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How Art Staging Can Impact the Sale of Your Home

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How Art Staging Can Impact the Sale of Your Home

There is a perception paradox that sometimes exists within real estate: the idea that an empty minimalist home offers a blank slate for potential buyers to imagine their perfect home. While a small slice of the general population may have the unique vision to picture a space with cascading light features, warm and inviting furniture arrangements, or eye-catching objets d’art, the majority of buyers look to experts in interior design for help. The truth is, the benefits of staging your home are extensive. Properly staged homes spend substantially less time on the market, routinely sell for more money, and frequently end up on must-see lists.

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SPRING INTO ACTION AT THE 29TH ANNUAL BAINBRIDGE IN BLOOM GARDEN TOUR

Prepare to be romanced by the alluring colors and elegance these gardens provide. The beauty truly is overwhelming and the fragrances are those you'll wish you could bottle up and keep forever.  There simply is nothing else like it.  

Prepare to be romanced by the alluring colors and elegance these gardens provide. The beauty truly is overwhelming and the fragrances are those you'll wish you could bottle up and keep forever.  There simply is nothing else like it.  

JUNE 3-4, 2017

Reserve Your Tickets Now at Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

 

‘Tis the season to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty — in the garden, of course. This spring, get inspired at the 29th annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, which provides the perfect opportunity to peruse some of the best garden designs the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, home and garden enthusiasts will experience five private outdoor spaces on a self-guided tour. The popular event, which draws visitors from around the country, showcases stunning home gardens in a leisurely setting. Garden owners and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and to discuss the colorful flora and impressive designs. Live music — specifically matched to each space — will add to every garden’s allure, and participants will enjoy everything from classical and choral music to bluegrass and reggae.

Each garden has its own flair, highlighting innovation, style, and creativity. Featuring orchards, waterfront properties with rolling lawns, wooded plots, water features, native plants, and local vegetables, the tour is a spectacle of our region’s enhanced natural beauty.

Tickets for the tour are now available online at brownpapertickets.com, or in person at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) on Winslow Way, Bainbridge Gardens, and Bay Hay & Feed. Single-day passes are $30, and two-day passes are $50. Admission includes access to the gardens, interpretive materials, discount coupons to local businesses, and more.

Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, and sponsored by RSIR, you do not want to miss our region’s premier garden event. Visit the tour’s Facebook page for updates and announcements, or email bloom@ahbainbridge.org for more information.

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

June 3-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bloom Hub at the Filipino-American Community Hall, 7566 N.E. High School Rd.

ahbainbridge.org/bainbridgeinbloom

 

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Unexpected Ways to Boost your Home's Selling Price

For just about everyone who will soon be preparing to list their home in town, selling price is a principal focus. What price will this fall’s market support? How will that number affect the time it takes to attract serious buyers? Are there ways to maximize the ultimate selling price without squandering a lot of time and capital?

While there certainly are broad market factors that contribute to a local home’s final selling price, there are others that can be controlled by the seller—and which maximize the odds of bringing in top dollar. 

Additions without Adding

Room additions may be certain to increase value—but not necessarily without costing more (sometimes much more) than they add. While adding a second story or extending the ground floor of a home will add substantial value, the cost in time and budget (and frequently permitting hassles) can also be substantial. Where it’s possible, “adding without adding”— re-purposing existing space—is a far less expensive and easier way to add to that final selling price. The idea is to take an unused or underused space and transform it into something that adds appeal and utility. Common methods include renovating a basement or garage: turning it into an office, media room, or extra bedroom. The extent of such a project can go all the way from the most basic (flooring, paint, and other minor aesthetic improvements) to the most comprehensive (lighting treatments and other accents such as crown moldings and baseboard). One caution: the quality of any improvement should match that found throughout the rest of the house. Slipshod workmanship can actually diminish value.

More Bathrooms = Higher Price

Adding a full bathroom often requires reconfiguring an existing home’s frame—and that’s always costly. Instead of taking on the burden of adding a full bathroom, to get a selling price boost, local homeowners can consider dividing the space of a large room to include a half-bath. While still a time and budget expense, adding a powder room can add significant value to the listing (and real convenience to the future homeowner).

