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Sept. 16, 2019

3 Important Tips for Selecting Bathroom Flooring


One of the most important factors to consider when updating or remodeling your bathroom is the type and style of flooring that you will use. Before you pick materials on "looks" alone, use these tips to help you find the right match.

Tip #1: Explore all of your options for types of flooring.

Vinyl. It's the most popular choice for bathroom flooring, and for a good reason. Vinyl typically comes in 6- or 12-foot-wide rolls, making installation a snap. Using vinyl rolls can achieve the seamless look that many homeowners prefer. Another popular option is vinyl squares or tiles, which are easier to handle and install, but have more seams that can collect dirt and mildew. Vinyl flooring comes in a multitude of colors and patterns, ensuring that homeowners can find a design that will work in their bathroom. 

Carpet. While this is not most people's first choice for bathroom flooring, there are plenty of water and stain-resistant carpeting options that could work great for your bathroom. Carpet has the added bonus of being warm and soft, something that you will not find using cold tile or stone building materials. 

Ceramic tile. This typically comes in squares that are between ½ inch and ¾ inch thick and measure anywhere from 4 inches by 4 inches to 24 inches by 24 inches. When you are choosing ceramic floor tiles, it is important to check on the porosity rating. For a moist environment such as a bathroom, you will want to choose a type of tile that is as minimally porous as possible. 

Hardwood. Many people like the warm look of hardwood flooring, and if you have hardwood floors throughout your house, extending them into your bathroom can help create a cohesive look. 

Laminate. A type of layered flooring that is resistant to damage and easy to clean, laminate is a popular choice for busy families. This type of flooring is relatively affordable, allowing you to give your bathroom a new, clean look without breaking the bank. 

Natural stone. This kind of flooring is usually cut into square tiles. Many varieties come in 12 inch by 12 inch squares, but some manufacturers prefer larger or smaller tiles depending on the type of stone. This material is easy to care for and keep clean, but one important consideration is whether your subfloor is strong enough to support this heavy building material. 

Tip #2: Shop around.

Different vendors might have drastically different prices for similar flooring materials, so make sure you get a few quotes before you make your final purchase.

Tip #3: Measure carefully! 

The last thing you want is to run out of flooring before you finish remodeling your bathroom, so try to make sure you purchase a little bit extra, just in case. This is especially important if you are using stone or ceramic tiles – it is common for a few tiles to crack or break during transport.

Once you have purchased your flooring materials, you will be well on your way to having an up-to-date bathroom floor.

Sept. 16, 2019

Here's How to Clean Your Most Beloved Furniture Pieces

Oh, no! Is that red wine on your sofa? Don't worry, there are some guaranteed methods to get out those pesky stains. Click through to learn how to clean your most beloved furniture pieces.

Every piece of furniture has a story. Maybe your mother gave you that armchair before she passed. Maybe you rescued that dining chair off the side of the road one day. Maybe you got that dining table at a garage sale and it has a crazy story attached to it.

No matter the reason, we know your furniture is special to you. That's why it's important to take extra care when cleaning it. Here's how to clean your most beloved furniture pieces.

Read the Tag

The biggest piece of advice we can give you is to follow the instructions on the tag for your upholstered furniture. Not every piece of upholstery should be cleaned the same way, since many pieces are made with different fabrics. You can check to see how each piece should be cleaned by turning the piece over or on its side and finding the tag.

The tag, however, is encrypted with shorthand: abbreviations that, when translated, reveal the secrets to cleaning your furniture. We can help you crack that code.
If you see these letters on the tags, here's what they mean:

  • C is for Crypton cleaning.
  • S is for solvent or water-free cleaning.
  • SW is for water-based or dry-cleaning methods.
  • W is for water-based cleaning.
  • X is for professional cleaning.

Virtually Spotless Vinyl

It's pretty tough to get vinyl dirty because it's stain-resistant, but there are some resilient dyes and inks that can damage the material. To clean it, mop up the spill as quickly as possible with a damp cloth to avoid setting. Then, create a soap and water solution and clean the vinyl using a soft-bristled cleaning brush. Rinse the material and pat dry. The stain should be lifted!

For tougher stains, you might try concentrated cleaners. Follow the instructions on the bottle accordingly.

Wonderfully Clean Wood Furniture

Wood is easy to get dirty, but difficult to clean without damaging or scratching it. You can avoid rings and messes by using coasters, but if the damage is already done, here's what you can do to clean the wood.

