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4 Home Decor Trends

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Happy Monday!

It's the last week of January, and our new chapter, February will be starting soon.  Have you set any home decor goals for your home for the upcoming month?

Here are some trends to inspire you!

1. BLACK SHIPLAP


2. CALLIGRAPHY


3. BUILT-IN BOOKCASES

4. COFFEE TABLES


Happy decorating!  What trends are inspiring you at the moment?

Real Estate Decoded Contributor

Sources: 1. HouseBeautiful 2. ElleDecor

When To Purchase A Home

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Thinking about purchasing a home?


According to Nerdwallet and Realtor.com's Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke, January and February are the best months to purchase a home.  Smoke also says there will be an increase of nearly 5% in mortgage rates as the year continues.  Another popular time to buy a home is in July and August.

Want to make a smart home investment where there's growth?  Check out Forbes' Full List: Where To Invest In Housing In 2017.  They teamed up with the North Carolina-based company, Local Market Monitor, that tracks more than 300 housing markets.  The list includes 20 different cities across the United States like Columbus, OH, Atlanta, GA, Fort Worth, TX,  and Seattle, WA.



Before making any purchases, make sure you are prepared.  Find a Realtor that suits your personality, and be in tune with your emotions involved in the process.  Find out more on things like buyer's remorse and what to expect.



Have a lovely Monday!

Real Estate Decoded Contributor

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2017 Predictions Continued

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Hello and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

In continuation with 2017 predictions, one writer at Inman, Andrew Flachner, writes, 2017 is the year of the real estate broker.  He mentions that there have been threats and pessimism toward the broker-centric model.


WHAT IS A BROKER?
Here's one definition from Barron's Real Estate Guides' Dictionary of Real Estate Terms (8th edition):


Still don't understand?  This article from The Balance explains it a bit more in depth.  A real estate broker can work as a real estate agent, but a real estate agent cannot work as a real estate broker without a broker's license.  Want to obtain a broker's license?  Learn more here for North Carolina's license qualifications and requirements.


The article from The Balance also goes into detail and specifies what the following titles are:

Broker Associate
Real Estate Agent
REALTOR®
Listing Agent
Buyer's Agent
Dual Agent
Transaction Agent

Another useful article, What is a Real Esta…

Winter Maintenance & 2017 Predictions

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Hope you are enjoying winter and the new year so far!

With these colder temperatures and even snowfall in some states, here are 3 ways from Houselogic that can keep your home warmer this winter:

1. Get your heating system in order. Schedule your HVAC checkup in the fall or winter before the changes in temperature, and make sure your HVAC professional checks all electrical or gas connections as well as other moving components, drains, heat exchangers, etc.

2. Clean your gutters. Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and other debris.


3. Check weatherstripping and caulk. Inspect your doors and windows for any air leaks or even light leaks coming through from the outside and make any necessary replacements.


To read more on these home maintenance tasks, click here.

After reviewing Robert Hahn's, Notorious ROB's 7 predictions for 2017, here are the 6 key takeaways listed:

1. Housing prices will fall, but the inventory crisis will finally end.  A few economists and industry watche…

What's next for your home?

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Hello and Happy 2017!

I'm sure you've thought about your personal goals for the year, but how about what goals you want to achieve for your home?
Perhaps you are planning on renovating your home?  A good place to start is ask yourself, Why am I making these changes?  Are you trying to add value to your home?  Or are you making changes for enjoyment?  We wrote about renovations in an earlier post.  To read more, click here.  And to find out about renovations that are cost-effective, click here.



Or maybe you are planning to buy a home or sell your home?  Learn how to avoid picking the wrong realtor and learn some tips to remember when you interview a realtor.


I hope you have a great start to this first week, this first month, this new year!  Let us know what short-term or long-term plans you have!
Real Estate Decoded Contributor