Home improvement projects that pay off

  Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some projects will increase the value of the home to you, while other projects may be more focused on increasing the value to others. That said, as a homeowner who is thinking of selling in the future, it is important to prioritize the projects with the highest return on investment (ROI). According to the California Association of Realtors, here are the top five projects that will…

2019 Interior Design Trends

The new year is here, which means the latest design trends are too! With last year’s emphasis on high contrast, comfort, farmhouse elements, and shades of purple, what can we expect from 2019 interior design trends? Read on to find out. 1. Biophilic Elements Bio-what? “‘Biophilia’ describes the human tendency to connect with nature (NCBI). On average, humans spend 90% of their time inside a building. When humans are separated from a natural environment, our…

Home Size in Today’s Real Estate Market

There are many reasons why people move: from job changes, to schools, to lifestyle desires such as urban or rural living. But did you know that over 60% of Americans wish to downsize their home? Home size is a major factor for owners, renters, and house hunters alike. Only 32% of Americans would choose a home the same size as the one in which they currently live. And among affluent Americans, 53% wish to downsize. According…

Today’s Home Buyers

It’s no secret that the housing market has been hot for the last few years. In America’s most popular metro areas, there simply is not enough supply to meet today’s housing demand. High demand makes prices sky rocket, of course, which begs the question: who are today’s home buyers? Did you know that 44 is the average age of 2016 home buyers? Gen X is still a dominant presence in the housing market. If you’re…

2017 Interior Design Trends

Getting ready to update your home’s look? While last year’s trends were all about comfort and simplicity, 2017 interior design trends focus on being bold, bright, and connected. Here are 5 top trends design experts recommend this year, many of which are departures from 2016: 1. Bright colors Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year were Rose Quartz and Serenity; very reminiscent of baby blue and a subtle pink. But this year, Pantone took a complete 180 with Greenery:…