Tuesday, March 8, 2022 / by Capprice Kitchen
The lure of first-time homeownership is powerful. Your focus could be building generational wealth or creating an investment to sell when you retire.
Whatever your reasons for buying a house, there are quite a few steps from where you are now to the moment you can kick back and enjoy it. Here is our best advice for first-time home buyers. You’ll be ready to in no time.
1. Be Sure You’re Ready To Commit To A Loan
The No. 1 tip for first-time home buyers that we can offer is to be sure you’re ready. The average mortgage loan term is 15 – 30 years. Although you don’t need to stay in your home for that amount of time, buying a home is still a major commitment. Be 100% sure that you’re ready for homeownership before you take on a mortgage.
Start by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I ready to commit to this home and city for at least 5 years?
Do I have an emergency fund that can cov! ...
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 / by Capprice Kitchen
Every house has a unique architectural style, and sometimes it has two or more. Renovations and new, eclectic mixes make fitting a home into one specific category daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to memorize complicated architectural terminology. REALTOR® Magazine has compiled a guide to common residential architectural styles. Click on the link below to highlight the details that give a home character, history, and romance.
Guide to Home Architectural Styles
Guide to Home Architectural Styles ...
Saturday, February 26, 2022 / by Capprice Kitchen
It’s time to leave those plastic drawer containers behind.
1. Adding too many wall hooks.
There's no arguing that wall hooks are a quick, easy way to keep an entryway looking neat. The problem is when hooks become a dumping ground, like when you leave your winter scarves and coats hanging up until July. Instead of adding more hooks, ask yourself if you really need quick access to everything that's already hanging there.
2. Relying on too many shelves and boxes.Before you overdo it on the extra shelves and sets of matching boxes, do a hard edit of your things so that you're not just making space for even more stuff you don't need.
3. Covering up shelves with curtains.Tacking curtains or fabric over shelves is a quick way to cover up unsightly clutter, but it's just a temporary fix. Before masking what's underneath, ask yourself if you'd want visitors to see what you're hiding.
4. Using trays that don't slide.Installing storage systems in lower kitchen and bathroom cabinets isS ...
Thursday, February 24, 2022 / by Capprice Kitchen
Getting the Right Light
Choosing bulbs has gotten much more complicated as energy-saving technology becomes more common. Here’s how to make the smartest and most flattering choices for a home.
Selecting a beautiful new light fixture for a home is a great way to visually update a home and add sparkle to a space. But putting the wrong lightbulb in that fixture can have disastrous effects. The wrong lighting makes a room feel too dark or too bright. Light also affects the appearance of upholstery, paint, or artwork.
Comparing lighting options available today can be like comparing a Model T with a Prius because of the vast options—both old-school and new—on the market. With energy consciousness steadily rising, the expansion of federal legislation mandating lightbulb efficiency is now being reconsidered by the Department of Energy, and some states, including California, Nevada, and Washington, already have strict laws in place. The 60-watt tungsten bulb is, indeed, b; ...
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 / by Capprice Kitchen
When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different; that’s why we’ve come up with eight key questions to ask yourself before making any changes to prep your home for sale.
General QuestionsThese first three questions will help you take the temperature of the real estate market in your area and assess the competition.1. How hot or cold is the market in your area? Are homes being snapped up after the first open house, or are they languishing on the market for months? Are homes being sold at or near the asking price, or for much lower or much higher? Are open houses bustling with people, or is attendance sparse? Get a feel for the market in your area by talking with your real estate agent and checking local listings. If it’s a seller’s market, you m ...