All posts by Kylie Ladd
For many, backyards can be a place of comfort and peace, a place to retreat to when the hectic energy of your house gets to be too much. And as important as the front and curb appeal is, the back exterior plays an important role in the value of your home. As top Realtor Holly Henbest adds, “Your backyard can essentially add square footage to your home and draw in buyers envisioning a lifestyle.” Depending on the project you had in mind, some backyard renovations can bring in a return as high as 200%. We ranked the list of backyard renovations from highest to lowest return.
Get a tan. Go on vacation. Sign the kids up for summer camp. Just a few things on the summer to-do-list for around the house but what about the house? With all the excitement that the new season brings, it’s easy to forget about the many things that need to be done to get your home ready for summer. Just as the winter months can take their toll on a home (unless you’re in sunny Southwest), there’s plenty that needs to be done to properly prepare your house for the new season. The following is a list of guidelines on how to get your home summer ready before the temperatures kick up a notch!
For many people, pets are like family. Sure, they may pee on the carpet or scratch on the door on occasion but, they’re a permanent and lovable addition to any house that make it feel like a home.They’re the ones who greet you excitedly when you come home after a long day and are always quick to cuddle up. Around 37-47% of households in the U.S. have a dog and 30-37% have a cat, yet homes are hardly ever built with these furry residents in mind. Here are a few updates that go the extra mile in making sure your cuddly friend is comfortable and safe in your home.
As social media continues to become more intertwined with our ecosystem and everyday way of living, it’s becoming more perilous to not use it for business means. 90% of millennials (ages 18-29) use social media, which is nearly everyone. In September of 2015, Instagram hit 400 monthly users, surpassing Twitter. Not only does social allow you to reach new audience members (in particular the Millennial audience) and create awareness in your community but it’s also effective in driving traffic. While there are many advantages to using social media to help sell homes, finding the time to do it effectively, can be a task.
Spring is finally here which means baseball, good weather and for some, a new beginning in a new place. To avoid the high costs of moving during the summer, many people are packing up and starting fresh for the spring. Whether you’re moving for a new job, trying out a different scene or looking for a more affordable home, these cities are popular places to head to. And while home prices continue to rise steadily, there’s still plenty of opportunity to be had in these popular metro areas across the U.S. 10. San Jose, California The city has been growing rapidly thanks in part to the technology boom of Silicon Valley but, housing and rental costs still remain high. In 2015, the city hit a population mark of ONE million and shows no signs of slowing down in the upcoming year.
2015 was arguably the best ONE yet for real estate professionals since 2007! As we head into 2016, the real estate industry continues to build on the previous year’s momentum. The economy continues to improve and a bigger demographic will be looking for homes this year, especially as we thaw out from winter.