Feeling shaky about your interior design mojo but want to give it a go? I’ve got just the tool to get you started — a 𝓂𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒷𝑜𝒶𝓇𝒹.
A 𝓂𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒷𝑜𝒶𝓇𝒹s a visual depiction of ideas for your design project. Consider it a collage of images that show the color scheme, materials, vibe, or theme you’re after. As you get started, you’ll want to include these elements in your board: -Overall theme, style, or feel (mid-century modern, shabby chic, industrial, etc.) -Flooring -Tiles -Cabinets -Hardware -Light Fixtures -Paint -Faucets -Sinks -Rugs -Furniture -Accessories
Pinterest is my go-to for creating mood boards. Just start pinning rooms, color schemes, furniture, and accessories that you like. Once you notice a trend in what you’re pinning, zero in and start shopping!
I’m currently working on a timeless gray and white color scheme for an upcoming listing. Tied together with time-proven elements merged with the best of current design. These neutral colorings will serve as the perfect backdrop for any décor and personality therefore making it more appealing to buyers. Need a little more interior design hand-holding? Message me – I’d love to refer you to a few of my favorite local designers & contractors!
Rose Reid & Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc. specialize in helping first-time home buyers like you find their dream property in Longwood.
Before you start searching for homes online, it’s important to take the first step to house shopping: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage.
Your pre-approval will tell you what you can afford and what your monthly payment will be, so it’s important to determine this before you start searching for your new home.
Pre-approval is good for about 30-90 days, so once you’re ready, take these first 3 steps to get it done.
Contact me, and I’ll send over a list of lenders I know and trust.
Look over the list, check out online reviews, and ask friends and family for referrals.
Email 2-3 lenders you like or let me introduce you over email.
Once you’ve got your pre-approval letter in hand, it’s time to start the search!
Before we hop into the home search, I like to advise my clients to create a “Needs” list and a “Wants” list. This will help us to really focus on the things that are most important in your future home.
Needs are the non-negotiable features; the features you simply must have in your next home. Wants are the ones you’d like to have, but you can add or change down the road. Remember, you can’t change the lot or the location so make sure you love both.
Once you’ve established what you’re looking for, I will set you up on a search so you can receive an email the second a home that fits your criteria goes live. If you have any questions about a property, send me the information and I will find out for you. Send me listings you like and I can get more information and set up showings on your behalf.
After touring houses and choosing the one you love, it’s time to make an offer. To do this, you’ll need your pre-approval letter or proof of funds. You’ll also need to make an escrow deposit of at least 1-2% of the purchase price. This will go towards your closing costs at closing.
Have more questions about buying a home or what happens after making an offer? Reach out to me today!
“Zillow’s forecast calls for 11% home value growth in 2022. That’s down from a projected 19.5% in 2021, a record year-end pace of home value appreciation, but would rank among the strongest years Zillow has tracked. Existing home sales are predicted to total 6.35 million, compared to an estimated 6.12 million this year. That would be the highest number of home sales in any year since 2006.” Zillow (https://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-2022-housing-predictions-30394/)
Mortgage rates may rise, but inventory may rise as well
“The market is likely to cool compared to 2021, but it will still be active… It may still be a seller’s market in many areas, but there’s likely to be more opportunities and wiggle room for homebuyers. A ‘priced out’ buyer should be able to find many more options. Experts also reinforce that 2022’s housing market is not at all likely to crash — the conditions we’re seeing are nothing like those that led up to the crisis of 2008.” Andrina Valdes (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/where-home-prices-headed-2022-200001201.html)
**Rents are expected to outpace home price growth over the next year **
**”**Nationwide, rent growth went from minimal to double-digit pace in 2021 as the U.S. made substantial progress against the pandemic. With the rental vacancy rate continuing near its historic lows during the pandemic, in which just 5.7% to 6.8% of rental housing units are vacant at any point in time compared to 7% or more, historically, renters are also contending with limited supply and excess demand that leads to upward pressure on rents. In 2022, we expect this trend will continue and fuel rent growth. At a national level, we forecast rent growth of 7.1% in the next 12 months, somewhat ahead of home price growth as rents continue to rebound from slower growth earlier in the pandemic.” Realtor.com (https://www.realtor.com/research/2022-national-housing-forecast/)
Curious what your home would sell for in the current market? Give me a call or an email for a free home value estimate.
