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"Fall is more than a season – it's a smell, it's a feeling, and it’s nostalgic." - Mojgan Jordan

It’s a comforting cozy sensation you get every time you step out into the crisp, cool air to smell the scent of fire burning, and see the beautiful rainbow-colored leaves. Well, guess what? You can also get that feeling inside your own home with this DIY guide to fall decor. 

Just like every other season, fall has its specific & unique scents, color palettes and styles that you are able to incorporate all over your home! 

Here’s how to do it:

 

Start with the Colors >

When the fall weather finally hits, it really does evoke fuzzy warm feelings (at least for most people unless you aren’t human) jk. But seriously, who doesn’t like fall?!

These fuzzy feels are mostly represented or reflected with fall’s signature colors - burgundy, tan, orange, yellow, rust, brown, gold, reds.. basically warm tones that create that inviting & toasty feeling. 

When thinking about the interiors of your home… the color integration is limitless. Think of simple changes first - like adding a few burnt orange colored feather pillows on the sofa or adding a tan throw across an ottoman. One thing we like to do in our office is add a few small pumpkins and even a trendy vase full of wheat, which I am typing by right now as I drink my under-rated Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte - (pictured below). 

 

You could even add some gold colored tins in the kitchen along with some burgundy or maroon towels on handles of drawers/dishwasher or oven. 

Always remember, just a few changes, additions or adjustments go a long way!
If you are the type of person that just wants the fall feels ALL year round, well why not just give a room in your home an updated coat of paint?! This could ultimately create a fantastic fall feel all year round - like this one! Check out Sherwin William's 2019 color of the year that is sure to get your fall-ish gears going >
It's called 

CAVERN CLAY 
SW 7701 (290-C6)

visit this link to check out more >
https://www.swcolorforecast.com/coty/2019/


Next is the Scents >

I believe the sense of smell can sometimes be the strongest trigger of nostalgia. What better way to enhance these great memories than with some fun fall candles?! Like burgundy or evergreen colored ones smelling of cinnamon (or whatever fall specifically smells like to you). Check out this link for some AMAZING smelling fall candles from one of our favorite brands, Wood Wick (duh.) - Some of the favorites are pine & fireside… but theres TONS to choose from!

https://www.candlestomydoor.com/woodwick-new-fall-fragrances.html

Or you could take the more difficult route and just bake a pumpkin pie every day to leave your house smelling warm and sweet… ha! If only I had all the time in the world…. Here’s a to DIE FOR semi-simple Pumpkin Pie recipe from the delicious Preppy Kitchen. Let’s get cookin’! 

https://preppykitchen.com/pumpkin-pie-2/

 

 

Final Touch of Simple Accents >

Pumpkins are so handy. I mean between Halloween and Thanksgiving, they are a perfect decorating tool because they apply to both holidays. They look fabulous when done right & especially when using varying colors. For example, the white pumpkins add an elegant touch to front entry ways, the porch and even the fireplace mantle as shown below:

( via Pinterest )

The traditional orange ones (especially ones that look a bit worn or rustic) give really nice fall feels when placed on the dining room table, or even in the kitchen tucked in a corner or on the island right smack in the center:

 
 ( both via Pinterest )

 

The idea however, is not to overwhelm a room or space with too many pumpkins. Use them more as a subtle addition to a room with other decor like candles, leaves or wheat vases. Many people wander… ‘how early is it to start decorating my house for the season?’… okay first of all, it's your home! Do what you want! Second.. did you know it’s scientifically proven that decorating your home for a season makes you happier?! Yep. It’s true. Especially for Christmas time! Check out this link to read about it!!

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/the-why-decorating-early-makes-you-happy/89-614105956

We think its never too early to start prepping your home for your favorite season. 

Bring out the decor! And most importantly, have FUN with it. 


Posted in:General
Posted by Katelyn Mountjoy on November 14th, 2018 12:23 PM

Selling your home can be super stressful regardless of it being in a buyer’s or seller’s market. “To sell a home quickly, it needs to show well, be marketed well, and priced correctly”, according to Goran Forss, broker at Allison James Estates & Homes located in Temecula, CA. Preferably, when putting your house on the market, you will want that puppy sold ASAP…. And these tips and tricks will help you get closer to accomplishing that goal!

FIRST THINGS FIRST...

  1. Rent a storage unit while putting house on the market
  • Decluttering your home can be done in two ways… either shoving everything ‘clutter’ worthy into cabinets, under beds, behind couches, OR you can simply rent a storage unit to put everything in so you don’t have to even worry about it. We highly recommend this route because it will also force you to get rid of things you don’t need or use. (Holiday decor, seasonal items, baby clothes, that new mini fridge that just sits in the corner with nothing in it). ALSO, if you choose a portable unit, that will make moving that much easier in the long run. 

 

  1. Hire professional real estate agents that DO IT ALL
  • There aren’t many real estate companies that have more than 50 years of combined experience with buying, selling, leasing, property management, home staging AND connections to the best professional photography & home care. The first impression buyers get from your home are the listing photos & curb appeal. We know how to make those look fabulous. Many people don’t have the money to pay for staging however, so an alternate route to take on that is having a friend or relative walking through with fresh eyes to offer some opinions on moving things around, & setting areas up to look bright & inviting. The goal is to first draw the buyer in, then make it not only desirable for them to live there, but possible for them to imagine themselves in it. That is done by….

