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Ideas For Accent Walls

by Denise D'Amico
 
Ideas for Accent Walls
 

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.

The starter accent wall

You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic.

Interesting textures

Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort.

Patterns, murals, and more

Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.

Make Your Home Buyer Friendly

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
Make Your Home Buyer Friendly
with Focused Staging
 
 
You’ll want your for-sale home to look its best. And that requires focus. Focused staging, that is.
 
Staging your home can increase the offer amount by up to 10%, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Staging. But what if you haven’t the time or cash to stage the whole house?
 
You focus on the rooms that push buyers’ buttons. A messy mudroom may not kill your sale, but an unusable kitchen or master bedroom may be a deal-breaker.
 
Few buyers can see beyond your personal style, particularly in hot-button areas like the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. So concentrate on staging these.
 
According to the NAR Profile, the living room is one of the most popular to stage. Make it feel larger by replacing bulky furniture with smaller pieces. Help buyers to imagine their things here; leave lots of space on shelves and around furniture.
 
In the kitchen, declutter countertops, the fridge and inside cabinets (yes, buyers willlook). Add color with a bowl of fruit.
 
“Most bedrooms don’t need much more than the bed, dresser, end tables, and a mirror,” the article suggests. Make the bed the focus with beautiful, but not necessarily expensive, linens.
 
A clean bathroom is a saleable bathroom. The master bath, especially, should gleam. Add attractive towels and battery candles for atmosphere.
 
And don’t forget to tidy the outside. You know what they say about first impressions.
 
If you are thinking about selling your home and we'd be glad to share our proven staging ideas
with you. You can contact the Denise D'Amico Real Estate Team at 847-551-9290 or e-mail us.

3 Reasons Why A Home Isn't Selling!

by Denise D'Amico
 
3 Reasons Why A Home Isn’t Selling!
Have you ever driven by a For Sale sign and wondered, “That house has been on the market for a long time, I wonder why it isn’t selling”? You might have asked that question because you were worried the same thing would happen when you put your own house on the market!
 
Often a home doesn’t sell for one of three reasons:
1. The price is too high.
Sometimes a homeowner will set the listing price exceptionally high in the hopes of getting lucky. What happens instead, however, is potential buyers stay away. In today’s real estate market, a house usually sells at a price that is close to its market value. Fortunately, the current market value of your house - and, hence, its approximate selling price - may be higher than you realize. It’s worth getting a free market assessment.
2. The house doesn’t show well.
Sometimes a house is strategically priced for the market but doesn’t show well. It’s difficult for buyers to look past issues, such as clutter, and see the potential. In those cases, prospective buyers who view the property, don’t like what they see, and move on. If you put your house on the market, make sure it looks its best for prospective buyers.
3. The listing is poorly promoted.
Clearly, buyers won’t become interested in a property if they don’t know about it. The listing must be promoted effectively, and that involves more than a For Sale sign. Want more tips on selling your house?
 
Call Denise D'Amico today at 847-551-9290 or e-mail me at denisedamico@remax.net

OPEN HOUSES---Sunday, April 22nd

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
Visit our 2 OPEN HOUSES
in the gated Glen of South Barrington
Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3 Ambrose Lane offered at $1,099,000
and 12 Corey Drive offered at $897,000
Please stop in and see
Denise D'Amico
and
Matt D'Amico
 
3 Ambrose Lane
South Barrington
 
 
12 Corey Drive
South Barrington
 
 

How To Remove Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

by Denise D'Amico

 

How To Remove Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

http://www.elledecor.com/home-remodeling-renovating/home-renovation/g11834771/how-to-remove-wallpaper/

17th Annual Scarecrow Festival

by Denise D'Amico

 

Everyone is invited to Barrington’s 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival, a family-friendly FREE event held at Memorial Park (Hough and Lincoln Avenues) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This extremely popular event is emceed by Bob the DJ and features free pumpkin, scarecrow, and cookie decorating. Also on tap are pony rides, inflatable games, face painting, and other fun activities throughout the day. Pumpkins, cookies, and painting supplies are provided for free; please bring old clothes for scarecrow decorating. Food and beverages offered by Kooker’s and Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company will also be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by ChiroFit, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Costco, and the Village of Barrington. For more information, please go to www.barrington-il.gov.

4 Potential Surprises When Buying A Home!

by Denise D'Amico
 
4 Potential Surprises When Buying A Home

 

No. 1: Low inventory means you have to act fast!
In many cities around the U.S., inventories are tight, meaning there are too few homes on the market for potential homebuyers. Homes in good condition that are priced appropriately sell fast. The competitive market means buyers may find a home and make a serious offer in just a few days (sometimes 24 hours!). In extremely low inventory markets like Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, buyers may end up in bidding wars, paying more than the home's asking price. Professional real estate agents understand the unique trends in your market and can help buyers zero in on the right house and act quickly.
 
