A few Real Estate thoughts from Bob Idakaar@www.BobsHomes.net

Winter is here in New Jersey; a month late… snow, bad roads, and a new Governor….So what does that have to do with Housing, Real Estate and the Spring Market?

The Real Estate forecast seems to teeter totter on events going on in the local news, weather, politics and of course national and world events.

The reason why just may be that consumer confidence is still shaky.

We all seem to need to point our fingers at something to blame for circumstance.

Well the simple truth is; We all still need a place to live.

Home ownership is still an ideal of the American Dream.

So as the economy slowly improves and interest rates stay stable

I see the Housing Market in New Jersey Improving.

Seems like from Morris County and East all the way to NYC will have the best uptick in sales and activity.

Time to move? Curious about what it takes to get a mortgage?

Wondering what your current home is worth ?

I also believe that Prices will improve and certainly stay strong all year.

Maybe it is time to relocate and find that right Realtor.

There are plenty of realtors out there ranging from no experience to competent experience.

I think it is a combination of both Experience, but they must have passion for their jobs and not do it for just making the dollar.

I am proud to say I serve my client and do my job as a service not just because

of a paycheck.

I am always just a call or email away.

I take the no pressure approach and ultimately help you make the best choice for YOU>

Please reach out via email BobIdakaar@att.net

or contact me through BobsHomes.net

Wishing you a healthy and wonderful blessed 2018!

4 Decorating TIP TOP TIPS

Bob Idakaar Realtor’s Perspective~

Here are my 4 tip top tips for decorating a room:

  1. Choose your flooring first!
  2. Choose your paint last! (Yes, this is one of the common mistakes and comes as a surprise to many)
  3. Define your style and “goal” or mood for the room. What is the feeling you want to evoke?
  4. Find a focal point (or an anchor)

In my opinion, things usually work out best when you plan ahead and design the whole room. It’s ideal if you plan the whole room before you start working on it with out a plan!

1. Start with the floors

From the Bottom up… the floors are the foundation, and they set the tone for the entire room.

In general, I think it’s best to have the same type (and color) on all of the floors, at least all main rooms on the main floor (bathrooms/powder rooms are different). When you have the same flooring in all areas, it makes your space look larger and more cohesive. It also makes your space look cleaner and less cluttered.

The flooring is the base, and everything is built on top of it…literally and figuratively. And, if you choose your floors well, they will be there for years to come and should outlast any paint and decor changes you make to the room throughout your time in your home.

2. Pick the paint color last!

Everything goes smoother if you pick the paint color LAST.

If you choose the paint color first, it will make every other decision TOUGHER. It will be harder to find the find the right floor color, carpet/area rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding and other accessories.

Color can be placed in an area rug, window treatments, pillows, furniture,  wall paintings and accessories. And, of course, you also have the option of an accent color wall.

3. What’s your style?

What do you want the style and the mood of the room to be? Do you want a more modern look, or traditional or perhaps a cozy farmhouse style? There is no right or wrong answer…it’s whatever you like.

4. Make a focal point

Choose piece that you want to be the focal point for the room. It sets the tone and your style. This may differ by room. It could be a painting (or picture), or an area rug, or some pillows, or a coffee table or special item for your coffee table. This piece is your inspiration and it is your “must have” item. Make sure everything in the room goes with this piece and complements it.

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Questions to Ask When Attending Open Houses

If you’re a potential homebuyer, there are a number of questions you should ask the listing agent about each home. Here are seven questions to ask when attending Open houses that will help you get a better feel for the space while learning more about it in the process. When you’re ready to shop for a new home, here are seven questions to ask when attending open houses.

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  1. Why is the house for sale? Ask why the sellers are moving to find out the reason why the home is on the market. That may give you some insights into the timing and motivations of the sellers.
  2. Has the home’s price been stable? By finding out how much the price has fluctuated since the house was put on the market, you’ll find out whether the price is flexible when it comes time to make an offer.
  3. How many offers have been made on the house? Ask whether there’s an offer on the table when you walk in the door. If you mention the pending offers on the place, the listing agent might be pleased to tell you about them, because your bid could drive up the price.
  4. How long has the home been on the market? If you ask when the home was listed, you’ll gain insight into the house and the real estate market as a whole. The agent can put the number in context for you while disclosing information about the level of interest in the place.
  5. Does the house come with any problems? Inquire about issues to get an idea about the last time the house was updated. Given that home renovations can be costly, learn about problem areas ahead of time, and then check them out while you’re at the house.
  6. What’s the home’s average cost for utilities? When you inquire about the estimated cost of utilities, make sure you have room in your budget. Get the agent to show you the most recent bills to get a better idea of monthly and yearly expenses.
  7. When are the sellers looking to close on this house? Learn the timeline for closing on the home to find out what the sellers want. If you know an offer could be chosen based on its time frame, you could gain an advantage if the owners want to sell quickly.

With these seven questions in mind, you’ll be ready to make a better assessment of each home. An open house is your chance to ask as many questions as you can about the property. When you’re ready to make the most of the home-buying process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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