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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Homebuyers Have Mixed Emotions When House Hunting

November 5, 2014 1:15 am

While mostly positive about the process required to own a home, homebuyers report mixed emotions when hunting for the home of their dreams, according to a recent survey by BMO Harris Bank.

While overall stress levels about the home buying process are moderate, Americans still have some concerns. Their biggest worry is that they will find something wrong with the house once they move in (79 percent). In addition, 69 percent fear that housing prices will drop after the purchase, and 61 percent fear the possibility of not being able to afford their mortgage.

Based on the survey, homebuyers reported feeling a mix of excitement and fear when shopping for a home.

Feelings Associated with Home Buying

                          All Homebuyers          First-time Homebuyers
Excited             44 percent                   47 percent
Hopeful           33 percent                   43 percent
Cautious         32 percent                   26 percent
Optimistic       28 percent                   26 percent
Happy              26 percent                   37 percent
Anxious           25 percent                   31 percent

Source: BMO Harris Bank

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Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles

November 5, 2014 1:15 am

(Family Features) In the design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are coveted for their lower price point, low maintenance qualities and close resemblance to the real thing. For a lavish update to your home’s décor, incorporate these budget-friendly alternatives.

1. Bling
– Sparkling golden tones are on trend this season, but few homeowners have the financial means to deck out their homes with mirrors, sconces and other decorative items made of genuine gold. Fortunately, these are available in finishes that mimic the look of real gold, with price tags that won’t break the bank.

2. Trendy tile
– Instead of spending a fortune on hardwood flooring or natural stone, consider installing wood- or stone-look porcelain tiles that eliminate concerns for water damage, warping or wear and tear.

3. Natural elements – Feature walls made of natural materials like grass cloth and bark can add a unique quality to any room, but can also be damaged easily in high-traffic areas. Get the look for less by selecting a vinyl option that simulates the natural material.

4. Stylish wall treatments
–Forget expensive faux paint finishes that give the illusion of depth. Using some simple painting tools, multi-tone paint and a material such as joint compound, you can inexpensively create a stucco surface that adds genuine texture you can see and feel.

5. Touchable textiles – Contemporary designers rely on opulent textiles like leather, suede and fur to create a high-end atmosphere. Enjoy the same look without the expense by opting for synthetic versions, which prove more practical for everyday wear and tear.

Achieving a trendy, lavish style for your home doesn't have to cost a fortune, and often, imitation materials will deliver comparable results that stand up better to the test of time.

Source: Daltile

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