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Downsize Your Home, Rightsize Your Life: 
How to Choose the Ideal Smaller Home

Letting go of a treasured home can be hard — especially if it’s full of family memories.

But if the time is right to downsize, you might find that moving to a smaller space gives you a whole new lease on life. Without all the upkeep and maintenance of a larger home, you’ll have more time to focus on what you love.

However, it’s important to think strategically before you make a big move. That’s why we’re sharing key factors to consider in our latest blog post.

Read it to find out:
👉 What lifestyle questions to ask yourself before you start looking at homes
👉 How design features can optimize small spaces
👉 Why (and how) you should consider future accessibility and aging in place

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Spotlight on Chula Vista, CA

DYK that Chula Vista, CA, is home to more than 60 parks, full of hiking trails, canyons and open spaces? With a population of 275,000, Chula Vista is the second-largest city in the county, right behind the city of San Diego.
Come along with Danielle and me as we check out all that beautiful Chula Vista has to offer in this episode of Live-Laugh-Learn!
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The 5 D’s of Real Estate

Higher mortgage rates have slowed down the real estate market. But there will always be home buyers and sellers who need to move because of life circumstances. 

Some industry pros refer to these as the 5 D’s:

💎 Diamonds: Couples getting married or moving in together often seek out new or larger homes.

👶 Diapers: Growing families typically need more space.

✂️ Divorce: Unfortunately, divorces often make home sales necessary.

👴🏻 Downsizing: Empty nesters might choose to move into a smaller home. 

⚰️ Death: Sadly, the death of a homeowner is another common reason for home sales. 

Whatever your reason for moving, we can help! Reach out to schedule a complimentary appointment to discuss your goals.

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Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

Thinking about refreshing your home in 2024? Here are the design trends we’re watching this year:

🛀 Spa-like bathrooms

Homeowners are leaning into relaxation with steam showers, heated towel bars, and even in-home saunas.

🖼️ Maximalist decor

Bold hues, eclectic artwork and contrasting patterns are all having a moment.

🎍 Japandi style

Drawing on both Scandinavian and Japanese influences, this look emphasizes comfort, nature and multifunctional furniture.

🪙 Mixed metals

Designers are contrasting finishes, like pairing a nickel faucet with a brass towel ring, to add visual interest.

🪵 Wood cabinetry and accents

White kitchen and bathroom cabinets are fading in popularity while natural wood tones are trending.

🕰️ Timeless renovations

Homeowners are opting for timeless design as a sustainable choice for their remodels.

 

Click the image above for more details—and tips on how to incorporate these trends in your own home!

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Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

Wondering what 2024 holds for the U.S. real estate market?

 

We’ve rounded up economists’ predictions for the coming year:

💰 Home prices will remain relatively stable

📉 Mortgage rates will finally start to drop

🧑 More buyers and sellers will return to the market

🏘️ Housing inventory will remain tight

 

Check out our latest blog post to learn what these trends could mean for you!

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What You Should Know about Counteroffers

Planning to buy or sell a home? Here’s what you should know about counteroffers.

💸 When a seller receives a purchase offer, they can choose to accept it, reject it, or respond with a counteroffer that proposes alternative terms.

💸 If a buyer receives a counteroffer from the seller, they also have three options: accept, decline, or counter back.

💸 Besides price, buyers and sellers can also negotiate appliances, repairs, and other terms through counteroffers.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, we can help you negotiate a great deal. Reach out for a free consultation.