Features Most Home Buyers Want in a home.

 

Below is the complete list of the most wanted – and least wanted – characteristics home buyers want in a new home, followed by the percentage:

Features Most Home Buyers Want

  • Energy Star-rated appliances — 94 percent
  • Laundry room — 93 percent
  • Energy Star-rating for the whole home — 91 percent
  • Exhaust fan in bathroom — 90 percent
  • Exterior Lighting — 90 percent
  • Bathroom Linen Closet — 90 percent
  • Energy Star-rated windows — 89 percent
  • Ceiling fans — 88 percent
  • Garage Storage — 86 percent
  • Table space for eating in kitchen — 85 percent
  • Walk-in kitchen pantry — 85 percent
  • Features Fewer Buyers Want
  • High-density community — 56 percent
  • Only a shower stall in master bath — 51 percent
  • Gated community — 48 percent
  • Mixed-use community — 44 percent
  • Two-story family room — 43 percent
  • Wine cooler — 42 percent
  • Wet bar — 41 percent
  • Laminate countertop — 40 percent
  • Two-story entry foyer — 38 percent
  • Laundry chute — 32 percent
  • Outdoor kitchen — 31 percent
  • Game room — 31 percent
  • His & Her baths — 31 percent
  • Glass front cabinets — 31 percent
  • Countertop — 30 percent

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How Builders Make New Homes More Spacious, Inside and Out

Homebuyers who want a new house that feels spacious, open, connected and welcoming need look no further than today’s newly built homes.

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Ninety-four percent of new home buyers cite Energy Star-rated appliances as the most important feature in their new home. (Photo: The Burnsteads. Issaquah, WA.)

That’s because today’s homesare larger, on average, than homes built in yesteryears and builders’ newer floor plans and architectural designs create both the reality and illusion of more space.

Builders completed 569,000 new detached houses in 2013, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Based on a statistical sampling, 305,000, or nearly 54 percent, of those houses had two or more stories; 251,000, or 44 percent, had at least four bedrooms; 188,000, or 33 percent, had three or more bathrooms and 166,000, or 29 percent, had a full or partial basement. The average home size was just two feet shy of 2,600 square feet.

Spaciousness isn’t all about square footage, however.

High Ceilings

Perhaps the best way to make a house feel much larger is to raise the ceilings to 9, 10 or even 12 or 15 feet, says Trey Bitteker, general sales manager at Pulte Homes in Arizona. “High ceiling heights will certainly open up a house. When someone walks through it, every room feels a little bit larger,” he says.

New homes today commonly have double-height or one-and-a half height ceilings in one or more rooms such as an entry hall, family room or formal living room, says Michael Malone, principal at Michael Malone Architects in Dallas. “No matter how small a room is,” Malone says, “that extra vertical height makes a lot of difference.”

Two Stories

Higher ceilings can be paired with a two-story home and grand staircase that add a feeling of even more space.

Two stories adds square footage in a home that’s still affordable, says Julie Hauge, sales manager at Drees Homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“Buyers want a three-car garage,” Hauge says. “They want four bedrooms. They want a good-sized kitchen, family and dining areas. They want a game room and media room. To get all that, you almost have to go to a two-story.”

But not always. Builders also offer larger single-story homes, though they typically cost more since a larger lot (i.e., more land) is necessary to accommodate plenty of space on one level.

Connectedness

Interior spaces such as a family room, kitchen and dining area that flow into one another without the interruption of walls can make a new home feel bigger, too. “One big, open space does lend itself to making the home feel a lot larger,” Hauge says.

An interior that’s connected to the exterior extends the dramatic feeling of spaciousness, says Erik Koss, president of Koss Design + Build in Phoenix, Ariz.

Using the same materials for walls, ceilings and floors inside and outside makes the space feel bigger and inspires homeowners to develop more secondary space outside as well, Koss says.

Or as Malone puts it: “That connection of the interior space with the exterior is a big part of the effect of making a small footprint feel bigger and a big footprint feel luxurious.”

Bonus Rooms

Instead of such rarely used rooms as a traditional formal dining or living room, and hallways, which are typically dark and narrow, builders today add bonus rooms that make a home’s space more useful for the homeowners.

Examples Bitteker cites include an “owner’s retreat” off the main bedroom that could be a sitting area, workout facility, office space or TV room; a “planning center” off the kitchen that could be used to drop keys and other belongings, pay bills and organize family meals and an “everyday entry” off the garage with space for shoes, coats, backpacks, hats and the like

Double-Duty Rooms

Flexible, or “flex,” rooms create space by giving buyers options to use one room in multiple ways.

