4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Loft

27 May 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

Close your eyes and imagine: a perfectly manicured lawn spreading out in front of a stately Colonial in the suburbs. A pool in the back with a backyard large enough for the kids to play baseball and to host barbecues for the neighborhood on warm summer nights. A large, open-concept kitchen with the latest appliances, a three-car garage and even a spare en suite bedroom should you have out-of-town guests.

It’s sounds perfect, right?

Well, maybe it isn’t exactly your definition of perfect, but you likely have some kind of picture in your mind of what your dream Loft would look like. And in a perfect world, you can have that Loft.

But we don’t live in a perfect world. Unless you’re building from the ground up – and even not always then – you will probably need to make some compromises and adjust your expectations. If you want to find something that gets as close as possible to that dream Loft in your mind, follow these tips.

Define what you’re looking for

Go ahead and make a list of all the things it would be fantastic to have in your new Loft, whether that be a media room or a temperature-controlled wine cellar. That’s your “would be nice to have” list. Now make another list of things that are more important and possibly deal-breakers for you, which could include the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. This is your “must have” list. Cover all your bases with your “must have” list and be grateful when some of the Lofts you view have items from your “would be nice to have” list. You can probably live without the in-Loft gym, but going without a master bathroom could become problematic.

Be realistic about what you can afford

If you’re serious about buying a Loft, one of the first things you should do is get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will serve you better down the line once the closing process begins, and will also indicate what price range you should be looking at when you start your search. There’s nothing more disappointing than having your heart set on a Loft that you ultimately can’t afford, and nothing more discouraging than not being able to make your payments should you buy it anyway.

Think about the location

Maybe you think it would be wonderful to have a sprawling Loft in the country, but you might change your mind after suffering through a long commute for years. Consider what type of neighborhood you’d like to live in, what types of amenities are nearby and how close you need to be to work and school.

Be flexible

The most important tip when it comes to finding your perfect Loft is to be flexible. Go into the process with a positive mindset, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a little imagination can do to a Loft. That Loft you weren’t so sure about when you first found it online could end up being the Loft you’ve been dreaming about for years.

What are the Best Times to Buy, List and Sell a Loft?

1 Jun 2016 · by ChrisSampaio

buyers-marketBy Jennifer Riner, Zillow

Navigating the housing market can be tricky, especially if you’re new to real estate. But, with a little research, you can avoid the mishaps that commonly occur as a new Loft buyer or seller trying to maximize your dollar and keep your buying or selling power at its peak.

Keep these tips in mind when determining the most opportune times to buy, list and sell a property.


You might be a new Loft buyer or a seasoned Homeowner, but choosing the right season to buy depends on the current market. Keeping up with the latest research trends – especially those revolving around your local market – is the first step in ensuring a good investment strategy.

With rents climbing to historical highs, especially in coastal markets, it might make sense to take advantage of low mortgage rates.

Traditionally, most experts agree the best time to buy Lofts is in the spring and fall seasons. Typically, this is when inventory tends to increase, allowing buyers more options and sometimes more leverage in terms of bargaining power.


Timing the listing of a Loft is more specific – imagine when buyers search Lofts online. Sundays are considered prime time for showings, but listings often hit the markets on late Thursday and Friday afternoons so house hunters have time to plan their weekends accordingly.

But to stand out, consider listing on Monday or Tuesday. Potential buyers unhappy with the previous days’ open houses will be searching for new listings and you can gain the largest scope of interested buyers throughout the week. Keep the open house on Sunday to make sure everyone has an opportunity to see your Loft in person.

Zillow offers a Best Time to List tool so sellers know how much sale price can fluctuate month by month based on their ZIP code as well as historical listing, transaction and Zestimate data in each local market.


Sellers should avoid the holiday season and the winter, although enthusiastic buyers rarely keep to seasonal trends. But, bear in mind, eager buyers aren’t in every city. Buyers searching for Lofts in San Francisco might be more inclined to move in January because the weather is mild and the market is hot. On the flipside, the Chicago real estate market is cooler in the winter, as are the temperatures – making relocation a bit of a hassle.

But no matter the season, make sure to consider how long your Loft remains on the market. Having it on the market for too long is a red flag to buyers. Come spring, buyers who were searching in the winter are weary of stale listings, and may assume there is something wrong with the property other house hunters have scoped out already.

Being new to the real estate game is stressful, but there’s no reason you can’t be successful from the start. If you’re feeling lost, consult a real estate professional in your area for more information on how to properly buy, list or sell according to market trends.

How to Reduce LOFT Buying Stress

13 May 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Reduce Home Buying Stress

There’s no two ways about it – buying a home is stressful. Whether you’re doing it for the first time, or have several purchases under your belt, it’s a complex process that brings up lots of emotions – both good and bad.

Let’s face it – there’s a myriad of things that could go wrong during the sales process. Your loan could be rejected. The inspection could reveal that costly repairs need to be made. The appraisal could be lower than the selling price, which could affect your mortgage. The seller could be unpleasant or argumentative. There are plenty of things to worry about.

One of the best ways to deal with potential home-buying stress is to be prepared. Here’s what you can do to make buying your home as stress-free as possible.

Be clear about what you’re looking for

It’s frustrating for both you and your agent if you’re looking at loft after loft that just doesn’t suit your needs. Before you even begin scheduling appointments to view Lofts, take some time to define what you’re looking for. What type of Loft? How many bedrooms? What size? What kind of neighborhood? The clearer you can be, the more likely you’ll find a home you like sooner.

Be realistic about what you can afford

Getting swept up into the dream of owning the perfect home can be intoxicating, but having a mortgage that is not within your financial means is a nightmare. A good rule of thumb is to look for lofts that are two or three times what your annual income is. Anything more than that, and you’re inviting excess stress into your life, worrying about how you’ll pay the bills each month.

Be ready with a mortgage pre-approval

By getting your financial life in order and getting pre-approved for a mortgage ahead of the buying process, you are signaling to sellers that you’re serious about making a purchase. You’re also alleviating a potential pitfall should you not qualify during the deal. In addition, getting pre-approved will help should others also make an offer on the same house. If not, you’ll be one of the first crossed off the list.

Be willing to make compromises

It’s rare to find the absolute perfect loft at the perfect price. And if you are dead set on it, you’re going to stress yourself and your real estate agent out.  Unless you can build your loft from scratch, you’ll probably need to make some compromises. Determine beforehand what you must have versus what it would be nice to have, so that you know where you can be flexible.

Be gentle with yourself and take breaks

Whenever possible, schedule relaxing things to do while you’re going through the process of buying a loft. Get a massage. Go out to dinner with friends. See a movie. Take a nap. Visit with family. Go for a drive in the country. Listen to some guided meditations, or take a yoga class.

You don’t have to let stress get the better of you when you’re buying a loft! If you take some time to get prepared, be clear about what you really need, and allow yourself some time to decompress, you can minimize the adverse effects it has on your well-being.

How to Create a Functional Home Office

6 May 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Create a Functional Home OfficeAre you one of the millions of Americans working from your Loft? Or maybe you have a job outside the Loft but need a good “command center” from which to run your household? If you’re tired of letting your kitchen table double as your workspace, here are some great tips to set up your own Loft office space.

Choose a space

First of all, think about how much time you’ll be spending each day in your home office. If the answer is more than a few minutes, don’t be stingy about claiming some usable space to work in. Nothing is more disheartening than squeezing into a windowless closet in order to preserve your child’s bedroom – years after they went away to college.

If you have a spare room that can be converted into an office space, great. If not, take a look around your Loft to find an area that can function as a permanent workspace, such as an unused area under a staircase, a breakfast nook, or a corner of your living room. Keep in mind how much privacy or quiet you will need, and whether or not you’ll be meeting clients in your space.

Consider the furniture

What type of work do you do, and how much space will you need to complete it? Take some time to find the right desk, bookshelves and other types of storage you may need. Consider how much space you have to work with, and adjust accordingly. Also keep in mind that this is an area of your Loft, so don’t be afraid to make personal choices that reflect your individual tastes. One of the perks of working from a home office is not having to slave away under fluorescent lights in a gray cubicle. Make your home office a place you enjoy spending time in.

Invest in a good chair

If your work demands sitting at a desk for any length of time during working hours, then invest in a good chair. Of all the furniture you buy for your home office, this is the one you should spend the money on. Choose is chair that is not only comfortable and ergonomic, but also beautiful and functional in your space.

Don’t forget the lights

Make sure your Home office space has plenty of good lighting to reduce eyestrain and headaches. Make use of any natural light that is coming into the space and be sure to position computer screens so there isn’t glare. Have sufficient overhead lighting to illuminate the room and place a lamp on your desk for strong task lighting.

Use vertical space

If your Home office space is short on square footage, you can make the most of what you have by utilizing wall space for storage. Floating shelves above your desk can help to organize papers and vertical files attached the wall can help keep important documents close at hand.

Make it personal

Your Home office is a reflection of who you are, so don’t be afraid to paint the walls a bold color, hang art you love, line the floor with colorful throw rugs and place personal mementos on the shelves and desk. It’s your space – make it one you love to be in!