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Thursday, August 8, 2019   /   by Brenda Bianchi

August by the Numbers

August by the Numbers
Staying current is a must when it comes to understanding the housing market. Here's a look at how the numbers stack up today. If you'd like to learn more about homeownership or your next move, let's get together to discuss your options.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019   /   by Brenda Bianchi

Florida Room Design Ideas

Do you want a glowing sunroom, but don't have the money to create an expensive addition?
Why not convert an unused, dingy shed to a chic Florida room?

To achieve this transformation, you may try to:

Replace the siding with screen panels.
Add a coat of fresh paint.
Put some string lights and a few fresh plants.
Add a reading nook or a hammock.

And ta-da it becomes the perfect backyard oasis!!

These photos from The White Buffalo Styling Co. will give you ideas on how to convert an old shed into a stunning sunroom!


Get inspired with these clever layout and pretty fabrics, furniture, and accents to transform your Florida room into the most-used space in your home! 

Source: http://thewhitebuffalostylingco.com/shed-turned-boho-screened-porch/ ...

Saturday, July 27, 2019   /   by Brenda Bianchi

6 Steps to Planning a Home Renovation

Considering a big home renovation? When it comes to home improvements, knowing what you want is the easy part. The tougher question is figuring out how much you can afford.
Here’s how to set your priorities, establish a spending limit and stick to your budget.
1.   Determine your goals.
Why do you want to renovate? Are you remodeling your kitchen because you want more counter space? Do you want to create an open floor plan? Are you tired of not having enough space to entertain guests? Figure out what your goals are and then figure out your budget.
2.   Drill down to specifics.
Determine the professionals and equipment you need. Do you want hardwood floors or carpet? Black or stainless-steel appliances? Providing a contractor with a list of exactly what you want can help you formulate an accurate budget.
3.   Assess your financing options.
Unless you’re going to pay for all remodeling expenses with cash, you’ll need to borrow money t ...

Sunday, July 21, 2019   /   by Brenda Bianchi

The First-Time Home Buyers Guide

Are you a first time home buyer? 

     Home ownership can be a smart long-term move, but you want to know what you’re getting into. Most of us think that home buying is as easy as browsing over the internet, checking beautiful houses, finding the perfect garden and view, but is it really all that?
Here are some first time home buying guide to help you:
Pay Off All Debt and Build an Emergency Fund/ Save a Down Payment- Avoid creating a financial disaster by preparing your finances before going house hunting! In addition to making sure your credit score is in order, you’ll also want to consider the cash you’ll need like the down payment. To guarantee you’re financially ready to buy your first home, you’ll need good credit, cash to close, and a verifiable income.

Get Preapproved for a Loan- For most of us, our home is the most expensive thing we’ll ever buy. And for most of us, we need one big loan to do it&mdaE ...

Sunday, July 21, 2019   /   by Brenda Bianchi

5 Best Tips For Selling A Home

If you're looking to put your house up for sale, then check out these tips to best prepare your home for prospective buyers, rising interest rates, competition and more.
1. Hiring a successful real estate agent.
While you can sell your property on your own, a broker can spare you from the difficulties you might experience during a sales transaction. They understand the dynamics of the industry and have skills that can help fast-track the process. They have connections and they know the right people to contact. 
Ready to interview a seller agent?- CLICK HERE
2. Pricing it right.
Pricing your home competitively instead of overpricing to "leave room for negotiation" can help engage more buyers. Consult a real estate expert and browse property portals to see the worth of houses in your area. Be realistic and consider the current market trends.
3. You Need to Clean, Stage, and Declutter as Best You Can.
Do the necessary repairs, declutter all areas, and e ...