If any kind of liquid spills on the wood, wipe it up as soon as possible. Even water can warp the wood if left unattended.
Dust the wooden surface with a soft cloth. You can spritz some wood polish on the cloth before dusting if you'd like. Avoid using a washcloth, as this will scratch the wood's surface. If you use a certain type of wood polish, become a brand loyalist. You don't want to mix chemicals from different products, as this can also damage your furniture.

Sept. 16, 2019

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall

Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase…and are in the market right now. More often than not, in many areas of the country, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal market. This means that in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.

Historically, a homeowner would stay an average of six years in his or her home. Since 2011, that number has hovered between nine and ten years. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years due to a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

Many homeowners were reluctant to list their homes over the last couple years, for fear that they would not find a home to move to. That is all changing now as more homes come to market at the higher end. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until additional inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler, as buyers know exactly what they can afford before shopping for a home. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the time needed to close a loan is 43 days.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up. There is currently ample inventory for sale at higher price ranges. This means if you’re planning on selling a starter or trade-up home and moving into your dream home, you’ll be able to do that in the luxury or premium market.

According to CoreLogic, prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year. If you’re moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage) if you wait.

5. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to these questions. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

Posted in News, Seller News
Sept. 16, 2019

How Involved Should Families Be When Elders Live in a Facility?

Over the course of 15 years, five of my elderly loved ones lived, for various spans of time, in a nearby nursing home. I visited them nearly every day. Some would say I was over attentive, since my elders were getting excellent care in the facility. But I tended to their specific requests that were beyond what the staff could possibly deliver, which made my elders easier for the professionals to care for.

Striking a careful balance is crucial when it comes to visits and family involvement at a long-term care facility. There is helpful participation with your loved one, and then there is involvement that borders on, or crosses over into, interference.

Can Families Get Too Involved?

I like to think that I stayed safely on the helpful side of this line. Over time, I made friends with the staff. I stayed out of their way when they were busy and refrained from taking up their time with small talk. I didn’t criticize them if I saw a problem. Instead, I asked nicely if we could make some adjustments and I listened to their suggestions and explanations. I kept my visits to an hour or so, which was just long enough to visit with each elder and make sure their needs for the day were taken care of. My presence was welcome by elders and staff alike.

However, employees would occasionally confide in me about families who “took over” during their visits to the nursing home. These visitors acted as if they owned the facility and their loved ones were the only residents who mattered. They cornered every staff member they could find and talked to them either as if they were a good neighbor who had all the time in the world or an adversary who needed constant monitoring. Neither attitude is good.

Advocacy vs. Entitlement

Family caregivers naturally advocate for their loved ones’ wellbeing, and this is entirely necessary, especially for seniors who cannot fully understand or participate in their own care. However, there is a point where some family members take this responsibility to an unrealistic level.

We all want the people we love to receive the best care possible. Most families are keen on a one-to-one staff-to-resident ratio, but that is not what nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide. The nurses would tell me about visitors who spent the day roaming the halls and demanding services for their elders. I understood that they were anxious for their loved ones, but I had also learned over time about the heavy demands that are placed on nurses, CNAs and aides who work in this industry.

This facility happened to employ caring staff members who strove to provide quality care for every resident. Families must remember that other residents live there and have care needs that are sometimes more urgent than your loved one’s. Hiring a nurse or professional caregiver privately is the only way to obtain the one-on-one care that so many families seem to expect.

How You Use the Time Is More Important Than the Length of Your Visits

Over the years, I noticed that some residents’ spouses spent most of each day at the nursing home. You might think that having a few visitors constantly lingering would be a nuisance for staff members, but in this case, it was quite the opposite. Most of these people not only helped their significant others, but they also volunteered in the dining room or pushed others in their wheelchairs down to meals. They helped residents when it was time for crafts. They took it upon themselves to visit lonely residents and, in essence, made themselves a valuable part of the daily functioning of the facility. Most importantly, throughout all of this, they were also careful not to interfere with what the staff needed to do.

Placing a loved one in a nursing home minimizes a caregiver’s hands-on responsibilities, but in no way does that mean they are over. Seniors still need an advocate to make sure they are receiving quality care. They need visits from family to feel loved and important, and occasionally, they will need a hand when it comes to cleaning up an accident, eating a meal, and obtaining the personal items they want and need. The lesson here is that the most successful caregivers treat the nursing home as a respected ally rather than a threat and do what they can to enhance their loved ones’ experiences there.

