From listed to sold, selling and buying a home can be an exasperating task, especially for first-timers. Before you list your home or begin your search, get the real estate lingo down. The ABCs of Real Estate defines terms you will most likely hear throughout your transaction. This basic prep will make sure nothing confuses or surprises you.
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.
Now, how-to-stage-your-home lists are plenty, with most touching on curb appeal, making the most of challenging spaces, and striking that perfect balance between clean and lived-in, not to mention an emphasis on neutral, approachable decor. But, not all will mention the unparalleled impact of adding artwork—a fairly crucial element to a staging environment, since it can cue subconscious feelings and connections in buyers and create an emotional attachment to your space. Here’s how to use art staging to create allure and further impact the sale of your home.
This may not be the time to hang up a politically charged Basquiat or that powerful original Mapplethorpe. While it’s true that you never know someone’s particular tastes, erring on the side of caution is wise. Steer away from family photographs and images of people, leaning instead to abstract work, nature images and landscapes, and interpretive silhouettes or figurative renderings to appeal to a wider set of buyers.
Corte Madera, California | Danielle Chavanon & Isobel Wiener – Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Many homeowners have a tendency to hang art too high, which can mean people pass right by the work. The point is to have buyers pause in your space. To do that, they need to have a direct eye line to it. Follow the unspoken gallery rule of matching the center lines of your artwork if you have pieces close together. Most galleries will hang bigger works with ample space around them at 58-or-so inches off the ground. Use beaming, feature paint walls, and any kind of architectural framing as prime space for your artwork.
Consider the mood for each room—is it a relaxed and inviting sitting area? A studious and productive study? A bright and buzzing kitchen? Color plays a very important role in home staging, with neutrals ruling in most cases. Don’t hesitate to mirror the punches of color found around your rooms in pillows or accessories.
How do you want buyers to feel leaving your home? While they will be evaluating many aspects of the property, your home may have extra appeal for a particular subset of buyers. Have a fantastic wine cellar to show off? An abstract work with a spiraling stroke pointing to it will let the eye bounce into the next beautiful space. Outdoor infinity pool a big draw? Complement its tone with pale blue washes on the walls in surrounding rooms or with striking outdoor sculptures.
Many buyers may not consider the art outright when viewing a home. However, creating a feeling of positivity, relaxation, and an overall inviting mood will stay with them longer than they realize. This will likely result in less selling time and more offers coming through your door.
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Whether you have purchased a home before or you’re new to the home buying experience, it is important to have a clear understanding of the process. This ensures a successful transaction.
Be sure to choose an honest, full-time Realtor® with a niche focus in properties similar to yours. Our professionals work to find homes that align with your lifestyle, correlating with your desires.
Once you have found your new home, we help coordinate the legal process and work with you every step of the way.
That includes celebrating your successful real estate transaction in the purchase of your new home.
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Happy New Year! In light of 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the favorite blogs, videos, and homes featured in 2017.
For the collector, art is a top of mind consideration when purchasing a home, whether it’s grand wall space, custom built-ins, or a dedicated gallery space to showcase select pieces. Some connoisseurs take their passion one step further, incorporating art into their home’s design through custom works of art crafted to perfectly suit a property. From stunning entryways and dining rooms to gorgeous outdoor entertaining spaces, explore a collection of luxury real estate offerings around the United States in which art truly meets home.
$9,400,000 USD | Bellevue, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
More than a residence, 4648 Yarrow Point is a gallery of life experiences, carefully curated to reflect the owner’s worldwide travels in a profound experience that tempts the senses. A signature collection of hand selected wall finishes and art pieces capture the feel of each individual room as a custom five-paneled art piece anchors the heart of the home.
$4,250,000 USD | St. Charles, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
Woodgate Estate refines the art of fine living, as an inspirational design guides one through a personal process of discovery in a journey through natural elements. Open the door to a custom water feature flanked by greenery that complements the home’s muted tones as grandeur meets a sense of tranquility. Once described as a “micro-climate for the soul,” this property is truly a piece of art in itself.
