How To!

5 Removable Wallpaper Tips

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Change your wall and change your space!

Here are 5 tips for successful application.

1. Go for Quality. Make sure your paper is a good weight and not too sticky…just tacky. Not in design:)) To avoid damage to the walls choose a high quality brand of removable wallpaper.

2. Wash it. Clean the wall atleast 1-2 days before hanging. It must be completely dry.

3. Painted Wall? If you have painted or primed the wall, make sure you leave 3 weeks drying time after painting, before hanging your paper.

4. Protect the wall while hanging. Use something like a 3’ ruler behind the paper to protect the wall when using a utility knife to trim the paper.

5. Changing paper location? Keep the backing from your initial installation. Pull/peel from the top corner of first tile pulling down toward the floor (not out). Your paper won’t get stretched out of shape this way.

Remember to check the manufacturers guidelines too! This is a great way to add personality and elan to any room with the ability to remove and change design at will!

Check out these removable wallpaper vendors. (many offer samples for a fee)

Photo Courtesy artfire.com

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12 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Transform your home from drab to fab by choosing the right color for your home's interior or exterior.

FAST FACTS:

  1. Light colors highlight or bring forward and dark colors recede.
  2. Make paint and trim colors in the same hue or color group. Stark contrasts are not pleasing to the eye.
  3. Separate rooms? Consistent color will marry the spaces. Open floor plan? Changing color or tone, will define the spaces.
  4. High ceilings or architectural details? Use 2 shades on the same swatch to highlight the details.
  5. Does your home bring the outside in through large windows or window walls? Choose an outdoor color of the same shade, to further the look.
  6. Exterior paint? Choose within the same palette as other homes on the block. Visually standing out may not be appealing.
  7. Use eggshell primer over existing paint, for color to match swatch. Use test swatches first! Wait for it to dry before evaluating. Check at different times of day and night. Wet paint is lighter and darkens as it dries.
  8. Use deep or dark colors on a feature wall or in a room with a certain purpose, Ex. dining room, library.
  9. Sheen? On high travelled areas use satin or semi gloss. High gloss or enamel for trim in areas with water (kitchen, bath). Flat paint where the walls aren't touched (leaves fingerprints).
  10. Choose low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to minimize paint fumes. Got fumes? Well ventilate with fans. 
  11. To shorten project time, choose a one-coat paint. Costs a little more but worth it if you are DIY-ing.
  12. Paint finishes? Faux finishing techniques add personality to a room. Use museum wax when paint is fully dried for a deep sheen. Create a pattern or border with stenciling. Trompe l'oeil is the art of painting scenes on the wall. Paint old floors in a single color or pattern.

Be as creative as you can without overdoing it, luckily it's paint and can be covered. Consider hiring a professional.

Reach out to me for an East Bay Painting Contractor recommendation. 

Visit these companies for paint color options!

Photo Credits #behrpaint

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Curb Appeal - 10 Tips!

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The first impression of a home from the street is what motivates you to look further.

Tips to spruce up your curb appeal:

1. Grab a friend. Make a list of work for the exterior. Ex. torn screen, cobwebs, chipped paint. A 2nd set of eyes helps.
2. Mount house numbers in an area of visibility that match the style of your home.
3. Look Up. Repair or replace the roof to remove any major expense for buyers.
4. Walk Around the house. Check out rain gutters, shutters, foundation footings, deck boards, plant beds. Remove, repair or refresh.
5. Stuff. Bikes, yard equipment? Put in garage or stack in corner. Try to put things out of site.
6. Clean. Rent a pressure washer. Wash everything, deck, siding, driveway, walkways. 
7. Lighting. Replace old/outdated lighting fixtures on front door/porch.
8. Paint. If you are not going to paint the entire exterior, refresh doors-trim-shutters. Touch up where needed.
9. Landscape. Trim along drive/walkways, install edging, trim plants, mulch beds, use potted plants, repair driveway, patio or sidewalk cracks, replace missing bricks.
10. Plant. Add color to flowerbeds. Add potted greenery or flower pots to front door area.

Make buyers want to view the interior of your home!

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Increasing Bay Area Home Prices - What to Do?

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RISING HOME PRICES

With a 6 year streak of rising home prices in the Bay Area, and median prices jumping double digits in each of last eight months, buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of available homes.

SALES PRICING

Year to Year sales price records shows an 11% increase in Alameda County for  a current median sale price of $810,000 and 8.4% price jump in Contra Costa for a median sale price of $591,000. 

FACTORS

Median prices in the entire Bay Area jumped nearly 15% in the last year owing to a booming tech sector and the region’s job growth which is outpacing new construction.

More mid and high-end homes are on the market with a lower inventory of affordable homes.

BUYERS

It’s a challenging time for buyers who need to make sure their agent helps determine a winning offer strategy.

SELLERS

Sellers face the challenge of pricing realistically and must think about selling now, rather than holding in hopes of further pricing increases. 

INTEREST RATES

The economy has made nearly a full-recovery since 9 years ago ago when the housing downturn took its toll. Interest rates usually rise when the economy is robust as with the latest increase of March 21, 2018. It may be wise to move to lock in today’s rates.

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Excerpts for this post from @theeastbaytimes | Bay Area Home Prices Continue Upward to Record Heights | By Louis Hansen | Bay Area News Group

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Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report

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As compiled in the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) are stats for remodeling projects in all regions of the United States.

Included are narrative descriptions of the projects and a chart of costs, projected resale value and percentage of the recouped investment for 21 home remodeling projects. #homedesign #homeimprovement

Determine which upgrades, additions or remodels may bring you the biggest return on your investment and which projects you may do “just because”.

The report states that in San Francisco, the highest return on investment recoups $179.5% for an upscale garage door replacement, 139% for a midrange wooden deck addition and 133.5% for a steel entry door replacement.

