April 25 2020

Fixer Uppers Are a Thing of the Past for Millennial Homebuyers

by Erin

outdoor kitchen living space

As there has seen an increase in Millenial home buyers over the past few years, there has also been a shift in the types of homes that catch their young eyes.  This age bracket is looking for new homes that are ready to move in. They are passing up homes on the market that are distressed or run down to be able to walk into a move-in ready home. With today’s daily hustle and bustle, there is not very much time to dedicate to remodeling an entire home. Because of this new trend, homeowners that are looking to sell in this everchanging market are spending more on high-end remodeling before placing their homes on the market in order for them to sell.

 

Many Millennials are interested in homes that require very little maintenance and stress. The kitchen space is one of the most visited rooms in the home and detail is everything. Spacious, updated kitchens are a must-have. The aesthetic of granite counters with lots of space for preparing meals and stainless steel appliances as well as a kitchen island has been very appealing. Kitchens are not just about cooking anymore but they must flow with the rest of the home and offer a great space to entertain family and friends. 

 

Homebuyers of today are also looking for smart homes. Anything less than that is a thing of the past. Smart home features have impacted the real estate industry in a major way over the past decade and more new home builders and sellers have made it a priority to include in-home technology for their buyer’s convenience. Millennial buyers are more willing to pay a little more to gain the convenience of connecting to their home from their smartphone with features like a programmable thermostat, home security, and a Ring doorbell as well as streaming their favorite Netflix series.

 

A large number of Millennial buyers are self-employed or work from home. There has been an influx of self-made entrepreneurs and creatives in this age group that requires a space in their new home to let their creativity flow. A dedicated workspace has been an attractive trend on the list. Sellers have been intentional about showcasing a spare bedroom, loft, or nook in the home that would work well as a home office to make the home more appealing. 

 

One of the biggest trends that are evident is the need for large open spaces in the home. Today’s home buyers are looking for lots of natural lighting and fewer walls that would leave them feeling closed in or confined in their living space. Older homes from the past tend to be dark and drab with rooms that are closed off. Companies like Nana Wall help sellers to resolve this issue by installing folding glass walls in homes to offer more indoor-outdoor spaces that can open up to kitchens and bathrooms and provide more natural lighting and an open feel in the home.

 

Every day, home buying trends are changing and evolving in the real estate market and both buyers and sellers have to stay on their toes. Understanding the needs of upcoming home buyers is very essential to the sale of both new and preloved homes. 

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April 17 2020

Find a Luxury San Diego Townhome at an Affordable Price at Solmar

by Erin

 Solmar San Diego Townhomes

Settle into a new three-story townhome home at Solmar at Playa del Sol. This San Diego community of urban condominiums will definitely fit everything on your wish list and then some! There is never a dull moment when you take advantage of the Playa del Sol Recreation Center that includes a brand new fitness hub with a gym, swimming pool, spa, and ample space to host gatherings with friends and family.

Here, you will find floor plans that feature between 2 to 4 bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, a 2 bay garage, as well as up to 1,915 square feet of living space. Each plan includes a great room, walk-in pantry in the spacious kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a tankless water heater on the first floor. You can enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather with an outdoor deck.

 

Solmar is the first of its kind in Playa Del Sol as each floor plan comes complete with smart home technology with its HomeSmart® program. Enjoy the ease of having Amazon Alexa enabled smart home devices that are activated and supported by Amazon. You will have the ability to securely monitor and control who comes and goes all from your smartphone. Your HomeSmart® technology also allows you to save energy at home with lighting and temperature settings while at home or away. WiFi Connectivity is key when ensuring that you stay connected throughout your home whether you connect your smart devices or stream a feel-good movie for family night. 

 

Enroll your growing scholars in nearby well-performing schools. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will attend Ocean View Hills Elementary School and Vista Del Mar Middle School within the San Ysidro Elementary School District. Those that are of the high school age will attend San Ysidro High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District. 

