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Live It Up in a Smaller Space!

Live It Up in a Smaller Space!

If the house or condominium that you can afford seems too small, maybe you're not thinking about space the right way.

Buying the best location you can afford is what successful real estate ownership is all about. These are the properties that hold value even in down markets and that appreciate steadily and consistently in all markets. Great-location properties are financial stepping stones to your multimillion-dollar dream home.

Since buildings and units in a price range decrease in size in inverse proportion to improvements in location — either at street level or vertically — when you make a smart real estate investment, you may end up with something smaller than your ideal.

Have you analyzed exactly how much space you really need?

Ask families with big houses how many rooms are occupied at once and where the family regularly congregates, and usually they'll admit to less than half the space really being essential to daily life.

Tiny homes, floating homes, and micro-urban condominiums prove that the less space you have the more cleverly you use it. On top of that, the premium location you've selected offers benefits you value — many

of which encourage you to spend more time out of the house — so you'll love your lifestyle, build wealth, and, therefore, enjoy living in your cozy home.

Prepare to make the most of a small space by getting rid of over-sized furniture and purging rarely or never used items including shoes and clothes that no longer fit in spite of your hopes. Take quality, not quantity, to your new space.

How many of the following interior design and decor ideas for accentuating small spaces are you ready to put in action?

Winning Design Elements

High ceilings, lots of windows, multi-level lighting, light layered monochromatic decor schemes, and sparkling surfaces like crystal, glass, and mirrors add warmth and volume to create inviting living spaces.

Functional Layouts

If you love to cook, a large kitchen matters; if you're a take-out fan, you may appreciate this extra space elsewhere in the home.

Visually Enticing Verticals

Let decor draw the eye up to visually expand rooms. Use vertical storage and shelving units to open up floor space and reduce clutter. Hang pictures above each other to raise the eye. Install curtain rods just under or on the ceiling to add height to walls. Use paint accents or moldings to visually raise ceilings.

Clever Useable Space

Add shelving, built-ins, and storage everywhere possible, especially in under-utilized areas: under stairs, around windows, across windows, high on walls, over doors, under beds, in corners, in walls, as islands…. Add

elevated platforms for sleep or storage where ceilings are very high. Steal slivers of space from other rooms to expand the closets that matter to your lifestyle.

Open Lines of Sight

Enlarge doorways, windows, hallways, or shelf depths to improve flow. Remove walls to combine small rooms into wide-open spaces. Open lines of sight by installing glass, french, or louvered doors or by removing doors and trim. Install bay or green-house windows to add an airy, practical touch.

Camouflaged Clutter

Conceal screens, electronics, and associated wires to reduce visual clutter. Use slipcovers to transform distracting mismatched chairs into harmonious seating. Decorative boxes collect hobby paraphernalia and other task tools out of sight, but at your fingertips.

Savored Furnishings

Select multi-purpose furniture with open design, mirrored surfaces, glass tops, and compact-scale to reduce clutter — visual and practical. Space-saving furniture, moved out from walls and artfully arranged in conversation groupings, further adds to flow through the home.

Color Magnifiers

Add colorful, well-chosen, eye-catching focal points — a vibrant accent wall, sophisticated art, unifying accessories, smart cushions… — as creative bold emphasis to monochromatic decor to help minimize the importance of room size. Each paint manufacturer and many decor media have their own "Official 2018 Colors" so check around to uncover tones and shades that work best for you.

On-Trend Accents

Dictate whether and how trends can be beneficial to your home. Not every fashionable idea makes sense in your special small space. Ball-shaped lighting fixtures, circle patterns, golden-brass fixtures, natural materials, and velvet sofas are a few hot 2018 trends, but they won't automatically add functionality and visual value to your space. Test trends on one or two accessory items or pillows to see what works. Before jumping into a major make-over, seek out small-space professional design input.

California Guidelines For Unlicensed Assistants

California Guidelines For Unlicensed Assistants

Recently, the California Bureau of Real Estate reissued its "Guidelines for Unlicensed Assistants who Work in the Real Estate Industry." The Bureau did so in recognition of the fact that the trend of real estate licensees using the services of unlicensed assistants is continuing upward. Indeed, the increasing occurrence of real estate "teams" has probably accelerated the phenomenon.

The Bureau also felt it appropriate to remind brokers and designated officers that they are "charged with the responsibility to supervise and control all activities performed by their employees and agents in their name during the course of a transaction for which a real estate license is required, whether or not the activities performed require a real estate license." The introduction to the guidelines notes, "Broker knowledge and consent is a prerequisite to the performance of these unlicensed activities, since without these elements there can be no reasonable assurance that the activities performed will be limited as set forth below." Which is to say: Brokers, if you have agents using unlicensed assistants, you had better know what they are doing!

The acceptable and unacceptable activities are divided into categories. We summarize them as follows.

Cold Contacting: Unlicensed assistants [hereinafter, UAs] may use phones or electronic media to canvas for interest in using the services of a real estate broker. If a contact has an interest, the UA should refer the contact to the licensee, or schedule an appointment for him or her. At no time may a UA attempt to induce the person being called to use the broker's services.

