A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home

I can’t claim that my home is completely minimalist, but it surely isn’t cluttered, and most people I know would call it a pretty minimalist home. One recent visitor saw my kitchen and remarked, “I’ve never seen a kitchen that looked so clean, so clear of stuff!” Well, I do my best to keep it clean, but the key is to remove the unnecessary stuff. For example, on the floor of my kitchen/dining room area are just a few essentials: dining table (clear of any clutter), chairs, some counter stools, a high chair, a step stool for the kids. On the counters are only the toaster, coffee maker and microwave. Is this kind of minimalist home devoid of character and fun and life? Some might think so, but

Types of Homes You’ll Find When You’re House Hunting

If you’re in the market to buy a new home, then you know how confusing the hunt for a house can be. You can picture your dream home in your head, but you can’t describe exactly what you’re looking for to help your agent narrow your search. We’re here to help! Check out this list of the most common types of architectural styles you’ll find on your house hunting journey. Bungalow The word “bungalow” is often used to refer to any small 20th century home that uses space efficiently. However, it has roots that go way back to mid-17th century India. The term was used to refer to homes done in the Bengali style that was common to homes owned by the British ruling class at the time. However, it beca

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Historic Home

From its quirky features to its unique charm, there’s plenty to love about a historic home. For those thinking of purchasing one, there’s also plenty to consider. As anyone who’s watched HGTV can tell you, owning a historic home often comes with its own set of benefits and challenges. Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of buying a historic home. Pros They offer plenty of character and charm – Stepping inside a historic home is a bit like stepping back in time. From the ornate fireplaces and antique door knockers to the intricate crown molding and vintage built-ins, there are so many fun details to love about an old home. It may even take months (or years) before you notice them all. Th

The Value of Adding a Guest House

Making use of an unused guest house is a perfect way to earn extra money now as well as add value for the future sale of the property. If you have a guest house that is physically separated from the primary abode, you have the potential to increase your income substantially. This is especially true if you live in a city or state that is a popular destination, although more obscure destinations may be desirable for people wanting to get away from the crowds. It is possible to earn thousands of dollars a year if you are comfortable with the concept. Listing Your Property Listing your space on sites like Airbnb or VRBO is as simple as creating an account. They take care of verifying potential g

3 Myths About Remote Real Estate Investing

Remote real estate investing has come a long way, thanks to technology. Before the internet and apps and FaceTime and all that fun stuff, investors were taking on a pretty big risk if they chose to buy rental property outside their local market. Today...not so much. But even with technological advancements, there are still plenty of naysayers who are busy perpetuating negative myths about remote investing. Let’s dispel a few of those right now! Myth #1 - It’s Too Risky The #1 myth that people have remote real estate investing is that it’s too risky. Of course, this is a holdover from the days of yore, when remote investing was only done by the very rich or the very (seemingly) crazy. As I me

How To Pick A Color Palette For Your Whole House

After looking at ways to work through paint-color procrastination and how to find color inspiration all around you, we are ready to tackle the last, and possibly most challenging, part of our color series: the whole-house paint palette. If picking one paint color is tricky, how on earth do you find colors for an entire house? How can you know they will go together? Where do you even begin? Join us as we navigate the process of selecting colors for a whole house, and gather inspiration (and maybe a little courage) to tackle your own walls. Note which rooms are visible to one another. Walk through your house and note which spaces you can see from each room. Use a floor plan (a rough sketch is

The Best Time to Buy a House

The best time to buy a house has long been considered the spring and summer. Meanwhile, their seasonal sibling, fall, often gets tossed to the leaf pile by potential buyers who might think autumn is just about haunted houses and turkey dinners rather than house hunting. But surprise! Fall is not only a great time to buy a house, it might also be the best season to find the perfect property (and not just because you can browse the listings while cupping a pumpkin latte). The best time to buy a house for cheap The best month to snag a deal when buying a home? October. This isn't just some random guess; it's based on RealtyTrac's analysis of more than 32 million home sales over 15 years. The re

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