October 10, 2016

Selling a Home After a Natural Disaster

Looking at this weekend’s storm coverage of Hurricane Matthew, that pounded the shoreline of four states – Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina – hundreds  of thousands of homes are dealing with storm surge, wind damage and clean-up. The direct affects the storm has had on the housing market has yet to be determined in the southeast, but homeowners selling a home in those flood zones will continue to face the rough road of recovery months from now.  Many homeowners, including myself during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, have returned to waterlogged homes, insurance claims and dealing with utilities being restored, but it’s what happens next that will determine the future of those homes and neighborhoods. Whether you were selling a home during the height of the storm, now or anytime in the near future, everyone looking to buy and sell in those affected areas should protect themselves from further destruction […]
October 3, 2016

3 Keys to Selling a Home

Sell fast, it seems simple enough, but those of you who have been on the market already for months with no buyer leads can testify that many factors play a role in the sale. There are three keys to selling a home, it has to not only be researched and priced right, but you need a great marketing strategy your product has to entice buyer demands. Whether you’re new to the selling process or your home is already listed on the market, it’s never too late to prepare and showcase your home properly for sale. When buyers feel at home, they’re more comfortable and can relate to the space, which ultimately gets them to make an offer. Make no mistake, the home sale preparation is more than just cleaning and decluttering. So if you’re looking for results that end in the sale of your home, come discover how these three keys […]
September 29, 2016

Spice It Up: Vegetarian Chili on a Chilly Open House Day

While catered spreads or appetizers are the norm at an open house, a cup of vegetarian chili can create that warm and welcoming feeling especially on those chilly days during the Fall and Winter months. This simple version of a vegetarian chili can be made ahead of time for quick clean up, and it’s got just enough heat to appeal to a wide variety of buyers stopping by. By offering chili at an open house you’re playing off the sense of smell and taste to create an emotional connection point with home buyers, that will have them lingering in the space longer. If you live in a football community, take this one step further and have a game on as background noise, so buyers can envision themselves throwing a party for game time. But, remember this all starts with the chili, so try this recipe created by my husband Sal Arena, whether […]
September 28, 2016

Coffee Table Decorating Tricks: How to Style a Coffee Table

Check out your coffee table, what does it look like? Is it bare and boring. Maybe it’s a catch-all for your children or only holding a couple of coasters and your remote control. If this is the case then you’re missing a decorating opportunity because your coffee table is the star of the conversation area. Before deciding what to place on it, you first must choose a coffee table style that suits your design style and room’s purpose. It’s important to make sure the table is to scale with the rest of the room and furniture surrounding it. Consider these tips when selecting a coffee table: The size of an average coffee table is 48 by 24 inches, while a large one is often 48 inches square. It should be the same height as surrounding seating (use 18 inches high). Use a lip edge or tray top if you plan on using […]
September 26, 2016

An Ode to My Neighbors

Although I live in the largest city in the world, New York City, you’d be pleasant surprised that the place I call home is a small town neighborhood, where everyone comes together to support one another. Neighbors are an integral part of our life – whether you like it or not. Good Neighbor Day celebrated on September 28 is an annual holiday that promotes neighborliness and niceness towards people who surround us. Who is surrounding you? I have a cast of characters on my block who always have our backs. We’ve been on our block since 2003 and have shared a lot of laughs and cry with those who surround us. If you don’t know your neighbors well, today is your chance to start the conversation and build a relationship. Here are a few tips to be the best neighbor possible: Come Together  Get to know who is living in your […]