Grey - the color that connotes intellect - is one hue homeowners will be incorporating into their interiors next year. So says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, a leading source of information on interior color and design.
Even in an improving market, selling your home is a stressful experience. There is a lot you can do to make it go smoothly. Here are some of the best ideas:
If you're selling your primary residence, chances are you can avoid capital gains taxes entirely. The Section 121 Exclusion of the federal tax code specifies that the first $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers) of profit is exempt from capital gains taxes if the seller has owned and lived in the property as their primary residence for at least two of the preceding five years.
The number of homes available for sale in October dropped 1.8 percent to 2.13 million. This represents a short 5.0 month supply at the current sales pace. Compared to last year, when there was a 5.2 month supply of homes, October's unsold inventory is 0.9 percent higher.
Is your carpet harboring a million-strong population of dust mites? Are your vinyl tiles cracked and faded? Have your ceramic tiles broken into hundreds of tiny shards? It might be time for a new floor. But before you replace your carpet with traditional hardwood, consider purchasing green flooring. Environmentally friendly cork, bamboo, and linoleum may cost a bit more than the box of laminate flooring at the big box store, but these green options are beneficial to both you and the environment.