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Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/11/2021

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Whether you’re settling into a new home or getting your house ready to sell, making some changes to its interior design can give it a fresh look for spring. Using the latest interior design trends for inspiration can help you decide how you want your home to look. The following are some of the top trends in interior design for 2021.

Gray and Yellow

Pantone always chooses a tone as the color of the year, but 2021 has been different. This year features two tones, a cheerful yellow and soft gray, as the official colors of the year. These contrasting tones can work together in living rooms, kitchens and other areas of your home. If you want to use these in your bedroom, though, you should focus mainly on gray and include touches of yellow. Too much yellow in your bedroom can make it overly bright instead of giving it a calming environment for sleeping.

Tropical Style

Tropical designs are in demand this year, especially with so many people being stuck at home in 2020 rather than being able to go on vacation. Floral and leaf patterns, as well as vivid tropical colors, can give your house the look and feel of a vacation home. You don’t have to cover your walls with these colors and patterns to get this look. Instead, consider adding smaller touches of tropical designs in various rooms with bedding, throw pillows and other accent pieces of decor items.

Maximalism

Maximalism provides a stark contrast to modern minimalist style. Rather than having your house as sparsely decorated as possible, maximalism focuses on filling your home with a wide range of items and objects that reflect your personality or individuality. For example, you might display souvenirs from past trips or artwork that you've collected over the years. This can be a tricky interior design trend to pull off without having your home look cluttered. If you’re going to be putting your house on the market, you might want to avoid this 2021 trend. However, you can give maximalism a try in your newly purchased home.

Earth Tones and Eco Textures

Interior design trends for 2021 include a move toward more grounded, naturalistic styles. Consider using earth tones throughout your home, such as greens and browns. These tones can give your home a rustic look and feel while creating a soothing atmosphere. Eco-friendly textures, such as reclaimed wood, also add to this more natural interior design trend. You can incorporate these textures and colors when choosing furniture and decor items if you don’t plan on making bigger changes, such as new floors or countertops and cabinets. Experiment with different earth tones and eco-friendly textures to achieve the natural look you want in your home.

Vintage Design

If you’re looking to get away from more modern or contemporary styles, consider a vintage interior design theme for your home. Vintage in in style for 2021, and you can get this look in various ways. You can fill your home with vintage furniture, or just add touches of vintage style here and there with antiques and similar accent pieces. You can also choose wallpaper or curtains with vintage flair, such as floral prints. Going with a vintage design allows you to create a look and feel that’s both comforting and quaintly stylish.





Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/4/2021

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If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of repairs that need to be done. You could save quite a bit of money if you can do a lot of the work yourself.

The Down Payment

If you budgeted $300,000 for a home, you probably have the 20 percent down payment saved up already. Instead of putting all of that down payment on a $300,000 house, you could purchase a home that would be worth $400,000 if it didn’t need work. Instead, the sellers have listed the home for $200,000. Instead of putting $60,000 down on a home that is ready to move into, you could get a larger home and put down with a $40,000 down payment. That gives you $20,000 that you already saved to put into repairs.

Special Loans

Some lenders have loan programs that are specifically for fixer-uppers. They lend you the amount needed to purchase the home and extra money to make repairs to the house. However, you will have to follow the lenderís rules. The rules vary from lender to lender, but could include:

  • Doing a percentage of the work yourself;
  • Living on the property; and
  • Completing a portion of the work within a specific amount of time.

If you already plan on doing most or all of the work yourself, youíve met that condition. If you are required to live on the property, you could set up an RV or live in a section of the house that doesnít need extensive repairs. You could even convert an outbuilding to an in-law apartment.

The hardest part is committing to completing a percentage of the work within a specific amount of time. If you work all day, you only have nights and weekends to work on the house.

Know What Has to Be Done

Before you commit to a loan with terms for extra money to fix up a home, go through the house to make a list of everything that absolutely must be done. You might make a second list of things that you would like to do, but do not stop you from living in the house. Determine the costs of the “must-do” repairs to make sure you have enough money to make those repairs. Then, estimate the amount of time it will take you to make those repairs. You might want to pad the time since Murphy’s Law loves to interfere with your best intentions.

Once you determine that you have enough money to at least get the house habitable and can do it within the lender’s terms, you are ready to make a bid!





Posted by Marianne Avila on 3/28/2021

If your home is on the market, you may wonder why it hasnít moved off the market. There are many ways to make adjustments to the price of your home, but if not done correctly, you could sabotage the sale of your home. Letís say that you have your home as an FSBO (For sale by owner.) Buyers may wonder whatís behind the price of the house. Does the seller genuinely want to move the home to the sold category quickly? Why has the home been for sale so long? 


You could face the same problems if youíre working with an agency. The difference is that s a seller, the agency is by your side, helping you to make the right decisions when it comes to pricing your home.


Realistic Expectations


You need to be realistic when pricing your home as a seller. Of course, you want to make a return on your home. Of course, you think your home has great value. The critical point is that you need to understand the state of the market along with the neighborhood your home is located. So much goes into the pricing of a house. 


