The more and more I talk to buyers the more I realize that people have no idea they should bring their real estate agent with them when they look at model homes. I'm on a mission to change this. Your real estate agent should be your biggest resource when buying a brand new home. Remember the sales agents represent the builder and don't always have your best interest in mind when it comes to negotiating.
I'm starting a new series on the blog featuring new build communities in the Southeast Valley. First up is Warner Groves at Morrison Ranch. There are three different builders over there, and we will get to all of them but the first one is Maracay Homes.
They have two gorgeous models, one single story one two story and 4 different models to chose from to build. The single story model (Flatiron floor plan) is 1,975 square feet with 3 bedrooms + den and 2.5 bath rooms. The Flatiron is an open concept floor plan with the large eat in kitchen opening to great room, breakfast nook and a formal dining space.
The second model is the Belmont floor plan featuring two stories, 2,869 square feet with 4 bedrooms + den and loft and 3 bathrooms. The Belmont feels very open concept with the breakfast nook and great room opening to kitchen. The loft upstairs is perfect for a kids playroom or home office and leaves the upstairs feeling open and inviting.
Prices for Maracay's new builds at Warner Groves are starting in the low $300's. Stay tuned for the next new community on the blog!
In the spirit of Valentines Day I wanted to talk to you about fun and unique ways you can love your home this year.
1. Make it personal. Any home can feel personal with a splash of your favorite color paint and some wall art. Have your favorite family photo printed on a large canvas and hang it in your most loved room. Adding little touches that feel more "you" and less "generic" will make it a space you want to be in.
2. Bring the outdoors in. Adding house plants, flowers, or succulents can brighten up any space. For all you non green thumbs out there like me, succulents are a low maintenance plant that adds an colorful pop to any room. Check out my blog here on my favorite succulents.
3. Tackle a DIY project. Are you a fellow Pinterest junkie? Tackle the DIY project you've been dying to do this weekend. Start with a small project to build up your DIY confidence and try a bigger one next weekend!
4. Purge. It feels so good to get rid of things we are no longer using and let them have a loving home somewhere else. Do one room at a time so you don't get overwhelmed and you'll be amazed at how great the space will feel when all the clutter is gone.
5. Change the bedding. Fresh sheets and new bedding feel amazing! This is such a simple and affordable way to change up any room. Have you walked the bedding aisles of Target lately? You won't have a hard time finding one (or ten) that you like.
6. Light a candle. There is nothing like your favorite scent that makes us feel more at home. If you've ever walked into Anthropologie you know these Volcano Candles are to die for and will make you never want to leave.
7. Rearrange it. Ever feel like your space is getting a little dull? Rearrange your existing furniture and decor to have a new and fresh feel without spending a dime!
8. Upcycle. Take a piece of furniture you already own and give it a new life. Repurpose an existing piece of furniture to better fit your style and decor.
9. Fix it. Is there a broken door or window you've been meaning to fix for months? A dishwasher that won't stop leaking? Take care of it! This will create a space you want to be in instead of just seeing the "problems" every time you're there.
10. Ask a friend. Have a friend over you love and trust and ask their opinion. A fresh set of eyes can make you appreciate of your own space.
What's your best tip for creating a space you love to be in?
It's no secret we live on ours phones nowadays and with our on the go mentalities we need real estate apps that keep up. Today I want to share with the top real estate apps for homebuyers and sellers.
1. Zillow. Let me begin by saying I used to be a Zillow hater. But Zillow's search engines are far superior to any other app around as well as their overall aesthetic. This is my personal go-to app when I'm on the road with a client and we need quick info about a house. They provide so much amazing consumer information like schools, comparable homes, and neighborhood information.
2. Dwellr. Not just for the city dwellers, we like this one out in the burbs too. In my eyes this is the app of the current paper Buyers Advisory we provide every buyer. Dwellr makes the cut for all of incredible information it provides regarding population, demographics, safety, and education about a surrounding area.
3. Zillow Mortgage Calculator. Zillow created a separate mortgage calculator app that allows you to enter in the sales price, downpayment, and interest rate and then it provides you with an estimated monthly mortgage payment. In the advanced function you can add homeowners insurance, HOA dues, and property taxes as well. The other really interesting thing about this app is the Market Trends that show todays going interest rate as compared to last month or even last year.
4. Project Color. You're trying to pick the perfect color for your new room and can't decide between a few different shades of gray. This app allows you to see what different color of paint would look like on your walls before you ever have to open up a can of sample paint.
5. RoomScan Pro. Ever been in a room and thought I wonder how how big that space is? If you're like me and never remember to throw tape measure in the back of your car this app will be perfect for you! RoomScan Pro (not a free app) allows you to draw a floor plan with just the touch of your phone to the wall. This can help you plan out rooms before you have to move your furniture in.
These are just a few that help me get through my day. What's go-to real estate app?