Creating Inside Comfort Outside

It's never to early to start planning how you'll use your outdoor space next year!

Do you enjoy making your home into a comfortable, cozy place where you can relax and enjoy yourself in peace? There are simple ways to make your outdoor space just as relaxing. With the addition of a number of items, you can enjoy serenity in your yard just as much as you can in your living room.

The right outdoor addition for your lifestyle will depend on what kind of use you plan to get out of it. If you have a large outdoor space, a gazebo and couple of chairs and a small table offer a great atmosphere for an outdoor lunch or morning coffee, a relaxing getaway for reading or catching up on emails. 

Even if you only have a very small space to work with, you can personalize the space through details such as a large outdoor rug or ambient lighting. Outdoor pillows will help make any sort of outdoor space cozy and inviting.

Whether you build yourself a cozy nook or create an area fit to be the life of any party, future homebuyers love to purchase homes with outdoor entertaining spaces.

Home Value Boosting Bathroom Designs

  Bathroom at Beautiful 819 N Uber St

Bathroom at Beautiful 819 N Uber St

When it comes to adding value to your property, the experts in real estate will agree that beautiful bathrooms are a big plus in fueling buyer interest and higher offers. (Just take a look at that one above!)

Buyers often dread the work, mess, and expense of bathroom remodels and are often willing to pay a higher price to have it turnkey and done for them. And with today’s low interest rates, paying just a little higher price for move in ready has a small impact on their monthly payment.

If you aren’t currently remodeling to sell, it’s still a good idea to plan your bathroom upgrade as if you were, in order to ensure a solid future return on your investment.

Look at what’s popular, and yet will also be classic enough to stand the test of time. Bright colors, flashy motifs and trendy designs are fun, but will you ultimately grow weary of it and will it look dated a few years from now?

Models homes are a fun and excellent source of ideas for design, builders typically have to be strategic about their budget and know exactly what features create the “Wow Factor” without breaking the bank. Start a folder with your favorite pictures and fixtures. When you meet with your contractor you can give them your grand vision and then winnow it down to the budget as needed.

It’s expensive and invasive to do your bathroom makeover, so many contractors recommend having your complete plan organized and all fixtures, flooring, and necessary materials gathered before beginning the project. This can eliminate lengthy delays with a bathroom that is unusable as you wait for any needed fixtures to arrive. Getting ahead of this will allow your project to go smoothly!

Low Cost Touch Ups for Your Home

Whether you are selling your home or just sprucing it up for your own enjoyment, here are a few tips for quick and affordable impact:

  • Freshen your paint

  • Consider a splash of color to add interest

  • Change light bulbs to brighten the room and save energy

  • Clean carpets and wash windows

  • Less is more in modern décor, eliminate unnecessary items

  • Rearrange furniture for a more open feeling

  • Replace old draperies and curtains with wood blinds

  • A little fertilizer and weed control make a big difference

Consider a curb to curb inspection to spot obvious repair-needed areas that detract from curb appeal.

When updating and remodeling your home, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and spend more than you planned. Set a budget and be mindful of preferred decorating style in your area, if you may be selling the future.

If indeed you feel that you may sell your home within the next few years, be cautious when remodeling, as statistics show that the more you spend, the lower percentage of return on your investment you will be likely to realize. Along those same lines, be careful to not overbuild for the area.

If you are planning to fix to sell, it is always best to ask the advice of an experienced local real estate agent. They can guide you on what buyers want, as well as help you not overdo or overbuild for the neighborhood. As a plus, they may also be able to recommend quality vendors to do the job for you.

I’m Planning a Move; When Should I Reach Out to a Real Estate Agent?

Sellers today have access to endless data and information, making it easier than ever before when it comes to beginning to plan their next move.

If a move is in your future and you do not have a pressing deadline, it is wise to get a jump start on your planning. This advanced planning can potentially help you correctly time the market, reduce stress, and maximize profit.

But how far in advance should you start to plan?

If you Google this question you will see all sorts of articles and advice. However, this well-meaning advice may not fit your situation. There are many important factors to consider:

  • The seasonality of your market – when is the best time of year to sell in your area?

  • Best timing for you family – for example, the end of the school year?

  • How much time do you need to allow for the work you want to do in order to prepare the home for sale?

