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HGTV Green Home Tour

HGTV Green Home Tour….

                                                                 Brock Builders – Flickr.com

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                                                                 Brock Builders – Flickr.com

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May 16, 2010 Posted by | Bathroom, HGTV, Kitchen, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 NKBA Kitchen Design Finalists

From HGTV – 2010 NKBA – National Kitchen & Bath Association – Kitchen Design Finalists…

                                                              granite-charlotte – Flickr.com

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                                                          Jeremy Levine Design – Flickr.com

Which is your favorite?

February 15, 2010 Posted by | HGTV, Kitchen, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Kitchen Ideas with DIY Network

Kitchen Ideas with DIY Network…

                                ANNAHAPE GALLERY Desain Interior + Design Arsitektur – Flickr.com

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We’ve come a long way baby…

                                                                otisarchives3 – Flickr.com

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Kitchen, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Home Improvements with FrontDoor

Home Improvements with HGTV’s FrontDoor – Get the most out of your improvements starting with the Kitchen…

                                                                DieselDemon – Flickr.com

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                                           Dru Bloomfield – At Home in Scottsdale – Flickr.com

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Front Door, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing Your Paint Colors

Choosing Your Paint Colors by DIYNetwork.com ~ CLICK ~

 Blue Kitchen - Lara604                                                                                Lara604 – Flickr.com

Our first room that was painted was the kitchenCLICK here to view some great “Just Baked” kitchen paint colors.  We chose a creamy – buttery – yellow.

Butter - sylvar                                                                       Sylvar – Flickr.com

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Color, Paint, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 55

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 55:

Monday Blues?  No way!  Too busy for that…

My Joe is awesome!  Just look at our kitchen in just a few days…

Before ~

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After…

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Went out to water my mums – they’re starting to open and have more color…

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Then off to work – searching listings – sending to clients – calling agents – calling clients…

Also, linked with Art Deco Furniture – CLICK – really nice site with lots of great furniture.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 53

My Day as a Realtor ~

Day 53:

OK – Saturday – Joe is moving quickly with our kitchen renovation – we – or he – is painting the kitchen cabinetsGlidden’s Linen White – and a few more touches – real, real inexpensive and I can’t believe the difference already!

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Today I was Joe’s right hand man – went to Home Depot in Brewster, NY for a few things…

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Then to HomeDepot in Danbury, CT  for a few more things…

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Then to A & P in Brewster, NY for MORE groceries and MORE mums – hey, for $4 each, I couldn’t resist!

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Throughout the day, I e-mailed and spoke with clients – then, Hubby-Hub and I – and my sis Lisa and brother-in-law, Richie – went out to dinner to the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, CTCaravela Restaurant.  Good food, good wine, really good company!

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September 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 51

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 51:

Another busy day – I’m getting behind in my posts and that makes me unhappy.

Being busy is appreciated – and I really don’t know how to sit still!

On this 51st day, I did alot of driving around with our little rental car from Enterprise– Chevy Colbat

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Since Joe has decided to paint our kitchen cabinets– yes, I know, I had said I was going to do it during his visit in Portugal – but never did!  So, off to Home Depot in Danbury I went…

SSPX0596                                                         Bought some paint, primer and brushes

Dropped everything off at home where Joe had already started to remove cabinets, hinges, knobs and sanding everything down.  I then dashed to Shaws for more grocery shopping….

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Ran home, made lunch, made phone calls, sent e-mails, made appointments and was so excited about our kitchen redo!

SSPX0600                                                      Our “before” pics – dated 1970’s Kitchen Cabinets

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And to add to all of my excitment – I have a new listing!

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HPIM2529                                                 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Jade Green Kitchen

From HGTV – Here’s a great video about adding the color Jade Green to your kitchen!

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JadeGreen from GOOGLE IMAGERY                                                                     Google Imagery

Watch your kitchen come alive with the cool color of Jade Green.

From Wikipedia

Jade is a saturated, slightly bluish green. The name comes from the gemstone called jade, although the stone varies widely in hue.

In Chinese culture, if one wishes to express one’s love for someone, one gives them something made of the gemstone jade or an object that is colored jade.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Color, HGTV, Kitchen, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Clutter Free Home

Whether your home is currently on the market – or your thinking of selling your home – or have no plans for selling at all – Living in a Clutter Free Home is wonderful!  Less Mess… equals Less Stress!

neat-room-supershoppertoo                                                     supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

When my 5 kids were little, and mornings getting ready for school could get crazy.  If you have children – 1 child – or maybe just yourself to get together in the am – being organized was and is key to having enough time for a good breakfast, no need for shouting and stressing and things going as smoothly as possible!  Everyone wondered why I had so much patience.  Alot came from again, being neat, organized and clutter free.  Just think how upset one gets when you can’t find your car keys – or your left shoe!  If everything gets put in their place, this could be avoided.

neat-drawer-mickelodeon                                                      Mickelodeon – Flickr.com

Even now, with my kids being 20, 18, 16, 15 and 13 years old, I insist on that way of life.  I think it’s great that they’re able to get up, have their clothes picked out from the night before, everything needed to get ready is at their fingertips so no time is wasted – and rather spend that time to eat well, grab their lunch – which is always made the night before – and be able to run off to school on time. OK – I admit, with teenagers, it doesn’t ALWAYS work so smoothly!

