Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The one room that is growing in popularity and why.

A second master bedroom is the latest must-have for high-end house hunters. This second master is actually better called the "snoring room."  The reason for a second master is obvious, but just so the cat is out of the bag,  many couples who live together prefer to not sleep together because one or both of them snore.  (So, you're not alone)

Although I've never personally had  buyers tell me a snoring room is on their wish list in their search for the ideal home, I imagine I would hear some interesting confessions once they learned what the extra room was really all about.   (Kind of like our ancestors discovering indoor plumbing for the first time.) 

To completely understand what is happening in the high-end market, the bonus room isn't just an extra bedroom next to or down the hall from the master bedroom. High-end house hunters want two master suites — complete with two big bedrooms, separate walk-in closets, separate bathrooms and naturally both equipped with an area for that huge flat-screen TV.

When you think about it, the extra master is cheaper than a couple buying two separate houses down the road because of the dreaded snore.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

One important thing often missed at an open house

Although there are many things not to leave out in the open if you are having an open house, there is one thing that many home owners forget to ensure is out of the reach of everyone.

Some people will go to great lengths to steal prescription medications and that means your bathroom and cupboards should be checked in advance of your open house to ensure your medications are out of sight. When you think about it why should a thief deal with having to pry open a security door when that wannabe pill thief can just go to an open house and hope to score in the unlocked medicine cabinet?

Some real estate agents are increasingly hearing about prescription pills going missing after open houses. It’s suggested that you hide away your medications or better still, take them with you during the couple hours of your scheduled open house.