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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 10/21/2020

As anyone up-to-speed on technology knows, social media is everywhere. And itís a powerful toolóif used properly. You can share information in real-time and receive real-time responses and reactions. Therefore, you should be using social media to your advantage when selling your home. Youíre probably wondering what social media has to do with selling a home, right? Well, letís take a look at a couple ways where social media will not only come in handy, but might just help sell your home in real-time.

1. Post your listing

Itís very likely that your listing will be posted on many real-estate sites and even on social media. This is your opportunity to capitalize on that posting and post on your own social media channels.  Consider posting to Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram. By doing this you are increasing the views that your listing will receive and increasing the likelihood that the right buyer will see your home. And all it takes is one person to love your home for it to sell.

2. Ask your friends to share

Word of mouth goes a long way. Technologyís way of word of mouth is through sharing on social media. And if you want to maximize the amount of people who will see your listing, ask your friends to share the postingóthey may even add a little note to their share, which (if positive, hopefully) will only help.

3. Give them a reason to love your home

Add a personal message when sharing your listing. Tell the story of how your daughter took her first steps in the family room or how you felt the first time you walked through the front door. Giving that personal touch will bring positive feelings of your home. It will give the potential home buyer the thoughts of all the firsts that they could experience in that home.

Of course, social media will not sell your home. You should be taking the proper steps suggested by your realtor to get it in optimal shape for selling such as making small updates, decluttering, and removing overly personal items. You should also have great photos of your home for the listing. The photos will make a world of a difference when buyers are looking online. It could make or break whether they even consider your home or attend a showing.

If selling your home is timely then social media should bean important component to your selling strategy. Itís the age of technology and every generation is on social media in some respect, especially the millennial generation. And itís important to pay attention to the millennials as more and more will begin the home buying process. Itís essential to be where they are and for most, theyíre on social media.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 10/14/2020


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Floating shelves offer your space a more streamlined look. Your walls seem less cluttered, which allows your focus pieces to take center stage.

Because floating shelves require less space than traditional shelves, you can put them anywhere all while maintaining your floor space below. They can be any length you choose -- within reason. You can even work around more permanent features like a fireplace, doorway, outlet or window.

You'll be surprised just how easy and affordable it is to install floating shelves and home much they'll delight guests and prospective homebuyers alike. You'd expect something this elegant to require specialized tools and a lot of engineering knowledge to avoid collapse. But follow these simple steps and you'll be enjoying your own in no time.

What you'll need

  • Floating shelf brackets
  • 20mm paddle drill bit 
  • Electric drill - *Pro Tip* Borrow. Don't buy unless you do projects like this frequently. 
  • Stain, poly & brushes
  • Palm sander
  • Your hardwood of choice - Poplar, oak, maple, walnut or cherry works great.

How to create floating shelves

Here's your step-by-step guide.

Measure your space

Determine how large to make your shelves. To achieve a floating effect, avoid stopping them right at the edge of other features. Give it some space. 

*Pro tip* - Mom & Pop hardware and lumber stores will often cut the wood for you, so you don't have to worry about getting a saw. 

Drill holes for brackets

Each bracket has two 6-inch steel rods. Measure the halfway point between them and mark the wood where it will be against the wall. Drill a 1" wide hole into each shelf edge, 7" deep.

Sand & stain

It's time to sand and stain. This process is very straight forward. But do this outside because sawdust will fly everywhere. Sanding not only smooths any rough spots. It also helps the shelves hold a more even stain for a flawless finish. 

*Pro tip* Test your stain on an extra piece of the same wood. Stains can be unpredictable depending on the hue of the wood, how it absorbs the dye, etc. You may need to mix two stains to achieve the desired darkness and color.

Find the studs & install brackets

Install brackets directly into the studs, spaced apart to align with the holes that you drilled into your shelves so that the brackets slid easily into those holes.

Arrange your shelves

Place your shelves over the wall brackets. Because of their design, floating shelves can hold significant weight. But that defeats the purpose. Less is more on a floating shelf. So plan and arrange pieces that accentuate each other.

That's how to build a floating shelf. Follow our blog for more helpful home maintenance and design tips.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 10/7/2020

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You don’t have to worry about getting good seats at your local cinema when you have your very own theater at home. With some planning, you can design a luxurious theater that lets you enjoy movies on the big screen in the comfort of your home. When you’re designing a home theater, keep the following ideas and considerations in mind. 

Screen and Sound System

Your home theater should have a projector that offers high-definition video quality and a state-of-the-art sound system for high-quality audio. The size of your screen will depend on how much space you have and what your personal preferences are. You can also have soundproofing done to keep the noise from the movies you watch from bothering the rest of your household if needed. 

Lighting

The kind of lighting you choose for your home theater can make a big difference in the way it looks and the atmosphere it creates. You can have elegant wall sconces installed along the sides of your home theater for an upscale look or have recessed lighting along the ceiling to mimic the lighting used in movie theaters. For a more luxurious appearance, consider having chandeliers or another types of hanging light fixtures installed in your home theater. 

