Harold (Buddy) Pope's Blog
Buying a luxury home is about more than just finding the right mortgage. Whether you are buying or selling, you should know that there are some key differences in the way that high end luxury homes are sold. Discovering the differences in the way that the luxury home market operates can ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your purchase. If you want to enjoy the lasting comfort and benefits of living in an amazing high end home and still get the best possible deal, here's what you need to know:
Seasons don't matter: Conventional home sales follow specific seasonal trends, but according to Realtor.com, the high end market is not as impacted by the time of year that a home is listed. This is often because home buyers who are tied to a more conventional price range are also tied to trends -- they want to buy and move in summer, while school is out, need to work around regular jobs and don't have another home to retreat to for the holidays or vacations so that deals can be worked out. Luxury home sellers can afford to list a home and wait for the right buyer, so there is often no influx of homes at specific times or seasons.
More staging, more perks: Luxury homes simply show better than their conventional counterparts, thanks in large part to the staging and design included in the listing process. For buyers, this means a chance to see the home fully furnished and in immaculate shape. For sellers, this means better selling prices and in many cases a faster turnaround time. Expect to spend more time per home, for more personalized experiences when you shop around -- looking at 10 conventional homes in a weekend is likely possible, but you may only get to 2-3 luxury homes, since you'll spend more time touring and more time checking out all the home has to offer.
Fewer contingencies: In some markets, contingencies are not always acceptable anyway, but no matter where a luxury home is located, offers that are tied to contingencies may not be as appealing as those that come without strings attached. Sellers can usually afford to wait for the right offer, and have no reason to compromise or put a deal at risk, while buyers may be prepared to purchase or finance the home without having to add contingencies to offers.
Discovering how luxury home sales differ from conventional ones can help you make the most of the process and come away with the results you truly want. You'll know what to expect, set aside the right amount of time and avoid common errors as you explore this rapidly growing but still exclusive marketplace.
Do you ever look at pictures of dream homes online and wonder what yours is missing? The answer probably lies in a cohesive design style. All homes are built around architectural and design principles. Whether you realize it or not, there are probably at least two or three interior design styles that would perfectly complement your home’s architecture, giving it that dream house” appearance that we all wish we could achieve.
In today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the top interior design styles, from time-tested classics to contemporary trends that are sure to stick around for decades to come.
Minimal, but not barren. Reserved, but not sterile. Mid-century modern, as the name suggests, began to take shape in the mid 1900s. You’ve probably seen mid-century decorations dozens of times, especially if you’re a fan of TV shows like Mad Men.
Mid-century furniture has some of the most creative, while still tasteful shapes and textures. Egg-shaped chairs and wide, minimal sofas are highlights of this style. However, one of the most defining features is the use of wood. Exposed wood in furniture, floors, walls, and ceilings give the home a warm and cozy feeling in spite of its modern decoration. It really is all about balance.
One of today’s most commonly used design trends, especially in urban areas, is the industrial home. Industrial homes use a great deal of white, stainless steel, and classic red brick to give the home a factory vibe.
While this may seem off-putting, once you see an industrial home you’ll immediately recognize the appeal. Industrial design appears clean well put-together. With the use one or two bold colors, it’s also easy to showcase fun decorations that are used sparingly throughout the home.
A more recent design trend, shabby chic, takes influence from a number of other trends over the years, combining them into something that is both cozy and clean.
Most people associate shabby chic with vintage items painted white and then stuck into a corner somewhere with fairy lights dangling off of it. And, while this style does leave room for fun lighting and getting creative with paint, it’s core really lies in repurposing items whose era has gone by and giving them new life.
Contemporary design is what we call the amalgamation of today’s design trends that have yet to be identified as a particular style. At one time, mid-century modern was contemporary. And, someday, today’s style will be given another name and its place in the interior design history books.
Contemporary design uses modern principles but take some artistic liberty. Curved lines, and patterns that may be seen as too noisy for modern design find a home in contemporary styles.
Similarly, furniture choices are geared more toward comfort than aesthetics, making contemporary a more livable alternative to modern styles.
For most people, buying a house is the biggest investment they will make. Unless you are paying cash, the transaction could become complicated. Not that many people can pay cash for a house – and for those that can, it often makes more sense to borrow than to use up cash reserves, especially if interest rates are low. Whether this is your first home purchase or a subsequent home purchase, you might consider going with as much home as you can afford. In some cases, such as when the elderly want to downsize, smaller is better, but in most other cases, larger is better.
When you do go to sell your home to downsize or because you get a job transfer, you’ll get more money for a larger home. Most people want at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Those houses tend to sell easier than homes with fewer bedrooms and bathrooms.
If you are newly married, planning on getting married or moving in with your significant other, or if you are older, but plan to have one of your children move in with you, you might want to start with a larger home so that you won’t have to go through the hassle of selling to upgrade. Even if you are single, if you plan on having a family, you might want to buy a larger house now. If you change your mind about the family, you can always sell it later on – and get more for a house that will be easier to sell.
