3 Tips to Reviving Your Kitchen

by Teryn on May 19, 2015

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Are you ready for a kitchen upgrade but lacking an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of budget? Plenty of low-cost improvements can revive a kitchen without the need to rip out cabinets and rewire appliances. Consider these tips from This Old House and HGTV.

Color Splash: With a new coat of paint and some other accents, you might not even recognize your own kitchen. Make over dark wood or white cabinets with a cool hue, such as pale sage green, or create visual impact by painting a focal point, such as your island, a bold color. A tile backsplash, graphic prints and new hardware are also inexpensive ways to add personality. Consider a new and easy-to-clean linoleum floor in a shade such as Red Amaranth.

See the Light: A kitchen needs light to be functional, of course, but oversized task lights can also improve the vibe and tie other details together. Track or recessed lighting can be pricey, so look for pendants that can go above a kitchen island and mirror the style of hardware on your faucet and cabinets. Try under-counter lighting, too.

Store More: Short on storage? Try hanging pot racks overhead. Position them close to the range and away from where you’d hit your head. Built-ins can be expensive, so look at your local hardware stores for pull-out storage kits and organizers to fit your current cabinetry.

Photo courtesy of Dillon Scheps.

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by Teryn Bonime www.teryndowntheroad.com

There are buyers who believe that they will get a better deal if they have the agent who represents the seller write their purchase offer. Here is one financial reason why this may not be true.

There are many terms agreed upon when a Seller and a Listing Agent execute a Listing Agreement. One of those decisions is the amount of commission the Seller will give the Listing Agent when the home sells. Typically a percentage (versus a set dollar amount) of that commission is given to the agent who brings a buyer to the table – a Buyer’s Agent.

When a Listing Agent represents both the Buyer and the Seller, there is no need to split the commission between two agents. In some cases however there may be a Variable Commission agreement in place. This means that if the Listing Agent represents both parties (a Dual Agency) then the commission is reduced.

This means the Seller reaps more proceeds from the sale.

In the case of Dual Agency here is an earlier post I wrote on that topic. http://www.teryndowntheroad.com/2013/10/real-estate-commission/

There are reasons a Dual Agency is a benefit to both parties and I’d be happy to discuss this with you at any time as I want all my clients making smart decisions when making what most likely will be the biggest purchase and/or sale of their lives!

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