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Happy Thanksgiving!

We wanted to take a moment to say Thanks to all of you for following us here on Google Plus! We hope you have a wonderful day!

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Be Smart and Buy a Home You Will Love -

Unless you are a #realestate investor, you are probably buying a home, not just a piece of property. While you might think that you don’t really need a real estate agent because you know what you want and have the Internet, agents usually excel at negotiation since they consider the home market professionally and on a daily basis.

Whether you use an agent or not, here are some smart tips so that your homebuying process is successful and you can get that home that you fell in love with:

1) Get pre-approved for a mortgage.
You want to be able to show your agent that you are ready. Many professionals won’t take homebuyers out to properties until it’s clear they are prepared to buy. Get pre-approved.

2) Run the numbers before you get concerned about a few thousand dollars.
Typically a $5000 difference in overall home price represents about $20 per month in mortgage payment. It may not be worth doing battle for that slight reduction. If you love the home, go with your heart.

3) Act quickly.
In competitive markets, houses will sell incredibly fast. Remember that price isn’t everything, so paying a little over market price for a home won’t be that big a deal if you’re really in love with the property.

4) Your offer should reflect the actual value.
Obviously you want to negotiate, not just throw your money on the table. What you want to offer is the actual value of the home. If the home is higher than the true market value for the neighborhood, you want to submit an offer that is below that amount accompanied by a market analysis (which can be prepared by an agent).

5) You won’t necessarily be able to renegotiate following the inspection.
If you discover a significant issue during the inspection, it’s reasonable to see if you can get a reduction. Don’t expect the price to necessarily be discounted, though. Your best bet is to get a credit at closing and bring in your own people to do the work.

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#homebuyers #homebuying #homebuyingtips #realestate #realtors
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There is just something about #wainscoting that really makes a home look elegant.

Paneling is a millwork wall covering constructed from rigid or semi-rigid components. These are traditionally interlocking wood, but could be plastic or other materials. Paneling was developed in antiquity to make rooms in stone buildings more comfortable. The panels served to insulate the room from the cold stone. In more modern buildings, such paneling is often installed for decorative purposes. Paneling, such as wainscoting and boiserie in particular, may be extremely ornate and is particularly associated with seventeenth and eighteenth century interior design, Victorian architecture in Britain, and its international contemporaries.

in the 18th century, the style of paneling changed from a floor-to-ceiling covering to one in which only the lower part of the wall was covered. Hence wainscot or wainscoting became a paneling style applied to the lower 90 to 150 cm (3 to 5 ft) of an interior wall, below the dado rail or chair rail, and above the baseboard or skirting board. It is traditionally constructed from tongue-and-groove boards, though bead-board or decorative panels, such as a wooden door might have, are also common. New manufacturing techniques are capable of milling large panels from one sheet, reducing seams, caulking, and expansion/contraction cracks that have plagued traditional construction. Wainscoting may also refer to other materials used in a similar fashion.

The original purpose of wainscoting was to cover the lower part of walls, which, in houses constructed with poor or non-existent damp-proof courses, are often affected by rising dampness. Its purpose is now decorative.

Source: Wikipedia
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Staging Your Home

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to #selling your home. Curb appeal will help get potential buyers in the door, and home staging will help you captivate the buyer and hopefully achieve the greatest possible outcome ... an offer.

Before you even get started, focus on curb appeal and make sure that everything is cleaned and that needed repairs are made. You might also want to consider repainting using neutral colors.

Read our latest blog post for more tips:

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Make Your Master Bedroom Your Favorite Room -

Vacations are great, but they don't come often enough to provide us with the rest that we need in today's fast-paced society. With more and more people working from home or bringing work home, even our homes are becoming workplaces as the lines between work and home are fading.

It is becoming more and more important for us to find a place that we can detach from the world, and increasingly that is becoming the "master suite". Master bedrooms have been around as long as houses, but master bedroom suites are a relatively new concept.

