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Brown Butter Lobster Rolls w/ Sriracha Mayo

Brown Butter Lobster Rolls with Sriracha Mayo

There are times when you just have to treat yourself to something delectable, and this right here will have you wanting to kiss yourself! A snack that a chef can admire, this succulent and tender lobster is sweet and pairs well with the creamy and spicy sriracha mayo. Place the lobster on a buttery roll and let the divine dining experience begin. Add a twist of lemon on the side for garnish and enjoy because you deserve it!

Makes 4 lobster rolls

Ingredients: For the lobster

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Juice of 1 lemon

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 lobster tails or ¾ pound cooked lobster meat

Ingredients: For the sriracha mayo

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sriracha, or more to taste

Ingredients: To assemble

4 top-split buns

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Stir together the butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until completely combined.
  2. If using cooked lobster meat, cut into small chunks and toss with lemon butter.
  3. If using lobster tails, prepare them now: Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat an oven-safe pan evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Place the tails, meat side up, in the prepared pan. Spread 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture evenly on the meat of both lobster tails.
  4. Roast in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until the lobster meat is opaque. Remove each tail from its shell and chop into bite-size pieces.
  5. Prepare the sriracha mayonnaise: Mix mayonnaise and sriracha. Spread mayo thickly on buns. Stuff the buns with the lobster meat and top with more sriracha mayo, if desired, and chives. Serve immediately while hot.

Excerpted from Cooking with Miss Quad: Live, Laugh, Love, and Eat. Text copyright 2019 by Quad Webb. Cover photograph copyright 2019 by Will Sterling. Reproduced by permission of The Countryman Press. All rights reserved.

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Single Women are Driving Real Estate Market

How Single Women are Transforming the Real Estate Market

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2019 trend report, 18 percent of recent homebuyers were single women, in contrast to 9 percent of single male homebuyers. Why are so many more women buying homes of their own—and what does this mean for sellers who want to appeal to this growing demographic?

Why real estate may be more important for women.  When the NAR report asked respondents why they wanted to buy a home, the largest percentage by a wide margin answered, “The desire to own a home of my own.” Indeed, for many buyers the intangible sense of accomplishment and security provided by home ownership is a major motivation. However, for women, buying a home can have a host of benefits that make it work on an entirely different level. That’s because, for many women, the definition of success has changed—and home ownership is part of their new definition.

Women earned a majority of both academic and professional degrees.  According to the Council of Graduate Schools, women currently represent 58.2 percent of all graduate students and have outearned men in both master’s and doctoral degrees for more than a decade. As they take jobs that are more stable and require more time for career-building, women may find that home ownership offers the security they are looking for and that they have more money to spend on the right home.

The wage gap means women need to be smarter financially.  Despite their accomplishments in the classroom and the workforce, women earn significantly less than their male counterparts. According American Association of University Women:

  • Women working full time earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, on average.
  • Women hold nearly two-thirds of outstanding student loan debt.
  • As a result of lower lifetime earnings, women receive less in Social Security and pensions, resulting in 70 percent less in overall retirement income compared to men.

Because they earn less, women tend to be focused less on disposable income and more on making smart financial decisions. For many, this includes home ownership as a more secure investment that also provides for their practical needs.

Women are marrying later in life, if at all.  According to a 2018 Bank of America survey, single women prioritize home ownership more than their single male counterparts, and over many other priorities like getting married or having children. Indeed, for the many women attending graduate school and establishing their professional careers, home ownership seems to be an easier, more obvious, and more practical decision than marriage.

Women are often caretakers.  The US Census Bureau’s most recent analysis of custodial parents found that 80 percent of homes with a single parent were headed by women. In addition, estimates of female family caregivers for elderly or disabled relatives range from 53 to 68 percent. That means that for many women, stability and security for themselves and those they love lies, in part, in home ownership.

Women tend to be future-oriented.  By and large, studies show that women are more future-focused, making them adept at planning for future needs. While men may more successfully negotiate during the sales process, women buy real estate for the long haul, allowing them to take advantage of equity-building and appreciation. This means that they will be able to garner more of the advantages inherent in home ownership.

How can sellers make a home more appealing to female buyers?  When preparing your home for sale, you may automatically think in terms of married couples with children. However, with single women making up almost 20 percent of the people looking at your home, it pays to appeal to this growing group of buyers.

Offer reassurance regarding conditions  Emphasize upgrades and updates, new appliances, and other improvements so that the women considering your home won’t worry about unexpected and unpleasant surprise repairs. Consider being more accommodating on home inspection negotiations and providing a home warranty for the first year after purchase.

Focus on value-added improvements  Because many female buyers are focused on the long-term, emphasize the improvements you’ve made that add value to your home. If you’re working with a limited budget for changes, choose the ones that make the home more valuable—so she is building equity from day one.

Emphasize security features  Security monitoring and cameras, smart-home security systems, privacy fencing, hurricane protection, and more—these features reassure female homebuyers that they’ll feel safe in their new home. Ensure that the property description puts a focus on security features both in your home and in your neighborhood or building.

Gender-neutral marketing  Many of the terms we use in writing property descriptions unconsciously speak to a heterosexual couple with children: master bedroom or suitehis and hers closets or vanitiesin-law or au pair suite, among other holdovers from an older market. Instead, consider using owner’s suitedual closets or dual sink vanities, and guest suite.

Highlight multi-use spaces  A second owner’s suite or a downstairs guest unit can work in a variety of ways, especially for women who are single parents or caretakers. These can include:

  • Room for elderly parents or relatives
  • Room for a returning child post-college
  • Room for guests or a roommate

Think beyond a single use to a variety of ways that your space can work. That way, you’re emphasizing the adaptability of the home to the way your buyer lives.

Provide rental potential  Because single women don’t have a second income to draw on, they may be interested in taking on a renter in order to help with the mortgage. If you’re looking at ways to improve your property, consider finishing an apartment space above a garage or in a downstairs walk-out. This offers the buyer options that are ready to monetize on day one—and it adds value to her investment in the home.

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What to Ask Your Realtor BEFORE Hiring!

When selling your home, it’s important to ask the right questions. Making sure everyone is on the same page throughout the home selling process is key to getting your home ready for the sale.

What is the typical time frame for selling?

This question is a great way to gain some perspective on the overall process and can make you all the more prepared for the sometimes long journey of putting a home on the market.

What is the best marketing strategy for selling?

This will vary based on location and other factors, but making a home stand out on the market is a common denominator regardless. Between social media, mailers, open houses, and solid listing photos, there are many options to choose from to make for a strong marketing plan.

How will the listing price be decided?

Money is obviously a large part of the selling process. Knowing the plan to reach a listing price is an integral part of the sale that you want to stay on top of and adjust accordingly.

What is the best way to stay in communication?

Does the team involved prefer calls, emails, or texting? Clarify ahead of time, and make sure the lines of communication are open for you to address any problems as they arise.

What does the staging process look like?

Depersonalizing your home is important and can take some time depending on how your interior is styled. There should be a solid plan for this step, even if it means getting an outside contractor involved to make your home market ready.

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