Green. Have you ever met someone that doesn’t like the color green? It might not be their first choice in wall paint, but years of research has primarily confirmed our brain’s naturally positive reaction to just about every shade of green. Be it the calm of a dark forest or emerald green, or the stimulation that comes with a bright lime green or chartreuse; the color carries very few negative connotations. Hold the paint brush though. An even better way to surround yourself with green without painting the walls is keeping a few house plants.
Your Brain on Plants
Many studies have been done on the way nature affects the brain and not a single one had anything bad to say. Most people are aware that nature makes us happy and much of that has to do with being surrounded by so much green. Bringing nature into your home or office is a great way to enjoy those benefits without having to go outside.
No green thumb? Fear not! Turns out placebos work almost as well in this regard. A highly realistic artificial plant in your line of vision will actually do the trick. Just don't forget to pretend to water it.
“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” - Mitch Hedburg
Your Body on Plants
Those positive effects on your brain will trickle down to your body. In hospitals that had real or artificial plants in the rooms of patients saw that those patients had lower blood pressure, asked for less pain medication, and were often released sooner.
Unfortunately, to feel the full benefits of your body on plants the fake ones won’t do the trick since plastic doesn’t photosynthesize. Though photosynthesis on the scale of a house plant only produces trace amounts of oxygen, that isn't the only thing plants do for the air we breathe in our homes or offices. Although studies have shown that some plants can remove volatile organic compounds from the air, the jury is still out on how much of an impact they actually make on indoor air pollution. We do know, however, that plants increase humidity in the home. When you water your plants, they return the favor. Plants release up to 97% of the moisture they take in. A study by Washing State University saw a reduction in dust by about 20%, which is especially great if you don't like dusting. Increased humidity is also good for your skin and your lungs. It reduces the likelihood of catching the common cold and other respiratory diseases. It is recommended to have one medium to large plant for every 100 square feet to feel the effects.
Plant Killer, Qu'est-ce Que C'est?
It is possible to keep house plants even if you are forgetful and don't have much time, you just have to choose the right ones. To get the most out of the mental and physical benefits, plants with large green leaves are recommended. Here are a few to get you started.
Now go forth, give your brain a boost, and create a living room or office jungle!
Article Written and Researched by Victoria Buckwash
We talk with Chris on the benefits of pricing below market value in a hot market.
"We should talk about is the strategy of pricing your home when you're going to list it.
One of the things that a good agent's going to do is they're going to run a comparative market analysis. This will determine the value of your home based on how other similar homes have sold.
Most people obviously want the most money as possible for their home and as you've heard that this is a sellers market. It really is for the first time home buyer price range- between 100k-150k on up to even 250,000 that they're going pretty quick.
Say you're at market value, your house is worth $240,000 market value. 60% of the buyers out there in that price range are probably going to come take a look at it. If you move it up 10% you're down to 30 if you're 15% above purchase price, you're down to 10%. Which is really nothing and there is going to sit. If you're 10% below values, I said 240 so that's $2,400 it's really not a lot of money. Right? 75% of the buyers taking a look at it. Go even lower and then suddenly everyone that's in the market for a home in that price range is looking at your property. You're going to end up with multiple offers and this is considering we have priced it correctly.
What I have seen with multiple offers happening, you get numerous benefits. Personally right now in this market, in the first time home buyer range, I think under pricing a property is much more valuable tool than pricing it right at value.
Pricing a 10% below value you're going to have 75% of the buyers actually taking a look at it.
Now on a $240,000 home, marking it off $24,000 seems stupid and I would never recommend that
However, marketing it a few percentile under value, say 2% on $240,000 home, which would be $4,800. That doesn't seem like a lot of money now. . And you're going to end up with more than likely multiple offers.
I wrote an offer last week and we chose this strategy. The property was marked about $10,000 under market value. There were showings all day long. They had over 10 offers within 24 hours My folks were willing to write $15,000 over asking price with no inspections and still did not get it. Spoke to another agent we ran into at during our showing, they actually started offering where my folks ended and no inspections and they didn't get it either. In a hot seller's market, under pricing strategically can result in a bidding war amongst buyers.
Any time you have people competing for your product, you're in a better position than if it's just a one-on-one. "
Open houses were seen as one of the main pillars of advertising homes decades ago. With consumers more sophisticated and all the information about a home readily available online, open houses now tend to be informal showings. Here are three ways to make the most of your open house
Be sure to allow ample time to get the word out. Plan your open house two weeks out. Have your Realtor create a Facebook event and share the link on your on social media accounts. People need enough time to keep their calendar open, but not have to wait so long they forget about it. The added bonus to advertising two weeks out is you may get someone interested before then!
2. Tell the Neighbors
Our favorite line when reaching out to the neighborhood is "Now is the perfect time to pick your neighbor!" Nosy neighbors are notorious visitors to open houses. Usually they 'just want to see the inside'. You'll have them visiting anyway, you might as well invite them with open arms and ask for them to find the buyer!
3. Pick a Different Day
It may have made sense to have open houses all day on Sunday 40 years ago-but times have changed, and so have work schedules. You know the beat of your neighborhood-when are most people about? Is it Sunday morning, or perhaps Friday afternoon as people get off work. We're a big fan of Saturday open houses to be different from the crowd. Sunday isn't set in stone, try a different day and see how it works!
No matter what, it's important to remember even the best planned open house can have low traffic. If you don't succeed the first time try again!
Do you have a preferred tip for Open Houses? Tell us in the comments!