Investigate


Along with your agent, you can do some investigating to see where some improvements could be made in marketing your home. Look at the following:


How has the house been received on the MLS?

Are the significant benefits of the home highlighted?

How many open house opportunities did buyers have?

Are there good pictures of the house online? 

Do the signs leading to the house stand out? 

Can you add anything to the marketing of the home like a virtual tour? 


While real estate agents have general guidelines as to how a home at a certain price point should be marketed, you can always be your own advocate.


The Consequences Of High Pricing


If you price your home too high, there are some consequences. Your home will stay on the market for an extended period of time if it's overpriced. Buyers will wonder why the house has been listed for so long, wondering if thereís something wrong with the property. Buyers will wait even longer to bite on the home in these circumstances because they are waiting for a price drop. 


The Solution


The best thing you can do in this circumstance is to take your home off the market. Work with your real estate agent. He can let you know whether itís a good time to re-list the home. Perhaps you can make some improvements to the property in the meantime. A fresh listing and a clean look at the house may help buyers to find the property more easily at a price that pleases them!      




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 3/21/2021

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Only Two Toilet Per Building

Many homes have two and a half or more bathrooms. If you want to move to Waldron Island in Washington, you’ll have to give up the idea of having a bathroom for every bedroom or even having that extra half bath. Waldron Island is very small and has a small population. Since the residents want to keep it that way, they have a law that says you can’t have more than two toilets in any building.

Leave the Sasquatch Alone

In Washington state, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch. The real question is, how many people have actually seen a Sasquatch? Maybe those same people have seen the Loch Ness monster.

Be Careful What You Show Buyers

If you’re selling real estate in Texas, it’s probably better to empty your house before you put it on the market. It’s either that or have a super long purchase contract to list all the exclusions. In Texas, any accessories or improvements that are shown to buyers go with the house. That includes personal photos and artwork on the walls, above-ground pools and even artificial fireplace logs.

No Spite Fences

Many people like fences for privacy, especially in cities. People who live in rural areas often fence in their property to keep wildlife out or to keep animals in. This is all good, as long as those fences are no taller than 6 feet. Anything higher is considered a “spite” fence, at least if you’re in Rhode Island. Yes, that’s ‘spite’ as in, “I’m building a 10-foot-high fence just to spite my neighbor.”

No Burglar Bars

Sometimes, you just have to have burglar bars on the windows. But, Ridgeland, Mississippi says you can’t put them on the outside of the windows. You can put them on the inside of the windows, though.There's uncertainty as to why that law was put into place, but putting the burglar bars on the inside is probably not going to keep someone from breaking your windows.

No More Than Two Female Roommates

In Missouri, you can’t have three female roommates. Even if you decide to live with your three sisters, you won’t be able to do that. Arkansas has a similar law, but theirs says you can’t live with five women. Many years ago, lawmakers were trying to put an end to brothels. The law is very outdated and probably not enforced, but if you and your sisters plan on getting an apartment together or plan on buying a home, you might want to check.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 3/7/2021

If you intend to sell your house, it pays to learn about the home selling process. By doing so, you can understand exactly what it takes to enjoy a seamless home selling experience.

Ultimately, there are three steps to sell your house:

1. Prep Your Residence

Take some time to learn about your residence's strengths and weaknesses. That way, you can identify any problem areas in your house and allocate the necessary time and resources to mitigate any issues that otherwise could slow down your home sale.

In many instances, it is helpful to schedule a home appraisal. During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence both inside and out, as well as evaluate your home in relation to comparable houses in your city or town. Following a home appraisal, you will receive a property valuation that can help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your house.

Also, scrub the floors, clean the kitchen countertops and perform extensive home interior cleaning. And don't forget to mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and complete various home exterior maintenance and upgrades as well.

2. List Your House

Adding your house to the real estate market can be simple, especially if you work with a top-notch real estate agent.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will help you get your house ready for the real estate market, thereby increasing the likelihood that your residence will generate lots of interest from potential buyers.

A real estate agent is a must-have during the home selling journey. This housing market professional is unafraid to provide you with honest, unbiased home selling recommendations as you proceed along the home selling cycle. As a result, a real estate agent can help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the housing market's conditions.

3. Negotiate and Accept an Offer

Oftentimes, home showings and open houses will be held to showcase your residence to prospective buyers. If buyers like what they see, it may be only a matter of time before you receive multiple offers on your residence.

If you receive a home offer, you probably will have a short amount of time to decide whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. Consider your options closely, and if you are not satisfied with an offer, you should not hesitate to walk away from the proposal.

On the other hand, if you receive an offer that you like, you can accept it. At this point, a buyer may perform a home inspection to further assess the condition of your house. And if the inspection goes well, it may be only a few weeks before all of the necessary paperwork is finalized and your closing date arrives.

The home selling cycle may seem like a long, arduous process at first. Fortunately, if you follow the aforementioned steps, you can reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home selling experience.







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