Some Facilities Suggest Limiting Family Visits

I’ve read several comments on the Caregiver Forum about facilities that want to restrict visits from family members. The staff members in these facilities claim it’s hard on the resident to have their loved ones come and go. They initially recommend not visiting for a few weeks to help the senior adjust.

I’m not saying there aren’t elders for whom this may be the right approach. However, for most elders, I have a hard time accepting this recommendation. Many seniors fear that they will be “dumped in some facility and forgotten.” Knowing that family members care enough to visit often extends the continuity of the life they had before moving to a facility became necessary. I know that regular visits from family and friends helped my parents settle in and feel secure. They looked forward to our time together, and visitors made their days more eventful.

No one rule applies in all situations, though, so if a facility does limit visits, ask why. For example, a move can be very stressful and confusing for a person with dementia. The memory care facility may recommend waiting a week or two until visiting to help them adjust to their new surroundings with minimal distractions and reminders of home. If you trust the facility, you can go along with their wishes for a time, but be aware that you have the right as a family member to drop in at any time. If they are discouraging visits for other reasons, it could be a red flag. In most cases, it behooves nursing homes to welcome family visits. Transparency is a good thing.

Achieving the Balance

Treat the staff as good people doing their best for their residents. If we demand time they don’t have and attention they cannot provide, they are bound to resent us. The same goes for complaints. If we approach the staff as though we know they want the best for their residents, it will be easier to work together and devise solutions—especially ones they feel compelled to see through. If they feel we are judging them as inadequate and treating them as adversaries, staff are not likely to go the extra mile for you or your loved one.

The bottom line is that if you maintain a good attitude, keep your expectations realistic, and use common sense to balance the frequency and length of your visits, most facilities should welcome you when you stop by to see a loved one.

Bruce Webb is a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and has an extensive network of senior related referrals.

Posted in News, Senior News
Aug. 23, 2019

Ideas for Displaying your Favorite Art?

Whether you have a large piece that you want to display or a collection of your favorite art, picking a place is crucial for the look and feel of your living space. Click through to learn some tips for displaying your favorite art.

Artist Damai Ayo said, "Art should make you think and feel. It doesn't have to match your couch." You can have a collection of eclectic pieces or focus on a specific style to decorate your home. Whatever you have, it should be displayed in a way that helps you enjoy it and makes it accessible to everyone in your home. Here are some tips for displaying your favorite art. 

Across, not behind
We've all done it. You have a huge art piece, so you hang it over your bed or over your sofa. But is that really the best use of space? In your bedroom, consider hanging the art across from the bed instead. This way, you can see and appreciate it when you're turning in for the night. The same is true with your sofa. You don't need a large art piece centered over it. Put it on a wall where people will see it. 

Asymmetrical collection
If you have a number of small pieces in varying sizes, take some time to assemble an asymmetrical collection. Lay the art on your floor, arranging the patterns until it's pleasing to your eye. Take a photo and use that as a template to place the art on your wall. 

Scattered on shelves
Art doesn't have to be hung; you can lean it for a lovely effect. In fact, many collectors recommend having leaned art throughout your home. Lean large pieces on shelves instead of nailing them to the wall. Put assorted smaller pieces around the room on shelves or dedicated picture rails. 

3D visual art
People tend to collect a lot of images, whether prints, photos or posters, but don't forget 3D visual art such as sculpture. Place larger pieces on the floor and scatter smaller pieces on shelves and tables around your living space. Put several together to form a collection. 

Break the rules
Of course, even after considering all of this, don't be afraid to break the rules. Put things together that tradition says don't match. Be bold with colors and size. There shouldn't be a rule about art. Whatever you love, you should display. 

Aug. 23, 2019

Build That Game Room!?

Do you have an unfinished basement just begging to be turned into a rec room? There are a number of ways you can make a fun space in your basement — use your imagination. Click through to learn how to get started.

An unfinished or partially finished basement is a blank canvas waiting for your wildest imagination. You can be as creative as you want with a space that only you, your family and your closest friends will spend time in. A basement rec room can take on a lot of roles, such as a fun bar, an entertainment room, a music room, a game room or a television room. Whatever you can imagine, you can do. But how do you get started?