Facelift (the Easy Way)

Curb appeal is all-important for adding to a dynamic first impression, both on the listing page and during the first visit. One underappreciated means of adding curb appeal and boosting the ultimate selling price is through simply updating the siding. It’s a “facelift” that can be completed quickly and at a relatively low cost— especially in comparison with more drastic changes like additions and whole-house window replacements.

Fall can be a great time to list a property before the holidays hit. If you’re thinking of selling your home and want to discuss the ways we can boost your home’s selling price, now is a good time to call me for a no-obligation consultation!

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2014 Trends in Home Design Bring Fresh Notes to the Kitchen

Keeping your Bainbridge Island kitchen looking up-to-date doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Contemporary home design on Bainbridge Island is all about knowing what the latest trends are and which to choose when regular maintenance calls for a change in appliances or décor.

This year, eco-friendly appliances are definitely ‘in’—as are the pops of bright color meant to create a vivid and welcoming kitchen. And as convenience features continue to evolve, those are increasingly prominent factors influencing design choices. Especially if you are planning to sell your Bainbridge Island home in the near future, there are a few home design directions that are most likely to impress prospective buyers who’ve been exploring the latest kitchen trends:

Going green is a pronounced trend, not just in home design. Using renewable, Earth-friendly materials can be a way to update a kitchen while minimizing environmental impact. A sample idea would be a sustainable bamboo parquet butcher block to grace the kitchen counter or table. They come in beautiful, rich wood tones, and when large enough to cover a substantial counter area, can warm the feel of the entire room.

Another (almost diametrically opposed) current direction is to deck the kitchen out with a few of the latest high-tech gadgets. Even if you resist an ultra-modern look, a few chic techie touches can add a dash of luxury to your home. One example: Siemens makes a multimedia ventilation hood that has a 17-inch LCD screen with options for listening to music or watching TV.  It’s a creative way to make cooking more entertaining—and one that would certainly help make your Bainbridge Island listing stand out!

Bright colors have not always been popular in kitchens, but lately, appliance manufacturers have been less shy about offering exuberant finishes. You can find dishwashers, blenders, toasters, microwaves and refrigerators in bright blues, pinks, yellows, greens and oranges. It can be an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to your kitchen…although if you are planning on selling soon, in many instances I’d recommend caution: perhaps confining the color pops to bright accent pillows or colorful floral arrangements.

Copper is also an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design this year. Its natural antibacterial properties make it a practical home design element, and that cool, rustic hue looks great in warm, gold-toned kitchens. Copper sinks and faucets are both practical and stylish (although keeping them bright and shiny can be another story!).

If you are thinking of selling soon, consider incorporating one or two current Bainbridge Island home design ideas if your kitchen could use a decor infusion.  Looking for more ideas?  Contact me today to discuss what is making today’s homes S-E-L-L!

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2014 Trends in Home Design Bring Fresh Notes to the Kitchen

Keeping your Bainbridge Island kitchen looking up-to-date doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Contemporary home design in our neck of the woods is all about knowing what the latest trends are and which to choose when regular maintenance calls for a change in appliances or décor.

This year, eco-friendly appliances are definitely ‘in’—as are the pops of bright color meant to create a vivid and welcoming kitchen. And as convenience features continue to evolve, those are increasingly prominent factors influencing design choices. Especially if you are planning to sell Bainbridge Island home in the near future, there are a few home design directions that are most likely to impress prospective buyers who’ve been exploring the latest kitchen trends: 

Going green is a pronounced trend, not just in home design. Using renewable, Earth-friendly materials can be a way to update a kitchen while minimizing environmental impact. A sample idea would be a sustainable bamboo parquet butcher block to grace the kitchen counter or table. They come in beautiful, rich wood tones, and when large enough to cover a substantial counter area, can warm the feel of the entire room.

