Another Look at What’s Selling

Opportunity Where You May Least Expect It

We still haven’t seen the drop in pricing many expect to see given the current stay-at-home situation. In our last post, we talked about how real estate is an essential business and that those who are forced to relocation during this time will be one of the groups in need of housing. However, we didn’t mention what kind of housing. What’s still selling? Vacant properties.

Homes that have been empty for the last few months due to construction, rehab or flipping are still being sold. We suspect it’s because these homes see more traffic. Buyers feel slightly more comfortable touring a home that’s not been lived in since the start of the viral spread. Our loan officers are still having uplifting conversations with investors who are still able to move properties off the market and expect to continue to be able to do so until the supply increases and the values decrease.

Remember when you craft your marketing messages for your vacant properties that what is often seen as a disadvantage, is now a major advantage! For more information, question or funding contact us!

Don’t be Jealous, It’s Not a Good Look

Competitive Private Money Rates

You might have noticed that conventional mortgage rates are at an all time low for the 2019 calendar year. Perhaps you’re feeling a little like the green eyed monster as you stare longingly at those offers.

The good news is, LSM is closing the gap with its competitive private money rates. We want to help portfolio builders find low rates for their long term financing too. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build long-lasting wealth in the real estate sector.

Top Design Trends from 2018

Predicted Trends for 2019

We can all thank Chip and Joanna Gains for introducing us to shiplap. A material that became widely popular to use during home remodeling. Here are some more recent trends from this past year, as well as trends to watch for in 2019.

1. The Metal Roof. This trend is quickly spreading across the country. While metal roofs cost more upfront they also are said to last 50 years or longer depending on the type of metal. This past year it became not only popular to choose a metal roof but to go with a bright or bold color such as a red, stark white or even blue.

2. The Color Purple. Designers predicted lavender as the “it” color for 2018 and Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 was a shade called ultra violet.

3. The Colored Kitchen. For the past few years white has been the go to color choice for kitchen remodels. In 2018 we started to move towards colored cabinetry and that included miss-matched uppers and lowers. In addition, we started to move away from stainless and brushed nickel and we brought back metal tones such as aged bronze, copper and rose gold.

4. The curvature. 2018 furniture trends started moving away from sharp edges to more curved couches and chairs. These relaxed lines give off a more organic feel.

5. The Wonders of Wallpaper. Wallpaper made a huge comeback this year. Pretty much anything goes when it comes to selecting wallpaper too, from geometric patterns and shapes to eye catching metallic and even nature inspired prints.

What’s in store for 2019? Here are three additional trends sources predict:

1. All Black Kitchens. All black materials including painted wood, metal and stone, then paired with decorative green plants, will give off a sophisticated and contemporary look. In addition, stainless is dying. In fact, we won’t see as many appliances because hiding them behind paneling or other materials is becoming popular again.

2. Technology. Mirrors that double as entertainment, lighting and even health tracking devices are expected to continue to be on the rise making their way from hotels to inside homes.

3. Clean and Clear. Upper cabinets will continue to either disappear for floating shelving or no shelving at all. The demand for clean, clear sight lines and an even great open feel, will continue to rise in 2019.

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