2014 Why the Second Half Will Be Better Than the First

Why the Second Half of 2014 Will Be Better Than the First

Why the Second Half of 2014 Will Be Better Than the First

In 2014 the housing market has been sluggish in many markets over the past six months, after last year’s double-digit appreciation.

But researchers at the real estate brokerage Redfin say they see signs that the housing market is now edging back to normal. In a new report, they say they expect the market in urban areas to regain its footing over the second half of 2014.

“The second half will not be without its wobbles,” Redfin researchers note on the brokerage’s blog. “The housing market will have to jockey between poor economic indicators and pent-up buyer demand. But the housing market can maneuver around the juggernaut of sub par long-term economic fundamentals, based on the very real difference between this year and any other year post-crisis: Housing is now edging back to normal.”

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July 2014 Monthly Item of Value – Updating Your Bathrooms

Give your bathrooms a makeover! If you are looking for great ways to update your bathrooms but don’t want to undertake a full renovation, in this month’s Item of Value you will find valuable tips on easily transforming and refreshing your bathrooms – from window treatments, to paint and lighting – no demolition required!

July 2014 Item of Value

Rooms That Are Outta Sight (Secrets for you)

Secret rooms are becoming popular with homeowners

Secret rooms are becoming popular with homeowners

Secret rooms are becoming popular with homeowners

Everyone loves a secret room.

Hidden rooms and passageways might seem like the stuff of a Victorian murder mystery, but these spaces are increasingly popular in homes, with owners installing them for reasons of design, security and just plain fun.

“No one knows it’s there,” says Jerry Stubbs of the secret room he built under the garage of his Spanish Fork, Utah, home. “I put valuables in there, and our food storage and guns.”

Mr. Stubbs, a general contractor, excavated the space, then bought a Creative Home Engineering bookcase with a secret door for access to the room.

Since launching in 2004, Gilbert, Ariz.-based Creative Home has sold about 500 secret doors, says founder Steve Humble. Sales have increased in each of the past three years, he says, with 2014 on pace to be its best year.

Security is a prime consideration for many customers, Mr. Humble notes, but hidden spaces aren’t all a matter of safeguarding against potential intruders.

Hidden wine cellars and children’s playrooms are homeowner favorites, adds John Witt, president of Witt Construction, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Secret rooms aren’t Witt’s focus, but with word-of-mouth driving demand, the company takes on several such projects a year, he says.

Cardok, based outside Geneva, builds garages that rise out of the ground on hydraulic lifts, allowing owners to tuck their cars neatly out of sight when they aren’t in use. “It saves space, and it’s a very discreet design,” says Izabela Waligora, a project manager at the company. “It doesn’t spoil your entrance or your garden.” Let us know if you have a preference or idea for your own secret room. We would love to hear about it.

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7 tips to get the best mortgage

Trying for a mortgage to purchase a home? These steps will help get you there.

 

7 tips to get the best mortgage

7 tips to get the best mortgage

  As the real estate market begins to perk up, many people find themselves in a good position to start looking for a home. Even though interest rates continue to hover at the lower end of the spectrum, shopping for a mortgage is still a tricky process, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. But don’t fret. These seven steps will help you navigate the treacherous waters of mortgage shopping, and they’ll save you time and money in the process. 1. Have your credit report ready 2. Work on improving your debt-to-income ratio 3. Plan for a big down payment 4. Decide between a fixed or hybrid mortgage 5. Shop for lenders 6. Submit a thorough application 7. Lock in your interest rate To see the complete article 7 Tips to get the best mortgage please visit our website at www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx

House Safety this summer while you are away

House Safety this summer while you are away

House Safety this summer while you are away

House Safety this summer while you are away

Crime rates rise in the summer months with the heat, school breaks and as more Americans leave their homes to go on vacation.

With temperatures up and school out, homeowners and renters just want to kick back and enjoy summer — which sometimes means taking undue risk with their home and possessions. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that violent crime and home break-ins rise in the summer months with the heat, school breaks and as more Americans leave their homes to go on vacation.

Not for nothing, but way too many Americans don’t secure their homes properly (although they do lock their doors) in the summer — in fact, 44% of North Americans fall short, according to Master Lock, a Milwaukee security firm. “Safety starts and ends at home,” says Rebecca Smith, a spokeswoman for Master Lock. “There’s no better time to incorporate safe practices into your family’s routine to ensure a safe and memorable summer.”

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Curb appeal 7 ways to kick your up a notch before you sell

Curb Appeal Before you sell, ensure you capture your home’s potential ‘wow’ factor.

Curb appeal 7 ways to kick your up a notch before you sell

Curb appeal 7 ways to kick your up a notch before you sell

Whether you’re trying to sell your home, rent your house or simply “wow” your neighbors, nothing makes a more dramatic impression than your curb appeal.

First impressions mean everything, and when people lay eyes on your home for the first time, they’ll immediately glimpse your home’s facade and your front lawn. While a massive face-lift, such as new siding, can cost thousands, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways you can improve the look of your home.

Here are seven ways to boost your curb appeal

1. Mulch Heavily

2. Create a Rock Garden

3. Add Trim

4. Add Shutters

5. Paint your brick

6. Paint your front door

7. Replace your house numbers

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Renting to Buying a home 5 Things to Know

Renting to buying a home – 5 things you need to know

Renting vs Buying a Home

Renting vs Buying a Home

 

Renting right now? And you’ve decided it’s time to purchase your own home and leave the world of renting behind. If you’ve always rented or it has been quite some time since you have owned a home. There a quite a few changes as you become a homeowner.

Here are five things to look out for as you start the process of buying a home.

1.      Get Your Credit in Check

2.    Budget, Then Shop

3.    Take the Inspection Seriously

4.    Factor in the Extra Costs

5.     Repairs are Your Responsibility

 

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