Opportunity Cost

We often talk about the cost of owning a home, stressing that though it’s one of the larger expenses you’ll make in your life, it’s a lasting and worthwhile investment, that there are necessary costs to properly maintaining your home, and that there is a certain cost to pay for quality and to get what you want in a home. However, we can argue that the cost of not owning a home is far greater and will always be. You’re missing out on tax benefits, paying more in rent which is of no financial benefit, and likewise, keeping yourself from a hedge against inflation. These, among other reasons, are important to consider when deciding whether or not to become a homeowner. Owning a home is an investment that keeps on giving and in our experience, now is really a great time to be a homeowner!

How Much Does Size Matter?

With tiny homes recently trending, it might have got you thinking what’s the perfect home size for you? Of course, the answer varies according to lifestyle, family size, age, and personal preference, but in general, it’s worth considering all of the options. Is a home with lots of storage and extra rooms worth the additional cost? Is it useful to you to have extra rooms “just in case?” In 2013, the average home size in the U.S. was 1,800 square feet and the average size of homes built in 2014 hit 2,600 square feet, an all-time high that surpassed even the housing bubble years. Though in 2016, it seems that tiny homes, averaging anywhere under 500 square feet. are trending. Getting a complete understanding of how you’ll use your home will help you in determining the perfect size and keep you from going too big or too small. This article provides an interesting way to get an understanding of what your perfect home size might be.

Test of Endurance

Thinking and planning for the future can be a daunting task. Often times, we avoid doing so. When it comes to buying a home, however, it pays to consider the future and how your family will grow and change and with that, how your needs and the function of your home will likely change as well. This seems to be especially true of the aging crowd. According to a recent AARP study, 71% of adults aged 50-64 intend to stay in their current homes and communities. It’s a bonus if these homes and communities include some of the features that are important to this demographic such as proximity to hospitals, pharmacies, and public transportation and one-level living in their home. Downsizing is the usual solution but if people do desire to age in place, they must carefully assess a home when they buy in the first place and consider more than just the floor plan or the neighborhood. Assessing how all of these factors should function together for different scenarios will likely result in a ‘forever home.’

Manos entregando una casa

Manos entregando una casa

Virtual Reality

I think it’s safe to say that our world has become so tech-heavy that even searching for a new home online has become commonplace. Potential homeowners have placed a huge amount of trust on online apps making it easier and “more fun” to search for homes online. Yes, even an investment as huge as a new home has not escaped online and viral technology.

A new study shows that the average American spends 55 minutes per visit online searching for homes and that it doesn’t stop once they’ve found the one! Apparently, 64% of those people continue to browse homes online even after they’ve purchased one. How do you browse for homes? Do you browse for fun, too? Is this the way of the future?

A Backsplash for Every Season

Do you enjoy the idea of trying out trends in your home but aren’t necessarily ready to make the commitment? Maybe you change your mind so often about style details that it just doesn’t make sense to commit to one option. There are so many fun, unique, and interesting ideas for backsplash in your home, that sometimes choosing just one can be a challenge. However, if you’re looking to test a design to add texture, color, or a modern touch to your kitchen or bathroom, these nifty peel-and-stick versions might just be your solution! Try out the subway tile trend, go bold with a herringbone pattern, go rustic with stone texture, or add a unique pop with a mother-of-pearl accent. With so many options, you could try a new design with every season – whats your favorite?

Fixer Upper

We all know that if you’re getting ready to sell your home, there is some prep work that needs to be completed. This includes maintenance, minor updates, aesthetic detailing, staging, and curb appeal. But there are some home fixes that should be at the top of your list when getting ready to sell. The main idea is that you want to prioritize the projects that will offer both you and the buyers the most value. Often, we get fixated on the cosmetic and visual appeal of the home, but the structural details are just as important. The condition of the roof, HVAC systems, and electrical piping are crucial to securing a sale, no matter how good your front yard looks. This is not to de-stress the importance of updating the visual appeal of your home. Things like repainting, switching out ceiling fans, replacing light fixtures, and updating hardware will make potential buyers feel like they’re getting a good value: a home that was properly cared for and maintained. In other words, a solid investment for them. Read on to find out more about what home fixes you should be sure not to skip.

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Easy Peasy

Summertime should be fun and carefree. However, as many of us have learned, especially those of us with children, it’s a lot easier said than done. With everything from meal prep to daily chores, we don’t always get to the place where it’s summertime and the living is easy. These helpful tips can encourage and facilitate a summer lifestyle that involves more adventures and less hassle. Tips like going barefoot and folding up the rugs will help with daily maintenance and alleviate the struggle of keeping the common areas fresh and clean. Taking advantage of the weather and eating outdoors will help keep your kitchen organized and reduce the clean-up. Take a cue from these tips and enjoy the rest of your summer stress-free!

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The World of Wallpaper

Wallpaper. Historically, the bane of a homeowner’s existence. It’s a pain to remove, it can be an unsightly beast, and it can often date a room. However, wallpaper is having a real moment these days. Lots of homeowners are embracing the design choice to invigorate a room with personality and charm. If you’re thinking of remodeling a room or a part of your house or simply giving a certain space a little facelift, wallpaper can sometimes give you the fresh update you’re looking for without a lot of the work and time investment. This article from Houzz.com offers some fantastic ways to incorporate summer wallpaper patterns into your home all year round. Coral patterns, a school of tropical fish, or simple wave designs can make a unique and bold impression that will keep you smiling even during the cold winter months.

 

“Qwerk” It

Isn’t it always all in the details? Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact. And it’s the quirky details that are the hardest to forget. Details are critical when it comes to home staging. It’s one thing to stage your home to make it look clean, inviting, and desirable but you can take it to the next level by incorporating quirky details that make your home look effortlessly ‘lived-in.’ Spare potential buyers your all-too-personal accents, rogue paperwork and school tests on the desk, and dirty laundry in the hamper but add touches that can help potential buyers envision themselves living in your home, and you have one surefire way to make your home stand out. Allow these suggestions from staging professionals to inspire you to include finishing touches that will leave a lasting impression on those who take a tour through it.

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Night Vision

So, I probably sound like a broken record to my clients most of the time. But when it comes to ‘night vision,’ I am a very firm believer in visiting a home at night before you consider buying. Just like checking out that dress in your bathroom mirror and in your bedroom mirror before you head out for the night, looking at a property during the day and at night will give you a full picture of what you can expect from a potential home. You’ll want to get a feel for the neighborhood at night: is it too quiet, too loud? Is the neighbors’ behavior different than during the daytime? Is it safe? Furthermore, you can get a feel for a nighttime commute to and from the office, nearby restaurants, or the kids’ school. Here are several more reasons in detail for visiting that home at night before you buy.

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