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Jul 18

You Need an Agent Who Will Always Put You First

You Need an Agent Who Will Always Put You First | Simplifying The Market

Whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move to, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal while home shopping.

One great example of an agent who is in your corner and is always looking out for your best interests is one of the main characters on ABC’s Modern Family, Phil Dunphy.

For those who aren’t familiar with the character, Phil is a REALTOR® with a huge heart who always strives to do his best for his family and his clients.

In one episode, he even shared an oath that he created and holds himself accountable to:

“On my honor, I promise to aid in man’s quest for shelter, to recognize I’m not just in the business of houses — I’m in the business of dreams in the shape of houses. To disclose all illegal additions, shoddy construction, murders, and ghosts. And to put my clients’ needs before my own.” 

While this might seem silly, as it was definitely written with humor in mind, the themes of helping someone achieve the American Dream and putting a client’s needs above his own are not to be taken lightly.

Bottom Line

When you make the decision to enter the housing market, as either a buyer or a seller, make sure you look for an agent who exemplifies these values and will help you through every step of the process.

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Jul 18

Peek Inside This Out-of-this-World Sculpture House for Sale

Greetings, Earthlings: today’s real estate gem is an out of this world “spaceship” house. And this might not even be the first time you’ve laid eyes on this otherworldly dwelling.

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Jul 18

What Should You Do With Your Throw Pillows When You Sleep?

Throw pillows are an easy way to add flair to your bedroom decor, but what exactly are you supposed to do with them when it’s time to go to sleep? We reached out to prop stylist extraordinaire Kaylei McGaw for her advice on how to handle your extra pillows before you hit the hay, and she had lots to share. Read ahead for five ways to style your throw pillows when it’s bedtime (other than tossing them on the floor).

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Jul 18

The 10 Commandments of Rug Shopping

Rugs—yes, you can live without them, but life would be a lot less cozy, cushiony, and potentially colorful without them. They really pull a room together and can even help dampen sound, which is a godsend for anyone in tight quarters with noisy neighbors. Problem is, they’re one of the hardest home purchases to make because they’re available in so many sizes, styles, and materials. Oh, and did I mention how their care and maintenance runs a spectrum, from hosedown-able to professional hand-shampoo required? Factor an often ambiguously expensive price tag into the equation, and it’s no wonder people put off this purchase or worse, make the mistake of buying something that doesn’t fit their room or their lifestyle. To ease this burden a bit, we asked a few design pros and carpeting experts for their shopping best practices to bring you these 10 commandments of rug shopping.

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Jul 18

The 8 Dreamiest Airstreams and Campers on Airbnb

If you weren’t already hip to Airstream rentals, now’s the time to smarten up. Sort of similar to glamping—but indoors—Airstream trailers and campers are essentially mobile mini-homes you can park (and rent) in just about any location (the desert, the beach, and so on).

It’s no surprise that Airbnb is brimming with cool Airstream rentals in dreamy destinations all over the globe. To prove our point, we rounded up some of the coolest—and best designed—Airstream and camper rentals on all of Airbnb for your perusal. From a Taylor Swift-approved Airstream in Malibu to a vintage trailer in Taos, here are eight awesome campers you can rent on Airbnb (or at least drool over from your desk).

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Jul 18

The $14 Trick to Making Any Piece of Furniture More Functional

If you live in a tiny apartment where a single space serves multiple purposes (your bedroom is your living room is your dining room, right?), the best thing you can do for your furniture is to make it mobile. Adding a fresh set of wheels to tables, bar carts and kitchen islands lets them slide from one side of the apartment to another, filling in wherever they’re needed most. Here’s how to turn those pinch-hitting pieces into veritable MVPs.

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30
Jul 18

The #1 Reason to Put Your House on The Market TODAY!

The #1 Reason to Put Your House on The Market TODAY! | Simplifying The Market

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that home sales declined 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million in June from 5.41 million in May, and are 2.2% below a year ago. Some may look at these numbers and think that now is a bad time to sell their house, but in fact, the opposite is true.

The national slowdown in sales is directly tied to a lack of inventory available for the buyers who are out in the market looking for their dream homes! In fact, the inventory of homes for sale had fallen year-over-year for 36 consecutive months before posting a modest 0.5% gain last month and has had an upward impact on home prices.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say,

“It’s important to note that despite the modest year-over-year rise in inventory, the current level is far from what’s needed to satisfy demand levels. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if this modest increase will stick, given the fact that the robust economy is bringing more interested buyers into the market, and new home construction is failing to keep up.”

The few houses that are on the market are selling fast! According to NAR’s Realtors Confidence Index, properties were typically on the market for 26 days.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating listing your house for sale this year, the time is now! Let’s get together to discuss the specifics of our market!

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Jul 18

This Hairdresser's Home Is a Playground of Patterns — House Call

Name: Erin Love, husband, two daughters, and two dogs
Location: Russiaville, Indiana
Size: 2,300 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Our home is set back on a semi-wooded lot in the country. I would describe it as a cozy cottage. It was built in 1977 and has so many cool “older” quirks that won me over instantly. I am drawn to earth-toned colors and pretty textures and patterns. I keep the main palette black and white so I can add all of the pops of color I want… because I love color!!

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Jul 18

Overstock Is Starting a Real Estate Company

If you’re on the market for a new home or apartment, you might want to look into the hot new real estate company. Overstock is known for their new home products that are sold at “overstock prices.” But the company is now taking a spin at the real estate business.

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Jul 18

Great Planters You Won't Believe Came from the Dollar Store

While it’s fun to shop for planters on Etsy and West Elm (there are sooooo many good ones out there), those suckers can really add up, especially if you’ve got an entire jungle growing in your living room. Here’s an idea: Supplement your pricier buys with cheaper items from dollar stores, which are chock full of items that can be transformed into nontraditional, but great-looking, homes for your plant friends.

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