November 2014 Real Estate News – Peter Owen – Garden City Top Agent Dedicated and Trusted

Long Island Real Estate

Central Nassau County

Garden City, Floral Park, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Manhasset Hills, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Mineola, Stewart Manor

Peter Owen

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson



Hi Everyone

Interesting thing happening the past 2 months in a number of villages – Prices have been rising, not huge jumps but noticeable. As I have been saying the past 4 months, the buyers have not gone away and there is still not enough inventory to satisfy the demand. Price increases are inevitable. So, If you are considering selling your home, please do not wait until Spring – your buyer is waiting out there.

Peter Owen

Top dedicated and Trusted Agent in Garden City, Stewart Manor, Floral Park, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Heights, Lynbrook and Malverne


Wallpaper: Back in the Game

ItӁs not your grandmotherӁs look any more. Find out why wallpaper has a growing appeal among trendsetters and younger buyers.


In recent years, wallpaper played a  minor role in home décor, relegated mostly to powder rooms and otherwise pushed aside by paint, which has been considered the cheaper, faster  way to freshen a room.

Wallpaper also didnӁt fit the more modern aesthetic that gained hold  in the last dozen years or so, says Paula Berberian, creative director at Brewster Home Fashions, a fifth-generation family-owned wallpaper manufacturer in Randolph,  Mass. And some buyers considered it far too personal a choice, as well  as problematic to install and later remove.

But tastes change. Many younger buyers donӁt remember their parentsӁ  and grandparentsӁ homes covered in floral, striped, and velvet papers  and are now gravitating to wallpaper as a chic update choice. ӄThey  consider it quite cool, along the lines of Mid-Century modern,Ӆ says  Berberian.

ItӁs even catching on in parts of the country far from the trendsetting coasts.

ӄWe just finished a Parade of Homes in Boise, Idaho, and Provo Utah, and  most of the high-end houses incorporated some wallpaperҼoften big,  bright, bold, large-scale geometrics,Ӆ says Robyn Shea, a salesperson at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Boise who retails several  wallpaper brands under her other business, Design Source 101.

There are other reasons for wallpaperӁs growing appeal:

Easier to hang and remove: Papers have been vastly  improved, and are easier to hang and remove without damaging walls. Some are fabricated on a nonwoven substrate, so they make it easier to hide  surface imperfections, too, says Berberian. Jackie JustӁs Murals Your Way, based in Minneapolis, are made to peel and stick, making them easier to apply, remove, and reuse elsewhere.

More environmentally friendly: Many wallpapers today are made from eco-wise materials, such as water-based  prints that breathe. Some with new vinyl coatings hold up better to  bathroom steam and can be wiped free of dirt, grease, and fingerprints.

Patterns are hipper and fresher-looking: Buyers should focus on overscaled geometrics including kaleidoscopes, Asian-inspired themes, trompe lӁoeil photorealism shots of materials such as weathered wood and brick,  horizontal and chevron patterns rather than traditional vertical  stripes, and faux leathers, says Jon Sherman, owner of manufacturer Flavor Paper in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Colors are brighter: Think aquas, oranges, purples, greens, yellows, hot pinks, metallic silvers and golds, and contrasting white and black combos, says Jill Wagner at New York-based manufacturer Osborne & Little. Midtone pastels have made inroads, and, of course, gray, the hot neutral, makes the cut.

Texture has become more pronounced: Metallics and  crystals are being incorporated, as well as bits of suede, gels, beads,  and cosmetic-style powders that change with light and as people move  past them, says Sherman. Even Ӂ50s grass cloth has returned, but with a  contemporary edge and in more than earth tones.

More inventive installations: Wallpaper is going beyond just a roomӁs four walls; nowadays, itӁs  viewed as a possibility for one accent wall, the ceiling, or in between  ceiling beams or coffers, says Berberian. And it can be used to expand  space, make it more intimate, or camouflage a problem, says general  contractor Beverley Kruskol of M.Y. Pacific Builders in Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Calif.-based designer Kimball Hills of Rumba Style hadnӁt used wallpaper in years, but is doing so with white grass cloth to brighten a clientӁs burled wood wall.

Price points vary: Some companies like BerberianӁs  offer single rolls from $40 up, and Just provides a fully customized  8-by-0-foot feature wall mural for between $500 and $800.

But since not all buyers yet are fans of wallpaper, professionals  recommend that home owners weigh choices carefully unless they plan to  stay for years. Here are more tips:

  • Dip a toe in slowly: If your clients are new to using wallpaper, they might want to start small, such as an accent wall in a  bathroom, says Chicago designer Lisa Wolfe, who is a huge wallpaper fan. She also recommends it to break up large  areas, or in a bedroom, entry hall, cozy den, breakfast room. Using it  in a kitchen requires restraint since many equate to the dated kitchen  paper of the past. TodayӁs buyers are still more inclined to tile  backsplashes or paint. But if a home owners likes the idea, they should  consider a perky, modern pattern.
  • Wallpaper borders are out, says Wagner of Osborne & Little.
  • A wallpaper whitewashing is a no-no: If an entire  house is wallpapered, sellers might consider removing some before they  list. And they should definitely clean or take down dirty, worn, or torn wallpaper, which is a huge turnoff.


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Peter Owen

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson




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