• Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence blasted through the Carolinas and Virginia, leaving a path of flood and wind damage in its wake. According to an analysis by real estate data provider CoreLogic, residential properties in the Carolinas and Virginia sustained between $19-$28.5 billion in damage, which includes impact from both inland flooding and storm surge. Of that amount, an estimated $13-$18.5 billion is in uninsured losses. Flood losses insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are estimated to be $2-$5 billion, and wind losses are estimated to be an additional $1-$1.5 billion. In total, CoreLogic estimates that flooding and […]

    Hurricane Florence: Nearly $30 Billion in Estimated Losses

    Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence blasted through the Carolinas and Virginia, leaving a path of flood and wind damage in its wake. According to an analysis by real estate data provider CoreLogic, residential properties in the Carolinas and Virginia sustained between $19-$28.5 billion in damage, which includes impact from both inland flooding and storm surge. Of that amount, an estimated $13-$18.5 billion is in uninsured losses. Flood losses insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are estimated to be $2-$5 billion, and wind losses are estimated to be an additional $1-$1.5 billion. In total, CoreLogic estimates that flooding and […]

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  • By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Photo credit: Behr The paint company Behr has named a rich, bluish hue its 2019 Color of the Year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy. Behr is predicting that embracing a full range of blue, teal,and gray will be a key style for home design in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says. The color matches with the jewel tone trend that has been taking off in 2018, which also has seen the popularity […]

    Find Out the New, Hot Home Color for 2019

    By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Photo credit: Behr The paint company Behr has named a rich, bluish hue its 2019 Color of the Year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy. Behr is predicting that embracing a full range of blue, teal,and gray will be a key style for home design in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says. The color matches with the jewel tone trend that has been taking off in 2018, which also has seen the popularity […]

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  • Summer is slipping away, and if you’re feeling the heat but think you’ve missed the boat on vacationing, the consumer editors at Reader’s Digest say it’s not too late to find a bargain. Granted, the best deals on air travel and some vacation packages are offered months in advance. But Digest editors wrested a few cool tips from Toronto-based travel agent Brian Simpson on getting the best deals on last-minute travel: Don’t confuse “last-minute” with “short notice.” Last-minute travel is generally accepted to mean short-notice travel, taking place within about 14 days from when you booked. However, short-notice travel means […]

    5 Secrets for Getting the Best Last-Minute Travel Deals

    Summer is slipping away, and if you’re feeling the heat but think you’ve missed the boat on vacationing, the consumer editors at Reader’s Digest say it’s not too late to find a bargain. Granted, the best deals on air travel and some vacation packages are offered months in advance. But Digest editors wrested a few cool tips from Toronto-based travel agent Brian Simpson on getting the best deals on last-minute travel: Don’t confuse “last-minute” with “short notice.” Last-minute travel is generally accepted to mean short-notice travel, taking place within about 14 days from when you booked. However, short-notice travel means […]

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  • By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve. The trouble and confusion sometimes comes when the real estate professional asks a few home stagers to “bid” or present a proposal on their vacant home. BEFORE AFTER Photo credit: HSR Certified Helen Bartlett of Refined Interior Staging Solutions in Kansas City The vacant staging proposal price can range anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000 for a smaller home, so do you just pick the […]

    How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts

    By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve. The trouble and confusion sometimes comes when the real estate professional asks a few home stagers to “bid” or present a proposal on their vacant home. BEFORE AFTER Photo credit: HSR Certified Helen Bartlett of Refined Interior Staging Solutions in Kansas City The vacant staging proposal price can range anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000 for a smaller home, so do you just pick the […]

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  • By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating What is the key to staging a home in appealing to a broad demographic? Presenting a property’s main rooms so buyers can see its true potential beyond what they read in the listing. A room showcased in a way that features the best use of the space will not only get noticed but will increase the perceived value and ultimately reduce the time spent on the market. The following are some examples of rooms that were “styled to sell” by meeting targeted buyer specific needs. Feature a Room’s Original Purpose […]

    Before and After Photos: How Staging Can Make a Big Difference

    By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating What is the key to staging a home in appealing to a broad demographic? Presenting a property’s main rooms so buyers can see its true potential beyond what they read in the listing. A room showcased in a way that features the best use of the space will not only get noticed but will increase the perceived value and ultimately reduce the time spent on the market. The following are some examples of rooms that were “styled to sell” by meeting targeted buyer specific needs. Feature a Room’s Original Purpose […]

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  • Home stager: Justin M. Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, with offices in Portland, Ore., and Seattle The home: This Portland, Ore., home was a “complete and total fixer,” Riordan says. But it wasn’t anything that some savvy staging couldn’t fix. The 3,180-square-foot home was built in 1906 and features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths. It’s listed for $875,000. Riordan’s Staging Tips: Photo Credit: Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency When staging a home, stick with neutral rugs with little to no pattern. This will keep the the rugs from distracting from the house itself. Photo Credit: Justin […]

    Staged to Sell: A Fixer Upper to Show Stopper

    Home stager: Justin M. Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, with offices in Portland, Ore., and Seattle The home: This Portland, Ore., home was a “complete and total fixer,” Riordan says. But it wasn’t anything that some savvy staging couldn’t fix. The 3,180-square-foot home was built in 1906 and features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths. It’s listed for $875,000. Riordan’s Staging Tips: Photo Credit: Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency When staging a home, stick with neutral rugs with little to no pattern. This will keep the the rugs from distracting from the house itself. Photo Credit: Justin […]

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  • Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months, impacting affordability, the rise is not significant according to historical trends, says Mark Bound, chief economist and senior vice president at Metrostudy, a provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industries. In the long term, Boud predicts mortgage interest rates will top out at 5.8 percent in 2020 and 2021, eventually being pulled down […]

    Housing in 2020: Construction Costs Grow, Mortgage Rates Slow

    Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months, impacting affordability, the rise is not significant according to historical trends, says Mark Bound, chief economist and senior vice president at Metrostudy, a provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industries. In the long term, Boud predicts mortgage interest rates will top out at 5.8 percent in 2020 and 2021, eventually being pulled down […]

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  •   You’ll Fall in Love with this Lakeview Beauty in 24-manned and gated community of Lakes of Parkway. Home features: impressive over-sized foyer entrance with lovely winding wood stairs and iron railings, formal living room with step-down bar, paneled study with built-ins, grand dining room, gourmet island kitchen with granite counters, gas cook top, built-in sub-zero fridge and freezer, breakfast bar, leaded glass pains in butlers pantry, spacious family room, master bedroom/bath suite with extra bonus room, spacious upstairs bedrooms/closets, recently updated Hollywood baths upstairs, extra large game-room with a wet bar, media room, balconies with water views, recent hardwood […]

    Lakeview Beauty in Lakes of Parkway!

      You’ll Fall in Love with this Lakeview Beauty in 24-manned and gated community of Lakes of Parkway. Home features: impressive over-sized foyer entrance with lovely winding wood stairs and iron railings, formal living room with step-down bar, paneled study with built-ins, grand dining room, gourmet island kitchen with granite counters, gas cook top, built-in sub-zero fridge and freezer, breakfast bar, leaded glass pains in butlers pantry, spacious family room, master bedroom/bath suite with extra bonus room, spacious upstairs bedrooms/closets, recently updated Hollywood baths upstairs, extra large game-room with a wet bar, media room, balconies with water views, recent hardwood […]

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