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Monday, October 24, 2016

Which Architecture Style Is Worth the Most?

Luxury builders have favored the Mediterranean and Tuscan style of homes in recent years, and it’s no wonder: The median list price of that style of home is $749,900.
However, the public’s love with this style of home may be waning. For the past four years, the list price of Mediterranean homes has stalled. On the other hand, more modern home styles are seeing quicker appreciation, surging 37 percent since 2012, according to an analysis by®.
“Modern homes are built to be more energy-efficient, and modern-looking,” says Tim Cannan, president of “It’s easier to heat and cool them, and they’re cheaper to repair as opposed to Mediterranean or Spanish style – those red clay roofs could wind up costing much more. So it’s really the size and scope that determines what people can afford.”
So you know the prices, but which home style is the most popular in the U.S.?
The ranch home is the most popular real estate style in 29 of the 50 states, according to®’s analysis. Ranch homes tend to be able to be built quickly and inexpensively compared to some other styles. Its popularity soared in suburbia with the rise of the automobile culture in the 1960s,® reports.® describes the second most popular architecture style in the U.S. as more “traditional,” which encompasses several classic designs defined by simple rooflines and symmetrical windows.
A closer look reveals quite a few regional architecture differences. For example, in the Northeast, colonial homes – known for their rectangular or box-shaped styles – remain popular. Victorians, on the other hand, are popular in the East Coast and into the Midwest. These homes have intricate moldings and ornate shapes carved into beams, along with pitched roofs, textured shingles, and long front porches.

Differences arise by a state level too. For example,® notes that in Illinois, Georgian home styles are popular while in California the Spanish style rules.You’ll find plenty of Cape Cod homes in New England, and rustic cabins nestled in the Appalachian, Rocky, and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Monday, October 10, 2016

4 Reasons to Buy A Home Now

The fall may be notorious for a slowdown in the housing market. But for home buyers that shouldn’t mean they should go to an early hibernation. For home shoppers, the fall likely will be the best time to buy.
1. Lower home prices.® recently highlighted several reasons why the fall is the best time to purchase a home, including: October can offer the best month for home deals, according to research by RealtyTrac of more than 32 million home sales over the last 15 years. In October, home buyers paid 2.6 percent below the estimated market value at the time for their homes, the study shows. In other words, on a $300,000 home, they could save $7,800 by purchasing it in October.
2. Less competition.
The home buyer rush from the summer days is over. Home shoppers this summer who were rushing to find a home before school started have already found one. Fall home buyers will have less competition. “Many folks will drop out of the market until after the new year,” says Bill Golden of RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside.
3. More leverage.
Home sellers in the fall may be more pressed to sell. They are “generally people who need to sell, which can make for better negotiations for the buyer,” Golden says. The longer a home lingers, the more negotiating power the buyer likely will have. Plus, some sellers may want to get settled in their new home before the holidays and have more incentive to make a deal sooner rather than later.
4. Year-end tax credits.
Home buyers who close on a home by the end of the fiscal year may find a nice tax deduction awaiting them on April 15. They may be able to deduct closing costs, property tax, and mortgage interest to offset their taxable earnings.
Wait, there are more reasons to buy this fall! Check out the full list at®.
Source: “7 Reasons Fall Might Just Be the Best Time to Buy a Home,”® (Sept. 30, 2016)

Monday, October 3, 2016

5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal To Your Listing


Pay attention to the curb appeal of the home you’re showing. From the driveway to the front yard and home exterior, the outside of the home is a big key to buyers’ first impression of a home.
Landscape: It can pay off. Well-landscaped homes get anywhere from a 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent sales boost, according to Alex X. Niemiera, a horticulturist at Virginia Tech. Adding some plants and sprucing up the landscape may be worth it for potentially an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home, according to his research. Make sure the grass is trimmed, clear away any dead limbs or unwanted foliage hanging around the house, and remove any tree branches or bushes that are overcrowding the yard.A recent® article highlights some ways to boost the curb appeal of your listing, including:

Pay attention to the mailbox: “Paint it, polish it, or replace it,” according to the® article.
Check the lights: A front porch light can add some appeal. “Attractive light fixtures can really add to the appeal of a home, even if the lights aren’t on,”® notes.
Clean: Wash the windows. Consider power washing the house to remove any dirt and grime.

Do some touch-ups: The entire house may not require repainting but just certain areas, like the trim and front door. “While you’re at it, consider brightening the fa├žade with a touch of contrasting color,” the article notes. “You’ll be surprised by how a little pop of color can really freshen up the space.”

Friday, September 23, 2016

4 Deep-Cleaning Targets to Help a Home Shine!

Buyers are just more attracted to clean houses. And while a standard job may give a home a momentary shine, a deep clean of hidden spots may help provide the wow factor your listing needs.
1. Use a top-to-bottom approach.The Cleaning Authority offers the following tips on deep

cleaning a home:
Begin at the top: Clear the cobwebs from the corners of the ceiling, dust off light fixtures and ceiling fans, and clean off cabinet tops (including the top of the refrigerator). All of these areas tend to be prime dust collectors. Next, move on to the middle of the home: Wipe down walls, and touch up paint where needed. Remove build-up on light switch panels. Finally, clean the baseboards and floors.
2. Change air conditioner filters.
If the home seems to be perpetually dusty, the A/C filter and ducts may be the culprits. “If the filter needs to be changed or the duct needs repairing, you’re just recirculating the same dust throughout the home,” according to The Cleaning Authority.
3. Zoom in on the bathroom.
Beyond cleaning the typical spots, go further: Clean behind the toilet too. Check for rust where the toilet meets the floor, scrub the hinges on the toilet cap, and polish the shower, tub, and faucet. Also, scrub the bathtub tile. Don’t neglect the rails on a glass shower door.
4. Clean behind the refrigerator.
You may be surprised at what you find behind your fridge, everything from decaying food to even a breeding ground for insects. Pull out the fridge and give it a good scrub underneath.

Monday, September 19, 2016

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