Friday, March 23, 2018

Colors to Put Your Home on a Stage

colors to put your home on a stage
When you decide to sell your home, you can bet your agent is going to say, “Time to paint the walls!” But don’t just settle for plain old white or neutral shades of white. Your goal is to make each of your rooms feel fresh and inviting and allow buyers to see themselves in your home. That doesn’t mean your rooms have to be boring, bland or missing a bit of style. Sometimes white is a solution but you don’t want hospital rooms. So here are some colors that will give you a great alternative.
  • Going Greige. Gray became the new white a few years ago but it may not be for you. Take a look at Greige which is a pale gray with a beige undertone. It is very versatile when it comes to staging. Greige will add depth to any white room and can work in a small or large room. 
  • Bird’s Egg Blue. A warm medium blue with sunny undertones. It will work in a living room, bedroom or bathroom especially when the remainder of the room is gray, beige or white. This warm turquoise color creates a soothing feeling in any room. Calming and soothing works well on potential buyers. 
  • Charcoal for Drama. Charcoal, which is a deep gray, is a neutral color pop that can add style to any room. It happens to be a neutral color and can be used on accent walls or to conceal shadows and add style. For a contrast with style coordinate charcoal walls with white or beige furniture and accessories. 
  • Add some Sunshine. Golden yellows are great pop colors that you can use on cabinets, accent walls or fixed elements in your room to add warmth. Look for a yellow that has a bit of wheat or creamy undertone so it doesn’t appear garish or too bright. 
  • Join the Navy. Navy blue that is, an excellent color to add sophistication, maturity or drama in your room. Works well in a room with a lot of light. Use contrasting pale hues as accents. 
  • A Little Cream. If your comfort zone just won’t push past the white palettes, then try the neutral creamy shades. These creamier shades have a greige or pale beige undertone that isn’t yellow. It will add a bit more warmth. Or just offset your white walls with a stark white trim, fixtures or ceiling. By creating subtle contrasts, you can give your room a soft glow. 
Hope these tips help you out. We never look forward to paint day but it is one of those maintenance tasks that we all need to do in our home. Bring out your inner designer and enjoy where you live.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Grandma’s Cleaners

grandma's cleaners
There was a day when our world was not over chemicalized and quick-fix oriented. A time when knowledge about using natural products to help clean and beautify your environment before DOW chemicals. Well, I found these real easy cleaning recipes that your grandma may have used with a special natural ingredient to make your home smell sweet.

I am talking about all-natural essential oils. Use these to add hint of aroma in the following recipes and clean without harsh chemicals.

All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner
  • 15 drops of oil of lemon 
  • 5 drops of oil of sweet orange 
  • 5 drops of oil of rosemary 
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar 
  • 1 ½ cups of filtered water 
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle, seal and gently shake. The vinegar will be strong for a bit, but its scent disappears, and you’re left with the lingering citrus zing. Bonus; lemon oil is a natural disinfectant; orange oil breaks down grease and rosemary oil have both antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Window Cleaner with Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 
  • 2 cups filtered water 
  • 10 drops oil of lemon 
Again, mix in a spray bottle then use on glass surfaces and polish with a microfiber cloth. The lemon oil will kill off any bacteria present.

Toilet’ de Eucalyptus Cleaner
  • 25 drops oil of eucalyptus 
  • 1/3 cup castile soap 
  • 2 cups filtered water 
  • 1 1/3 cups baking soda 
Use a squeeze bottle and fill with the water, baking soda and eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus is a natural germicide. Seal and shake, add the Castile soap, shake. Apply to toilet bowl and let set for 15 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush as usual and flush with clean water.

These are just a few of the many natural recipes for cleaning that will help you use less chemicals in your home. Essential oils not only make things smell better then have actual cleansing properties too! Let me know in the comments below if you decide to try one of these formulas.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

Friday, March 9, 2018

U.S. Home Price Insights

U.S. Home Price Insights
I recently got a copy of CoreLogic’s Home Price Insights (HPI) for the U.S. and decided to present you with some numbers from the report that might help you decide to buy or sell as the market stands today.

January 2018 National Home Prices
  • Increased year-over-year in January by 6.6 percent compared to January 2017.
  • Increased by 0.5 percent from December 2017.
National Forecast
  • The report indicates that home prices WILL rise by 4.8 percent between January 2018 and January 2019.
  • Home prices are expected to remain flat between January and February 2018.
CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Northaft states that “Entry-level homes have been in particularly short supply, leading to more rapid home-price growth compared with more expensive homes. Homes with a purchase price less than 75 percent of the local area median had price growth of 9.0 percent during the year ending January 2018. Homes that sold for more than 125 percent of median appreciated 5.3 percent over the same 12-month period. Thus, first-time buyers are facing acute affordability challenges in some high-cost areas.”

Affordability Continues to Erode
  • President and CEO of CoreLogic, Frank Martell says that “a rise in mortgage rates coupled with home-price growth further erodes affordability. CoreLogic has identified nearly one-half of the 50 largest metropolitan areas as overvalued. Millennials who are looking to become first-time homeowners find it particularly challenging to find an affordable home in these areas. Our projections continue to show tightness in the entry-level market for the foreseeable future, which could further prevent millennials from purchasing homes in 2018 and 2019, even as much of that generation reaches its prime home-buying years.” 
Here are the top 10 metros that CoreLogic studied.
  • Boston, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 
  • These large cities continue to experience price increases year-over-year with Las Vegas leading the way at 11.7 percent. 
For South Carolina, CoreLogic shows HPI for the following metro areas.
  • Spartanburg SC (Metro), January 2018 (Normal), January 2023 (Normal). 
  • Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin SC (Metro), January 2018 (Normal), January 2023 (Overvalued). 
  • Columbia SC (Metro), January 2018 (Undervalued), January 2023 (Undervalued). 
  • Florence SC (Metro), January 2018 (Undervalued), January 2023 (Normal). 
  • Charleston-North Charleston SC (Metro), January 2018 (Overvalued), January 2023 (Overvalued). 
A few other cross-over places where shown where the market crossed into other states and there was an additional metro area along the coast of S.C. that is currently overvalued and is projected to stay that way. This index is built from industry-leading real-estate public record, servicing and securities databases with more than 40 years of repeat-sales transaction data that undergoes a strict pre-boarding assessment and normalization process.

Based on the outlook above, now is the time to sell or buy. Mortgage rates are still historically low and accessible to most potential buyers. Profit margins are high for sales right now without being ridiculous. Contact me today to get started on your future now!

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

Friday, March 2, 2018

What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process


Points of Interest:
  •         Buyers can purchase a home with a small 3 percent down payment.
  •         Even if you don’t have good credit you may already qualify for a loan.
  •        Contact me as your local Realtor®, so I can help you determine what you can afford.

As a Realtor®, I can help you with the paperwork, I have knowledge about the local market, I will be your negotiation assistant, and help you understand local market pricing.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.