2020 was an odd year for everyone. We all spent more time at home than we thought we ever would and started to notice spaces, colors, and furniture around our houses that maybe we thought we liked but then decided it was not something we actually liked or wanted anymore. Home trends change constantly, and with the pandemic being the biggest change, the trends gear this year more towards making your home feel more like a home, while still having to spend time working and living.
House colors have always trended towards the year and the feelings of the people in the home. The trends have strayed away from all white walls. Creating warmth with softer and lighter tones is a huge trend for 2021. People who live in the Seattle area already get enough gray from outside, but they are not wanting their wall colors to be extravagant, so they are leaning more towards beiges and peach colors. It is a happy color and different from walking outside to inside. When planning a color for your walls, think about a color that will look clean, and elegant, but not boring. Each room should fit the room, if you are in your bathroom, you will want a color that is relaxing, if you have a play room for kids, maybe you do want to choose that crazy color that is fun for the kids. This will help with differing your moods as you walk in the room as well.
Lighting was found to be a huge change over the last year when people were stuck in their homes. People found that they actually love the natural light from the outside, and love a well-lit house. Skylights have been very popular since the pandemic hit, as people really wanted that light from the outside, inside. Adding more windows when remodeling was also a huge trend, and adding more natural colored light bulbs to the other rooms in the home.
Let's talk about furniture. When everyone was out and about and never used the furniture except their bed at night, after being stuck inside and needing different places to work, the world found that, the couch they bought for decoration was not actually that comfortable to sit and watch a movie on with the family. Maybe you found out that you should not have that white couch with your dogs and kids home. 2021 is calling for trendy and classic furniture…but also COMFORTABLE! One of the biggest trends for 2021 has been sectionals and interchangeable sofas. These have a very classic, simple look, but can be rearranged for family movie nights, or a night with a couple of friends. People are changing to furniture that is classic, but usable as well.
The last trend of 2021 that has caught on like wild fire, is bringing the outdoors, indoors. People want nature in their home to make them feel more relaxed and outdoorsy. People love the idea of having flowers and plants and nature around them, so they will bring that into their designs and their homes this year. Many people have taken up buying plants and taking care of plants, and a lot of people like the idea of having a home garden to take care of. Flowers and botanical designs are trending, because of how the real thing makes us feel emotionally…happy. Even if it is just in art or on pillow, it will bring the emotion of feeling like you are in nature and therefore feel happy every time you enter the room.
2021 is the year that people will change their homes to fit their lifestyle realistically. So many people last year realized that their home does not feel like a home to them, and this year those same people will transform their home into somewhere they will be happy to come home to after a long day of work. Find something that makes you happy and change one room at a time, you will most certainly feel a difference.
If you are moving to Seattle or any of the surrounding areas of Seattle, then you know that there are a lot of restaurants and bars that you can go to! With COVID, most of these places have gone to take out only, but here are a few of my favorite spots to grab a drink from whenever I can.
There a lot of fun and exciting local businesses all around the Seattle area. Most of the them are local and are family owned, and have tried to make it through the pandemic. If you get a chance, go out and get some food and visit your local businesses to help make a difference!
Buying a house for the first time can be an intimidating process, but it does not have to be! This should be one of the most exciting times of your life, and we are here to make it easier for you, so all you have to do is worry about how you are going to decorate your new home. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers if you are buying your first home.
Why should I buy, instead of rent?
A home is an investment. When you own your home, you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your federal income taxes, and usually from your state taxes. You can also deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner. In addition, the value of your home will go up over the years, therefore making it easier to sell down the road. The great joy of owning a house is that it is all yours, something you are able to share and decorate and have something that you can call your own.
Should I use a real estate broker? How do I find one?
You certainly do not have to, but it definitely makes it easier to use a real estate broker. There is a lot that goes into purchasing a home, and there are a lot of laws and regulations and standards that go into buying a home, that you might just not know without a real estate broker. Always use recommendations first for real estate brokers, who you know and trust is always a good option. If you or a family member have never used a real estate broker, then calling and asking questions is a great option. Go on a house tour with a broker and watch how they interact, if they know a lot about the house, ask them about the process and what their commission is. If they seem like a good fit, then you have found a broker to use! You can never shop around too much, and you are never locked in with a broker until a contract is signed.
How do I find a lender?
Real estate brokers will always have a lender that they work with and that they trust, and they will recommend them first to you. If you have your own lender, then you can absolutely use them, but if not, the broker will connect you with theirs.
What if my offer is rejected?
This will happen! Probably more than once, and that is okay! Do not get discouraged because the first offer you put in on a house is not accepted. As a first time home buyer, you want to ensure you are getting everything you need and want, and you do not want to settle for less than, and sometimes that means you think you have found the right house, but then you get out bid. This means it was not the right house for you and something is around the corner. Remember, that even though your offer was rejected, there could be room for negotiation, so if you are not in a multiple offer situation, you might be able to change something to make the seller happy as well as yourself!
What happens during the closing process?
The closing process is a fun and exciting time, but it is also a lot of paperwork and emails between escrow, lenders, real estate brokers, and clients. Your real estate agent will walk you through this process and give you all the dates that things are due, such as escrow money. When all of these things are submitted and everything is filed between everyone, you will receive a date of closing day and then a date of possession day (when you obtain physical access to the home).
Buying a home can be a scary but amazing and fun process. Real Estate Brokers are in the business to help you find your dream home, not matter how much money you have, what your credit is, or where you want to live. Let us help you to find your dream home, today!