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By Annamaria Diangelo | Broker in Brooklyn, NY
  • The 2015 Color of the Year!

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Brooklyn  |  December 8, 2014 6:54 PM  |  24 views  |  1 comment

    If the “2014 Color of the Year” – the bright pink-purplish Radiant Orchard – was too bold for your tastes, you may find Pantone’s 2015 color choice a perfect toned down hue: Marsala. The earthy wine red is expected to warm up more interiors in the new year, and it may become your new go-to color in home staging in 2015.

    Since the shade isn’t as overpowering as its predecessor, Marsala can be a unifying color element for interior spaces that can add a pop of color without proving to be a distraction.

    “Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances, and linens throughout the home,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

    In prepping homes for sale, expect to see the rich red tone to show up in more accent pieces and accessories in 2015, from vases and throw pillows to patterned rugs. Pantone says that textured surfaces enhance the color, which will likely make it also a popular choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. The color is also expected to be prominent in stripe and floral patterns, such as in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding, and throws.

    Realtor @ Magazine

  • First Home Buyers, Ready to Buy a Home?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Brooklyn, Property Q&A in Brooklyn  |  November 21, 2014 7:32 PM  |  59 views  |  No comments

    For first-time buyers and repeat buyers alike, the decision to make an offer on a home is both exciting and a little scary. If your offer is accepted, the place you’ve chosen will be your home for the next several years. Not only should you feel emotionally satisfied by your choice, but you should also feel financially comfortable that you’re buying a home that you can afford and that you feel confident will hold onto its value or hopefully increase in value over the years.

    While no one can know for sure what will happen to housing values, if you make the choice to buy a home that meets your needs and priorities you’ll be happy to live in it for years to come.

    Neighborhood or Home Amenities

    For some homebuyers, living in a particular neighborhood takes precedence over all other priorities, but for others, the home itself matters more. Ideally, you’ll find the perfect home in the neighborhood you love at a price that’s below your budget, but realistically, most people have to make some compromises.

    You (and your spouse, partner or family) should make a list of what features you want in a home, such as the number of bedrooms, a fenced yard, granite counters in the kitchen, and then rank them in terms of priorities. Think about whether the house or the community matter more to you, and whether it’s worth it to you to make a longer commute in order to live in a home with a larger lot.

    When to Compromise

    Once you’ve determined whether the location or the house itself matters most, you may have to compromise on some of your priorities. If the location is the most important factor for your home choice but you find that homes are priced above your budget, you can compromise in several ways:

    ·         Look for a different home type within the community, such as a smaller single family home, a town home or condominium. Decide if you can live with one less bedroom or other features on your list.

    ·         Consult with a lender or a financial planner to discuss your options for increasing your budget. While no one should overspend on a home, you should recognize that going $10,000 above your price range when you’re financing your purchase with a 30-year fixed-rate loan will actually add only about $30 to your monthly payment.

    ·         Lower your expectations about the condition of the home. While everyone prefers a move-in ready home, you can often get a better deal on a home that needs some cosmetic repairs. Be careful, though, to have a home inspection and to evaluate the structure of the home to see that it meets your needs. Moving walls and adding a bathroom are costly renovations, while painting and replacing appliances are more reasonable.

    If you have your heart set on a specific home style or a home with a larger yard for your children or to garden, your compromise is more likely to be in the location. If you’re willing to commute farther or perhaps choose a home in a community next to the ‘hot’ neighborhood, you can often find a more affordable home that fulfills your wish list.

    An experienced Realtor can help you determine when and how to compromise and should take the time to show you a variety of alternatives so you can make an informed decision about when to make an offer.


  • Tricks to Help your Bathroom Sell Your House !

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Brooklyn, Property Q&A in Brooklyn  |  November 17, 2014 8:50 AM  |  71 views  |  1 comment
    Buyers love the allure of a fresh, beautiful bathroom that reminds them of luxury hotels or soothing spas they have enjoyed. And, most important, buyers want to envision themselves enjoying this luxury every day in their new home.

    However, the reality is that most of us do not have the perfect bathroom. And we know that, in most instances, it is not a wise investment to do a full, costly renovation just for a home sale. It simply doesn’t translate into profit.

