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Shima 0 comments 05.10.2020

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When selling your home, don’t forget to “stage” items behind doors, cabinets, closets, drawers, etc. Ironically, sellers will pay THOUSANDS of dollars to borrow furniture to make their homes appear more spacious and beautiful, yet leave other areas forgotten.

Remember, staging is used to capture a buyer’s interest, yet the practicality of living there is what keeps or doesn’t keep them intrigued. Buyers LOVE storage.

For example, an unorganized kitchen cabinet may imply there is a lack of space for their own pots, pans, etc. Our goal is to help them be able to imagine themselves living there, by “tricking” them into believing... there’s more than enough space!

This is easy to do by organizing and creating systems in areas with simple tools you probably already own, such as an empty shoebox. We only get one chance at a first impression of your home, and every nook and cranny matters... even those “hidden” behind doors. And trust me, buyers look. 

Subway Tile

Shima 0 comments 05.10.2020

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Subway Tile. Simple, yet chic.

𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚌 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑 𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔. 𝗠𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁? It’s timeless.

Many designers are incorporating it into the kitchen and bath. 

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

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Landscaping

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

Outdoor trees add so much valuable shade and character to our spaces, yet are often forgotten about. 

Give your neglected tree some love and dress it up! Add wind chimes and lanterns on the branches for a whimsical look.  Use the empty area around its trunk to create a finished look with flowers. 

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Have a sturdy enough tree? Build your children their very own treehouse to explore, read, play board games, or hang with friends.

Adding some small decor will enhance the beauty of your trees and help them shine. 

How to get qualified for a house

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

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Unless you intend to buy a home with all cash, you will need to discuss your financial options with a licensed mortgage advisor. 🗣👥 To begin the loan application process, you will need to gather several records. 📝

Above are 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 of the most common documents a lender will ask for.

⭐️ Please remember, I will happily send you a list of my TOP preferred lenders that I have not only worked with and trust- but can ensure their professionalism and reliability in helping you throughout the entire process. 

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Hints of Green

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

Adding subtle forms of earth tones can make any home feel cozy. 

Different hues of green can compliment neutral interiors due to both having strong neutral undertones. Some ways to achieve this look is through wall art, a throw blanket, pillows or real/fake plants.

Keep in mind, it’s important to add this color sparingly. 

If a FLIP for me?

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

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Does the picture above just make you cringe? 😖 This is often a huge red flag for me that a home may come with lots of loose ends due to a poor flip job. 🚩 I mean, was the builder so busy that he couldn’t properly measure this tight corner?

A flipped home is simply a renovated and aesthetically-improved version of a seemingly distressed property. 🔨 Sometimes it’s merely cosmetic changes such as a paint, new carpet, and landscaping- which is why you’ll see a home quickly come back on the market after it’s been “flipped.” 🏡

Determining if YOU should buy a house that’s been flipped comes down to several key indicators, and the most critical is to assure a home has been safely built. A licensed home inspector will help us find any flaws a home may have by inspecting matters we cannot visually see — such as, does the house have a secure foundation, stable walls, consistent water pressure, etc.

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To Remodel or Not?

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

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Can’t help but 𝙵𝙰𝙻𝙻 in love with Tudor-style homes.

There are several features that make them “Tudor,” including steeply pitched roofs with multiple gables, decorative brickwork, and often an iron door that gives it a Medieval look. 

It’s the tall windows that have numerous square or diamond panes for me!  They are so unique and give character to the home! However, “older” homes that feel “outdated” aren’t for everyone. Most first-time buyers are looking for modern and upgraded homes. However, you’d be surprised what you can create from an “old” home. Above is a great example of how YOU can take original architecture and make it modern, all while keeping its traditional features.

Deciding whether an “OLD” home or “NEW” home is for you will depend on several factors, including the amount of work needed to make it functional and what changes you’ll have to do to make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye. 

When viewing homes, it’s not always easy to look beyond outdated features, but I promise if you can look beyond paint color and finishes- you’d be surprised what you could find and even create. 

Remember, there’s always more to what meets the eye in Real Estate. 

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