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Sep 14

Comfy & Cozy: Home Décor Tips to Get Your Living Room Ready for Fall

Fall Decor Living Room

Cooler weather is on the horizon, which means it’s time to start preparing for more nights spent lounging or entertaining in your new Trumark Homes living room. We’re helping you stay comfy and cozy with these fall-ready home décor tips:

Add bold floral accents

Bold florals have been pretty on-trend this year. Maybe you aren’t ready for a new floral sofa or chaise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement with some fun and fresh floral accent pillows that welcome cooler days. Go for contrast with distinct autumn colors: reds, oranges, yellows, browns, and golds. The broad stitches of raffia are reminiscent of the summer island getaways that you are now leaving behind for family get-togethers and holiday parties. You don’t have to stop with pillows, you can also look for:

  • Picture frames
  • Candle holders
  • Decorative bowls
  • Anything that shares your love for fall florals

Create a tech-free zone

Say “no” to TVs and computers in the living room this fall by following the below rules:

  • Arrange furniture in such a way that TVs are no longer the center of attention.
  • Transform your living room into your own sacred space.
  • Lay out books that you have always wanted to read on the coffee table and every time you want to reach for the remote or tablet, pick up a book instead.

Add luxury to practicality

Sometimes, you can’t have it all. Grand marble banisters and elaborate chandeliers can seem out of place and impractical in most homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little luxury into your living room with accents of intricately veined marble. Include the below to up the luxe in your living space:

  • An open face marble clock to set on the mantle
  • A set of small marble framed mirrors
  • Carved marbled candle holders

Add just enough luxury to be practical while enjoying the elements that you add.

Add a splash of color

Multi-color stripes in primary and secondary colors like true reds, yellows, oranges, blues, and greens are big this year, so:

  • Add colorful striped borders to your walls
  • Paint a bookshelf in stripes to accentuate  the room

Or if you want to get really creative:

  • Paint that scuffed up old coffee table or end table in stripes to bring new life to your living space

Keep those feet warm

Fall is a great time to  make those home improvements you’ve always dreamt of making. Not only is it important for your home to look comfy and cozy, but it’s also just as important that it feel that way too. While maybe it’s not time to get those radiant heat floors installed just yet, you can consider radiant heat area rug warmers that are energy efficient, safe and inviting.

Be sure to incorporate these tips into your home this fall and embrace the wonderful days ahead!

Sep 07

How Seasons Affect the Real Estate Market

Fall Season Leaves Home

How much you pay for a home and whether your home sells quickly or not depends on a number of factors: price point, home condition, market conditions and location.

One factor many would-be sellers do not often consider as much as they should is the time of year. Weather matters, even in California where seasonal changes are less drastic.

You can’t beat the heat

In general, a good rule of thumb to follow is “the warmer the better.” The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the latest numbers on home sales data by month. In general, 40 percent of sales done in a calendar year occurred in May, June, July and August. 

The second quarter of the calendar year is when sales begin to ramp up, with sales increasing month-over-month an average of 10 percent per month until June. By August, a contraction is usually well in play, with existing home sales dropping on average 16 percent in September and another 10 percent drop in October.

The NAR data offers one notable shift in recent years. Beginning in 1999, home sales in February and March have jumped 33 percent when seasonally adjusted.

Why seasons matter

Seasonality is important for both the buyer and the seller. In warmer months, buyers can see the full functionality of seasonally relevant features such as air conditioning, decks and swimming pools such as the ones offered at Trumark Homes’ new Upcoast, Tribella and Fielding neighborhoods. From a planning perspective, sellers can anticipate shorter duration of listings and buyers can expect a larger inventory. Both can expect more competition on price.

The per-month percentiles are consistent among various regions of the country, whether there is a high degree of seasonality or not. This trend makes sense for several reasons. For one, late August and early September are when most school years begin, and families want to be settled in before school starts. From November through January there are a number of secular and religious holidays, making it difficult to list and look for a home with other obligations on the forefront.

When to buy

With all the data available, it may be confusing to determine when the best time to buy is. Research suggests the fall months are an ideal time. For one, buyers are often dealing with sellers whose homes have been on the market for a long time and are eager to make a deal.

A 2015 study by RealtyTrac looked at 32 million home and condo sales over the previous 15 years. The research indicated that the very best day during that time to buy was October 8, when buyers saved an average of 10.8 percent compared to estimated market value. Two other October dates, the 15th (9.1 percent) and the 22nd (9.6 percent), also made the study’s top five days. The RealtyTrac data confirms the Realtors’ seasonal analysis: The worst days to buy were in January, February and April.

Dates and data matter. Knowing the seasonal and geographic nuances of the area where you’re looking to buy can give you a leg up during the buying process.