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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Our guide to loving the space you have

As we try to stay inside and social distance, the spaces we call home have taken on new importance. If you’re finding yourself asking questions like, “How can I create a comfortable and productive space for remote work?,” “What will make it easier to have kids around the house all day?,” and “Can I stop my kitchen from becoming a total mess with all this cooking?,” you’ve come to the right place.
Now, more than ever, Curbed wants to help you answer those questions. That’s why we’ve built this guide to staying at home, a developing resource for ideas around embracing our spaces—think organization solutions tried and tested by our staff, delightful design inspiration, and much more.
So stay tuned—and let’s stay home together.
—Jenny Xie

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed:

“The March ShowingTime Showing Index® recorded the first nationwide drop in showing traffic in eight months as communities responded to COVID-19. Early April data show signs of an upswing, however.”

Why would people be setting appointments to look at prospective homes when the process of purchasing a home has become more difficult with shelter-in-place orders throughout the country?
Here are three reasons for this uptick in activity:
1. Some people need to move. Whether because of a death in the family, a new birth, divorce, financial hardship, or a job transfer, some families need to make a move as quickly as possible.
2. Real estate agents across the country have beco ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Should you be buying that online right now?

Earlier this month, I found myself staring at a pair of Frozen 2-themed shoes with flashing electric blue snowflakes, asking myself, is this essential?
After almost six weeks in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, my 5-year-old’s toes had grown snug in her old sneakers. Taking her to a local store or resale shop to buy shoes, as I would have pre-COVID-19, clearly wasn’t an option. At the same time, retailers were offering tantalizingly deep discounts to offset the loss of revenue from their shuttered brick-and-mortar shops, making an online purchase even more attractive.
My internet search for shoes framed the larger social dilemma. In one browser window, here was a smoking deal for something I couldn't really buy locally at the moment. In the next window was a story about how Amazon workers were staging weekly sickouts to highlight dangerous labor conditions.
Shelter-in-place orders, compounded with store closures, have swamped the country’s online shopping system, risking the ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Rise to the Top of the Pool by Selling Your House Today

With the release of the latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), results show that people selling their houses today are holding strong on price. According to the most recent data, 74% of real estate agents noted that sellers are not dropping listing prices to attract more buyers.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, noted: 

“The housing market faced an inventory shortage before the pandemic. Given that there are even fewer new listings during the pandemic, home sellers are taking a calm approach and appear unwilling to lower prices to attract buyers during the temporary disruptions to the economy.”

This inventory shortage, which spread widely throughout the housing market going into today’s economic slowdown, created an environment where there were not enough homes for sale for those who wanted to buy them. With that backdrop setting the stage, Yun also notes:

“With the current quarantine recommendations in place, fewer sellers are l ...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Where to buy plants online

Houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while possibly purifying the air too. And if you’re looking to get some for your own space or as a gift for a loved one, you’ve got lots of options.
Besides brick-and-mortar options like hardware store garden centers and local plant nurseries and shops, you can also find plenty of greenery to order online and receive at your door. In fact, even big boxes like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer an online selection of indoor plants available for delivery.
Below, we round up some of the best places to buy houseplants online right now. Before you dive in, check out our guide to ordering plants online.
Amazon
Shop the ecommerce giant’s plant selection you would any other Amazon department: Narrow down options by checking “potted plant” to the left, sorting by price and rating, and looking out for that handy blue “prime” label for free shipping.
Bloomscape
Bloomscape offers potted plants delivered straight to your door (in the continental U.S.), prope ...

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