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Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021

2/4/2021

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.
Even if you don’t have immediate plans to buy or sell your home, we advise our clients to be mindful of modern design preferences when planning a remodel or even redecorating. Over-personalized or unpopular renovations could lower your property’s value. And selecting out-of-style fixtures and finishes could cause your home to feel dated quickly.

 To help inspire your design projects this year, we’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends. Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or renovate your property, give us a call. We can help you realize your vision and maximize the impact of your investment.


Uplifting Colors

 Colors are gravitating toward warm and happy shades that convey a sense of coziness, comfort, and wellbeing. This year’s palettes draw from earthy hues, warm neutrals, and soothing blues and greens.

 While white and gray are still safe options, expect to see alternative neutrals become increasingly popular choices for walls, cabinets, and furnishings in 2021. For a fresh and sophisticated look, try one of these 2021 paint colors of the year:

 ? Aegean Teal (coastal blue) by Benjamin Moore

? Urbane Bronze (brownish-gray) by Sherwin-Williams

? Soft Candlelight (muted yellow) by Valspar

 On the opposite end of the spectrum, indigo, ruby, sapphire, and plum are showing up on everything from fireplace mantels and floating shelves to fabrics and home accessories. These classic, rich hues can help bring warmth, depth, and a touch of luxury to your living space.

 To incorporate these colors, designers recommend using the “60-30-10 Rule.” Basically, choose a dominant color to cover 60% of your room. For example, your walls, rugs, and sofa might all be varying shades of beige or gray. Then layer in a secondary color for 30% of the room. This might include draperies and accent furniture. Finally, select an accent color for 10% of your room, which can be showcased through artwork and accessories.

Reimagined Living Spaces

The pandemic forced many of us to rethink our home design. From multipurpose rooms to converted closets to backyard cottages, we’ve had to find creative ways to manage virtual meetings and school. And designers expect these changes to impact the way we live and work for years to come.

Reimagined Living Spaces

 The pandemic forced many of us to rethink our home design. From multipurpose rooms to converted closets to backyard cottages, we’ve had to find creative ways to manage virtual meetings and school. And designers expect these changes to impact the way we live and work for years to come.

 For example, some home builders are predicting the end of open-concept floor plans as we know them.5 Instead, buyers are searching for cozier spaces with more separation and privacy. Cue the addition of alcoves, pocket doors, and sliding partitions that enable homeowners to section off rooms as needed.4

 The necessity of a home office space is also here to stay. But what if you don’t have a dedicated room? Alternative workspaces have become increasingly popular. In fact, one of the biggest trends on Pinterest this year is the “cloffice”—essentially a spare closet turned home office. Searches for “home library design” and “bookshelf room divider” are on the rise, as well.

Staycation-Worthy Retreats

With travel options limited right now, more homeowners are turning their vacation budgets into staycation budgets. Essentially, recreate the resort experience at home—and enjoy it 365 days a year!

Bedrooms should provide a soothing sanctuary for rest and relaxation. But this year, minimalist decor and muted colors are giving way to bolder statement pieces. To create a “boutique hotel” look in your own bedroom, start with a large, upholstered headboard in a rich color or pattern. Layer on organic linen bedding and a chunky wool throw, then complete the look with a pair of matching bedside wall lights

Outdoor Upgrades

 From exercise to gardening to safer options for entertaining, the pandemic has led homeowners to utilize their outdoor spaces more than ever. In fact, backyard swimming pool sales skyrocketed in 2020, with many installers reporting unprecedented demand.8 But a new pool isn’t the only way homeowners can elevate their outdoor areas this year.

 The home design website Houzz recently named 2021 “the year of the pergola.” They’re a relatively quick and affordable option to add shade and ambiance to your backyard.4 Another hot trend? Decked-out, custom playgrounds for exercising (and occupying) the youngest family members who may be missing out on school and extracurricular activities.

DESIGNED TO SELL

Are you contemplating a remodel? Want to find out how upgrades could impact the value of your home? Buyer preferences vary greatly by neighborhood and price range. I can share our insights and offer tips on how to maximize the return on your investment. And if you’re in the market to sell, I can run a Comparative Market Analysis on your home to find out how it compares to others in the area. Contact me to schedule a free consultation!




10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

12/2/2020
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10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

 

This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses. With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the place we call home. You might want to focus your efforts near home, expand to our larger community, or even help support the people closest to you. Whether you’re passionate about a particular cause or just want to get more involved in general, let these 10 ways, both big and small, inspire you to do good in your town.

 

GIVE BACK NEAR HOME

  1. Attract local wildlife. By making your neighborhood more wildlife friendly, you’re helping to create a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Plus, many of the animals you can attract help with pest control and pollination.1

 

  1. Clean up our community. Besides beautifying the area, picking up trash keeps it out of our local waterways, which means a cleaner water supply for all of us.