Another (almost diametrically opposed) current direction is to deck the kitchen out with a few of the latest high-tech gadgets. Even if you resist an ultra-modern look, a few chic techie touches can add a dash of luxury to your home. One example: Siemens makes a multimedia ventilation hood that has a 17-inch LCD screen with options for listening to music or watching TV.  It’s a creative way to make cooking more entertaining—and one that would certainly help make Bainbridge Island local listing stand out!

Bright colors have not always been popular in kitchens, but lately, appliance manufacturers have been less shy about offering exuberant finishes. You can find dishwashers, blenders, toasters, microwaves and refrigerators in bright blues, pinks, yellows, greens and oranges. It can be an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to your kitchen…although if you are planning on selling soon, in many instances I’d recommend caution: perhaps confining the color pops to bright accent pillows or colorful floral arrangements.

Copper is also an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design this year. Its natural antibacterial properties make it a practical home design element, and that cool, rustic hue looks great in warm, gold-toned kitchens. Copper sinks and faucets are both practical and stylish (although keeping them bright and shiny can be another story!). 

If you are thinking of selling soon, consider incorporating one or two current Bainbridge Island home design ideas if your kitchen could use a decor infusion.  Looking for more ideas?  Contact me today to discuss what is making today’s homes S-E-L-L!

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Why Bainbridge Island Smart Homes May Not Be Such a Dumb Idea

With cars, TVs—even watches—getting connected through WiFi and wireless telephones, it’s small wonder that “Smart Homes” are here, too. According to Forbes, companies offering smart homes technology will be a $35.6 billion industry within just three years. They already offer Bainbridge Island homeowners an array of connected appliances, security systems and even HVAC systems.

From what I’ve seen, their marketing has highlighted the convenience factor—but if that seems to be more sizzle than steak, here are some surprisingly substantial reasons why you might consider upgrading your own place into one of Bainbridge Island’s smart homes:

Your current security system gives you peace of mind whenever you’re out of town. But have you ever wondered whether you remembered to lock the back door? Smart homes let you click a function on your phone that commands the home to lock itself! The same app can also send you a live video feed of the interior and exterior of your home.

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In addition to securing the premises, Bainbridge Island smart homes can help you prevent home accidents. Smart appliances can be controlled via mobile apps which allow you to turn off ovens, stovetops, microwaves and even washing machines from anywhere you establish a WiFi connection. This minimizes the risk of the kind of home fires which can be caused by unattended appliances. (If you’re thinking that homeowner insurance premium discounts may soon be offered for connected homes: the Wall Street Journal reports that they already are!)

Major manufacturers GE, LG and Samsung have introduced complete lines of connected appliances controlled via mobile phone, eliminating the need to physically get up to adjust settings. Think how, especially for the elderly and handicapped, this would meaningfully enhance their quality of life—maybe even extending their ability to live at home without assistance. For all age brackets, being able to effortlessly control lighting, heating and air conditioning at the touch of a device screen will inevitably result in practical energy savings; and that raises perhaps the most important selling point for smart homes technology—

Increasing the value of Bainbridge Islands smart homes when they come up for sale. The practicality of smart homes is already especially appealing to the growing number of tech-savvy buyers.

If you’re comparing home upgrades prior to putting your own <span>Bainbridge Island</span> home on the market, I’m here to help you choose which (if any) are likely to add the most value. Call me anytime to discuss your short and long term plans.

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Spring Curb Appeal on Bainbridge Island

Your yard is your home's calling card. A dated or overgrown yard can be a huge turnoff to potential buyers – just as an appealing one can trump other objections. 

While your backyard is not as important in attracting buyers, it often proves vital in holding their enthusiasm.

To help sell a home on Bainbridge Island this spring, right now is prime time to consider some yard-focused do’s:

  • DO keep your garden simple. Lots of ornamentation designed to create character may be hard for prospective buyers to see past.
  • DO consider maintenance issues.  Avoid intricate garden plantings that shout, Weed me!  Water me! Trim me!
  • DO consider current garden trends. Today, the vast majority of buyers appreciate the natural look (and native plants).
  • DO consider who your likeliest prospects will be – and how your yard will fit their family. If you are going to sell a Bainbridge Island home with four bedrooms, a back yard with plenty of playing space for the kids is a great idea.

