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Home and Design

Engel & Völkers presents guides, tips, and tricks for property owners and real estate pros. 

Found 15 entries about Home and Design.

By Julie Pellestor 

Warm, dependable fires have kept up humankind for quite some time now, but today’s well-designed, modern fireplaces have proven there’s more to it than just survival. Contemporary fireplaces can provide warm accents, seamlessly blend into the layout of any room or stand out as a striking focal point, so here are some options to consider when you’re looking to warm your fingers and toes on something new and more eye-catching than a wood-burning stove.

Abandon your ax and stop chopping down those trees. As alternatives to a wood-burning fireplace, consider gas or ethanol ones. Powered by natural gas, many gas fireplaces are easy to start and can be operated with the single touch of a button. Their flames give a nice nod to

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By Katelyn Castellano 

Built-in shelves can add grandeur, sophistication and dimension to a room, but they can also hold quite a lot of responsibility. Silly, you say? The modern-day "shelfie" is proof that today's shelves have a whole lot to say about homeowner personality – these aren't your grandmother's bookcases. So if you find yourself face-to-face with a blank canvas, consider using books as your secret design weapon to create the perfect blend of style, charm and identity for your home décor.

  1. Where to Start: 
    Browse the books you have in your home that mean something to you. Consider purging or donating some of your guilty pleasure paperbacks and focus on classics or hardcovers that you enjoy and that represent your interests. If you
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Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today that five of the firm’s United States real estate advisors have been named members of “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” by REAL Trends, and the The Wall Street Journal, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications.

The real estate advisors include Paul Benson, Engel & Völkers Park City; Carol Sollak Engel & Völkers Wellington; Shirley Gary, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta; Roxann Taylor, Engel & Völkers Dallas Southlake; and Lourdes Alatriste, Engel & Völkers Miami. Each one is also a Private Office advisor, an exclusive international network of Engel & Völkers’ top real estate professionals.

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Engel & Völkers today announced the recipients of the company’s 2014 North America Awards, honoring the individuals and 10857368_816391628444625_1524968537901003221_oshops that exemplify the core values of the brand. Honorees were unveiled at the brand’s annual Exchange event, hosted at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“The past year has been nothing short of stellar in terms of growth and activity for our brand in North America as we expanded Engel & Völkers into to new markets in 2014,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. “Our individual shops and advisors have played an integral role in the achievement of these exceptional milestones through their passion and dedication.”

This is the first year that Engel & Völkers has presented the North America

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The month of June proved to show extremely promising real estate news as existing-home sales reached new highs. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) June's existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5.04 million — the highest pace since October 2013. Additionally, there has been a steady increase in inventory to indicate promise of a stronger and more balanced markEV-DMMBook2012-v12Pd-p20et.

Lawrence Yun, NAR's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, said that "inventories are at their highest level in over a year and price gains have slowed to much more welcoming levels in many parts of the country. This bodes well for rising home sales in the upcoming months as consumers are provided with more choices."

From May to June, total

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Ever notice how some rooms seem warm and inviting and others feel cold and distant? While many factors such as color and lighting contribute to a room's atmosphere, the way the furniture is arranged can also influence the mood.

Whether you're trying to make a room more comfortable, getting ready to refurnish a room, or simply seeking to make an area more functional, it helps to know how to arrange your furniture so it works best for you. While there are no hard and fast rules on furniture arrangement, here are some guidelines to help you create enjoyable spaces that make guests and family members feel relaxed.

Planning Your Space
Before you unpack any boxes at your new home, try these planning ideas and tips for moving furniture:

  • Good furniture
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By Keith Loria

After much debate and worry in the industry, the Federal Housing Finance Agency decided that the 2014 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will remain at $417,000 for one-unit properties in most areas of the country.

In its simplest explanation, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 establishes the maximum conforming loan limit that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are permitted to set for mortgage acquisitions and requires annual adjustments to these limits to reflect changes in the national average home price.

Policymakers were contemplating a reduction in the maximum size of home loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to

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By Nick Caruso

The real estate market will continue its road to recovery in 2014, with home prices rising 6 percent and mortgage rates hitting 5.4 percent. In addition, demand is predicted to plateau, all according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president Real-Estate-percentof Research for the National Association of REALTORS®, who presented his 2014 market forecast during last week’s REALTORS® Conference and Expo.

Other factors aim to set the market back on the right path. Although there could be a possible negative impact due to rising mortgage rates, job creation and loosening underwriting standards should balance out 2014’s sales volume.

“There were two million jobs created in the past few months and we’ll see the same next year,” says Yun.

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A new study showed that not everyone would be wary of living in a haunted home. Realtor.com® recently released the results of its Haunted Housing Report, which ran on realtor.com® fromHaunted House Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and explored consumer sentiments around their perceptions of “haunted” real estate. Survey results from nearly 1,400 respondents reveal consumer thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale, past experiences with spooky homes, popular “warning signs” of a haunted home, expected discounts when buying “perceived” haunted houses for sale and intolerable scary occurrences.

“Survey data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct their own research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird

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A new survey released by HomeGoods found that the décor in your home can impact your mood. According to the survey findings, 93 percent of Americans felt a room’s décor can positively or negatively affect someone’s mood, of which 77 percent had at least one room in their home that needed attention. EV-DMMBook2012-v12Pd-p30

Released in time for fall decorating and holiday entertaining, the survey found that boosting your mood doesn’t have to come at a price; great news for the 54 percent of Americans who haven’t made the décor changes they want because it’s too expensive. In fact, nearly all (99 percent) of people surveyed felt that simple décor updates – improved lighting, stylish organizational solutions, decorative accents – could make them feel happier without breaking the

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