August 2017

Found 4 blog entries for August 2017.

Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your new house feel like home.


1. Enhance the Kitchen

Quality kitchen upgrades ensure this room meets your family’s needs, and they add value to your home. Consider several changes that improve the quality and function of your kitchen.

  • Get high-end, energy or water saving appliances.
  • Lower the bar counter from 42 to 36 inches so it’s more accessible.
  • Install quartz countertops.
  • Add lighting under the counters.
  • Choose matching fixtures and
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Buying a home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process is complicated and fraught with unfamiliar lingo and surprise expenses. These 25 tips to help you navigate the process more smoothly and save money.

1. Start saving for a down payment early

It’s common to put 20% down, but many lenders now permit much less, and first-time home buyer programs allow as little as 3% down. But putting down less than 20% may mean higher costs and paying for private mortgage insurance, and even a small down payment can still be hefty. For example, a 5% down payment on a $200,000 home is $10,000. Play around with a down payment calculator to help you land on a

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Below is the latest Steven Thomas Market Report | August 2017; please review and let me know if you have any questions.  I hope you are having a great summer and please let me know if the Echelberger Group can help you with any of your real estate needs.

-Doug Echelberger


Inaccurate Measures
Good Afternoon! Buyers and sellers often rely on the price per square foot as a way to determine the value of a home, but it is just not accurate.

Price Per Square Foot: Do not rely on the price per square foot as a reliable method to determine a home’s value.
Everybody is looking for a shortcut in establishing the value of a home. Online home valuation tools are now everywhere, Zillow being the most popular. They simply are not accurate.

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The comfort level of your home is significantly influenced by the design of the interior setting. It’s important that you decorate with the latest trends to create a modern and contemporary setting that reflects your taste. If you’re looking to update your home decorations, here are a few designs to consider using.

Natural Stone
Natural Stone is a luxe material that looks stunning when used in different areas of the home. Granite countertops create a regal environment in the kitchen or bathrooms and will boost the home’s value. Stone accent pieces can also be used with a side table that is placed in the living room or a marble clock in a home office.

20 Via Carina 31 Calle Viviana

20 Via Carina

31 Calle Viviana

31 Calle Viviana 31 Via Timon
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