Update Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important parts of interior decorating, yet it’s often overlooked. If your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you should think about installing recessed lighting or new sconces. You want your visitors and potential buyers to see your beautiful home in the best of light! Contact me today for all of your real estate and home improvement needs!

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Ring in Spring with Tulips

(ARA) – Tulips are a vibrant, timeless symbol of spring. They are available from January through May and join groundhogs, grass and new leaves on trees as indicators that warmer weather is on its way. Their delicate shape, graceful posture and vibrant colors have inspired this flower’s popularity across cultures and throughout time. They are a great way to celebrate spring holidays, including Easter. Forever recognized as a symbol of spring, nothing is more appropriate to decorate for your spring festivities. Many spring celebrations focus on the concept of rebirth or renewal due to spring being the time of new

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Kitchen Updates Worth Every Penny

Mid-range Kitchen Remodels Reap the Rewards for Enjoyment and Resale (ARA) – In today’s buyer’s market many homeowners are hesitant to put the “for sale” sign in the front yard — even if they are not happy with their current home. Instead, wise homeowners are sinking their dollars into remodeling — to increase their homes’ values and their own enjoyment.   When it comes to remodeling projects that yield high returns, kitchens and bathrooms are king! According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, a mid-range kitchen remodel ($45,000) will recoup approximately 91 percent of the costs, while an upscale

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Homeowners and Homebuilders Seek Eco-Friendly Materials

(ARA) – With the country going green, many homeowners are looking for eco-friendly materials when building or remodeling their home. And as more homeowners struggle with high utility bills and become more concerned about the environment, many are building and updating their homes to be more eco-friendly.   The latest housing trend shows that many new homebuilders are constructing “green” homes. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders reports that eco-friendly construction will climb from 2 percent of all residential housing starts in 2005 to between 5 and 10 percent in 2010.   For those consumers in older or

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Model Home Tricks Help Maximize Your Home’s Value

(ARA) – Perfectly manicured, emerald green lawns flanked by floral beds. Acres of granite counter top and gleaming stainless steel appliances. And everywhere you look are surfaces clean enough to eat off — that’s the appeal of the model home. There’s a reason why model homes look the way they do. Builders know that everything they do to make a house look visually appealing amounts to actual dollars, and often thousands of dollars, added to the sale price. The same principal applies to your home. Whether you’re planning on selling, or just sprucing up your house to make it more

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Avoid Predatory Lending

According to Policy Matters, a non-profit research institute, one in every 71 households in Ohio filed for foreclosure in 2005 — quite an astounding statistic. Predatory lending is especially prevalent among first-time homebuyers and consumers unfamiliar with home financing. How can you avoid the pitfalls of predatory lending as a prospective homebuyer? According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), homebuyers need to ask the right questions when shopping for the least expensive loan. Questions such as: *What is my credit score? Can I have a copy of my credit report? *What is the best interest rate today? Do I

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