• Selling a Home,  Staging

    Seven Days, Seven Projects for a Kitchen that Sells

    (ARA) – In today’s market, selling a home involves much more than posting a “for-sale” sign in the yard. Preparation is key. In fact, experts agree that property appearance and condition play a big role in the home-sale process. While home improvements can increase buyers’ interests, most sellers hesitate to renovate, fearing they may not recoup their costs in the sales price. However, with strategic updates in key rooms, such as kitchens, sellers can increase the value of a home – giving them a leg up on their neighbors to sell more easily and command a higher selling price. With just a week’s time, a small investment and a bit…

  • Buying a Home,  Fall

    Why This Autumn is a Great Time to Buy

    This fall could be a particularly great time for first-time or buyers long out of the market to jump in, say a variety of real estate professionals. Here are the reasons why: Prices are probably as low as they are going to go as the market stabilizes, thanks to the government takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.   Interest rates are likely to decline as Freddie and Fannie get government help.     The Federal Housing Administration recently boosted its loan limits to $729,750 in expensive areas. It’s going to take some of that back come Jan. 1, when the loan limit will shrink to $625,500.   The FHA…

  • Home Decor

    Making the Most of Natural Lighting

    Balance is key for any home, but specifically for each individual space in a home. A good rule of thumb is to make sure major rooms in your home are illuminated from two different directions. Don’t try and achieve relentless light, but rather balance light with shadows. This contrast brings a powerful dynamic to living spaces. If it’s impossible to achieve this balance of light from two different directions, consider implementing a skylight. Skylights are great at subtly bringing more light into a room and diminishing harsher shadows. Natural light also brings warmth to a room in more than one sense. Temperature wise, light contributes added heat that may be…