May 2014

Found 20 blog entries for May 2014.

Open House 

Providing that you advertise it adequately, an open house is a great way to show off your home to multiple potential buyers all on the same day. Of course, you always want to show off your home in the best possible light and under the right circumstances.  Your success or failure often boils down to the open house. Home sellers with an excellent open house draw in many potential buyers, while those with a lackluster presentation drive them away. Most home buyers make up their decision based on first impressions, so deciding to take the time and properly set up a great open house is important. Thankfully, by following a few easy steps, brought to you by the best minds in realty, this is achieved without too much hassle or expense.

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Elegance is Underrated

Elegance is subjective, just as beauty is. However, there are some basic principles of elegance which all of us can identify and can differentiate how one home is more elegant than the other. A beautiful space that you reside in is a reflection and extension of you, what you are and what you love. Elegant homes and spaces achieve a finer design aesthetic by bringing together traditional elements with trendy, bold pieces. At times, it may seem challenging to create such a space free of both clutter and stuffiness. What design components are you partial to? What functionality will the room serve? Interior designers have mastered this understated charm, and now it's your turn. Give yourself the room you've been dreaming of by

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 Selena Sells Tarzana Home

The singer-actress and Justin Bieber’s off-and-on girlfriend kept the red front door of the 6,000-plus square-foot home at 19241 Wells Dr. in Tarzana, but she redecorated almost everything else. Gone are the oriental rugs, red plaid dining room chairs and farmhouse decor. In their place: sleek gray paint, glimmering chandeliers and plush, silvery-and-white upholstered furniture.

Selena Gomez is selling her Tarzana, CA ‘starter home,’ asking $3,495,000 for the stunning 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 6,630 square foot compound.  The star of “Wizards of Waverly Place” invested in major upgrades home, which was built in 1956 and has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a three-quarter bath and two half-baths. Its includes a

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Never Skip Home Inspections


One of the final -- yet most important -- steps in purchasing a home is the home inspection. After all, before you buy a property, you need to know if there is anything wrong with it! While everything may appear to be fine, there could be some problems underneath or deep inside the home, and those issues need to be repaired before you sign the final paperwork with the current owners.  (At the very least, you need to know they exist!) Homes consist of many complex components including structural framing, physical components, electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems. So, you need to hire someone to inspect the home you want to buy, or you're a seller trying to find out if there are any hidden

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Rates Decline Again

Mortgage rates fell for the fourth week in a row, with Freddie Mac reporting the average for a 30-year fixed home loan at 4.14%, down from 4.2% last week. Not since the end of October have rates been so low, according to the survey -- an enticement for  borrowers to enter the sputtering housing market or in some cases refinance their homes.  Interest rates have been pushed down as investors, are nervous about the economy, and have abandoned stocks for U.S. Treasuries, according to Mike Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association.

But lower mortgage rates have not boosted the housing market. Applications for mortgages used to purchase homes have been running about 10% behind the pace of a year ago,

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The New Cool

While the baby boomer generation dreamed of owning suburban homes behind white picket fences, a new study shows millennials are choosing to live in cities as people in their great-grandparents’ generation once did—and Austin, TX, is their favorite. According to a recent Nielsen survey, 62% of millennials polled said they preferred to live in urban "mixed-use environments". They also would rather rent than own. Two-thirds of millennials surveyed are renters, and many share residences with family members or roommates.

“For the first time since the 1920s, growth in U.S. cities outpaces growth outside of them,” according to Nielsen. When it comes to finding their perfect rental, millennials who are considering moving to a city may do

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Buyers Paid about $30,000 for a Single Family Home

Detroit's plan to auction homes for as little as $1,000 each has generated great results, at least three homes were bought for more than $30,000. The Detroit Land Bank Authority accepted bids for $30,100, $34,100 and $42,100. Under the rules of the bidding, winning bidders must repaid (rehab) the home, after showing that they have the financial ability to do so and the necessary capability to complete the repairs. And the winner bidder must take occupancy within six months. Under the terms of the agreement, the occupant does not have to be the new owner.

Under the home sales process, which has been named "Building Detroit," a large number of homes have been offered for as little as $1,000.

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What Happened to Customer Appreciation?

Every supplier wants to create and retain a loyal customer who engages in continued profitable business with him. Customer Loyalty is the measure of success of the supplier in maintaining a long term relationship with the customer. If you stay at the same hotels chain consistently when you travel you will get rewarded with free hotels stays and if you travel with the same airline you could earn enough points to get free flights. Many industries reward their loyal customers with incentives and goodies, but this doesn't appear to be the case with pay-tv providers.

"You get something for being a loyal customer in most other industries, says David VanAmburg, managing director of the American Customer

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Own Part of a Ranch

The highest bidders in this June 5 Colorado auction could become overnight cattle ranchers. Each winner gets a 100-acre parcel, making them partners in an organic ranch that produces free-range chicken, organic vegetables and grass-fed beef to supply the Boulder Whole Foods Market. They’ll also have access to horse and hiking trails, lakes and streams stocked with fish and a luxurious lodge for parties and events. It’s an agricultural opportunity with a hint of “Portlandia.” Thirteen 100-acre homesteads are up for bid, starting at $450,000 depending on the specific plot of land.

“It’s a great way to be an instant cowboy. You just have to buy your own cowboy hat,” said broker Billy Long, who thought up the auction idea to move

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To Have That Amount of Money

Director Ron Howard, whose career spans child-acting roles in “The Andy Griffith Show,” Oscar-winning movies, and the cult-favorite sitcom “Arrested Development,” has listed his lakefront Greenwich, CT estate for $27.5 million. Howard and his wife, Cheryl, raised their family on this country estate in Conyers Farm, which borders Armonk NY on Converse Lake.

The this 17,000 square feet shingle-style home has spectacular views of Converse Lake, has 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a two-story library and office, a 14-seat movie theater, an indoor pool, a gym and a yoga  studio. The estate includes a two-bedroom guest cottage, an indoor tennis and basketball complex, an observatory silo, barns, paddocks, a pond and waterfall,

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