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Thursday, December 15, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

2023 Home Trends On The Rise

With 2023 just two weeks away, we can see the small shifts already occurring in home and design. The lifestyle changes that occurred due to the pandemic continue to have their hold on what is needed in the home. Cutting down on expenses and conserving resources are underlying motivations for most home design trends. As you start to think about your holiday wish list, here are some home trends that experts think we will see next year. 

Home Office Focused
One of the everlasting effects of the pandemic will most likely always be a hybrid work environment. It’s here to stay, and many people are making changes to their home office as a result. Many are craving interaction even within their home space. Open/partially open offices with windows for a view are becoming more and more common as people are still finding out.

Induction Cooking
Though this change will be gradual, many are finding the several benefits of switching from gas to induction. Water boils faster, ; ...

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Thursday, December 8, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Is It Smart To Try and Sell Your Home During the Holidays?

Listing your home during the holidays may seem counterintuitive. The holidays are a time when work seems to slow down, but this is the reason it’s a smart decision. Listing in December means you have a great shot at selling high and buying low.
 People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers. They want to get deals done & fast and are more likely to make serious offers. Since there are fewer houses to choose from now and less competition, that means more money for you.
Houses often show better when decorated for the holidays. Buyers are also more emotional during the holidays and more likely to pay your price. They are looking for a home, and holiday decorations tend to make properties look more welcoming and bright!
 Buyers also have more time to look for a home during the holidays. Many people are in town on vacation, take time off work, and finally have extra time to seriously look for their new home or vacation property. Making sure yo ...

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

8 signs you should buy a home

Now that mortgage interest rates have been on an upward trek, coupled with the sustained and substantial surge in home prices across the country, housing affordability is a challenge for many prospective homeowners.
Here are eight signs you may be ready to buy a home:

Your rent is rising significantly
It's not new news that Rental prices are rising significantly, even on the Space Coast! Rising rent not only makes it harder to budget your monthly housing costs, it also makes it hard to save for other financial goals. When paying your rent begins to feel like a bad investment and you want to start building equity for the future, it might be time to consider mortgage loans instead. 

Your credit score is solid 
A big obstacle when leaping into owning a home is qualifying for a mortgage. Low credit scores are a common reason why some fail to qualify. One sign that you're ready to buy a home is having a healthy credit score. A good credit score gets you better intere ...

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

November Check List

The Holidays are right around the corner! This season always seems to pass by super fast. It's important to get ahead of the curve and get things done early so you can actually enjoy the family gatherings. 

Here are some tasks to throw on your to-do list this month to prepare your home:

Replace floor protectors on chairs 
Don't let your holiday parties mean damage for your hardwood floors. Check the legs of your dining chairs, tables and barstools to see if their floor protecting pads need to be replaced. These can come as self-adhesive or nail-in. If you use self-adhesive, make sure to clean off the base of each foot and let it dry before applying it.

Check stairs and railings for safety 
Holidays usually mean a lot of movement and gatherings in your home. Take a walk around your home's exterior and interior walkway and look for any repairs you may want to tend to. Pay special attention to walkways, stairs, floorboards and railings. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Fall Family Photos

Fall is a fantastic time to take family photos outdoors. The weather is cooler, the holidays are approaching and Autumn-colored neutrals are easy to coordinate! 

If you want to take advantage of the fall colors but don’t want to travel far, look for parks or other scenic locations near your home. Take a drive to somewhere new and explore! You may be surprised at how close by a hidden gem can be.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to start planning what to wear. As we mentioned before, autumn-colored neutrals go great together. You can also add in a pop of color with accessories. If you’re not sure what will work well together, consider using a color palette as a guide to make sure the whole family looks cohesive.

Here are a few tips to make sure everyone is happy and cooperating for the perfect photo-op:

1. Let your kids pick out their own outfits. This way they feel like they have some control and are more likely to cooperate. You ca; ...

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