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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 1/18/2019

If you've recently put your home on the market -- or are considering doing so in the near future -- home staging is a priority which will soon take front and center!

Since "presentation is everything" when trying to catch the interest of prospective buyers, it's crucial to be able to see things through their eyes.

Unfortunately, being able to accomplish that objective is next to impossible because, as a homeowner, you're looking at your home and property through a completely different lens than the rest of the world. The longer you've lived in your home, the more your objectivity is compromised.

Here are a few reasons why it's really difficult to "see the forest for the trees" when it comes to home staging:

First of all, there's the emotional aspect of owning a home and seeing your life unfold there over a period of years. That's especially true for first-time homeowners, parents of growing children, and people who have sunk a lot of money, time, and energy into improvements and customization. Once you've added personal touches to your home to reflect your own tastes, personality, and lifestyle, you're viewing your home through a unique perspective that may cloud your objectivity as a home seller.

Solution: Think Like a Business Owner

For the same reason business owners and executives hire outside consultants to tell them how to improve management efficiency or profitability, home sellers often need professional marketing guidance from a real estate agent or home staging consultant. Getting input from home decorators, landscapers, or home improvement contractors may also provide you with helpful ideas, but their recommendations may not always be the most economical and cost effective.

When staging your home to enhance eye appeal and attract the most potential buyers, a good guiding principle to keep in mind is ROI or "return on investment." While you don't want to sink more money into sprucing up and staging your home than necessary, you do want to cast it in its best possible light. Depending on how recently your home has been updated or improved, your investment in home staging may be relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, if you haven't updated, repaired, or made improvements for more years than you care to remember, the cost of making your home irresistible to buyers may be a lot higher!

One More Scenario

If your tastes could be described as eclectic, "off the wall", or otherwise out of the mainstream, you might need to consider a major overall in the look and feel of your property. Unless you're lucky enough to have it be a "sellers' market" at the time you're putting your house up for sale, it's generally advisable to make your home appealing to as wide a range of potential buyers as possible. An experienced real estate professional is usually in the best position to provide the guidance you need to accomplish that key objective.





Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 1/11/2019

Resolutions are well on their way with the New Year. If organizing your kitchen is one of yours here are some tips to help get it going. 

Getting started

Figure out how you want the space you do have to work, enabling you to measure out the type of organization you need. For instance, if it is a pantry shelf that you put baking odds and ends on then deep, thin trays could be ideal. No need to make a fuss over its label in the store either: if the shelf is tall enough then a magazine holder can do the job while also giving you more design options from which to choose. 

If there is something bigger that you replenish frequently, it is probably a good idea to get large, reusable containers to fit your space for holding your flour, rice, cereal, beans, sugar, etc. These are more easily organized and moved around when you are using your kitchen. 

Do spices leave you searching the cabinet for the right one to do the job? 

Get matching spice bottles. Label each container and stick it to the bottom of your cabinets over the kitchen counter space with Velcro. Or, affix magnets to them and utilize a metal surface such as the side of the refrigerator to organize them on. They will always be easy to find and leave that extra cabinet open for other storage needs.

Is your under-sink cabinet a mess?

Under the sink can become a nightmare if not kept in order through some system. There are many tools designed to combat clutter in the battle for organization in this spot. Attach cabinet door organizers to the inside or hang them over the edge of the door. These are great for anything from cleaning bottles to small items like sponges and such. Adhesive hooks work well for lightweight items designed for hanging like brushes or cloths. A bonus—these hooks can also be used to hang brooms, mops, and dusters on the wall alongside the refrigerator or inside the pantry. 

Re-purpose organizing tools for your needs.

Items such as towel racks, dish drying racks, and even letter holders accomplish any purpose that you need. Towel racks, for example, can also be mounted to help store and organize pan lids. Desktop-style letter holders can hold pans and baking sheets upright or hung on the sides to use wall space for smaller items. 

Use what you can to keep your mind calm.

Let your imagination work for you and don’t allow clutter to keep you from enjoying your kitchen to its fullest this year. Be on the lookout for organization hacks that work for you and your kitchen but most importantly don’t forget to use them!




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 1/4/2019

Each year professionals in creative trades wait with bated breath for the color of the year to be announced. This announcement, much like the groundhog's shadow, is looked to as a prediction of the design landscape ahead. But unlike the shadow, these decisions truly affect what the future holds.

So if you're tired of millennial pink, burgundy or turquoise, all who have held the title of Color of the Year 2018 has a fresh palette for you. And this year is a palette that really pops.

Pantone’s Color of the year - Ultraviolet; a blue-based purple

Ultraviolet steps onto the scene to shake things up. Living up to its namesake this is a vivid color that will turn heads.

Dip your toes into this trend by using it as an accent. Think throw pillows, curtains or even an armchair. Or make a more bold statement with an accent wall or luxe velvet couch in the hue.

Paired with grays and blacks ultraviolet amps up the drama creating a rich, esoteric room. Alternatively, brighten up the mood by pairing it with light shades of purple, blue and pink to tone down the hue and create a more peaceful, homey effect

Benjamin Moore - Caliente; Rich, almost velvety red

Caliente is another choice this year that brings the heat (pun intended). This color is sure to bring energy and warmth to enliven any space.

