Richard Stein – Realtor®, GREEN, SFR, CBR, eCertified®

Local Agent, Worldwide Marketing – Douglas Elliman Real Estate formerly Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

4 Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle Now

Autumn is the ideal time for your clients to make little home improvements that could make a big difference once winter hits. RISMedia’s Housecall blog recently offered advice on what maintenance tasks home owners should tackle first.

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Get the furnace ready. A clean furnace is a happy furnace, which is why it’s important for owners to have it checked out and cleaned before it’s used. A well-maintained furnace will also help keep costs down and make the home’s air quality better. With furnace weather on the horizon for much of the country, your clients will also want to make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly.

Improve air quality. No one wants to be cooped up in colder weather in a house full of dust and allergens, and owners can improve a home’s air quality by giving baseboards, ceiling fans, and vents a good wipe down.

Raise the roof. It’s important to check out the state of a home’s roof before winter, which can be done by owners or by a certified inspector. The key things to look for are cracked or damaged shingles, caulking issues, and if the roof is deteriorating due to moss, Housecall suggests.

Just say no to mold. Mold thrives in the summer in poorly ventilated areas like a home’s basement or around leaky pipes, and fall is the perfect time to send it packing. Getting rid of mold is definitely something owners will want to have done by a professional, however.

Source: “Preparing Your Home for Autumn: Maintenance Tips for the End of Summer,” RISMedia’s HouseCall Blog

Millennials Fuel 2016’s Hottest ZIP Codes

Millennials are the key factor in making some housing markets sizzle.® researchers say a large population of millennials are making places like Watuaga, Texas (76148), and Pleasant Hill, Calif. (94523), some of the hottest places to live in the country, since they offer affordable housing options and strong job markets.

Read more: Millennials Want the ‘Anti-Suburb Suburb’®’s research team evaluated 32,000 ZIP codes to find out where properties are selling the fastest and how often homes are being viewed at its site. In the top 20 hottest markets, homes are selling in an average of 25 days, which is 53 days faster than the rest of the country. What’s more, users are viewing homes in those markets nearly four times more often than homes in the rest of the country.

“Homes for sale in this year’s hottest ZIP codes are selling almost as quickly as they hit the market,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for®. “While millennials are usually a significant presence in most markets, their sheer size and buying power have made them a force to be reckoned with in these hot ZIP codes and given them the power to shift supply and demand dynamics.”

The following are the top 10 ZIP codes for 2016:

  1. 76148: Watauga, Texas
  2. 94523: Pleasant Hill, Calif.
  3. 80233: Northglenn, Colo.
  4. 80916: Colorado Springs, Colo.
  5. 78247: San Antonio
  6. 94954: Petaluma, Calif.
  7. 02176: Melrose, Mass.
  8. 63126: Crestwood, Mo.
  9. 97222: Milwaukie, Ore.
  10. 92104: North Park, Calif.

View the full 25 rankings at®.


The Reasons Behind 2017’s Color Trends

Every year, paint company Sherwin-Williams puts together a series of palettes to predict the hues and combinations that will influence interiors in the coming year. They look not only at paint swatches but also at the cultural forces behind a color’s popularity.

Last week, representatives from the company were on hand to reveal the palettes to interior designers and others attending the Chicago Design Summit. They predict surging interest in “new spirituality, cultural flux, feisty self-expression, and soulful nostalgia” will bring these four palettes to prominence in 2017:

Noir: The dark dramatic tones of this group of colors (offset by occasional flashes of light) mirror society’s rejection of screen time and light pollution with a romantic, medieval twist.

  • Cultural influences bringing this palette to prominence: Baroque/Romantic-era art, the Dutch Golden Age, Pope Francis, Earth Hour, champing, meditation
  • Finishes and patterns you’ll see associated with this color scheme: velvet, damask, dark veined marble, floral prints, iridescence, high-gloss and powder finishes

Holistic: Sherwin-Williams predicts that the trend toward radical transparency in society means more people are embracing the idea that “doing good is the new looking good.”

  • Cultural influences: fair-trade luxuries, adventure/experimental vacation spots, solo travel, LEED v.4, forest bathing, sustainable product design
  • Finishes and patterns: raffia, botanical prints, leather with raw edges, zinc, oxidized surfaces, puzzle designs, 1980s-style geometric prints

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Intrepid: The fluidity of identity, an emphasis on honest self-expression, and an appreciation for camaraderie and collaboration are responsible for the bold colors of this palette.

  • Cultural influences: Riot grrrl, 1970s/1990s nostalgia, the resurgence in the popularity of group classes, squad goals, Caitlyn Jenner
  • Finishes and patterns: gloss, lacquered plastics, large-scale geometric prints, vibrant kimono prints, wall panels and room dividers, bright vinyl

Unbounded: Sherwin-Williams predicts consumers are becoming more inclined to invest in quality, artisan goods now that the age of conspicuous consumption is over.

  • Cultural influences: migration, global citizenship, designers targeting a more diverse group of consumers, purpose-driven brands, connected communities
  • Finishes and patterns: ceramics, heavily patterned tiles, basketry, aged metals, woods, combinations of multiple metal hues

Meg White, REALTOR® Magazine

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