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9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look More Expensive

Kitchens are the most expensive rooms to renovate—period. But if paying for new counters, updating your backsplash, and switching out appliances fall outside of your budget, there are other ways to give your space a sense of luxury without spending a fortune. From upgrading your cabinetry hardware to swapping out an outdated light fixture to hanging an affordable piece of art, you’d be surprised at just how many budget-friendly kitchen styling tricks there are for creating a chef-worthy space on a dime. Even if you do just one of these things, your space will instantly look a million times more luxe—trust us.

If you’d like to take your kitchen’s design up a notch, keep scrolling for nine kitchen styling ideas that will take your space from standard to special and ho-hum to high-end in no time.

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5 Tips if You Plan to Buy or Sell a Home Using Cryptocurrency…

  • Cryptocurrencies are fast becoming the payment method of choice for the high-end real estate market.
  • Those who have made millions through cryptocurrencies look to real estate as a logical, less volatile asset.
  • Cryptocurrencies are still largely unregulated, which also makes them more attractive for potential home buyers.

Real estate agent Tony Giordano knows high-end real estate, and he has made it his business to know cryptocurrencies, because that is fast becoming his business. The crypto craze has made new millionaires, many of whom are looking for ways to reinvest their gains. Real estate is a logical, less volatile asset.

So Giordano, who specializes in the luxury real estate market, is more often than not traveling from his home base in Los Angeles to real estate conferences around the nation, teaching other agents how to deal in cryptocurrencies. The requests are coming in faster and faster.

“What I’m trying to teach agents is, do your research if you want to invest in it, but regardless of the investment side, this is a real currency and you’d better learn it and understand it,” said Giordano. “They’re not realizing, it’s here now as a currency to be used in the purchase and sale of a property.”

Giordano has already closed several cryptocurrency home sales. He now asks every one of his seller clients of a high-end home if he or she would be willing to accept any currency. The strategy is simple: The more options for the buyer, the more potential buyers, especially on the high end, where buyers often want to fly under the radar and avoid tax issues. Cryptocurrencies are still largely unregulated.

“That’s our job in marketing property, especially luxury real estate,” said Gioradano. “Never assume where the buyer is going to come from. Make sure we get this property out there and say we are open to all currencies and crypto being one of them.”

Nationwide there are already a few hundred listings that mention cryptocurrencies as an option for buyers.

These are Tony’s tips for buyers and sellers:

  1. Research: Sellers need to really take the time to learn and understand it. Cryptocurrency YouTube videos can really help.
  2. Understand: Stop thinking only about the investment side of it. It’s a real currency regardless of its value (bubble or no bubble) that people can buy or sell real estate with.
  3. Hire an expert: Sellers need to make sure the agent they are interviewing to list their property is very familiar and experienced with a crypto transaction.
  4. Practice/learn: Download a cryptocurrency app (like Coinbase) and buy $20 of a bitcoin to start to understand how to buy it and then sell it back and exchange it to USD again.
  5. Keep up to date with all the main cryptocurrencies. Not just bitcoin. You want to watch bitcoin cash, ethereum, lite coin, ripple, etc.

via Diana Olick, CNBC


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Access Is An Important Factor In Getting Your House SOLD!

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

via Keeping Current Matters


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Housing News: A Week In Review

Realtors… Please Save This Date: December 12, 2017 – 9:00am to 10:am
Title Security’s Coffee Corner will help you learn how to better navigate the sections of the FR/BAR contract that impact your closings.

The Senate is working on its own legislation so the final outcome remains undetermined.
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Are “smart homes” selling better than their unconnected rivals? Savvy sellers can add smart lighting, doorbell, lock, thermostat and security for about $2,100.
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In his new book, ‘Artemis,’ Andy Weir geeks out on how homes and cities could one day be built on the lunar surface.
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“Rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory” are two factors driving demand for housing says Robert Dietz with the National Association of Home Builders.
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The 53-acre Water Street Tampa will include two sister residential towers connected by a large commercial space.


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What’s Up With Housing?

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“Convenience is one of the most attractive qualities to Millennials and something real estate developers should keep in mind…”
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NAR says the just-announced tax proposal is “nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law.” NAHB says it “abandons middle-class taxpayers in favor of high-income Americans and wealthy corporations.”
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Would you live in a shipping container? Check out these inventive recycled container designs.
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Pet owners face unique challenges when buying and selling a home. Not all neighborhoods, houses or condos will love their dog as much as they do.
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If you’re thinking of selling and moving down, waiting might make sense. If you are a first-time buyer or a seller thinking of moving up, waiting probably doesn’t make sense.
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NAR: Before its Dec. 8 expiration date, NFIP will likely be OK’d for another extension to give Congress time to finalize a longer-term revamp of the program.
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What’s Up With Housing?

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Could another condo tower be in downtown St. Petersburg’s future?
Two downtown St. Petersburg houses on 3rd St S could be the site of a possible high-rise.
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No. 1 Destination to Move to? Florida
Florida was the No. 1 destination to move to for 18 of the 50 states. Of all purchase mortgage requests during the study’s time period, 9.14% were for consumers looking to move to the Sunshine State

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Interest rates for 30-year mortgages rose to their highest levels since July 2017.
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Let’s be honest: If the house next door is a dump, it’s time to take measures to upgrade your sellers’ curb appeal and keep the attention on the strengths of the sellers’ property.
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It’s not good news for homeowners as MID gets watered down and the cap max drops by $500K. But it’s not too late if enough Realtors join NAR’s Call for Action.
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What’s Up With Housing?

 

Demand for single-family homes declines along with fertility rates, and changing U.S. demographics could boost demand for townhouses and condos.
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Realtors® this fall continue to say the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings.
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Tuesday’s topics of discussion ranged from how to tackle the homelessness epidemic in major U.S. cities to whether crowdfunding has a place in the commercial real estate industry.
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Tampa Bay has more zombies — of a certain kind — than most anywhere.