May 28 2021

7 Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space This Summer

by Erin

Inexpensive Outdoor Living Space

With the Spring season coming to a close, summer is just around the corner. The warm weather is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor living space and enjoy the fruits of your labor. In this article, we’re sharing a few great inexpensive ways to revive up your backyard in your new home so you can show it off this summer!

 

Build an Outdoor Firepitome

 

Imagine cozying up with family and friends after the sun sets near a beautiful flame in your backyard. You can make it happen by building your own outdoor fire pit with a bit of elbow grease. This can become an easy DIY project that you’ll be proud of. You can roast marshmallows and tells scary stories with the kids or simply relax next to your new fire pit with a good book in hand.

 

Paint Your Fence

 

One of the easiest ways to make a difference in any space, whether outdoors or indoors, is by adding a little color. Take that old brown fence from drab to fab with your choice of paint color this summer to make a statement and refresh your outdoor living space. 

 

Revive Old Patio Furniture

 

If you haven’t used your patio furniture all year, it’s probably time to dust it off and give it a good deep clean in preparation for all of your backyard shindigs coming up this summer. Not everyone can purchase brand new future, but a couple of cans of spray paint may do just the thing. Restore those rusted metal chairs with a few coats of spray paint, and no one will ever notice. This method works great for wicker as well.

 

Plant Flowers

 

You can plant inexpensive flowers that are in season to brighten up and heighten the look of your backyard. Perennials are a great flower to start with, and they come back each year which makes them a fantastic investment. Your neighbors will envy you and your pockets with thank you.

 

Set the Mood with Lighting

 

Adding outdoor lighting provides the perfect touch to your backyard living space. You can wrap your trees, tables, and even fences with affordable string lights to add a romantic feel. Outdoor lights are perfect for eating dinner after dark and enjoying a fantastic summer evening with the ones you love.

 

Purchase an Outdoor Rug

 

Outdoor rugs are a great affordable way to elevate your outdoor living space! Adding an outdoor rug to your backyard provides your space with more color and personality with little to no effort.

 

Create an Outdoor Dining Space

 

Who doesn’t love to eat outside during the summer? You can bring your favorite meals outdoors with a table and few chairs that complement the space, and voila! Savor your first cup of brew with your morning paper or fire up the grill and dig into some tasty barbeque at your outdoor dining space. 

 

However you decide to revamp your backyard living space, get creative and have fun with it. Once your work is complete, it will quickly become your favorite outdoor hangout spot. After a long day’s work, retreating to your outdoor living space to relax is the perfect way to end your day. 

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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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March 20 2020

To Buy or Not to Buy? Is Buying a Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic a Good Idea?

by racheal

For sale sign in front of a new home

The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has many people up in arms across the globe and for good reason with over 13,000 known cases reported in the U. S. alone.  This virus has hit the economy in a major way with an interruption and even a complete halt of supply chain productions. Along with the travel industry and foodservice industry, this is bringing up concerns for the future of the real estate market during these trying times. Not even real estate is immune from the impact of the Coronavirus.

 

The Pandemic has affected everyone

 

Due to the urge of having to self-quarantine and the push for school closures across the U. S. for several weeks, many American workers have been forced to stay at home with their children, and many have been left jobless as a result of this. For those companies that do not offer the option or ability for their employees to work from home, many are left wondering how they will be able to pay their bills and feed their families in the coming months. Many small business owners have also seen a vast decline in sales with people remaining isolated.

 

Emotions are leading most decisions to buy real estate right now

 

With stats changing daily and many living in a world of uncertainty, it can be easy to question what to do with some of the biggest financial transactions such as buying or even selling a home. Although many people will have less money and less access to funds during this time, the real estate market has not yet been deeply affected as some may think. There is a slight decrease in both buyers and sellers due to the current state of the world right now based mainly on emotion. 

 

Some seem more optimistic and eager to buy while rates in the housing market are so low. Those willing to enter the housing market with high hopes have the benefit of low rates and are jumping on the opportunity pretty quickly. The housing stock will be more attractive to many than what it is to rent being that some are currently considering buying a new home to take in more family members during the time because of the effects of the pandemic.

 

There may be opportunities for price discounts for those buyers that choose to stay in the market during this time while others are pulling out allowing their emotions to get the best of them which is truly understandable.

 

What does the future of the real estate market look like?

 

There is a possibility that history can have its way of repeating itself. We can look at recent historical events such as the Swine Flu, SARS epidemic, and MERS and other aggressive Flu strains to get an idea of how the COVID-19 will affect the housing market in the coming months. History has shown that the housing market typically can remain stable during disruptions like these with only a slight fall in sales. Although this may be true, the economic impact of the pandemic COVID-19 is greater than the impact of SARS and others like it. It may take a little longer to see a significant rise in sales again when things finally begin to blow over.

 

As far as a long term outlook on the effects of the Coronavirus to the housing market, home prices may remain flat or creep up slower than they have since 2012. In short term, realtors are already seeing a decline of 10% in home sales due to loss of employment with citizens having to self-quarantine and make use of social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading this virus.

 

If you are on the fence about what your next steps should be during this very uncertain time, just know that you are not alone. The decision of whether or not to buy or sell during this time is simply situational. Take the time to weigh out the pros and cons and evaluate your current and possible financial situation to make the decision that is best for you and your family. The coronavirus will have a positive impact on the U. S. Real Estate market if the interest rates remain low and if you are willing to take the risk, right now is a good time to get your feet wet and experience more inventory, low-interest rates, and better pricing.

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