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Posted by Ari Koufos on 5/12/2020

Let's face it Ė the mere thought of informing family members about your decision to pursue a new home may cause your blood pressure to rise. However, there are many reasons why it often is beneficial to notify family members about your decision to kick off a search for a new residence. These reasons include:

1. You can identify and address potential homebuying hurdles.

Your family typically has your best interests in mind. As such, family members can help you plan ahead for the homebuying journey and resolve any potential conflicts.

For example, family members can help you analyze prospective home financing options. They may even be able to put you in touch with local banks and credit unions that can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. Then, once you have home financing in hand, you can enter the real estate market with a homebuying budget at your disposal.

2. You can gain homebuying insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Family members who previously bought homes may be able to provide you with property buying insights that you probably won't receive elsewhere. With these insights, you'll be better equipped than ever before to understand the housing market and make the best-possible homebuying decision based on your individual needs.

Of course, family members may be able to keep you informed about new houses that become available in your preferred cities and towns too. Because if family members know where you want to find a home, they can help you accelerate your property search.

3. You can receive plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey.

Your family is there for you during good times and bad. If you inform family members about your decision to pursue a new home, they can provide you with comprehensive support throughout the property buying journey. As a result, family members can work with you to help you achieve your desired homebuying results in no time at all.

When it comes to getting help in your quest to discover your dream house, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive expert assistance as you proceed along the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent is committed to helping you find a great home at a budget-friendly price. First, he or she will meet with you and learn about your homebuying criteria. A real estate agent next will craft a personalized homebuying strategy and notify you about new homes that become available that match your property buying criteria. And once you discover your dream residence, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to purchase this house. Lastly, if your homebuying proposal is accepted, a real estate agent will help you finalize your home purchase so you close on this residence and move into your new house.

Take the guesswork out of buying a house Ė hire a real estate agent today, and you can seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey.




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Posted by Ari Koufos on 3/26/2019

Older and younger family members living in one home is the norm today. If youíre looking for a house to share with your aging parents, remember that while they are still mobile now, there may be a time when they will need help walking, maintaining their balance, negotiating stairs, utilizing a walker or wheelchair, or assistance entering or exiting a bath. 

Inform your real estate agent of your needs and pay attention to essential requirements when multi-generational house-hunting to save yourself costly remodeling in the future:

Doors and hallways

All entry doors, bedroom doors, bathroom doors and those to all family rooms need to be a width of at least 32 inches adequately to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. If a chair needs to turn to enter or exit the chamber, a door 36 inches wide is required. When the doorway's maximum opening is at 90 degrees (that is it opens against a wall), use the larger door size.

Hallways need to be at least 42 inches wide so that both wheelchairs and walkers have room to maneuver. Add handrails along both sides of the hall, when possible.

Ramps

One external entry door, minimum, must include a threshold ramp. It should be accessible without exterior stairs. Even entryways that have shallow steps should be able to accommodate a wheelchair ramp if necessary.

Bedrooms and baths

Search for a house with at least one ground floor bedroom. While adding elevators or stairlifts are possible, they add considerable expense to your homeís alterations.

Bathroom modifications are expensive, too, so initially, look for a walk-in shower to simplify the process. Consider remodeling one bathroom to include a walk-in bath if no accessible shower exists.

Your bathroom should have a comfort height or ADA compliant toilet, with grab bars (not towel bars), to ensure your older family-member can sit or stand easily. Even a small bathroom can be remodeled to be handicap accessible.

Consider your additional electrical needs. Youíll want easy access to power outlets for both personal and medical devices. Easily operated light switches are essential too. Since extension cords and trailing electrical cables can be trip and fall hazards, youíll need plenty of outlets installed at reachable heights. Hire an electrician to add outlets above nightstands or consider lamps with built-in outlets.

Replace door, faucet, and cabinet knobs with levers. In lavatories, baths and shower stalls replaced knobs with single-handle or touchless options. Change out friction pull cabinet door and drawer closers for soft-close ones.

Homeowners may need financial assistance to remodel or update a home to accommodate their special needs or elderly family member. Some grants, funded by several government agencies, might cover construction or renovation costs, labor, and other expenses. 

Most of all, inform your real estate agent about all your home needs from the outset. Your agent then can focus on homes that meet your requirements, including providing for the needs of each generation that will live there.





Posted by Ari Koufos on 11/21/2017

When you have a family, thereís many different needs and personalities at play within your home. Trying to please all of those different ways of life can cause some confusion. There are many ways that you can create an all-in-one space without creating a major construction zone. You need to think in terms of spaces that accommodate large groups of people from entertaining to gathering around the television for a movie or sporting event. Combine Several Rooms Into One When rooms arenít connected, sometimes bringing the rooms together can bring more flow into the home. Consider knocking down walls or bringing aspects of one room into another room, like a countertop or island through parts of kitchen and living spaces. Get creative! In some spaces, simply knocking down just one wall can make the entire floor of the home feel bigger. Make The Use Of The Square Footage You Have One wall can cause you to miss out on the full use of the space your home provides. Clearing away walls between rooms not only allows your home to feel more open and airy, but it gives you as a homeowner more use of your space. You donít always need to add on to your home in order to make the home feel bigger. Tuck Things Away Keeping stools under countertops, for example, is a great way to have a multi-use and multipurpose area. A television will be perfect in a cabinet. The cabinet can be used for both storage and TV viewing. Make sure you position it in a place where the TV can be seen from all corners of the room. This way everyone will have a space for their DVDs and thereís not a bad seat in the room to watch TV from. Use Furniture As Room Dividers Your furniture can multi-task by serving as a room divider. If you need to have a study in your living room, use a bookshelf to separate the area. Itís easy to do and will keep the flow of a room without disturbing your established setup. Use Rugs For Unity Nothing unifies a room quite like an area rug. Everything on or near the rug signifies a space. If you need to separate areas within the room, try an area rug for one purpose and hardwood, bare floor for the other use. Rugs are always cozy in reading rooms, for example. Hardwood floors may work better for a computer desk and rolling office chair. The position of everything in a room helps to identify what that part of the room will be used for. Marry The Rooms That Are Used Together If your family tends to hang out and use the kitchen and living room the most, make sure they have open space between them. You should consider adding a study for the students of the house in either room to make it easier to call everyone for dinner and provide homework help. As a bonus, itís a great idea that you can keep an eye on the kidsí computer activity while youíre cooking! Most of all, no matter what room youíre working with, you want to make sure thereís a space for everything and everyone. Thatís how you please an entire family with home design!





Posted by Ari Koufos on 10/13/2015

Are you looking for some activities to keep the kids busy? What about creating a stress reducing activity they can share with an adult? It seems that big and little people alike love creating with Playdough. Here is a Playdough recipe you can make right in the comfort of your own home. In fact, you probably already have everything you need in your cabinets. You will have homemade Playdough ready to use in no time. Ingredients: 1 cup salt 1 cup water 1/2 cup flour plus additional flour Saucepan, spoon Directions: 1. Mix salt, water, and 1/2 cup flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat. 2. Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery. 3. Let the mixture cool. 4. Knead in enough flour to make the dough workable. 5. Create Food coloring can be added to create different colored dough.