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April 1, 2019

Garden Design Trends for 2019

These 10 important trends are shaping the gardening world in 2019

Checking out and following trends inside and outside the walls of your home are especially important when you're considering putting your house on the market.  Following key trends can save you time down the road researching what's hot and not so that your home will have great curb appeal, catch the eye and attention of prospective home buyers quickly and help your house stand out among the competition which ultimately helps your house get an offer more quickly and typically for more money (think "home staging" for the outdoors).  

1. KEEPING IT LOW MAINTENANCE

More mess equals more stress is a saying that is not limited to the indoors, which is why a disheveled garden can leave homeowners feeling overwhelmed. Considering the busy world we live in, gardeners will be looking for ways to simplify their gardens in 2019.

Include mostly perennial plants that will come back each year and group them together based on their watering needs. For plant suggestions, talk to a master gardener in your community, attend a local garden tour to get ideas or check out the 2019 National Plants of the Year.

Consider removing messy trees or shrubs that don’t provide any ecological benefits. (For example, a tree that drops leaves into your pond or pool; a shrub that creeps into an oft-used pathway.)

Invest in an irrigation system that can do the dirty work for you while you’re away.

Do your research when selecting hardscaping materials. Choose quality stones that won’t require repair after a short amount of time or pavers that don’t need to be cleaned constantly. Contain gravel pathways with robust edging.

2. CREATING A STAYCATION SPOT

As designer Scott Shrader says, “Why go on vacation once a year when you can make your yard feel like you’re on vacation all year round?” Gardeners are finding more ways to enjoy a staycation in the comfort of their own backyard rather than waiting in airport lines and living out of a suitcase.

Here’s some inspiration:

Keep it low maintenance (see above!).

Set up a weatherproof speaker system to enjoy music while you’re outside.

Site destination spaces—for example, a fire feature or a comfy lounge chair—in a spot that will draw people outside but not so far that you forget about it.

Invest in outdoor furniture that you actually want to sit in.

Include lighting to make your outdoor spaces easy to access when it gets dark out.

Install an outdoor kitchen if you love to cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. MAKING BACKYARD STRUCTURES FOCAL POINTS

Some structures in the garden are necessary—sheds, walls, pool equipment boxes, etc. Since these are things you’ll see every day, why not make them beautiful? More gardeners will choose to make eye-catching structures the focal points of their gardens, rather than eyesores.

Try these creative ideas:

  • Use salvaged materials, such as rough barn wood and antique iron gates, to create a rustic pool house
  • Repurpose an existing structure, like an old stable, into an outdoor dining pavilion
  • Take inspiration from a local landmark by mimicking its design or using similar materials
  • Use a kit, such as this Amish-crafted Colonial Gable Greenhouse, to build the garden structure of your dreams

4. INCLUDING PRIVATE, SECLUDED PLACES

A small retreat within a larger garden can feel like a getaway. Creating a quiet space to relax, read, or meditate is going to grow more and more popular as mindfulness and finding ways to decompress becomes a priority for people. Garden designer Bernard Trainor of Ground Studio says, “I find intimate, secluded spaces in a garden are just as important as grand vistas.” Whether you want to create a dedicated outdoor yoga room that offers the quiet surroundings necessary for meditation, or you’d love a spa-inspired space to rejuvenate and pamper yourself after a long day, the garden is a great place to unwind.

Easy ways to create a retreat:

  • Provide just enough seating for two
  • Include a simple water feature
  • Surround the space with lush plants
  • Use an arbor or pergola to create a sense of overhead enclosure
  • Build a wall to separate a small area from the rest of the garden
  • Use tall narrow plants as a privacy screen
  • Evoke a sense of calm and order with a neutral color palette

5. MAKING A NOTABLE FIRST IMPRESSION

Yes, a well-designed front yard adds curb appeal, but more importantly, it creates a sense of joy for you every time you return home. Homeowners have been finding creative ways to fashion an impactful entrance, and we don’t imagine them stopping anytime soon.

Here are some ideas to try in your front yard:

  • Adding seasonal containers
  • Including scented plants along an entry pathway
  • Installing lighting to make the journey to the front door dramatic and easy to navigate
  • Incorporating plants with flowers that complement the color of your front door
  • Putting plants in crevices and between stones within walkways to add interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. INCLUDING UNEXPECTED ELEMENTS IN YOUR ARRANGEMENTS

Specimens that are not traditionally used in arrangements—e.g., sticks, leaves, dried seed heads, fruits, etc.—have become increasingly popular in the floral design world, and chances are you already have something unique that truly reflects the season right in your own backyard. Not only will you create something gorgeous, but we believe that stepping outside and looking at your plants with fresh eyes is a refreshing pursuit that’s good for the soul. If possible, we suggest bringing a small child along with you for this activity. They’re often quite skilled at thinking outside the box and finding beauty in the unexpected!

7. INCLUDING FOOD IN LANDSCAPES OF ALL SIZES

Although growing food is by no means a new trend, it seems that now more than ever consumers have a vested interested in where their food comes from and how it’s being grown. And the ability to grow your own food is not limited to people with acres of land. Gardeners are finding that they can grow a surprising amount of food in limited space.

