Grand Recommendations

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Where Americans Live, according to the Urban Land Institute, of America in 2013, renters gave specific value for local amenities.  Leading the pack is Neighborhood Safety and Quality of Public Schools:

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  • Neighborhood Safety, 88%
  • Quality of Public Schools, 83%
  • Easily Walkable, 79%
  • Proxmity to Work/School, 76%
  • Proximity to Health Care, 75%
  • Proximity to Entertainment, 71%
  • Proximity to Family/Friends, 70%
  • Convenient to Public Transportation, 67%
  • Space between neighborhoods, 61%
  • Proximity to Recreation, 64%.

These are good to remember for resale value and home searches.

 

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What makes people feel comfortable in your home?  So comfortable that they don’t want to leave? We’ve heard the cliche that “less is more”.  It’s true.  A modest home with no clutter has much more appeal than an expensive home that’s overshadowed by lots of stuff and the homeowner’s personality rampant through all of it.  So how can you have a comfortable home that is still livable?

1.  Start with a point of reference.  Choose a color in one of the basic features of a room:  rug, draperies, or furniture, then use subtle coordinating fabrics and colors for other features in the room.  Don’t let the colors in a room fight with one another, and don’t play safe using nothing but beige.

2.  Don’t overcrowd a room with too much furniture.  A few pieces of used furniture that’s comfortably placed are more appealing than too many name brand pieces.

3.  Use textured throws with coordinating colors to give warmth and a relaxed feeling.

4.  Store a TV, Stereo, and DVD player in an appropriate Entertainment center, not oversized for the equipment.  Look for these Entertainment Centers in thrift shops or used furniture stores.  Paint them if necessary and hide all cords and cables.

5.  Don’t overload the walls with pictures and family photos.  Choose a desired height on the wall to hang pictures and then stick to that height, avoiding the roller coaster look on the walls.  Don’t be afraid of blank space, it actually enhances the few pieces you have hanging.  Choose only 1 wall or hallway for family photos.  If it’s too hard to choose, then use the top of a bureau with just a few more.  Just make sure it doesn’t become a dust collector.

6.  A dark room is depressing.  Keep blinds open during the day.  Place lamps in a least three corners of a room rather than an overhead light.

7.  Let the kids play!  But have a place to put toys away when finished.

8.  Surround sounds are wonderful but a small radio behind a chair or sofa playing soft music is just as effective.

9.  Aromas will always connect with our brains.  Freshen up a stale room with Febreeze.  Apples and cinnamon are awesome cooked on a stove top or oven.  Even the aroma of a home cooked meal can be therapy for us.

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By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

home for sale

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

First quarter sales show that affordable homes in the Cleveland, Tennessee area are selling at a faster rate than earlier.  Listing periods are becoming shorter.  According to the River Counties Multiple Listing Service, 2013 first quarter statistics, 448 units were sold with an average of 138 days on the market.  The average list price was $131,934 and the average sold price $124,682. * This confirms that our area is a sought after place to live and retire.  However buyers are learning that the home they fall in love with may not be available when they decide to write an offer.

* Information provided by RCAR MLS is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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