Author Archives: Tammy Gordon

Yard Appeal Is a Priority for Buyers

Home shoppers are increasingly sizing up the yard space of homes they’re considering purchasing. The top outdoor features they’re eyeing include the deck, entertainment space potential, and size of the front yard. However, the reality that many consumers are facing is that most new homes have … Continue reading

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Global Trends in Kitchen Design

The kitchen continues to gain popularity as a multifunctional and social space, and its design is increasingly reflecting that, according to Cosentino Group’s newly released “2019 Global Kitchen Study,” a reflection of worldwide trends in kitchen design. The study compiles … Continue reading

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Projects That Make Homeowners Happier

Certain home remodeling projects are making homeowners happier and proving to be well worth the cost and time when they sell their properties, according to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS®. After completing a home remodeling project, … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Likely to Go Lower in 2020

In the last month, mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest monthly averages in more than three years, and economists predict they’ll stay there well into 2020—and even possibly lower. The lower rates are translating into savings for home buyers. … Continue reading

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Homeowners Show Preference for DIY Renovations

Eighty percent of homeowners anticipate taking on a home improvement project in the next year, and more than 70% of that group plans to do the work themselves, according to a new survey from Chase Home Lending. The top motivators … Continue reading

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Most Horrifying Decorative Trends

The short list of things people are most afraid of shouldn’t include the property you’ve just listed. But if the home’s staging brings undead design fads back to life—will circular beds ever die?! Read more HERE.

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Buyers Give Fireplaces the Cold Shoulder

Fewer new homes are being built with a fireplace, a sign the cold-weather amenity is falling out of favor with home buyers. A record low percentage of newly constructed single-family homes—41%—last year included a fireplace, according to an analysis of … Continue reading

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Designs That Do the Master Bedroom No Justice

Design experts say an uninviting master retreat could negatively affect resale value, so there’s more at stake in the bedroom design than a restful sleep. “One thing to keep in mind is that form follows function, meaning the visual appearance … Continue reading

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Could Your Listing’s Landscape Be Too Perfect?

There’s a such thing as having your curb appeal that appears too good. It could even scare off some buyers. “I see many home buyers looking for yards that don’t require a lot of maintenance,” Monica Kemp, a real estate … Continue reading

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Reclaimed Wood Becomes Hot Accessory in New Homes

More homeowners are using reclaimed wood from barns, factories, and log cabins to decorate their modern homes, The Wall Street Journal reports. They’re using the reclaimed wood to decorate everything from ceilings and flooring to window accents. “They want it to look … Continue reading

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