The quicker the sale the better!

3 Strategies for a Quick Home Sale

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Most sellers have a specific goal when it comes to their transaction: a quick sale and top dollar. But sometimes fast action doesn’t align with achieving the highest and best value.

There are multiple schools of thought on this subject and the perspective varies not only with where you are in the country, but also by price point, neighborhood and even down to the block. When it comes to pricing and the search for a quick sale, it’s always best to get help from a local agent.

Here are some strategies you can use to get offers fast.

1. The Theory of Under-Pricing

Under-pricing means that you go to market with a list price that is just below what the comparable sales in your area support.

You can’t pinpoint the exact market value of a home until it sells. But before you list, there’s always a range. If you price your house at or below the bottom of the value range, you are under-pricing the home.

In many West Coast markets this strategy will work effectively. Take this San Francisco home, for example: priced at $1.1 million, it received 10 offers and sold for $1.425 million in less than a week.

Risk alert: If you price your home low, this plan could backfire — big time. If you don’t know your market and this strategy doesn’t work, you’d better be ready to accept that list price.

2. Staging and Market Presentation

Well-priced homes that also show well sell quickly. If you want a quick sale, you need to invest some serious time in getting the house ready.

Prepping the home means taking out large pieces of furniture and personal items, painting, replacing carpets, finishing floors and even doing some minor renovations.

Enlist the help of a home stager and take their advice, and you can be assured a quicker sale. The investment of time and money will pay itself back.

Risk alert: If you go overboard on staging or you don’t spend the time and money in the right places, it could be a waste. Don’t make staging decisions in a vacuum. Focus on kitchens and bathrooms, de-cluttering and cleaning. When in doubt, ask for help.

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Everything fabulous & white for your kitchen…

50 White Kitchen Ideas that Work

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A kitchen remodel is one of the most common renovation projects in homes today, and also one that can have a significant effect on resale value.

And since the average homeowner will spend tens of thousands of dollars when doing a major kitchen remodel, it’s crucial to do it right. So how do you accomplish that? We’ve assembled a number of white kitchen ideas to simplify the design process.

When spending a lot of money on a remodel you’ll want to create a space you love, but if you’re planning on selling at some point you’ll also want to secure a return on your investment (you’ll also want to like the room yourself 20 years from now as your tastes change).

Today’s home buyers are turned off by dated kitchens, and are looking for modern additions like granite counters and updated appliances. Those things can both be done in white, and according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, white and off-white are the most popular color schemes for those spaces. Make your design decisions easier by creating an all-white room that’s fresh, bright and aesthetically pleasing.

In addition to a timeless look, white can make a small kitchen feel bigger and brighten a room that lacks adequate natural light. And while you don’t want to offend anyone’s taste with your kitchen design, you also don’t want a white kitchen to feel bland. Add depth by using accent colors and insert personal style in changeable features like light fixtures, furniture and cabinet pulls.

From the appliances to the cabinets, we’ve broken down 50 different white kitchen ideas.

White Kitchen Countertops

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There are a number of ways to approach white countertops. White marble is warm, classic and its natural veiny appearance adds texture. It is more expensive than other options as well as higher maintenance. You’ll need to wipe up spills right away, avoid putting hot pans or abrasive items on the surface and seal it on a regular basis. White granite is lower maintenance than marble (seal it once a year and wipe up spills ASAP) but also offers a classic look. Engineered white quartz is durable and non-porous so it’s more sanitary and resists stains, scratches and corrosion. White concrete can achieve that pure white look and it’s also incredibly durable. White glass can be pricey, but in addition to being sleek and bright it’s also non-porous and perhaps the most hygienic option. If you’re on a budget, today’s laminates mimic more expensive granite and marble and also resist scratching and chipping.

Is your bed the best it can be?

How To Choose Perfect Bed Linens

Did you know that we spend 26 years sleeping in our beds!? If we are going to spend that much of our lives in bed, then shouldn’t our beds be the ultimate sanctuary? Don’t we deserve beds that have the absolute best sheets and pillows —ones that are as soft as down and as fluffy as clouds?

Here at Freshome, we say YES! Our beds, and our bedrooms for that matter, should be rooms full of lavish, sumptuous comfort—they should be retreats where we can escape the stresses of our hectic day. So, how do you get the best possible bedding?

