Making your home more pet friendly isn’t just good for the canine or feline members of your family. It can actually be a boon to your home when it comes time to sell.
According to the American Pet Products Association, more than 79 million homes in the U.S. sport a pet, and that number is growing. For those in the real estate industry, that marks a shift in the way pets are viewed. For homeowners, it means you can go ahead and splurge on ways to make your pet more comfortable around the house.
A lot of people take advantage of more well-known tax breaks like deducting your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, homeowners can take advantage of other benefits come tax time no matter where they own property in North America.
Realty Executives International has continued to climb in the ranks of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® List, the most comprehensive annual worldwide report that takes account of leading franchising companies poised for growth. The Scottsdale-based, international real estate franchising company came in at #166 overall and placed among the top three real estate brands included in the 2016 Franchise 500®. According to Entrepreneur, the 2016 Franchise 500® encompasses 462,585 individual businesses in 17 different categories.
“A franchise that is run well is the key to success, and those in the ranking have a strong foundation that can survive in a changing marketplace. They can be excellent opportunities for entrepreneurial leaders ready to take on their next venture,” said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur in a press release announcing the latest rankings. Continue reading
You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.
There are a several terms that real estate professionals use in their work. We’ve whittled them down to a few of the As, Bs and Cs that crop up during a real estate transaction.
A little luck is never a bad thing, right? That doesn’t mean you have to paint everything with a four-leaf clover. Here are five charms to bring some luck into your home decor:
President of Realty Executives International, Rich Rector, and CEO of flagship brokerage Realty Executives Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, Jeff Murtaugh, have been named amongst the top leaders in the residential real estate industry. The two industry veterans are ranked in the Swanepoel POWER 200 2015/16 (SP200), an annual report that names the 200 most influential corporate executives, experts and thought leaders in residential real estate across the United States and Canada.
Founder R. Dale Rector opened the first Realty Executives brokerage in 1965 with one office in Scottsdale, Ariz., attracting the most productive real estate professionals across the Phoenix metro area with the launch of the 100% commission concept. Continue reading
Peace. Serenity. Comfort. All of these are the things we’re searching for in our home. With REALTOR® Magazine reporting the number of Chinese buyers looking at U.S. property has surpassed Canadian shoppers and an Asian Real Estate Association of America survey revealing that nearly 8 out of 10 Asian-American shoppers would pay more for a home decorated with feng shui tenets, it’s clear that the there’s also prosperity in the practice.
Here are some feng shui touches suitable for any price point that can not only help you enjoy your house while you live there, but also when it comes time to move, help homebuyers choose your property above another.
Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:
Problem: My house needs more personality.
Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that color can affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with a soothing lavender. If you crave a color that’s truly bold or trendy, fear not. A quick neutral paint coat can save your resale value down the line. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a unique, colorful, wall-sized art piece can spice up your space in no time.
Problem: My house feels tiny.
Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to only use one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling. Continue reading
A historic day for the Federal Reserve in late December raised short term interest rates for the first time since 2006, a sign that the Fed thinks the U.S. economy is doing well. But what does the hike mean for your mortgage and your pocketbook?