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The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is currently the second largest segment of homebuyers behind Generation X. As this group is only expected to grow, it is important to understand the different wants and expectations of younger buyers.

Here are 6 home “must-haves” of homebuyers under 35:

1. Updated kitchen and bath. The majority of Millennials are looking for updated kitchen and bathrooms because they simply cannot afford remodeling. “Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings,” explains Jack Curtis, a real estate professional in Dublin, Ohio.

2. Big kitchen, open floorplan. The kitchen is the center of the home and seen as a hang out place for many young buyers. In addition, Curtis says that “today’s young buyers are also more attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout that compartmentalizes the home”.

3. Home office. Due to advances in technology, many Millennials now have the option of working from home making home offices more appealing.

4. Location. Younger buyers tend to see location differently from their parents, says Chicago real estate broker Allison Nichols; “My younger buyers look for properties that are in proximity to public transportation and that have a good walking score.”

5. Low maintenance. According to broker Lou Cardillo, “Younger homebuyers prefer low upkeep features in their homes such as hardwood floors and granite countertops because they are attractive and hassle-free.”

6. Online photos. Younger buyers tend to start their searches online, which makes good quality photos more important than ever. According to the National Association of Realtors, 90% of buyers use the internet to search for homes.

The article can be found in its original form on ABC News.

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medium_e5334f5e-cc6a-409e-bf04-0d845d7f0021Remodeling spending is expected to jump in 2014 as the housing market steadies and homeowners begin to look at adding value to their homes. The following five areas are where homeowners are expected to spend the most remodeling dollars this year:

Bathrooms: An updated bathroom can be a huge advantage when selling a home. Furthermore, remodeling a bathroom is often one of the less expensive rooms to make over. Homeowners are likely to recoup 72.5% of the cost at resale according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report.

Kitchens: Even a minor kitchen remodel (replacement of cabinet fronts, oven and cooktop, countertops, sink and faucet, and flooring) is shown to recoup 82.7% at resale.

Exterior Updates: After kitchens and baths, landscaping projects are high on the remodeling list for homeowners, said Liza Hausman, Houzz’s Vice President of Community. Many people choose to create outdoor entertainment spaces to add more usable square footage to their existing home.

Age-in-place improvements: Remodeling the first floor to create a master bedroom and bath is a common way for retirees to reconfiguring their space to prepare for the years ahead.

Additions: Adding on a family room, expanding the kitchen, or building a master suite are all more expensive projects and will be lucrative for contractors and designers in 2014. Large additions were shown to recoup 68.8% of their cost at resale.

This article can be found in its original form on MarketWatch.

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When it comes to bathroom remodels, older and younger generations have very different viewpoints. In a recent survey conducted by Houzz, they asked homeowners planning a bathroom remodel or already in the process of one about the needs and desires they have for their bathroom. Of the 7,645 who responded, two distinct groups were found. Here are a few highlights from the results:

  • Homeowners 65 and older are more likely to skip adding a bathtub than those under 35.
  • 31% of the respondents said the bathtub was the driving factor for their bathroom remodel.
  • For those adding tubs, freestanding models top the list, with 33% of respondents preferring them over drop-ins, undermounts and other styles.
  • Young and old are also split on how they like their showers. If you’re under 45, you’re more likely to choose a rain shower and multiple showerheads. If you’re over 55, you likely prefer hand showers and sliding bars.
  • The survey found an even split when it comes to toilet exposure: 52% of people want an open toilet versus one behind a closed door. Younger homeowners (25 to 34 years old) prefer tankless or wall-mounted models over the traditional two-piece ones.
  • 49% cited upgrading features and fixtures as the main reason for remodeling a bathroom.
  • About 79% of people will choose all-glass enclosures for their main shower, and 54% will chose frameless glass.
  • 48% of respondents say they plan on adding a window and 41 percent a lighted vanity mirror. And if that’s not enough, 7% say they’ll add a showerhead with LED lights.
  • Also, 42% of all respondents are planning to add a shower seat.
  • White cabinets are the preferred color choice, with 32%.
  • Brushed nickel (26%) and polished chrome (24%) are the front-runners for faucet finishes.