Seating

The seating in your home theater should offer a comfortable place to spend a few hours at a time watching a movie or two. For a more authentic theater appearance and feel, you can arrange leather chairs or recliners in rows. For a cozier atmosphere, skip the seats and arrange high-end sofas and loveseats in your home theater. This type of furniture lets you lounge while watching movies. Add high-quality blankets and some accent pillows to sofas and loveseats for extra comfort. 

Decor

A home theater is more than just seats, a screen and a sound system. The right decor can create a cinematic ambience, such as red velvet curtains that open and close in front of the screen. Whether you’re a fan of vintage, glamorous movie theaters or more modern ones, the decor items you choose can add to your movie watching experience. For a more contemporary look, consider framing posters from your favorite films along the walls. You can also add other framed memorabilia from movies.

Extras

Depending on the space you have, consider adding a bar or even a concession stand area with a popcorn machine to your home theater. This makes it easy to get snacks and beverages for your movies without having to leave the room.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/30/2020

Are you planning on buying a home by a certain date? Itís unfortunate that life canít go as we plan it all the time! With a bit of planning finding the right home at the right time is possible. Many times, families are looking to buy a home before the end of the summer. This allows them to get settled in and get the kids started in a new school before the start of the year in September. Just because there are more popular times throughout the year to move doesnít mean that the inventory of homes changes much as to whatís on the market. Whatever the reason for the short supply of homes, youíll need to be informed and creative in order to land a house in a high demand market when itís crunch time. Below, youíll find some tips to help you on your search.


Research Your Location Ahead Of Time 


Every housing market has a bit of a down time. You want to pinpoint that period. Does your location have a time of year where people flee the area for vacations? The holiday season can also be a great time to look. There may still be low supply, but there also will be less competition. Do a bit of research in order to find pricing trends. When the prices dip, youíll know thatís a time where competition for homes is lower.


Always Have Your Finances In Order


When youíre buying a home, no matter what time of year it is, you need to have your lender on call. Make sure that you have been preapproved and that your downpayment money is at your disposal. Sellers like serious buyers who are ready to pass paperwork.  


Know What Youíre Willing To Compromise On


When youíre buying a home on a timeline, you may not have the luxury of searching around endlessly to meet your wishlist. You should have a few musts, but there may be many things that youíll need to work with or compromise on in finding the right property. You may be able to find a home in the right neighborhood, but it might not have the granite countertops that youíre looking for. When time is of the essence, your home search priorities need to be set straight.  


Donít Look For Bargains


When youíre in a time crunch to land a home, you donít want to fool around with price. In order to land a home that you love, you might have to offer a bit more than the asking price. Thereís no space for a bidding war, a low offer, or an extended search when you need to buy a home fast.          

  




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/23/2020

Does your real estate agent have what it takes to help you streamline the process of buying or selling a home?

Ultimately, when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, it pays to hire a housing market expert. With this real estate professional at your side, you can accelerate the homebuying or home selling cycle and improve your chances of achieving your desired results.

There are many signs that a real estate agent is a housing market expert, and these include:

1. A real estate agent keeps you up to date about the housing market.

Ideally, you should be able to find a real estate agent who will go the extra mile to keep you up to date about housing market trends. This housing market professional can help you make informed decisions throughout the homebuying or home selling journey.

In addition, the right real estate agent should have no trouble differentiating between a buyer's market and a seller's market so you can plan accordingly. He or she will assess housing market data regularly, and as such, be better equipped than other housing market professionals to help you stay ahead of the competition.

2. A real estate agent possesses extensive industry experience.

If you're on the lookout for a real estate agent, it certainly is beneficial to hire a housing market expert with comprehensive industry experience.

A real estate agent with extensive industry experience will know how to handle tough homebuying or home selling situations. That way, he or she can help you identify and overcome myriad hurdles as you try to buy or sell a house.

Furthermore, a real estate agent who possesses in-depth experience likely has plenty of confidence. This housing market professional should be able to help you alleviate stress and remain calm, cool and collected at each stage of the homebuying or home selling journey.

3. A real estate agent can answer any of your housing market questions.

Navigating the homebuying or home selling journey can raise many questions. Fortunately, the right real estate agent will be ready to answer your housing market questions at any time.

A real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the housing market can provide you with the insights that you need to succeed, regardless of the current real estate sector's conditions. Plus, he or she will listen to your homebuying or home selling concerns and offer honest, unbiased recommendations to help you accomplish your goals.

Lastly, it may prove to be worthwhile to hire a real estate agent who is a great communicator. This housing market professional will be able to explain complex real estate concepts in simple terms, making it easy for any homebuyer or home seller to make the best possible decisions.

Ready to buy or sell a house? Collaborate with a real estate market who is a housing market expert Ė you'll be happy you did. This housing market expert can help you proceed with confidence and accomplish great things throughout the homebuying or home selling journey.