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Considering a Move?

Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to determine if you’re financially and emotionally ready to sell your house:

  1. Growing or shrinking household — Are you about to welcome a new baby or take in aging parents? Maybe you’re sending your youngest off to college. In any event, if your living space has become too cramped or grown beyond your needs, it may be time to make a move.
  2. Plenty of home equity — Subtract the value of your home from the amount you have left on your loan. What’s left over is the equity — or the amount you’ll have post-sale. After you sell your home, you’ll be a buyer again, so having some funds to put down is key.
  3. Interest from potential buyers — You’ll want to list when you know buyers are looking. Some experts say late spring is the ideal time to sell, but peak seasons vary by region. Milder weather can increase buyer interest, but that also means more competition from other sellers.
  4. Changing circumstances — Location matters. Whether your neighborhood dynamics are changing, you’re unhappy with the schools in your area or a new job significantly increases your commute, your community needs to fit your lifestyle.
  5. Home improvements — Renovations may be a wise investment, but it’s best to avoid listing your home in the middle of a project. If you plan to sell your home as is, completing some minor home updates such as new paint and fixtures can be a huge selling point.

Moving is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration. If your needs have changed since you bought your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

17403 Sumiya Dr

A Gorgeous Home!
Encino
3 bed | 3 bath | 2,555 Sqft |22,636 Lot | Offered for $1,599,000
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Striking, secluded and gated for privacy this sexy updated mid-century modern view home offers a casual open floorplan and poolside living for that perfect indoor/outdoor California flow. Newly restored terrazzo floors lead to a step-down living room where panoramic views of the city framed by glass walls bathe the entire house in natural light. Wood floors, exposed beams, custom floating staircase, and floating shelves flank a concrete clad fireplace. A great room with stacked stone feature wall and dining area adjoins a gourmet kitchen with center island, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and abundant storage. A third bedroom with en-suite bath complete the first floor. As you make your way up the floating staircase you will find two additional bedrooms and bathrooms. The second-floor master suite includes a large modern bathroom, complete with glass shower and oversized soaking tub. All bedroom closets are outfitted with California Closet systems.

Hot Colors of 2018!

Color can impact the overall mood of your surroundings as well as what potential buyers feel when they step inside your home. The challenge comes in choosing the right combination for your particular space. See what forecasters are predicting and learn how to implement the hot colors of 2018.

Hues to Use
Experts from Pantone, Sherwin Williams and other companies make annual paint color predictions based on global themes. Hues such as BEHR’s color of the year, In the Moment, along with its peaceful palette, focus on people’s need to unplug from an overconnected world. Similar shades like Equilibrium and Off the Grid also promote a sense of serenity.

The Light and the Dark
Contrasting light and dark colors is a great way to create dynamism in your home decor. The lighter the shade, the more spacious the appearance. If your furniture or flooring is primarily neutral, adding dark colors to the mix can bring balance and help create attractive focal points.

Capitalizing on Color
Our mood is subtly yet consistently influenced by the colors around us. For example, soothing shades such as the powdery blue Casual Day can help you unwind and relax after a long day at work. Conversely, vibrant deep oranges like Civara invigorate and promote an optimistic tone.

Pointers for Color Pops
Both fun and formal spaces are equally enhanced by accents. Whether you use them to highlight a unique architectural feature or tie an area together, the trick is to be strategic. In design, the 60-30-10 rule is a well-known way to bring balance to a room.