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7 Reasons Why It’s Time To Declare Your Independence… And Buy A Home!

Categories: Home Ownership | Posted: June 30, 2015

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Everyone wonders if they’re ready to take the plunge. No, not marriage… Homeownership! There are dozens of reasons to own your own home rather than rent, and most of them come down to freedom. Freedom from a landlord. Freedom from décor you didn’t choose. Freedom from rent that earns you nothing. Why choose the “independence” of homeownership?

  1. No more random rules about pets, guests, or noise from a cranky landlord. Your house… your rules!
  1. No more arbitrary rent hikes or eviction notices from that same cranky landlord. A fixed rate mortgage is FIXED! And your home is YOURS!
  1. When you own your home, you can have the kitchen you want. You can move walls, buy brand new appliances, or paint everything whatever colors you want. These types of changes are not possible for renters.
  1. One-story or two? Three bedrooms or four? Basement or front porch? We have lots of inventory to choose from, so you’re sure to find what you want. And these new models are energy efficient, and more affordable to own. That means great choices, as well as great prices.
  1. You’ll save on taxes. You can deduct the mortgage interest rate from your income taxes and get a tax break on capital gains when you sell.
  1. Rent is a down payment on nothing – except lining your landlord’s pockets. Owning your own home is a great investment in yourself. One that gives you a tremendous sense of freedom.
  1. Assuming your home is priced right, the economy will reward you with a great return on your investment. Your home isn’t the stock market and you shouldn’t view it as a way to get rich, but as the economy grows, real estate prices grow, too.

Embrace your independence! Choose the freedom of homeownership!

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions.

How Social Media Has Influenced Design and Decorating

Categories: News, Social Media | Posted: June 25, 2015

In recent years, the home design and decor industry has grown into one of the largest DIY sectors; and social media has played a vital role in generating this growth.

Social media has undisputedly changed the home design and decor industry. Websites like Pinterest & Houzz are being used by DIY homeowners and professional designers alike, offering global access to free resources, and allowing searchers to tap into amazing talent through social media conversations and groups. The days of flipping through sample books and design magazines, and watching DIY TV shows, are fading into obscurity.

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Pinterest has revolutionized the DIY idea market and its influence on home decor.

In fact, most of the popular home decor sites in the U.S. receive maximum referrals through Pinterest. And the Houzz website brings dozens of different styles of architecture right in your living room. From a simple DIY idea for your garage, to designing your entire apartment, Houzz has it all.

Social media is influencing our dream homes by changing the way we dream about them! For starters, social media has kindled an interest in aesthetics and design. People across the world now have access to incredible resources when designing their own living spaces. Social media, and its tools, let them experiment with colors, patterns and finishes – often for free. These sites have become THE place for people to draw inspiration and find ways to make their homes a manifestation of their personality.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2.15.12 PMProfessional designers, decorators and vendors appreciate the effects of social media, too. They get better interactions and opportunities using social media, and that feedback can be used to develop new products and services. They can reach out to people they never thought of before and access to their knowledge.

The professionals do have some qualms about the effects of Pinterest & Houzz, noting that there is no substitute for actual design expertise. While there is a time for crowdsourcing (creating something through online collaboration) and using social media as a sounding board, having a personal (i.e. live) interaction with a design professional is still the best way to get guidance for larger design projects. After all, most design professionals have years of training and experience that allow them to handle a variety of construction and design issues.

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions.

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