Decide on the Main Theme

What do you want to accomplish with your build-out? Do you want it to look like a traditional English pub? Or maybe the throne room of your favorite fantasy series? You could even create the perfect fan cave to celebrate your favorite sports theme. 

Once you know what you want to do, you can start making plans for construction. Depending on the current state of your basement, it could be as simple as hanging some memorabilia on the walls. If you need to build out walls or install flooring, know that those processes will take longer. 

Ensure You Have the Right Lighting

Unless you have a walkout or sunlit basement, you'll also need to consider lighting. Even in a walkout basement, the sunlight may not filter through the entire space, so there will be darker corners that need new lights. Lighting can be easy to do with lamps, but if you need to do more, contact an electrician. 

A professional can come in and make sure the lighting is installed correctly and you have everything you need to make a warm and inviting space for friends and family to gather. 

Hide Ducts, Pipes or the Furnace

The basement is usually the place where all the mechanical workings of your home reside. This means ducts for your heating and cooling system, pipes for your plumbing, your furnace and hot water heater, and maybe even your laundry. 

If you're creating a space for gatherings, you will want to isolate those things so they're out of sight. There is a variety of options, from adding a hanging ceiling to partitioning off a room in your basement. You may want to consult an expert to find the best solution.  

Plan the Space

Your basement's layout will dictate the best use of space. For example, if you plan on having a game table, such as a pool table, you'll need to have enough space around it to play comfortably. 

For other functions, you may need space to mount a TV or to build out the pub so the basement doesn't feel too crowded when more than two people are gathered.

Aug. 22, 2019

Is Aging in Place Always the Best Option for Seniors?

“Elder orphans” is the phrase du jour in the elder care industry. It describes seniors who are single or widowed and have no children (at least locally) and no support system. They find themselves living alone in the community with no one to help care for them should they need it. This group of “orphans” will increase sharply as baby boomers age and as average life expectancy in the United States continues to stretch toward 80 and beyond.

Like most seniors, I want to age in place—a topic I cover frequently in my blogs. In two previous posts, I explored the prospects for the rest of my life. Will I be able to remain at home, or will circumstances force me to move into a senior residence?

There is no one-size-fits-all roadmap for aging. I have made preparations that will hopefully enable me to remain in my home and receive the support I need, but many seniors fail to plan accordingly. Elder orphans—and their families—surely see the concept of aging in place differently.

Aging in Place: Promoting Independence or Imprisonment?

It’s easy to understand why so many of us wish to remain at home. We like our familiar surroundings and we fear institutionalization, the loss of control we feel it signifies and the financial drain it brings. We often fight to remain in homes we can barely maintain or navigate safely. However, this desire doesn’t negate the fact that almost two million Americans aged 65 and older rarely or never leave their homes. Another six million are considered “semi-homebound.”

Aging in place seems ideal, but it can be dangerous, especially for vulnerable elder orphans who have few or no community ties. The risks they face are detailed in a case study led by Maria Torroella Carney, MD, chief of geriatric and palliative care medicine at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York.

“As independent individuals, they have functioned sufficiently well on their own and thus do not actively plan for their medical future,” explains Carney and her fellow researchers. “As they age and decline, they realize, often too late, that they can no longer complete many of the tasks that they were previously able to do. Stemming from this inability, elder orphans may no longer access the care that they need, and acute, possibly preventable, medical events occur that can easily lead to hospitalization.”

For those of us aged 80 and older, more than three-quarters still live in their own homes. This may seem inspiring at first glance, but a 2014 study found that seniors in assisted living facilities actually got outside more often compared to those who remained in their own homes.

While aging in place may bring seniors a sense of control, it requires a variety of services and supports to be a successful long-term living arrangement, especially for the oldest and frailest of us. Seeking out and managing most of these essential services requires a support team, money and flexibility among team members to manage a senior’s ever-changing needs.

A Common Aging in Place Scenario

Aging is tough. I can attest that the support of family and friends is crucial, regardless of whether one wishes to age in place or not. To highlight some of the difficulties elder orphans often face, I decided to create a fictional character named Jim. He’s not a real person but a composite of several people I know or know about.

Now 74, Jim had been the CEO of a large manufacturing company in Cleveland. He stayed on the job beyond the usual retirement age of 65 because he enjoyed it. Tellingly, he had been known to say, “If I’m not president of this company, then I’m not sure who I am...”

