SMART HOME DEVICES THAT WILL INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME

  As the world is moving forward day by day, so should you. Even if you feel lazy and do not want to do it, well we are here to give you a very good reason you should jump on the technology bandwagon. As technology improves, it makes it more accessible and affordable. Smart Home Devices or upgrades in your home won’t only make your home more convenient, comfortable and efficient but these affordable upgrades would drastically increase the value of your home if you consider selling your home. Millenials consist a great portion of the present real estate market and it would be very unwise to ignore them. Here is a list of some smart home devices or products to make your home more convenient and bump its price. Smart Door lock: Upgrading to a smart door lock gives you the convenience of never having to carry keys around or hiding a spare somewhere where all your neighbors and thieves know where to check. Smart door locks can use WIFI and/or Bluetooth to connect t…
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Counting Countertops: Material Options Abound

The kitchen is one of your home’s most important rooms – if not the most important room – and a place where both functionality and aesthetics are vital. Countertops are a centerpiece of any kitchen, but selecting the best one for your own residence can be tough, as there is a wide range of material choices on the market, from natural stone to ceramic tile to concrete and more. Check out the information below to help make a decision.     GRANITE · Granite is the most popular countertop choice for homebuyers and remodelers. The stone is tough, and stunning, and it’s a great long-term investment. As with all natural stone, each granite slab is unique. It’s a good idea (and a fun excursion) to visit a stone supplier to choose your own slab of granite for your kitchen.   Pros: very hard; holds up to heat, cuts and scratches, and, when properly sealed, resists stains as well; one-of-a-kind slabs are available in a wide range of colors; will last a lifetime; adds v…
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Black Is Back: A Paint Consideration for 2018

Every year, paint companies unveil, to great anticipation, a “color of the year.” As Architectural Digest noted in a recent article online, “Benjamin Moore shocked color enthusiasts when it named what is technically a lack of color as its 2016 color of the year: Simply White. For 2018, one company is swinging in the opposite direction, making the case for black paint. PPG announced the colors of the year for its three brands this week, and all of them are various shades of black.”   PPG’s 2018 color is Black Flame, while its Olympic brand shade is Black Magic, and Glidden’s is Deep Onyx. “In past years, consumers have gravitated toward open, airy spaces that are thought to leave room for exposure,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior color marketing manager for Olympic paint. “However, in the current day, consumers often feel uneasy, restless, or like their privacy is being invaded, so they crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of dai…
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Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate is one of three main types of real estate. This type of real estate has to deal with real estate property solely used for business purposes, such as office parks, restaurants, and malls. There are four different types of commercial real estate leases with each requiring different responsibilities of landlord and tenant. A gross lease lets the tenant pay only rent, and the landlord pays for property tax, insurance, and maintenance. A single net lease requires a tenant pay rent and property taxes.  A double-net lease requires a tenant pay rent, property tax, and insurance. Lastly, a triple-net lease pay requires a tenant to pay rent, maintenance, property taxes and insurance. Investors are greatly encouraged to invest in this type of real estate and here are some of the reasons to do so. Commercial real estate property always garners a higher rent per square foot than residential real estate property and therefore commercial real estate property is…
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Guest Room Upgrades

Whether you are staging your home in preparation to sell, or just trying to improve the space for your overnight guests, these decorating tips can elevate your spare room to a luxurious escape.  

 Swap out your hanging hand towel for an array of smaller towels

Add a scented candle or fragrance diffuser 

Have a nightstand and bedside light 

Provide some extra toiletries 

Include a bouquet of fresh flowers

  These simple tips will effortlessly transform the room and will make your guests feel like they are vacationing at The Ritz!
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Front Door Feng Shui

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging your environment to attract peace and harmony. The feng shui principles of your home are based on the balance of the five elements, (wood, fire, water, earth, and metal), as well as the direction your home faces (south, east, north, and west.) The front door is considered to be the most importance aspect of your home's feng shui, as it determines the quality of energy entering your home. The most auspicious color of your door is based on the direction your home is facing. Whether you are selling your home or are just ready for a new paint job, whip out your compass and check out these colors for good fortune:  

East Facing Door 

The feng shui element of the east is wood. If you have an east facing door you should gravitate towards earthy tones like green or brown.  

South Facing Door

The feng shui element of the south is fire. …
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Real Estate Vocab For The First Time Buyer

Congratulations, it is time to purchase your first home! While this experience is exciting, it can also be intimidating. To make your home buying adventure as easy and memorable as possible, our HomesIn real estate team has compiled all the words you need to know. Here is your Home Buying Cheat Sheet: Real Estate Agent / Real Estate Broker / Relator: An agent has procured their state licensure and works under the supervision of a brokerage, a broker is an agent with an additional license who can sell homes on their own, and a relator belongs to the National Association of Relators. Offer: This is the deal between the buyer and seller. When working with an agent, you will tell them your offer, and they will communicate that to the home owners. This can also be referred to as a sales contract. Contingent: When a sale offer has been accepted, but is subject to change due to extenuating circumstances. For example, a sale can be contingent upon the completion of a home in…
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Kitchen Trends for Real Estate

Whether you are purchasing a new house, flipping a property, or just making some improvements on your current home the kitchen is always a great place to start. Serving as one of the focal points in a home, the design and functionality of the kitchen tends to influence buyers. Unsure what to look for when purchasing a new place? Just trying to spruce up your old spot? Here are the top ten kitchen trends of the year to provide some decor inspiration.

The Statement Floor

Open Shelving

Clever Storage

All White Everything

Emerald Green Cabinets + Accents

Copper Furnishing

Handle-less Cabinets

Stained Wood

Industrial Concrete

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How to Choose The Right Real Estate Agent

You’ve finally decided it’s time for a change, but before you can make your move a reality, you first need to find the perfect agent to help you make it happen. In an average sized city, there can be up to forty different realty groups that contain anywhere from 10-15 agents each, so out of 130 qualified, smiling faces, how do you even begin to find the perfect one to help sell or buy your house? First, find an agent who deals with sales and transactions within your price range. If you’re buying a $500,000 house, you don’t want an agent who deals with trailers or condos. Make sure they have experience with what you’re looking for in order to minimize the chances of getting taken advantage of by potential home buyers or sellers. Stray away from connections. I know it sounds great to help your sister-in-law or best friend gain commission on your sale, but it is often very helpful to have someone separated from the situation be in charge. Perhaps they have an idea …
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The Benefits of Real Estate Blogging

In this digital age, it seems like every company has turned to blogging as a mode of communication with customers. Many real estate agents may be wondering what the benefit of blogging is, and whether the effort of producing original content will be worth the reward. Check out the top three perks of real estate blogging, and how it can benefit your business and brand: Increased web traffic You may have heard the term “SEO” thrown around in the blogging world, but many are unsure as to what it actually means. Search Engine Optimization aims to maximize the number of clicks your website receives by ensuring the site appears higher up on the list of search results. By creating original content you drive more traffic to your site and increase your search visibility, allowing for more visitors to find your site. Social Media Presence Facebook recently reported that they have over 1.4 billion monthly active users. Marketing companies have taken advantage of this ca…
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