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7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

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7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Increasing the value of your property is an excellent way to further your investment. Even if housing prices naturally go up as your neighborhood develops, improving the look and functionality of your property will boost its value even more. Whether you want a better-looking home, or simply want a boost in value, this read from Doorsteps will share a few simple and straightforward tips to get there.

  1.  Renovate the Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the most important part of a house. However, your kitchen might be looking dull after years of use. Kitchen styles and like fashion trends, they come and go. If you have owned the house for a while now, chances are its current state is outdated and could use a spruce up. When looking to improve your property’s value, you’ll want to renovate it with timelessness in mind. A successful spruce-up can substantially boost the value of your house. However, ensure stay within your budget so that you can recoup the investment when you sell.

  1. Renovate the Bathroom

A modern bathroom can look out of this world and make you feel like you have your own spa at home. In addition, a good bathroom remodel can substantially increase the value of your house. Bathroom renovations are one of the top demands for both homeowners and homebuyers. Thanks to innovation in design, now is a better time than ever to give your bathroom a new look.

  1. Add a Bedroom

A room extension will instantly put your house at the next price level. A two-bedroom house will never be in the same price bracket as a 3-bedroom one. If you have a sizeable loft, this is the best time to transform it. For an even higher value, consider adding an en suite.

Note that adding a playroom or home office can just be just as profitable as a bedroom extension and can be done at a far much lower price. So, unless you have a new family member and need an extra bedroom, adding a rear extension and using that space to make room for a child-friendly play zone or home office can be one of the best ways to add value to your house. This is in addition to the fact that more and more people prefer working remotely nowadays. All this makes your property more appealing to current homebuyers.

  1. Keep the Home in Good Condition

It’s important to stay on top of any damp, mold, and dirt. Clean and fix any problems as they arise. This will ensure the property is always in optimal condition, thus helping you spread out the maintenance cost. In return, you will not have to aggressively negotiate the price when it comes to selling or even risk it being unsellable due to structural issues that were overlooked when repair was needed.

  1. Install and Maintain Front and Back Yards

Front and back yards are an excellent way to boost the overall look of your home. In addition, 20% of house buyers ask for these features. As a plus, you will have a project that will benefit you in a number of ways from keeping fit, to enjoying the beautiful outdoors and even hosting guests.

Nowadays, most people want to live more sustainably. Having an appealing yard is an excellent way to start as it provides a breath of fresh air even if you are living in a city. In order to appeal to most buyers, however, consider installing a kitchen garden. Planting wall herbs and the like calls for little maintenance and can really help sell your house.

  1. Improve the Property’s Energy Efficiency

When it comes to saving on utility bills and adding value to your home, energy efficiency is vital. This means insulating your home, changing the main doors for better insulation, and replacing the windows with the double glazed type. Also, it could mean purchasing a new heating system, especially if your house is old. Central heating is one popular option, but there are many other options to make the house and the life you lead even more energy-efficient. If you make these changes early enough, you will not only boost the value of your house but lower the cost of your utilities as well.

  1. Add Character Features

 Consider replacing your flooring to add hardwood, fittings and fixtures with options that are quirky or characterful. You can even add mouldings, a log burner, or even an open fire. These features improve the look of your home and can become a selling point in the future. Character features help your home stand out, making it easier to sell to those with the same tastes as you.

Any of the above will increase the value of Core Real Estate Funds.

Eldercare Advocate & Geriatrician Dr. Mike Wasserman On SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk

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Eldercare Advocate & Geriatrician Dr. Mike Wasserman On SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk

Dr. Mike Wasserman was one of the first geriatricians in the country to recognize the dire situation COVID 19 presented to our nations nursing home residents. He has devoted his entire career to serving the needs of older adults and, since the early days of the pandemic to the present, he has not stopped speaking out about the care needs of  our vulnerable older population. Dr. Wasserman has been regularly quoted by various major news outlets and has appeared in interviews on CNN, MSNBC.

Dr. Wasserman has served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s “A Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus” Committee. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s upcoming textbook, Geriatric Medicine: A Person Centered Evidence Based Approach. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer for Rockport Healthcare Services, overseeing the largest nursing home chain in California and prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Care Continuum, a Health Services Advisory Group, the Quality Improvement Organization for California. In 2001 he co-founded Senior Care of Colorado, which became the largest privately owned primary care geriatrics practice in the country, before selling it in 2010. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, Springer published his books, “The Business of Geriatrics,” and “Primary Care for Older Adults:  Models and Challenges”.In the 1990’s he was President and Chief Medical Officer for GeriMed of America, a Geriatric Medical Management Company.

This lively discussion with Dr. Wasserman is not to be missed!! His insights about nursing home care comes from the unique perspective of having been the CEO of the largest nursing home chain in California. Because he served at the helm of a nursing home chain, Dr. Wasserman’s insights into the root causes of the problems in our nations nursing homes comes from a valuable inside perspective that one does not often hear. Anyone concerned with care of older parents, grandparents or their future selves should tune in.

 

Drones in the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

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Drones in the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

“Drones in the Home of the Future” – this weeks episode of The Future of Real Estate radio show with Real Estate Futurist Jessica Stoner.

How fun are Drones!? Now that we’re finally embarking on the future with the exponential growth of drones and drone technology, what can we expect from these little guys, in and around our homes, neighborhoods and cities? As we are very much on the precipice of the drone revolution, it’s difficult to really grasp the uses we can put them towards. Just like we could not guess the sheer number of apps and the many uses we put them towards on our mobile device when the iPhone first came out, similarly we can’t yet get the full picture of how many ways we’ll use these newly opened up 3 dimensions now available to us. Today’s show is going to be an exploration of where we know we are going with Drone technology, where we think and where we hope it will go, and how all it may affect your home and community of the future.