 

  1. Decluttering & de-personalizing your home
  • A key to helping buyers be able to desire & imagine themselves living in your home is to firstly remove personalized items. This will also help draw the buyers attention to unique features of the house.. like the stone fireplace, or the skylights in the kitchen. Having too much going on interferes with the natural beauty of the home. Just always think..”how could I make this look more bright & inviting?” 

 

  1. Make small upgrades to your home
  • It isn’t necessary to go over-board on major remodels. In most cases, you probably won’t get your money back. Instead, focus on the smaller upgrades, preferably in the kitchen & bathrooms. For example- new light fixtures, new sink/cabinet hardware in kitchen, new shower curtains & hand towels in bathroom. All of these small improvements are more on the inexpensive side but can really help persuade the buyers to fall in love with the spaces. Remember - small upgrades can have a huge impact!

 

  1. Brighten IT UP!
  • Let’s be real… majority of people want a home that is bright, has spacious rooms, & looks clean. Start by increasing the use of natural & artificial light - that alone can help with brightening the mood. If you have many rooms without windows, try putting more lamps in corners or on tables using the highest wattage lightbulb you can find & that will definitely do the trick. Also, a fresh coat of paint, mirrors, and a simple deep cleaning can really help accentuate spaces. Try to stick with neutral paint palettes unless you are painting a wall as a focal point and want it to pop. Great colors would be anything providing a soft & bright feel, like beige or light grays. 

 

  1. Amp up that curb appeal
  • When someone drives by your house, can they even see it? Are there trees blocking the house? Is the paint color worn or does your driveway need pressure washing? These are all things to consider when thinking of the curb appeal. Remember that the outside of the house is what people see first… it’s like going on your first date and dressing up with your most dressy outfit and using your nicest cologne or perfume.. go big or go home baby. In order to draw people in, you really want the exteriors to look clean and inviting. Easily transform your front yard by clipping/trimming shrubs and bushes, trimming tree branches, adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door or shutters, and even pressure-washing the sidewalk & driveway. Everything matters! Even things as small as the door handle or numbers to your house.. polish them up… clear cobwebs & bird droppings… add some flowers! We know it’s easier said than done, but just remember, the better it looks on the outside the more people are going to want to see the inside!

 

  1. Sell your house at the right time
  • Selling your house, picking a price and also making sure it’s in tip top shape can be overwhelming. That is why real estate companies like ours are here to help! Trust someone with the right qualifications and experience and that knows how to read the housing market in order to properly list your home.

 

 

Hope our advice helps! 

Check out these before & after pictures of our newest listing 'for sale'... they really prove the above to be true, don't they?! ;) 






Posted in:General
Posted by Katelyn Mountjoy on November 6th, 2018 12:18 PM
Well, for starters.. let's look at the difference between a Seller's Market & a Buyer's Market.

Buyer's market definition: A buyer's market occurs when the properties for sale outnumber the amount of buyers actually shopping for a home... thus giving buyers the upper hand. In this circumstance, listings/homes will be on the market for awhile (months), before a buyer comes along and when they do, the seller is more inclined to give in to the buyers requests in order to get them to the closing table. (Just think > Buyers market = sellers crying).

Seller's market definition: A seller's market occurs when the buyers outnumber the properties available. This creates huge competition among buyers leading to bidding wars, offers placed on properties unseen and even buyers going over listing price to get the attention of the seller before the property is gone. (Sellers market = Buyers crying).

LOCAL VS. NATIONAL HOUSING MARKET:
As a highly localized industry, real estate has laws & economic statuses that differ state to state as well as wide variations among property values. For example, the housing market in Manhattan functions very differently from the market in Greensboro, NC....which is exactly why it is crucial to pay attention to factors that will make the biggest impact on your real estate deal according to YOUR local housing market.

When looking at the national housing market, you will definitely always see common or underlying trends taking place all over the U.S. as well as commonalities among more popular parts of the country. However, if you are just focussing on understanding relative value of your home, you should focus more on researching your local market. 

>>  Check out this link for more super helpful info on North Carolina's Market Trends!!!  <<


Posted in:Real Estate and tagged: NorthCarolinaRealEstate
Posted by Katelyn Mountjoy on October 11th, 2018 11:31 AM




In real estate there’s really no such thing as a ‘typical day’. If you fancy the phrase “changing it up” well, then this is your place because your schedule won’t be referred to as “ordinary”. 

Real estate agents are nothing short of busy. Managing marketing campaigns, scheduling open houses, submitting legal documents, and responding to client inquiries is a little under-rated sometimes. Even sleep becomes the last priority many days!

One day can be in the office all day long and another day could be appointments/showings all day long. Oh and don’t forget managing family time, time for self, keeping interested clients updated, keeping properties spick and span, being on time at listing/buyer appointments, bathing….GEEZ. I want to just sit down, eat pizza and watch Family Feud already. 

Part of the craziness of real estate is the busy schedule but it also can be the fun. Many of the clients that have come through our company have become great friends and that is another perk about real estate… the networking. 

In a typical day an agent, seller or buyer (you name it) speaks to or gets insight from another real estate professional in some type of way. In this process you are always learning new information, techniques and even cool lingo like,
“lets get you to the CLOSING TABLE!” 

FYI, that’s an exciting phrase. 

There’s so many real estate agents & companies out there… but each one has their different style and authority. That’s the fun of it too though… getting to be creative in your spectrum of techniques >> like this attractive blog post. ;) 

Remember, ultimately it's all about balance and what really just works best for you!

 

Next we will be blogging about the comparison of the local housing market to the national market… interesting stuff!

Stay tuned! – The Palmetto Team

 

Posted by Katelyn Mountjoy on September 24th, 2018 12:14 PM