Jim has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for nine years, and the disease finally forced him to retire four years ago. He and his wife Marie enjoyed an active social life while he was CEO, but Jim’s friendships with work colleagues faded away once he retired. In time, he realized they were just business acquaintances, not true friends. Fortunately, Marie had several close girlfriends, and she and Jim continued to socialize with them and their husbands until she lost her five-year battle with breast cancer about a year ago. Not only did Jim lose his beloved wife, but he also lost his only connection to a social life.

Peter is their only child. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their adopted daughter. They’re on good terms and speak often by phone.

Thanks to his wife and an excellent long-time executive assistant, Jim never needed to attend to many of his own personal and family needs. As a result, he now struggles to email his son and shop online for the murder mystery books he loves to read. As his PD progresses, daily tasks become increasingly difficult.

Jim and Marie designed and built their lovely home located an hour’s drive from downtown Cleveland. Unfortunately, the large house is a lot for one person to manage by themselves, even without PD. Jim was an avid gardener but now depends on a landscaper to tend to his yard and beloved plants. He recently had to stop driving as well, so he spends most of his time at home alone.

Peter is understandably worried, as his dad’s world gets smaller and smaller. He also sees some warning signs of dementia in his father, but there’s only so much he can do from afar. He has been urging Jim to move into an upscale senior living residence nearby, explaining that the move will provide him with social opportunities and activities that will make him happier and healthier. But Jim says he loves his house and its reminders of Marie and the wonderful life they shared. “I can still get around more or less,” he protests.

As in Jim’s case, the progression into “orphanhood” isn’t typically sudden and often it cannot be easily foreseen. Regardless of individual circumstances, it is important for seniors and their loved ones to acknowledge that alternatives to aging in place may be more beneficial overall.

The Truth About Aging in Place

Many seniors are adamant about remaining in their own homes, which can be a possibility for several years, but this requires careful planning and forethought. Truly aging in place is not about inaction, denial or avoiding change. In fact, for many elders, a realistic plan for aging in place requires downsizing and moving into a more senior-friendly home. But even with a proactive approach to aging, finding the proper in-home supports and putting them in place can be difficult and very costly.

Without a comprehensive plan, seniors often wind up in unhealthy and unsafe living conditions, isolated, and with a reduced quality of life. Instead of fully enjoying their remaining years with their peers and with supports designed to extend their independence, they jeopardize their health and resign themselves to struggling to maintain the status quo.

The truth is that refusing to accept help or change one’s environment or daily routines is typically what contributes to serious health setbacks, eventually forcing the move to senior living that the elder wished to avoid all along. If their condition is grave enough at that point, then it is likely that they won’t be able to fully participate in deciding where they’ll move to.

In aging, as with all challenges we face, it is best to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Without a strategy in mind, there’s no guarantee that we’ll have any control over how and where we age. This is a common, deeply rooted fear for most of us as we grow older, yet many of us allow it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy through our own inaction.

Bruce Webb is a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and has an extensive network of senior related referrals.

Posted in News, Senior News
Aug. 22, 2019

Give Yourself a Spa-style Bathroom?

Your bathroom can be an amazing retreat in the center of your own home, and there's no need to spend hundreds of dollars to be pampered when you can just stay home. Click through to see ideas for designing your own spa bathroom.

There is nothing better than lowering yourself into a warm tub surrounded by bubbles with candles lit all around you. Paying for a spa experience can be great, but you can enjoy it every day with your own spa bathroom. With a few simple tricks you can transform any bathroom into an amazing spa experience. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Repaint the room
Color can go a long way to transforming a space. Whether you decide to go a bright white or a dark, calming color, break out those paint accessories and get going. You can paint just a feature wall or boldly paint the entire space. If you do, make sure you have ample lighting so that you can see when you do get ready for the day. 

Add rich accessories
Spas are always full of accessories. For example, gold mirrors and fixtures can help make the space seem rich and alive. Add fabrics that provide different textures, such as the upholstery on an ottoman or shades on the windows. 

Include live plants
A spa should help you feel alive, and nothing helps with that quite like plants. The lush green foliage can make a room feel warm and pleasant. Choose plants that do well in high humidity environments. Or you can plant lower-maintenance succulents in decorative pots. 