How To Clean & Protect against CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Contamination?
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) has quickly gained a reputation for being particularly insidious. It can survive on certain surfaces for up to 17 days and people infected by the virus don’t show symptoms until approximately two weeks after infection, making it difficult to track and contain. This is why having a trusted professional disease and biohazard remediation company on your side is so important.
Simply wiping down surface areas can cross contaminate your space. Cross contamination can also occur if the area is not treated at the same time or certain areas are missed. Fogging gets in the crevices and touches each surface in your home or business at the same time to prevent cross contamination and keep your home or workplace safe.
VIP, Virus Infection Protection is expanding to service the entire State of Florida. VIP follows all IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification) guidelines. CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) is still new, but we continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines and utilize CDC approved and EPA registered disinfectants. You can feel safe with VIP.
VIP is among the ONLY actual Medical Grade Companies. Medical Grade means Supervised by Physicians. Originally created by Doctors, for Doctors, VIP is now available to all other industries and to the general public!
Congratulations, you have multiple offers on your home listing. It’s exciting to hear that you have a choice in buyers. Yet how can you make sure that you choose the right offer? With varying sales prices and terms, comparing offers might be harder than you expected. Still – it’s a great problem to have.
If you find yourself in a multiple offer situation, the first step is to meet with your agent to discuss each offer in detail. What are the actual differences? It’s easy to see what price they offer, but what about the other items – the terms, the financing, the contingencies.
Sales Price – This is the easiest to compare. Start with the sales price and then check to see if they are asking for extra concessions; these could include seller credits or paying for closing costs.
Terms – Determine when the buyer intends to close and when they want occupancy.
Financing – Financing can vary dramatically and affect your decision in choosing a buyer. For instance, a buyer who offers a slightly lower price but is going to put 50% down might be a better offer than someone using a FHA, 3.5% down loan which could be harder to close.
Contingencies – Most offers come with contingencies for items such as inspections, appraisal, loan approval and more. An offer with less contingencies, or shorter time frames to remove them, could be a better offer than others.
Working with your agent, consider all the elements which go into an offer; then you’ll be in the best position to determine the best option for your financial goals, timeframes and needs.
Summer is upon us and home designers are hard at work showcasing the upcoming trends for 2020. This year, kitchen design shows are filled with new materials, patterns and colors as enthusiasts look for the latest trends and styles.
As we leave the dark granite countertops behind, kitchens are getting lighter, brighter and more streamlined looks. These new backsplashes are design statement pieces in their own right, creating a uniquely modern feel to the space. With a focus on sleek surfaces and natural elements, here are the latest trends for kitchen backsplashes.
Mixed materials – layers of stone mix with sleek metal trims or soft wood to create layer upon layer of design.
Higher Profiles – the backsplash is no longer a 6” continuation of the countertop. Taller profiles and accent-wall styling are new trends.
Subway Tiles – after so many of us removed the old white tile of our kitchens, designers are bringing them back in interesting shapes and patterns.
Veins – larger granite, quartz or natural stone pieces are used as focal points, adding drama and depth.
Backsplash Shelves – one of the latest design trends is to create a ledge or shelf along the top of a high-profile backsplash.
Solid Wall – this last trend is eliminating a backsplash entirely and adding a stone “wall” in the kitchen, removing any visual distinction and creating a sleek, clean line.
2020 design trends are contemporary and exciting. After years of cozy kitchens and dark woods, these kitchens are light and bright; mixing soft natural stone and wood with hard, urban features for a modern, functional kitchen that suits any home style.