Each homeowner’s situation is unique and often the best step is to consult with an experienced real estate professional early in the planning.  While you may not yet be ready to list the home for sale, a quality real estate agent would be delighted to spend time with you in advance to help create an appropriate sales strategy and customized marketing proposal.

This type of professional consult may help you dial in the details of your move. An agent can also help you avoid spending money on items to prep the home for sale by advising you on changes that are not valuable or necessary. This consult can even help you or connect you to the help you need to shop your next destination.

Q3 Philadelphia Residential Real Estate Report

Crisp autumn air, cool temperatures, leaf covered sidewalks, football, cheesesteaks: it’s fall in Philadelphia! We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather, and making the most out of the fall season.

Philadelphia’s housing market has remained busy, but we’ve seen it start to settle down after the above average period of growth ween last year and early this year.

At 3,974 units, Inventory is up from an all time low in March, but still much lower than the historic average of around 6000 units.The average price of Philadelphia homes rose modestly, increasing by 2.1% in Q3, but overall prices are decelerating after several years of above-average growth. Despite recent cooling in home prices, sales are up 14.6% of Q3 2017 -- this is the second-highest volume of quarterly home sales since the current market began its post-recession expansion in 2012.

Looking at the Center City Philadelphia specifically, the average days on market has decreased from 46 days in 3rd Quarter 2017 to 44 days in 3rd Quarter 2018. Inventory has remained at nearly the same level, increase from 3,369 units to 3,377 units. The average sold price has increased from $347,847 to $350,880.

House price changes in individual submarkets were mostly positive but also relatively modest. Center City/Fairmount (-1.3%), South Philadelphia (+0.6%), Northwest Philadelphia (+0.7%), West Philadelphia (+2.4%), Lower Northeast Philadelphia (+2.5%), Upper Northeast Philadelphia (+2.6%), Kensington/Frankford (+3.4%), North Philadelphia (+3.7%) and University City (+6.2%).

How does the future look? The market still solid, but is settling down after a period of rapid growth. It is still a great time to sell or buy. Interest rates have been on the rise since summer, but are still historically low; and although inventory is low, sales have remained high. To be successful, sellers should take steps to ensure their property is immaculate, priced right, and cutting edge marketing is implemented.

We hope you found this overview informative. Please feel free to reach out if you would like more details on the Philadelphia Real Estate Market, or if you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling in the near future.

*Information for this report sourced from Lindy Institute of Urban Innovation at Drexel University http://drexel.edu/lindyinstitute/


Keys to Time Management

Time management is an important key to success. No matter what your profession, time management is essential for you to stay organized and productive and free up valuable time to spend doing some of the things you enjoy and spending it with those you love.

To properly manage your time, it is essential that you create a schedule and stick to it. Start to organize yourself by looking at those things in your life that you are saying yes to. Try giving yourself 24 hours to think about new commitments before saying yes.

Then go into your calendar and insert your personal non-negotiable items. Let’s say that every morning, you want to be at the gym at 6 o’clock, because that keeps you healthy. That’s a non-negotiable, put that in. Maybe every single day, you want to pick your kids up from school at 3 o’clock, get them home, get them started on their homework, and that’s a non-negotiable. Put those non-negotiable personal items in your calendar.

Determine your start and end time for work and then time block your work activities.

Reserve the morning for those items that need your focus and attention the most, the morning is when you are usually most productive.

Time block the rest of your activities so that you have structure to your day. Find ways to delegate low cost items as you can afford to do so. Utilize delivery services and cleaners to save time, if you are able to. Make sure you set 30 minutes a day aside for yourself.

Try keeping a time log for a week to help fine tune your efficiency, so you can see where you are spending most of your time.

You are going to be so glad that you have everything scheduled. It will give you a sense of peace, and a lot more freedom!

Tips for Debt Reduction

In the 2017 study done by Nerd Wallet it was found that the average American household with credit card debt has a balance of $15,654 and households with any kind of debt owe on average $131,431 (including mortgages).

One important factor that this study revealed was that Americans are putting medical expenses on credit cards. In addition to that, a significant amount of those surveyed said the biggest reason for their debt was unnecessary spending. The study conducted found that one reason for this debt is that Americans are faced with an increase in expenses such as food and medical and these expenses have increased at a faster pace than the increase in income.

