Stage a Cozy Outdoor Space for Cooler Weather

During the pandemic, outdoor space has become a premium consideration. Homeowners are sprucing up their spaces to maximize every square inch of their properties, and home buyers are reportedly giving more weight to the outdoor appeal of homes. But as the weather cools, how can you continue to take advantage of these spaces?

You can still stage an outdoor space to show off its appeal in any season, designers say. Here are few tips from a recent article on realtor.com®.

DIY Home Staging

Home staging can seem like a magical process—transforming your cluttered, uninspired bungalow into a dream home that instantly inspires multiple offers. A professional stager will have knowledge on the most desirable design trends and bring stylish furniture and accessories to transform your home. But if your budget doesn’t accommodate this oft-pricey service, fear not.

Home sellers who want to present their home in a tasteful way can do so with the tips below from design-minded experts. The best news is, they’re all styling tricks you can pull off yourself.

Read more HERE.

Home Staging in a Hurry

Selling your home these days takes more than just finding an agent and listing it. You’ve got to really sell it. That means impressing buyers the second they walk in the door.

One of the best ways to do this? Home staging, where your home’s decor undergoes a makeover in order to entice home buyers to swoon and make an offer.

But who has time for that? Hiring a pro is pricey (here’s more on how much home staging costs). Plus a pro can’t do all of the work; you’ll still need to do some sprucing up if you have an unexpected showing.

So if the clock is ticking, here are home staging tips and tricks that you can pull off fast, depending on how much time you have—from an hour to just 5 minutes.

Bathroom Design Trends to Flush

Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you’re likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush.

But one person’s lush can be another’s flush—as in flush away that weird or ugly bathroom decor before it drives you insane, or would-be buyers straight to another home.

Read more HERE.

Declutter to Make Your House Shine for Resale (or Just Because)

Sentimentality can be a powerful disincentive to declutter. How could a loving daughter sell her family silver, even though she dislikes the pattern? How could parents ever discard a painting by their young budding Picasso, even though he’s now 30 and hasn’t picked up a paint brush in 20 years?

Most home owners avoid those tough decisions and schlep possessions from house-to-house. But it’s far smarter to shed before moving. Not only does it clear out space to make a listing look its best, it also saves on moving costs to transport less stuff.

Read on for 13 ways to clean & discard.

A Surprising New Favorite Room

The family room has long been the favorite room in the house—it’s where homeowners get to spend quality time with other family members. However, as the significant increase in time spent at home during the pandemic has changed preferences, homeowners now favor quieter and more private areas in the home.

In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, the new favorite room in the home: the master bedroom. In the survey, conducted by Ally Home, some respondents said it’s their new favorite spot because it’s where “they can hide from family members.”

Here are the five favorite rooms in the house, according to the Ally Home survey.

  1. Master bedroom: 27%
  2. Family room: 14%
  3. Kitchen: 10%
  4. Master bath: 9%
  5. Man or woman cave: 7%

Read more here.

What Do All The Real Estate Terms Mean?

Call it what you will—jargon, shorthand, lingo—but every industry including the real estate world, has its own language, a collection of terms that are essential to understand if you hope to play ball. And the real estate business is no different. In fact, there are probably more terms in the housing biz than just about anything short of neurosurgery. That’s why when you read a real estate listing, you may end up scratching your head over a whole bunch of puzzling terms. Allow us to clear things up, by explaining what these things really mean in plain old English.

Homes Still Selling “Sight Unseen”

Some home buyers are feeling confident enough to proceed with a home purchase after a virtual tour. The latest sight unseen mega-deal occurred last week for a private island off the coast of Ireland. An anonymous European buyer purchased the entire 157-acre island, known as Horse Island, for more than $6.3 million without ever seeing it in person. Negotiations mostly took place over WhatsApp. The agent said the buyer viewed a video of the island before making an offer.

During a week in mid-April, as the COVID-19 pandemic heightened in the U.S., a quarter of real estate professionals surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® reported that their clients put contracts on homes without physically seeing the propert

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