Everyone knows the term millennial (describing the generation born in the new millennium) but many people have negative associates with the younger generation for being dumb, naïve or apathetic. As the baby boomers start to age, the millennial generation is starting to redefine the job market, marriage and now the housing market. The Washington Post just released an article detailing a new study suggesting that millennial's are making home-ownership a priority. Retirement was ranked the number one priority to millennial's; travel, marriage and a baby followed after home-ownership.
The rising cost of renting an apartment or home is one of the major reasons pushing the younger generation to settle down and start some roots. Millennial's now are starting to buy even without a spouse or partner because they are tired of spending one third of their income on housing. Lowering mortgage rates and low interest rates will also help push the younger generation to consider home buying. Millennial's may carry the burden of labels like dumb and naïve but in fact many younger people are stating to plan for the future, by setting up retirement plans and buying a home that will best serve them in the future. Some millennial's are buying large properties in hopes to start a family soon and or increase the family they have currently.
One of the biggest barriers to owning a home for millennial's in the soaring amount of school debt. Mortgage lenders won’t approve a loan with too high of a debt to income ratio which is usually the problem for many millennial's. But with opportunities to reduce school loans and getting stables jobs, have helped the younger generation to pay off debt sooner and even start saving for the future.
What does this mean? It means that millennial's are becoming more serious about their futures and starting to plan now. If they haven’t already started to enter the Seattle area housing market, give it 5-10 years and they will be the largest generation purchasing homes in this area and across the country.
You may have just bought your first home, in the mood to redecorate or are planning to sell and need to stage your home. Choosing the best furniture and décor can turn a house into a home. Weather your selling or just moving in its important to create a home that is personal to you and your family. Personal touches can come through in the smallest and most over looked details like paint color choice, lamps, chairs, décor and more.
The key is to start room by room, take your time carefully curating your home. Choose a color palette, patterns and style you like for each room. Look on Pinterest or Instagram for style ideas or inspiration, start collecting colors, patterns and pictures you love. Once you have the rooms painted and style picked out work your way from the bottom up; look for a great rug or carpet that you love but make sure it’s easy to clean. Then try getting your large furniture in first and arranging it they way you like, it may take a few tries to get everything in the perfect place. Last come in and add smaller furniture items and décor to complete your style and the room; this could be in the form of pictures, lamps, vases, pillows, decorations and much more. We collected a list of great and unexpected places to furnish your home for any occasion.
Thrift stores: Thrift stores a great place to get quality unexpected furniture at a good price. You never know what you will get, one day there may be a great table the next you may find some amazing lamps. Be very careful when shopping a thrift stores because not every place thoroughly checks their incoming donations. Stick with wood/metal furniture like end tables, kitchen tables, lamps, and dishware. Only purchase pillows, plush chairs or sofas if you can’t see any visible stains or bugs of any kind.
Foryu Furnishings Fine Quality Consignments: http://www.foryu.com/
Found Interiors Consignment: http://www.foundconsignment.com/
Cost Plus World Market: The Cost Plus World Market chain has boomed in the Seattle area in the past couple years bringing us beautiful furniture and home goods from all round the world. Many of their pieces fit for more of a relaxed and bohemian style but they have a lot of furniture and décor items that could be interchangeable between styles. Check out one of their many Seattle area locations or surf their website or try their new option to buy online and pick up in store. https://www.worldmarket.com/
Nordstrom/ Nordstrom rack: Many people didn’t know that Nordstrom has a home goods section in many of their full line stores and when that merchandise goes on sale it goes to the rack stores. While they have a limited furniture selection; their linens, kitchenware and décor are stunning. You can see many of their home goods online, but I would advise going into the store and seeing for yourself what is available and pictures of your home to try and match with your personal style. https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/bed-bath-home-decor?+Gifts&cm_sp=Top+Navigation-_-Home+&origin=topnav
You may find pieces you like online but before you make a big purchase, or any purchase see if you can look and touch for yourself to make sure you love the item. Don’t be afraid to take risk or try something different and if it really does not fit your style or you don’t like it take it back and get the right one. This is your home that you will live in or trying to share with others, make it sparkle with your personality and style.
With the air quality so poor in Seattle lately and the beginning of the colder months creeping ahead; now is the great time to start cultivating your indoor garden. House plants can not only generate clean air, but also can pull out toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and even mold that linger inside your home. Cultivating plants inside can lead to stress reduction and encourage creativity. Now please don’t go digging up your backyard plants to bring them inside, we have carefully curated a list of five plants that will be best suited for your home.
