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What’s Up With Housing?

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Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement accounts that allow investors to pursue alternative investments. Among those alternatives, the most popular is real estate—a broad asset class that includes many different investment opportunities.
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“Tight credit, lack of inventory and high demand are the major factors that tell us there’s no housing bubble, despite rapid price increases.” ~ Redfin
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NFIP ExtendedNFIP extended for six weeks – to March 23
As part of the just-passed continuing resolution to keep the government open, the National Flood Insurance Program now won’t expire until March 23
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Scrimping and saving to come up with a down payment is no easy feat. But one generation is having the hardest time doing so to become homeowners.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018…
Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment.
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The #CFPB says it will do everything necessary “to fulfill the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities but go no further.” Limiting CFPB’s future actions will “serve as a bulwark against the misuse of our unparalleled powers,” says Director Mulvaney.
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There continues to be a steady flow of capital, although the big banks have tightened their hold on construction loans.
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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road. 

WHAT’S HOT NOW

While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white kitchens, this year we expect to see a move toward warmer, cozier elements throughout the home.

  1. Warm Colors

A cool color scheme has dominated home design in recent years, but this year warm neutrals like brown and tan are back, along with rich jewel tones. While the pastel craze of last year is still hanging on, expect to see alternative color palettes featuring deep, saturated shades of red, yellow, green and navy. Grey will remain popular, but in warmer tones, often referred to as “greige.”

  1. Cozy Elements

Along with warmer colors, we can expect to see a shift from stark, modern design to cozier looks. Velvet upholstery, woven textures and natural elements, like wood and stone, will heat things up this year.

  1. Mixed Metals

It used to be considered gauche to mix finishes, however the look of mixed metals will be very big in 2018. Brass will continue to trend, along with matte black and classics like polished chrome and brushed nickel.

  1. Bold Patterns

Expect to see a lot of bright, bold patterns in the form of geometric shapes and graphic floral prints. These will be featured on everything from furniture to throw pillows to tile.

  1. Natural Elements

Look for the use of natural elements throughout the home, including wood, stone, plants, flowers and grass. Botanical patterns will also be seen in prints, wallpaper and upholstery. Concrete accents will complement these additions in an effort to bring the essence of the outdoors inside the home.

  1. Feature Walls

Also called an accent wall, a feature wall is one that exhibits a different color or design than the other walls in the room. Expect to see an increased use of feature walls showcasing rich paint colors, bold patterned wallpaper, and textures brought in through millwork and shiplap.

  1. Statement Lighting

Lighting will take center stage with distinctive fixtures, including local artisan and vintage pendants and chandeliers. And smart lighting technology will enable homeowners to customize their lighting experience based on time of day, activity and mood.

  1. Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors will continue to dominate the market. The trend is toward either very dark stains paired with light-colored walls or light stains with darker walls. Greyish tones will remain popular, as will matte finishes, which are easier to maintain than high gloss. Expect to see frequent use of wider and longer wood planks, as well as distressed and wire-brushed finishes, which add texture and dimension.

  1. Smart Homes

Everything is getting “smarter” in homes, from locks and lights to thermostats and appliances. And with devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, you can control many of these with voice activation from a central hub. We will see continued integration of and advancements in smart-home technology in 2018.

KITCHEN TRENDS

While white kitchens will remain popular in 2018, expect to see more color this year in everything from cabinets to tile to appliances.

  1. Two-toned Cabinets

Two-toned cabinets are quickly overtaking the white-on-white look that has dominated kitchen design for the past few years. While white remains a classic, grey and bleached-wood cabinet variations are surging in popularity, along with darker neutrals like navy and green.

     2.   Quartz Countertops

Granite reigned as the top countertop choice for many years, but quartz is now king. It’s highly durable, low-maintenance and comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. It’s also heat resistant, scratch resistant and non-porous (unlike granite and marble) so it doesn’t need to be sealed.