This article will explain everything that you need to know about buying the absolute best bed linens that money can buy.  We will  cover topics such as thread count, pillows, and of course, we will offer some amazing bedroom design inspiration.

Here is how to choose the perfect bed linens:

Are you feeling a little adventurous?

7 Geodesic Domes You Can Rent Right Now

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Sick and tired of your traditional antler-heavy mountain retreat? This summer, break the alpine monotony by booking a vacation in a geodesic dome. One of Curbed Ski’s 7 Essential Styles of Ski Town Architecture, geodesic domes are part kit-house, part retro, and all cool. They flourished in the 1960s and 1970s and although rare, almost every ski town has a few domes hanging around. Many of them have popped up on Airbnb and VRBO, where their…

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Is your kitchen stressing you out?

According to Ikea, People Are Pretty Stressed About Their Kitchens

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IKEA’s second global Life at Home Report came out today. It’s not as salacious as the first one, which revealed that people in Mumbai have the most morning sex and people in New York do the most work while sitting on the toilet, instead focusing on the kitchen. Specifically, the fact that everyone is very anxious about their kitchens, apparently. For instance, 19 percent of Parisians chose the answer “I would feel uncomfortable or ashamed” when presented with the question, “How would you feel if a friend looked in your kitchen?” (A friend!) And while 38 percent of Berliners residents cook at home during the week, 54 percent never eat in the kitchen or dining room. On the bright side, only 18 percent of them feel bad about the amount of food they throw away each week, the lowest of any of the eight cities surveyed.

Not a US citizen? Here’s what you need to know about buying a home…

Buying a Home When You’re Not a U.S. Citizen

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Immigrants are having a significant impact on the U.S. housing market. According to the Research Institute for Housing America, immigrants accounted for nearly 40% of the net increase in U.S. homeowners from 2000 to 2010. Meanwhile, the same group estimates that U.S. homeownership rates among Latino immigrants will hit 50% by the year 2020.

Overall, the number of immigrant homeowners is still relatively small, representing only 11.2% of owner-occupied homes in 2014, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies. Even so, that’s up from 6.8% 20 years earlier.

So immigrants are clearly buying homes. But what sort of obstacles and challenges do they face that native-born homebuyers do not?

There are no legal barriers to foreign nationals buying property, owning homes or obtaining loans in the U.S.

Foreign investors buy U.S. property and do business with U.S. banks all the time — getting a mortgage and buying a home is simply more of the same, on a smaller scale.

“Residency of any kind is not a requirement for home ownership in the U.S.,” said Jason Madiedo, president of Alterra Home Loans, in Las Vegas. “The challenge for the consumer is to gain financing.”

Documenting Foreign Financial Info Can Be a Challenge

For a legal immigrant with an established employment and credit history in this country, the process of buying a home is much the same as it is for a citizen. However, there are still certain challenges that non-citizens may face when seeking to buy a home in the U.S. that native-born borrowers are unlikely to encounter.

“It becomes a little more difficult for a foreign national to buy an owner-occupied property unless they’re here with a job in the U.S.,” said Bill Ashmore, president of IMPAC Mortgage in Irvine, California. “The longer somebody’s here and the more they can document their income through tax returns, the better off they are.”

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Tis the season for outdoor entertaining!

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Summer

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Summer is almost here! It’s time for cookouts, BBQ’s and outdoor entertaining.  But outdoor parties can become tedious with all that running back and forth, inside and out with serving dishes and food.

The solution: Outdoor kitchens. They allow us to navigate backyard entertaining without all the fuss, avoiding the running back and forth from indoor stove to outdoor guests.  Here are some must-have outdoor kitchen ideas to help you create your very own outdoor cooking oasis:

Go modern

Outdoor kitchens can match your modern home. In other words, the outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be ‘kitchy’ and filled with cute Kiss the Cook aprons, rather it can be sleek and modern to match your style.

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Outdoor kitchen storage

Just like our indoor kitchens, our outdoor kitchens require ample cupboard space. When designing your outdoor space, make sure to include plenty of cabinets and storage solutions. Stainless steel cabinets are ideal for outdoor kitchens.