Surprisingly, in San Francisco, the lowest returns are reported at 70.9% for a midrange backyard patio and 81.7% for an upscale master suite addition.  

Connect with me to learn about current local trends, popular projects, materials, colors, finishes and for local vetted vendor recommendations to make your remodel a WOW moment!

For Stats on Kitchens, Bathrooms and more review the FULL REPORT:

© 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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Mortgage Rate History: Lock your Rates!!

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After a slight drop last week, #mortgagerates are rising. According to @Bankrate 's (bankrate.com), weekly survey of large lenders, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.58 percent from 4.54 percent.

Want to get ahead of rate increases? CONSIDER LOCKING IN YOUR MORTGAGE RATE NOW!!! You may have to pay a small fee for a lock though it's a great strategy, offering security in the face of possible rate increases. 

Mortgage rates have increased in 9 out the past 10 weeks, and they may continue to rise. The Fed raised it’s benchmark interest rate to the highest level in ten years. Chairman Jerome Powell cited impressive job gains and low unemployment rates as signs that the economy is ready to move forward with planned rate hikes.

The hike is .01% lower than the 52-week high of 4.59%, and is 0.63 % points higher than the 52-week low of 3.95%.

Mortgage rates respond to market forces — specifically, to the needs of bond investors. The Federal Reserve exerts an indirect influence on mortgages.

Sometimes mortgage rates go up when the Fed increases short-term rates, as the central bank’s action sets the tone for most other interest rates. 

But sometimes mortgage rates fall after Fed raises. In June ’04 the central bank made raises 17 times in two years and mortgage rates fell during that summer and fall, which made investors less concerned about inflation, so mortgage rates fell.

They eventually rose, and were higher in June 2006, at the end of the rate hikes, than they were at the beginning in 2004.

In 2017, housing economists predicted mortgage rates would rise. Instead, they remained fairly steady despite three Fed rate hikes. Though rates began to steadily raise at the beginning of 2018, the prior rate hikes of ’04-’06 show that the central bank’s actions aren’t predictive.

Consult with your Realtor for lender recommendations, to get professional, up-to-the-minute advice and information on how to make the best mortgage decisions and ASK about locking your rate while you house hunt!!

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Excerpts for this post courtesy of bankrate.com @amandadixon

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Condo or Home? Which one to buy?

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Are you a first time home buyer thinking about a condo vs. a single family home purchase?

Consider the benefits of buying a condo. 

Typically, condo's hold value with less maintenance cost, as general common area maintenance and large repairs are covered by HOA dues. Look for an HOA with healthy reserves and ask about any upcoming projects which may require owners to pay a special assessment fee. Understand the CCR's, covenants, rules and restrictions which govern the HOA and your HOA dues. 

In a single family home you must make interior and exterior home repairs, on demand. It's a larger investment of time and money. The ability to add value to the interior of a condo rather than the exterior, means a smaller outlay for home improvement. 

Bonus...condo pricing is at the lower end of the market. Our East Bay condo market is thriving with units asking $350k and up. Remember to add in HOA costs and consider that condos are currently selling for approx. 10% over the asking price. 

Think of buying a condo as a first step toward your next purchase of a single family home. Connect to discover condo's in the East Bay! 

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Make a Grand Entrance!

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The entrance to your home matters.

In takes only a few moments for a buyer to determine if they are interested in your home. Making your entry way inviting from exterior to interior will set the stage for the buyer experience. 

Feng Shui suggests the use of color and elements to support the direction of your front door. Think Wood, metal, clay plant pots, plants, perhaps a fountain and brightly colored or dark front door, and chic lighting.

When previewing homes I look at homes as my buyers would. How does it look now, what improvements could be made? Where does that figure into the value and who is the right buyer for each type of home?

Investing in the very first impression that your property makes from the front yard to your entrance is key to your homes value, desirability and successful sale. Make it a wow moment!

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Smart Homes & Smart Homeowners

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By 2020, the global home automation market will be worth over $121.73 billion.* From (The Clapper) of yesterday to today’s remote monitoring features, smartphone hub systems can manage your home through your smartphone or tablet. 

Most people are interested but don’t ask about home technology when viewing a home. Smart home tools can be used for safety (locks, security, monitoring), privacy (lights) and energy usage (thermostats) to drive down costs. Cameras are an added benefit, but not necessary and some use  technology for doorbells, smart appliances, voice control and let’s not forget about music.

Adding smart technology features may increase the interest-in and the value of your home. A move-in ready home should have smart technology, don’t be afraid to ask about it! 

*National Association of Realtors “Smart Homes & Realtors” Report

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6 Fix-it Hacks That Will Amaze You!

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We all know a few household hacks that save us time and money when getting a small repair job done. Here are our top 6!

1. Instead of marring the wall when you pull out a nail with a claw hammer. Put a sponge on the wall under the nail to rest the hammer on. No mark!

2. Drilling a hole in the wall? Fold a post it note about 1/3 of the way from the sticky end on the right side, and stick the note to the wall, making a shelf to catch the shavings.

3. Trying to turn a nut with a wrench that's too large...use a stack of coins of different sizes until you have a snug fit between the wrench and the nut.

4. Need an eyeglass screwdriver in a hurry? Take a paper clip and give the end of a paper clip a hard whack with a hammer (on the floor), to make a temporary screwdriver....the end should be thin enough to tighten your glasses.

5. Having trouble hanging art with wire on the back on a nail? Place a fork, tongs down and facing out, over the nail. Slide your wire over the back until it sits behind the fork. Pull out the fork and your art is hanging securely.

6. Just removed a nail from the wall but don't want to putty the spot? Use white or colored chalk to fill the hole!

Stay in the moment and make it simple...right?

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