This article can be found in its original form on Houzz.

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kitchenWhen you love the location of your home but feel that you need more space, there are a few smart fixes that can increase the value of your home. Remodeling efficiently means recasting existing space and building up instead of out. Additions can be very costly; therefore working with increasing the space you have in different areas will help you to avoid the added cost of new foundation.

CNN Money asked remodeling pros for cost-effective solutions for renovating your home; Here are five of the smart fixes they came up with:

Problem: No first-floor powder room

Few older homes have a bathroom on the first floor, requiring guests to go upstairs to use one.

Solution: Recast a closet. You can transform a space as small as four feet by four feet or even three feet by 5 feet into a powder room. One option would be to repurpose a pantry or a large closet under the stairs. Another is to carve a space out of a hallway, back foyer or porch. For the sake of new plumbing, try to build directly next to, above or below the kitchen, laundry room or another bathroom.

Problem: Master suite that’s not so sweet

Today homes have generous master bedrooms with walk-in closets, dual sinks, and a separate shower and tub. Older homes tend to offer much less space.

Solutions: Steal a bedroom or build over the garage. These are both good options, depending on your existing floor plan. Turn the master bedroom into a suite by taking over an adjacent bedroom. “A lot of people do this when the kids go off to college,” notes Indianapolis contractor Geoff Horen. One thing to keep in mind is that you want to make sure your bedroom count matches the other houses in the neighborhood.

When building over an attached garage keep in mind that it is no small job. You will need to remove the roof, beef up the structure plus add a new roof on that.  However, an above the garage room will still save you more money than adding on a whole new space away from the house.

Problem: Bedroom shortage

One of the biggest factors in families moving is that they need more bedrooms. The good thing is bedrooms can be fairly inexpensive to renovate since they do not require plumbing or additional appliances.

Solution: Convert the attic. The attic is the ideal place to add a new bedroom if you have the space. Also remember that not all attics should be treated the same either. You need to make sure you have room for a full-size stairway to the floor below and an emergency exit.

By code, you will also need to make sure at least 50% of the finished space is at least seven feet high, and that portion must be at least seven feet wide and at least 70 square feet.

Problem: Kitchen is too small

Before the 1980s, kitchens were not the main room in the house. Many older homes have closed off kitchen areas with not much space for prepping and eating.

Solutions: Lose a wall or hang a small addition. “Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen creates a feeling of spaciousness — and also clears room for an island or peninsula that can become a key workstation or a place for family and guests to congregate,” says kitchen and bath designer Erin Davis.

Putting on a small kitchen addition that hangs off the side of the house can help give you more space, especially if you want to keep the dinning room as is. Although the space can’t be any deeper than two feet, it can still run the length of the kitchen to be able to add enough space to redesign the layout.

Problem: No place to play

A spacious rec room with a home theater and wet bar is now commonplace in today’s high-end homes. Thirty five percent of homebuyers think a rec room is “very important,” according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors.

Solution: Finish the basement. Finishing the basement is a fairly inexpensive fix if you aren’t planning to add a wet bar. You’ll typically need a ceiling height of seven feet depending on local building code. Lastly, you will need to think about moisture. Which could lead to repairing roof gutters or getting a sump pump.

Source: CNN Money

A Bathtub With a View

Househappy —  October 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

medium_af1f940e-d432-46a0-866e-d3df179ea637If we were to purchase a property based solely on the bathrooms––it would definitely be this Mediterranean Malibu home.

Can you blame us? Who wouldn’t want to soak in tub surrounded by floor to ceiling windows on 3 sides? Is there any better way to enjoy a panoramic view of the Pacific ocean?

And, of course, coming in close second is the guest bathroom, complete with whimsical “under the sea” mosaic.

Bathrooms aside, however, this 3,000 square foot home also boasts video monitored security, surround sound, and a variety of green features including a photo-voltaic solar system.

On the market for $2,450,000, the 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is listed by Eytan Levin with The Levin Group.

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