Open Houses: With the principal's consent, a UA may assist a licensee at an open house by placing signs, greeting the public, providing factual information from or handing out preprinted materials prepared by or reviewed by the licensee, or arranging appointments with the licensee. Only a licensee may show or exhibit the property, discuss terms and conditions of a possible sale, or discuss other features of the property.

Comparative Market Analysis: A UA may make, conduct, or prepare a comparative market analysis subject to the approval of, and for use by, the licensee.

Communicating with the Public: UAs may provide factual information to others from writing prepared by the licensee. A UA may not communicate with the public in a manner designed for solicitation purposes with respect to a specific property, transaction, or product.

Arranging Appointments: UAs can make appointments for licensees to meet with principals or parties to a transaction. They may arrange for and order reports and services from third parties in connection with a transaction.

Access to Property: With the principal's consent, UAs may be present to let into the property a person who is to inspect, prepare a report, or perform work in connection with the transaction. Any information provided about the property must be provided by the licensee.

Advertising: UAs can prepare and design advertising, as long as the advertising is reviewed and approved by the licensee.

Preparation of Documents: UAs may prepare and complete documents and instruments, provided such work is directed and reviewed by the licensee prior to their use.

Delivery and Signing Documents: UAs may mail, deliver, or pick up transaction-related documents, including obtaining signatures. These activities may not include a discussion with a principal or party to the transaction of the content, relevance, importance or significance of the document.

Document review: A UA may review, as instructed by the licensee, transaction documents for completeness or compliance, provided that the final determination is made by the broker or licensee.

Bob Hunt is a director of the California Association of Realtors®. He is the author of Real Estate the Ethical Way. His email address is scbhunt@aol.com.

The Best Paint Colors For An Enduring Look In Your Home

The Best Paint Colors For An Enduring Look In Your Home

Trends come and go. If you paint your walls the "provocative and thoughtful purple shade" of Ultra Violet, as Pantone, itself, calls it, you're probably gearing up to repaint them in whatever the color authority deems the "it" shade next year. If you'd rather pick a paint chip or two and keep your space the same for the long haul, you'll love these colors that endure.

Garden Stone, Clark+Kensington

When it comes to gray, we might be at the end of the widespread trend. But certain shades of gray are classics and "go-to's" for designers - and they'll be around long after the next trend is here and gone.

"I try to stay away from colors with heavy blue undertones, and I direct my clients toward warm grays that will stand the test of time," Ace design expert Katie Reynolds, who prefers Garden Stone, said in Good Housekeeping. "This shade is a favorite."

Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

Google Revere Pewter and you will be inundated with countless photos and praise for this iconic shade. Despite its great popularity, you don't have to worry that your home will look cookie cutter because the shade looks different in every home - in every room, even - depending on the angles and the amount of light in the space. It also complements any style of architecture.


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Repose Gray, Sherwin Williams

Greige is not too gray, not too beige. This favorite color toes the neutral line, and not only is it a favorite of designers, it apparently clicks with homebuyers, too. Pick a mix of gray and beige - "greige" - for your exterior," said MyDomaine. A recent analysis of colors that help build value "found homes with these shades on their outside sold for $1,526 more than white properties."

Repose Gray is appreciated because it is "the perfect paint color for almost any room whether you're living in your home or preparing it for sale," said Kylie M. Interiors. "Repose Gray is a soft, light gray that has soft and SUPER subtle undertones of brown with a wee dab of purple -- not enough brown to qualify it as a greige, it's just the undertone that adds a certain softness to this lovely color, keeping it from falling flat."


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Manchester Tan, Benjamin Moore

Described as a warm neutral, this hue drinks in the sun but also changes slightly depending on the amount of light and shade in the room, adding interest you don't always find in a paint color from the beige family.


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Clay Beige, Benjamin Moore

"This is my go-to whenever a neutral, but not boring, background is needed," said Atlanta designer Mandy Lowry in Better Homes and Gardens. "It's a chameleon color. It has the amazing ability to read either warm or cool and never fails to make its surroundings elegant in any light."

Super White, Benjamin Moore


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You would think it would be easy to pick a shade of white, but…no. Really, there is nothing more challenging when it comes to choosing paint. This one has a little too much yellow. This one is slightly beige. Wait, is that baby blue? I thought I bought white! Ugh.

Go to the paint store, buy a gallon of Super white, and you'll never look for another shade of white again. "Our go-to white around here if you are looking for a modern clean color," said Emily Henderson. "It reflects light in such a pretty way and doesn't have any cool tones that would it go blue or warm tones that would make it yellow."


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Stiffkey Blue, Farrow & Ball

This moody blue brings some drama to a living space without creating a cave-like feel, and is also a good choice for the kitchen, according to Brian Paquette of Brian Paquette Interiors.

"For cabinets, I am more drawn to the material and detail of the actual cabinet and aim to keep the paint neutral, bright, and reflective of what may be going on in nearby room" he said on MyDomaine. "My go-to's for paint colors are Decorators White by Benjamin Moore and Shaded White by Farrow & Ball for that European look. A contrast on an island or lower cabinets can be fun, and once again I lean toward a fun color that may run throughout the space, a deep gray, like Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball, or a blue that reminds me of the deepest depths of the ocean, like Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball." 

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