2017 HOME TRENDS in colors and design.....


One of the reasons that I love my career is keeping on top of all of the exciting new home trends that arrive each year.  They vary from decor to technology to the impact of changing lifestyles of consumers. For good or bad we are living in a cycle of rapid changes.

Here are 3 notable 2017 Home trends from the most recent report from the National Associaltion of Realtors....

The Transforming Office

Why it’s happening: Regular work-from-home time among the non–self-employed population has grown by 103 percent since 2005, according to Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego–based research and consulting group focused on workplace change. Her organization estimates that number will continue to grow at between 10 percent and 20 percent a year.

How it will impact you: More of your clients are likely to need a work-from-home space, but due to the diminished size and highly transient nature of technology tools, there’s less need for a dedicated, separate office. Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor’s chief economist, says almost any area of a house can become a workplace, but the most functional ones incorporate built-ins and furnishings that serve a dual purpose. That same desire for flexibility may someday translate to layouts that can easily change to a homeowner’s whim, such as the KB Home ProjeKt movable wall concept in its “Home of 2050” at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo this past October.


The Walkable Suburb


Why it’s happening: Urban centers have long been a magnet for residents wanting to walk rather than drive to work, shopping, and entertainment. But the trend is now spreading to the suburbs where being close to a town center — and public transit into a larger city — offers similar appeal.

How it will impact you: high walk score has become a recognized real estate marketing tool.  This is partuclarly true in "North of Boston" Towns like Reading, Melrose, Andover, and Wakefield.    Being able to leave the car at home and walk to parks, stores, public transportation, and eateries all figure prominently in the marleting that I do for my sellers.   Websites like Zillow can be helpful when consumers are researching new communities, but your local professional and neighbors will have the excellent insights.


Taupe Is the New Gray!!

Why it’s happening: White remains the top paint color choice due to its flexibility and the fact that it comes in so many variations (PPG Paints has 80 in its inventory, according to Dee Schlotter, senior color expert). Though white has been upstaged by gray in recent years, this year many will be searching for a warmer neutral, which is why paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its 2017 Color of the Year. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of a weathered, woodsy neutral and a sense of coziness and harmony that people seek,” says Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing. 

How it will impact you: Dallas-based designer Barbara Gilbert considers taupe a smart alternative since it still performs as a neutral with other colors, cool or warm. She expects to see taupe on more exteriors — blending well with roofs, doors, window frames, and surrounding landscape — but it also will turn up indoors on walls, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, furnishings, and molding. It might even work to help update a listing clad in gray, she says, as the two colors work well together.  Locally I have always gotten excelent color advice from the staff at The Purple Door Paint Store in Reading.   They carry the full Ben Moore line and can really "see" colors and save you time by finding you the "warm" or "cold" hues of a particular color.  

Happy Home Sellers in Lynnfield see Median Prices Rising!

All real estate is local and right now is a good time to be a local seller.   Lynnfield has certainly rebounded from the dark days of the housing crisis and remains very desirable for families and other homebuyers looking for a great schools and a low key lifestyle North of Boston.    We've calculated the median price for you for 3 time periods in the accompanying chart.  

Real Estate Lingo: Maisonette

Yes- it rhymes with Raisonet!   I discovered this new term in NYC land of the luxury co-op/condo experts.  Further research shows that it is very common lingo in the UK and can represent a one level (flat) or multi-level townhouse style home.

As a term used to sell street level homes in one of the world's busiest cities, maisonette will likely start to appear locally as well - particularly for luxury buildings.  Granted - while the idea of living above it all in the penthouse sounds wonderful - apparently there are drawbacks that maisonettes do not have.

1. Noise:  Curiously - you may not realize that street level noise travels upward wiht minimal loss of quality and volume.  Apparently it hits the sie of the building and changes course intact giving upper floor dwellers no escape from honking horns and sirens.

2. Time:  When pitching a maisonette - it is key to ask the buyers how how of their life they would like to spend waiting for and standing in the building elevators.  Maisonettes generally avoid all of these delays woht direct secure acces to the street level.

3. Value:  Maisonettes may have a lower price than upper level units and may also have a lower share of the association fees.

On the cons - improper sound proofing between floors can result in your knowing too much about your neighbor's lifestyle - but this can apply to all floors not just non-penthouse homes.   

RE/MAX Leading Edge Named Top 5 Best Places to work for 3rd Year in a row!

RE/MAX Leading Edge, one of Greater Boston’s leading full-service real estate companies with offices in Boston, Arlington, Lexington, Lynnfield, Melrose, Newton, Reading, North Reading, Somerville, Wakefield, Watertown and Winchester, was named to the 2013 Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for the third consecutive year.  Companies were grouped by size and RE/MAX Leading Edge was ranked number 13 out of 40 in the medium-sized company category. RE/MAX Leading Edge has been ranked in the top 15 of this category since 2011.

“We would like to congratulate everyone at RE/MAX Leading Edge for their recent recognition as one of the top places to work,” saidDan Breault, Executive Vice President and Regional Director of RE/MAX of New England. “They are committed to supporting the growth and productivity of their Agents through their unique training and education programs.  Their office has proven to be a true example of how to establish a great working environment with maximum work output.”

HerrickHomeTeam Delivers miracle homes year round!


Participating Agents Help Fund Local Pediatric Treatment, Equipment & Programs

 As RE/MAX kicks off its second annual “Month of Miracles” in August, Broker/Realtor Karen Gately Herrick celebrates Boston Children’s Hospital, a valuable member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.    For the past 10 years RE/MAX Leading Edge agents have contributed in excess of $75,00.00 and the amount grows annually.   About 70% of RE/MAX Leading Edge agents and Brokers opt to automatically contribute with each sale. Like many companies in the RE/MAX family RE/MAX Leading Edge sponsors a variety of CMN fundraising efforts throughout the year

 Ms. Herrick is an especially proud sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network having seen first hand the difference the expertise at Boston Children’s Hospital can make.   In 2000, her daughter, Madeleine, was diagnosed with a life threatening issue in utero and was rushed from the delivery room to Boston Children’s Hospital for immediate surgery.   “Anyone with a sick child knows how stressful and upsetting it can be,” says Ms. Herrick, “I can’t speak highly enough about the quality of the care we received and how grateful we were to have this pediatric expertise nearby.”

 Since 1992, RE/MAX and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada have partnered to raise more than $123 million for 170 member hospitals across North America, with local hospitals determining how funds are needed most

 Anyone interested in finding the perfect home — and helping their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the process — can visit www.www.herrickhometeam.com and www.remax.com to search listings. 

August is Miracle Month for RE/MAX and Children's Miracle Network

Did you know that every single home sale from HerrickHomeTeam results in a contribution to the Children's Miracle Network?  This August is the second anuual effort to promote this great organization and continue the good work and research that means so much to so many familes.

Look for the Children's Miracle Home Rider and ask your agent what they are doing to give back!

Sell or Buy your next home through HerrickHomeTeam and join us in supporting Boston Children's Hosptal year round!