3 Must-Have Home Amenities


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Some amenities that homebuyers once considered “nice-to-have” are moving into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say have grown in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart Homes

More and more homes can be controlled via smart phone or tablet. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Some smart refrigerators have built-in apps that can create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-Steel Alternatives

Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly growing as options to stainless-steel. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white or stainless-steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily, too.

 

Energy Efficiency

Many homebuyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers with sensors that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature and washers that can extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less drying to do.

Love This Listing: Prosper Perfection


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Featuring a beautiful courtyard entry, this luxurious Prosper home offers spacious living with abundant natural light. Situated along Gentle Creek Country Club, the large backyard includes a fantastic outdoor living area with a sparkling pool and picturesque golf course views. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

1351 Crooked Stick Drive
• $859,998
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
• 4,225 square feet

Love This Listing: Amazing Allen Abode


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Situated in the prestigious Reserve at Hamilton Hills, this stunning custom offers complete home automation technology for ease of living. The energy-efficient residence features hardwood flooring, abundant natural light and a spa-like master suite. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

1315 Lincoln Court
• $899,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 baths, 1 half-bath
• 4,793 square feet

Love This Listing: Elegant Entertainer’s Paradise


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Designed for elegance and ease, this North Dallas home offers an open floor plan and impressive features. The luxurious residence includes a custom wine alcove, heated flooring in the master bath and a backyard oasis ideal for entertaining. Ebby’s Little White House Associate Kelly Nolan will hold the property open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 6947 Lavendale Avenue
• $1,395,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
• 5,004 square feet

Fresh Listing Friday: Peaceful in Prosper


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is an energy-efficient custom in Prosper. Situated on the 17th hole of the Gentle Creek Estates golf course, 2941 Creekwood offers hardwood flooring, a kitchen with an abundance of storage, a master suite with a sitting area and custom closet, and a media or exercise room.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $865,000
• 4,376 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Kitchen with a wine cooler and a French-door oven
• Tiered multilevel patio
• Backyard oasis with a Pebble Tec® pool, spa and outdoor kitchen
 
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To view this listing, contact Stacey Zimmerman at 469-865-3656 or StaceyZ@Ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning Contemporary


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning contemporary home in Dallas. Completely remodeled in 2016, 16926 Davenport Court is ultra energy-efficient and features a solar system, tankless water heater, dual flush commodes, and an electric car charger. Take a virtual tour below and see all the high-end finishes throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $525,000
• 2,475 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Custom handrails, tile, and fixtures
• Master suite with spa-like bath

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To view this listing, contact Lori Hudson at 214-385-3665 or LoriHudson@Ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Historic Farmhouse


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a historic home in Commerce sanctioned by the Texas Historical Commission. Built in 1914, 2113 Mangum Street was restored in 2012 to include energy-efficient features, surround sound, and an elevator. The home is situated over a well, which irrigates the property, and also includes the original hardwood flooring and doors. The residence is also commercially zoned, making it the perfect potential location for a bed and breakfast or event space! Take a virtual tour below and see all the modern features this historical residence has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $479,900
• 3,772 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• Situated on 2.3 acres
• Kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and tumbled marble backsplash
• Spacious back patio

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To view this listing, contact The Dee Evans Group at 972-772-1366 or DeeEvansGroup@Ebby.com.

3 Home Amenities in Demand


3 Home Amenities Growing in Demand

 

Some amenities that homebuyers now consider “nice-to-have” may soon move into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say are growing in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart homes – More and more homes can be controlled via a smart phone or tablet. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Some smart refrigerators have built-in apps that can create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-steel alternatives – Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly growing as options to stainless-steel. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white, or stainless-steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily, too.

 

Energy efficiency – Many homebuyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers with sensors that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature and washers that can extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less drying to do.

 

Green Updates that Add Value to Your Home


The green trend is growing across countless industries and sectors, and real estate is no exception. Energy efficiency and resource conservation features are attractive enough that many home buyers are willing to pay thousands more for an energy-optimized home.

 

If you’re looking to put your house on the market soon, you’re probably weighing your options and wondering which updates will help your case. The answer is: think green. Here are a few suggestions for increasing the numbers behind that dollar sign—and benefitting the environment in the meantime.

 

Install New Energy-Efficient Appliances

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According to Energy Star, a dishwasher that was manufactured before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle and wastes $35 per year. A fridge that’s older than a decade could be costing you even more, too. If it’s time for you to replace a kitchen appliance, consider investing in an Energy Star-rated model, which uses less energy and decreases your negative impact on the environment. When you shop for a new model, look at the EnergyGuide label so that you can compare the yearly cost of operating the appliance. Be sure to properly recycle your old model so that your effort to save resources doesn’t go to waste.

 

Get Smart

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The earliest dream of the smart home was to simply make everything more convenient. But as the tech industry and consumers grow wiser to how our actions affect the environment, smart home technology has dovetailed into something more meaningful. Smart home applications and appliances allow you to closely manage your home, from adjusting the lighting to keeping close track of your energy use. But if you’re not ready to partake in a smart home overhaul, starting with a thermostat is a great way to cut down on your energy bill. Some smart thermostat models, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, pick up on your routine and adjust accordingly. The temperature will rise or decrease according to occupancy, so that you’re not wasting energy while everyone is away.

 

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

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3915 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,790,000

Caulk and weatherstrip are crucial for preventing air leaks and drafts. If your existing windows are fairly new and in good shape, consider retrofitting them with energy-efficient coatings and treatments. If your windows are old or inefficient, you may find that buying new windows entirely is a better investment than retrofitting. Make sure that you understand energy performance ratings before you purchase new windows so that you can get the best bang for your buck. Consider purchasing heavier window coverings or an outdoor awning to decrease heat transfer and keep your home comfortable.

 

Add Insulation

Technology is an amazing tool for reducing your energy costs, but energy optimization can be as simple as adding insulation. Air sealing and insulation techniques allow your HVAC system to perform more effectively. If your home is older, chances are it’s somewhat less efficient than it could be with increased insulation. One way to know whether your home has enough insulation and where it should be added is to hire an energy auditor to assess it. This way, you won’t waste time and effort installing insulation materials where they’re not needed.

Common culprits of heat loss include the attic, and the walls and floors surrounding an unheated space, like a garage. Energy.gov has more information on adding insulation in order to make your home more efficient.

 

Replace Regular Faucets with Low-Flow

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4915 Stanford Avenue | Dallas – Rector Place | $1,498,500

Standard faucets have an average flow of 2 gallons per minute (gpm). If that doesn’t mean much to you, a low-flow faucet has a comparative gpm of 0.5, which means conserving 75 percent of the water you use. Standard showerheads come in at 3 gpm, while low-flow showerheads have a 1.6 gpm. But your updates don’t have to stop there; you can also retrofit your toilets with low-flow flush valves. You can save money while conserving water, without experiencing a noticeable difference in your hygiene routine.

 

Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor and writer for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.