Small Bedroom? Here Are Some BIG Ideas.

Reposted by Don Johnson, Don Johnson Realty Group
Most people dream of having a spacious and accommodating home, but unfortunately most American homes and apartments feature rooms that are moderately sized at best and in some cases, downright small. While suffering through a tiny kitchen is one oredeal, being forced to sleep in a small bedroom can be a greater challenge. After all, it can be difficult to feel comfortable when it feels like the walls are closing in on you.
Since you can’t physically change the size dimensions of your bedroom, you are going to have to adapt a few strategies for making the room appear larger than it is. Luckily, there are several tips you use to help give your small bedroom a more spacious feel.
Tip 1: Keep the Bedroom Clean and De-Clutter Often
Nothing makes a small space feel even smaller than a mess. If you have a small bedroom, keeping it clean and tidy will help you maximize your floor space so it will be easier to move around within the room. On the plus side, since the room is small, it won’t take long to clean. Of course, since the room is small, it also won’t take much to dirty it up, so clean it often and you won’t have a problem. You should also de-clutter your bedroom frequently to prevent accumulating items that don’t belong in the room.
Tip 2: Don’t Use Beds with Foot Boards
Sleigh beds have large and sometimes very thick foot boards that can take a big chunk out of your available room space. Therefore, if your bedroom has size limitations, leave the foot board off the bed frame.
Tip 3: Buy Appropriate Furniture for the Room
Before you buy any furniture for the room, measure the walls and decide upon a maximum thickness for the furniture. Avoid purchasing curved furniture because these items stick further out into your walking zone without offering any increase in storage capacity. Everything from the bed to the lamps needs to be downsized in order to give the room a larger feel. Better yet, do away with table lamps and install wall-mounted sconces or fixtures to give the room a more open feel. In addition, by decreasing your bed size, you’ll be able to fit other types of furniture in the room that it may have not been able to accommodate with your California king in the room.
Tip 4: Paint the Room to Promote Height
Painting the bedroom ceiling a light color instantly makes it feel as if the room has a higher ceiling than it really does. Conversely, painting it a dark color will make it feel as if the room is shorter than it really is.
Tip 5: Keep the TV in the Living Room
Having a television in the bedroom not only negatively affects one’s sleeping habits, but it can take up a big chuck of space. They’re also unsightly and large, so keep the boob tube out of your bedroom and you’ll enjoy more room and a better night’s sleep.
Tip 6: Keep Your Decor Simple
Avoid using comforters or blankets with large, bold patterns, because this will draw too much attention to the room’s largest piece of furniture and make the room appear small. Instead, use simple designs and light colors to help create a larger, more flowing space.
Tip 7: Use Multi-Functional Furniture
In order to help cut down on the amount of furniture in your small bedroom, use furniture that can suit multiple functions. For example, place a small desk next to the bed and hang a mirror on the wall above it; this one piece of furniture will give you a nightstand, desk and dressing table.
Tip 8: Give the Room a Focal Point
A piece of artwork is a great way to build a focal point in the room, therefore, hang a large piece of art above the bed and it will be an effective way of drawing attention away from the miniscule size of the room.

Don Johnson, a Licensed Broker with the California Department of Real Estate, is the owner of Don Johnson Realty Group DRE#01398835, a resale real estate brokerage located in Murrieta, California. We specialize in short sales, rental properties, foreclosures and mortgage lending.

If you would like to obtain more information, please contact Don at or call 714-856-3992.

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Renters, Take Note: You Have Rights if Your Landlord Faces Foreclosure

ImageRenters across the country have been in dismay over the past few years as wave after wave of foreclosures has crashed upon the market. The reason is obvious: If the landlord enters the foreclosure process and loses the mortgage, then the lender can evict the present occupant – regardless of any previous rental agreements between the former owner and the current tenant.

This has led to a lot of fear from renters who view their living situation as uncertain – particularly those who rent because they cannot otherwise afford to buy a home. Fortunately, renters have rights even if their landlords are facing foreclosure.

One key law that renters should know is the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, a measure signed into law in 2009 by President Obama. This law says that any renter caught in the middle during the foreclosure process can stay in the home for the duration of the lease. (There is one exception: If the buyer of the home at the foreclosure auction intends to live in the premises, the lease can be terminated with 90 days’ notice.)

If you are a month-to-month tenant, you will have no less than a 90 day notice before the lender clears the home through eviction. And if you have a lease agreement with a “just cause” protection from eviction clause, you are safe even if the home changes hands.

From a practical standpoint, renters also benefit from a clogged foreclosure process that is so weighed down with home foreclosures and distressed properties that the average tenant can stay there for months, even years, before having to leave.

This is especially true in states like Florida and New York, who both have judicial foreclosure procedures in place with an average timeline numbering in the years instead of months or weeks.

There is also the consideration that the lender – or even the new owner – does not want to evict you at all. Instead, the owner may prefer to keep a paying tenant in place, instead of having to find a new one or do something else with an investment property.

Finally, if a home is lost to foreclosure and the tenant has to leave, the tenant can sue the former landlord for damages in a small claims court because the landlord would have violated a clause known as “covenant of quiet enjoyment”. This basically means that the landlord will take all measures to ensure the tenant can enjoy and use the property without interference – including breaking the lease agreement. Foreclosure would accomplish exactly that, thus opening the landlord up to damages.

Renters, take note: You do have rights even if your landlord cannot stop foreclosure and loses the home.

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How Much Home Can You Afford? You May Be Pleasantly Surprised…

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If you’re like many first-time homebuyers, chances are you’ve been spending your weekends driving around visiting open houses and new model homes. This is a great way to get a feel for what you want. The problem is that what you want isn’t always what you should get.

Before you start touring homes for sale, it’s important to start off with a budget so you know how much you can afford to spend. Knowing what mortgage payment you can handle will also help you narrow the field so you don’t waste precious time touring homes that are out of your reach.

Where to begin

The key factor in figuring how much home you can afford is your debt-to-income ratio. This is the figure lenders use to determine how much mortgage debt you can handle, and thus the maximum loan amount you will be offered. The ratio is based on how much personal debt you are carrying in relation to how much you earn, and it’s expressed as a percentage.

The ideal ratio

Mortgage lenders generally use a ratio of 36 percent as the guideline for how high your debt-to-income ratio should be. A ratio above 36 percent is seen as risky, and the lender will likely either deny the loan or charge a higher interest rate. Another good guideline is that no more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income goes to housing expenses.

Doing the math

First, figure out how much total debt you (and your spouse, if applicable) can carry with a 36 percent ratio. READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE