Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that's far from the truth! Although it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don't want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it. Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers - Let's be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the "trend" of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition - Selling in the fall isn't something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That's why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn't make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor's house. It also doesn't devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.

With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale. 

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home - Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don't feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

35 Perrine Rd Plainsboro NJ

35 Perrine Road, Plainsboro, NJ

For Sale

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1760 SQUARE FEET

Move in Ready 3 bed 2.5 bath home in highly desirable Princeton Collection. West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools. This home has been tenderly loved and modernized for its new occupants! Recent upgrades include new carpets, fresh paint, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops , new windows, upgraded deck, landscaping, and more! Home faces picturesque farmland.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Home Trend Tuesday

I thought it would be fun to start a new series where we review real estate trends. You have all seen the shows that feature a trend that everyone then copies. After a few years it either becomes a household staple that you continue to love in your current or future home, or a fad of the past!

Help me decide on this week's feature: Black interior doors

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house of hepworths

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The Yellow Cape Cod

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Making It Lovely

I have to admit, this is a trend that I have considered for my own home. What's your take?

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Real Estate Ad!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The makings of a pantry

When we moved to New Jersey, we rented a large home in a great school district. We LOVED that house! We lived in it for four years, which is the longest we have ever lived in one place since we have been married.

The one thing that I would change about that house, if I could, is to build a pantry. Having lived in the "south" for all of my married life, pantries were standard in any home, but it is not so common here in New Jersey. As was the case when we purchased our fixer upper.

 We set out to find a place to put one in. In my mind it was beautiful, stocked full of supplies for our busy household.

 At first we thought about replacing the non permitted half bathroom off the kitchen with my pantry. But, once we demoed the half bath, we discovered that it was actually built over an old stoop and thus it was structurally unsound.

Under that window, were some steps that came down from the original stoop. The current back door had some pretty steep and unsafe steps off of it that needed a railing. We decided to enclose the back door and "bathroom door, and open up a new door that comes directly out of the kitchen onto the stoop.

We then added a door to the "hallway" to complete our pantry. 

We definitely feel that the pantry fits much better with the flow of the kitchen and that it was the right  choice for this house. As an added plus not only did I get my pantry, I got a walk-in pantry! 

Stay tuned to see how we finished the inside of the pantry to what is now our farm house pantry!

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Favorite Paint Color of All Time!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that we had a little paint incident when we started painting our main living area. We headed over to Home Depot and had one of our favorite paint colors mixed for us. The color was Sherwin Williams, Universal Khaki. We have used this color many times before in different houses, and loved it. We were sure that the fact that our main living area had so many windows and can lighting, it would not be too dark for the area.

We were WRONG. I think there were a number of factors why this color did not work for this house.
1) The ceiling is not high enough
2) The color it self was mixed darker and more caramel than the sample we brough in
3) The color made the home look out dated instead of airy
Luckily, we had only painted the foyer when we realized this color was not going to work!
At this point we did not have many options. We had analyzed color after color before deciding on Universal Khaki and did not really have a back up color in mind, but we were eager to paint over our foyer as soon as possible!
We decided to just grab the same color we did in our kitchen because it was not too dark, it was gray but it felt warm and it seemed to go with every color we put against it.

And we are sooo glad we did! The color is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and I have to say it is my favorite color of all time. It looks a little ligher in the kitchen, and just perfect in the main living area. It goes with EVERYTHING and I think it makes our little ranch look sophisticated yet cozy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hall Bathroom Progress

I noticed that I have not updated the blog with pictures of our hall bathroom! This bathroom will mostly be used by our kids, but until our master bathroom is complete, we are using it as well.

You may recall the hall bathroom looking like this when we purchased the home back in February.

The first thing we did was demo the whole bathroom. It was no easy task as the floors and walls were cemented over mesh wire and plaster.

We re wired, ran new plumbing and re insulated the space but basically put everything back in the same space. One upgrade we did do was add an additional vanity. Because this is the bathroom that our 3 kids will be sharing.

We decided we wanted to keep the bathroom fun but classic, so that the kids could grow with it. We surrounded the bathtub with backer board in preparation for white subway tile. The screws were placed 8 inches to the center to comply with manufacturers requirements as well as local building codes. 

 We picked a gray plank tile for the floor from Lowe's and painted the walls Sherwin Williams Waterscape.

The kids chose a little tribal fox theme and I think it came out really cute. As they grow we can change the shower curtain to something more fitting for their age.

We are happy that this bathroom is done, but it's the only completely finished project in this house! Currently we have been working on our kitchen. Updates on that coming soon!

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