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2019 Home Decor Trends

Is your house very 1970s? Are you stuck in the last decade? Do you know you need an update but aren't sure what to do to make your home look stylish and fresh as a daisy?

Well, the folks at Houzz – a website made up of a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals from around the world – have looked carefully at the trends that are…well, uh….trending for the new year, and have compiled a list of the most happenin' crazes for 2019.

So, if you're looking to make some changes, here's a short list of what's hot and what's not.

A Tiled “Feature” Wall in the Kitchen 

While we've gotten used to "accent walls" in other rooms, created by adding a particularly bold color to just one wall,

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Buying a Tiny Home

Pick up your remote control and scan through your favorite cable TV channels and you’re sure to find at least 2 or 3 different shows that tout the advantages of building and living in what has become known as a “tiny house”.

The hosts of these shows chat with us via the television camera about all the advantages of tiny house living and joke with the new owners about their new lack of space, scaling down, and all the good things they’re doing for the environment by moving into these minuscule mansions.

Perhaps you dismiss the idea with a shake of the head and a roll of your eyes. Or maybe you watch intently, thinking “we could do that”. Hmmm….

If you’ve ever given even a fleeting thought to living in a tiny house, there’s much more to know

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Realtor Tips for Luxury Real Estate

What realtor wouldn’t love to nab a piece of the luxury market? Just imagine those commissions! Think about it. Just one or two checks could have you living “high on the hog”, help you pay those private school tuition bills, and send you on your next amazing vacation.  

But tackling the luxury real estate market isn’t easy…and you should never expect it to be. Those who enter the luxury market expecting it to be no different than the “normal” market are in for a lot of surprises. Listing and selling a luxury home is a whole different ball game, so to speak, and you need to make sure you’re prepared for the curve balls or you’ll be in for plenty of disappointment…and so will the clients who hire you, if you manage to acquire any.  

But if you’re

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Selling Your Home with Pets

You love your dogs and cats but now that it’s time to sell your home, you’re worried about how you will manage showings and other scenarios that go along with a home sale. You’re also concerned about the wellbeing of your pet and how they will react to the hordes of people coming through your house to determine whether it’s the one for them. And then there are the tell-tale signs that you own a pet. How do you handle those?

Selling with pets doesn’t have to be stressful, however. There are a number of things you can do in advance to make your pet-friendly home buyer-friendly.

Following these five tips will help you on your way to a quicker sale, resulting in a price that makes everyone happy.

Take Stock of Necessary Repairs

number 1 

Face it!

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Tips on helping seniors buy and sell homes

With adults over the age of 50 representing nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, more and more realtors find themselves working with older Americans, either in the selling or buying process…or both. While being over 50 certainly doesn’t represent being “old,” as individuals start to creep towards their 60s and 70s, they begin to view things differently, including homeownership and what it is they’re looking for in that place they will call “home” during their golden years.

Indeed, for older adults, “home” can mean several different things. For some, there will be little or no change in the status quo. Many are happy with where and how they live now and are intent on keeping things the same. Some will look to downsize. Others will look for a

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Buying a Condo

The condominium. If you’re young, you’ve always known that word, but if you’re a little further up in years, you can likely remember a world without condominiums.

Though historians say there were condo-type properties built in New York City as early as the 1880s, the word “condominium” was likely not used to describe those properties. The first modern condominium complex, real estate experts agree, was one called Graystone Manor, built in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1960. It was much the same as what we still call a condo today – a collection of private living spaces in one (or more) buildings, with common spaces and amenities for all to use. Condo owners paid monthly fees to a governing body, known as a Homeowner’s Association.

Indeed, the building

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Online Promotion for Realtors

Today’s realtors simply must have an online presence. Being visible online means you are easier to find, that you will be able to grow your database more quickly, that you can build your brand in front of millions, and – of course – that you will likely increase your profits. Gone are the days of newspaper ads, and fewer and fewer home buyers call the number on a sign posted in front of a particular house. They look for homes online and, often, they seek out real estate agents that way as well.

So, what’s the best way to build an online presence? Well, there’s not really ONE best way. It’s essential to spread your online personality across many platforms so that you are visible to the highest possible number of potential clients, including both

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Beautification Tips to Sell Your Home

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. And with those seasons of renewal come reasons to spruce up your home, especially if it’s on the market or you’re thinking about putting it on the market.

Maybe you’re accustomed to spring cleaning, fixing up both the inside and outside of your house so that it looks new and clean. Or perhaps you’ve let it slide the last few years, too busy to tend to the demands of home ownership. But now that you want to attract buyers to your home, there are several things you can do that cost little money and time that can make your house stand out in the crowd.

Outside Care 

  • We’ve all heard the term “curb appeal”, which is a factor that is particularly important in selling your home, especially
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The Perfect Home for Your Lifestyle

You’re shopping for your first house. That’s exciting! There’s so much to think about. What style of home will you consider? Where will it be located? How much will you pay? How much will you mortgage?  Is it too big? Too small?

Indeed, one of the most important aspects of home buying is to match the home to fit your lifestyle. This is YOUR home (“you” meaning “you” alone or “you and your family”), and it should absolutely fit not only the number of people who will live in it, but it should also be amenable to how you live.

You’ll undoubtedly get lots of opinions, especially if you’re a single person purchasing a home for the first time. Friends and relatives will want to coach you on “must haves,” and those HGTV hosts will insist that the “open

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Assistants in Real Estate

So, business is booming. That’s great news! That likely means commissions are up and that your wallet is feeling pretty good about what’s happening.

But with increased business comes increased stress and responsibilities. No matter how good it might feel to have those extra dollars, the chances are that arise in business also means the need to spend more time helping clients, allowing you less free time to enjoy leisure activities or to cultivate other aspects of your career.

So maybe it’s time to hire an assistant.

Think about it. With the help of some new hands, you can provide yourself with 3, 4, 5 hours a day of extra time. Consider the fact that hiring an assistant for even 10-15 hours a week is like adding those hours to your week. All

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