If you’re looking to try your hand at growing food but don’t think you have the room, consider:

  • Adding a pot on your front or back porch to start
  • Researching ornamental edibles that you can incorporate into your current planting design (get some ideas here)
  • Hanging planters from your home’s eaves or in front of a kitchen window
  • Growing herbs on your walls with a vertical planter, such as the Algreen Garden View, that can be mounted indoors or out

8. GIVING BACK WITH GARDENS

Homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that their gardens have the potential to be much more than a plot of land that’s pretty to look at. There are many ways to give back with your garden—both to the earth and your community.

Top ways to give back with your garden:

  • Look into how you can make your garden a Certified Wildlife Habitat to benefit wildlife and inspire your neighbors to do the same.
  • Donate your overabundance of fresh produce to your local food bank or share with your neighbors to foster a sense of community.
  • Use natural ways to get rid of weeds and control garden pests like grubs and Japanese beetles.
  • Include plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies.
  • Design your garden with wildlife in mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. GROWING ALL TYPES OF PLANTS INDOORS

Gardeners continue to find creative ways to bring green indoors, especially in the midst of winter or if they live in urban environments. When it comes to houseplants, the critical aspects of growing—lighting, pests, care, and more—are paramount, but you’ll want to make sure they look fantastic, too. In Leslie Halleck’s book Gardening Under Lights, she writes, “Growing plants and food indoors doesn’t have to be utilitarian; it can be a beautiful practice that blends into our living space and lifestyles.”

With proper plant choices and maybe some grow lights, even the darkest corner of your home can support plant life. Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn recommends standards like Peperomia, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Philodendron, and Sansevieria. If you’d like to branch out a bit more, check out this list of the 21 best indoor plants.

Get the most from your houseplants by displaying them in a variety of ways:

  • Grow larger plants in pots on the floor
  • Grow trailing plants atop a high shelf, ledge or tall piece of furniture
  • Grow toxin-fighting plants as part of a living wall in your bedroom
  • Grow light-loving plants, even in dark corners, with the Barnyard Pendant LED Grow Light from Gardener’s Supply

10. INVESTING IN FURNITURE THAT WILL LAST

There’s a lot of outdoor furniture available, and unfortunately many of us have found that some of it is…well…cheap. After finding that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to garden furniture, we foresee a continued shift toward investing in weather-resistant, quality pieces that will last and can be passed on. There’s nothing quite like a classic iron bench next to a rose garden or a sturdy chaise lounge with fade-resistant fabric that you can count on year after year.

If your garden furniture needs an upgrade, here are some suggestions:

  • Seek out an artisan who builds functional yet sophisticated furnishings that withstand the test of time.
  • If you’re the DIY type, why not build a piece of garden furniture? You’ll be creating an heirloom that can be enjoyed by generations.
  • Shop for furniture at a specialty retailer rather than at big box stores.
  • Make sure the furniture is comfortable and visually appealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 28, 2019

What is a Balanced Real Estate Market in Denver?

What is a Balanced Real Estate Market in Denver?

Many of us wondered if 2018 was the last hurrah in the phenomenal Seller’s Market Denver Metro has been experiencing since the recovery fueled by major population growth and stifled development starting in 2013. Since our recovery from the recession, prices have more than doubled in Metro Denver since the bottom of the market in 2008-2012. With such a prolonged Seller’s Market we’ve all been wondering when it will end. Based off initial numbers coming in as our market goes through it’s traditional pick up in February, it’s not looking like it will be this year- at least for the detached market.

While it’s true that we have more inventory available in 2019, prices are determined not only by supply but also demand. If inventory rises, and demand follows behind it then prices continue to rise. Prices are determined by the relationship between supply and demand, and not by just one side or the other.

In today's episode of the Greater Metro Denver Market Review, First American Title's Megan Aller defines for us what a balanced real estate market would look like here in the Denver area and where we are currently.  If you want to get a copy of the full report or have questions about your home, neighborhood or area, call or text us at 720-314-8462

 

March 27, 2019

Home Buying Trends in 2019

 

Whether you’re selling, buying or staying put, here are the 2019 real estate trends you need to know!

 

Real Estate Trend #1: Home Prices Are Rising Slowly . . . With Less Offers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that during the course of 2017 and early 2018, home prices made a giant 10% jump. Wow! This year, however, may be a different story. Home prices are estimated to rise in 2019, but at a much slower pace, and the number of homes for sale is expected to increase by a mere 1%.

What’s the reason? Well, part of the slowdown is due to increased mortgage interest rates and another part is because of overall economic uncertainty. That combination is enough to discourage many buyers who are on the fence about purchasing a home.

But there are still eager buyers in the market, and many of them are looking for newly built homes. In fact, new home construction is projected to increase by 8% in 2019.(2) That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: There just aren’t enough new homes to go around in some areas. Plus, construction companies also don’t have the manpower to keep up with demand.

What’s the bottom line? Expect the new construction that is available to go for a higher price.

 

What Higher Prices Mean for Sellers

A nice profit may be on the horizon! The number of homes sold next year is still expected to rise, even if it’s at a slow pace. That’s great news for sellers! But keep in mind that a lot of buyers are being priced out of the market, which could lead to fewer offers for your home.

So what should you do about this? Be aware of your competition. With less offers to go around, you want your home to really stand out from similar ones in your area. Prepare your home for potential home buyers and work with a real estate agent to help you list your home at the right price.