 

  1. Organize or join a neighborhood watch. According to a recent report, neighborhoods with Neighborhood Crime Watch programs experience roughly 16 percent less crime.3 Keeping an eye out for each other instills a sense of safety and security in your neighborhood by increasing surveillance, reducing opportunities, and enhancing information sharing among residents.

 

HELP OUT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. Boost your civic engagement. Regardless of your politics, you can get more involved as a citizen to make a positive difference in our community.

 

  1. Support local businesses. Our community has been impacted by the pandemic, with many businesses being forced to limit capacity, instill social distancing efforts, and even shutter entirely in some cases. Help keep money in our local economy by shopping local instead of relying on online shopping from national chains.

 

  1. Donate to local charities. Nonprofits could always use your financial support, so consider making a monetary donation to help them carry out their mission in our community. But if money is tight (or you want to support in other ways), think beyond just donating dollars.

 

CARE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS

 

  1. Organize a holiday food drive. This year, in particular, people are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. The pandemic has caused many businesses to close or reduce their staff size, putting many people out of work.

 

  1. Adopt a family or an individual. The holidays can be a struggle, especially financially, for some families. They might not be able to buy a Christmas tree or presents for their children. Maybe their holiday meal consists of boxed macaroni and cheese because they can’t afford a turkey and fresh vegetables. You can make a difference by “adopting” a particular family (or even just a child) to help make their holiday special.

 

  1. Volunteer. Depending on your schedule and your preferences, you might be able to volunteer in-person or from home, whether it’s a one-time effort or ongoing project. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people in your community as you make a positive impact together for a shared cause.

  

  1. Perform random acts of kindness. Don’t think you need to “go big or go home” in your give-back efforts. You can make a big difference one small act at a time.

 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU?

 

As real estate experts in our local community, we’re tuned into the unique needs of the place we all call home. Reach out to us today to discuss more ways to make a positive impact in our community—this holiday season and beyond. And we want to make sure you’re taken care of, too. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home now or in the near future, let us help you!

 




Move -Up vs Second Home -Which is Right For You

10/21/2020
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Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home. According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%). And now that virtual school has become a reality for many families, that need for additional space has only intensified. A growing number of buyers are choosing homes further from town as they seek out more room and less congestion. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 40% of urban dwellers had considered leaving the city because of the COVID-19 outbreak.But not everyone is permanently sold on suburban or rural life. Instead, some are choosing to purchase a second home as a co-primary residence or frequent getaway. Without the requirements of a five-day commute, many homeowners feel less tethered to their primary residence and are eager for a change of scenery after spending so much time at home. If you’re feeling cramped in your current space, you’ve probably considered a move. But what type of home would suit you best: a move-up home or a second home? Let’s explore each option to help you determine which one is right for you.

WHY CHOOSE A MOVE-UP HOME? A move-up home is typically a larger or nicer home. It’s a great choice for families or individuals who simply need more space, a better location, or want features their current home doesn’t offer—like an inground pool, a different floor plan, or a dedicated home office. Most move-up buyers choose to sell their current home and use the proceeds as a down payment on their next one. If you’re struggling with a lack of functional or outdoor space in your current home, a move-up home can greatly improve your everyday life. And with mortgage rates at their lowest level in history, you may be surprised how much home you can afford to buy without increasing your monthly paymentOne major benefit of choosing a move-up home is that you can typically afford a nicer place if you spend your entire budget on one property. However, if you’re longing for that vacation vibe, a second home may be a better choice for you

WHY CHOOSE A SECOND HOME? Once reserved for the ultra-wealthy, second homes have become more mainstream. Home sales are surging in many resort and bedroom communities as city dwellers search for a place to escape the crowds and quarantine in comfort.5 And with air travel on hold for many families, some are channeling their vacation budgets into vacation homes that can be utilized throughout the year. A second home can also be a good option if you’re preparing for retirement. By purchasing your retirement home now, you can lock in a low interest rate, start paying down the mortgage, and begin enjoying the perks of retirement living while you’re still fit and active. Plus, it’s easier to qualify for a mortgage while you’re employed, although you may be charged a slightly higher interest rate than on a primary home loan. One advantage of choosing a second home is that you can offset a portion of the costs—and in some cases turn a profit—by renting it out on a platform like Airbnb or Vrbo. However, be sure to consult with a real estate professional or rental management company to get a realistic sense of the property’s true income potential.

Whether you’re ready to make a move or need help weighing your options, I would love to help. I can determine your current home’s value and show you local properties that fit within your budget. Or, if your heart is set on a second home in another market ,I can refer you to an agent in your dream locale. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation!