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Tiny Homes By Jessica Stoner

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Tiny Homes By Jessica Stoner

Tiny Living is a movement taking place in many developed countries. It involves people making a conscious choice to live in small homes. Some choose this out of necessity, as affordability of housing in many cities and towns is increasingly becoming impractical. Others choose it for long term financial reasons, not wanting to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in their housing over their lives. We also have those drawn towards Tiny Living, due to the simplicity of it. Small homes equals small storage spaces, therefore less possessions.

Many feel overwhelmed with our mainly consumerist society and the many things they own, have to take care of, move when relocating etc. Tiny Living results less “things” in one’s lives which comes with the feeling of Freedom and Relief.

On today’s show, we will be chatting with two guests. A developer, Battistella Developments, building an inner-city micro-condo complex in Calgary, AB, and Tiny Home Alliance Canada,  an organization, that provides resources and assistance to those embarking on the Tiny Living lifestyle.

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CoHousing and the Future of Real Estate By Jessica Stoner

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CoHousing and the Future of Real Estate By Jessica  Stoner

In this episode of the The Future of Real Estate, we are exploring Co-Housing, an intriguing,  growing lifestyle choice.  Many  people are unfamiliar with the concept and are quite intrigued with the idea once they hear about it.

Co-Housing is the concept of purpose built neighbourhoods and communities, with the intention of stronger community ties and a closer connection with neighbours. It is essentially a return to the traditional Village.

We will discuss why people are gravitating towards this unique (for now) lifestyle, how it works, why it is in so much demand, and where you can find co-housing communities.  

We have two co-housing experts that will help us understand more about it, in this thought provoking hour, as they share general information, as well as personal experiences living and developing co-housing communities.  

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Building the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

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Building the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

Yesterday’s show was about Building the Home of the Future. It is actually just the first of a few different shows we will have about Building the Home of the Future, as it is a large and exciting topic and we can only cover a portion at a time. Today’s theme is about In-Factory construction.

We had two guests on the show, each a progressive home builder that constructs their homes In-Factory. We will chat with Barry Maedel of CLiCK Modular Homes out of British Columbia in Canada and Marc A Bovet, with  Bone Structure out of Quebec, Canada.

It is becoming clear that this style of construction has so many benefits, it is hard to understand why this isn’t the norm yet.

Learn more by listening to the recorded interviews with these builders, and visiting the blog post about the show.

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The Modern Nomad on the Future of Real Estate By Jessica Stoner

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The Modern Nomad on the Future of Real Estate By Jessica Stoner

This episode of the The Future of Real Estate focuses on The Modern Nomad. There are many variations of mobile lifestyles nowadays, and it is a way of life that is expected to grow and flourish. New technologies continue to create freedoms in our lives allowing for a more mobile population. With so many people living on the road in some form or another, it will undoubtedly affect traditional real estate in a variety of ways. The show will explore what types of mobile lifestyles there are, who is embarking on them, and how this will affect real estate in the future.

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Intro the Future of Real Estate By Jessica Stoner

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Intro the Future of Real Estate By Jessica Stoner

This is the premier episode of The Future of Real Estate Radio Show. It is an introduction to the topics that will be discussed on the show over the next many weeks and why they are important to the listeners.  

This first show will feature two guests, with specific knowledge about what aspects of the future of real estate are of interest to homeowners, buyers, sellers and investors.
An Intro to the Future of Real Estate

This episode will touch on everything from new construction methods and emerging technology, to the very real changes in the belief systems of newer generations of home buyers, and how the Baby Boomers are still making changes that  will affect real estate.

Housing will change, people’s work and lifestyle choices will change, where and how people live will change.

With all of these changes, it is well worth listening in to this new, exciting show about the Future of Real Estate.

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Vince Rocco to Host live morning radio show

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Vince Rocco to Host live morning radio show

vince RoccoBLU Realty Group has announced that Managing Partner Vince Rocco will be hosting his own live morning radio show called Good Morning New York with Vince Rocco on the Voice America global radio network. According to the BLU Realty Group team, the new show will be launched to help New Yorkers as well as consumers worldwide get accurate industry insight into the world of real estate from one of the most seasoned veterans in the industry.

The new segment will be a weekly show and take place live every Monday morning at 9:00am ET. The focus of the show will be primarily on the New York City real estate market, but Rocco has revealed plans to discuss other prominent markets in the weekly segment. The live show will officially be premiering on March 13th, 2014.

Host of the show, Vince Rocco is a Managing Partner at BLU Realty Group and specializes in selling high-end real estate in the Manhattan. With more than a decade of experience in the industry and more than $250 million of real estate sales to his name, Rocco is one of the leading real estate negotiators in the city.

Listeners can access the live show as well as previous episodes at http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/76584/what-are-the-wealthy-buying-today-in-new-york-city

About BLU Realty
As a full service brokerage firm in Manhattan, BLU Realty Group has a true feel for the pulse of New York’s luxury real estate market. By specializing in residential sales in both the Manhattan and international markets, BLU Realty Group has created a massive network of that expands to more than 150 different countries. With their global reach, BLU Realty Group brings world-class intelligence and profound local expertise to every client.

For more information about BLU Realty Group and Vince Rocco, visit http://www.blurealtygroup.com

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