And be sure to wait for the right offer. Some buyers may try to gut punch you with a low number. If you aren’t in a hurry to move, wait for an offer that gives you the most profit. Remember, the less desperate person always has the upper hand when negotiating!

 

What Higher Prices Mean for Buyers

If you’re going to buy a home in this expensive market, you absolutely must find out how much house you can really afford. Crunch the numbers yourself with our free mortgage calculator and figure out a monthly payment your budget can handle.

Commit to staying within that budget amount. Don’t rush into a home purchase that doesn’t make financial sense for you no matter how much pressure you feel watching competitors pluck good homes off the market. You could screw up your finances!

If you can’t put down at least 10% on a 15-year fixed-rate conventional loan, then you probably can’t afford a house in this market. A down payment that’s less than 10% will strangle your budget with massive monthly mortgage payments. But if you want to get prepared to buy and you’re committed to your budget, here are some options to consider:

 

  • Keep saving. If you stay patient and motivated, you can save for a five-figure down payment by this time next year.

 

  • Sacrifice some wants. If you can’t afford to buy the house you want, be willing to give up some “nice-to-haves” for your “must-haves.” Find the least expensive home in the best neighborhood you can afford and you can upgrade as your income and savings increase over time.

 

  • Expand your search. What if the location where you’re planning to buy is what’s busting your budget? You might be surprised at the gem you can find in a less popular neighborhood. Getting connected with a real estate agent who really knows the area is the best way find a home that fits your budget and lifestyle.

 

Buying a home can be stressful, but our Home-Buyer’s Guide will streamline the process! It’ll help you think through all the important parts so you can rest easy when your dream home is officially yours.

 

Real Estate Trend #2: Mortgage Interest Rates Are on the Rise

Call it the seven-year itch. Mortgage interest rates are on the rise after years of being at a standstill. Interest rates are projected to increase to an average of 5% for a 30-year mortgage and 4.4% for a 15-year mortgage 

Mortgage interest rates are on the rise after years of being at a standstill. Interest rates are projected to increase to an average of 5% for a 30-year mortgage and 4.4% for a 15-year mortgage. Although in recent weeks, we have seen a slight rate decrease beneficial to buyers or home owners looking to refinance their loan.  For current rates, consult our partners at Keller Mortgage 

It’s been seven years since mortgage rates were this high. But despite grumblings, that doesn’t mean the economy is in trouble. It actually means the opposite! To help stabilize the strong economy and rising inflation during the past few years, the Federal Reserve increased short-term interest rates. It’s somewhat natural to see a trickle-down effect to the bank level like what we’re seeing now with mortgage interest rates.

The increase basically means more people are willing to spend and borrow. Still, expect things to be a little different next year as buyers and sellers adjust to these changes.

 

What Higher Mortgage Interest Rates Mean for Sellers

In a nutshell, plan for your house to be on the market a little longer and prepare to possibly receive fewer offers. A mortgage is a big commitment, and adding higher interest rates to the mix will make many buyers pause. Partner with a real estate agent who understands the current market. They’ll help you set expectations for how much you can make, and how long you’ll have to wait for the right offer.

 

What Higher Mortgage Interest Rates Mean for Buyers

Even though mortgage interest rates are the highest they’ve been in a while, they’re still relatively low. If you’re not buying with cash, be smart and go for a conventional 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. That way, you know exactly what your payment will be over the life of the loan. 

 

Real Estate Trend #3: The Majority of Home Buyers Are Millennials

Move aside, baby boomers and Gen Xers! Guess who’s taking the over the homeowner leaderboard? Yep, you better believe it. Millennials are busting out all over. They’re getting older and finding stable careers. Their household income has increased to $88,200, and they’re looking to buy their first homes in middle and upper-middle class neighborhoods.

This works out perfectly for them as more baby boomers are retiring and downsizing. Next year, millennials will lead the way in number of mortgages, accounting for 45% of the market. They’ll be followed by Gen Xers at 37% and baby boomers at 17%.

In 2019, millennials will lead the way in number of mortgages, accounting for 45% of the market. They’ll be followed by Gen Xers at 37% and baby boomers at 17%.

 

What More Millennial Home Buyers Means for Sellers

Here are three important words: Know your buyer. Millennials are internet savvy and do their research before house shopping. They look for:

 

  • Easy online shopping. The home search starts online for millennials, so you need to make the best possible impression on the internet. Make sure you invest in high quality photos, and, for extra measure, consider using a drone to take aerial video footage. We equip our buyers with our FREE mobile app to assist them with the home shopping experience.

 

  • Quality over size. Yes, square footage matters. But millennials are more concerned about how sustainable and usable each space is. Get rid of your junk so they can visualize a bright future in your home without your stuff there.

 

  • Location. A lot of millennials are looking for homes in 18-hour cities like Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas, that offer big city life at a more affordable cost of living. If your home is in a walkable area with access to public transit, expect millennials to come knocking at your door.

 

  • Low-maintenance lifestyle. Millennials are used to living in the age of high-tech advances and Amazon Prime. They’re looking for energy-efficient homes with smart appliances. If you don’t have them, they’ll look elsewhere or lower their offer so they can upgrade after they buy.

