Thursday, October 29, 2020 / by Troy Bryant
The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that there is no going back to office buildings anytime soon. Maintaining social distance and staying indoors are necessary precautions to remain safe. Although working from home is not an entirely new concept, it suddenly became the norm for many people. With no clear end in sight, making this remote work situation as comfortable as possible is crucial.
It is ideal to establish a home office that makes the adjustment more manageable in the long run. Most likely, this setup will be more widely accepted well after the crisis has passed, so establishing a dedicated workspace is not a futile effort. Making it green is easily attainable and eco-conscious individuals don’t have to disregard their sustainable living considerations.
“It is now widely recognized that there are two sides to the eco-friendly design,” says Oliver Heath, the director of Oliver Heath Design ...
Thursday, October 22, 2020 / by Troy Bryant
Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag. Here are 12 tricks to do just that.
Stacey Kouros Design
1. Grout ColorTiling all or most of your wall surface gives it a nice polished look, but the costs can really add up. White ceramic subway tiles are the most affordable option at most big-box stores, but the finished look can sometimes seem a little flat. Make your installation stand out by using a dark or colored grout, like in the bathroom shown here. Because guess what? Gray grout costs the same as white.Find a tile and stone contractor
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2. Larger-Format TilesAnother idea is to search for an out-of-the-box dimension rather than the typical 3-by-6-inch format. Til ...
Sunday, October 11, 2020 / by Troy Bryant
Created as a reaction to the chaos that has defined much of this year, Sherwin-Williams' pick for the 2021 Color of the Year Passionate is simple. The color, as well as the full 2021 Color Collection of the Year, were created in partnership by the design experts at HGTV®.
Passionate is a bold color that's heavy on red, natural tones, but is also mixed with softer whites. Sherwin-Williams describes the color as "rich and empowering...a bold red that's steeped in history, merging modern design with traditional charm."
The 2021 Color Collection of the Year is available exclusively at Lowe's and comprises 10 different complementary colors in total. The colors are all vibrant while at the same time calming and mostly made up of earthy tones that are inspired by nature.
"The current cultural climate has created a state of overstimulation and information overload, which has encourage ...
Sunday, September 20, 2020 / by Troy Bryant
Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget.
Home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate price and repairs. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 depending on the home and the location.
Title services. Title services encompass the transfer of the title from the seller and a thorough search of the property’s records to ensure to no one will pop up with a claim to the property. Additionally, you may need to buy title insurance which will protect the lender or your investment in the home.
Appraisal fee. Before getting a loan, you will likely be required to get an appraisal of the home to determine its estimated value. This will be conducted by a ...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / by Troy Bryant
As the post-COVID recovery starts, buyers are back looking for homes and entering the housing market.
The housing market is experiencing a mini-boom that will last, perhaps, until the end of 2020. As a real estate professional, you need to take advantage of this demand.
According to Stuart Miller, executive chairman of Lennar, "while many parts of the economy are still waiting to open and rebound, the housing market has proven to be resilient in the current environment".
Here are some of the reasons why now is the best time for you to invest in your marketing and show homeowners that this is the best time to sell their homes.
Inventory is Low and Home Price is Rising
The number of homes for sale is down 31% year over year. More buyers are competing for a limited supply of homes, prompting home prices to rise.
Prices for existing homes jumped 7.4% in April 2020 compared to a year earlier. All four major regions of the U.S. posted annual price gains. ...