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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Boho Open Floor Plan

    Photo from Anastasia Christou

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    June 23, 2015
    Tips To Make Your Open House Sparkle

    Holding an open house is a great way to get some traffic (and hopefully some interest) in your home, especially if you live in a popular area. Most people want their homes to shine, so how do you make your listing stand out above all the rest? Read these simple tips by Jessi Hall at Veterans United for a place to start:

    -No scent is the best scent

    -No clutter

    -No pets or evidence of pets

    -Attractive entryways

    -No owners present

    -Make your home appear as light and bright as possible

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    June 22, 2015
    Habits That Turn Into Hoarding

    When I was a teenager and college student, I was definitely a border line hoarder. I hated getting rid of things, never wanted to clean, and kept bringing tons of stuff into my room/dorm. It was bad. I didn’t have any major wake-up moment. One day, I just decided that I didn’t want to live my life surrounded by clutter and trash and mess. I just realized how much happier I was when everything was in order, and now I make special effort every day to keep it clean. Having an extremely cluttered house is something that sneaks up on you, and it can feel overwhelming and hopeless. Avoid getting to that point by knowing the warning signs. Check out this post by Timothy Dahl at Charles and Hudson:

    -Holding onto old magazines and newspapers- just throw them out!

    -Keeping clothing that you don’t wear- if you haven’t worn it in a year, you don’t wear it.

    -When storage flows from the closet, garage, or attic into living spaces, you may have a hoarding problem.

    -Your daily life is impacted- if you can’t eat dinner at your table, can’t sleep on your bed, or can’t clean your floors because they are so cluttered, you may need to consider getting help.

    Photo Credit: Fionn Kidney 

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    June 19, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Out Of The Box House Cleaning Ideas

    Ways to make boring chores more fun!

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    June 18, 2015
    Home Not Selling? Here’s What May Be Wrong

    Even though many houses in the current market are being snapped up like candy from a pinata, there are still some sitting stagnant. If your house has been on the market for months and months with nary a nibble, there might be something wrong. Read this article by Rebecca at Property Cluster for what you may need to change:

    -Your home is in bad need of maintenance and repair, and have not made any attempts to fix it first.

    -You have it quoted at too high a price.

    -Your marketing strategy is not effective, or your real estate agent isn’t doing his or her job.

    -Your listing photos are not attractive

    Photo Credit: Ged Carroll 

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Armada Architecture

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    June 16, 2015
    For Realtors: Wow With Your Listing Presentations

    When meeting with a client (or prospective client), you will want to show that you value their time and have listened to all requests. This article by Jared Daniel at describes listing appointments as “job interviews,” and your listing presentation as a “detailed resume.” That’s not a metaphor- that is literally what you are doing. You want the client to notice that you are best for the job, and that you are capable of finding them homes that fit their needs. Read the article for more tips on going above and beyond at your listing appointments:

    -Know your client- figure out their must-haves, and include homes with those features.

    -Do your research- know everything about the properties you are presenting

    -Make it unique- use vibrant colors, videos, and pictures.

    -Always follow up.

    Photo Credit: Brad Coy 

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    June 15, 2015
    Private Islands Currently On Sale

    Are you guys ready for this? I found this amazing post by Judy Martel at Bankrate through Stumbleupon (the ultimate procrastination tool). In it, she lists all the current private islands that are on sale, for, get this, less than a million dollars. If you’re absurdly wealthy and looking for a little more privacy, this post is for you. Even if the cheapest is still way beyond your wildest dreams, it’s fun to look. Check it out:

    Seven Sisters Island, Breitung, Minnesota

    Price: $329,000

    Little Gaulding Cay, Bahamas

    Price: $750,000

    Isle Imperial, Alexandria, New York

    Price: $798,900

    On a completely unrelated note, is there anyone generous out there who would love to give me about $750,000? That would just be great.

    Photo Credit: Jim Pennucci 

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    June 12, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Living Room Decor Inspiration

    Good tips on finding your personal design aesthetic and incorporating it into your home.

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    June 11, 2015
    Final Walk Through Check List

    So, you’re in the process of closing on your dream house. You just need to get through the final walk through of the home, then onto the closing paperwork! But, what exactly do you need to look for on this last trip to your future home? The most important thing, obviously, is to make sure that everything that was laid out in your contract has been completed. It isn’t a home inspection- that should already have been done. This is what happens when you check the repairs after the inspection. Here’s a great checklist by the Ferris Property Group to get you started! 

    Photo Credit: Elliot Brown 

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