 

Well established homebuilder, Pardee Homes has a 98-year history of providing homes and neighborhoods that offer value, contentment, and community. They have received such rewards as the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Corporate Advocate of the Year for their green and sustainable building practices. Pardee Homes has also been a recipient of the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award for their lifetime commitment to philanthropy.

 

Take a step in the right direction by choosing a home builder that believes in providing smart solutions to homebuyers with great locations, quality construction, community partnerships, and industry-leading green and safe building practices. Explore the possibilities of a luxury lifestyle without the luxury price at Solmar at Playa del Sol starting from the high $300,000’s. You can contact the sales office today to schedule a virtual tour of your new San Diego townhome.

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April 9 2020

April Realtor of the month: Pam Bozkurt

by Erin

April realtor of the month Pam Bozkurt

Our April realtor of the month is Pam Bozkurt, owner and broker of Gosselin Realty. Pam Bozkurt provides the monthly real estate market updates for Apopka and Ocoee, FL. Gosselin Realty is located in Winter Garden, Florida and specializes in communities of Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Apopka, Gotha, and Oakland, as well as some areas of West Orange County Florida.

 

If you are in search of a new home in Orlando, now is a great time to buy! Gosselin Realty has over nineteen years of experience in the real estate market and will help you whether you are looking to buy, sell, or even lease residential or commercial property. Reach out to Pam and her team at Gosselin Realty for all of your real estate needs. 

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April 4 2020

Six Simple Home Projects to Work On While Social Distancing

by racheal

 

With the current pandemic of COVID-19, many have more time on our hands than ever before while being at home. Although eating all of the quarantine snacks and watching every series Netflix has to offer may seem like a great idea, there may be a few other options to keep you occupied while you await further instruction. Tackling your “honey-do list” is a great idea when you’re in search of a project that will occupy your time and also add value to your home. The lines may be a little more bearable at your local hardware store compared to the grocery store right now and you can always order supplies online to be delivered right to your door. Just remember to sanitize anything that gets delivered and handle with care. Here are a few simple home projects to work on while you are practicing social distancing.

 

Add curb appeal

 

Start a small garden in your front yard, paint the steps of your porch, or lay down a brick border along your cement sidewalk or driveway. You can also add a coat of paint to your front door along with upgraded hardware to really make your home stand out to the naked eye.

 

Start a garden

 

Adding a garden of beautiful flowers is the perfect way to brighten your mood during these uncertain times as well as pass the time away. It’s a project that will always keep you busy with maintaining the life of plants and even some fruit and vegetables not to mention fewer trips to the grocery store. 

 

Upcycle old furniture

 

If you have been stashing away those garage sale finds or maybe have a few pieces around your home that need to be updated, now is the time to put in a little elbow grease. The possibilities are simply endless. You could add a coat of paint and new knobs to an old dresser or reupholster an antique accent chair. Revamping just a few pieces in your home can change the entire look of a room or two.

 

Install new house numbers

 

Add a little flair to your address numbers on your home by making them unique. Visitors won’t have any issue finding your home with custom house numbers that differ from your neighbors. You can choose to add color or maybe different style font or enlarge them.

 

 

Paint a room or add an accent wall

 

Social distancing in a home full of plain white walls can be a drag. Grab a bucket of paint and make it a family project that even the kids will enjoy. You can paint one wall to serve as an accent wall or an entire room with fun colors that will brighten up your day.

 

Patch up the drywall around your house

 

Between the family dog and lots of little ones running through the house, it’s safe to say that most homes have a few digs on the walls that tell a story. Take this time to patch up the drywall throughout the house so there are no more small holes and nicks exposed.

Break up the monotony and write a list of all of the things that need to be done around your home or list all of your dream projects and tackle them while you have a few extra moments of time. This is a great way to bond with your family members at home or to clear your mind and listen to your favorite music alone. Keeping yourself productive during this time is a great way to keep your mind at bay.

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