Creating the Perfect Guest Room

download (85)As premier tourist destinations, several towns offer top-class recreational activities all year round. From swimming, boating, fishing and waterskiing in the summer to skating and cross-country skiing in the winter, the serene waters and surrounding rural environment mean there is always something for visitors to do.

For those who have bought property in the towns and enjoy lakefront living, the local amenities may take on a further significance.

As the number of reasons to visit increases, there’s a fine chance that the number of people who wish to do so will too. Whether friends or family, hosting guests is a pleasure that many people enjoy. The main stumbling block for most is knowing where to put them.

To be able to share the joy of lakefront living with as much company as possible, a thoughtfully designed and fully-equipped guest room is ideal.

Laying out the layout

Keeping the guest space separate to the homeowner space is essential in maintaining a harmonious home. This means, if possible, providing your guests with all the amenities they need in a self-contained guest room.

For those with space enough

America’s Most Haunted Vintage Homes

images (15)According to a “Haunted Housing Report,” 35 percent of homeowners claim they’ve had paranormal experiences in their vintage homes, or in a home that they have previously owned. While an individual’s perception of what is “haunted” is subjective, that percentage might be just high enough to cause you to think twice about that noise you heard in the basement yesterday.

Certain factors increase the likelihood of homeowners experiencing paranormal activity in their new vintage homes. These may include whether a house is located on or near cemetery property; if the property is over 100 years old; if there were numerous transitions between owners; and whether the house is built near a battleground or other area where multiple deaths occurred, thus creating negative energy.

Joshua Ward House, Salem, Mass.

The name “Salem” conjures up images of witch hunts and accusations. These are what took place in this vintage home. The brick mansion was built for Joshua Ward in the 1780s; however, the home’s previous owner, Sheriff George Corwin, also known as “the Strangler,” killed many women accused of witchcraft. Their souls are said

Real Estate Trends – The Most Popular Home Styles

download (83)Year after year, trends change in what the most popular home styles are. In the early 20th century, small homes that looked like little pill boxes dominated many American cities, while mid-century developers used ranch homes predominantly. So what are the current trends in home styles today? Read on to learn more.

Craftsman homes are still the most popular design in home styles, and have been for a long time. They are well laid-out homes with reliable designs inside. The homes tend to be a bit boxy, but they are classically styled and often feature a fine porch to relax on. Eaves are deeply overhanging for increased shelter from the sun – and the rain. You will find Craftsmans throughout the country and they allow for great air flow from room to room wherever you are. They often feature a mix of materials like stone and wood and cherish the work that goes into building them – hence the craftsman name.

Traditional homes are the most common in snowier areas like the Rocky Mountain west, the Midwest, and the Northeast. They

The Myths and Truths Regarding the Colombian Real Estate Bubble

images (14)As an increasingly bigger number of visitors, investors and business people arrive in Colombia and see the all of the countless new constructions happening all over the place, one of the first questions everyone asks is, “is there overbuilding in Colombia? Is there way too much inventory? Is the real estate market overvalued? Could this be a real estate bubble?” The answer to all of the above is no (or, more precisely, not yet).

Colombia has had many beneficial international publicity since 2007, five years after former president Alvaro Uribe’s administration, who went to great lengths to ensure urban safety concerns that had been that bane of Colombia’s existence during the 80’s and the 90’s.

As a matter of fact, since 2002, real estate prices soared everywhere in the nation. Just that year alone they jumped up to 20 or 25%. From 2003 to 2007 many regions in Colombia saw annual gains along the lines of 10 to 15%. During the global recession, during which many countries from the western world were experiencing real estate prices sinking at the tune of

Pune Is An Ideal City For Owning Your Luxury Home

download (82)Reasons behind Pune’s transformation into a luxury real estate delight

Pune referred as the “Oxford of the East”, is one of the top cities in the country to live in. It is also called the Cultural Capital of India as it is home to people of different values, who bring in a lot of cultural diversity. Pune is located in the western end of the Deccan plateau, hence called the “Deccan Queen”. It is also known for its beautiful weather, which ranges between 15-35 degrees throughout the year. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in India, not only in terms of development, but also as a tourist destination and educational hub.

