Make a Big Impact on Your Small Patio With These Design Tips

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Even the smallest of patios can become an inviting and relaxing retreat with the right furniture and accessories. Take some tips from the pros to transform your small patio into a private oasis.

Hang Curtains
Hanging curtains is an inexpensive and easy way to create a temporary wall. Gauzy and flowing fabrics soften the look of your patio and add privacy – perfect for renters or those who live near neighbors that are too close for comfort.

Make a Statement with Lighting
Good lighting goes a long way in creating ambiance after the sun goes down but always make sure to use outdoor cords and light bulbs.

Provide Extra Seating with Floor Pillows
Floor pillows add not only pops of color but also extra seating without taking up too much room. Tuck them away when not in use or use as decorative accents.

Include a Lounge Space
The right seating can turn an unused patio into the perfect place to start and end your day.

Choose Furniture that Multitasks
Furniture that can pull double duty is the perfect choice for a small space. Consider an ottoman that can pull double duty as a table or a pouf that can be used for an additional seat, table, or place to put your feet up.

Bring in Greenery
Greenery brings vibrancy and pizzazz to any room. Bring color and texture to a small patio with potted and hanging plants.

Turn on the Tunes
Atmosphere is everything. A small outdoor Bluetooth speaker will help set the mood with sounds and takes up minimal space.

Add Pops of Color
Neutral tones can be relaxing but color keeps it interesting. Add pops of blue and green to complement your natural surroundings without overpowering.

Tips to Help You Maintain a Beautiful Yard All Year Long

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Let’s face it. Everyone craves a lush, beautiful lawn. Whether it’s to boost curb appeal or to turn a drab, boring yard into a grassy paradise, there are steps you can take to keep your yard looking green and lush all year long.

Dethatch with a rake. Thatch is dead or drying glass that if left too thick can suffocate your lawn. Rake away the debris that can inspire pests and disease. A little bit is good for you lawn but keep it under 1/2 an inch. Removal should be done in the Spring at the beginning of growth period so lawns can recover properly.

Aerate the lawn. Compacted soil keeps a lawn from flourishing. By aerating during a high growth period, you loosen the soil so nutrients are able to be absorbed and roots have room to grow. Aeration shoes are a great way to go for smaller lawns, but if your yard is larger, you may need to rent an aeration tool from a place like Home Depot.

Weed & Feed. For many, this is a Spring ritual but beware of overdoing it. Unless you have a major weed problem, you may want to consider spot-spraying or pulling weeds and applying a slow-release fertilizer if needed.

Deal with the bare spots. Once your grass starts looking green again, bare spots may become apparent. Flush the spot with water, rake dead grass, level it out with sand or soil, reseed and water. Before you know it, those bare spots will be a thing of the past.

Seed the lawn. Whether you’re nursing a lawn back to health or trying to grow one for the first time, seeding is an important task. Early spring or fall is the best time to do this as colder conditions can slow down growth.

Water it. All grass needs water. Depending on the type you have, that amount will vary. Get a well placed sprinkler and put it on a timer if you can’t spring for an elaborate in-ground irrigation system. Watering should be done in the early morning hours to avoid burning the full sun can bring.

Avoid cutting it too short. Avoid cutting your lawn too short. Cool-season grasses have an ideal height of two to four inches, while warm-season grasses are shorter and may require additional mowing sessions. Not sure which you have or what the difference is? Visit here.

Vary your mowing direction. Mix up your mowing – it’s good for your lawn! By varying the direction of your mowing, you ensure a more uniform cut, an upright grown pattern and reduce soil compaction.

Leave the clippings. Grass clippings are a natural mulch for your lawn and will help feed your lawn. To avoid unsightly clumping, mow when the grass is dry.

Organization Ideas for a Small Closet

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Although one of the first things homebuyers will tell you they’re looking for is closet space and ample storage, you don’t need to have a walk-in to have a closet that works for you. Make the most of what you’ve got with these organization ideas for your small closet.

Remove your closet doors. One way to get additional space is to remove the doors. It will allow you to store bulkier items or bring in items such as a shoe rack or dresser that might not otherwise fit. If you’re really neat, you can leave the closet exposed, or install some stylish curtains to hide the space.

Install sliding doors. If removing the doors altogether is not your thing, than consider changing the way they open. Because sliding doors glide open and closed rather than swinging out, they are another great option to get additional space.

Add hooks or an organizer. If you decide to keep your doors intact, consider a way to use them. Add hooks or organizers for scarves, shoes, belts and jewelry.

Buy a compact dresser. Many places sell compact dressers that easily fit in a closet. You can add more storage with drawers without making physical changes to your closet space.

Get a garment rack. Sometimes, even the largest or most carefully arranged closet is still not enough. If you’re short on space, a garment rack. One on wheels gives you the option of moving items to an unused room when people are visiting.

Economic Recovery from KCM

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year | MyKCM

One of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic recovery? As the country begins to slowly reopen, moving forward in strategic phases, business activity will help bring our nation back to life. Many economists indicate a recovery should begin to happen in the second half of this year. Here’s a look at what some of the experts have to say.

Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman

“I think there’s a good chance that there’ll be positive growth in the third quarter. And I think it’s a reasonable expectation that there’ll be growth in the second half of the year…

So, in the long run, I would say the U.S. economy will recover. We’ll get back to the place we were in February; we’ll get to an even better place than that. I’m highly confident of that. And it won’t take that long to get there.”

Nonpartisan Analysis for the U.S Congress

“The economy is expected to begin recovering during the second half of 2020 as concerns about the pandemic diminish and as state and local governments ease stay-at-home orders, bans on public gatherings, and other measures. The labor market is projected to materially improve after the third quarter; hiring will rebound and job losses will drop significantly as the degree of social distancing diminishes.”

Neel Kashkari, President, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank

“I think we need to prepare for a more gradual recovery while we hope for that quicker rebound.”

We’re certainly not out of the woods yet, but clearly many experts anticipate we’ll see a recovery starting this year. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few months, but most agree that a turnaround will begin sooner rather than later.

During the planned shutdown, as the economic slowdown pressed pause on the nation, many potential buyers and sellers put their real estate plans on hold. That time coincided with the traditionally busy spring real estate season. As we look ahead at this economic recovery and we begin to emerge back into our communities over the coming weeks and months, perhaps it’s time to think about putting your real estate plans back into play.

Bottom Line

The experts note a turnaround is on the horizon, starting as early as later this year. If you paused your 2020 real estate plans, let’s connect today to determine how you can re-engage in the process as the country reopens and the economy begins a much-anticipated rebound.

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

This article was published by Keeping Current Matters and shared in its entirety by Angela Barrett, REALTOR®. Full credit for article should be given to KCM.

What’s Happening in the Local Market?

CMLS recently released the monthly research report for April 2020. Here’s what’s happening in the local market.

Housing Supply ~

Pending sales were up 4.1% in the 12-month period spanning from May 2019 through April 2020. The price range with the largest gain was sales of $300,001 and above, which increased 16.5%. The overall median sales price was up 7.6% to $185,000. The property type with the largest gain was the Single-Family Homes sector. Prices here were up 7.3% with an average price of $189,900. Inventory levels were down 4.4%.

Quick Facts

+16.5%+6.1%+4.5%
Price range with the strongest sales: $300,001 and AboveBedroom Count with strongest sales: 4 Bedrooms or MoreProperty type with strongest sales: Single-Family

Monthly Market Indicators ~

Economic activity continued to slow in April. With more than 20 million unemployment claims filed nationwide, much of the country is out of work, at least temporarily. The dramatic economic downturn is reflected in this month’s real estate activity.

New listings were down 18%. Pending sales decreased 6.6%. Inventory declined 4.4%. Prices moved higher by 6.1% averaging $188,900. Days on the market reduced to 51 days, a decrease of 15%.  Months Supply of inventory was down 8% to 2.3 months, indicating demand increased relative to supply.

Quick Facts

-12.5%+6.1%-4.4%
One-Year Change in Closed SalesOne-Year Change in Median Sales PriceOne-Year Change in Inventory

The effects of COVID-19 varies widely across the country, but it is expected to continue to play an impact on the amount of real estate activity in the near term.

To read the Full Housing Supply Report, go here.

To read the Full Market Indicator Report, visit here.

Living Room Updates That Make A Big Impact

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Ready for a change, but not prepared for a complete overhaul? Try one, or try them all – easy updates to jazz up your living space.

Mix & Match Accents. Add a little whimsy to your room with accent pillows by combining a variety of fabrics and prints in similar colors. Amazing what little pops of color can do to bring cheer and impact to a dull and dreary room.

Use Area Rugs. Add subtle definition and create the allusion of division without compromising your open floor plan with rugs that act as dividers. Rugs can help differentiate where the living room ends & dining room begins.

Incorporate Some Oversized Art. Hang a large piece of artwork to create a focal point. Quick and easy and helps fill up some of that empty wall space.

Add Some Greenery. House plants not only clean the air but also bring visual appeal to your living space. Make sure you remember to water to keep them green and lively for years to come.

Find the Perfect Coffee Table. A coffee table is a fairly inexpensive way to completely change the look of your space. Be sure to choose a table that not only highlights your style but also is durable enough to withstand whatever’s thrown its way.

Upgrade Your Lampshades. Changing the lampshades is an easy and update that can completely change the ambiance of your room. Tie the shades with existing design with visually appealing shades and think about how they will look both during the daytime and nighttime.

Refresh the Curtains. Swapping out curtains can do wonders for the look of your living room. Consider a bold color or high-quality fabric to breathe new life into your living space.

Try Some Cover-Ups. If you don’t want to reupholster but have couch cushions that have seen better days, consider using a slipcover. There is so many fabrics, colors, and patterns out there to choose from, and this simple swap can pack a punch to a fresh, new look.