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Renting to own (also known as a lease-option) provides those not in the position to make an immediate purchase on a home, to settle on something that is right for them- at the right time. Many lease options are the same.
Typically, renters agree to lease the house for a pre-determined amount of time (usually one to three years) with an up-front fee with or without an elevated monthly rent. The potion over market goes into a “fund” that is utilized later as a down payment. They provide the opportunity to lock the price in when the deal is made, with the option to purchase at that price when or before the lease is up.
Timing is everything. Market conditions play a critical factor into finding a lease-option. When the market is steady, it makes it difficult to find these options unless the owner really needs to sell. However, as homes sit on the market longer, sellers begin losing money which causes the window for lease-options to open to potential and future home buyers.
Lease-options typically favor the buyer, but can be complicated to those that are unfamiliar with them. Have a real estate broker and attorney inspect the contract to ensure there is financial protection as well as security. Lease options can be a smart solution to throwing away money when you rent. First time home buyers who play their cards correctly can eliminate conventional loans and get that chance at their dream of homeownership.
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Furnishing, decorating or redecorating a home can be expensive, tedious and sometimes a bit frustrating. We must try to keep up with the latest, ever-changing fashion trends while also attempting to carefully balance expenses with the social responsibility of not creating additional landfill waste. We live in a crowded world where the unnecessary dumping of bulky furniture items or interior finishes that are still in good shape shouldn’t be tolerated.
Try to keep sustainability in mind as you decorate your home. Seek out items containing recycled content or made from eco-friendly materials. Donate or sell items that could be salvaged whenever possible, as they should be given the opportunity for a second life in another home.
Here are a few simple design ideas with a sustainable approach, to help give a fresh look to your home while remaining eco-friendly.
Focus on the Finishes
If you’re starting bare bones with your home décor, you can select interior finishes that contain recycled content or that are made from rapidly renewable resources. There are many flooring options available today that provide style and are also quite cost effective—bamboo, cork or linoleum, to name a few. For carpeting, look at selections bearing recycled materials, or that contain wool or even corn fibers, for a sustainable choice.
For bathroom or kitchen countertops, consider ceramic tiles or beautiful glass made entirely from recycled content. More exclusively for kitchens, look for counters made from concrete, stainless steel, recycled paper or even reclaimed wood. Consider cabinetry materials that are sourced from sustainably harvested forests, such as from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and steer clear of products containing added urea-formaldehyde to offer a healthier interior environment.
If you’re redecorating your existing home, try and salvage what you’ve already got! Refinish those beautiful hardwood floors that can last another lifetime, instead of replacing them. Refurbish existing cabinetry or interior doors by adding a fresh stain, a coat of paint, or updated hardware.
“New” Furniture Doesn’t Have to Be New
Shop at thrift stores, antique shops, flea markets or second-hand online retailers for one-of-a-kind treasures and give them a fresh look. Consider stand-out pieces such as oversized wooden or metal headboards, table and chair ensembles, distinctive dressers, buffets or armoires—then refurbish them to compliment your existing décor. Vintage pieces establish an effortlessly unique appeal and help divert unnecessary waste from already overflowing landfills.
Another eco-friendly and cost-effective option is to refinish the furniture you’ve already got at home. Some sanding, new hardware, and a fresh stain or paint color added to a single piece of furniture—or a complete ensemble—will give a room an entirely new look. Consider a distressed look or even add stenciling or texture. Encourage a family project and the whole gang will take pride in the finished product!
Use some imagination and creativity to give new meaning to existing pieces or eclectic, previously-owned treasures. Antique dressers make gorgeous bathroom vanities; and with a reclaimed wood top, you can make exceptional kitchen island creations. Search out vintage lockers for storing mudroom essentials and display houseplants on rustic hutches or armoires left lazily ajar.
If you absolutely must have something new, seek out furniture derived from eco-friendly products and those made from recycled plastics or metals. Consider ethically sourced wood or accent pieces made from rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo.
Addressing the Finer Details
Don’t forget to also think sustainably when fine-tuning your home décor. Seek out throw rugs or blankets derived from natural or recycled fibers. Do the same for your fabrics and textiles, and consider green options such as organic cotton or linen, hemp or jute.
Most importantly, instead of buying new, search again for unique, second-hand treasures. Make a bold statement by adding one-of-a-kind light fixtures to any room. Refurbish vintage mirrors or antique picture frames. Utilize abandoned window panes for your photo collections. Consider rustic galvanized tubs, wicker baskets or ornamental canning jars for your storage needs and add a touch of classic elegance with a single glass vase or antique table lamp.
As consumers, it is our social and moral responsibility to think about how our individual actions affect the world we live in. We can help not only to divert unnecessary waste from already overcrowded landfills; we can have a lot of fun doing it.
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MARKET UPDATE: El Cajon, CA 92019, 92020, 92021
Compared to June of 2014, the average market date time for a Single Family Residence on the market was 45 days. As of November it has increased slightly to 52 days. This is typical for this time of year because of the holiday season, where many buyers wait until the warmer months to buy their home.
As of November 2014, there was an average of 341 active listings in El Cajon, CA. This is a slight dip from the 401 active listings from June of this year.
While the number of active listings and market time has varied from June to November, there was an increase in median home sale prices within this time period. According to Sandicor, the average sale price for homes in El Cajon was $369,410. In November 2014, this increased to $388,856. That is an increase of $19,446.
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Interested in buying a home in the El Cajon area? Here’s today’s Market Analysis for the 92019 zipcode. By comparing the “listing prices” and “sold prices” price trends, you will have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month.
For more information on the market in the El Cajon area, as well as all of San Diego county, please give me a call today at 619-250-4541 or e-mail me at Stephen@StephenNissou.com. I’m here to help you with any of your Real Estate needs!
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