Pune is no longer just a Pensioner’s Paradise; three factors defining the city’s increased demand in the real estate segment in recent times are – The growth of Information Technology, the massive spread of organized retail in the city’s ever changing demographics and the rapid growth of its industrial sector. In the recent years, Pune has observed defence, manufacturing and many other crucial sectors making it their

Safety Precautions in the Real Estate Market

download (84)Today, more than ever, we are, as a society, more safety conscious than in any other time.

It was not very many years ago, that many people did not lock their doors, and in some cases, left their keys in their cars overnight. Kids could wander neighborhoods, or vacant land, or forests, or just around small towns. The only rule, was that kids had to come in before dark, or when the front porch light flashed. There was a great deal of trust in the world, and danger was something that existed in another country or in very large cities. Even in large cities, the dangers were more along the line of auto accidents, industrial mishaps and the like.

We live in a very different world now and are very watchful at all times for the unknown danger that may be lurking around any corner.

Subdivisions have been designed around safety, i.e. gated communities, homeowner associations, neighborhood parks and pools, etc. Organized sports have taken the place of roaming the countryside for kids. Parents are ever-vigil and accompany most kids everywhere. Recently,

3 Ways to Keep Your House Ghost-Free

images (13)When it comes to moving, it’s understandable to feel a bit spooked. New homes can make people uncomfortable for a number of reasons; sure, it’s exciting to get a new start-but it’s also overwhelming. Being in an unfamiliar place can make you feel anxious; everything is in boxes, nothing is where it should be, and the hallway light won’t stop flickering no matter how many times you change the bulb. Fortunately, these three easy tips will help you keep your house free from ghosts and bad energy. Don’t believe in all that stuff? Well, why not do something to ease the post-move jitters anyway? It can’t hurt!

1. Death Disclosure

Some folks aren’t bothered by the fact that someone may have died in their new house. In fact, if you’re purchasing a historic home, it may be almost unavoidable. For the more sensitive souls among us, though, this can be a deal breaker. Laws about death disclosure vary state by state-for example, in California a seller must tell you of any death that has taken place in the house in the

What Are Some of the Main Benefits of Custom Houses?

download (81)Many people dream of one day purchasing their dream home, and a custom designed and built house is one excellent way to achieve that. An alternative to buying an older property or a standard new build, there are many benefits in store for the person who decides on a customized option.

The first major advantage of investing in custom homes instead of buying another property is that this provides complete freedom to create a house that is exactly the way you want it. This not only includes the size, shape and layout of the property, but every single detail of the interior and exterior of the home too.

Some people can rightfully find this quite daunting, as there are so many things to be designed and decided upon it can be difficult to know where to start. With this in mind, it is wise to look for a custom home builder that offers a complete service to take you from start to finish of your project with ease.

This total control over the appearance and layout of the home has another major

The Largest City in Turkey, Grows Up Fastly in the Real Estate Market

download (79)The largest city in Turkey, has a surprising 16 million amount of citizens living in various residential settings. It, being a historical and cultural center for the country, has become the main pillar of controlling the tide of the economy in Turkey. The increasing population in the urban areas has poured constant stress among the margins of the city, it is slowly encroaching over the outer areas, and scavenging the unpopulated areas to commuter towns and societies that have the best facilities provided in the inner city.

The residences for sale in Istanbul are manifold, which include villas, apartments, and residences. There are various areas that have different commodities. Three of the regions that have the best residences in Istanbul are; Istanbul Central City Region, Waterfront Property, and New Istanbul Area.

Istanbul Central City Region has four cities that have multiple assortments of the most expensive residences. Beyoglu is the cosmopolitan center, it is always busy with entertaining and artistic nightlife areas. The neighborhood is the best area to live with the busy lifestyle in mind. Nisantasi is on the European

All About Duplex Houses

download (78)Duplex houses are one of the best houses that you can have. They come with many benefits which include:

Renting: if you don’t have a large family, you can rent the top or bottom house and be collecting rent. In short, you will be living and renting the same property.

High resell value: compared to traditional houses that tend to have granny flats added onto them, duplex houses have a higher re-sell value; therefore, if you are moving to a new area you will sell the house at a high price.

Great designs: if you are planning of constructing the house, there are many designs available for you. For example, you can have a design where the house looks like one large house on the outside, but in reality there are two.

