Food for thought, not necessarily for staging to sell!
Comfort is trending for 2019, a consensus of home decorators agree, with more people seeking warm colors, intimate spaces, and a casual but sophisticated lifestyle. 

Designers looking to pair physical coziness with emotional comfort forecast seven decor trends:

Scaled down furnishings – After years of favoring large furniture and open spaces, consumers are aiming for a ‘nesting’ environment and choosing smaller pieces arranged in more intimate settings. 

Wall coverings – The return to traditionalism brings with it a return to wallpaper, fabric wall coverings and murals. Expect to see plenty of rich shades of green in fabric and wallpaper patterns. 

Color changes – While blues and indigos have been huge in recent years, green is the new blue for 2019 and is likely to be used in everything from upholstery patterns to kitchen furnishings. 

Color ‘pops’ – People are ditching beige minimalism in favor of fun colors, especially in family-friendly spaces. Yellow is the hottest color for small accent pieces–from ceramics to lamps to sofa pillows. 

Warm woods and traditional styles – Antiques and even second-hand items are having their moment again, with consumers looking for skirted tables, wooden chests and other wood pieces with a sense of history. 

Indoor and outdoor fireplaces – The coziness trend favors indoor fireplaces, working or not, with homey hearths as a nice spot to gather. Outdoors, fireplaces are preserving the joy of summertime barbecues. 

Crafts and artisanal accents – In a world of increasing mass production, there has been a shift back to artisanal and boutique choices in pillows, wall hangings, quilts and other accent pieces all around the home.

I wanted to share this article about Redfin, and pertains to many other iBuyer services. However none of these actually help a seller, and negotiations are seldom used with these deals. RE/MAX new platform coming soon, with their agent’s expertise is a much better choice!

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said Thursday that “while most people reject the cash offers, they still help sell more houses!” by Jim Dalrymple II Staff Write

Kelman made the comments during which he repeatedly stressed the importance of Redfin Now, which buys houses for cash. However, when asked about specifics on the program, “Kelman revealed that most home sellers don’t actually accept the cash offers!’

“Most customers who get a Redfin Now offer don’t take it,” he said. He also said that the program’s pricing “approaches a 10 percent discount once you include all the costs and fees. But there are many customers who want to see that, and we believe that offering that choice increases the total number of homes that we sell.”

Kelman also seemed to acknowledge during the call that Redfin faces challenges when it comes to figuring out how to make cash offers both profitable for his company and worthwhile for consumers.

 “Of course what we can pay for a home, and whether it’s a good deal for both the owner and Redfin Now, is still a tricky business,” he said. “In the fourth quarter, for example, a worrisome end-of-year market limited the number of homes we bought and increased the number we sold.”

While these iBuyers have garnered headlines and investment in recent years, numerous open questions remain about how they might fare in a market downturn. Most iBuyers also limit their offers to a relatively narrow class of properties — typically newer homes in relatively affordable cities — and it remains to be seen if this business model can grow beyond a niche product. Weigh your options and do not be deceived.

The iBuying sector also raises questions about how many sellers are actually willing to slash the price of their home in order to sell it quickly. Kelman’s comments seem to suggest that at least in Redfin’s case, the answer is, not enough.

Still, Kelman said that Redfin plans to continue investment in its iBuyer program, which currently operates across most of Southern California as well as in Dallas, Texas. Kelman said Redfin Now will likely expand to as many as five new markets in 2019!

“Giving customers the option of an instant offer seems here to stay,” Kelman said.

“In my opinion, a poor and low ball offer and poor negotiations lack the professional integrity RE/MAX Agents and I will offer!” Dan Swing said.

I’ve been asked recently how active the Nocatee community is compared to similar communities. There is no comparison. Two and soon to be three 55 and older communities will be included in the Nocatee preserve. With the additional mixed gated and ungated communities, the interaction is your choice. We have secure communities, and we have gated communities.
Restrictions for gated communities apply. Most all the facilities are shared by families of all ages. The Splash Park, Zip lines, lazy river, and weekly activities and coming soon the new Spray Park that boast the highest water slides in the region. Great for mothers relaxing in the sun and shallow waters for even supervised infants. Additional Zip lines will be available too! Another Water Park is slated to open in 2020 with an Olympic lap pool!

The versatility of this extremely well engineered and planned Community Development District may suggest the reasoning behind the popularity that families all over the United States are seeking our region in Florida. It boasts as one of the top three places for relocation. Activities are so many, quality of lifestyle, schools, TPC Golf, “The Players” and many public/private courses. Tennis, Swimming, Fishing, Bocci, Pickle Ball are just a few of the many activities available. The fact that it’s located in a preserve with 20 plus miles of hiking, Golf cart, and bike trails enables everyone to enjoy nature at its very best in all its forms.

Lowest Electrical fees in the Lower South East USA. Example; A 2700 Sq. Ft. home averages only $110.00 monthly. So homes with less sq. ft naturally are much less than $100.00.

Ponte Vedra has also announced coming soon, a private swim club, and separate private Tennis club.