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Real Estate Trends in 2017

Sands & Company understands how exciting, yet tedious searching for the perfect home can be. With so many decisions and factors to consider, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s our list of figures and guidelines for any buyers, sellers, or renters who want to know more about home design and redesign.

Buyers & Renters Guide: Today’s Most Popular Homes

Ranch Style — It may be surprising to know that the single-story Ranch home is the most commonly owned home in The United States. These homes are typically designed with an open-floor plan that outline an L or U shape. Ranches can be made very comfortable and unique while still remaining very affordable.

Modern — This style home is also very popular and is typically designed with large windows, changes in elevation. Modern homes make use of material integration with natural and industrial elements.

Contemporary — This style is similar to and often mistaken for modern home designs, but more focused on sustainable materials and natural lighting. Contemporary homes emphasize environmentally friendly architecture and make use of composite elements.

Craftsman This style conveys classic artisan architecture and typically features intricate woodwork and stonework. Craftsman homes also adhere to the traditional characteristics of arched doorways and rooftops.

Cottage Another home style praised for it’s affordability, cottages are petite yet cozy.

Colonial – American colonial homes boast symmetrical designs through the use of shuttered windows, a centered front door, and tall rooftops.

Victorian — This obvious style can be easily spotted by its intricate and asymmetrical exterior.

Farm House — This simple yet classic style focuses on the functionality of the home.

Tudor — This unique design often features multi-gabled roofing with ornamental framing and decorative entryways. The exterior design for a Tudor home typically includes a sizable chimney made of brick or stone.


Sellers Guide: Effective Home Staging

1.User Friendliness is Key

Though it may seem like furnishing rooms around the edges is best because it makes the space look as large as possible, it is not always the most effective layout. For bedrooms and other rooms of solitude, it is still customary to arrange the furniture against the walls. For large rooms that commonly hold groups of people, the furniture should be arranged tracing the sensible pathways of the space. Grouping the objects in the room similarly to the way people socialize within it will allow for various conversations to take place at once.

2. Purpose is Important

Avoid filling a room just for the sake of decor, some room designs benefit from the use of open, vacant spaces. If a piece of furniture no longer matches the room’s central theme, get rid of it! Though it may seem wasteful to part with room decor and the memories they hold, if their purpose has become nothing but mere clutter, they are no longer valuable to the room.

3. Show Lighting Matters

Never underestimate the power of a well-lit room, as lighting is one of the biggest contributors to the overall environment of the home. The three main types of lighting include ambient (used for general, overhead lighting), task (at a desk or counter top), and accent spotlights (for walls and architecture). Be specific about what type of mood is most suitable for each room and position the lighting accordingly. A variety of wattage and tones throughout your home makes for a balanced aesthetic.