Pinteresting 5: Autumn Inspired Front Porches

Embrace the fall season and everything it has to offer! Turn your home into an pumpkin spice latte this season with these cool front porch ideas! There are a bunch of creative and unique fall-themed decorations and  designs to choose from. Using many classic, fall adornments ranging from pumpkins to haystacks, your front porch can be transformed into an autumn wonderland. Check out some of these amazing fall inspired front porches!

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Spell out BOO on your front porch with Birch Twig Wreaths -- a festive welcome for neighbors, friends, and family who stop by.

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We can't get enough of fall front porch inspo from the Home Channel blog.

 

 

 

 

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Design Trends: Marble/Stone Floors

Marble and stone floors are among the most luxurious of flooring materials. Often found in bathrooms, they can make a statement elsewhere in the home, in kitchens, hallways, entry ways, staircases, and more. It can even be mixed with hardwood flooring to create a spectacular effect. Marble and stone floors are also among some of the most expensive choices for flooring, depending on quality.

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Extravagant bathroom with marble all over and a big big tub... A place to relax! #luxury #bathroom #tub

Floors + ceiling. This is my favorite combination of color and texture.

Small gray u-shaped kitchen clad in polished marble floor tiles boasts stacked gray shaker cabinet fixed above gray shaker lower cabinets accented with polished nickel hardware, an under counter microwave, and a white quartz countertop.

Tundra Tumbled Marble Flooring | An antique finish in a random layout | Mandarin Stone

Calacatta white gloss floor tiles have a stylish marble effect finish in either grey or beige. These large white tiles are made from quality porcelain and are an attractive, hardwearing option for any home. Please contact Direct Tile Warehouse for help with choosing white floor tiles.

Home Buying: Building a Plan of Action

Buying a home will probably rank as one of the biggest personal investments one can make. Being organized and in control will contribute significantly to getting the best home deal possible with the least amount of stress. It’s important to anticipate the steps required to successfully achieve your housing goal and to build a plan of action that gets you there.

Before you can build a plan of action, take the time to lay the groundwork for your decision-making process.

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First, ask yourself how much you can afford to pay for a home. If you’re not sure on the price range, find a lender and get pre-approved. Pre-approval will let you know how much you can afford, allowing you to look for homes in your price range. Getting pre-approved also helps you to alleviate some of the anxieties that come with home buying. You know exactly what you qualify for and at what rate, you know how large your monthly mortgage payments will be, and you know how much you will have for a down payment. Once you are pre-approved, you avoid the frustration of finding homes that you think are perfect, but are not in your price range.

Second, ask yourself where you want to live and what the best location for you and/or your family is. Things to consider:

  • convenience for all family members
  • proximity to work, school
  • crime rate of neighborhood
  • local transportation
  • types of homes in neighborhood, for example condos, town homes, co-ops, newly constructed homes etc.

We are here for any of your home-buying questions. Don’t hesitate to call our office at (858)-755-4663 for more information!

Your Guide To Avoiding Financial Stress When Finding The Right Mortgage

By asking the right questions, and knowing exactly what your needs are, you can find the right loan for you. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortgage shopping that can cost or save you money.

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It is still true that the better qualifications you have, the lower your interest rate will be. However, there are mortgages available for almost everyone; it’s the interest rates or the down payments that vary.

Before speaking with a lender, know what monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable committing to. Then when you discuss mortgage pre-approval with your lender, it is easier for you to determine the monthly amount and what value of home the monthly amount translates into. Do not put yourself in the position where you will be paying more each month than you intended simply because the dream home requires it.

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Do your research on the types of mortgages available to you and find the one that best suits your needs. There are a number of considerations to be made in terms of finding the best mortgage for each individual:

 

 

  • What type of market are you in? Are the interest rates falling or rising?
  • Do you want a fixed mortgage rate, where you will always know what your payment is going to be?
  • What are your long-term goals? Do you intend to resell the property? Do you only need the mortgage for a short time?

Could You Use a Detached Living Space?

Today’s homeowners and homebuyers love detached living spaces. The benefits of a small stand-alone structure on the property includes added room for storage and recreation for extra income.

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Detached living spaces are easy and affordable to design and install.  The additional space can deliver a great return on investment and can also be used in a wide variety of ways including:

Private Rental Space: You can offer the unit on a vacation rental site or lease it to a full-time tenant to bring in some extra income year-round.

Individual Living Quarters: These separate units are perfect for multigenerational families. They can be used by college kids home for summer or elderly parents who need assistance but want privacy. They’re also ideal guest rooms for family and friends coming to visit.

Quiet Home Office: Private, quiet and separated from all the hustle and bustle of the main house, detached units make highly functional home offices for the self-employed entrepreneur or side hustler.

Creative or Leisure Room: Need somewhere to escape and relax? These units are your solution. Personalize them with an art studio, a cozy reading nook, a yoga space or whatever else helps you wind down.

Fun Kids’ Playroom: Give the kids a space of their own with a toy-filled playroom in the backyard. They’re perfect for late-night slumber parties and playing video games with friends.

If you’re interested in building a detached living space on your property, contact us today for recommendations for local contractors and designers. Remember to also look into any municipal or HOA restrictions, as you may need permits before starting your build-out.

Want to learn more about the market’s latest real estate trends and how your house compares? Get in touch today.

 

The Pinteresting 5: Agate Wallpaper

Are you ready for a new and exciting new aesthetic in your home? Get rid of your monotonous wallpaper and give it a face-lift with agate-themed wallpapers.  These Geode inspired designs will make your walls pop! This design can complement any color scheme, as well as make your room  radiate a sense of serenity and tranquility.  Take a look at these photos below for inspiration!

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Violet and pink Agate Geode mural by Murals Wallpaper

Agate Design on Wall with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga | Inspired Powder Baths on the Cafe Blog

blue agate wallpaper    Modern Powder Room, San Francisco, CA

Interieurtrend 2018 - Behangtrends en behang 2018 | FOX andsome

High quality repositionable removable self adhesive wallpaper/ grey geode/agate wall mural

 

 

Home-Buying: How To Find The Right Seller

The best seller is one who is highly motivated. A highly motivated seller is more likely to sell at a price that is less than his or her house is actually worth. And it matters that you find out why. Learning the reason why can help you get the price you want and help the seller get what they want: a timely sale.

When given the opportunity to meet with sellers, ask them why they are selling. The reason could be anything, such as a job change to a new location or financial problems. If you can solve their problem, whether it is cash related or time related, do so. For example, if the sellers are highly motivated because they need to move quickly, give them a fast sale – and a lower price. If you can make an offer, even a low one, that gives them cash in a short time, they are more likely to accept.

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There are also some sellers that you should avoid. Not every seller is as genuinely motivated as they make themselves to be. Some possible hints:

  • they stall on having the home appraised or inspected
  • they are unable to clear up liens against their property
  • they do not own 100% of their property
  • they push back the move-out date
  • they do not have a replacement property or back up plan
  • etc.

It is impossible to find the perfect seller. But it is possible to find out which sellers are legit and which ones aren’t.