 

What More Millennial Home Buyers Means for Buyers

Okay, if you’re looking for a three-bedroom, single-family home in the suburbs, expect to have a lot of competition. You may have to reprioritize what you want in a dream home. Follow these tips:

 

  • Know what you want. Decide what you absolutely need in a home. If you’re married and house hunting, you and your spouse need to agree on must-haves. Compare your individual lists and combine them for your real estate agent to use as the foundation of your home search.

 

  • Many sites suggest that you write a letter to the sellers. Sending such a letter here in Colorado has come under recent scrutiny by the Colorado Real Estate Commission due to potential violations of federal and state laws.  Please consult your professional real estate agent about this matter.

 

  • Hire an experienced pro. Last year, 90% of millennial home buyers used real estate agents to purchase their homes.(6) Think they’re onto something? You bet! Don’t try to buy on your own. Get the help of a pro so the home-buying process is smooth for everyone involved.

 

What If I’m Not Buying or Selling a Home This Year?

You may be thinking, All this is great, but I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. We hear you, and here’s what you should know for now:

 

1. Equity will likely continue to increase by 2–6% each year until 2020.

With most housing markets at low risk for a downturn, the 2018 Housing and Mortgage Market Review estimates home prices will continue to rise for the next couple of years, with annual increases of 2–6%.(7) Who-hoo for sellers! If you sell your house before 2020, you’ll likely still make a great profit. Continue to monitor how much your home is worth to make sure your equity (what your home is worth minus how much you owe on it) is going up.

 

2. From what we can see, the real estate market is not going to crash.

With such fast-rising mortgage interest rates, some folks are wondering if the housing market could collapse again. Well, it’s impossible to know for sure, but a number of factors indicate a housing crash is not in the foreseeable future and the economy is still strong. Here are some indicators:

 

  • People are spending money.
  • There’s a low unemployment rate and new career opportunities.
  • All-cash real estate buyers (our kind of people!) are becoming more common.
  • Fewer buyers are using interest-only home loans (aka the worst loans possible) that allow you to pay just the interest each month and not the principal.
  • Millennials want to buy.
  • Taxes are lower.

3. Regardless of your neighborhood, buyers are interested.

Even though buyers in 2019 may be choosy, determined ones might be willing to consider neighborhoods that don’t have easy access to highways or aren’t in close proximity to a big city. If you think you live in an unpopular neighborhood or believe your home isn’t what buyers are looking for, think again. Now may be your perfect time to sell.

 

Take Control of the Trends With a Top-Notch Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re selling or buying, you can take advantage of the current trends by partnering with a professional real estate agent.

If you have not yet selected a professional real estate agent to guide you through the process, please read our reviews so you can learn more about the experiences other buyers and sellers have had when working with Sandy and Tim Jones. If we can answer any questions or help you with the home buying process, please call or text us at 720-314-8462

March 27, 2019

10 Tips to Save You Time & Money When Buying a Home

Buying a home is a big purchase—maybe even the biggest one you’ll have ever made up to this point in your life no matter if it's your first home or tenth! Because of that, you don’t want to risk messing this up. 

A real estate professional will take the weight off your shoulders by helping you find a home, negotiate a deal, and see the process through until closing.

Understanding the process and some of the key steps involved can save you time and money.  There are a number of ways the home search and home buying process can waste your time.  Many home buyers flock to the big data sites such as Zillow or Realtor.com.  What many soon find out is that the information there is not 100% accurate all the time.  So a home buyer may find a house they love and when they call to learn more about it, they find out it's been sold for months or even years.  Frustrating to say the least, and a huge waste of time.  Not to sound self-serving here, when working with a real estate agent as a buyers representative, the agent not only supplies buyers with a list of homes that are actually available for sale, they can also help streamline the process and make the whole experience much easier.

So here are a few tips for thos of you who like checklists:

1. Be Prepared to Act Quickly -  

“Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price.  Agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home  they truly want.” 

2. Get Pre-Approved Before You Start House Hunting -

“Before engaging in any serious home search, home buyers need to have the necessary liquidity for the down payment, have investigated and addressed any potential credit issues, and spoken to a mortgage company (preferably several) and obtained a pre-approval letter. This process will also help determine the maximum price they can afford, which obviously will help them to focus their search accordingly, and to be prepared to make an offer when they find their dream home.” Speak to Lenders and Check Rates.  One great resource is Keller Mortgage where there are no lender fees which can save thousands on the typical home purchase. 

A first time home buyer needs to know their credit score before doing anything. You can get a free copy of your credit report and credit scores from sites like Credit Karma or Credit Sesame. While the scores you see online are consumer scores, not FICO scores, which lenders use. You will still have a good idea of where your score is. Borrowers don’t need a 640 FICO score to qualify for a home loan anymore. FHA loans allow for borrowers to have a 580 credit score to qualify with 3.5 percent of the purchase price as a down payment. However, lenders set their own credit score requirements and may require a minimum score higher than 580. If you’re a Veteran then you may qualify for a VA loan with no down payment. USDA loans are available to low-income first-time home buyers in rural areas of the country.

3. You Don’t Need 20% Saved for a Down Payment -

“There are many first-time home buyer programs out there, and with government loan programs a first time buyer can often get into their new home with 5% or less down. Speak to a mortgage advisor or take a First Time Homebuyer class to educate yourself, you may be able to get on the property market and start gaining equity sooner than you think.”  

