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Posted by Deb Evans ABR,CSG on 5/21/2019

Buying a new home is an exciting experience. Who doesnít love new thingsóand a new home at that? But a new home is also challenging and intimidating. If you have left a home that you adored then this new home has high expectations. And if itís your first home then such an investment is a big step and can be intimidating for that reason. But one thing that can be agreed upon is the need for this house to feel like your home. Letís look at a few simple tips for making your new house truly feel like your home.

Family Heirlooms: Have a family heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation? These types of keepsakes could range from an afghan that a great-grandparent or grandparent had knit, various antiques, clocks, diaries and recipes. You can display recipes on a kitchen counter or you can even get creative and design custom wallpaper from the recipe cards. Grandfather clocks fit the atmosphere of home offices and formal living rooms. There are tasteful ways to add each one of these into your home and preserve the memory of these keepsakes.

Photos & Artwork: What better way to bring personality and familiarity into a home than photos of family and friends or artwork from a favorite artist or of your favorite place. A popular approach is a grid-like arrangement created on large, open walls. This is one way to display many beloved photos without creating clutter on tables or other pieces of furniture. A long wall along a hallway would be a great place to display larger photos or artwork that would run horizontally. This is especially nice for sequenced pieces such as change of season photos.

DIY projects: Add your personality to your home with DIY projects. Mason jars, glass vases, and wine bottles can be turned into beautiful home dťcor with only a few materials and a couple hours. Items like rope, artificial flowers, ribbon, and glitter are just a couple examples of supplies that can be used to turn those simple items into a homemade masterpiece.

Memories: Last, but certainly not least, create memories.This is the easiest and quickest way to make a house feel like a home. Things as simple as cooking dinner with your loved ones and as extravagant as starting a family are amazing memories to make. And the first time you remember something special happening in your home will be an amazing feeling. Youíll truly feel like youíve left your mark and turned four walls into something extraordinary.

Itís crucial that you add your personal touches to your home, especially if itís going to be your forever home. Itís the place you will spend most of your time, besides work. The tips above are just a couple examples of ways to help add your personality in the home. Be creative and most of all be genuine and your home will feel like itís been yours forever.  




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Posted by Deb Evans ABR,CSG on 5/14/2019

When youíre buying a home, thereís a lot of excitement that surrounds the search and purchase of the property. In the process of buying a home, however, there are many things that buyers forget to take into account during their search and budgeting. Below, youíll find some information to help you be prepared as a buyer to consider your home purchase from all angles without missing a beat.  


The Expense Of Closing Costs


Remember that closing costs will be somewhere in the 3-5 percent range of the purchase price of a home. Amidst all of your savings, youíll need to consider this a part of your expenses. Closing costs need to be paid upfront in most cases. You can roll your closing costs into the financing, but it depends on the circumstances. There are no guarantees that the lender will agree to it. Your realtor can also sometimes negotiate for the sellers to pay the closing costs, but in a sellerís market this is quite rare. Be prepared with your closing costs and understand how much youíll need to spend so that you have an appropriate amount for the downpayment and the other expenses that youíll incur during the process of buying a home.  


The Cost Of Maintaining A House


Many buyers forget about all of the costs that they will need to pay for after they finish buying the house. In addition to a monthly mortgage payment, youíll need to pay for things like utilities, routine home maintenance, furnishings, and more. If you completely deplete your savings for the purchase of the home, thereís not a whole lot of wiggle room for you to pay for additional needs in the house. 


The Cost Of Furnishing And Decorating A Home


You may move into a home with a few pieces that you have previously owned. You could also need a lot of things from a bed to a sofa. All of these items can add up. You may even have to worry about little things like window shades, curtains, lamps, light bulbs, and more. 


Home Repairs Can Cost A Pretty Penny


If something needs to be done in your home, the repairs can cost you quite a bit. If youíre not paying attention during the home inspection, youíll be in for some surprises. Thatís why you need a good realtor to help you through the process. A new roof can cost thousands of dollars. New appliances are an expense you should plan for. Other major work that needs to be done around the house can also dip into your savings significantly. As a buyer, you need to be prepared for any of these expected or completely unexpected costs.           




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Posted by Deb Evans ABR,CSG on 5/7/2019

If plans for selling your home are in the near future, youíre going to want to start strategizing the most cost- and time-effective ways to make your home irresistible to potential buyers. One of the most proven ways of giving your home the edge it needs to stand out from the competition is good photography and attractive staging.

In todayís post, Iím going to share my tips on home staging that can be achieved on a budget and in a short period of time. That way you can focus more time on finding a new home and stop worrying about selling your current one.