$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
The ultimate modern estate in Cherry Hills Village, art meets nature in this spectacular residence, from the seamless, organic flow to breathtaking modern design that focuses on space, proportion and light. A water feature brings the outdoors in with an extension into the entryway, ample wall space is perfectly primed for a grand collection, and a flower wall sets the tone of the outdoor entertaining space.
$5,995,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
This impressive residence offers two spacious levels of living with abundant natural light to complement elegant interior design elements by renowned architect Barry Nixon. A private elevator opens to a flowing first floor plan as one moves from the entry gallery into the living room. Architecture becomes art as the custom backlit onyx wall offers a warm ambiance.
$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
Constructed in 1926 and restored for modern living, this home is perfectly situated in a park-like setting along Red Butte Creek. The European architecture features leaded and stained-glass windows and a two-story library with quarter-sawn oak built-ins. Revel in a formal living room complete with hand-painted ceilings that hearken to days past yet live for today.
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As the weather gets more and more gray by the day, we’re reminiscing on warmer times: plopped on a beach, sand between our toes, and a cool down in the lake just three or four short steps away. To get us through these chilly months, we suggest planning for a summer on the lake. And what better way than to admire these homes situated on the calming waters of both inland lakes and Lake Michigan.
$3,495,000 USD | 1095 South Shore Drive | Holland, Michigan
On the shores of Lake Macatawa, boasting infinite opportunities for entertaining, all will marvel at your waterfront home. Discover your passion for the water on all-sports Lake Macatawa, connecting to Lake Michigan, or enjoy a summer day poolside on your serene patio with inground pool.
$1,850,000 USD | 17299 Beach Ridge Way | West Olive, Michigan
This is an inspired beachfront home, a custom build situated on a low bluff with 122′ of private Lake Michigan frontage. See every picturesque sunset from the comfort of your deck, and store your lake toys or boat in the generously sized garage. Throughout all seasons, this Lake Michigan beach home is an incomparable escape!
$799,000 USD | 5065 Anderfind Drive | Ludington, Michigan
With views like these, you’ll find it hard to leave your Lake Michigan retreat. Enjoy 95′ of private sugar sand beach frontage, just 130 steps away. This estate sits off of a quiet road to provide ultimate privacy in an elegant space, an easy drive to the charming lake towns of Pentwater and Ludington.
$724,900 USD | 8950 Beech Ridge Drive | Montague, Michigan
This captivating cottage resides on the shores of Lake Michigan, with 100’ of private, low bluff beach frontage to call your own. Take in majestic views of the water while sipping your morning cup of coffee or enjoy jet skiing and boating on the water as this serene cottage is your gateway into timeless Lake Michigan living.
$650,000 USD | 0 Scenic Drive | Montague, Michigan
An intriguing estate-size parcel of land is the ideal location for your harmonious lakefront build. Let your imagination run wild with 413′ of captivating Lake Michigan frontage you can enjoy for boating, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming amongst the waves and sandy shoreline.
$519,000 USD | 2586 121st Avenue | Allegan, Michigan
Summer’s got nothing on you at this remarkable home! Made for entertaining and relaxation, this exclusive residence boasts private frontage on 320 acre Miner Lake, a spring fed, dam controlled, all-sports lake with depths to 83′. After a long day of boating, jet skiing, and swimming, your tranquil home greets you, exclusively situated with wooded surroundings.
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For sailors, life coalesces around all things blue. It is a world of freedom, challenges and discoveries. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of leaning into the wind, whether it’s for a race or for the distant shores of a quiet anchorage.
Sailing is a passion, a lifestyle and a community, where people can’t wait to set sail and are equally excited about returning home to a league of the like-minded. Camaraderie runs deep, even if no two sailors can ever agree on elements that make up a perfect boating town. Is it an escapist destination without a single traffic light in the Caribbean or South Pacific? Or a lively cosmopolitan port on the California coast? Ocean, lake, bay or river? The list of candidates for the world’s great yachting spots is a fluid one, arguably determined as much for their land-based amenities as the conditions of the wind, waves, and weather.