1. Aloe Vera Plant: The Aloe Vera plant is part of the succulent family and is commonly known for its use to make the soothing Aloe gel, but it also makes a great addition to your home garden. Along with its gel soothing capabilities, the leaves and roots pull toxins out of the air effectively purifying your home. Where to grow inside: Place your Aloe plant in bright indirect sunlight preferably facing a southern or western window.
2. Jade plant: Similar to the Aloe Vera plant, Jade plants are another type of succulent that is great for indoors. Jade plants are a symbol of good fortune and are often give as gifts. Having a jade plant in your home can not only bring you good luck but also provide clean air circulation. Where to grow inside: Like other succulents Jade plants need as much sunlight as possible, a south-facing window will be ideal for these plants.
3. Peace Lily: The Peace Lily plant is one of the few flowering indoor plants. Placing the Peace Lily in or near the bathroom can improve air quality and reduce mold toxins in your home. Where to grow inside: Peace Lily’s do not need direct sunlight they prefer to be in partial shade. *Please keep your Peace Lily plants away from pets and small children as the flower and leaves can be toxic if consumed.
4. Philodendron: The Philodendron species originally from the rain-forest in South America has found its way to homes and offices around the world because of its air purify capabilities. Having a Philodendron can filter out pollutants like formaldehyde and replenish with oxygen. Where to grow inside: Since they are from the rain forest, Philodendrons do not need direct sunlight and should be placed in partial shade.
5. Money Tree: Money Trees are known for their braded trunks, small dainty leaves and low maintenance care. They are perfect for your home because they add depth and greenery to any space. Where to grow inside: Naturally grown in the rainforest, Money Trees need indirect sunlight in a humid room, the bathroom or kitchen will be the perfect spot.
Pop on down to your local commercial nursery or home improvement to learn more about our favorite plants and gather all the materials to set up your indoor jungle. If your plant does not come in a permanent pot, look for one that is made from a sturdy material like ceramic and comes with a dish to collect water and prevent stains in your home. Each plant should come with watering, planting and fertilizing instructions, please read carefully to ensure the survival of your plants. If you have a small watering can or even a pitcher that you keep next to your indoor garden it will make it easier on yourself to maintain your Eden. If you are nervous, try one plant at first and then make additions when you feel confident. Now you can bring the outdoors inside your own home.
It may seem that Summer was just yesterday, but it’s officially November! Before life gets more hectic with the coming holidays, there are a few outdoor Fall home tips that are essential to tackle. Let’s face it, despite great intentions, most of us tend to lapse a bit on home care between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Plus, what a nice way to enjoy a few sunny Fall days. Your home will thank you for it!
Lawn: Aerate and fertilize your lawn (use a winterizer fertilizer). Once you’ve done this, over-seed it. The cooler temperatures outside create the perfect environment for grass seed germination. Experts suggest this is the most important lawn treatment of the year, and bonus, this lawn treatment will ensure that beautiful lush green grass that we all love so much during the Spring (especially if you’re planning to list your home!)
Garden Areas: To keep your garden beds looking their best next Spring remove dead annuals and prune back plants that have flowered in the Fall. Deadhead any plants that have spent flowers. Another critical step is to rake up fallen leaves as they can change the chemical balance of a flower garden (no one wants blue hydrangeas when they’ve planned for pink!). Get those bulbs planted! This will give them an early start and ensure they get the longest underground “freeze” that they need.
General Exterior Maintenance: Fix any cracks in fences, remove and store hoses, Install a “weather” cover over outdoor spigots to mitigate freezing. Clean gutters to ensure they don’t overflow when the rainy season begins. Drain pools, ponds, and other water features; as these are also prone to freezing and thus could be damaged.
Check Outdoor Lighting: Shorter days mean it’s probably dark when you get home from work, make sure you have pathways and driveways adequately illuminated. Not only is safer, but we always tell our clients that excellent lighting adds great curb appeal!
Be sure to store and cover outdoor furniture too!
These simple tips will help avoid problems and ensure that your home is ready and raring to go come glorious Spring. And if Winter gets you down, keep in mind that a lush green lawn and beautifully emerging plants are just a few months away!
If you are looking for any referrals to help you to get some of this essential work done, please do feel welcome to contact your experts at Sound-Properties!