Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Are you out of style? If you live in the suburbs, you just may be.
At least that's what a new report from Portland, Oregon-based think tank City Observatory said.
People have typically moved out to the suburbs for a few key reasons: more house for the money; the possibility of better public schools; a more family-focused environment; a yard for the dog. The tradeoff is more time spent commuting, less time at home. For many, it's worth it. But that might be changing.
"Downtown is coming back. Just look at Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee—classic examples of U.S. cities where the well-to-do chose to live in the suburbs," said Bloomberg in a story on City Observatory's report. "Now they are among the most vibrant U.S. city centers."
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
It’s true that many home shoppers stop looking during the winter, and there are several reasons why. Some don’t want to go on home tours when the roads are slick, others want to wait until more homes come on the market in spring, and many don’t want to change their children’s school mid-year. However, those who do need a home during the winter season are the most serious, often looking to move because they need to, not because they want to. This can put the seller in an advantageous position if they are flexible with the timing.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Laminate flooring has the same great look as wood flooring and installation is easy with an array of styles and colors. For this project you will need laminate flooring, a jigsaw, a circular saw, miter saw, spacers, weights, a tapping block, dead blow hammer, pull bar, a tape measure, a pencil, a utility knife, a level, wood glue, silicone sealant and transitions/moldings.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Deciding where to buy a home can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. If you have a built-in reason to choose one area over another (it's close to work; it's where you grew up and you're emotionally tied to it; there's a rumor about a professional football team coming soon), it can be easier. But for the rest of us, a multitude of factors can make the choice challenging.
So how do you know where to buy if you've got value in mind? Here are a couple schools of thought.
Friday, February 20th, 2015
A breakfast nook is one of the most desirable features for today's families, serving as the ideal spot for casual meals, homework, art projects, meal planning, and catching up at the end of the day.
"Whether you're drinking your orange juice and reading on a bleary-eyed weekday or gathering with the whole family for pancakes on Saturday, a breakfast nook is an ideal place to start your day," said Houzz.
"A mix of built-in booths, banquettes, chairs, tables curved or rectilinear, dimmable light and throw pillows makes for cozy spots where you can get a jump on things. Breakfast nooks also work hard the rest of the day as homework stations and intimate spots for candlelit dinners."