Monday, January 16, 2012
Using texture in home design changes everything so look for the variations in surface appearance and feel when mixing materials on both interior and exterior projects. Traditionally this has been done using fabrics and accessories inside the home but we now find the mixing of nature stone and recycled glass products in both bath's and kitchen's. Outside we see wrought iron and rough cut lumber mixed along with both natural and cultured stone work. Have fun with your selections, remember smooth isn't always so slick.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A local Realtor that I know gives the following advise to his clients who are thinking of selling their homes in January:
Although the traditional home-buying season starts in the spring, here are some reasons why listing your home now, rather than waiting, could prove to be a smart decision.
On average, the number of home sales in January drops almost by half from the previous year's peak. A house that is priced right and staged well will stand out even more with less competition.
Lenders, home inspectors, movers, and other vendors also see a seasonal dip in transactions. This could mean a quicker, easier, and possibly cheaper time to buy, sell, and move.
Even if you're not ready quite yet, now is a great time to start the conversation with your local real estate agent. He or she can give you pointers on which repairs and preparations to tackle first, and which ones may not be necessary, saving you time and money. Starting now can help you capture the most buyers by busy season.