detached homes, 49,000 were attached homes.
  • 327,000 had a 2-car garage and 131,000 had a garage for 3 cars or more.
  • 200,000 had one story, 278,000 had two stories, and 24,000 had three stories or more.
  • 348,000 were paid for using conventional financing and 42,000 were VA-guaranteed.
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