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Archive for August, 2013

messy closetsOne of the things that can make our homes less enjoyable to live in is disorganized closet space. It’s quite depressing to look in your closets every morning and not be able to find what you need.

And if you are selling your house, having a cluttered closet will damage your chances of getting the best price, because people will view cluttered closets as a sign your house doesn’t have enough storage. So here are some tips to organize your closets.

Invest in a closet organizer

Imagine how you (and potential buyers) would feel to see your closets tidily organized! A closet organizer is probably the best way to achieve the look you are going for — and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

You can buy ready-made units that fit into most closets. Most use a modular system that allows you to mix and match units and fit them together as you wish.

You can choose between units made of solid panels or wire systems. Alternatively, you can mix and match them both to meet your needs.

Closet organizers should include shelves for bulky items such as sweaters, drawers for smaller items, and rods for clothing that needs to be hung up. Consider also storage for shoes, such as a rack that hangs on the back of a door.

Getting it organized

When designing your system, make sure you consider things such as the length of the clothes that are to be hung, and how much space you need to devote to items such as sweaters. Consider which items you need to access easily on a daily basis and which can be stored out of reach.

This is also a good opportunity to go through all the items in your closet and get rid of those you don’t need — perhaps some things you didn’t even know you had!

A closet that isn’t packed with useless stuff is easier to keep organized and will keep your clothes from getting crushed. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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firstclassbusiness_org-Creating-a-Small-Home-OfficeA home office is on its way to becoming an essential item on a house buyer’s wish list. After all, many people work at least part of the time at home — and even if they don’t, they still want somewhere to store the computer and their household papers.

Here are some tips to help you create an attractive home office that you’ll actually want to spend time in.

An attractive place to work

A home office doesn’t have to be just functional — it can be attractive, too. So take as much care with the décor as you would in the other rooms in your house, making sure office furniture and accessories coordinate with wall and floor coverings.

Good lighting

If you don’t have a lot of natural light (or you’ll be working mainly in the evenings), make sure you have good lighting, particularly task lights for illuminating your desk. Include other types of lighting too, so you’ll make the room feel comfortable.

Choose good furniture

It’s essential that your desk and chair are comfortable to work at, so take time choosing them. Make sure the seat and backrest of your chair are adjustable and that the height of your desk is comfortable.

Power and the Internet

Make sure there are plenty of power outlets in the room and easy Internet access. Avoid a “rat’s nest” of cables by bundling them together and tucking them out of sight.

Include good storage

Think carefully about the kind of storage you’ll need and make sure there’s enough of it. Consider stackable boxes to store paperwork efficiently, and an attractive filing cabinet. Put shelves on the walls and use them to store books; add wire baskets to the shelves for documents.

Bulletin board

Put up a bulletin board for reminders and other essential information you use every day. Then you’ll avoid ugly sticky notes all over your computer. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home or to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities

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housing-market-recoveryWill the housing market continue to flourish with the increase in mortgage rates? That’s a question only time will tell. Up to this point, the market has held up well. Even as interest rates crept above 4 %, home buyers were still clamoring for a home. The limited inventory had a play in this buying frenzy. Home buyers have been more inclined to pursue a home before rates and prices move higher.

The era of exceptionally affordable housing is fading in many parts of California with the simultaneous uptick in mortgage rates and home prices. At the bottom of the housing downturn, most markets were more affordable than historical averages. But home prices have risen rapidly in most communities as the housing recovery has taken hold.

Prices in Davis were 10% higher in June than a year ago. Larger markets like Los Angeles and San Francisco were up 21% compared to 2012 numbers. The national average was up 12% in 2013. Low interest rates have been a big driver of affordability. Will these increases in rates slow the buying bonanza and flatten home prices?

Interest rates are currently standing at 4.59% for a 30 year fixed mortgage. This is up from last weeks rate of 4.52%. Home prices are up over 10% through the 15th of August, compared to the same time last year. Here’s a look at the last three years of sales activity for Davis.
           # Sold     Avg price     Price per sq ft     Avg size     Days on market
2013-  337         $506,914      $283                  1,812 sq ft      37
2012-  319         $445,018      $254                  1,752 sq ft      71
2011-  250         $481,445      $264                  1,833 sq ft      80
More homes sold through the first six months this year than in the two years prior. They also sold at a much quicker pace this year. Outside of the specific numbers, this would be a good comparison for the rest of California. Bottom Line: With housing affordability close to historic high levels, we can expect ongoing increases in home sales this year, since buying a home at today’s prices, financed with today’s still low-interest rates, can be the “deal of a lifetime,” especially for first-time home buyers. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs, join my professional networks on LinkedIn and Twitter and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.

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