When paired with crisp white baseboards and curtains it feels luxe and refined. While painted onto shiplap it adds an updated touch to the traditional country home.

Caliente pairs well with natural and peach tones which you may find you already have plenty of in your current decor from past trends.

Glidden - Deep onyx; classic black

Glidden’s choice of deep onyx might just surprise you. While it’s most likely to be the last choice for most when paired with shades of gray and white it feels classic and chic.

This color really shines in a room with plenty of natural light by adding balance to an otherwise monochromatic style. Of course, you can always use deep onyx as an accent color but chances are you already have. Think big picture and you’ll see exactly why it topped Glidden’s list.

Sherwin Williams - Oceanside; sea-blue with green undertones

This beautiful jewel tone takes center stage when paired with a deep navy, denim blue, or even a bright fuschia pop. If you’re looking for ambiance, taupes, light grays and light blues team up with Oceanside to create a soothing spa-like retreat.

A bit of a chameleon in a room with little light will this shade deepens for a moody, reflective feel. Yet it brightens up in a room with plenty of natural light bringing out it’s more energetic quality.

Behr - In The Moment; a blue-green pine

Calm and refreshing, when paired with crisp whites and neutral tones In The Moment leaves your home feeling like a sanctuary

Behr’s choice is by far the most “safe” color this year that many homeowners won’t feel as shy to reach for.

In The Moment, inspired by mindfulness, is the perfect addition to the Scandinavian inspired decor trend we’ve seen cropping up everywhere.




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 12/28/2018

As a home seller, it sometimes can be tough to balance short- and long-term goals. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline your house selling efforts and ensure you can maintain your focus as you proceed along the property selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you stay on course after you list your residence.

1. Establish a Home Selling Timeline

A home selling timeline can help you take the guesswork out of selling your residence. This timeline enables you to determine what tasks you will need to complete as you navigate the property selling journey. Plus, it can help you get a good idea about how much time you will need to sell your residence.

Be flexible with your home selling timeline. Remember, unexpected problems may arise at any point during the home selling journey, and these issues may slow you down. But if you maintain flexibility, you can address any potential home selling hurdles and finish the home selling journey as quickly as possible.

2. Create Home Selling Goals

With home selling goals in place, you can achieve many milestones throughout the property selling journey. These goals can help you stay focused as you complete each step of the home selling process. They also enable you to enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you finish a wide range of tasks when you sell your home.

You can create as many or as few home selling goals as you'd like. As you set up goals, you should consider the steps that you'll need to complete as well. This may allow you to further accelerate the home selling journey.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about what to expect during the home selling journey, you may want to find a real estate agent. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can get the help you need to maintain your focus throughout the property selling journey.

A real estate agent understands exactly what it takes to sell a home in any real estate market, at any time. First, he or she will help you establish a home selling strategy. This housing market professional next will promote your residence to potential buyers and help you review any offers to purchase your home. And if you accept an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to complete the final steps of the property selling journey.

Let's not forget about the expert guidance that a real estate agent provides, either. A real estate agent is happy to respond to a home seller's concerns and questions. As a result, a real estate agent will help a home seller make informed decisions as the property selling journey progresses.

Maintain your focus as you sell your home – use the aforementioned tips, and you can remain on track throughout the house selling journey.




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 12/21/2018

Once you have found the home that you want to live in, put in the offer, and start the process of closing on a home, you may feel like you’re “home free.” The hard part may technically be over, but there’s one more important thing that you need to think about before you get the keys to your place: Closing costs. 

A few days before you head to sign all of your paperwork to close on the home, your lender will send you a detailed report of different closing costs that you need to pay upon the settlement of the property. 


Closing Costs Defined


Closing costs are what you pay to the lender and third parties. These are due at the time of closing on the property and must be paid up front. You should estimate that your closing costs will be between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price of the home.


Everything Included In Closing Costs


Closing costs cover both one-time and recurring fees that are a part of your home purchase. The one-time fees are things that are generally associated with buying the home. These would include attorneys fees, lender fees, home inspection fees, document prep fees, underwriting fees, credit report fees, and realtor fees. You’ll also need a bank issued check for your down payment at this time.  


At closing, an escrow account will be set up. This is like a forced savings account that will be drawn from to cover things like taxes, insurance, loan interest, and title insurance. These are all very important costs that are a part of buying a home.     


Do Your Homework Ahead Of Time


The best way to deal with closing costs is to be prepared ahead of time. Talk to your lender in order to get an estimate of the closing costs. From there, you’ll need to decide if you need to finance your closing costs or simply pay them up front. There are advantages to both approaches. Sometimes, lenders will look at you as less favorable if you need to finance all of your closing costs. It all depends on the terms of your loan. This is why research is vital.


Compare Rates And Lenders


It’s important not to go with the first lender you talk to. Get some recommendations from your realtor and friends to see who might be a good fit for you. Every lender specializes in something different, so you want to be sure that who you chose is a good fit for you. 


The most important thing that you can do with closing costs and the financing of your home is to get educated!     





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