Tip 1: Start packing

Before you start worrying about arranging furniture, itís important to make sure you have a clean slate to work with. Start by packing personal effects into boxes and labeling them accordingly.

Staged homes are homes that look appealing to the widest audience as possible. Having personal reminders, like family photos, trophies, etc., makes it harder for viewers to picture themselves living in the home.

Most of us keep our homes arranged in a way that is convenient to our lives. And. letís face it--life can be messy. But, when it comes to staging, less is usually more.

Not only will this cleaning process help you reduce clutter and make the home look better for staging, but it will also make your moving process easier since many of your boxes will already be organized and sealed.

Tip 2: Color scheming

Expertly staged homes tend to have one thing in common--a cohesive color scheme. Think of choosing your color scheme like creating an artistís palette. You want a few colors that compliment one another and that will work together to brighten up your home.

If you have any furniture that appears worn, dated, or that clashes with the scheme of the room, itís a good idea to place them in storage while you prepare for photographs and visitors.

Tip 3: Decorate sparingly

Now that youíve packed away your family photos, you might be wondering what to put on the walls in their place. The best answer is often nothing. However, that doesnít mean the walls need to be completely bare.

For smaller rooms, you can make them appear more spacious with the use of hanging mirrors (just make sure you canít see yourself in any of those mirrors when you take your photos!).

Tip 4: Donít forget the outside of your home

The value of curb appeal canít be overemphasized. The exterior of our homes, along with our yard and driveway, are essentially what we show the world about our lives. Since most home buyers want their house to look nice, fit in with the neighborhood, but have its own unique flair all at the same time. They want to know that your house has that potential.

Furthermore, the driveway and yard are two of the first things people see when they visit. Youíll want to take advantage of this moment by making a good impression.





Posted by Deb Evans ABR,CSG on 4/30/2019

There are definitely some benefits to going green. When you build green, there are savings generated in the areas of home operations, maintenance, healthcare, and water. These savings can provide you both short, and long-term returns on your investment. You can maximize your economic performance as well as environmental performance when you apply these sustainable building strategies.Here are some advantages of green building that you need to know:

Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency

When you build green, you will not only reduce your dependence on natural resources, but you will also minimize your energy bills and utility bills. A green building saves water and energy use, resulting in a low carbon footprint for your home.

Improved Air Quality 

Improved air quality is one of the benefits of a green building. Fresh air is essential for healthy living and breathing in fresh air is one of the most significant advantages of building green. When you build green, your children, workers, parents, and every other person living or working in your building will enjoy good-quality air, reducing the likelihood of contracting airborne diseases. 

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Another benefit of green building is the reduction of carbon emission into the atmosphere. An excellent way of reducing carbon emission is by keeping your environment and project clean and minimizing the amount of waste you produce. When you do this, you will significantly reduce the release of toxic gases into the atmosphere and contribute to a safer, cleaner environment.Increased Property Value It is worth noting that green buildings are now in high demand because of their sustainable components that significantly reduced maintenance cost. 

Increased Productivity

Green buildings are efficient and well run which helps to improve productivity. When the air is clean, there is a flow of natural light, and energy resources operate efficiently. Workers in a green environment tend to be more productive because their attention is not dividedby stale air or lack of adequate light.

Improved Employee Attendance

When a workplace is environmentally friendly, workers will be excited to go to their place of work. The advantage of an environmentally friendly workplace is that it creates positive vibes and improves the health of workers. Therefore, workers will be happy to work in such an environment and will be eager to go to work every working day.

Be sure to have your agent highlight your home's green features when you are looking to sell to make it more attractive to environmentally conscious buyers, and buyers looking to save money in the long run.





Posted by Deb Evans ABR,CSG on 4/24/2019

Set off the road for privacy this meticulously maintained home offers a unique floor plan for all your family/extended family needs ~ This 4-5 bedroom, 3 full and 1 half bath home has hardwoods throughout (1st and 2nd) floors. Family room with fireplace leads into spacious fully equipped kitchen, an abundance of cabinets, stove w/two ovens, breakfast bar and granite counters ~ Large dining room and living room for added entertaining space ~ Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and en suite plus three other bedrooms and a full bath ~ Finished bonus area above over-sized two car garage with 2nd family room/sitting room, full bath and office with easy access from 1st and 2nd floors ~ If more room is needed there is the always the heated finished walkout basement ideal for Media room ~ New heated salt water in-ground pool was added summer of 2018 ~Check out the floor plans to see how this home will work for your family ~New roof 2012 w/30 yr. transferable warranty ~ Wired for generator

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