If you are planning of renting one of the houses and you don’t want to be meeting the tenant every now and then, you should ask your architect to design the house in such a way that the top and bottom houses have different amenities such as parking spaces, main doors

Real Estate Agent Couldn’t Sell Your Home? Call In The Cavalry!

download (77)Not all Real Estate Agents are created equal

If you’re like most homeowners needing or wanting to sell their house, you may have already experienced the effects of an un-qualified Real Estate agent. Like a good tattoo artist, not all agents are created equal, and should be vetted before signing over %6+ of your equity. Not doing your homework could lead to a bad tattoo, (I heart mom, anyone?) or to a home-on-market for a year without selling.

A good agent is like a good wholesaler…

If the real estate agent does not ask you for the reason you are selling your house, your red flags should start going up. You see, it’s hard to come up with a good strategy to sell your home quickly not knowing all the details. For instance, the agent might not know that you need to sell your house fast. Maybe you’re going into foreclosure due to a job loss, or perhaps you are going through a divorce? Most agents just want the listing. These listing collectors are not doing the home owner any favors by

Modern Home Design for the Masses

download (76)The term “tract housing” evokes, for many, the image of suburban sprawl and conformity. Many tract subdivisions are uninspired and banal, cookie-cutter neighborhoods that give little thought to aesthetics. Sprinkled throughout California, however, there are a number of housing developments that cut against this preconception. The residential communities constructed by Joseph Eichler in the 1950s and 1960s brought modern home design to the masses and introduced an appreciation for architectural innovation to tract housing.

Joseph Eichler had little exposure to real estate or home design in his early life. He was not an architect or a builder; he was, first and foremost, a businessman, and that enabled him to recognize an opportunity. He received a business degree from NYU and worked briefly on Wall Street before helping to manage his father-in-law’s poultry business. In 1940, Joseph moved out to San Francisco to assist in the West Coast expansion of the family business. Soon after World War II, a family scandal (the details of which are now, unfortunately, lost to history) forced Joseph Eichler down a different career path. He began

6 Up and Coming San Jose Real Estate Communities to Purchase In

download (75)California is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and retire, and there are many different areas that have their own distinct flavor. Six areas below are some of the best in the Silicon Valley Area, and now is the perfect time to buy a residential home there. Whether you want to start a new job, reduce your commute time by moving closer to your current employer, or even open up your own business, these places offer more than just residential neighborhoods.

Willow Glen

Willow Glen is known for the many specialty shops in the downtown area. It also provides a wonderful small-town feel with its beautiful neighborhoods that are easily walked. Not only are homes well-maintained, but sidewalks are also, making walking with strollers easy-to-do. Willow Glen is also a very safe area with very low crime rates. Young families have found this area to be extremely safe and well-policed.

Mountain View

Mountain View is home to many highly educated people and has a strong school system with highly-performing individual schools. Not only are there a high number of arts

Current Reflections on the Real-Estate Market

images (12)“The underlying principles of sound investment should not alter from decade to decade, but the application of these principles must be adapted to significant changes in the financial mechanisms and climate.”
–Benjamin Graham, American Economist and Professional Investor (The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel, Harper & Row, 1949)

In the United States, the family home has represented both the single-largest household expenditure and the primary store of wealth for families over the past century. However, “gaming” the market (betting on and against Mortgage-Backed Securities) disrupted this general sense of equilibrium for many Americans as home prices rose to unaffordable levels before crashing down, wiping out family savings.

The book and recent film The Big Short gave us some of the true story behind the largest Real-Estate Bubble in modern history. Was this the end? No! Many matters did not unravel quickly and the recent course of time has presented many new challenges to us.

Some of us may remember growing up in an era when our parents explained to us that purchasing a home was a long-term investment. Unlike stocks

3 Simple Pleasures Of Moving Into A Brand-New Apartment Home

download (74)There’s nothing more exciting than leaving a dingy dorm-room and moving into a sunny, airy, brand-new apartment home.The Millennials’ penchant for high-end apartment living has seen a number of new multi-family building projects emerge. All their high-end amenities and innovative floor-plans, their proximity to the city’s downtown and the young crowd that occupy them, all make these recently built homes really attractive for young executives and newly weds, who have just embarked upon a new journey of their lives. What is more? Living in an apartment home, that no one else ever occupied is a complete bliss. Here are the reasons:

It’s Squeaky Clean

How would you feel if you got a chance to step on an island that no one knew even existed? Well, you get a similar kind of feeling when you move into a brand-new apartment, only on a smaller scale. There will be no spots on the walls that you don’t know about, your kid would be the first one to use the blank walls as her canvas, and you will be the first one to ever

City Surrounded by More Than 6 Different Seas

download (73)The title of the following article may seem quite questionable at first sight but when Istanbul is subject to it, this is something absolutely true and reasonable. One of the epic moments of conquering a city is the time when Fatih the conqueror decided to reach the other side of Istanbul by moving his navy on the ground and executed this plan smoothly. When you also take the golden horn into account along with the Marmara Sea and its surroundings the number will easily reach to six.

