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Buying a Home with a Minimalist Mindset

by Danielle Russodivito 09/13/2020

Are you a minimalist? If you’ve heard this question recently, you may be wondering just what it means and how does it affect you. It is NOT a set of rules.It is NOT about how much you own.

It is NOT about how much money you earn. 
It is NOT about buying specific items or giving up certain things.
It is NOT about being frugal.
It is NOT throwing out all your belongings and sleeping in a yurt (unless that makes you happy).
It is NOT about living in a tiny house (although it can be for you).
It IS about quality over quantity; peace over disorder; satisfaction over extravagance.

Minimalism is a mindset about what we require to be happy and what only clutters up our homes and our lives. It is about getting rid of the unnecessary things that take up space, consume time, and contribute to frustration and exhaustion. You can be a true minimalist in a mansion, a townhome, an apartment, or a houseboat as long as what fills your space contributes to contentment and order rather than stress and chaos.

When it comes to buying a home, minimalists look for spaces that reflect their personality rather than the latest trend. A minimalist is a different type of homebuyer. Becoming minimalist might be right up your alley if you hate the over-stuffed closet or messy junk drawer, find yourself irritated by clutter and uncomfortable with a hodgepodge of decorative items you subconsciously think of as “dust collectors.”

While a form of minimalism is an architectural style commonly seen in Japanese design with an aesthetic toward simplicity and clean lines, most homes do not fit into this category. Does that mean you can’t have a minimalist lifestyle? Of course not. Just adopt minimalist concepts to fit into any living space.

One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of furniture you have in each room. Opt for the pieces that everyone uses and give away ones that only fill up space. Reduce window coverings to a minimum rather than the multi-layered blind-sheer-drape-valance style. Organize the items that you keep so that each has a home. Reduce clutter by highlighting one or two items of a collection and rotating special pieces instead of displaying them all at once.

Simplify in other ways by installing native grasses and plants, thereby reducing the need for lawn care and gardening. Add interest to your yard with hardscaping: rock gardens or paver stones in decorative patterns.

When seeking a new home visualize what makes you most happy as you walk through model homes and open houses letting your imagination discard what doesn’t fit. Help your real estate professional know about your aesthetic to have the best chance of finding your minimalist home.

About the Author
Author

Danielle Russodivito

I found my passion in real estate in 2011 when I purchased my first condo in Suffern, NY. I loved looking at properties online, in person, and on TV. I was also very into the interior design aspect of the career as well. 

I loved the whole idea of helping others reach the next step in their lives. For two years after I purchased my condo, I saved my money and worked full-time at my father's restaurant, Marcello's, until I had enough to go full force into real estate. I received my license in New York and New Jersey, which is very convenient since the border is 5 minutes away.

Before real estate, I worked in various customer service positions, as well as my father's restaurant since 2004. I eventually sold my condo in 2013, and purchased a house. In total, I have personally been through two purchases, and two sales. I am now a broker associate/salesperson in NY & NJ. 

Experience

I have experience with listings, buyers, short sales, foreclosures, investors, commercial, rentals, relocation, USA, multi-family, buy and hold and flips.  

Licensed in New York and New Jersey since June 2013.

Achievements

2014 Rookie of the Year for Rand Realty

2014 Rookie of the Year for Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate (USA & Canada)  

Sales

2014: 17 Units — Gross Sales $6,665,500 Silver Award, Rookie of the 

2015: 8 Units — Gross Sales $3,529,150 Silver Award 

2016: 25 Units — Gross Sales $4,593,000 Silver Award

2017: 47 Units — Gross Sales $12,211,280 Platinum Award 

2018: 24 Units — Gross Sales $3,589,720 Silver Award  

2019: 24 Units — Gross Sales $4,075,550 (New Company without Awards) 

Certifications

2014 C.O.R.E Transnational Management 

2017 Certified Home Stager 

2017+ USAA Certified 

2017+ Relocation Certified  

Member of:

Hudson Gateway MLS - New Jersey MLS - Real Source - Garden State MLS Hudson County MLS - National Association of Realtors (NY/NJ) 

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