  1. Bold Backsplashes

After years of dominating backsplash design, the white subway tile is officially on its way out. Expect to see it replaced with more elaborate shapes, patterns, colors and textures. Tile that mimics the appearance of wood, concrete and wallpaper is also gaining in popularity.

  1. Statement Sinks

While stainless steel and white porcelain are always safe bets, the trend is moving toward sinks that make more of a statement. Look for unexpected pops of color and materials like natural stone and copper. Touch-free faucets are expected to gain favor with homeowners this year, too.

  1. Brass is (Still) Back

Brass fixtures came back in a big way over the past couple of years and will continue to be a popular choice in 2018 along with matte black, black nickel, polished chrome and brushed nickel. Missing from the list? Rose gold, which is decidedly “out” this year.

  1. Multi-purpose Islands

Kitchen islands have evolved from simple prep-stations into the “workhorse” of the kitchen. Many feature sinks, built-in appliances and under-counter storage while also serving as a casual dining area. They have become the focal point of the kitchen, and we expect to see more of them in 2018 and beyond.

  1. Black Stainless Steel

Black stainless steel is the hot new finish option for appliances, and it’s hitting the market in a big way. It offers a cutting-edge look and is easier to keep clean than traditional stainless steel. However, it’s harder to match finishes amongst different brands, so it’s probably only feasible as part of a complete appliance package.

  1. Appliance Garages

Appliance garages are counter-level compartments designed to house small appliances like blenders, toasters and stand mixers. They make it convenient to have these items readily accessible, without the look of a cluttered counter.

 

 BATH TRENDS

 Expect to see many of the same kitchen design preferences carry over into bathrooms this year, including two-tone cabinets, quartz countertops and brass fixtures.

  1. Neutral Tones

Neutral shades will continue to dominate in the master bathroom as homeowners seek a soothing and relaxing retreat atmosphere. But expect to see more options than just white. Shades of brown, grey, blue, green and tan will help to warm things up.

  1. Natural Elements

Natural materials are particularly hot right now in bathroom design. This includes the use of wood and stone on walls, cabinets, counters and backsplashes, as well as the incorporation of botanical design elements.

  1. Large Tiles

We expect to see a lot more large and slab-sized tiles in bathrooms, which have less grout so they are easier to clean and maintain. Wood-look porcelain tiles are also a favorite in wet areas, as they offer the warmth and rustic appeal of wood with the durability of tile.

  1. Stone Sinks

Sinks will continue to be an area where homeowners like to exhibit creativity, and hand-carved stone sinks are especially fashionable right now. These may be more suited to powder rooms, where functionality isn’t as crucial.

  1. Freestanding Tubs

 There’s been a tub resurgence in bathroom design after years of preference for stand-alone showers. Modern tastes are gravitating toward freestanding tubs that serve as a showpiece for the bathroom.

  1. Smart Features

Smart technology has entered the bathroom with the addition of features like wireless shower speakers and high-tech toilets, as well as digital shower controls that automatically adjust to your preferences in temperature and spray intensity. 

OUR ADVICE

Style trends come and go, so don’t invest in the latest look unless you love it. That said, highly-personalized or outdated style choices can limit the appeal of your property for resale.

For major renovation projects, it’s always a good idea to stick to neutral colors and classic styles. It will give your remodel longevity and appeal to the greatest number of buyers when it comes time to sell. It will also give you flexibility to update your look in a few years without a total overhaul. Use non-permanent fixtures – like paint, furniture and accent pieces – to personalize the space and incorporate trendier choices.

If you’d like advice on a specific remodelling or design project, give us a call! We’re happy to offer our insights and suggestions on how to maximize your return on investment and recommend local shops and service providers who may be able to assist you.

Sources:

  1. Country Living –
    http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/g3988/kitchen-trends
  2. Elle Decor –
    http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g14486069/kitchen-trends-2018/
  3. Gates Interior Design –
    https://gatesinteriordesign.com/hottest-interior-design-trends-for-2018/
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    https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/93399913/list/interior-design-trends-expected-to-take-hold-in-2018
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    https://www.vogue.com/article/interior-design-trends-according-to-expert-designers-decorators

 


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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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What’s Up With Housing?

