Just some interesting little tidbits that I have heard or read about lately:
These are the from National Association of Realtors:
84% of all residential real estate sales begin on the Internet; 74% of Internet Buyers find their agent through a search engine
One in Four Foreign Buyers Buy in Florida
primary sources of business-referrals, repeat clients & their website
The Top 10 “Must-Have” features that homebuyers want in a house
1. Large kitchen 2. Energy efficiency which includes appliances, insulation & windows 3. Home office 4. Main floor master bedroom suite 5.
Outdoor living room 6. Ceiling fans 7. Master suite soaker tubs 8. Stone & brick exteriors (depends on where they live) 9. Community landscaping with walking paths & playgrounds 10. Two or three car garage
from Good Housekeeping Magazine’s What is your Energy-Efficiency IQ? Heating your home typically uses 31% of your energy, AC uses 12%; leaving your computer in sleep mode uses very little electricity & no waiting for rebooting so no need to shut down for lunch breaks, using a coffee maker daily costs about $35/year if you leave it on for an hour to keep coffee warm-okay, interesting
The trend in gardening this year is going back to its 1980’s roots so to speak: integrating fruits & vegetables into general landscape giving beauty & food; including succulents & bromeliads which are easy to maintain but look exotic with their bright colors; adding colorful plants to each side of your driveway & not just to your entrance sidewalk; using semi-porous paths (stone or brick instead of concrete) which allow for better draining & therefore better for the surrounding plants & trees; and lastly, adding natural ec-friendly wood seating & dining spaces which are made of bamboo or eucalyptus.