Monthly Archives: February 2012

Renovation Realtor(R): Getting it Sold!

I love to use my renovation knowledge to help sell a house! Even if a home doesn’t need much work, there are important basics to getting top dollar:

1) Spruce Up the Front Door:  This is the first thing people see – pay close attention.  Touch up or repaint a cheerful color.  Polish the door knocker.  Position fresh flowers on the front stoop.  Replace old or too small light fixtures with something that twinkles.

2) Let in the Light:  Take down any window treatments that block light.  Make sure to leave some lights on in your home at all times – lamp light is especially appealing.

3) Touch Up Trim:  Touch up or repaint your trim (baseboards, door frames, doors) – it tends to get even more beat up than walls and makes a room look tired.

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-25-12

Some great fixer-uppers this week around the city- from light fixers to full overhauls.

Specifically in Capitol Hill NE / H Street, Takoma DC, Petworth, and one in NW.

To receive the listings, contact me for my free “This Week’s Fixer-Uppers” email.

See a sample of a prior fixer listings in the Hill East neighborhood.

I am a licensed DC Realtor(R) with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer upper, identify financing, purchase it, and I can even provide renovation consult.

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Financing the Fixer-Upper: Buy and Renovate in One Loan!

Today you can buy a house and finance the improvements all in one loan!

How it works:

  • Find One:  You love one of the fixer-uppers I’ve been featuring.  It costs $300k.  I represent you and we make an offer and go under contract, contingent on inspection and financing.
  • Estimate Renovation:  I help you bring in the necessary experts (inspectors / contractors) to estimate the renovation.  The estimate comes back at $150k.
  • Financing:  Your loan officer makes sure you qualify for a $450k loan ($300k for house +$150k for renovation).  An appraiser checks to be sure with the renovation the property would appraise at $450k.  If it does and you qualify, your loan would be  for $450k.  It would include the purchase price of the house plus the renovation cost.  The contingencies are your protection if the house doesn’t appraise at $450k or the renovation costs are higher than the loan amount you can afford.
  • Downpayment: For a 203k loan, you only need to put 3.5% down ($15,750).   If you have more to put down, you might qualify for a conventional loan.

This is a great option for renters who want to build their dream home!  Or if you currently own a home and can carry more debt, this may work well for you too.

Interested?  Contact me to learn more!

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Color Library: Silken Pine

Looking for a pretty spring color?  Benjamin Moore’s Silken Pine (2144-50) is it – light and airy with just a tint of fresh green.

Benjamin Moore offers some great coordinating colors – for nearby rooms or accessories.

The walls (left) and in the slide show below are painted Silken Pine.

If you have a room painted Silken Pine or another color you love, snap a picture and email it to jennifer. macomber@gmail.com.  You’ll help the library grow!

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Decorating Dilemma: How do I make my room look complete?

This is probably the most common question I get in my decorating work.

Here are 5 essential elements (think ACTLA):

1) Area Rug: one of the most critical elements – provides softness, cohesion, and defines the space.

2) Coffee Table:  just as the area rug defines the space, the coffee table anchors it.

3) Throw Pillows:  use on both couches and chairs and don’t scrimp – usually it takes 2-3 pillows in a corner.

4) Lamps:  use lamps on side tables or floor lamps – essential to soften the light and support reading.

5) Art:  adds critical texture and interest – try some groupings and leave an occasional wall blank.

All elements must be present for a room to look complete!

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-18-12

A great mix of fixer uppers this week!

From complete overhauls to  light cosmetics, rowhouses to ramblers, overpriced to recently reduced,  new to market to on awhile.

In short, something for everyone – and some potentially great deals to be had!

Check them out:

Hill East

Brookland

Takoma / Brightwood

Would you like to see any of them?  Contact me today to make an appointment.

I am a licensed DC Realtor with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer upper, identify financing, purchase it, and I can even provide renovation consult.

Note: I am not the listing agent for these houses, but I’d be happy to show them to you and represent you as a buyer agent should you choose.  I have not necessarily seen every house in person yet.

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Eye Candy: “Open Concept” in Pittsburgh

Very popular today is the “open concept” floor plan.  I think it has some pros and cons, but I’ll save those for another post.

Because regardless of how you feel about “open,” you won’t want to miss this dramatic and architecturally fascinating Pittsburgh home, featured recently in the New York Times.

The couple desired, and architect Eric Fisher achieved, privacy in an open and glassy structure by setting the home above, out, and over the factory they own – creating a highly unique structure with breathtaking views.

Don’t miss the photos – would love to hear what you think!

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-11-12

In a recent post I explained the value of a light cosmetic.  This week, I looked for a few…

Assuming these house are free of any big issues – with a little paint, some kitchen and bath work, new window treatments, and maybe some exterior updates – they could really shine!

See what you think:

Brookland Listings

Takoma / Brightwood Listings

H Street Listings

Would you like to see any of them?  I can tell you how to make them great!  Contact me today to make an appointment.

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Color Library: Van Buren Brown

Benjamin Moore’s Van Buren Brown (HC-70) is a deep, rich chocolate brown – perfect for a powder room, office, or den.

Benjamin Moore offers some great coordinating colors – for nearby rooms or accessories.

The walls (left) are painted Van Buren Brown.

If you have a room painted Van Buren Brown or another color you love, snap a picture and email it to jennifer. macomber@gmail.com.  You’ll help the library grow!

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Buying a Fixer-Upper: Spotting the “Light Cosmetic”

Some of the best deals out there are what I call Light Cosmetics.  These properties can totally shine with some relatively inexpensive and easy repairs.

Yet most buyers look past them.  This is where you can get a great bargain, but you have to know how to spot them!

Here’s what to look for:

1)  Blocked light:  If a property looks dark, check the window treatments.  Old blinds or curtains may be shutting out great light.  Easy fix – grab a screwdriver and take them down.

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