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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/19/2018

A new house means a clean slate for redecorating. Which is fun and exciting but can become quickly frustrating if you struggle to match the furniture in front of you to the vision in your head.

If you find that this happens the good news is that you are probably a lot closer to creating a beautiful, well-designed room than you think. Itís usually subtle touches that designers keep up their sleeves that make all the difference for a stylish room.

The first thing to keep in mind is that all furniture should be arranged to fit onto your area rug. If this isnít the case or you donít have an area rug, this is a worthy investment when youíre able to do so. If you love youíre existing area rug that is too small you can always layer it over a larger rug. This will add dimension and a designer touch, look at you go.

Keep furniture away from the wall. This also makes the above tip much easier to achieve. Thatís right you donít need to find a rug that will span the entire room. Keeping the furniture in the center of the room makes it feel bigger and more spacious. Youíll never look at your friendís and familyís rooms the same!

Match the size of the artwork you hang up to the size of the furniture you hang it over. Aim for the frame to be at least ? of the size of what it is over and hang it mid-eye level. If you have a gallery wall design it to be so that it still covers a large enough amount of wall space. And smaller artwork can always be creatively reframed.   

Take your familyís traffic patterns and activities into consideration when arranging. Blocking main routes with a piece of furniture is awkward and cumbersome. And designing a room that doesnít accommodate your familyís lifestyle can create chaos and even discord. Make space for toys, video games and homework stations for example.

Take advantage of different levels of lighting. Combining overhead lighting with table and floor lamps create a well-lit comfortable room. It also allows for more control over the ambiance of the room whether itís time to wind down at night or youíre having friends over for the game.

Add enough tables to the room. A large coffee table is an anchor to the room and allows for drinks to rest, snacks to be laid out and feet to be kicked up. You also want side tables in reach of all sitting positions, and as a place for those table lamps, we mentioned earlier.

And last but not least the secret detail few homeowners include is greenery. Lots of greenery throughout a room makes it feel pulled-together and ďrightĒ. It can be via potted plants, fresh-cut flowers or both! If you donít have a green-thumb there are lots of low-maintenance plants that can survive the most destitute of conditions. Visit a local greenhouse to get an expert opinion on what will fit your level of experience and the lighting conditions of your room. Hint: itís a good idea to know which direction your windows are facing i.e. North, NorthWest, West etc.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/12/2018

Although you may have listed your residence in the hopes of a fast home sale, the real estate market has been tough to navigate thus far. As a result, your house has lingered on the real estate market for several weeks, and no end to the home selling journey appears in sight.

Fortunately, we're here to help you generate interest in your house and speed up the home selling process.

Let's take a look at three quick, easy ways to stir up interest in your residence.

1. Clean Your Home Both Inside and Out

Your house's exterior can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers. If your house has a pristine lawn, immaculate siding and other outstanding exterior features, it may stand out to large groups of potential buyers. Conversely, if your residence fails to make a positive first impression on homebuyers, it is unlikely that these buyers will set up home showings.

Mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform assorted home exterior maintenance and repairs. By doing so, you can instantly boost your house's curb appeal and make your home an attractive choice to dozens of potential buyers.

Furthermore, don't forget to mop the floors, wipe down countertops and ensure your home interior dazzles. Because if your home interior impresses homebuyers, it may be only a matter of time before these buyers submit offers on your house.

2. Declutter As Much As Possible

Clutter can make your house appear smaller than it actually is and get in the way of a potential home sale. As such, you should remove as much home clutter as possible.

Renting a storage unit is a great option for any home seller. With a storage unit at your disposal, you can pack up excess items and store them securely until your house sells.

Also, keep in mind the homebuyer's perspective as you declutter your residence. A homebuyer wants to envision what life would be like if he or she purchases your house. Therefore, you should remove artwork, photographs and other personal mementos from your home to help a homebuyer imagine life as the owner of your residence.

3. Collaborate with an Expert Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent possesses the skills and know-how to help you promote your residence to the right homebuyers, at the right time, every time. Thus, if you hire a real estate agent today, you can move one step closer to selling your house.

Ultimately, a real estate agent will support you in a number of ways. He or she will help you list your residence, set up home showings and host open house events. Also, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about any home offers and provide recommendations throughout the home selling cycle.

Accelerate the home selling process Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can quickly and effortlessly stir up plenty of interest in your home.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/5/2018

If you're considering putting your house on the market, the job of helping you find a qualified buyer is an important one. The real estate agent you choose to market your home, schedule appointments, and provide you with day-to-day guidance will play a crucial role in the outcome of your sale.

In addition to picking an agent who has a successful track record of selling houses similar to yours, their overall attitude, communication style, and energy level can provide you with valuable insights into whether they're up to the challenge.

Here are three of the top reasons that a positive attitude is an indispensable quality in a real estate agent.