Use plush white linens
When you go to the spa, have you ever noticed that every towel and robe in the place is white? There is a practical reason for this: They're easier to clean with bleach between uses. White linens also feel rich and luxurious and can match anything in your spa space. 

Place candles
Candles are also a staple at a relaxing spa, so spread them around. Choose candles with different sizes and shapes. You can accessorize with different colors or choose all one shade or a neutral white. You may also want to buy candles with relaxing scents that you enjoy. 

Lay a rug down
Putting a rug down will also give your spa bathroom the feel of luxury. Something absorbent and washable is practical, but also choose a texture that feels good on your bare feet when you stand in your new spa space. 

Fill a spa basket
Lastly, whether it's for yourself or guests, put together a spa basket with lotions and soaps that make you feel amazing. This can include bubble bath, bath bombs or essential oils. Scrubs, shampoos, conditioners and whatever else you or your guests need can go in the basket for convenience and décor.

July 29, 2019

This Housing Trend May Radically Change Neighborhoods?

Oregon is joining a growing movement to loosen up single-family zoning laws in order to ramp up homebuilding. While several cities have passed similar bills, Oregon could be the first to offer state-level legislation.

Oregon’s House and Senate have passed a measure to require cities with more than 10,000 people to allow duplexes in areas that have been zoned only for single-family homes. In Portland, cities and counties are required to also allow the building of quadplexes and “cottage clusters” of homes around a common yard. The state’s governor is expected to sign the bipartisan bill.

“We all know we have a housing crisis,” Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said in February. “We need multiple tools. One of them is to smooth and encourage additional construction.”

A single-family home may be too pricey for some families, but duplexes and townhomes may offer greater affordability.

“Every lot that is developed in the city that might be well-suited for townhomes or a duplex or a triplex that is instead developed this year with a single-family home—that was a missed opportunity,” Rep. Julie Fahey, who worked with Kotek on the bill, told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In December, the Minneapolis city council voted to eliminate single-family zoning and allow duplexes and triplexes throughout the city. California recently considered a bill that would allow quadplexes in neighborhoods zoned for single-family housing and more density near transit, although the bill has been tabled until January 2020.

But critics say that lifting single-family zoning rules won’t necessarily open the door to greater construction. Builders have cited rising labor and lot costs as barriers that are making it more difficult to build lower-priced homes. Also,a  common objections to the increase in density says that relaxing single-family zoning laws would “destroy neighborhoods.”

Potential home buyers are seeking lower-priced homes, but Laura Wood, a Portland real estate professional, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that “I have a lot of first-time home buyers, and they all want exactly what I want. They want a house in a neighborhood.”

Posted in Buyer News, News
July 29, 2019

What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door??

Is your front door making the right statement about your home? Does it express your personality and complement your home's style? Click through to learn about color options for your front door and their hidden meanings.

Everyone agrees that curb appeal is essential. Not only do you want to enjoy the look of your own home, it's also the first thing potential homebuyers will see. Since your front door is often exposed to the elements, a fresh coat of paint every few years isn't a bad idea. What color do you choose, and what does your choice say about you? Here are some of the most popular choices.

Bold and Bright

If your homeowner's association allows it, don't be afraid to go bold with your front door color. Some popular colors today include orange, turquoise or teal, or even lime green. There are no limits when it comes to bright and bold. 

These door colors are especially great in areas with less sunny weather. If you live in a high-rainfall area, a bright sunny color can give you a smile as you approach your home. 

Classic Red

Did you know that there is an amazing history behind the color red on a front door? In some places, it meant that travelers were welcome. For others, like the historic town of Savannah, Georgia, a red door meant the house was owned free and clear with no mortgage. Red paint was more expensive, so if you didn't have a mortgage payment, you could afford it. 

Whatever it means to you, red is still an inviting color for a front door. It is classic, welcoming and vibrant enough to stand out. 

Black or White

If you want something subtler, you can stick with basic black or clean white. Either is fine, especially if the rest of your house is painted in a bolder color like blue or red. 

Black will give your front door more depth and can be a great choice for a solid white building, while a white door will stand out well against a darker-colored home. You can even go with an intermediate hue such as a shade of gray. 

Rich Brown 

A brown door is most often solid wood. A stained wood door is a great statement, and you can make it any shade, from light to dark, to match your tastes. 

Or, if you already have a painted door but want that rich brown look, select a brown that coordinates well with your house color. Browns can have a lot of undertones, so don't be afraid to try something fun. 

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