Think of a master bedroom suite as a home within a home; a refuge where one can enjoy a space free of the many demands of modern living. It’s an inner sanctum, cut off from the clutching hands of ongoing external responsibilities. It’s a hideout for finding peace.

No matter what size your bedroom, you can create your own peaceful sanctuary that will allow you to temporarily escape from the world ... and relax. 

Do you have a 'master suite' in your home? What ideas do you have to create a relaxing space?

#homedecor #homeowner #interiordesign #realestate  
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Thinking about #remodeling your home? Do you know the five D's that you should be aware of first? -

While every market is different, you probably already know quite a bit about your market simply because you live there. With that knowledge and an understanding of the 5 D’s, you should be in a position to sort out all the advice you’ll get from contractors, neighbors, magazines and family members. The five D’s are:

1) Distance
2) Deficiency
3) Distinctiveness
4) Demand
5) Degree

We explain the 5 D's in detail on our blog:

The best resource for getting more information on how various improvements might affect resale value is a real estate professional who knows the market in your neighborhood. Discuss the five D’s with them, and you should come away with a pretty good idea of where you stand. Just keep in mind that only you can determine what the improvement means in terms of your enjoyment of the house while you continue to live there.

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Kitchen and Bath #Remodeling -

Kitchens and baths are the most important, the most expensive, and the most complicated rooms to remodel in a home. These rooms where families spend so much of their time merit attention because they have to be functional and pleasant. Remodeling an outdated kitchen or bathroom is not only a smart investment, but will also bring your family more comfort than most any other home improvement.

Here are some of the FAQ about kitchen and bathroom remodeling:

Q: Why hire an independent designer when my general contractor can draw plans?

Q: Should I call a designer before or after I choose a contractor?

Q: What are some of the things a designer does for me?

Q: How does a designer charge for services?

For the answers to these frequently asked questions, visit our website:

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Extend Your Pool Season

For many #homeowners with a pool, they only get to enjoy their swimming pools for 2-3 months out of the year. A heated pool can stretch the season to twice that in most areas and even longer in other areas. For example, the usual 2 month swimming season in Detroit, can be doubled to 4 months, and in Los Angeles, the season can be more than tripled. In New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, a heated pool can more than double the season. This means you can get twice as much enjoyment out of your pool.

Here is a guide to the various types of pool heaters:

#swimmingpool #homeownership #homeowners  
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For Best Value, Think Small w/ #Remodeling

If you are selling your home, a major rule of thumb right now is that smaller, less involved projects are the best investment, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). “The national average cost for a steel door replacement was $1,230, for example,” explains the NAR’s Stacey Moncrieff. “That’s the least expensive project on the list, and it ranks highest on the payback scale, returning 101.8 percent nationally on average.”

The report looks at 102 different markets, and replacing the front door makes back its expense completely in 43 of them. Out of the 36 different types of projects analyzed in the study, four others pay themselves off completely in most markets: minor kitchen remodel, midrange wood window replacement, luxury garage door replacement, and midrange garage door replacement. In other words, five of the six smartest remodeling projects you can buy are replacements – which also tend to be relatively inexpensive.

Specifically, here are the top five in terms of cost vs. value recovered:

Replacement of entry door – 102%
Replacement of manufactured stone veneer siding – 92%
Replacement of midrange garage door – 89%
Replacement of fiber cement siding – 84%
Replacement of luxury garage door – 83%

Considering that you are likely to recover or almost completely recover your costs, these types of improvements are no-brainers and can dramatically improve curb appeal.

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6 Things Your Home Stager Wishes You Knew

If you are planning to sell your #home, you may want to consider home staging. This article covers "6 things your home stager wishes you knew" and might be useful to some of you! 

We want to hear from anyone in our audience who has had experience with a home stager and any additional advice they might have.

#realtor #realestate #moving #sellingyourhome  
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