  1. When prospective buyers and agents tour your home, they will be influenced by several factors. While their main focus will be on the look and feel of your home, their opinions will also be swayed by your agent's presentation style. Your real estate professional should have a knack for helping prospects focus on the desirable aspects of a home, while downplaying its negative features. Although issues and potential problems with a property usually need to be acknowledged, a resourceful real estate agent will make sure the problem is kept in its proper perspective, rather than blown out of proportion. They'll also do their best to suggest cost-effective solutions. To the extent that it's possible and practical, a good agent will help prospective buyers imagine how much they'd enjoy moving into the house, customizing it to their personal preferences, and making the space their own. People will quickly pick up on the enthusiasm and attitude of your real estate agent, and will be consciously and unconsciously influenced by their verbal and nonverbal messages. Most, if not all, buyers will be quick to detect everything from authenticity and sincerity to indifference and lethargy in an agent. These traits should also be obvious to you when you're interviewing agents during the selection process.
  2. An optimistic, results-oriented real estate agent will tend to be more resourceful, proactive, and solution-oriented that one who focuses more on problems than solutions.
  3. Both enthusiasm and negativity are contagious, so your agent's attitude will have a direct impact on your own outlook. Since your responsibility as the seller is to keep your home and property looking its best at all times, discouragement and a loss of optimism can easily spill over into noticeable details like home cleanliness and staging.

Choosing a great real estate agent can potentially translate into a higher sale price and a shorter period of time that your home will be on the market. Since thousands of dollars are at stake, it makes good financial sense to pick an agent who possesses the necessary people skills, the relevant knowledge, and the professional expertise to bring you the best possible return on the sale of your property.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/29/2018

Arguably one of the most private rooms in the house, the bathroom is a place to relax and unwind. To wash off the stress of the day and give yourself some much need pampering. If you invest in top of the line skincare and spa services to maintain your health itís only wise to also invest in your personal oasis. Youíll extend the benefits of professional treatments and create a relaxing environment where you just might find you donít need to leave the vicinity of your own home quite as often to fully unwind.;

Turn your normal showering experience into a serene spa-like experience with a steam shower. A steam generator is discretely installed and operated from a digital panel within the shower. More than just a relaxing experience a steam shower helps to promote blood circulation, clear skin, and easier breathing.

No one is ever happy about stepping out onto cold tile after a relaxing, hot shower. Radiant heat flooring will keep your feet warm no matter the temperature outside. This heating system works well with almost any flooring style you would install in a bathroom including natural stone. As an added bonus radiant heating also keep the room a steady, even temperature, unlike traditional heating methods.

Stay luxuriously cozy after bathing with a fluffy towel fresh off a towel warmer. With several types and styles, youíll have no problem finding one that matches your particular taste. There are drawer varieties as well as rails. And like radiant heat flooring, it helps to keep the room warm.

Relax in a freestanding soak tub for an indulgent afternoon. Cast iron retains heat and brins classic style to your home. Another luxe option that retains heat well is a stone soak tub. Both of these require extra reinforcement to flooring but little maintenance over time. Alternatively, solid surface tubs offer a more lightweight option for your home flooring and still offer similar styles as to their cast iron and stone counterparts.

Bring extra room into your oasis with skylights. They allow for natural lighting while retaining privacy. There are tech options with built-in blinds and smart auto close features by detecting weather conditions. If placing a bid on a home with a skylight ensure to have it checked for proper installation. And if upgrading after purchase do so with a well-qualified expert.  

While nothing can replace the experience provided by spa professionals completely by investing in your bathroom youíll create a home resort that comes pretty close. So whether youíre schedule is too packed to book a spa day or you would love to indulge in them more often these five upscale upgrades will have you looking forward to home sweet home.   




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/22/2018

Having equity in your home is an incredibly valuable thing. It allows you to borrow against your house and shows that the value of your investment is rising. Equity defined is the difference between your homeís value and the amount you still owe on the home. Equity allows you to move forward with other properties and sell your current one. 


As you pay down your mortgage, your equity increases. There is, however, always a risk of an equity slide where values drop a bit. There are a few ways that you can help your homeís equity value to increase faster.


Pay Towards The Principal


The first few years that youíre a homeowner, youíll be paying a lot towards the interest and only a little towards the principal value of the loan. The quicker you pay down your home loan, the faster youíll increase the equity of your home. Check your budget and see how much extra you may be able to pay. Then, talk with your lender to see if there are any pre-payment penalties. 


Complete Home Improvement Projects


You may not know that many home improvement projects can increase the value of your home substantially. There are many projects that you can complete in your home that wonít break the bank yet will give you a significant return. You can start simple, or think big. Some of the best home improvement projects that will add value to your home include:


  • Complete kitchen remodel
  • Replacing countertops
  • Refinishing cabinets
  • Installing new appliances
  • Replacing garage doors
  • Bathroom remodel
  • Putting on addition
  • Landscaping renovations


Any of these home improvement projects can add value to your home, bringing the equity value of the home up. Even if youíre not planning on taking out any equity in your home for some time, any improvement projects that you choose to do are beneficial for both you and how your home affects your finances.  


Increase The Amount Of Your Downpayment


You can increase the value of a home before you even buy it. If you put the traditional 20% down on a house, youíll build equity a bit faster than if you put down a lower amount such as 3% or 5%. If you have already purchased your home, you can ask your lender to do whatís called a cash-in refinance. This type of refinance is where you bring cash to the refinancing closing table in order to lower the balance of your mortgage.   





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