    A better strategy is to maximize what you already have, on a budget. You want to transform your real-life, everyday bathroom into a five-star hotel experience that prospective buyers will love, without overcapitalizing. Here are simple ways to create havens with a wow factor.
    Contemporary Bathroom by Arent&Pyke
    1. Clear off the counters to create a blank canvas. Remove all of your everyday toiletries and bathroom supplies. This includes soaps, toothbrushes, cotton balls — everything. (And don’t forget the products in the shower.) Buyers do not want to see your personal hygiene products. In fact, this can make them feel as though they are intruding on your personal space, which can be distracting and a little awkward.
    2. Get rid of cleaning products. Remove all items that imply housework and maintenance, such as toilet brushes, wastepaper baskets, sponges, cleaning products, bath mats — even spare toilet rolls. These are a necessary part of everyday living, but they do not create a beautiful spa-like experience for your buyers.

    Tip: Remove the bathroom scale, too. Remember, your buyers want a luxurious bathroom experience, not a reminder of those extra pounds they are trying to lose.
    Eclectic Bathroom by Etica Studio
    3. Maximize your storage. Storage space sells. Your buyers will be looking inside your bathroom cupboards to see how much space they offer. Make sure they are only half to two-thirds full and well organized. Store the little things you use every day (hair elastics, lip gloss) in a pretty box or basket with a lid to avoid a tidal wave of trinkets on the shelves.

    Tip: If you’re running out of space to store your toiletries, keep the overflow in simple wicker baskets. When buyers are coming to inspect your home, just grab the baskets and stash them somewhere else.

  • What Does It Cost to Sell Your House?

    Posted Under: General Area in Dyker Heights, Home Buying in Dyker Heights, Home Selling in Dyker Heights  |  November 12, 2014 2:49 PM  |  85 views  |  No comments

    'If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may be counting the profits based on your estimated home value and the balance on your mortgage statement. Before you get too excited, remember that putting your home on the market comes with its own costs. However, homeowners can use some creativity and comparison shopping to reduce their costs and boost their bottom line. While you may feel as if you’d rather spend money to buy your next property rather than to sell your house, remember that careful spending on the marketing of your home can result in a higher profit at the end of the transaction.' - Realtor.com

    Top three things to remember:
    1. Get Your Home Ready for Market for Less
    2. Limit Spending During the Marketing Phase
    3. Reduce Your Closing Costs 

    Full article here
  • Realtor Review in Dyker Heights

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Dyker Heights, Home Selling in Dyker Heights, In My Neighborhood in Dyker Heights  |  November 12, 2014 2:30 PM  |  99 views  |  No comments
    Check out a review from one of my clients for the property 1073 86th street in Dyker Heights. Please contact me at 718-757-6992 for a consultation. 
  • Show Off a Home’s Dining Space

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Bensonhurst, Design & Decor in Bensonhurst, Property Q&A in Bensonhurst  |  November 2, 2014 7:39 PM  |  111 views  |  No comments
    Nearly three-quarters of about 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say that they use their ining rooms on a daily or weekly basis, according to the 2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey.

    The majority of home owners surveyed say they want big tables in their dining rooms too. 
    Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts, www.homestagingconcepts.net

    Check out more amazing dining space here

  • Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Dyker Heights, In My Neighborhood in Dyker Heights, Property Q&A in Dyker Heights  |  October 18, 2014 6:12 PM  |  144 views  |  1 comment
    Check out this interesting article about landscaping and home value from Realtor.com:

    "The value of landscaping differed greatly from state to state.

    "The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

    The following landscape elements were found to be most important to survey respondents:

    • Design sophistication
    • Plant size
    • Diversity of plant material type

    "Survey results showed that relatively large landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and will result in a higher selling price than homes with a minimal landscape," Niemiera writes in the paper. "Design sophistication and plant size were the landscape factors that most affected value. The resulting increase in 'curb appeal' of the property may also help differentiate a home in a subdivision where house styles are similar and thereby attract potential buyers into a home. This advantage is especially important in a competitive housing market."

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