"Save as much as possible and have cash in reserves that extend well past closing costs. That way, a buyer’s wallet isn’t stretched so thin and they can still feel financially comfortable even once making one of the biggest investments of their lives.”

4. Shop around for home insurance -

“Don’t just use the company that has your auto insurance. Prices can vary dramatically between companies for the same coverage so check with 3-5 different companies to get the best deal. This can make a big difference in your mortgage payment and closing costs since you set up an escrow account at closing.” 

5. Be Systematic in Your Approach -

“Too often, first-time homebuyers will be succumbed by emotion and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends and getting their finances are suitable for a home purchase will result in a significantly more agreeable situation. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers are typically in the initial stages of their careers, so diligently researching and utilizing the advice from real estate professionals can either set the foundation for prosperity, or create a detrimental fiscal situation for years to follow.” 

“Despite the busyness of life, do a little research on your own.  If you have a question about whether a room is permitted or not, find out before you sign on the dotted line. Be proactive. Ask questions, check the internet and if meet some of your potential new neighbors.  If you are viewing the property during the day, you may want to drive by in the evening.  Never, ever, forego having the home inspected, inspections reveal with your natural eyes cannot see.”

“While many first-time buyers think poking around on Zillow for a few days gives them a solid understanding of the market, in reality they’re barely scratching the surface. Even small, slow-moving markets can be far more nuanced and complex than they appear. While your agent has a fiduciary responsibility to represent your interests, they also have a financial incentive in closing you quickly. That means you need to educate yourself in order to know what you should be paying for your home. You need to know not only how much comparable home are listed for, but also how much they’ve sold for in the past and what factors influence those prices. Not easy without the right tools. Luckily, data analysis has been democratized in the past few years and tools like Google Ventures backed HouseCanary can give you a wealth of data on a particular home that would have only been available through an appraiser or experienced agent just a few years ago.”  

6. Communicate Clearly with Your Agent -

“Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and refine their requests to narrow what is available. Simply telling your Realtor, “I want a three bedroom house with a yard” isn’t going to get you anywhere.” 

“As a first-time home buyer, you’ll have a lot of questions, and our jobs are to help you navigate through this and prepare you, as best as possible, for what exactly you’ll be experiencing — we will set realistic time frame goals and expectations on what your money can buy. If your agent is “too busy” or doesn’t have the desire to educate you on what buying a home looks like, you may want to consider interviewing someone else who truly cares about you having the best experience possible.” 

7. Your first home likely won’t be your last home -

“It’s hard to predict where our families, jobs, or lives will take us 10 years down the road. I try and impress upon my first-time home buyers to look for a house that suits what they need now and for the next few years. When buyers accept this advice, they end up finding a home that works for them now, with the ability to buy up as their needs progress.” 

“It’s important to have an open mind when you’re looking for your new home, especially for many first-time buyers who are on a budget. Be careful not to soak in too much HGTV and make sure you’re being realistic for what is available in the area that you want to live in, while also staying within your budget. Remember that many cosmetic items in a home can be replaced pretty easily without spending too much. And it can be fun to have a few small projects to make your first home your own!” 

“Say a single young adult wants to buy a home and finds a nice one-bedroom; that’s great and enough space. However, chances are the buyer will find someone, fall in love, even welcome a child; then the young home buyer will need to go through the sale of the current home and find another home. Is wiser to buy a home you’ll need in the near future; don’t worry it will get filled (stuff, pets, hobbies, love).” 

8. Don’t Skip the Home Inspection -

“The home inspection is an opportunity for you to learn about your home. It is not a chance to renegotiate the contract or walk away if the seller doesn’t fix every little thing. It educates you about your home, so you can prepare for more likely scenarios in years 1-5. If the home inspection does uncover significant, serious problems, of course we will apprise the seller of the situation and determine the best path forward for the buyer.” 

9. Make a list -

This is doubly important if you are purchasing with a partner.  Each of you needs to make a list of what is truly important in your new home.  Then set  the lists side by side and rate your features onto a single list. Now, when you get into a home, you’ll be able to step back from the emotions and remember your important features.  Don’t let the perfect home get away. 

Bring a digital camera so you can capture the features and nuances of each home that you view. Begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number to identify where each group of home photos start and end. Pay attention to the home’s surroundings. What is nearby? Do you like the location? Immediately after leaving, rate each home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. View top choices a second time before you start bidding. 

“Many people want to do all the research and watch all the TV shows before taking the step into home ownership.  But it’s perfectly ok to have the desire and the finances to buy a home, but not know anything else. Buyer’s agents exist for a reason!  Hire a qualified real estate agent who can guide you through the process and answer the many questions that will come up.  To find a great agent, start by asking your friends and family who have recently purchased a home about their real estate agent. Interview agents who have been referred to you by trusted people that you know. Look for agents who not only know the market well, but ones who understand your needs well and you communicate well with.” 

10. Buyer’s Representation is Free -

“Make sure you have someone looking out for your interests. After almost two decades in the business I am still surprised to hear from first-time home buyers that they don’t reach out to an agent when starting their search because they don’t have the extra money. The seller has negotiated the commission they pay long before you see the house advertised and if the buyer doesn’t have an agent the listing agent keeps the full amount.  This leaves you with a very happy listing agent, but also with a buyer that has nobody protecting their interest.” 