Koss says these spaces, which he calls “double-duty rooms,” can combine a home office with a guest bedroom, a TV room with a kids’ playroom or a laundry room with a crafts room. Properly outfitted, one room could even function as a workspace, playroom and overflow sleeping area, he suggests.

Bigger, Better Windows

Properly placed, windows also create spaciousness, again because they extend the indoors to the outdoors and add light to a room.

“We strategically place windows for optimal views so you can look out and see that pool or beautiful landscaping you put in your backyard, “The windows are larger than some you may have seen in the past, which will also make the rooms feel bigger.”

The strategy isn’t just more windows or bigger windows, but smartly placed windows.

“Years ago, (the thinking was) put in as many windows as you want and add on as many air-conditioners as you need to make it work,” he says. “Today, we have better glass and builders and architects are paying more attention to how to maximize where each window goes so it adds light, but not a lot of heat. It’s about being sensitive to placement.”

Lighter Finishes

Once the house is completed, lighter paint colors and finishes are used today to reflect light and further enhance the effect of large, open and spacious rooms, Malone explains.

“You can never put enough light on a dark finish to make a room feel bright,” he says. “You can put a very small amount of light on a white finish or blond wood and it makes the whole space seem much bigger and brighter.”

Single Women Kick Butt in the Housing Market

Over the past 12 months, single women made up 17 percent of all homebuyers, purchasing at twice the rate of their single male counterparts, according to a new annual report from the National Association of REALTORS®.

Furthermore, 2016 research from MGIC Connects shows single women representing the second-largest home-buying group, right behind married couples. This is even more impressive when you consider wage inequality, which is still a country-wide issue. In 2015, women made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men working a comparable job—a gender wage gap of a shocking 20 percent.

So, women are kicking butt in the housing market. But who are these ladies? According to NAR’s 2015 Profile of Buyers and Sellers report, the median age of the single female buyer is 32 years old, and their median income is $49,000. But it’s not just 30-something ladies purchasing their homes solo, but baby boomers, divorced and out on their own, or downsizing from a family home they no longer need.

What’s in store for the future of female-owned housing? When you consider the consistent rise in the educated woman (meaning higher-paying jobs and more opportunities), well, things are looking pretty peachy.

How can your home make your happier?

Your home should be your sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of everyday life, where you can relax, enjoy yourself and spend time with friends and family. If your home isn’t bringing you the happiness it should, take a look at the following tips to help put a smile on your face whenever you walk in your front door.

Surround yourself with mood-boosting colors. Red, orange and yellow are most often associated with generating positive feelings. If those colors don’t make you smile, surround yourself with the colors that you’re most drawn to. Try using one of your favorite memories for inspiration. If you took a life-changing trip to Greece a few years ago, why not paint your bedroom the deep blue of the Aegean Sea?
Fill the air with blissful scents. Many scents, including jasmine, citrus and freshly baked bread, are reported to be linked to happiness. Scent is also closely linked with memory, so filling your home with a scent tied to happy memories will give your spirits a lift. I love fresh scents!
Create a dedicated space for your favorite hobbies. Spending time on activities that bring you joy is important to your overall happiness. Whether your passion is reading, painting or woodworking, having a space devoted to your favorite hobby will motivate you to spend more time doing what you love.
Bring the outdoors in. According to Psychology Today, there is a significant link between time spent enjoying nature and happiness. To bring Mother Nature indoors, I fill my home with plants and fresh flowers or just open your curtains and windows to enjoy the view of any nearby gardens or trees.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me when you hear someone say they are looking to buy, sell or invest in a home!!

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Painting Tips When Selling Your Home

Getting ready to sell your home? One of the easiest home improvements to get buyers’ attention is a fresh coat of paint. It’s a cost-effective fix that will make your home look updated, which can translate to increased value.

Here are a few expert tips from Dunn-Edwards Paints on choosing interior colors that appeal to buyers:

Image 1Don’t Go All White or Beige.

It’s true that you want to make your home appealing to the widest possible audience when you are selling, but going strictly white might make your house end up looking more utilitarian than stylish. Stick to earth tones and nature-based colors like warm browns and milky tans (think latte). Light greens and blues are classy, and warm grays are popular now. An occasional accent wall in a darker or complementary shade can also add a designer look.

Take the Flooring Into Consideration.

Lay color chips on the floor to see how they pair-warm tones tend to look better with most hardwood, whereas tile, terrazzo or carpet may warrant other colors.

Focus on Key Rooms.