 

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Interior Design Trends10 Interior Design Trends That Are So Completely Over for 2017
Realtor.com reflected upon the year’s most-favored interior design trends and took a hard look at what should stay and what should go with the final days of 2016.
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Single Women HomebuyersMore Single Women are Buying Homes.
And that trend is expected to continue. Meanwhile, fewer single men are, despite earning a higher average annual income.

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2017 Housing Outlook2017 Outlooks for Housing and Remodeling
Young adults’ ‘wait-and-then-hurry-up” stage of household formation, family formation, and housing preference behavior is revving up.
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Passive Affordable HousingHow Affordable Housing is Driving Passive House Design…
Thanks to a movement that originated in Pennsylvania, many states are now offering tax credits and incentives to encourage the construction of buildings that are in compliance with the Passive House performance standard.

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Interesting Housing News

Happy New Year

Interest RatesWhich Generation Fears Fed Rate Hikes Most? …Millennials.  New Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices survey shows Millennials to be more afraid of hike than other generations.

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Young Renters Want to Buy a HomeRealtor: 94% of Young Renters Want to Buy Homes. Nearly all renters aged 34 or younger want to own a home in the future, and half of surveyed households believe the economy is improving.

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The Big ShortHas the real estate financing industry learned from the mistakes depicted in the movie, “The Big Short”?

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Unsustainable Mid Century Architectural IconsShould We Save Mid-Century Modern Icons That Hurt the Environment? Charting a course for making ethical decisions about unsustainable Modernist architecture.

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2016 Interior Design Trends25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016 The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today.

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Home Trends of the Future5 Trends Architects See in Homes of the Future… Addressing long-term global shifts in the environment and demographics, trends include a focus on materials that won’t make you sick, storm-proofing your home and features to help you live there well into old age.

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Recent Housing News

REMINDER… Our Coffee Corner is this Tuesday at 9:30AM.  Hear and discuss post October 3rd TRID positives and negatives. 

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Fully Transparent Solar Panel

A Michigan State University research team has created a fully Transparent Solar Cell that could make every window in your house a power source by harnessing wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye in order to generate power.

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Multi-Family Housing Demand Expected to Surge Over Next 10 YearsMulti-Family Housing Demand is Expected to Surge Over Next 10 Years.  This surge in household formation, and expected related housing demand, will be driven largely by hispanics, baby boomers and millennials.

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2016 Housing ForecastA 2016 CRYSTAL BALL
Initial housing forecasts for 2016. What’s your take?  Predictions show some headwinds and tailwinds.

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Industrial Residential DesignIndustrial Design Picks Up Mojo in Residential Architecture and Has Begun to Win Over Suburbanites. Open floorplans, exposed ductwork, concrete floors and other elements of industrial design are increasingly found in suburbia.

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Interior Design Trends 201616 Interior Design Trends You’ll Definitely See in 2016…  Some of the examples focus on form and function of materials, color, fabric, and the aesthetics of our home interior interfaces, while others are farther out there, such as Matcha tea brewing, and the emergence of design-trepreneurs.

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2016 Real Estate Trends2020 Vision on 2016 Housing…
Five real estate trends to watch in 2016. Maybe it’s the year of the Millennial trade-up?
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Housing News: Tidbits As We Enter The New Year

Proper Staging of a Home3 Ways to Succeed Through Staging

1. Assess the home’s market potential
2. Coax seller “buy-in”
3. Don’t be afraid to tell the “ugly truths.”

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Interior Design Trends for 2015Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015 

Twenty design professionals give their highly opinionated takes on what’s trending, and what’s ending, in 2015.

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Housing Market Trends4 housing market trends economists and other industry experts expect to see in 2015.

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Home Design 2015Home Design 2015… What’s Hot and What’s Not.
Experts declare what’s hot in Home Design for 2015 — and what needs to go. Do you agree?

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Smart Home7 Awesome Connected Home Products Displayed at the Consumer Electronic Show

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