When you entertain, you won’t be stuck sleeping on the floor or on the sofa if you have extra bedrooms. Your guests can have the privacy of their own room when you buy a bigger house. The more bedrooms you have, the more people you can have stay over. If you have just one person or family stay over, you might prefer just one extra bedroom, but if there’s a possibility that two friends stay, go for two or more extra bedrooms.
If you have hobbies, the extra rooms are great for decreasing the clutter around your house. A hobby that takes up tons of space is reading. If you’re an avid book collector, line the walls of an extra bedroom with bookcases – from floor to ceiling – to store all of your books. If the room has a good view, build a window seat in the room for a comfortable and quiet reading space.
And, if you need a home office, you can convert an extra bedroom into an office. You’ll have a quiet space to work, plus you’ll be able to lock up confidential information, whether you use a filing cabinet or install a hidden safe in the room.
If you want to enhance a home's interior before listing a residence, it often pays to hire a professional cleaning company.
Ultimately, there are many reasons to work with a home cleaning company, such as:
1. A home cleaning company can quickly and effortlessly clean a house, regardless of size.
A home cleaning company employs friendly, diligent professionals who will do whatever it takes to transform your house's interior from drab to fab.
Typically, a home cleaning company will learn about your home interior goals and help you set realistic expectations. The company then will send out professionals to clean your residence from top to bottom and ensure that you are satisfied with the final results.
With the right home cleaning company, you won't have to worry about how your home will look to potential buyers. In fact, a home cleaning company will go above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee that your house is show-ready in no time at all.
2. A home cleaning company can help you save time.
If you're in a hurry to get your house ready for the real estate market, a home cleaning company can provide plenty of assistance.
In most instances, it won't take long to find and book a home cleaning company. Many professional home cleaners are available in cities and towns nationwide. And if you reach out to a home cleaning company today, you can set up an appointment to get your house cleaned in the next few days or weeks.
Perhaps best of all, a home cleaning company guarantees that you won't have to spend time cleaning your house's interior. Instead, you can leave your home cleaning to a team of professionals and focus your time and energy on other home selling tasks.
3. A home cleaning company can offer long-term recommendations.
After your home is cleaned, you'll want to do everything possible to keep your house looking great until it sells. Fortunately, a home cleaning company can offer expert recommendations so that you should have no trouble maintaining a pristine residence.
Usually, a home cleaning company is happy to respond to any concerns or questions, at any time. As a result, this company will provide an unforgettable home cleaning experience, one that makes it simple for you to bolster your home interior's appearance.
If you need extra help as you evaluate the home cleaning companies in your area, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you get the best price for your residence, a real estate agent can put you in touch with local home cleaning companies. That way, you won't have to search far and wide to collaborate with a proven home cleaner.
Ready to list your house? Schedule a cleaning with a professional home cleaner – you'll be thrilled you did. If you clean your home, you can improve your home interior's appearance and help your residence stand out to potential buyers.
Everyone defines the term "quality of life" differently, but if you asked 100 people, you'd probably hear a lot of similar answers.
According to a Gallup study entitled "The State of American Well-Being," the basis for a good quality of life includes having a sense of purpose, feeling good about what you do every day, having supportive relationships, being motivated to achieve your goals, being able to effectively manage your finances, having the energy and health to pursue your interests, and sharing a sense of community pride. Feeling safe and liking where you live were also key ingredients in the formula for a high quality of life .
The Gallup/Sharecare report focuses on several aspects of community life, such as the role local governments play in offering amenities and resources to citizens. The study concluded that "communities that invest in active living, including bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit, have residents with better health and well-being outcomes."
While factors such as the quality of school districts and low crime rates are often foremost in the minds of house hunters, there's also a lot to be said for communities that offer public recreational facilities, educational programs, cultural events, and services that promote health, safety, and a clean environment.
Advantages that can help make one community more desirable and family friendly than another can range from free outdoor concerts and public tennis courts to the availability of farmers' markets and clean, updated playgrounds. Other features which can positively impact the quality of life in a community include well-maintained roads and bridges, the availability of dog parks, community parades, and programs to encourage the proper disposal of drugs, electronics, household chemicals, and recyclable products.
At the neighborhood level, quality of life is often measured by factors like noise, the condition of nearby properties, the overall safety and security of the area, and the amount of street traffic. Clean air, mature trees, and friendly neighbors can also contribute to a wholesome living environment that can be enjoyed for generations.
While there are many advantages to designing your own home or buying new construction, one might need to make short-term sacrifices when it comes to things like noise, neighborhood aesthetics, and other temporary inconveniences. Your real estate agent or home builder can probably fill you in on things like construction timetables and project completion dates.
If you're in the market for a new home, it's always a good idea to clarify in your own mind what you and your family needs to feel comfortable, happy, and secure. Creating a priority list of needs, desires, and preferences not only helps you stay focused in your real estate search, but also increases the probability that you'll be satisfied with your new home on a long-term basis.