“Review the home-buying process, timing of a purchase, funds that will be needed and the current market circumstances (i.e., is it a seller’s market or a buyer’s market? Are short sales or foreclosures available, etc.) By knowing the process before looking at homes, the buyer will be prepared to make a quick decision, which is especially important today, as inventory is limited.” 

“The most important thing that you are going to need in a real estate agent is trust, communication, and responsiveness.  Ask for referrals and recommendations from close friends, then start meeting with agents. All real estate agents have access to the same homes on the MLS. It is paramount that you find an agent you feel comfortable confiding in and trusting with the most expensive purchase of your life this far.  If you don’t connect personally, you wont connect professionally and that leads to mis-communications and disappointment.” 

Sandy and Tim have served dozens of home buyers and sellers - helping them buy a home or sell a home in Colorado and even relocate from another state or leave Colorado and relocate to another part of the country.  If you would like to learn more about the experience of working with Sandy and Tim, read their reviews: Jones Team Colorado Reviews or if you have questions about the Colorado real estate market - call or text us at 720-314-8462

March 26, 2019

Outdoor Deck Design Trends for 2019

 

With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors.

As the heart of the home shifts outdoors, following are some of the top trends that will dominate the outdoor living landscape.

Sustainable solutions

There is a growing interest in sustainable alternatives to wood products, which contribute to deforestation and can leave a heavy carbon footprint. Composite decking offers an appealing option that outperforms wood, with greater durability, less ongoing maintenance and fewer harmful environmental impacts. Trex decking, for example, is made from 95 percent recycled and reclaimed materials, diverting more than 250 million pounds of plastic film and bags from landfills each year.

Beyond decking, composite materials also can be found in today’s hottest outdoor furnishings. Manufactured from recycled milk jugs and other polyethylene plastics, these high-performance, on-trend designs offer environmentally responsible options for comfortable, stylish outdoor living.

Cozy and clean

As homeowners spend more time enjoying their outdoor living spaces, comfort is key. From plush cushions and throws to cozy pergolas, today’s outdoor spaces are designed to evoke serenity and peace.

However, trend experts are quick to point out that “cozy” doesn’t equal “clutter.” Clean, minimalist looks are growing in popularity, as homeowners emphasize quality over quantity. In outdoor spaces, this trend is manifesting in sleek lines, simple styles and a preference for long-lasting products.

On decks, this minimalist trend can be seen in the popularity of streamlined, aluminum railings. Another must-have is outdoor cabinetry such as built-in trash bins and ice chests that can be color-coordinated to integrate seamlessly into a deck design.

Illuminated spaces

From candles and tiki torches to fireplaces and integrated fixtures, outdoor lighting is another “bright” idea that is in high demand.

The right lighting can take any outdoor space from invisible to inviting — especially when it’s integrated in innovative ways to accentuate key features. Spotlights highlighting an accent wall or tread lights incorporated into a bar top are both popular options. Adding dimmable LED lighting to the railing and stairs not only adds ambiance but also enhances safety. By choosing which outdoor elements to highlight, it’s easy to change the look of an outdoor living space without moving any furniture.

Decidedly DIY

More homeowners than ever are feeling confident about building their own outdoor living spaces. Lighter weight deck boards such as Trex Enhance, as well as innovative, easy-to-install railing panels, have made creating a dream deck on your own easier than ever.

If you are comfortable using a hammer, a power saw and a drill, you can build your own deck. Or, if you have a deck but it is showing signs of wear, you can easily resurface it in just one weekend, so long as the substructure is intact.

Looking for design ideas or a turnkey solution? Call or text us at 720-314-8462.  Need a creative way to fund your project - let us connect you with one of our lending partners so they can guide you to the best product (refi with cash out or HELOC, etc.) for you

March 26, 2019

12 Small Deck Deck Design Ideas

Creating outdoor space is a big deal here in Colorado. In a place with 300+ days of sunshine, why wouldn't you want to take advantage of all that beautiful outdoor sunshine. We've gathered up some great ideas for you.

If you need additional resources - maybe a contractor, designer or perhaps some creative ways to fund your outdoor project - call us or text us at 720-314-8462 - we'll make sure you ahve a great experience so you can enjoy your outdoor experience.

March 26, 2019

Quizlet Coming to Denver - New Jobs!

 

300 more jobs are coming to Denver! Quizlet, a website that offers a wide range of study tools, chose the Mile High City to house its newest office space. Denver was selected over other popular cities due to the growing market of smart, talented professionals as well as the proximity to the main office in the Bay Area. Over the next 8 years, Quizlet anticipates hiring around 300 employees at their new location with a $156,000 average salary!

Have you put in your application to #quizlet Quizlet Need housing close to their Denver HQ? Tag us - we can make it a great experience: 720-314-8462 Our website is filled with great homes for you: www.jonesteamcolorado.com

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March 25, 2019

Who’s up for a run!

Who’s up for a run!


