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The McDonald Real Estate Team, How to Light Up the Season

How to Light up the Season

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

With the passage of Thanksgiving, it’s time to infuse some illumination into the holidays!  There’s no better way to intensify the festive curb appeal of a home, than through Christmas lights.  For many, Thanksgiving serves as the demarcation of the holiday season.  There’re those who’re motivated to brighten the exterior spaces of their homes in anticipation of what is soon to come. 

 

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Entertainment Spaces and Quiet Places

Entertainment Spaces and Quiet Places

By Sean and Aimee McDonald
As the year comes to a close and the holidays approach, many homeowners set their sights on repurposing underutilized areas within their homes.  For some, enhanced entertainment space is desired, fostering social engagement with family and friends.  While others, seek to escape the hustle and bustle of the season, creating private personal retreats.  The redefinition of these areas is a departure from traditional home-offices or dens.
The McDonald Real Estate Team, The Autumn Real Estate Market

The Autumn Real Estate Market

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

As the seasons change and the transition from summer to autumn occurs, the real estate market undergoes its own unique transformation.  While the spring and summer seasons may be the busiest times of the year, times have also changed.  For many, the most advantageous time to buy or sell a home is in the fall.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Making a Move in the Right Direction

Making a Move in the Right Direction

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

When purchasing a new home, the final step is making the move; however, transitioning presents its own set of unique challenges.  Sufficient planning is key, but often overshadowed by the many demands encumbered in buying.  Arguably, the thought of moving is both exciting and overwhelming, but simple considerations can make the process easier.

Create a Strategy for Your Move by Using a Budget and Checklist

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Kitchen Renovation: Redefining the Heart of the Home

Kitchen Renovation: Redefining the Heart of the Home

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Evolving from purposes focused squarely on functionality, the kitchen is a center for socialization. Current architectural movements commonly renovate kitchens into open-concept living areas, no longer independent from other rooms. When choosing to remodel, adequate planning centered on a homeowner’s needs and expectations helps create a practical layout not only aesthetically pleasing, but also financially sound.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Remodel with Doors, Windows and Skylights

Remodel With Doors, Windows and Skylights

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

First impressions evoke lasting impressions. When discussing a home remodel with doors, windows and skylights, this statement certainly holds true. Even if a homeowner isn’t planning to sell, it’s important to keep a property’s valuation in mind when undertaking remodeling projects. But, not all home improvements necessitate dramatic renovations. Improvements made to a home’s doors, windows and skylights often increase resale value, as they artfully contribute to a property’s aesthetics, livability, energy efficiency and security.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Econ 101: The Supply and Demand of Real Estate

Econ 101: The Supply and Demand of Real Estate

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

The economic principles of supply and demand play a prevailing role within the real estate industry. A real estate market favoring sellers comes to pass when the demand for housing exceeds available inventories. Conversely, a market favoring buyers occurs when inventories exceed demand. For sellers, the most opportune time to list is when home inventories are low; for buyers, the most opportune time to purchase is when inventories are high.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, How to sell a home with pets

How to Sell a Home With Pets

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

It goes without saying, first impressions are of the utmost importance when selling a home. When marketing property, industry professionals typically recommend sellers depersonalize their homes so prospective buyers are afforded an opportunity to envision how they'd purpose the use of each space. Family pets are no exception to this rule, as they too are direct reflection of a homeowner. Just like photographs or knickknacks, the presence of a pet is a constant reminder of a home's current residents.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Making the Decision to Rent or Buy

Making the Decision to Rent or Buy

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

Purchasing a home is often one of the largest financial decisions a person ever contemplates. There are often numerous considerations to be made, each of which may be encumbered with a cost. Buying a home can be complicated; however, renting, also presents its own unique challenges.

The McDonald Real Estate Team, Contemplating a condo?

Contemplating a Condo?

By Sean and Aimee McDonald

Diverse lifestyles, changing family structures and a growing population have in many ways redefined what it means to own a home. In response, condominium developments have become an ever-increasing popular way of owning residential property.

What is a condo?

A condominium — or "condo" — is a form of real estate ownership wherein a single property is divided into multiple, independently owned units.