Archive for June, 2016

Q&A: 2016 kitchen trends!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

1. How would you describe the kitchen styles for 2016?  Kitchen and living spaces are continuing to blend. In 2016, kitchens will require a design that merges inside and outside spaces and caters to the practical and aesthetic needs of these new living zones. New opportunities and challenges will continue to arise from appliance innovations, which […]

Selling your Home? Be ready to answer these 6 questions!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

1. How old is the home? When was it last renovated? 2. How old is the roof? 3. What structures or fixtures are included in the list price? For example, is the seller OK with the appliances, ceiling fans, swing set, window treatments, and shed being included in the sale? 4. What are the home’s […]

Renovating? Leave a paper trail!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

1. Update blueprints Stephanie Hubbard, founder and principal of Boston-based landscape architecture firm SiteCreative, recommends using photos to revise old plans and sketches, especially of subsurface structures. “We always photograph every step of the construction process,” Hubbard says. When sod is pulled up, that’s the easiest time to record where subsurface work is, like utility […]

Plan on investing in real estate? Target these 5 spots!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

1. Senior housing: An aging population is making senior housing a good bet for investors. “Senior housing is experiencing upward demand, but with this property type, you can’t increase rent as rapidly as you can with multifamily,” notes Barbara Byrne Denham, a Reis economist. 2. Student housing: The pre-tax yield for student housing properties was […]

Repainting your home in 2016? Read this!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Home owners say they like color in their homes but they definitely have some hesitations in using it to decorate their spaces, according to a new survey by Better Homes and Gardens of nearly 400 home owners. The survey found a general consensus that these three colors, in particular, home owners remain the most hesitant […]