With spring in full swing, running season is finally upon us! The next couple of months offer multiple opportunities for novice and avid runners to move their feet along some of Colorado’s beautiful landscapes. April will host the Horsetooth Half Marathon, which features breathtaking views along the reservoir, and the Cherry Creek Sneak. Most races offer distance options to meet your desired skill level. In May, two marathons are hosted in Colorado for those wanting to push their bodies and running shoes to the limit. For more info on living life in Colorado check out www.Jonesteamcoloado.com #running #cherrycreek #marathon 

March 25, 2019

Tiny Bathroom? 10 Clever Storage Tricks

Ten Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

A bathroom doesn’t need to be vast to feel comfortable, soothing, and elegantly efficient. A smaller space just requires some well-planned storage options and a clean, welcoming decor. These design tricks fit the bill on both fronts: They offer smart ways to maximize space, and they do it with uncluttered, style-savvy good looks.

 

1. Aim High

That foot or two above the door is an often-overlooked spot to eke out an extra bit of storage space in any room. In a bathroom, it’s perfect for spare toilet paper rolls and bins full of cleaning or grooming supplies. If you’re not tall enough to reach, take a cue from this homeowner and keep a folding stool in a corner.

 

 

 

 

2. Crystal Clear

A gleaming glass shower door is a classic choice for a tiny bathroom because it keeps the space feeling open. Be sure to choose a tempered variety, which is safer than regular glass. 

3. Think Thin

The fixtures that make up a bathroom—toilet, sink, and tub or shower stall—are big and immovable, which limits options for fitting in much storage furniture. That’s what makes a slim, freestanding drawer unit so ingenious. It makes the most of that narrow slot next to the toilet, hiding extra paper rolls and all kinds of gear in an unassuming, water-resistant cabinet.

 

4. Don't Shed Tiers

Noticing a pattern? Embrace vertical storage by making use of a number of levels. Note how this small shelving unit packs multiple tiers of storage into a quarter-round shape that can be slipped neatly into an empty corner on the floor or countertop. An oil-rubbed bronze finish adds texture and warmth—big plusses in the bathroom, which can often feel a bit sterile and chilly.

 

 

 

5. DIY a Drawer

No built-in storage drawers? Install them yourself in the existing cabinetry or shelves. This wooden unit from Lowe’s is sold as a kitchen solution, but it works equally well in a bathroom cabinet. Simply screw the tracks onto a shelf, and you’ve got a sliding drawer that’s the perfect size for toiletries and cosmetics.

 

6. Reflect on This

Mirrors are a key element in the home-design bag of tricks—and especially appropriate for a small bath. Note how this tall storage cabinet looms less large thanks to its mirrored door. Along with its matching medicine chest, the cabinet increases storage space without making the room feel overstuffed.

 

 

 

7. Borrow From Your Entryway

Take a long look at your entryway, where you store coats, shoes, and hats, and you’ll find inspiration for another room in your house! Any coat rack works equally well in a bathroom, where it can catch robes and soggy towels.

8. Double the Duty

When selecting bathroom furniture, look for items that offer enough function to earn their keep. For example, this artful seat is a chair and a towel rack! This design bundles a lot of functionality into a compact and lovely package. Crafted from bamboo for a spa vibe, it offers a place to perch, rungs for hanging items, and a shelf underneath for shampoos or a scale.

 

9. Get Some New Wheels

Lifesavers for small spaces, wheeled carts bring flexibility to the layout with their ability to simply roll clutter into another room when company comes. On this clean-lined IKEA model, a sectioned top tray organizes a slew of little items, such as makeup and toothbrushes. The shelves underneath can be removed to accommodate larger articles as needed, and there are even bars for hanging towels on the sides.

 

 

 

 

10. Don't Forget the Doors

It’s an oldie but a goodie: When storage space is tight, check behind your doors. A large organizer or hook rack can be suspended from the bathroom entry door. Smaller units, such as this shiny shelf, can be hooked inside an undersink cabinet to keep grooming gadgets or cleaning supplies within reach.

Ready to just ditch that tiny bathroom? Then check out the homes on our website:  https://www.jonesteamcolorado.com with LARGE bathrooms! Or call/text us if you want help finding home with a larger bathroom: 720-314-8462.  We can get the job done.

Looking for suggestions, read our blog: 8 Top Bathroom Trends for 2019

Planning a remodel? Then maybe our How to Budget for a Master Bath Spa Experience  is a good read for you.

 

March 25, 2019

8 Top Bathroom Trends for 2019

In our earlier blog ("How to Budget for a Master Bath Spa Experience") we shared some great insights into bathroom remodeling costs and the key bathroom assets that will yield the biggest return on your investment. Now we have identified those top trends that are going into the hottest bathroom remodels today:

Give your bathroom a refresh this year with these stylish decorating ideas, including gray cabinetry, smart technology, and spa-worthy features.

 

If you’re looking to give your bathroom an update in 2019 then look no further. We asked the experts to weigh on this year's biggest bathroom trends, including timeless materials, top cabinet colors, and amazing new technology. Whether you want to make a simple swap or a total overhaul, scroll through to see what bathroom design elements we're loving right now.

 

1. Matte Black Accents

Whether you mix finishes or go for a matching look, using black as a bathroom accent can totally change the look of your space. Against a light backdrop, a stylish matte black showerhead is sleek and sophisticated. Adding a matte black faucet or vanity hardware can be equally alluring.