Today, people prefer to live in the places which provide the opportunity of enjoying great sea views at the comfort of their balcony decorated with good taste. If we look at the projects which are carried out in Istanbul, all the projects have a common point in many aspects this is beyond argument but some of those step forward with their breath taking Bosporus view. The residences should have a great view which also can be called as sea view properties in Istanbul. This is because mainly lots of people do not

Why Do Factory Built Homes Have Less Price

images (11)A large number of people are picking factory built homes over ordinarily stick fabricated houses for the straightforward truth that they are finding that they can get tantamount square footage and comforts at a lower cost. Taking a gander at how they are built gives us a smart thought about why this is, for the most part, genuine.

Factory Built Homes Advantages

The development methods used to build the factory built homes are much the same as a home based nearby with one noteworthy special case; they are implicit a production line in controlled conditions.

Homes worked in the controlled environment of a plant have many preferences. In the first place, the climate has no effect on the planned consummation time since all building forms happen inside, guaranteeing that the producer can adhere to their building plan without intrusion. The producer additionally does not need to stress over building supplies being harmed, either from the climate or vandalism, since all the required supplies are put away out of the components in fenced in regions that are secured every night.

Another benefit comes where

West Vancouver Real Estate Boom

download (72)There’s no question that West Vancouver real estate is booming – average housing prices exceed $2 million for a typical, detached single-family home. But one question looms, is that “boom” really the sound of the bubble bursting? OK, fair enough – the bubble has certainly not burst quite yet, but there is definitely a lot of debate among Vancouver residents about the stability of such a high-flying real estate market.

New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Singapore are all cities that have been subject to this kind of housing market, and in every case the bubble has burst. As housing prices rise at nearly exponential rates, economic growth struggles to maintain pace. Eventually, the residents of these cities were no longer able to afford the home.

Vancouver is a coastal city with limited space for growth. The downtown core is surrounded by water on all sides, and suburbs such as West Vancouver are somewhat isolated from the urban centre because of geography. Limited room for growth means that competition for real estate is fierce. Since 2002, the average detached home

10 Tips Buyers Should Consider Before Buying a Farmhouse

download (71)For most people, specially those of us living in the cities, it is a dream to own a farmhouse which derives from the longing to escape our fast-paced, busy and crowded city-life. We dream of having a small place to enjoy leisurely weekends, sunbathing in winters and enjoying the cool evening breeze in summers. We seek solace, peace and quality time with ourselves and/or our loved ones and farmhouses match the requirement perfectly.

Points to remember before buying a farmhouse:

    1. Don’t believe every word you hear! Remember, every piece of advice cannot be right. Your uncle, a family friend or your brother’s friend maybe your well-wishers, but mostly advices are either personal opinions or rumors.


    1. Find a good real estate agent and if possible also consult a local lawyer, one who understands the local property laws thoroughly.


    1. Take time to sniff out issues related to the property. Don’t be in a haste while investing in property. Do your research and visit several locations before finalizing on anything.


    1. Decide a budget that you want to spend and also decide the upper limit that you are

Village Walk in Sarasota, Florida

download (70)As part of the larger development of Palmer Ranch, Village Walk is an open community that is great for families of any age. Available properties include villas, townhouses and stand-alone homes spread across over 500 acres. The residences are great for busy professionals, retirees, empty nesters and snow birds since much of the landscaping and maintenance needs are addressed by the local association. The premises are also kept secure 24 hours a day by gates and security staff.

The homes in the community range from 1,500 square foot villas to houses with over 2500 square feet of floor space. Interested buyers can browse a selection of floor plans to find a layout and size that is perfect for their family. The townhouses come with an attached garage that can house up to two vehicles. Some units also have private pools and fabulous lake and preserve views.

Life in Village Walk on Palmer Ranch radiates with small town charm yet with newer properties. The entire community has pleasant walking trails to get your morning exercise on. A full-service town center provides its