Rent-Lease-Own… What’s Your Best Option

Are You Wondering What It Takes To Buy Your First Home? | Keeping Current Matters

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family. Others may think they are too young. And still others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.

We want to share what the typical first time home-buyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

Here are some interesting revelations on the first time buyer:

First-Time Homebuyer Statistics | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

You may not be much different than many people who have already purchased their first home. Contact me today to discuss how I can help determine if your dream home is within your grasp and put you on the road to home ownership!

What’s new – Copper!

Copper Chic Surges (Even More)

Why it’s important: The old standby of copper—think of those pots your parents, grandparents, or Julia Child used—started its re-emergence last year. And the reason that it’s becoming a more widespread alternative to stainless steel, wood, and other materials isn’t all surface. Yes, copper can add sheen, sparkle, and a 1940s Hollywood glamour. But an equally big impetus is that it reduces more than 99.9 percent of bacteria in between routine cleanings, important because antibiotic-resistant superbugs are on the rise, according to The Copper Development Association, based in New York.

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How this will impact real estate: This shiny, goldlike hue will become more prevalent in homes as concern grows about buying healthy houses without mold, toxins, and bacteria. To help, U.S. manufacturers are producing more options in copper than just refrigerator, oven, and other appliance fronts, the developments that initially helped revive the trend. Throughout homes, buyers can add copper sinks, door handles, light switches, and trim. To enhance its appeal, manufacturers are also expanding the types of hues available. Already, there’s a copper-penny color, brushed nickel, yellow brassiness, and bronze on the market.

Source:  Barbara Ballinger, Realtor Mag

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3 Cost-Effective Home Improvements

3 Top-Priority Home Improvement Projects

Tackling home improvement projects can make the experience of homeownership even more personal and rewarding. Many of us have grand plans for DIY projects, only to put them off for months, and even years, as we try to find the money and time. So if dollars and hours are strictly budgeted, we suggest you start with these.

There are a number of value-adding projects you can start right now – even in the first year of homeownership – that will pay dividends in the long run. Keep these projects in mind:

#1: Painting

It is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a dramatic change to the look and feel of your home: painting. Whether you are painting indoors, outdoors, or both, this is a DIY project you don’t have to put off because of the money.

However, you don’t want to skimp on the quality of the paint. You may end up spending hundreds of dollars on extra gallons of paint and primer just because the quality of the paint was lacking.

#2: Kitchen Updates

When it comes to kitchen updates, little changes go a long way. You may have planned an enormous renovation for the kitchen but after researching costs, you realize your plans exceed your bank balance. That’s fine. Take a look at these affordable DIY kitchen updates that you can start right now.

  • Refinish or Replace Cabinet Doors
  • Upgrade Using a Low Cost Granite Countertop
  • Add New Light Fixtures
  • Install New Shelving in Empty Nooks
  • Embellish the Walls with Backsplashes

#3: Easy Landscaping

Finally, why put off improving your landscaping? It doesn’t take a professional landscaper to tackle any of these easy landscaping jobs.

  • Lay fertilizer and grass seeds for a beautiful spring lawn.
  • Line your walkway with natural plants and flowers to accent your paths and driveway.
  • Install path lights around your garden, patio, and outdoor staircases to add safety and charm to your exteriors at night.
  • Make your front doorway more dramatic by adding elegant edging or fancy millwork around the archway.

These are just a few of the many projects that you can tackle during your first year of homeownership that will not only be rewarding personally, but can add value to your new purchase. Looking for more ideas? Your real estate agent can be a great source of information and can help you determine which projects add more value in your particular area.

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