“Consumers continue to be drawn to incorporating dark accents into their spaces,” says Jessica Birchfield, Senior Industrial Designer for Moen. “They want unique finishes that make a statement, which makes matte black an ideal choice.” As a response to rising consumer interest, Moen expanded its matte black bathroom offerings, including their new Doux bathroom suite, and added a matte black finish option to some existing lines.

 

2. Wood Vanities

Whether driftwood, reclaimed barn wood, or a stunning shade of stained wood, the use of the natural material in bathrooms is on the rise. San Francisco-based designer Kriste Michelini says client interest in wood vanities specifically has increased.

“I notice that more clients are looking for clean, light spaces that aren't sterile,” she says. “Introducing a beautiful maple or even a natural driftwood adds dimension and a soft, comfortable feeling.” She adds that the influence of hygge could be behind the increase. “I think the Danish influence has definitely taken hold on bathrooms. It is all about making your space cozy and celebrating simple things.”

 

3. Statement Art

You want every room in your home to be beautiful, so why not infuse a little character into your bathroom with a focal-point piece of art? Andrea Stanford, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Society 6this link opens in a new tab, says she has started to see more user-generated content showcasing creative ways to display art in the bathroom.

 

“Given its basic nature and sometimes lack of windows, people are seeking to insert color and texture into their bathroom,” she says. Consider different sizes of artwork and unique framing and mat options to make the biggest impact. Because moisture is inevitable in a bathroom, we don't recommend hanging a priceless work of art, but posters and prints from online retailers are approachable options for injecting color and personality into your space.

 

4. Spa Features

Little luxuries are no longer just reserved for spa days and vacations. More and more bathroom brands are introducing products that bring pampering into our own bathrooms. “Homeowners are increasingly interested in creating spa-inspired home bathrooms that offer an escape from their busy lives,” says Katty Pien, Chief Marketing Officer for LIXIL Americas.

DXV (a LIXIL brand) recently debuted Aqua Moment, a bathtub inspired by Japanese hot springs that comes complete with chromatherapy lighting and a waterfall system that cascades over the shoulders. This kind of relaxation, Pien notes, “is the perfect balm at the end of a busy workday spent in front of a computer screen.”

 

5. Statement Marble

Whether on walls, floors, or countertops, marble not only makes a stunning focal point, but it also lets you splash freely. Marble absorbs water quickly thanks to its porous nature, making it ideal for bathroom use. Chicago designer Stephen Gertz of MILIEU loves to use marble for its versatility and durability.

“Marble has strength, it plays with light, it carries a touch of transparency, and beholds an incomparable look,” he says. And if a solid slab of marble isn’t in your budget, you can still use the gorgeous stone to make a statement. Gertz suggests mixing marble tiles of different sizes and shapes to create an intriguing pattern or focal point.

 

6. Tushy Technology

The best in new bathroom technology is for your backside. As consumers become more comfortable with incorporating technology into their homes, products that provide customization and automation are gaining in popularity. Kohler’s Numi Intelligent Toiletthis link opens in a new tab is a breakthrough for cleanliness and convenience at home, offering motion-activated, hands-free opening and closing of the seat and cover, self-cleaning, adjustable seat heating, ambient lighting, and more.

 

“Utilitarian as a normal toilet may be, the Numi offers the ultimate in comfort, cleansing, and design," says Betsy Froelich, Marketing Manager at Kohler Co. "It’s sculptural, and an instant focal point in any bath." Starting in 2019, the Numi will come equipped with Kohler Konnect, allowing consumers to interact with the product via voice control and further personalize their experience.

 

7. Gray Cabinetry

A lovely gray hue is the perfect pairing for a crisp white bathroom. It’s easy to see why interest in gray bathroom cabinetry continues to climb. “Grays can serve as the perfect backdrop to existing elements, and deep grays can provide a beautiful gravity and moodiness in a space,” says Dee Schlotter, Senior Color Marketing Manager for PPG Architectural Coatings.

Since it functions as a neutral, gray provides a depth of color while still allowing other elements in your bathroom to shine, making gray a versatile team player. “Grays can be punctuated with a variety of décor elements, such as natural wood floors, or even bright bold floral patterns,” Schlotter adds.

 

8. Vessel Sinks

Make way for the artful vessel sink. Unique shapes and designs make vessel sinks an excellent option for creating a striking focal point in a small space. “More and more, homeowners are turning to vessel sinks with artistic shapes and patterns for a statement piece in the bathroom,” says Betsy Froelich, Marketing Manager at Kohler Co.

 

Some of Kohler’s latest vessel sinks, part of their Artist Edition, feature exquisite details that instantly add a level of polish. Plus, with such a broad variety of available vessel sinks, it's easy to match your existing bathroom style.

 

If you are considering a bathroom makeover this year, call or text us at 720-314-8462.  We have a carefully selected list of vendors, contractors, designers, suppliers who can help you with the process.  We can even put you in contact with one of our lending partners to discuss various ways to finance your project (cash out refi, HELOC, etc.). And if you decide you'd rather look for a new bathroom in a new home, well, you've come to the right place - we can definitely help!

 

Have a really small bathroom? Then maybe our Tiny Bathroom? 10 Clever Storage Tricks  is a good read for you.

 

 

Courtesy Better Homes & Gardens