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3 Hot Home Design Trends for 2014

by Lisa Bray

3 Hot Home Design Trends for 2014

Now that we are settling into the New Year, it’s a great time to redecorate and renovate your space. Making new updates to your home can help increase your comfort and refresh your perspective for the New Year. Here are 3 hot home design trends for 2014 that you can add to your pad.

1.) Love the stylish classics? Going glam is one of the hottest home design trends of the year so far according to an article from Realty Times. Spicing up your space with glamorous, lush pieces adds a fun twist to your décor and can make even the humblest of homeowners feel like a star. Not ready to give your whole home a glitzy makeover? Adding an eye-catching crystal chandelier to your favorite room is a great place to start.

2.) These days, more and more homeowners want the feeling of a spa in their bathrooms, so it’s no surprise that creating a spa-like environment is the hip new style. Serenity is key in this rejuvenating design so think clean lines, modern fixtures, and luxurious textures like fluffy new towels in a cooling hue. Futuristic trends like glass mosaic tiles, towel warmers, and lighted hydrotherapeutic tubs are just a few ways to complete the lavish spa experience.

3.) Looking to add a zesty punch of color in your home, but not sure what color to incorporate? Try Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year. It’s like lilac got a jolt of electricity and it’s a fun, energetic hue that pairs well with a variety of design schemes. Start with some beautiful textured throw pillows and lampshades, and work your way to sheer window coverings and dining room cushions. Navy blue is another cool shade you’ll see more of in 2014 according to designer Mark D. Sikes of House Beautiful.

It’s an exciting new year so why not integrate some of that excitement in your home?  If you’d like more information about 2014 home design trends, or if you’re looking to find an exciting new place to call home, please contact me today.  Lisa

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Home Prices, Sales End Year Higher - National Housing Report

by Lisa Bray

Home Prices, Sales End Year Higher - National Housing Report

According to the National Housing Report provided by RE/MAX, home prices and sales inched higher in December, despite the typical winter slow down. Median home prices for December were 11.9 percent higher than December 2012 – giving us an estimated National home value of $185,400.

“It’s great that improving market fundamentals continued through the normally slower winter months, and we ended the year on a strong positive note.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. Click here to read the full National Housing Report for January 2014.

The national average “days on market” were reported to be 73 days, according to the National Housing Report. This is five days higher than the average reported in November, but still lower than the averages when compared to last year. December marks the 19th consecutive month with an average days on market have been below 90.

If you would like to know what your home is valued at in today’s market conditions, please give me a call today. I specialize in the West Valley, including Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park and surrounding communities. With over ten years of experience selling real estate in the West Valley, I have the local knowledge and expertise to help you sell your home for top dollar. Call me today. Lisa

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Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Lisa Bray

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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