Hottest home trends for Autumn

 


1. OVERSIZED FLORALS

This is a really lovely trend – who doesn’t love flower prints and on a large scale? Look out for big blousy designs that have a pre-Raphaelite style and you’ll find them on cushions, bedding and as murals (shown here). Keep the rest of the look simple, so the florals become the star and pick out key colors to accessorize with.

2. MODERN NETURALS

This is a combination of different elements that creates a beautiful and simple look with the emphasis on natural-looking furniture. As Kate Butler, head of design at Habitat, explains: ‘Here there’s been a focus on stripped timbers, wood grain and a return to simple, natural patinas and materials within furniture.’ Team this with gently patterned crockery, soft grey chairs and a neutral block colored textured rug to complete this calming trend.

3. GOLD

Although we had gold as a trend back in spring/summer, it’s still very much here and you’re going to see even more of it this season! So how about using it in a different form instead of as an accessory? Yes, that’s right – GOLD carpet, and isn’t it fabulous, especially with this Mid-Century modern furniture?

4. JET BLACK

Fans of monochrome will adore this trend. It’s all about the accessories – and they need to be black. But if you’re not a massive fan of large amounts of black you can make this trend work by using small blocks here and there. Like this beautiful beaded pendant, console and shelving unit. Combine this look with tactile pieces and white to balance it out.

5. ALL THE PINKS

Dusty, old fashioned pinks are all the rage for autumn which is a perfect antidote to the usual rusty tones we see, and as it’s such an easy-on-the-eye color it’s simple to apply to our homes. We asked Karen Thomas, head of design at Home at Marks & Spencer to explain this trend: ‘Adding warmth and color to your home, these tones will work especially well alongside metallic, contemporary greys and the new wave of darker neutrals. If you’re feeling bold, go for statement upholstery in vibrant pink velvet or for a more understated look try painterly florals and layer textures and fabrics to add interest.’

5. TACTILE KITCHENS

Kitchens are undergoing a change, no longer are they simply all about one style of units, a worktop and a complementary splash back. This new and exciting trend is all about mixing it up – different textures sat next to each other, contrasting in both color and touch. ‘A sleek quartz work surface with an integrated solid wood chopping board or dark cabinetry against a clean marbled splash back, makes for an eye-catching space, and one that is full of character,’ says Daniela Condo, designer at Life Kitchens.

Discover hidden treasures for a great cause

Join us for the Annual Hall & Hunter Realtors Estate Sale benefiting Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Changing Places Moving Compan

Birmingham, MI — On September 9, 2017 hundreds of buyers and collectors from all over the tri-county area will have their pick of some amazing collectibles, antiques, and quality furniture at the annual Hall & Hunter Realtors Estate Sale.  Now in its 13th year, this annual event benefits Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and to date, has raised more than $250,000 dollars to help local families achieve their dream of owning their own, affordable home. Held under a giant tent at the Hall & Hunter Realtors office, located at 442 S. Old Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, the event runs from 9am to 4pm and shoppers are encouraged to get there early.

The annual Hall & Hunter Estate Sale has grown to become a full year’s endeavor. Through a unique partnership with Changing Places Moving Company of Waterford, donated items are collected throughout the year from Hall & Hunter clients, agents and many other community friends. The donations are then stored in the Changing Places warehouse and are delivered to the offices of Hall & Hunter in downtown Birmingham just prior to the sale.

For several days prior to the big sale, dozens of Hall & Hunter volunteers roll up their sleeves to help set up and stage the items in our giant white tent. Lori Stefek of Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers generously donates her merchandising expertise to accurately price, stage and prepare for the one-of-a-kind day-long sale. Other major sponsors include Bank of Ann Arbor, Equity Title, and Downtown Publications.

Habitat for Humanity is a grass roots organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and substandard housing.  Habitat builds or renovates homes in partnership with qualifying families who pay a no-profit mortgage held by Habitat.  Since 1996 Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County has built and renovated homes for more than 200 families.

Hall & Hunter Realtors is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and has been serving the community for more than 60 years.

For more information contact:  Gillian Lazar (glazar@hallandhunter.com) or Pam Gray (pgray@hallandhunter.com) or call 248-644-3500.

Luxurious European flair at its finest

362 Keswick Road | Bloomfield Hills

Set on almost 2 acres, this European inspired manor home takes full advantage of its peaceful, private setting located in highly sought after Cranbrook Community neighborhood. Bathed in natural light and rich in character, the interior benefits from a thoughtful floor plan that connects to an array of outdoor living spaces. Exquisite details include gleaming marble floors, leaded glass windows, crystal light fixtures and intricate moldings. The main level takes in a 2 story foyer with a sweeping staircase, richly paneled library, gourmet kitchen opening to wonderful entertaining space featuring a large family room with fireplace, beautifully accented formal rooms and luxurious master suite and bath. Ample family accommodations include four additional bedrooms and 3 full baths on the upper level that overlook the spectacular gardens and lush landscape. A very special home! Contact Cindy Kahn for more details.

Faces of luxury real estate

Very proud to see our fearless leaders featured in Hour Detroit‘s Faces of Luxury Real Estate. CEO Dennis Wolf, President Brad Wolf & Assistant Manager Ryan Wolf consistently show a deep commitment to integrity and professionalism, setting an amazing example for our 90 experienced agents.

Are you and your garden ready for summer?

A little seasonal maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring safety and security. Traveler’s Insurance provides a home maintenance checklist to help you do just that:

Indoors:

  • Furnace – clean or replace the filter
  • Fireplace – remove any ash and have the chimney swept
  • Smoke detectors – change the batteries and check that detectors are working
  • Water heater – inspect for leaks or corrosion
  • Air conditioning – have the system checked and tuned by a professional before turning it on for the season
  • Electrical outlets – check outlets and cords for frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.
  • Dryer – Clean lint build-up from the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe.
  • Windows – Let the sun shine in through clean windows all over the house

Outdoors:

  • Roof – Check for loosened shingles or any damage from snow or ice, and make repairs now to reduce the possibility of leaks
  • Gutters: Clean leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage
  • Trees: Visually inspect trees for damage or rot and remove, or have professionally removed, any dead trees or limbs. Be sure all healthy trees and bushes are trimmed and away from utility wires
  • Lawn Equipment: Make sure lawn mowers, tractors and other equipment are tuned up before using. Store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Walkways and Driveways: Repair any cracks and broken or uneven surfaces to provide a safe, level walking area.

7 reasons to work with a REALTOR®

This article is from the National Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

  1. An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  2. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
  3. Property marketing power. Property doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
  4. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
  5. Up-to-date experience. Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  6. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
  7. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.

5 tips for buyers in a tight housing market

When inventory is low, home prices tend to go up. Attempting to purchase a house in this type of market can make the already complex process of buying a home even more overwhelming. Get through the buying process with as little stress and difficulty as possible with these tips from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR):

  1. Determine and stick to a budget.
  1. Identify desired neighborhoods and home wants versus needs.
  1. Be ready to make a decision quickly.
  1. Bid competitively and limit contingencies.
  1. Work with a REALTOR® from Hall & Hunter Realtors. Meet our Agents

 

Spectacular mid-century modern ranch is renovated perfection!

7201 Bingham Road |  Bloomfield

Spectacular mid-century modern walk out ranch with over 4,800 square ft of living space renovated to perfection. Spacious rooms w walls of glass boasting vaulted ceilings, 3 fireplaces, 5 new bathrooms and hardwood floors throughout. Great room opens to all new kitchen featuring quartz counters, glass backsplash, stainless steal appliances, snack bar and door wall to new 1300 square ft deck overlooking private wooded yard. Open floorplan continues to dining room with fireplace and bright library. Bedroom wing includes master suite with 2 walk-in-closet, coffee bar and private bath w double vanities. Walk out lower level complete w 28×20 family room w fireplace, kitchenette, theatre room w 150 inch screen, 4th bedroom w private bath, 30×15 home office exercise room, 2-doorwalls to yard and second laundry. 1st floor laundry mudroom w lockers, new windows, exterior doors, paver patio and fire pit. Great location to all freeways, Bham, local markets and restaurants, easy to get anywhere from here! Conant Elem, BHMS, BHHS

Price drop on beautiful Quarton Lake Estates home

Custom French country home hits the market!

Welcome to 3185 Saint James Court in Oakland Twp.

Superbly appointed French country custom home built by Moceri & designed by Tringali (Alexis floor plan) on premium wooded cul de sac lot (.64 acres) backing to conservation area for privacy. Elegant interior finishes such as oversize crown moldings, casings & trim, coffered ceilings, solid wood doors, Weathershield windows, beautiful French doors w phantom screens off Great Rm onto porch & patio allowing interior exterior entertaining, premium lighting, plumbing fixtures & cabinetry t o, high end appliances, hardwood & slate on 1st floor. Huge phenomenal chef’s kitchen w abundant storage. Luxurious Master Suite w sitting room, 2 entrances to covered porch, dressing room, oversize walk in California closet & stunning marble bath. Finished daylight LL w bar, family rm w FP, billiard room, office (could be 5th bedroom) & unfinished storage space. French influenced landscaping includes perennial gardens, pathways, pergola, elevated pond, paver patios & covered porch on 1st & 2nd floors.

Contact Lynn Baker & Deby Gannes for more details.