Sources:

  1. Zillow -
    https://www.zillow.com/research/coronavirus-remote-work-suburbs-27046/
  2. The Harris Poll -
    https://theharrispoll.com/should-you-flee-your-city-almost-40-have-considered-it-during-the-pandemic/
  3. MarketWatch -
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-keeping-falling-so-will-they-finally-drop-to-0-2020-08-13
  4. Toronto Star -
    https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/08/07/you-can-get-a-fixed-rate-as-low-as-184-per-cent-which-is-unbelievable-low-mortgage-rates-driving-up-home-prices.html
  5. Kiplinger -
    https://www.kiplinger.com/real-estate/buying-a-home/601091/timely-reasons-to-buy-a-vacation-home
  6. The Press-Enterprise -
    https://www.pe.com/2018/11/17/5-tips-on-when-should-you-buy-a-retirement-house-hint-before-you-quit-work/

 




 

 

 

 



4 bedroom home for sale in MALVERN

6/17/2016
Property Description
Welcome to a unique home on one of the nicest streets in Malvern! Old world charm meets new, in this restored stone Victorian with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Pulling up you can"t miss the green yard with beautiful flowers and trees, an oversized driveway with a black wrought iron fence. A brick sidewalk leads to a freshly painted porch with new rails. The original wooden front door has been preserved. There are 9 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, and lots of windows, front sitting/living room, followed by a sunny dining room, powder room and 1st floor office/craft room. The home had an addition built on, adding to the size and unique layout, featuring a great room and gourmet kitchen with French doors as the entry way. Special features are exposed stone from the original home on the inside, high ceilings and new carpet, making this a great family area. Some kitchen details are 12x12 tile floor, 42" maple cabinets with beautiful color and accenting trim, some with glass front doors, sliding shelves, and wine storage. This upgraded kitchen boasts black granite counter tops, decorative tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, wine fridge and 5 burner gas top, dual oven. Seating for 4 at the counter top overlooks the great room. From the back, you can access the spacious EP Henry two level patio and pond. This is a perfect setting for entertaining or watching nature. From here, you have full access to the large partial fenced in yard. Back inside under the addition is a full finished basement bedroom with large closet and full bath! The original basement, separated by a doorway, has all of the HVAC equipment in it plus, access to the main floor in the front of the house. On the second floor, there is new carpet on the steps and master bedroom. The front rooms have original hardwood floors. There is a full bath and huge laundry room. The master bedroom is very large with a small closet for him and an oversized, spacious walk in closet, for her. The master bath has a colorful tile floor, his and her sinks, water closet, soaking tub and shower. There is a walk up finished 3rd floor loft that can be used as a playroom, office, or extra bedroom. This home has gas heat with central air and is within walking distance to downtown Malvern Borough, local shops, and a park. It is close to the PA turnpike, 202, the R5 and Wegmans. Great Valley School District and low taxes are an added bonus. This home has also been pre inspected for the buyer"s convenience

THE PROCESS OF BUYING A HOME

5/12/2016

 

THE PROCESS OF BUYING A HOME

 

 

Home Purchase

Most people have a strategy when setting out to buy a home. Using a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about your desired area is a positive first step. The search can take a while for some and quickly for others. Either way, your agent can be a helpful resource of guidance through any issues or complications that might come up along the way. Knowing what to expect when buying a home helps. Here are the steps in purchasing a home from the point of view of a buyer:

 

1.After talking it over with Bob, you are ready to submit an offer to purchase the home. The sellers may either accept your offer or return with a counteroffer. This is common and more negotiations may be needed. Your agent Bob can help you through this state which can be stressful.

 

2. Congratulations! The sellers have accepted your offer. When both the buyer and seller have reached an agreement they enter into a purchase and sale agreement.

 

3. To let the sellers know of your intent to buy, you will put down a deposit for the property. The amount of the deposit can vary, but Bob can help with this. This money usually counts towards your down payment later on down the line.

 

4. Escrow is now open. This is where all the funds are held until closing. The funds get distributed to the right people (mortgage broker, etc.)

 

5. Now the buyers apply for a mortgage. If the buyer has already been pre-approved, this step moves a little quicker.

 

6. Title history is now inspected and an appraisal of the property is ordered. The appraisal may show a lower value than the purchase price. The title search may also find any liens or other problems.

 

7. Home inspection time! Your real estate agent will suggest one. The home will be checked for minor and major problems that may need to be fixed before closing.

 

8. When the house passes inspection, the appraisal and title search, then the path is cleared to close.

 

9. When the contingencies are removed and all the financing is set, the transaction can close!

 

10. It is time to pack!

 

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