Friday, August 25, 2017

Want More Money from Your Sale?



The National Association of Realtors produces a profile report each year which looks at sellers and how home staging works for them. Here are some highlights from their report.

      Over 70 percent of buyer’s agents report that viewing a staged home made it easier for potential buyers to imagine the property as their future home.
      The most important rooms to stage is the living room, then the master bedroom and then the kitchen.
      Only 38 percent of buyer’s agents stage a home prior to listing them.
      The most common rooms that get staged are the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and the dining room.

The infographic provided below gives you some percentages from the report to help guide you with staging when it comes time to sell your home. If you need a recommendation for a staging professional, we can provide you with a referral.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Sold - 225 Ebbitt Court, Greer, SC 29651

225 Ebbitt Court, Greer, SC 29651
225 Ebbitt Court, Greer, SC 29651
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2629
Type: Detached Single Family
Subdivision: Briar Creek
MLS # 1350654
Price: SOLD

Good News! This home has sold but I do have other great featured homes for sale on my website. Feel free to take a look.

The long driveway leads the path to your custom designed Craftsman Style Home. The home is situated at the head of the cul-de-sac on .37 acres with a fenced in private back yard that backs up to the woods (neighborhood greenspace).

The home has 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms (4th bedroom could also be a bonus room). The Rocking chair front porch with stacked stone columns is great for relaxing and rocking your cares away. Once you enter through the front door you are greeted by gleaming hardwoods that flow through the home to include the stair treads. This home has so many high end finishes to start with an irrigation system for the whole yard, crown molding through most of the home, Granite counter tops in the Kitchen & all bathroom counter tops, ceramic tile in bathrooms & Laundry rooms, Oil Rubbed Bronze lighting fixtures and oil bronze lever handles, wrought iron railings, an owned security system, and so much more.

As you enter into the 2 Story Great Room there is a stack stone gas log and starter fireplace, with high ceilings and lots of windows for natural sun light, the kitchen is open with lots of counter tops and cabinets to include a center island complete with storage, Stainless Steel Elite Kenmore Appliances. The laundry room has hanging storage, cabinetry, laundry sink, and plenty of room for the washer and dryer. The 19x13 Master Suite with the recessed lighting, double pan ceiling, and French doors with a private access leading out to the deck provides lots of space and privacy. The Master Bath has Heated Tile Floors, and uses 16 x 16 tile Gentleman & Ladies vanities, large walk-in tiled shower and a large garden jetted tub, sep. water closet with an accommodating walk-in closet. When you proceed upstairs there is a true jack-n-Jill bathroom and 3 additional bedrooms with pull down attic storage in the garage and off the 4th bedroom (Bonus) room access doors if desired. All the bedrooms have walk in closets which is not easy to find.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Take Advantage of Small Home Upgrades

Whether you live in a small home or just need to upgrade some parts of your larger home, you can use these ideas to get more ‘space’ out of your space.
  • Overhead Lighting. Instead of lighting up the whole room think about doing task oriented lighting. When you break a room up with light it adds function and charm. A cozy spot to read, ambient lighting for tv watching, etc.
  • Color Palette. It might be tempting to make each room a different color but you may end up with a whole bunch of crazy whether your home is small or large. So pick a color palette and stick with it. Add some accent colors here or there but use the same standard palette throughout.
  • Shower Doors. Think about opening up your bathroom by adding glass siding panels but not just any panels. Look for semi-frameless or partial glass for tubs. They are easy to clean and you don’t have to knock down any walls.
  • Overflowing Rooms. One way to open up your rooms is to think about the furniture you put in them. Overstuffed and overflowing furniture is a thing of the past. Time to think minimalist and streamlined but also functional and cozy.
  • Chase out the Dark. In really large homes, dark kitchen cabinets can be a focal point drawing your eye into the kitchen. But if you want to open up the space think white or light colors. Dark can be used as an accent color for a bit of pop. Feng Shui is a serious concept to get behind. Earthy pastels which calm would be good for opening up the kitchen. Keep the slightly darker colors for larger one.
The end of summer is coming and before being shut-in all winter consider some of the ideas above to help you get a feeling of more space even if you can’t add-on a room or just don’t want to. Small or tiny houses are becoming the rage with millennials. As they begin to move back into urban areas and smaller homes/apartments, some of these ideas will expand their horizons. But they are good ideas for any size home also.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Ins and Outs in Home Design



Home designs tend to be a bit trendy. Fads come in and stay for about 5-10 years and then they head on out for the next big thing. Came across an article talking about the latest ins and outs from Home Innovation’s 2017 Builder Practices Survey.

Grey is the new Beige - but don't let it look like a jail cell!

Seems high end details are not as popular as they once were and builders are not using them like they did in the past.

      Quartz crazy. Home Innovation’s list has this as the most expensive product but 2016 was its best year yet. Thirteen percent of new homes had quartz surfaces in the bathroom up 9 percent from 2015. Kitchen counters in quartz was even more popular at 15 percent compared to 9 percent in 2015.
      Nickel. Gaining ground in kitchens and baths is nickel faucets outselling stainless steel, chrome and bronze.
      Vinyl and Hardwood. Luxury vinyl tile and high-end solid hardwood floors are winning in kitchens. Ceramic tile and engineered hardwoods rose a bit.
      Ut oh, Jacuzzi. Jetted tubs are a losing trend dropping from 15 percent installs to 11 percent in 2016.
      Natural stone surfaces. New homes being built with natural granite and marble showers and baths dropped to 9 percent last year as did high-end enameled cast iron and granite sinks. The mid-range to lower vitreous china and enameled steel sinks are returning.

Although this is just a survey of newer homes it does give you a clue as to what new home buyers are looking for in their homes. Sooo, if you have a renovation job coming up soon it might be a good idea to head over to RealtorMag Blogs and check out their Styled Staged & Sold topics. Most of these blogs are designed to help home sellers get their home sold and that could be you one day.

Financing is still at all time historic lows with the national average coming in around 3.96% last month. Now could be the time to make a move, literally. 😊

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