April 29, 2017

Big ideas for small spaces
Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate, because if you don't know a few important tricks, the space can end up feeling a little claustrophobic. Here's how you can keep a room feeling airy and spacious, even if it's just a studio apartment or an attic.

Breathing room
Your first inclination might be to arrange all your furniture flush against the walls. Though this may add a little extra room to move through the room, it'll make everything feel more crowded and congested. Instead, try arranging items at an angle, or pull them six inches away from the wall.

Mirrors and strategic colors
Dark paint will make the room feel smaller. Instead, opt for whites, light grays, and other light colors. A well-placed mirror will also expand the room's appearance-think of the times you've been in a restaurant and a mirror made the space look twice as large.

Multi-purpose items
Look for storage everywhere-you can keep books and DVDs inside an ottoman, or store blankets in a bench or hollow coffee table. If you don't have room for a dining table, you can invest in a coffee table with a pop-up section.

Raise your window treatments
It's common to hang your curtain rods just a few inches above your windows, but to make the ceilings appear taller, you can hang them just a few inches below the ceiling. It can have a dramatic effect.

Swap out the sofa
The sofa is likely the biggest, most unwieldy item in your living room. What if you swapped it out for a settee or a pair of comfortable chairs? You won't lose much in functional seating, but you'll gain some precious space and room for foot traffic.

April 27, 2017

Open House this Saturday, 5/29/17 from 1 until 4 PM

Join us for an Open House at 2273 Beckham Way, Hayward, from 1-4 PM on Saturday, April 29 and enter to win a $15 gift card. Tour a spacious, 2,517 sq. ft multi-level home nestled in a park-like setting on a quiet cul-de-sac. It features 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a bonus room, patio and a two-car garage in the desirable Fairview neighborhood. Visit BayFamilyHomes.com to learn more.

February 24, 2017

Home sales were on the rise in January.

Existing Homes Sales hit 10-year highs, the National Association of REALTORS® reported. January Existing Home Sales surged by 5.69 million annualized units, up 3.3 percent from December to highs not seen since February 2007. All major regions across the nation saw gains, with the exception of the Midwest. The median existing home price rose 7.1 percent from January 2016. Overall inventory of existing homes remained low, however, at just a 3.6-month supply.
New Home Sales rebounded in January. The Commerce Department reported New Home Sales rose 3.7 percent from December to an annual rate of 555,000. The increase was below the 566,000 expected, but it comes after a 7 percent decline in December. Sales also were up 5.5 percent from January 2016. The median sale price was up 7 percent from a year ago. Inventories were unchanged at a near-normal 5.7 months' supply.

For those in the market for a new or existing home, home loan rates remain in historically low territory despite the volatility in Stock and Bond markets over the last few weeks.

Big ideas for small spaces Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate, because if you don't know a few important tricks, the space ca...