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Top Interior Trends for 2015

2015 is all about mixing it up in interior design.

In past years trends were easy to identify by certain prints, color choices, and products. Rim Hamburgh, from The National, says this year’s trends are more fluid than ever, as they are suggestions and themes, rather than strict rules. Reinventing your space by blending classic pieces with trends, especially traditional, contemporary and rustic, will add to the eclectic nature of our interiors as well as evoke a style that’s unique to you.

Colors

Blues, especially those that are dark, are everywhere this year. Blue is perfect for pairing with a range of colors, making it easy to add into your existing decor. Tip: Use the 60-30-10 Rule when deciding how much of a color to add to a room. 60% of a space should be the dominant color, 30% should represent a secondary color, and 10% of a color scheme is for an accent color.

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Commonly Overlooked Details During Homebuilding

January 21, 2015

The construction drawings for your home are the road map that spells out every detail of your home and how it should be built. This is what the builder and subcontractor will use throughout the process of building your home. Ask your builder what all the symbols mean, so you can visualize what your space will look like. Study the floor plan and think about how you will use each room and what modifications you might want done during construction. This will save you time and money if you have to change something while your home is still under construction.

 

Switches & Electrical Outlets

Take note of where the electrical outlets and light switches will be located in your home. Think about outlets for your Christmas tree, small appliances, and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Do you hate digging your hairdryer out of the drawer to plug it in everyday? Add an outlet to the bathroom drawer so you never have to unplug it. Opt for 4-plug outlets instead of 2; in areas you tend to accumulate electrical devices.

 

Outside Outlets & Faucets

Think about what outlets and faucets you will need outside. Do you want an outlet for Christmas lights in the eave of your house to eliminate the eyesore of an extension cord? Do you grill out a lot? Consider a natural gas line on the deck to avoid having to replace the propane tank every time it runs out. Discuss options with your builder to make sure the outside setup of your house will work well with your lifestyle.

 

Built-in shelves Ample Storage

Ample storage is necessary, but also pay attention to where to place your storage space. Do you want a closet in the foyer? It’s a wise choice when living in a colder climate where coats are worn about half the year, especially if you entertain in your home.  Also, consider opting for built-in shelves and storage. Not only are Built-in shelves functional, but also make a home look and feel more custom.

 

Lighting

Lighting not only adds to the atmosphere of a home, but it can help make important tasks, such as cooking or shaving, easier. The key rooms to light are bathrooms and kitchens. In the bathroom opt for both overhead and task lighting, such as ceiling fixtures coupled with sconces. Under cabinet lighting in the kitchen can help tremendously when you’re cooking, while giving the room added ambience when entertaining guests. Consider rooms in your house where you tend to do detailed tasks and add lighting to these areas.

 

With so many decisions to make when building a new home, it’s easy to overlook the small but important details, yet sometimes the smallest details end up being the most useful to you.

Holiday Season is Home Buying Season

Bet you didn’t know that the holidays are one of the best times of year to shop for a new home!

No Santa isn’t likely to put one in your stocking, and you won’t get any Black Friday deals, but it’s a great time to choose your much coveted home.

There are a number of factors that figure in to holiday home shopping both for the seller and the buyer. If you are looking during the holidays, you probably have an immediate need for a new home. When it comes to new homes, often builders are looking to close as many homes by the end of the year.

When you shop for a new home during the holidays you are also less likely to lose your favorite home site or available home to the next person who walks through the model doors. This doesn’t mean it still can’t happen, but there are fewer serious buyers out during the holidays.

If you find something you like, you are likely to see your mortgage approval move quicker and more smoothly this time of year. Because there is less volume it could mean faster approvals.

So if you are still trying to figure out what to get the family for the holidays…think about a new home!

7 Home Buying Tips To Start Your New Home Search

Searching for a new home is not rocket science but there are a few things new homebuyers may not know. Over the years we’ve provided many useful tips to assist in the home search and purchase process.  Below are 7 buyer basics to help jump start your search for a new home in the Oklahoma City Metro Area.

Get pre-approved for your home loan
 – It’s important to know what you have to spend before you start looking at the homes you are going to spend it on. A pre-approval letter means you’ve already had a professional look at your financials so there won’t be any hidden surprises. There’s nothing worse then beginning your home search without a budget. Inevitably you’ll fall in love with a home that could end up out of the price range.

Don’t move around your money – If you plan on purchasing a home, it’s not wise to make large purchases with in the 6-month time frame leading up to your home purchase. This can affect your credit profile, and your debt to income ratio. It’s best to begin your search with as little credit activity as possible.

Don’t try to time the market – If there is anything we’ve learned in the last several years it’s that there is no right time to buy. You can sit on the fence and miss the home of your dreams if you keep trying to balance low pricing and low mortgage rates. The right time to buy is not a combination of economic factors. The right time to buy a new home happens when you find that home that speaks to you. If you wait for the perfect time, you are likely to miss out on the perfect home.

The big McMansion isn’t better – Gone are the days when homeowners strive to have the largest house on the block. Energy efficiency and smarter space saving designs have become much more important both for livability and for your budget. In fact it’s never been advantageous to own the biggest house on the block. If you have the biggest house you help the property values of the smaller houses around you, but it does not work the other way around.

Get the lay of the land – When buying a home it’s not just about the house itself, but also the neighborhood you will live in. A great way to get a feel for the area is to stalk the neighborhood. Driving around at different times of day will give you different perspectives. If you happen to see a neighbor outside, one of the best ways to get a feel for the place is to get out and talk with them especially in new home communities.

Learn about the practical stuff – While you are stalking the neighborhood make sure you check out important information like school system ratings, nearby shopping, grocery stores and other convenience shopping that is a regular part of your routine.

Check out the commute – if you are moving any kind of distance from your job, it’s important to get a feel for the primary commuter routes, and also the alternatives when you hit congestion. After all you want to live in your house, not on the road getting from work to home.

These 7 tips will help you get started on your home search and target your efforts.

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