Thursday, 27 February, 2020

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Author: Amy Dobson


Stalactites? Check. Waterfall? Check. 4 bedrooms and an illustrious guest list? Check, check! When most people envision their dream home, they describe large kitchens, beautiful hardwood floors and clawfoot tubs. But not John Hay. In the mid-1980s, Hay — founder of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company and great-great grandson of U.S. Secretary of State John Milton Hay — purchased the Read more…


If you wanted to, you could drive straight through this home’s living room. But it’s too pretty for that … Like many married couples, the Clarks have a lot in common: a last name, a first name (they’re both Kelly) and an affinity for wide-open spaces — which inspired them to build a 10,000-square-foot barn-style home on 30 acres Read more…


Curate a magazine-worthy gallery wall — with everyday masterpieces you already own. Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example. Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. Read more…


It’s a truism that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why infographics came into existence. Here’s why you should use them in your marketing. If you’re a real estate agent who’s considering using infographics in your marketing but aren’t sure where to start, this post is for you. Most people are visual and absorb information quickly and intuitively Read more…


To build a cohesive team, you need to carefully select its members, support each other, create incentives and celebrate the wins. Here’s how David Parnes and James Harris make it happen at The Agency. Loyalty is one of the most important aspects when nurturing a strong team. Earning your team’s respect and loyalty can take time, but it’s the foundation Read more…


Gray skies don’t have to mean a drab indoor life. As winter plods along, you may wish you could just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. While the trend may have come and gone in the U.S., the art of hygge, that feeling of being ultra-cozy and content, Read more…


The biggest news for the bond markets was the release of the U.S. December manufacturing report as indicated by the ISM Manufacturing Index. It plunged to a five-month low — the lowest level in a decade. ‘Tis the season for New Year’s predictions.  Before that, two surprises in today’s markets: our overnight droning of the Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, Read more…


With the changing landscape of our field, the changing business models and the speed at which we have to respond to survive, it’s strategic and smart to practice self-care. Celebrate Agent Appreciation Month and #ThankAnAgent with Inman this January. Discover more and see how to get involved, click here. Self-care is serious business — and I should know. As a Read more…


New year, new home? Whip your financial resume into shape to improve your home-buying odds. Thinking of buying a home this year? We compiled five New Year’s resolutions that can help you keep your financial resume in tiptop shape. 1. Avoid job hopping Employment history and income are two of the biggest factors lenders look at when evaluating a mortgage Read more…


Tackle clutter and make your space work for you — with style. For many people, the new year represents a clean slate and brings a renewed sense of possibility and enthusiasm. It’s a wonderful time to get your home organized in anticipation of the busy months ahead. Effective storage solutions and organization systems will enable you to enjoy your home Read more…


In 2020, Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner expects payrolls to continue growing, but the rate of growth will slow as the country adds fewer than 1.7 million new jobs.


Clear up any potential misunderstandings and misguided expectations with prospective new agents using these nine interview questions.


Easy handmade decor and trimmings set the scene for a festive holiday get-together. Holiday entertaining is all about one-of-a-kind decor, and we’ve got some show-stopping looks that you can make yourself. You don’t have to be an expert crafter to accomplish these easy DIY projects. Creating a custom hanging herb chandelier and dessert takeaways will really impress your guests at Read more…


Holiday decorating can be as simple as dusting off your flower vases, unrolling a spool of burlap and polishing your silver. Hold your holiday decor horses! Before you purchase gobs of tinsel and piles of twinkle lights, take another look at items you already have — they may be the holiday embellishment you’ve been looking for. By hunting through your Read more…


Home buying hurdles exist — but research, creativity and flexibility will help you clear them. Home buyers today face tough challenges — housing prices have soared, a dollar doesn’t go as far as it once did and rent is more expensive than the past. How are people today making such a large purchase despite these hurdles? With more flexibility and Read more…