So, if you are in debt what can you do to dig yourself out of it? Dave Ramsey recommends the “Snowball.” He describes the “Snowball” as a process where you list your debts from the smallest balance to the largest balance. You focus on paying of the smallest balance first while paying the minimum payment on all other debts. Once the first debt is paid off continue on down the list going to the next smallest balance.

As you pay off each of these balances it continues to free up more cash. Because you have eliminated the monthly payment of that debt it then allows you to put more cash toward paying off the next debt. The more balances you pay off the more money you have to pay off the next one. Soon you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel to becoming debt free.

To help prevent getting into further debt you should also focus on putting money into a savings account for emergency situations so that your credit card is not used for these emergency expenses.

Ramsey recommends that you save $1,000 before you even begin to pay off your debt.

Debt accumulates for many reasons. It could be student loans, medical expenses, credit cards, whatever the debt may be the most important thing is to create a plan to pay it off and stick to that plan until you are debt free.

Take Your Bathroom from 😐 to 😍 with These Simple Updates

If you want to spruce up your bathroom but you don’t want any remodeling involved, try a few of these simple updates to give your bathroom an updated look and feel.

1. New Hardware- replace your old towel bar, toilet paper holder, hand towel holder, and vanity knobs with new modern ones.

2. New Shower Curtain and Towels- By hanging a new shower curtain, towels and hand towels your bathroom will have a whole new look and feel. Try a pop of color to add some brightness to the room.

3. Paint the Walls- A new coat of paint is one of the best ways to create the biggest change.

4. Hang a New Mirror- Replace your old mirror with one that has a bit of character.

5. Add a Backsplash- A simple backsplash above your vanity will help give your bathroom that custom look.

You don’t have to go through all the work of a remodel in order to make a big difference!

10 Things You Can Do Now to Add Value to Your Home

It's starting to look like fall here in Philadelphia! With the cooler weather (finally) here, we're feeling inspired to do more around the house. Here are some great ideas you can do now to help add value to your home!

1. Even though your home is not for sale, take a tour of your home pretending to be a potential buyer. Turn a critical eye to the small things you’ve overlooked or learned to live with. Make a list.

2. Most people are well aware of “problem” areas in their homes. Whether yours is a garage that needs organizing or bathroom tile that needs re-grouting, take care of it. Do the little things first.


3. There are many excellent books and videos on how to make rooms look larger: effective lighting, easy window treatments and creating a strong visual appeal. Obtain some, and analyze the impression your home makes on others.

4. How much storage space do you have? Is it neat, well organized and uncluttered? If not, consider some of the easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself closet systems available today.

5. Is the exterior of your dwelling all that it could be? If not, sometimes it is the little things that make a house look its best. Paint the trim, or just the front door. Add a bright new mailbox.

6. Speak to your local paint or wallpaper supplier. They are often willing to provide helpful information on selection and how to do it yourself.

7. Talk to your real estate professional about what buyers like and don’t like about houses that they see.

8. Pay particular attention to the foundation, walls, steps, railings, ceilings and floors. If they are in need of repair, it can create an impression, even if false, that the house is not structurally sound.

9. Your yard is another area to look at critically. Are the plants overgrown? Cut them back. Is it bare? Most counties have agricultural offices that can offer advice on the best and quickest growing plants and trees for your climate.

10. When you’ve done all the little things that help make your home its most appealing, decide if there are major improvements which will add value when you decide to sell.

For a competitive market analysis of your home, reply to this email and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

For Real Estate Advice that pertains to financial, legal, or tax related information contact the professionals in those fields. The practice of Real Estate representation can vary by state. Ask your Real Estate Representative for agency information pertaining to your state and company.

What if My House Doesn't Pass Inspection?

The fall real estate market is in full swing; which means home inspectors are busier than ever. A home inspection is a crucial part of the home buying process, but what exactly does a home inspection cover?

Unlike a class or test in school, houses don’t technically “pass” or “fail” an inspection. Instead, your inspection report gives you a clear picture of any issues with the home and provides you with recommendations for repairs or further inspection by a specialist.

inspection report in hand, you and your agent can make an educated decision on whether to move forward with this home purchase, or terminate the contract based on the inspection findings.

Don’t automatically assume you picked a bad house if your inspector hands you a lengthy report of issues; inspectors are trained to find every potential problem. Your agent will guide your focus to the issues that need your attention.

