Easy Ways to Add Ambiance to Your Listing


You don’t want the listing to be so neutral that it lacks any personality or visual interest. So what are some simple ways you can add ambiance to a home? RISMedia recently featured an article spotlighting a few ideas, including:

Add some indoor plants.

Try adding real plants to nearly every room in the home. Be sure to select shade-loving and indoor plants to make sure they are easier to keep alive.

Enhance the lighting.

The right lighting can work wonders in a space. Try wall sconces along the hallway. Also, sconces along a living room wall can be used as decorative accents as well as emit softer lights. Pendant lights over a kitchen island can also add to the ambiance. The use of glass doors inside the home – such as French doors for the study — can also make a home brighter.

Create more places for shelves.

Shelves not only can ramp up the storage space but also make a decorative statement too. For example, floating shelves under staircases or along living room walls can store books or collectibles. The shelves should add to the décor and be functional simultaneously.

Add a vintage piece of furniture.

The furniture is often the focal point of any living room. Add some visual interest with a vintage, upholstered chair. “Older items tend to have decades-old patterns that can improve a home’s ambiance with one quick glance,” the RISMedia article notes.


Future Home Values: Where Do The Experts Think They Are Headed?



Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

The results of their latest survey:

Home values will appreciate by 3.7% over the course of 2016, 3.3% in 2017 and 3.2% in the next two years, and finally 3.1% in 2020 (as shown below). That means the average annual  appreciation will be 3.3% over the next 5 years. ImageProxy-1.mvc.jpeg

The prediction for cumulative appreciation slowed slightly from 21.6% to 17.7% by 2020. The experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of 10.9%.



Bottom Line

Individual opinions make headlines. But I believe the survey is a fairer depiction of future values.

Thou Shalt Not Covet


I’m not prone to envying people for material things. But if I was…I would want a ginormous closet like this. A glamourous place to hang a chandelier, have a zillion drawers and organize my bags and shoes so I don’t have to dive into the bottom of my closet to find things.

It would look just like this all pink and pretty and with the white dog. For the record I have the dog already…I just need the closet.

#closetLove #closetEnvy #sigh

Homeownership Finally Makes Political Debate


I steer clear of talking politics and religion with even the best of friends. But, I think this is a factual and informative perspective.

Finally, the issue of homeownership has become a platform talking point in this year’s presidential debate. Yesterday, one of the candidates running for President spoke out about the importance of homeownership in America. One candidate remarked:

“Homeownership is about more than just owning a home. It is about putting roots down in a community with better schools, safer streets and good jobs. And it is about building wealth, as homeowners build equity in their home one mortgage payment at a time…We must make sure that everyone has a fair shot at homeownership.”

This post isn’t political!

It doesn’t matter who said it first. It doesn’t matter the political party. What matters is that EVERY candidate for our country’s highest office realizes the important role homeownership plays in the development of our nation. The fact that homeownership was finally brought to the forefront of the debate is great news – no matter which way you lean politically.

Pop of Pink


There is one thing I turn to as my “never fail” color and that is Pink! A pop of pink in any house is like pouring out a welcome mat for family and friends.

The color pink is happy, wild, cheerful, gay, sweet, and magnificent when used with neutrals. Find a spot, any spot, in your home and throw up a little pink.

Even nature likes to toss in some hot pink to mix it up with this happy color.