The first sight prospective buyers see when pulling up to an open house is the yard and exterior of the home and this first impression can have a big impact on whether a property sells. Many buyers will connect what they see on the outside of the home with how attractive the inside may be. Improving curb appeal is an important part of selling a home, and it’s also one of the most simple and affordable actions sellers can take. Read more
November is more than halfway gone and your thoughts are already consumed with plans for Thanksgiving. Before you know it there’ll be presents to be wrapped, resolutions to be made and vacation time to be taken. That’s a lot to take in on a Monday morning so before you get too carried away here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:
Uh oh. Was a British housing estate shaped like a swastika?
What’s the answer to soaring rent prices in New York? How about RVs?
Newsday shows there are benefits to home buying during the holidays.
Planetizen has 10 trends guiding the real estate market.
Bigger Pockets has 6 ways to make a good impression to make more money on your home.
Here are some pretty nice houses that were inspired by shipping containers.
How would you like a “wall of shelves” in your home?
And finally, here’s an interesting article ranking the salaries needed to buy a home in 25 cities.
In a conversation the other day, a group of us started talking about how the term ‘green’ is so dated. I never thought about it until that moment but had to agree that the term hasn’t evolved much. Inevitably, we all started brainstorming what new term should replace “green” but never found that perfect word or phrase.
The conversation did get me wondering what groundbreaking innovations are taking place in the green space and how they will impact our homes in the future.
Now I’m an ideas person – not an implementer – just the ideas. I love a sitting around trying to unearth a solution to a problem. I also have an appreciation for those minds that go beyond the idea and actually bring it to life. Read more
The following post is from my lovely wife, Tara. If you know Tara than you know this woman knows how to cook. She loves bold flavors and is a master at baking desserts. So when she says a dessert is the “best ever” you better pay attention. Not only is the apple pie recipe she shares below amazing, but it also represents a marquee memory of home for her, especially this time of year.
It’s that time of year again. What time is that you say? Time for apple cider, apple butter, apple pie, cinnamon apple scones, pork roast with apples, Waldorf salad. Need I go on? It’s fall! It’s apple time.
My most nostalgic memories of fall home life include the scent of apple pie baking in the oven and eating my mother’s one of a kind sheet cake apple pie. She made it for many church potluck dinners and school bake sales, but it became even more special to me throughout my college years when I was far away from home (I grew up in Illinois and attended college in South Carolina). Every fall my mother would send a care package including boxed macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, laundry detergent, etc., and an entire sheet cake apple pie (She sent down a goodie box with a school group that traveled to the school every fall for a competition. I don’t know if the pie would have lasted in the mail). That pie was heavenly.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time when new gaming consoles and hundreds of new games are released just in time for the holiday season. This week is the start of the latest edition of the gaming wars as Sony releases its Playstation 4 just a week ahead of the new console from Microsoft, the Xbox One.
While gaming systems have gone from being child’s play to now robust media centers, they’re single-handedly changing the landscape of homes and family room’s across the globe. No longer are they simply for playing Call of Duty or Need for Speed. They are quite possibly the most powerful computer you have in your home. Read more
If I was a construction worker, I would most certainly be unemployed. Why you ask? Well I happen to be horrible at just about all things that involve a drill or screwdriver. Up until now I’ve been stealthy in my ability to steer clear of highlighting this handicap of mine, that is until I became a homeowner on September 17th.
I’ve begrudgingly come to realize that I don’t have a “landlord” to call anymore when things go wrong in my house. The buck stops with me and I’d be looking for part-time jobs if I spent money every week on getting contractors into my home to do small cosmetic fixes that I could easily do myself.
Last weekend it took my brother and I about 5 hours (no joke) to remove an air conditioner from my lower level window that was left by the previous homeowners. In my rush to get the unit out of the window I accidentally left a pretty sizable hole in the drywall surrounding the window.
Seeing how the hole isn’t gaping, I’m determined to get my Bob Villa on and spackle it myself and repaint it once it dries up. YouTube is a great resource for tutorials of all kinds, so I’m leaning this “Home Repair & Remodeling : How to Repair Minor Drywall Damage” video to guide me.
Here are a few highlights from the video:
Materials you might need
- Tube of white toothpaste
- Lightweight spackle or non-shrink drywall joint compound
- Wide putty knife
- Thin sanding block
1.) If you’re fixing small holes like the kind you get from hanging a photo up, you could use white toothpaste to fill in that hole prior to repainting. Once it dries up it usually gives you a good surface to paint over.
2.) If you’re afraid of using toothpaste, or if the hole is a bit bigger, your best bet would be to use a lightweight spackling compound that you can get from any hardware store. Simply take a scoop of the spackle with your putty knife and press it into the area.
3.) To avoid having to sand, be sure to smooth the hole over by scraping across it in opposite directions after you fill it in with the compound.
4.) Let the spackle dry for about half an hour.
5.) If the spackle dried a little unevenly, you can use a 220 or 300 grit fine sandpaper to sand over the area to make it smooth and suitable for painting.
6.) The hole should be smooth and ready for you to paint over it. If the hole is rather large, you might have to use some primer prior to using your matching paint.
The video demystifies spackling rather well, and I’m looking forward to trying this out this weekend. If you’d like to see some pictures on how to spackle small holes, visit Houzz for another great tutorial on how to get the job done! Wish me luck.
First time home buyers are one of the most inquisitive group of people you will ever come across. They are a sponge for real estate knowledge as they embark on what will most likely be the largest purchase they’ll ever make in their lives. And the person that can best help today’s first time home buyer is a first time home buyer that has just completed the purchase of their first home.
It just so happens I work on this blog with two of those very types of people. Both Gustavo Gonzalez and Lindsay Listanski have bought their first homes in the last few months so I thought they would be best served to help provide some insight to other first time home buyers out there who are currently in the midst of this monumental purchase. Read more
The aerial photos of this $18,950,000 home puts the grandeur and majestic beauty of this nearly 16,000 square foot retreat into proper perspective. The care taken with the design and development of this luxurious estate is only rivaled by its captivating views of snow-capped mountains and the natural beauty of Aspen that surround it.
This once-in-a-lifetime property with 6 bedrooms and 6 en suite bathrooms features luxurious finishes and sophisticated spaces for the most discerning of buyers. From a sprawling top floor Master Suite with his and hers offices, dramatic Great Room with a floor to ceiling fireplace, spa/exercise wing, media area and more; it’d be hard to use this property just as a vacation home!
Seeing how the estate is located in one of the world’s foremost skiing destinations; the home is perfectly located and provides its owners with instant access to the great outdoors. With that being said, you’d be hard pressed to want to leave home when you’re surrounded by priceless views like this:
With inspirational vistas like that, I’d never leave that infinity pool, patio and hot tub. If you’re not done dreaming yet, visit coldwellbanker.com to see more photos of this stunning home listed by Brian Hazen with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate.
I’m all about automating my home. Manage my DVR from my iPhone? Done. Adjust temperature from my tablet? Not a problem. Answering my front door while I’m away? Now that just sounds silly.
Well the folks at Doorbot think that there’s demand for this. The Doorbot device let’s you see and respond to anyone at your front door through your smartphone. If you’re like me you might be wondering why on earth anyone would need this? Obviously, you’re not as popular as some people. Read more