Monday, June 12, 2017

Farm Living

Have you been day dreaming about creating your homestead? Living off your land, having your own farm animals and creating amazing memories with your family? This is becoming a popular trend over the years, just search 'homestead' on Pinterest and you'll be overwhelmed with ideas! I have jumped on the bandwagon as well, doing little things here and there on our small property; installing a rain barrel, composting and conserving energy. But there is only so much we can do in a row home in an urban area. One day we'll have the land and knowledge!

If you're ready to stop dreaming and make the move, I have a great property for sale in Montgomery County, PA. Over 3 acres, ideal for your horse(s), dogs and other farm pets, garden area and more! This property is conventionally located if you're not ready to be completely separated from the world as well.  Right off rte 73, you're near shopping, dining, parks and roadways.

One thing I particularly love about the location is being within Worcester Township. For decades, the township has been preserving the land to keep the community beautiful and green. Check out more information here >>

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2651 Skippack Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446
$514,000 asking price
Never hesitate to reach out directly to me with questions regarding buying, selling and investing throughout Philadelphia region.
Kelly Steyn

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:
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!):
Play around on 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