Three Helpful Tips for Listing Your Home over the Holidays
Most people think that the year's end is a quiet period in the real estate calendar, so they hold off listing their homes until spring. But data released by Realtor.com ahead of last year's festive season revealed a significant surge in online property searches around Black Friday. And December 28th was one of the busiest days for real estate searches in the entire year. Listing your home ahead of the celebrations can pay dividends!
Sellers who list their properties in November and December receive a serious amount of... Read More
Low Home Inventory Impacts Sales; Home Builders' Confidence Up
In the current housing market, inventory is low for both new and existing homes. And it seems most home builders see an opportunity to add to the supply. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence has increased by six points. The index climbed to 65 in September, the highest the HMI has reached since October 2015. Now in its 30th year, the HMI takes stock of... Read More
Home Improvement: What's Old
Is New Again
Fall is a popular time for home improvement, as people want to impress their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique.
Simply put, what's old is new again. Homeowners are gravitating to classic and timeworn elements to give their home a traditional feel.
Character is not something every home is born with. Newer construction often sacrifices some of the charm or detail of older home styles, which can... Read More
Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Pie
Makes one nine-inch pie
Pumpkin pies are popular around the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's a pumpkin pie recipe with a delicious twist: cream cheese!
1 unbaked pie shell
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces cream cheese
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs... Read More
Benefits of Adding a Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands continue to be a popular item in renovations and remodeling. They provide multiple benefits including a potentially higher home resale value and improved functionality. The size of coveted kitchen islands has grown over the years as more people realize their functional versatility in everyday life. If you're considering adding a kitchen island during your remodel or renovation, consider these benefits to help you make the best choice:
Amenities: A kitchen island can give you space for food preparation, homework, business work, and so much more. You can add a second sink, additional stove, or even put in a wine cooler if you love entertaining. If you don't want a permanent island, you can choose a moveable kitchen island that includes several custom amenities to meet your needs.
Seating: In-kitchen dining options make it faster and easier to get... Read More