Inspections can be unnerving. But remember, no house is perfect. Houses are living breathing things that need maintenance no matter what. Even brand new construction will have items that need to be addressed.

We have several tried and true inspectors we’d be happy to recommend. Just reply to this email to reach Your Trusted Experts for Every Move at Invest Philly! 

A Cozy Home

Your home should be a place you, your friends and family can comfortably enjoy. You want your home to be a place that is inviting and relaxing where even the most unexpected guests will feel at home.

Making your home more cozy doesn’t have to be hard and can be done with a few changes to your décor.

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Adding soft throw blankets and pillows to your couch and chairs will instantly soften up the room. Don’t be afraid to mix textures to make it even more inviting.

Mix and Match- It’s okay to mix and match different styles just keep a common color throughout that will help tie the pieces together.

Add a Little Vintage- Shop your local thrift stores and vintage markets to find some accessories that will add a sense of charm and history to your home. Reclaimed wood, whether in a piece of art or furniture, is another vintage element that can add some warmth to your home.

Layer Your Window Treatments- Layering drapes over your window shades will instantly soften the room.

Display Family Photos- Feel more at home by displaying photos of those you share it with and who are closest to your heart.

Play With Paint Color- Adding a warmer color of paint to a built-in or other architectural element in your home can add a sense of warmth.

Your home should be a place that reflects your family’s personality and style. Choose elements that you love. Collect items over time that have meaning, and select furniture that is comfortable yet sophisticated.


Why Do I Need a Pre Approval?

It's been a rainy week here in Philadelphia, but it looks like that crisp fall weather we love will be coming soon -- great home buying weather! 

If you're getting ready to start (or get back into) home shopping, read on to find out why getting a pre approval is an important part of the process.

Remember, to successfully navigate the current market, you must act quickly and be ready to strike while the iron is hot! That’s why you NEED a pre-approval from your lender. Having a current preapproval allows your buyer’s agent to submit a complete offer on your behalf and shows the seller you are serious and qualified to purchase his or her home.

Your agent will also have you complete a BFI (Buyer’s Financial Information) Form to accompany your offer. This form provides sellers with an in-depth look at your financials, showing not only are you qualified by a bank or lender, but your income, savings and assets. Hard proof that you are ready, willing and able.

3 Best Remodeling Projects For A Jump In Home Value

Are you thinking about listing your home soon? Here are a few renovation ideas that will help you get the most out of your home sale. 

According to the most recent nationwide research, the following home remodeling projects will give you the best Return On Investment (ROI), for your remodeling projects this year. Fortunately, they are also relatively inexpensive, fast and easy to do.

Number One, in a surprising first place finish for the highest ROI, and in fact, the only home improvement you can make that will return more than you spend is adding loose-fill fiberglass insulation in your attic. On a national average, this improvement will give you a 107.7% ROI.

When adding the insulation, it should be placed on top of the existing insulation. The fiberglass loosefill is then applied until a thickness equating with R-30 insulation value is reached.

Few buyers want to move into a home that has delayed maintenance problems. Buyers know a well-insulated home will save them money and is an indication the home has been kept up well and properly maintained.

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At number two, the second best remodeling improvement you can make to improve your home’s value is replacing your home’s front door. First impressions count a lot. When a buyer walks up to the front of your home, they want to be impressed.Buyers know if they are impressed when they walk up to their new home, their friends and family will be impressed when they come to visit. And who doesn’t want to impress their friends and family who come to visit them in their new home?


However, you can’t replace your front door with just any new, front door. Research has found the type of front door that gives the highest ROI is of a very specific design.

For the highest ROI, you need to replace your existing front door and jambs with a new 20-gauge steel door, including a clear dual-pane half-glass panel, jambs, and an aluminum threshold with a composite stop. The door must be factory finished and of the same color on both sides.

So pick one, two, or all of these projects to complete and you will be thrilled with your new, higher home value.

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! Enjoy the extra day to rest and relax!

With the end of Summer coming, we're getting ready for the Fall Real Estate Market. It's an exciting and BUSY time of year for us, and great time to consider buying or selling!

Summer activities are wrapping up, kids are back in school, routines are returning to normal, and homeowners who have been thinking about selling finally have time to make it happen...which is great because the sunny weather and vivid fall colors help a house photograph and look its best!