This works well with my life as a Realtor – having my electronic keys updated, my appointments made, listings printed out – one copy for me and one for my clients, gas in my car, addressed inputted into my GPS, I-Pod ALWAYS in my purse to be able to connect to my car – along with my camera and Flip video camera, and last – but not least – my cell phone and back up battery always charged.  Even if a client calls and asks to view a house in – an hour – I can usually always make it work – since most of the above has been done!  Keeping organized – keeps me sane.  And knowing that there are always days that things can’t and don’t seem to run smoothly is also important.  

neat-kitchen-supershoppertoo                                                 supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

During my appointments, viewing homes with clients, many can see past the dirty dishes in the sink, the pile of smelly shoes near the front door, the dead fish floating in the fish tank – but some simply can not see past all of this!  It is an instant turn off and with sooo many homes on the market, they simply want to move onto the next!  And I can’t blame them since I can’t help but think that if the homeowners can’t keep up with the laundry and make the beds, then I wonder if they’ve had the time or responsibility to service their furnace yearly, have the septic pumped every 2 or 3 years or fix a leaky pipe asap??

clutter-joe-shlabotnik                                     Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

The easiest way to get started on getting organized is to pick a day – any day – whether it’s when the kids are at school and your home alone – or when the kids are home and you have them help.  Make a LIST – Tackle ONE ROOM AT A TIME – Have REWARDS for you and anyone that helps.  For me, I would say that after I’m all done cleaning out the garage, I will NOT be making dinner – Pizza for all and a glass of wine for me!  To get the kids to help, say after they’re done helping, they can pick what’s for dinner – or what movie to rent – or – you can take them to the mall for a TREAT!  And don’t forget to stay hydrated, take snack breaks to refuel, play some hoping music to get you going and have fun!

Also watch a video from

dinner-wine-glass-window                                    glass window – Flickr.com

For someone selling their home, think of how easy it will be if you get a last minute call for a viewing – or an unexpected guest comes over – or you get sick and family or friends come to help – how do you explain the moldy containers in the fridge – the 9 piles of laundry – the empty cupboards since no dishes have been done!  Yes – this is a bit much, but I have seen this!  No one is perfect – but there is always room for improvement.  Please keep in mind that stress can lead to numerous health issues with your heart, immune system, weight gain…

January 17, 2009 Posted by | HGTV, Home, Life as a Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Price Your Home to Sell

In this more challenging market, “Price Your Home to Sell” featured in FrontDoor.com – has some helpful hints and how to list and sell your home.

                                                                

Interest rates are still historically low and there are buyers.  Although, those buyers – even first timers – are very knowledgeable and know exactly what they want – and many want a more move in home.

How can you stand out as a seller without spending too much money that you may not recoup?

  • First impressions are very important and you want a buyer to feel good  when they drive up to your home.  Add a dash of color with seasonal flowers – mums are great now in the Fall. Keep shrubs and grass trim, leaves raked and walkways clean and inviting. To take it a step up, Lowe’s has some great ideas – even if you just use one of these.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy – view HGTV’s Speedy Cleaning & Organizing Tips – Remember, buyers have a hard time getting past the mess!
  • As you all know, the Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most important features that buyer are looking for.  Keep them clean, decluttered and as updated as possible.  Some inexpensive ideas – like changing the hardware and/or painting cabinets, can help bring in more buyers.

                                             

A few other ideas – Reed Diffusers are great – they smell delicious and there is not the worry that you may have with leaving a lit candle.

Light and Bright – Open your blinds, pull back your curtains, have your lights on when you know there is a showing and leave a note for the Realtor to please shut them off when done.

                                                              

Leave a “Treat” for your potential buyers. Some have being viewing homes all day – a Trick or Treat bag is perfect this month!

Show off” your home by having your listing agent take many photos and add all that is allowed to your listing.

Please be flexible when it comes to showings.  You don’t have to leave your home for the entire afternoon – wondering if the agent has come yet.  As soon as they arrive, take a walk, a ride or visit a neighbor.

If your selling your home in the Fall or Winter, have photos of your home during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Also, if possible, have copies of your survey, floor plan, school info, local parks and shops.  Anything and everything that will help draw a potential buyer not only to your home, but your community.

Most importantly – PRICE it right!  Unfortunately, it’s not what you want or need – the market controls the price.  Have your agent inform you of what has recently Sold and any New Listings in your neighborhood as they come up during the entire listing time.  You need to know if a home 3 doors down that is larger and totally renovated, is on the market for LESS than your home.

Lot’s of LUCK!

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt.com

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment