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Blog Image for Tips For Marketing The Exterior Of A Property To Millennials
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Millennials are now a driving force in the real estate market, making up the largest percentage of the home buying market at 38%. It's a smart move to market your home to them since many of them are starting families and fleeing to NYC suburbs. How can you woo -- and even better wow -- these millennial homebuyers? The first thing millennials -- and any other potential homebuyers -- notice is your property's exterior, whether they're driving by or (more likely) searching for a home online. Here are some tips to market the exterior of your home to this key demographic: Capitalize on Curb Appeal When buyers see messy lawns, cracked driveways, or peeling paint, they may move on to the next listing. Weed and mow your lawn, clean up clutter, and cut back overgrown trees or shrubs. Other ways to improve your property's curb appeal: Spruce up the front entrance with a new door, or paint or restain your existing one. Add a potted plant, a welcome mat, and a wreath on the door for a welcoming vibe. Emphasize Outdoor Living Space Millennials want to use their homes for socializing and entertaining, and that applies to outdoor spaces. Highlight your property's outdoor living space in your listing. If you don't have an inviting, welcoming outdoor space, create one. Add seating or a weatherproof table to decks, patios, or a flat patch of grass. Update the space with simple touches like new cushions or potted plants. These pretty pops of color attract the eye and add…
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If you love city life, you may be considering permanently relocating to an urban area. This could mean finding a long-term rental agreement or it could involve making the leap by purchasing your own apartment. When you own your apartment, you have much more control over how you can impact your living space. You can tackle larger renovation projects without the fear of upsetting a landlord. Specifically, this frees you up to make your apartment feel bigger. Here are a few renovation ideas that can help you turn even the tiniest apartment into a larger living space. Use Bright Paint One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your space feel bigger is using both bright and light colors. White, pale, and neutral paint colors reflect light well and can create an open effect. Additionally, they can contrast with darker room accents, adding a further layer of depth to limited space. Work with Your Lighting In addition to paint, consider looking for ways to maximize your apartment's lighting. This includes both natural and artificial lighting options. For the former, keep windows uncovered, get rid of heavy drapes, and let in as much natural light as you can. For the latter, do your best to evenly distribute lighting throughout your home. Consider hanging up a mirror or two to make each room feel both brighter and bigger. Opening Up a Room Another great option is to remove any cumbersome walls that hamper traffic flow throughout your home. Taking out a w…
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No doubt about it: Having a baby doesn't just change your life, it also changes the world. Not only does your heart grow about ten sizes bigger, but it seems like your life shrinks down to just your little one. That sense of holding the whole world in the palm of your hand when you hold your infant is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. Sooner or later, though, life compels you to snap out of your blissful haze and rejoin the real world. And when you do, you may well find that integrating your new baby into your modern urban life might take a bit more strategy than you originally imagined. This article will give you some tips and tricks for bringing up babies in the big city. Hit the Road Any new parent knows that planning any kind of outing with an infant in tow takes about as much preparation as a moon launch. But when you're living in the city, that prep time can be even greater, especially if you find yourself relying primarily on public transportation to get around. If you're taking the subway, for example, you'll need to know exactly where to find the nearest station elevators. There's no way you're going to want to try to schlep baby, stroller, and baby gear up and down the subway stairs. When you're planning to hit the road with your baby, be careful to resist the temptation to pack everything but the kitchen sink. You're just adding hassle and stress to what should be a pleasant excursion for you and the little one. So focus on the essentials when y…
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Buying a home is a smart idea. Not only is a house a great investment, but it will be a loving place for your family to create memories for years to come. But homeownership is more than just signing on the dotted line. There are many considerations that must be made before going forward, especially if this is the house that you plan to live in for the rest of your life. The costs, construction, and even the weather patterns in your state must be considered. Let's look at some important points. Mortgage Costs Before you even begin looking at potential houses, you have to be sure that you have the money saved to afford the many costs that go into it, including closing costs and move-in expenses. Think about what you can afford in terms of mortgage payments. You may have a high-paying job now, but you cannot predict how that will change in the future. This is why you need to save money and focus on your down payment. The more you can pay upfront, the lower your monthly costs will be going forward. Another factor that will impact your monthly payment is the interest rate, and to get the lowest rate possible, you need to have a good credit score. Your score shows how good you are with paying off debts, and if it is poor, you could get a higher interest rate and payments. Keep your credit score in a good place by keeping the balances low and checking your report periodically for errors. Also, keep in mind that down the line, you may have the option to refinance your…