The calmer pace and nice weather of the season, along with fresh inventory encourage buyers who may have put home shopping on hold to get back into it!

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Ready to Jump into the Fall Market?

 

We're Ready to Help! Just reach out to us at eli@investphilly.com or by phone 215.731.4116 to get started!

Your Guide to Getting a Mortgage


Getting a mortgage takes more than the click of a button, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Follow these steps below to set yourself up for success.

Get Pre-Approved
Often confused with a pre-qualification, a pre-approval demonstrates your lender’s willingness to lend you money, while a pre-qualification is only their best estimate how much you could potentially borrow. To issue a pre-approval, your lender will require detailed financial records, including 30 days of paystubs, federal tax returns, W-2s, and proof of funds, to name a few.
 
Ace The Home Appraisal
Lenders require a home appraisal before they’ll issue a loan, because the home you’re buying is going to serve as collateral. If the home’s appraised value is the same as what you've agreed to pay, you’ve passed the appraisal. If the appraisal comes in at a figure higher than what you're paying, you’re golden—in fact, you’ve gained instant equity! But, if the appraisal comes in lower than what you've agreed to pay, you can address it one of a few ways: negotiate with the seller, appeal the appraisal, order a second appraisal, or walk away.
 
Keep Your Credit Score Stable While Under Contract
Depending on the loan program, lender, and applicant’s specific credit history, the minimum credit score necessary to buy a home varies; but regardless, your credit score must remain stable while you’re under contract on a house. Why? Because the lender’s final clearance and a loan commitment are subject to a last-minute credit check (and other verifications) shortly before closing. So avoid doing any the following while under contract: opening new credit accounts, including financing large purchases like a car or new furniture; closing old credit accounts; missing or making a late payment.

Pass The Underwriting Process
Before your lender issues final loan approval, your mortgage has to go through the underwriting process. Underwriters are like real estate detectives. It’s their job to make sure you have represented yourself and your finances truthfully, and that you haven’t made any false or misleading claims on your loan application.
Underwriters will pull your credit score to make sure it hasn’t changed, review your new home’s appraisal to make sure the value is good, and may also contact your employer to verify the information you submitted.
If you’ve been diligent about keeping your credit score, job status, and debts stable, you’ll pass with flying colors. If the underwriter has a question, don’t panic—the best thing you can do is respond with prompt and complete information.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your agent for help as well; with a wealth of experience to draw from, we can help you troubleshoot any issues.

New & Coming Soon Listings!

It's been a long week for most of us and our team has been very busy serving our clients. We want to wish you a relaxing weekend and also share our unique properties that will be hitting the market next week. 

If you'd like us to schedule any showings for you, email eli@investphilly.com to reach Eli, Your Trusted Expert for Every Move.

COMING SOON

934 N 30th St

Great recently renovated townhome in The Art Museum Area with abundant out door space with both a fenced back yard and a huge roof deck!

COMING SOON

 

1220 S 31st St

Brand new construction townhome! Modern open floor plan and tons of natural light! This 3000sq' + /- home has it all. Approved 10-Year Tax Abatement, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a ROOFDECK and large rear yard.

JUST LISTED

 

819 N Uber St Units 1-6

Brand new construction luxury condos available for delivery October 1st in the desirable Francisville area! Each unit is impeccably finished with a modern, neutral color scheme throughout, covered by a one-year Builder’s Warranty and approved for a 10 year tax abatement. Offering the true city experience, with great bars, coffee shops, shopping, parks, public transport, and overall walkability, the revitalized Francisville Neighborhood provides endless amenities. Don’t miss your opportunity to own in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Philly right now, schedule your visit today!

Stage Your Home Like A Pro

Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Here are some tried and true staging tricks that will help you get the most for your home!

Think about staging as a way for prospective buyers to visualize themselves in your home. Imagine you’re viewing your home for the first time as you choose what to display. A few well-placed pieces of furniture allow buyers to gain an understanding of the space and the way their furniture would fit in it.
 

One of the most important steps of staging is to remove as much clutter as you can. Clear off kitchen counters, stash all those appliances you don’t use and put miscellaneous small clutter in a few attractive baskets or boxes. Family photos and collectibles should be stored out of sight. If storage space is minimal in your home, consider renting a storage locker for a month or two while your home is listed.
 

