August 20th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
When you’re in the process of selling your home, consider what you look for when buying a home. In order to get a buyer to make a purchase, they must feel an emotional tie to the home. Factors like location and price play a prominent part, but by appealing to a buyers’ emotions you’re putting the icing on the cake. An emotional pull is likely to outweigh other factors. One of the easiest ways to create that connection is by creating an inviting sensory experience.
The sense of smell might be the most impactful of all the senses. Think about your own life, do certain smells conjure up both happy and sad memories. Smell can transport you to a different time and place. As a home seller you can use this to your advantage. Start by thoroughly cleaning your home; steam clean carpets, air out closed off rooms and invest in lightly scented air fresheners (be cautious of anything too bold). Pay attention to anything that can cause an unpleasant odor, like garbage cans and dirty laundry, and make sure these areas are cleaned before an open house or showing. If you have notice of an open house or showing, consider baking homemade goodies. Accompany the treats with a handwritten note inviting the guests to sit, relax and enjoy. The aroma and hand written note will make the potential buyer feel right at home and hopefully remind them of fond memories associated with the scent.
On that same note, taste can also be used as a way to build an emotional connection. Set out coffee, fresh baked goods, fruit or even candy. This can help buyers to feel comfortable and leave them with a pleasant impression. (more…)
August 19th, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Nature might just be the ultimate design muse. It makes perfect sense – nature is vast, ever changing, continuously offers new perspectives and allows designers to work in a variety of dimensions. Concepts can come from vegetables, animals, shapes, textures, etc. The possibilities are endless. Elements of nature can have a calming, peaceful and welcoming effect in the home and are an essential part of creating a one-of-a-kind design aesthetic. Accomplishing this in your own home may be easier than you think.
Start by looking at your own walls. Do you have any exposed stone or brick? Using your natural walls as a backdrop is a great way to add texture to any room.
Bring the outdoors into your living room with this stand out coffee table. Not only does it add color and vitality to your room, but it will also be a topic of conversation
August 15th, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices reported that the La Jolla office was #1 for sales production through the first half of the year, out of the company’s vast network of offices in North America. The results point to another year of dominance for the La Jolla office, which has ranked #1 nationwide for nine of the last 11 years.
“We always expect a strong performance from our team in the La Jolla office, yet they always find a way to surpass our expectations,” said David M. Cabot, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “I would like to thank our agents and staff for the teamwork and perseverance they display on behalf of our clients.”
The La Jolla office has topped the residential marketplace in San Diego and La Jolla for 14 years running, for all real estate brokerages serving the areas.
“I am very proud of the agents who tirelessly strive to be the best they can be and have earned the recognition for this office,” commented Nicki Marcellino, manager and vice president of the San Diego County region. “Consistency like this is the result of a team effort, with everyone taking personal responsibility for the experience our clients have with their transactions.”
“The La Jolla market has traditionally been stable and it will continue to remain an extremely desirable area,” adds Cabot, “but that could never be the sole explanation for such a remarkable track record. Our agents and staff deserve a tremendous amount of credit for this achievement.”
August 15th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Vendors from all over the world come together at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 22-24th for the annual Anaheim Home & Garden Show. This weekend-long event showcases products and services for home improvement, interior design, outdoor living and just about anything in the home services industry. The home show is presented by Steller Expos; a company that has produced over 250 major home shows. The show will feature a market place and gift pavilion, designer rooms, eco-friendly products and services and how-to demos of simple projects and repairs.
For more information about the 2014 Anaheim Home & Garden Show visit http://www.stellarexpos.com/.
August 15th, 2014 at 12:00 pm
When creating a centerpiece for your home dining room sticking with traditional classics like flowers and fruit is a safe bet. However, a centerpiece can also represent your design tastes, personality and creativity. Look beyond your garden and find inspiration in your own style, interior design and other elements of nature.
Start by examining your room. Is there a certain design theme (nautical, safari, modern, rustic, etc.)? Look for ways to incorporate your current theme into your centerpiece. Take for example the Nantucket dining room featured on Houzz.com. The designer further incorporated beach style into the centerpiece by using rope knots.
Unique centerpieces can also showcase or add a pop of color. If you’d like to enhance certain colors already featured in the room, create a centerpiece in those same colors. If your room is more neutral toned, add a bright color to your table. (more…)