Top waterfront communities excel at offering residents a vacation way of life on both land sea often that includes golf, tennis, dining and cultural events. One luxury yacht-centric development even has its own private airport and medical center.
Mallorca, in Spain’s Balearic Islands, draws international crowd, and with it second-home buyers, for its strategic location, mega-yacht accommodations and myriad of boating-related services. “And, obviously, one of the most important factors is the Mediterranean weather,” says Amalia Losada of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty. “All these reasons make Mallorca a very attractive destination.” Boaters also know the island as an important stop on the global yachting circuit owing to the Copa del Rey, an annual regatta in which more than 130 teams representing two dozen nations compete for honors in the waters of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca.
Losada says the profile of sailing devotees is not a simple one. “There are risk takers and sun-and-sea enthusiasts.” And, fortunately, there are boating communities world-wide to accommodate any and all of them.
Whether it’s a spine-tingling tale, donning fantastical guises with family and friends, or attending a parade, Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the globe. While its origins are contested, its undeniable that this spooky and celebratory holiday has taken the world by storm; carve up a pumpkin, turn down the lights, and enjoy five homes from New York City to Mexico City that are near world-famous Halloween celebrations.
This year marks the 44th annual Halloween parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. This residence, perched high atop 136 Waverly Place, is situated in the heart of the parade’s route. Featuring dancers, floats, special guests, and hundreds of costumed participants and spectators, it is truly a sight to be seen and something to experience; the parade is one of the most famous ways to celebrate and enjoy Halloween.
This two-bedroom home in London’s Iverna Court is situated on a prime Kensington square in close proximity to High Street Kensington Underground station and a short trip to one of the world’s most popular Halloween attractions. London Dungeon has been frightening audiences since 1976. The Dungeon offers 14 shows and three rides, delivering a truly terrifying selection of experiences for those who dare to enter.
Originally built in 1915, this one-of-a-kind residence in Toronto shares its home with Halloweek and the After Dark Film Festival. A weeklong celebration of costuming, ghoulish dining tours, and Jack-O’-Lantern carving contests, and a celebration of horror, sci-fi, and thriller films from around the world respectively, whether it’s in a theater or enjoying the atmosphere outdoors, Toronto is a city that gets into the Halloween spirit.
Located in the heart of Mexico City, this modern masterpiece is poised to enjoy Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead;” this is how Halloween is celebrated in Mexico. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the holiday’s events today for Mexico City’s parade – clad in sugar skull makeup, participants honor and celebrate the lost lives of family and friends.
This open-concept penthouse loft takes us to Salem, Massachusetts – home of the annual Salem Witch’s Ball. The small New England town is known for the historic Salem Witch Trials and themes its yearly Halloween celebrations around its past; the ball includes live performances and costume contests among its activities.
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced an exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, through the end of 2017. The alliance enables the luxury residential real estate brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.
“The Nikkei is the most widely circulated daily business publication in the world[i] and reaches an audience of highly-educated affluent Japanese consumers. A presence on the Nikkei furthers our strategy to showcase the most exciting properties in the world to an audience of highly-qualified real estate intenders. As the first real estate brand to promote properties outside of Japan through the Nikkei, we quickly realized what an amazing opportunity we had to support our substantial expansion in the Asia Pacific region.”
-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
93.5% of all property searches originating in Japan are searching internationally[ii]. By being the first real estate brand to showcase properties from outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is offering unprecedented access to a virtually untapped global market.
“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is unrivaled in its reach to real estate intenders in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to our alliance with the Nikkei, the brand also has existing partnerships with Juwai, MyFun and WeChat, all of which offer unprecedented access to Asian consumers. The opportunities afforded to us with these key regional players is a testament to the strength and power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”
-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
The Sotheby’s International Realty brand alliance with the Nikkei includes the following components:
To search property listings on the Nikkei, visit: propertylistings.nikkei.jp