Make your home look like a model by using neutral colors. Furniture is important to give your living space dimension, but less is more. Try taking everything out of each room, and slowly bringing a few pieces back to find the perfect balance. Keep in mind, large, dark furniture can make a small room feel even smaller. If you’re working with a small space, scale the items you use in staging accordingly.
 

Organize your closets – put similar colors together, pants together, skirts together, shirts together etc. Why? Because it will make the closets look bigger. (Really.) An organized closet appears bigger, and you want your closets to look as spacious as possible.
 

The best tip of all? Consult your real estate professional for his or her staging advice. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t and can offer cost effective solutions to help sell your house quickly and for the price you want!

 

Fun Philly Activities to do before Summer Ends!


We still have a month of Summer left to enjoy! Along with tried and true favorites like visiting the shore or Historic Philadelphia, here are some great activities in and around Philadelphia to add to your Summer Bucket List.
 

The Rail Park
  • When complete, the Rail Park will reach across three miles of unused rail lines, connecting 10 neighborhoods and 50 city blocks. Most of the park is still in the building stage, but Phase One is complete, free to the public, and open daily 7am-10pm. Visit https://therailpark.org/ for directions and more details. 

 

Parks on Tap (Pop Up Beer Gardens)

  • This partnership with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department lets you experience 23 of Philadelphia’s parks and good food and drinks throughout the whole Summer. Check out http://www.parksontap.com/ for upcoming dates and locations.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • Featuring a boardwalk lined with swings, colorful hammocks, and games; floating gardens; beautiful lights; craft beer and food from popular Philly restaurants, Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect Summer gathering space for locals and visitors alike. There are lots of events throughout the Summer including monthly Jazz in the Park concerts. Visit http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/spruce-street-harbor-park to see more upcoming events. 

Longwood Gardens

 

Our Philly Market Update

If there's one thing that’s constant about the Real Estate Market is that it’s always changing. Factors like shifting interest rates have real time effects, so a small change in timing can yield very different results for buyers and sellers. That’s why it’s so important to work with a trusted Real Estate Professional; we put the knowledge we gain from working in the Real Estate market everyday to work for you!

You might be wondering, what’s happening in the Philly Market right now? Here are some trends we’ve noticed:

1. It’s a Seller’s Market!

Factors like low inventory and plenty of buyers make this a great time to sell. If priced and marketed correctly, homes are going under contract quickly, often with multiple offers and sometimes for over the asking price.

2. Buyers are Getting More Creative with Their Offers

Because the market is so competitive for buyers, many are making their offers more appealing by asking for fewer contingencies, waiving inspections, or purchasing properties “as is”.

For our client who want the security of a home inspection in case of structural defects or other major concerns, the buyer may agree to address concerns up to a certain dollar amount out of their own pocket, with the option to renegotiate the agreement if the cost of repairs exceed that limit. For example, a buyer agrees to take responsibility for any repairs needed as long as costs do not exceed $5000. If those repairs exceed $5000, the buyer and seller may renegotiate or terminate. 

3. Buyers are Still Very Selective  

Even though today’s buyers are fiercely competitive, they are also very selective. They look for homes with great, high quality finishes and property renovations that have been done correctly.

Bottom line: homes are selling quickly if they’re priced and marketed correctly. Buyers need to act promptly and decisively in this fast-paced market.  So, whether you’re buying or selling, consult your Real Estate Professionals at Invest Philly, and let us put our market expertise to work for you.

2018 Home Design Trends

Whether you're a buyer or a seller, it's smart to stay on top of current home design trends.

Check out some of the trends our team has noticed in 2018 below for inspiration on how to update your current home or to add to your new home wish list! 

All white kitchen cabinets are giving way to a more colorful and quirky trend. We're seeing light upper cabinetry accompanied by darker lower cabinets -- especially in dark blues like the ones shown here! 

Wood floors will always be in style, but the darker wood that was once popular is being replaced by a lighter wood in a wider plank around 5 to 7 inches in width.

Many people are embracing minimalism, eliminating cluttered designs, and expressing their personality through functional, yet unique lighting and furniture, and brighter colors. 

While trends come and go, and things that were once outdated make a comeback, it's important to pay attention and be informed. If you are thinking of selling now or in the future, your design and improvement decisions could impact your bottom line for better or worse.  You should always consult with a real estate professional before making improvements!