Don’t want to spend the next few weeks painting your entire home? Don’t worry – you don’t have to. Focus your painting efforts on the rooms that will have the most impact – the kitchen and baths. In the kitchen, soft buttery yellows with slight brown undertones are popular, and olive and sage greens can make it feel garden-y and fresh. Bathrooms (and the laundry room) can tolerate brighter colors because they’re smaller.

U.S. Labor Market Positioned to Slow Its Roll
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Image 2Last month’s jobs report reported 156,000 new jobs were created in September, with an average of 178,000 jobs created each month this year. These steady but unspectacular employment numbers suggest that the combination of tight labor markets, falling profits, and higher wages may slow job growth in the coming months, but the news is not all negative.

Though the unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.0 percent, this is largely due to rising labor force participation. Wages have now grown by 2.6 percent during the past year. A combination of more confident workers and still risk averse firms is making it increasingly difficult for businesses to find the right workers at the right price.

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Make Good Use of Outdoor Space

YELP!  It’s true – by adding a few enhancements you can use your outdoor space in almost any season. It can be easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year.

A fire feature
It can get chilly at night. An outdoor fireplace, fire table, fire pit will enhance any outdoor space.

“Our most popular installations feature patio fireplaces or a fire ring surrounded by a seat wall  “It’s a beautiful addition to any outdoor space that you can enjoy in all seasons.”

An outdoor cooking space
A dedicated space for the grill close to a door lets you barbecue in any season. A complete outdoor kitchen may be more fun. Cooking outside isn’t just for summertime anymore.

A retaining wall and seats
A variety of outdoor features can be created with retaining walls. “You can create stairs, retaining walls, freestanding walls, couches, tiered walls, planters, columns, multi-angled corners and curves. 

Lighting
A variety of lighting options for outdoor spaces exist. Low-voltage LED up lights along walls and structures and down lights along pathways and walkways are popular. “Lighting can be installed within retaining walls, under capstones and among paving stone pathways and patios. Even a simple string of lights around a patio or deck railing adds a warm ambience to evenings and cool nights.

A paving stone patio
Interlocking concrete paving stones fit any outdoor landscape style, from classic to contemporary. Pavers are easy to install, come in many styles and colors and require little to no maintenance. Some pavers feature a surface texture like natural stone.

Year-round outdoor furniture
Look for outdoor furniture that’s durable and doesn’t need storage or annual maintenance other than cleaning. “Due to durability and ease of maintenance, many homeowners and businesses choose recycled HDPE furniture like our Comfort Craft line over traditional wood and wrought iron outdoor furniture, which needs to be stored in the winter. People like to set it out and forget about it. When you use it in fall or winter you can add removable cushions for warmth.”

A Shelter
Take shelter from the elements with a variety of pergolas, awnings and other coverings for patios and decks that not only provide shade but also help protect from wind and inclement weather. 

Turn on the heat
A variety of portable outdoor gas or electric patio heaters and lamps adds warmth and light to outdoor spaces. Freestanding heaters, lamps and tabletop fire bowls and pots are very popular.

Hope this helps. Let me know what your thoughts are

Pedi time!!

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   Ok guys and gals. It’s that time again. Summer weather is coming soon. (we hope) That means you will see lots of heals and toes out. With that being said, don’t be caught with dry cracked heals, chipped toe polish or dry feet that look like you dusted your feet with baby powder and put on sandals. Take about an hour for yourself and get a pedicure! try some of your local salons, ask a friend to recommend a nail salon to you, Google pedicure salons in your area. or do it your self. if you decide to do it yourself make sure you use the proper utensils and that they are sanitized. Pedicures are one of my favorite things to do. I can’t stand it when people just throw on sandals/flip flops without taking the time to pamper the very thing that keeps you moving all day. Our feet do a lot for us. We stand long hours on our feet, run, walk, jump and kick. We walk in high heel shoes for work all day, we smother our feet in socks and shoes all day. Our feet carry the weight of our bodies all day everyday. Every man and woman needs a pedicure service at least once. The manner in which people uphold their feet as well as their hands show others the level of cleanliness and the value you have put on it. I’d like to hear what you do for your tips and toes? see you at the salon.

 

 

IM A HUGGER ARE YOU?

Image   I read this really cool article on hugging. I decided to share my thoughts on hugging and why I’m a hugger. Growing up I didn’t receive a lot of hugs (at least I didn’t feel like I did) But my grandmother gave some of the best hugs!! she hugged you like it was going out of style 🙂 she squeezed you so tight it felt like your eyes were going to pop out..lol..you knew you had been hugged. O how I miss those hugs. I decided to share some of my thoughts on “hugging”.

 Hugging guidelines..

