Renovation Resource: Organize Your Household in 2015!

Looking for ways to better organize your household? Need a centralized place for grocery lists, a calendar, invitations, and other household errand lists?

I used to be very skeptical of “household command centers” or organization walls – until I created one. Now I can’t imagine our household without it.

But I do believe there are a few tricks to making it work…

1) Location: locate it in a high traffic area where you and other family members will see it often. A simple wall space will do. Ours is on the side of our refrigerator panel.

2) Pens: you must have a pen or pencil attached to the area or you won’t use it. I used velcro (CVS, hardware store) to attach a pencil and a pen to the side of a bulletin board.

3) What works for you: think back on your life and what you’ve used successfully – bulletin boards, chalk boards, white boards, mail pockets? Use only those mediums. You want to create a system you’ll actually use.

4) Key documents: think about the lists, errands, information that clutter your mind – that you’d love to be able to write down in one place. Include some type of document or form for those items. We have a monthly calendar, weekly grocery list, and list for other household errands. We also include a list of places we read about and want to remember to check out.

5) Keep it attractive: don’t let it get cluttered! Occasionally take down anything old and straighten posted items. Select attractive boards and organize them in a grouping. Don’t be afraid to have more than a couple boards – it can fill a space and actually look nice.

Looking for ideas for how to set it up? Check out my Pinterest board!

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How’s the Market? Washington DC November 2014

032Recent momentum in the DC market continued into November.

Closed and new pending sales were up this November over November last year. Seller activity dipped for the first time since last year, with active listings declining this November over last. (Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence).

Video recap

My take: Buyers are taking advantage of relatively low interest rates and improvements in inventory since last year. Potential sellers, the coming months could be a good time to list your home.

If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch real estate service, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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Renovation Resource: Holiday Gifts for the Home!

Looking for a hostess gift? Something fun for a friend or a family member’s home? Check out my list of 2014 holiday gift ideas for the home! To make the list, items have to be both attractive and highly practical…

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How’s the Market? Washington DC October 2014

032October was a strong month for the DC real estate market, after a slower start to the fall. Compared to October of last year, closed sales were up, as were active listings and the median sale price (Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence). Video recap.

My take: Like these stats, my colleagues and I are seeing an increase in activity in recent months when the market typically slows down. Buyers are wisely taking advantage of the still relatively low interest rates and improved inventory.

If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch real estate service, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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Renovation Resource: Demonstrating Beadboard

Beadboard is a beautiful and relatively cost effective way to add character and charm to your home. It is extremely versatile and can help with durability, especially if you have kids or pets.

It works well in hallways, bathrooms, pantries, kitchens, dining rooms, foyers, and children’s rooms. It can go on cabinets, behind shelves and cubicles, and also makes a great backsplash. It can even go on ceilings, especially porch ceilings.

You can paint it any color – from whites and neutrals to blacks, blues, reds, and grays.

It can go on whole walls or part way up walls. Sometimes it’s 3 or 4 feet high; sometimes 5 or 6 feet high. Beadboard that goes part way up a wall looks great with a thick molding or “cap” to finish it at the top.

It also looks great paired with wallpaper!

If I can help you incorporate beadboard into your space, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC September 2014

032Buyer and seller activity both improved this September over last. The city also saw median prices increase and days on market drop slightly this September compared to September last year. Full Recap. [Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence]

My take: the market appears much more balanced than it has in recent years. Inventory is still somewhat low relative to years past, but picking up pace to be more in line with buyer demand. Potential buyers should consider acting now. Low interest rates and improved inventory make it a great time to buy!

If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch real estate service, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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Renovation Resource: It’s Not Always About Square Feet

Kitchen Money HorizontalA common complaint I hear is “we need more space.” Often it’s not about square feet, but rather, the use of space.

There are many creative ways to use space, but layout, furniture selection, and room arrangement matter!

To demonstrate I pinned photos of great ways to use space!

Here’s my quick inventory of tips based on the photos:

Living / Family Room: try a loveseat with two chairs for basic seating, use upholstered ottomans for coffee tables and extra storage, or employ a sectional to fill a corner or divide rooms.

Dining Room: use large windows to make the room feel bigger, substitute benches along a wall for chairs, or combine with a library space.

Kitchens: use smaller appliances (you really don’t need a full size dishwasher), employ two levels of cabinets for more storage, or try open shelves.

Bathrooms: try wall mounted sinks and toilets, or install built in shelves for storage.

Bedrooms: consider a tall headboard or wallpapered accent wall, cover windows if necessary to make room for the bed, or have built-ins constructed around the bed.

Home office: convert a closet, use the area under your stairs, try a corner desk, or use wall space strategically for shelves/art/cabinets.

If I can help you better use your space, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC August 2014

032Market indicators in DC were mixed this August. Buyer activity was down in August relative to last. There were more active listings this August compared to last, but fewer new listings coming on the market. [Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence]

Full recap

My take: Buyers, competition is still strong for well-priced, attractive properties, but you have more options. Sellers, you must price carefully, get your property in tip top shape, and not necessarily expect quick or multiple offers.

If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch real estate service, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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Renovation Resource: Great Labor Day Buys!

Porch PhotoIt’s a great time to stock up on items for outdoor spaces!

Check out my list of Labor Day deals on Pinterest.

Rules for selection: 1) on sale, 2) practical, 3) attractive.

Happy shopping! 

If I can help you select items for your home, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC July 2014

032The DC market was mixed this July. Buyer activity was weaker relative to July last year, yet inventory continued to improve, although still remains tight relative to demand. Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence. Full Recap.

Buyers, this is a great time to buy with interest rates still relatively low and inventory improving. Sellers, this could be a good window of opportunity with demand still stronger than inventory.

If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch real estate service, contact me today! 202-905-5369 | jennifer.macomber@gmail.com.

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