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Smaller spaces, energy efficiency, Earth tones, and outdoor entertainment are all the latest design trends in new homes.Today's buyers don’t want any “wasted space” in their next home. They are seeking more value for their dollar and affordability remains a high priority as well as energy efficiency.The top ranked living space features listed by consumers are a separate laundry room, addition...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
(NewsUSA) – Is it finally time to sell your house? That’s the question on homeowners’ minds as house prices just posted their largest annual gain since 2005 — congrats to those no longer “underwater” on their mortgages — even as interest rates remain tantalizingly low. But here’s the catch: Those same higher prices can make buyers as choosy as a Michelin restaurant reviewer. “A house with a $1,6...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
If you've been thinking of remodeling all or part of your home, you might want to consider a green remodel. Green building means that you use certain materials and practices that are better for the environment and for your health. By following a few guidelines, you can easily complete an eco-friendly remodeling project. Recycle. Whenever possible, choose materials for your real estate made from ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Pamela Archer]
A Dozen Ways to Make Kitchens SizzleWhether they’re getting their house ready for the market or creating a dream kitchen in a home they just bought, clients considering a major kitchen redo will need guidance. Here are 12 tips and trends to help you serve as their resource.APRIL 2014 BY BARBARA BALLINGERHome buyers and sellers planning a kitchen redo have a lot of questions they need answere...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By Rochelle Barrow]
1. Switch the plates. Upgrade your drab, plastic switch plates with snazzy covers that match or accent your décor. Even the most expensive brass switch plates cost less than $20 each.Or, spend a buck for a plastic plate and decorate it yourself. Use craft paint, or cover the plate with decorative paper.You also can switch outlet covers, but don’t get too fancy. Outlet covers should blend...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is an often-overlooked, low-cost remodeler’s remedy for common complaints with interiors, offering the chameleon-like ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention. “Paint is a ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Susan Roddy]
When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix. Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you. 1. Decide what you can do yourself TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In t...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Putting the ‘Wow!’ Back in Your Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors bring warmth and charm to almost any home. They can work with almost any decor, and buyers almost always prefer hardwood floors to carpet. But while hardwood floors are long-lasting, they don’t last forever. How do you know when to refinish, repair or overhaul? Entire libraries have been written on the subject, but...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Luxury homebuyer's tastes have changed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Affluent Houstonians are skipping the once popular large suburban "McMansions" for smaller urban properties that maximize space and convenience through thoughtful design. These more modest, but still upscale, amenities are becoming increasingly popular as empty nesters downsize from suburbia to more 'in town' areas, ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
For anyone thinking about hiring a builder for custom work, here are some points to consider:· Hire a good real estate attorney who has experience with new-construction contracts, knows state law, and is familiar with the issues unique to the area in which the property will be built.· Talk to other customers. Ask how satisfied they are with the builder and how his projects have held up over time.·...
Read Post [Posted on 08/02/2014 By John Askins]
Let us help stage your home for sale! Instead of taking all of the personality out of your home, we believe keeping it updated and trendy will help you sell it more quickly! Here are some great tips!http://rem.ax/1u7kUer1) Create an outdoor retreat space2) Keep your home updated with lifestyle artwork and furnishings3) Use silver and mirrored furniture/accessories in your home 4) Paint your c...
Read Post [Posted on 08/01/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
After buyers move in to their new home, they should be prepared for some home fixes to present themselves each season, says Rich Escallier, a handyman in Chicago. "If you can go six months without finding something that raises your blood pressure, you're lucky,” Escallier says.  CBS MoneyWatch recently released a checklist of routine maintenance and small home repairs that home buyers should...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
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