Show sellers how to make it look like they’ve just paid a hefty sum to landscape their yard—But do it on the cheap and in only a few hours by introducing them to the joys of mulch.
Email a free article, How to Mulch, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the March “Smart Spring Yard Prep” article package. Share all five today. Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine
A home’s inviting outdoor space may be just enough to get a home buyer to fall in love. The American Society of Landscape Architects recently surveyed nearly 180 landscape architects asking them to rate the expected popularity for 2014 of a variety of residential outdoor elements.
Across all categories, respondents rated the following as “somewhat” or “very in-demand” for 2014: lighting, seating/dining areas; fire pits/fireplaces; grills; installed seating, such as benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, and boulders.
“Home owners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” says Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and CEO. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”
Here’s a breakdown of how home owners are sprucing up their outdoor spaces, and some of the top trends that landscape architects pinpointed for 2014 in each category.
Sure, sellers know potential buyers must be willing to invest much-needed TLC in their home after the purchase. The tough part is getting them to price their home properly, based on the true cost of necessary fixes.
You can help them be more realistic about repair costs by branding, printing, and hand-delivering a free article, How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the March “Position Yourself to Be a Better Buyer” article package. Share all five today: Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
What’s trending in bathroom remodels? Houzz recently released its 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study showing the top bathroom remodel preferences of more than 7,500 home owners in the U.S. and Canada. The report shows that 60 percent of home owners are targeting the master bathroom for their bathroom remodels. The two main drivers for their remodels: To upgrade features and fixtures as well as to make space more functional.
Here are some of the growing trends that emerged from the Houzz report:
#1 Goodbye, bathtubs. The bathtub is starting to move out of the master bathroom. More than four in 10 – 43 percent – are forgoing a bathtub in the master bathroom, according to the report.
When sellers finish up their painting in preparation for sale, suggest one more tactic to improve their odds of a quick sale for maximum value. Lighten up!
Email them a free article, Matching Room Color and Lighting to Get the Effect You Desire, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the February “Bright Ideas for Lighting Design” article package. Continue reading »
By Patti Stern, guest contributor
Whether an experienced do-it-yourselfer or a first-time remodeler, a remodeling project can be intrusive and overwhelming to every aspect of a person’s life. That’s why hiring a professional can save time, money, and a lot of unnecessary stress.
Recently, my husband and I decided to finally remodel the last room in our home that remained untouched by my interior decorator hands –- our master bathroom. My vision was to transform our 1969 master bathroom into a modern, stylish space, but I didn’t want to do anything too custom as we may look to sell our home in a few years. The design and décor needed to appeal to potential future buyers.
The first step of the renovation was deciding whether or not we could knock down the wall between the master bathroom and our guest room closet to maximize the space and upgrade to a double vanity and larger shower — the most important elements of the project. Once my talented carpenter determined we could, I was off and running with the design. Continue reading »
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Waldeck’s home has the coolest features — the kind that she hopes will fetch nearly $460,000. Waldeck and her husband have their sweet custom-built Florida spot on the market with that price tag, and it’s easy to see why they’re asking that much.
“What I love most about our home is simply how unique it is,” Waldeck says. “There are many architectural features in this custom home you do not find in typical production homes, such as the floating staircase with wrought iron railing, designer ceilings, and his-and-her garages.”
The home has a wide-open floor plan, so much so that you can “see the entire house while standing in one spot — except for the private areas, of course,” she explains. The home sits alongside a saltwater canal, and it has a boat lift. All of that is outdone, though, by the two-story swimming pool that Waldeck’s granddaughters love.
“The best part of living here is how it suits the Florida lifestyle we love,” Waldeck says.
So why sell? “Of course, knowing us real estate folk, for the right price, it’s for sale!”
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Can you feel the love in these homes? TopTenRealEstateDeals.com recently highlighted the most romantic homes for-sale in the world, from the mansions of celebrities to the homes where kings and presidents once lived. Here’s a rundown of the homes that made its list:
1. King Edward’s Love Nest
Location: Just north of Chicago
Price: $12 Million
Chicago’s Schweppe Estate once hosted a former King of England, Edward VIII, who left the British throne in 1936 to be spend time with American Wallis Simpson here. It sits on 5.3 acres and features a 24,500-square-foot English Renaissance mansion with 10 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and 11 fireplaces, as well as a library, family-game room, elevator, sauna, leaded glass windows, hand-carved limestone stairs, and fountains.
Location: Suisun Valley, Calif. (near Napa)
Price: $22 million
At the Villa de Madre estate, the owner reconstructed one of the buildings to resemble a 1950s soda shop, where he and his wife had their first date. Also along the estate, he replicated several downtown storefronts – from the grocery store, Rexall Drugs, Harley Davidson, and tackle shop – of where the couple would stroll past when they first started dating. The 80-acre estate also includes 63 acres of vineyards, which produces 150,000 bottles of Cabernet wine annually. The main house includes 22,882 square feet. Continue reading »
Sellers’ shutters and siding may look great. However, as this winter has repeatedly reminded us, all the beautiful features on the exterior of sellers’ home need to withstand the elements.
Add to your blog a free article, How to Protect Your Home from Severe Cold, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the February “Smart Snow and Ice Removal” article package. Share all five today. Continue reading »
By Charlene Storozuk, guest contributor
Being the car enthusiast my husband is, when we were shopping for our home, the first thing he wanted to see was the garage. After checking it out, some of the homes would only get a cursory glance before he’d announce that he didn’t like it. There were some that I had to agree with him on; however, there were others that I thought were “the one”.
Finally, I got him to put into words what it was that he didn’t like about them. In a lot of cases, it was the garage. If it was being used as a dumping site, he was put right off. Like many buyers, he couldn’t visualize its potential.
To make your home appeal to the car enthusiasts out there, here are a few simple ideas for the garage: Continue reading »