Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because I care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I would love to speak with you!

Feb. 26, 2019

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

 

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale | MyKCM

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

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Feb. 19, 2019

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

 

One More Time... You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home | MyKCM

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!

According to the “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership” study commissioned in partnership between the

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Feb. 14, 2019

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way

 

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way | MyKCM

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs.

However, many couples are also deciding to buy a home before spending what would be a down payment on

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Jan. 16, 2019

Where Are Home Prices Headed?

Posted in Market Updates, Selling
Jan. 15, 2019

FREE BUYER GUIDE | Winter 2019

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Jan. 11, 2019

When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Home?

Posted in Selling
Jan. 9, 2019

Advantages of Selling a Home This Winter

 

Home sellers and real estate agents often fear the winter months because it seems like a poor time to list. The truth is that winter can be a great time to list your home for sale.

Less Inventory

Conventional wisdom tries to say that taking your home off the market in winter, or waiting to list, until the spring selling season starts is the best way to sell your home. The truth is that if you are trying to sell your home, wouldn’t you rather list while the competition is less?

Higher Prices

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Posted in Selling
Jan. 2, 2019

Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Home Sellers

With the start of the New Year, thoughts naturally turn to change. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to sell your home, then making the right resolutions can help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible return.

 

Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Home Sellers

  1. Move Up Spring Cleaning–Time to do your spring cleaning now.  Declutter, depersonalize, and make the home look roomier.

  2. Stage Your Home–Whether you hire someone or do it yourself, this is the time to rearrange your furniture to make your rooms look bigger and brighter.  Good news on the horizon for you....I offer COMPLIMENTARY staging (including complete pantry organization) with all listings! 

  3. Think it Through–  Before you spend money on renovations and upgrades, think carefully and don’t overspend by guessing.

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Posted in Decorating, Selling
Dec. 12, 2018

Fireplace Design Trends

The long evenings of the winter months invites families to stay home and enjoy the warmth of their own home. Naturally, attention turns to the fireplace as both providing extra heat and as the focal point of the room. New technology and environmentally friendly design has brought contemporary updates that are sleek, fashionable and playful.

  •   Finishing – Fireplace finishes have changed. New products such as the Cool Wall Series open a wide variety of design options by allowing a cool surface as a backdrop for finishes.

  •   Wood – Wood burning fireplaces are back in style. Decorative spaces for wood storage are adding architectural interest.

  •   Larger Openings – One of the leading trends in fireplace design is enlarging the viewing window of the fireplace. A simple retrofit of an existing fireplace can make a huge difference in the look of any room.

  •   Corner Fireplaces – This popular feature of the 1990s is back with modern updates. Two or three sided fireplaces with sleek styling and elegant accents, such as wood or metal, are providing a centerpiece for rooms.

  •   Fireplace Walls – Linear fireplaces that stretch the length of the wall is one trend showing up in model homes across the country. Monotone colors and clean lines finish this modern trend.

Dec. 4, 2018

Holiday Décor For Less

 

The holiday season is here. Decorating magazines and store fronts are filled with beautiful wreaths, themed pillows and festive decorations, but this can be expensive. Decking the halls doesnt have to cost a fortune. Add some freshness to your home this season with these inexpensive ideas.

  •   DIY Ornament Wreath – Find some inexpensive ornaments and use your hot glue gun to attach to a wreath shape.

  •   Fresh Greenery – Extra cuttings from the tree or even an evergreen in your yard adds charm to your front door, table or mantle.

  •   Candles – Real or fake, candles create ambiance throughout the home. Use silver or white candle sticks and holders to contrast with fresh greens for a modern look.

  •   Candy Canes – Fill jars or glassware with multi-colored candy canes and leave on coffee tables and dressers.

  •   Wrap Your Gifts Early – Nestle wrapped presents under the tree or in piles in corners. Use festive, colorful paper to add to the charm of the room.

  •   Holiday Pillows – Discount stores offer inexpensive holiday pillows to through on sofas, beds and chairs.

  •   Fairy Lights – Adding battery powered light strands to wreaths, tucked in greens and trimmings and clear bowls filled with ornaments can add a sparkle to the room.

    These are just a few tips for decorating your home this year for less money, and have fun doing it.

Posted in Decorating