All About Biophilic Interior Design

Architects and interior designers strive to improve living spaces so their clients will be happier and more productive. One increasingly popular approach is called biophilic design, which “seeks to connect occupants more closely to nature,” according to Archdaily.com. Biophilia simply describes the affinity and love humans have for the natural world and its life forms. It’s the reason […]

Prestige Summer Issue Now Available

Inside the Summer issue of Prestige, accompany Chef @fabioviviani as he takes us on a journey of how growing up poor in Florence, Italy encouraged him to build a culinary masterpiece. Then, escape to a mountain sanctuary – where retreats offer more than a second home destination and present experiences beyond the winter snow and uncover […]

Do You Need a Jumbo Loan?

For 2021, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac raised the maximum conforming loan limit for a single-family property from $510,400 in 2020 to $548,250. In high-cost areas, including parts of California, New York, Washington D.C. and others, the limit for conforming mortgage loan limits is 150% of that limit, or […]

June is National Homeownership Month

National Homeownership Month is celebrated in June, the kickoff of the summer homebuying season. Homeownership is widely considered the foundation of civil stability and familial happiness – the American Dream. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) believes homeownership gives families more financial security, a better lifestyle, and stronger communities through supporting businesses, schools, and services making it […]

Buying a Home with Bitcoin

In April 2021, Bitcoin hit an all-time high in the price of its coins, virtual trader Coinbase went public with a valuation of $86 billion, and Venmo, owned by PayPal, announced it’s adding support for cryptocurrencies. All of these give access to customers who can now easily buy, sell and pay for items with cryptocurrencies […]

Is It Cheaper to Rent or Buy?

Home prices are going up, but in some areas of the country, it may be cheaper for you to save money for your own home by renting another year. According to Move.com, renters can save thousands on a lease in the nation’s largest tech hubs, compared to pre-pandemic prices. In February 2021, the U.S. median rent, […]

The Problem with Garage Conversions

Moving up to a better neighborhood could mean compromising on space, so you may be tempted to convert the garage. Many older homes come with a two-car garage, approximately 20 by 20 feet, or 400 more square feet of living area. It’s already under the roof and walled on three sides, making it seem inexpensive […]

Characteristics of Millennial Homebuyers

According to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS, millennials (born between 1981 and 1996, Pew Research) and also known as Gen Y and Echo Boomers, are the largest homebuying segment at thirty-seven percent. While millennials have been the largest share of homebuyers since 2014, the survey also found that they are most likely […]

Five Ways to Prevent Weeds

According to Gilmour.com, weeds “compete with grass and garden plants for space, light, water and soil nutrients.” They germinate quickly and can carry diseases and insects that hurt your plants. Here are six ways to prevent weeds in your lawn and garden: Apply pre-emergent weed killer. Pre-emergent target specific weeds and their families. They’re activated with water, so […]

The Five-year Equity Rule

When you buy a home, plan on staying there for approximately five years. Why? You’ll need equity in order to sell the home without losing money. Equity is your percentage of ownership VS how much the bank owns. With any mortgage loan, the first few years of payments go more toward paying interest than reducing your principal. […]

Reduce Your Home’s Price the Right Way

The first two weeks of marketing are crucial. In that time, if your home has received few showings or offers, price is the most likely issue. It’s time to reduce the price, but do it the right way. Don’t panic. You may feel two weeks isn’t enough time, but the market has spoken. There’s a magic […]

Will Home Prices Keep Rising?

Homebuyers are getting a lot of mixed messages this year. Interest rates are near record lows, but housing prices are still rising. So should you continue to rent or go ahead and take the plunge to buy? That depends a lot on both your needs and where you live. You may be wanting more space […]

What If There’s No Supply?

By the end of 2020, the number of homes listed for sale in the U.S. reached an all-time low. Supply sank below 700,000 homes nationwide, according to realtor.com®‘s Monthly Housing Trends Report, and that was before the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. With consumers euphoric, it’s possible the spring homebuying season could have even less inventory available. If you […]

Do Sellers Have to Do Repairs?

Typically, buyers include a home inspection contingency in their purchase offer that allows them to ask the sellers for repairs and get out of the contract if the seller refuses. The seller can respond in several ways. They can readily agree to fix the problem, no matter how expensive. They can agree to fix any […]

Can you get an even better rate by paying points?

According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are still hovering at all-time lows, signaling that the COVID-impacted economy is still struggling.  With interest rates well under three percent, it’s an ideal time to buy or refinance a home. Can you get an even better rate by paying points? When you’re quoted a rate like 2.73%, it […]

Put a Stake in Vampire Energy Use

Many telecommuters notice their utility bills are dramatically higher. It makes sense if you’re using more lamps, cooking more, and using office equipment at home. You can check your thermostat, plug air leaks, replace worn insulation, and turn off lights when you leave the room, but there are other reasons your energy bills are higher. […]

Packing for Your Move

Deciding what to pack when you’re moving isn’t easy. However, if you follow these simple suggestions, packing to move and unpacking to move into your new home will be much easier. Declutter: Decluttering serves two purposes. It makes it less expensive for you to move because you’re not paying freight to move things you no longer […]

Stone Countertop Confidential

There are pros and cons to all types of stone countertops. How do you choose which ones are best for your home?  Knowing the properties of each type of stone will help you make the right decision. Granite – According to TheSpruce.com, there are over 3,000 types of granite. Despite its strength, granite is porous, which means […]

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Named RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker

CHRIS STUART JOINS EXCLUSIVE GROUP OF INDUSTRY LEADERS WHO HAVE MADE NEWSWORTHY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY Irvine, Calif., (February 4, 2021) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, is pleased to announce that Chris Stuart, CEO, has been selected as an RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group […]

Pantone’s “Illuminating” May Bring Back Yellow

Decorating colors come and go, but few have retreated from the mainstream for as long as yellow. The Pantone Color Institute’s selection of “Illuminating,” a cheerful light yellow, paired with the calming “Ultimate Gray” for its 2021 Color(s) of the Year, may make yellow popular again. Pantone describes Illuminating and Ultimate Gray as “two independent colors that […]