No. 2: ... But closing takes longer than you think.
According to Realtor.com, the average home sale takes approximately 50 days from the moment your offer is accepted to the time you move in, but this is contingent on a variety of things. As the days tick by during this comprehensive process of inspections and appraisals, you may find yourself impatient to move in and add Pinterest-worthy decor. The good news? Advanced technology has helped streamline the exchange of a vast amount of paperwork. And, an experienced real estate agent will be able to set expectations and keep you informed every step of the way. While you anxiously await the keys to your new place, you can occupy yourself by preparing your things for the move and planning an epic housewarming party.
 
No. 3: Home inspections leave nothing uncovered.
For the benefit and protection of a new buyer, most home inspectors conduct a very thorough inspection of your new home, leaving a detailed and often intimidating list of recommended repairs and improvements. Remember, not every item on the list may need to be repaired for the home to be safe or for you to take possession. Yet again, your real estate agent will be able to walk you through this lengthy report, advising you on what you can and should ask the sellers to consider fixing.
 
No. 4: Closing costs may leave you asking:
"I owe WHAT?" Just when you think you know the bottom line, some additional closing costs can sneak up on you. Things like loan origination fees, prepaid property taxes, title insurance and more can add up at the end of the process. In fact, on average, closing costs can range from 2% to 5% of your home's purchase price. Now that you know, you can ask The Denise D'Amico Real Estate Group for more details and factor this in when you prepare to buy.

How Much House Can You Afford?

by Denise D'Amico
 
Determining how much home you can afford, or what payment you feel comfortable with,
can be a trying process.
 
Calling lenders, looking at mortgage loan programs and interest rates can be confusing, to say the least. There is an easy way to get started, and give yourself an idea of where you stand.
 
 
What Ever Home Buyer Should Know The first step is to find out what mortgage interest rates are at the current time. You can typically do this with a couple of phone calls to lenders or some quick searching on the internet. Get your rates on conventional fixed rate loans. To obtain a very clear picture of how much home you can actually qualify for, the best idea is to contact a reputable local lender and let them analyze your entire situation. The lender can calculate your income-to-debt ratio, do a quick credit score and give you the information you need.
 
Typically, lenders like to see a ratio not exceeding about 28%. This does not take into consideration long term monthly debt. As an example, to qualify for a loan, lenders may require ratios of 28% or 36%. This means you can spend up to 28% of your gross monthly income on a mortgage payment, and no more than 36% of your gross monthly income on all forms of debt, mortgage included.
 
We work with a number of loan officers and would be happy to recommend one right for you. Click here to contact us today. We are happy to help!

Encouragement Corner

by Denise D'Amico
 
ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER
 
 
Thomas Jefferson’s Ten Rules for a Good Life.
 
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
 
Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
 
Never spend your money before you have it.
 
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.
 
Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
 
Never repent of having eaten too little.
 
Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
 
Don't let the evils which have never happened cost you pain.
 
Always take things by their smooth handle.
 
When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.

4 Things Only A Realtor Knows About Real Estate

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
4 Things Only A Realtor (and not the Internet)
Knows About Real Estate
 

According to the National Association of Realtors, 42 percent of homebuyers start their home search online, and 92 percent use the Web during the home search process. While the Internet can be a good place to start looking, there are things real estate agents know about the process of buying and selling a home that can't be found in any Web browser.

Here are a few.

1. How to price a home When setting a listing price, agents consider scores of factors, from local and national market trends and neighborhood development activity to the latest buyer preferences for kitchen appliances and landscaping. Every home is unique, and an agent with a track record of success knows how to price it attractively in the market. The Internet isn't always much help when it comes to comparison shopping, either. Many of the same factors that help an agent set an appropriate listing price aren't available in an algorithm, so online estimators aren't always accurate – and could be costly if you purchase without consulting a real, live professional.

2. Marketing offline While online marketing can certainly be valuable, agents have networks of contacts and years of experience to round out their marketing plans. And, for buyers, agents often can tap into their network to learn about great properties before they hit the real estate websites or even the MLS.

3. Key points in the process If you find a home you love online, the website won't be there to guide you through a mortgage application, find a home inspector or advise you what to do if an inspection reveals issues.

4. How to negotiate Having an experienced, professional negotiator drive your transaction can be vital to reaching a fair price for the property you're buying or selling. A website can give you an estimate of how much a property should cost, but it can't evaluate whether that's a great price or not.

To make sure you get the most home for your home when buying, contact Denise D'Amico at the Denise D'Amico Real Estate Group.

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