Category: Homeownership

31 Oct 2017

6 ways to inexpensively update your kitchen

Thank you, Chip and Joanna for giving us all kitchen envy. Perhaps the only good news out of the recent announcement of your show coming to a close is that our bank accounts will now finally get some much needed rest. But despite the dynamic duo’s departure from our television screens, I have a feeling that America’s obsession with updated, open-concept kitchens won’t come to an end anytime soon.  And that’s okay, because I’ve rounded up six tips to help you get the kitchen of your dreams, without breaking the bank.   Cabinets Want to make your heart skip a beat? All you need to do is invite a contractor to give you a quote on brand new cabinets. Cabinets are easily...
Continue reading
8 Sep 2017

7 Ways to inexpensively update your bathroom

Have a 1950’s era bathroom but don’t have a chunk of change lying around to help bring the bathroom into the modern age? No problem— here are seven inexpensive ways to bring that pink tile-laden space into the 21st century. Tile Tile— whether you’re using it for floors or walls— can add up pretty quickly. Luckily, there’s a couple ways you can have your cake and eat it too with this more expensive material. Try shopping at big-box retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s for tile. Hitting up these supercenters as opposed to shopping for custom tile can save you a pretty penny. If you have to go with custom tile, consider using it just as a border. Beadboard has recently...
Continue reading
31 Jul 2017

Call a Realtor® before you remodel

So you’ve finally decided it’s time to remodel. Maybe you’re thinking about upgrading the countertops, opening up the living room or re-doing the master bath. Or maybe all of the above. But who do you call? A general contractor? Remodeling company? Handyman service? Actually, your first call - before you make any changes - should be to your Allen Tate Realtor®. Sure, your Realtor is your trusted advisor when it’s time to buy or sell a home. But Realtors are also your best source for figuring out what home renovations will yield the best return. It’s important to have a professional guide you in your remodeling endeavors. The last thing you want to do is make unnecessary repairs or put money into a project...
Continue reading
7 Mar 2017

Get your home improvement ROI—and enjoy it, too!

Yes, I know. There are plenty of lists online about which home improvements will give you the greatest return on investment. There are TV shows, past and present, from Biggest Bang for the Buck to Flip or Flop. Pinterest, Houzz and other social sites are full of ideas and opinions. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, I turned to an expert to get the real scoop on the subject. It turns out Allen Tate Realtors® President Phyllis Brookshire has a lot to say on the topic. You might be surprised when you find out her point of view on what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to getting the biggest ROI when it comes to home improvement. “For the most...
Continue reading
27 Jan 2017

#FBF Before closing, don’t do these 5 things

You’re approved! The contract is signed on the house, the closing date is set and you are ready to go! But hold on. Don’t go buying new appliances for the new house or a new car for the new commute just yet! Why? Because your credit is monitored right up to the day you sign the contract. Lenders will question any big transaction or change in financial status until you have the keys in hand. So be aware that not only is a credit check run when you apply for a mortgage, but another is run just before you close. So avoid these 5 things before closing on your home—or risk losing it before it’s even yours! Don't change your job status. Banks...
Continue reading
16 Jan 2017

Real estate 2017: Still looking good

Wonder what’s in store for the Carolinas’ real estate market for 2017? No major changes, but that’s a good thing, according to the experts. In 2016, Allen Tate Company ended the year with 22,194 closed sales units and $5.45 billion in closed sales volume, a respectable increase over 21,565 closed units and $5.16 billion in closed volume in 2015. That’s a trend Allen Tate President and CEO Pat Riley is comfortable with – the kind of steady growth that helps normalize and sustain the market. In the January-February edition of Carolinas Market Update, Riley talks about factors that helped define the past two years – and are expected to continue in 2017. “Low inventory will propel higher than average price appreciation (5-6 percent). Builders...
Continue reading
13 Jan 2017

6 ways to mix up your space

As the last box of holiday decor is safely tucked away, and the final bite of pecan pie consumed, you may look around your house and think that it looks, well, bare. And while most of us are ready to declutter our home after the holidays, there’s nothing like a mini home makeover to breath new life into a tired old space. Don’t worry about breaking the bank for these simple solutions though, because we’ve rounded up six inexpensive ways to go from dismal to delightful. Pack it up If you hate your room but love your furniture, try looking at things from a different perspective. Sometimes the best way to revamp a living space is by seeing it completely empty....
Continue reading
28 Dec 2016

Real Estate resolutions for 2017

  What positive changes do you plan to make in 2017? If you are looking to lose weight, stop smoking or eat healthier, we wish you well, but we probably can’t help you. But here are a few “real estate resolutions” to consider that can save you time, money, frustration or all of the above in the New Year: I will only buy or sell a home with the assistance of a professional Realtor (ideally, an Allen Tate Realtor®). Unless you have previous experience in real estate (and even if you do), going the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) route is just a bad idea. Real estate can be complicated and even a simple mistake can be costly. You need a professional. ...
Continue reading
4 Nov 2016

Is it time to downsize? #FBF

Ready to have some fun? Ready not to spend your weekends doing home maintenance and cleaning? Ready to pack away the princess’s playthings and have a grown-up guest room? Then you might be ready to downsize. The upsides to downsizing Most of the time, we think of downsizing when the kids have grown-up and moved out, or when we’re looking at a more senior lifestyle. But today, choosing less space often has more to do with a desire to live simpler—whether you’re retiring or just want a cozier, eco-friendly, low-maintenance home. According to BecomingMinilmalist.com, there are many different reasons you may decide you want to live larger by living smaller. Smaller is easier to maintain and clean. Going small can free your mind and your...
Continue reading
Follow

Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox: