Over the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, TeamW Realty hosted a client appreciation lunch! We invited our clients to Seasons in the Park at Queen Elizabeth Park for an afternoon of wine and dine and gift draw. We want to thank our loyal clients, friends, and family for their continued trust and support in us. We appreciate your business and would not have made it without your support!
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7 Things Interior Designers Want you to Know by Laura Gaskill (Houzz)
What do interior designers do? The popular image of an interior designer toting around fabric swatches and paint samples covers only a small part of what these pros do. Like decorators, interior designers can help you choose fabrics, furnishings and paint colors.
1. We go through a rigorous education and training process, just like other pros.
Certifications are one way to check that an interior designer is qualified to take on your project, says Schumacher. “Another way to qualify an interior designer is to look at their education and make sure it matches up with what they do for a living,” she adds. Take into account both a design-related education and professional certification to get the fullest picture of your interior designer’s qualifications.2. We can use the latest technology to help you envision a new space.
“A designer should know AutoCad and other tools for space planning, codes and so on,” says Schumacher. These tools and specialized knowledge allow interior designers to look at your space in a way you might not have imagined. They can work up a digital rendering that is incredibly realistic, allowing you to visualize changes before committing.
3. We can pull together an entire home … or a single room.
“Our job is to work with your budget! While it’s true we do work on large whole-home builds, we also work on smaller projects and budgets,” says O’Hara. “Homeowners shouldn’t be scared to reach out to an interior designer just because they aren’t building a new home or refurnishing their entire home.”
4. We can help your project conform to safety standards and building codes.
Certified interior designers are required to know current building codes and other laws that may affect design in the state where they practice, so they can ensure the safety of your project.
5. We can’t always share product sources and pricing publicly.
Wondering why your questions about product names and prices featured in a designer’s photo are not always answered? “We try to be as open as possible about our process, our design and our advice,” says O’Hara. But “as much as we would love to give people information about all of the furnishings in our photos, there are a few reasons why we don’t list the information publicly.”
First, she says, “a lot of our vendors won’t allow us to list any pricing online. Second, a lot of the products change over time — becoming discontinued or altered, changing prices, etc. — and it would be incredibly time consuming to update all 450-plus photos anytime something changes. Finally, we have to respect the privacy of our clients, who usually don’t want us announcing how much they spent on their furniture.”
6. We want to work with your vision … and expand it.
Don’t expect a cookie-cutter approach from professional interior designers. They are there to listen to you, assess your needs and then create an original design that fits your space perfectly. “We love it when people come to us looking for something different,” O’Hara says. “Our designers work across the range of styles, and it’s always a treat to try something new. We don’t go into our work with preconceptions or a design agenda. Instead, our goal is to help our clients achieve their vision and to take that vision to its full potential.”
7. We can see your project through from start to finish.
A qualified interior designer can oversee a team of workers, make decisions about moving interior walls, plan a kitchen or bathroom remodel, make a home wheelchair accessible and more.
“And,” says Schumacher, “an interior designer has the skills to help with furniture and fabrics — the ‘jewelry’ of the home.”
Fewer Home Sales and listings in the first quarter of 2018
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REGBV) has reported a drop in residential home sales in March 2018. The total amount of sales were 2,517, a 29.7% decrease from 3,579 sales recorded in March 2017. This is 23% below the 10-year March sales average.
“We saw less demand from buyers and fewer homes listed for sale in our region in the first quarter of the year,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today.”
There has also been a decrease in listings. There were 12,469 homes listed for sale in Metro Vancouver during the first quarter or 2018, which is a 0.8% decrease from 12,568 sales over the same period last year.
“Even with lower demand, upward pressure on prices will continue as long as the supply of homes for sale remains low,” Moore said. “Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms.”