1. Don’t hug those you supervise. (The caveats: You can hug a subordinate if: it’s being supportive in a non-creepy way (major family or personal loss – sideways, kind of arm around the shoulder, you care about them hug); it’s at a wedding and you are congratulating them; it’s a hug for a professional win (promotion, giant sale, big project completion, etc.) and it’s with a group, not alone in your office with the lights off; you would feel comfortable with your spouse standing next you and watching that specific hug.)

2. Hug your external customers or clients when they initiate hugging sequence. (The caveats: Don’t hug if: it is required to get business – that’s not hugging, that’s harassment. Don’t let the hug last more than a second or two, or it gets creepy. Don’t mention the hug afterwards; that makes you seem creepy!)

3. Don’t hug the person you’re having an affair with in the office. (No explanation needed) how about, don’t have the affair in the first place.

4. Hug peers, just not every day. (It’s alright to hug, but you don’t need to do it everyday for people you see everyday. Save some up and make it special!) I hug my co-workers daily and friends daily when I see them, that’s who I am.

5. When you hug, hug for real. (Nothings worse than the ‘fake hug’! A fake hug is worse than a non-hug.) My hugs are always real.

6. Don’t whisper, ‘You smell good,’ when hugging someone professionally. (That’s creepy – in fact don’t whisper anything while hugging!)

7. Don’t close your eyes while hugging professionally. (That’s weird and a bit stalker-ish) lol

8. It is alright to announce a hug is coming. (Some people will appreciate a – ‘Hey, Come here: I’m giving you a hug – it’s been a long time!’) I don’t say it’s coming, they know it’s coming by my actions and people who know me know there getting a hug from me.

9. It’s never alright to hug from behind. (Creepier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

10. Never hug in the restroom. (It makes for awkward moments when other employees walk in and see that especially if you didn’t was your hands..lol) YUK

11. If you’re questioning yourself whether it will be alright to Hug someone professionally, that is your cue that it probably isn’t.

There are so many reasons for hugging others but be mindful of religions and culture. My thoughts, sometimes people could use a hug, someone could be hurting inside and a hug just may hug their heart. Some people may not have been hugged in weeks, some people may be feeling no one cares and that hug or smile may make all the difference in the world. It is a nice way to say hello or goodbye to someone. In closing, I have 2 questions for you.

1. Who have you hugged today?

2. Who do you know that could use a hug today?

 

 

Games for Playing and Learning

 
Games for Playing and Learning
 

    If you had any doubts video games could help kids learn, these programs may dispel them all. From playing an instrument to preparing for natural disasters, kids will love what they learn. Most come with guides for parents and educators to help kids make learning more effective – the FUN is covered! 
Dragon Box – Secretly teaches algebra to kids while they play. With two games (up to 350 levels) geared for two different age groups, this gaming app has taught children as young as four-years-old to do algebra equations meant for 12-year-olds. The program is so amazing it has even taught kids a working knowledge of basic algebra in as little as 45 minutes. Where was this when you were a kid? Ages 4-12, for Amazon, iPhone, Android.
Gamestar Mechanic – Helps kids learn video game design and programming…and even lets them make their own video games to play online and share with family and friends. Comes with parent or teacher’s guides to help facilitate learning offline. Ages 7-14, Web-based.
Mathblaster asks, “Do you have what it takes to save the galaxy?” After takeoff your kids will be taken on an intergalactic journey while picking up space-age math skills. Used in schools for over 15 years, it’s now available to all. Ages 5-12 and up, Web-based.
Ology – From the American Museum of Natural History comes a delightful online journey into natural sciences: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, and many more. There are lots of interactive sections and even cartoon contests for younger children, Ages 3-18 and up, Web-based.
Disaster Hero – Do you know what to do in an earthquake, hurricane, or fire situation? Your kids could teach you a thing or two after playing this slick looking game made possible by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ages 5-14, Web-based.
Smarty Pants – Smarty Pants is the trivia game that will challenge the whole family—and the best part? Everyone can play together because Smarty Pants automatically adjusts the level of questions based on the age of the “up” player, effectively leveling the field between kids and adults. Ages 7 and up, for Nintendo Wii.
Rocksmith – Just plug in your electric guitar or bass to your gaming system or computer and you can learn to play guitar in 60 days. Currently being used by over 1.5 million people, Rocksmith is sure to rock your world! Ages 8 and up, for PC, Xbox, PlayStation.
Challenge! – From National Geographic comes an exploration of the history of our world from Mesopotamia to Michelangelo. Up to four players can play, so it’s fun for everyone. Ages 8 to adult, for Nintendo Wii, Xbox, PlayStation.