Sometimes it can be the smallest details that determine how quickly your Bainbridge Island home sells.  It’s my job to help in figuring out which and what those are likely to be.  If you are getting ready to sell a home on Bainbridge Island, I hope you will call me to put my knowledge to work!

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Treasure Hunt of Architecturally Significant Homes in Seattle area this Sunday

My brokerage, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, recently announced that distinctive properties designed by noted architects will be hosted on Sunday, November 18th between 12pm and 4pm.  More than a dozen homes will be on tour for prospective buyers, brokers and design aficionados and others will be viewable online or by private appointment.

“The Pacific Northwest generated many famous architects and a treasure trove of sought-after residences,” said Stacy Jones, Owner and Vice President of RSIR.  “This tour provides consumers a unique opportunity to experience many of the region’s most compelling properties and at an equally compelling time in the market cycle.”

Jones refers to the broadly noted rebound in the local housing market with rising demand, dwindling supply and record low interest rates.  “Housing affordability and consumer confidence is at their highest levels in years so it’s timely to offer these gems onto the market,” she added.  “These unique homes are hardly a commodity anyway – I’d expect to see greater price elasticity as the market continues to improve over time. "

Company listings include works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Milton Stricker, Tom Kundig, Jim Olson, Elizabeth Ayer, Don Winkelmann, Geoffrey Prentiss, Greg Bader, Gretchen Andrews Harriott, Blaine Weber, Graham Baba, Richard Gluckman, Rick Mohler, Mark Nelson, Robert C. Reamer, Susan Jones, Ed Weinstein , Gordon Lagerquist and others.   From AIA award-winning lofts in the city to cutting edge concepts overlooking Lake Washington, this Treasure Hunt offers a broad spectrum of properties to view from sea to sky.  The collection is priced from $850,000 to nearly $10 million.

 

An open house of distinctive properties designed by noted architects will be hosted on Sunday, November 18th between 12pm and 4pm* (*or by appointment). More than a dozen homes will be on tour for prospective buyers, brokers and design aficionados. The Pacific Northwest is truly a treasure trove of famous architects and their sought-after residences.

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Home Automation via Bluetooth?

It used to be that only the luxury high end homes had all the latest technology and cool gadgets. Now it is possible for every home to have some "luxury" features with all the latest wireless technology out there. Here is something that is pretty exciting to think of....

 

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Bainbridge Island Real Estate: New listing in Wing Point area

 

I am proud to announce my newest listing @ 1728 Ne Preston Street, Bainbridge Island. This stunning 3 plus bedroom home backs up to a green belt and features a sport court, stone patio area, deck and hot tub.

The house is located near the Wing Point Golf and Country Club. It is also an easy commute to the ferry and downtown Winslow.

The owners have done many interior upgrades during their ownership. Custom built ins in the family room and master bedroom add sophistication and storage. The master bath has been completely re-designed and remodeled. A huge walk in shower, dual sinks with wall mounted plumbing fixtures, designer lighting and beautiful tile work were designed by local interior designer, Melissa Andersen and constructed by Fairbank Construction.

The master and 2 additional bedrooms are on the 2nd floor. There is an optional 4th bedroom in the lower basement area (no closet).

The main level features a sunny kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Cooking and entertaining is a breeze with the granite tile counters, a raised bar area and the open flow from the kitchen to the breakfast area and the family room. The dining room is also easily accessible to the kitchen and is elegantly appointed with large windows, designer lighting, beautiful beadboard wainscoting and a built in display cabinet.

Lots of fun can be had in the lower level walk out basement. Great for a rec room, workout area, movie room, or kids play area. There is even a full bath in this space!

But the main highlight of this home has to be the amazing back yard! As the pictures show, it is a place for fun for all ages!!

This stunning property is being offered for $609,000. If you want more information or a private showing, please contact me at 206-391-1718.

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