Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Decor Trends

Last week I co-hosted a fun workshop with Barbara McInnis Hayman with Decorating Den Interior Design. Barbara gave us an overview of the upcoming Spring and Summer design trends, how to make affordable tweaks in design each season and ways to use multiple patterns and textures in the same room. It was both fun and informative!

According to Pantone, the color of the year is "Greenery." So Barbara showed us many ways to incorporate this color into our homes this season. From changing out decor pillows, throws, and centerpieces.
One simple tip she suggested which I try to live by as well, is to decorate with fresh flowers. Display on your coffee table, dining room table and even bathrooms. It's a fresh and colorful decoration for Spring!

She also suggested to accessorize! Ladies, you don't leave the house with out your jewelry, so don't forget to make the final touches in your rooms!
Make it personal and fun to tie everything together. I like to display things have meaning and remind me of a vacation or loved one. Even if they don't always match the room, it brings me happiness to see them when I walk in!

One thing we touched on was using multiple textures in rooms. I love the concept, but often struggle to execute. A key tip is to layer! And those fabric layers can be different textures. Such as your rug, drapes and pillows in different fabrics and colors can bring depth and warmth to a room.  And don't forget furniture can vary too! Mix a vintage piece with your more modern and new furniture. I have started to do this in our bedroom and really like it (can't wait until it's actually completed!).

I hope this gets you in the mood to get your home spruced up for Spring! Happy decorating :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How soon is too soon?

I often get the question "how soon should I talk with you before buying a home?" Like most things in real estate, the answer is specific to that person or families needs, but there are some general rules of thumb.

First of all, it's honestly never too soon. But it may be too soon to physically tour homes with an agent. It's important to have a real estate professional you know, like and trust when you're in the beginning stages of thinking to buy a home. Having a Realtor by your side to answer questions, offer advice and be your advocate is priceless!

Secondly, one of initial steps is to figure out how much you can and want to spend for your new home. This should be done when you are initially thinking about buying.  Sit down, create a budget and use it! (Make it a fun date night if you have to!) Here are some helpful budget templates to make the process a little more enjoyable:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-lotich/5-household-budget-templa_b_5696244.html
After writing out your income and expense, how much do you feel you could spend for a mortgage? Are you comfortable spending $100 or $300 more a month or are you already at your comfort zone? Are you expecting pay raises or is your car almost paid off? Look at the whole picture to really understand your budget.

Thirdly, I recommend speaking with a mortgage lender about 6+ months before the date you'd like to be in your new home. When speaking with a lender, they will provide individual advice and will provide you with the sale price you can afford at the time of your initial conversation. It's basically a starting point to know where you currently stand and make goals to where you want to be. The earlier you figure out your starting point, it will help determine if you need to save more or improve your credit.
Check out this mortgage calculator see how much you may need to save to buy a home you might of seen online ( I know you're looking online already!):
http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/saving-goals-calculator.aspx
Play around on Bankrate.com with their other calculators- they are not 100% accurate, but definitely provide some guidance!

Do you know when you'd like to be in your new home? If you have that date, month or general time frame, count backwards 6 months and that is usually a good time for us to meet and discuss your real estate goals. But I'm here to be your real estate resource even if you aren't ready for a year or two!
Kelly Steyn
484-343-2406
Kelly@PhillyLiving.com
www.KellySteyn.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

Conshohocken, PA Real Estate Update

Did you know, the average days it took a home to sell in Conshohocken was 27 days quicker this February compared to last February? And the average sale price increased by over 3%! If you're looking to move here, what are you waiting for?

Conshohocken has become the place to live (check out it's ranking here www.niche.com), invest and entertain over the last few years. It's convenient to highways, has 2 regional rail stops, nestled along the Schylkill River trail and has a vibrant downtown!

According to studies, living in a walkable neighborhood increased a homes value, desirabilty and not to mention your quality of life!
Have you used Walkscore.com before? It's a fun and easy tool to see what's around such as schools, trains or restaurants and determine how 'walkable' a property is.
Here is a great opportunity for you to invest in , as the equity in the building and neighborhood continues to increase:
300 W Elm St. Unit 2413 Conshohocken, PA 19428

The Grande at Riverview

300 West Elm Street

Walk Score of 300 West Elm Street Conshohocken PA 19428


300 W Elm St. #2413

Overlooks the Pool and Courtyard

Open floor plan- great for entertaining!
Sources: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/07/23/clients-value-walkable-neighborhoods
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-homebuyers-want-now-walkable-neighborhoods/