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 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 […]
September 24, 2016

4 Ways to Control Stress When Selling a Home

Selling a home is no easy task, it can be down right stressful. Stress is infectious and can not affect you, but those close to you undermining your ability to make important decisions or maintaining daily tasks and schedules. A recent survey by Vivo Property Buyers in the U.K. revealed that homeowners feel that selling their home is the most stressful event in their lives. Selling your home outranked other stressful life events including having a baby, starting a new job and planning a wedding. Why? Well there is a lot riding on the sale of your home, it’s usually one of the biggest assets someone owns. Not to mention, the process can be long, daunting and there are many unknowns that can play a role in your stress.  It’s important to not only sell quickly, but sellers need the biggest return on their investment to feel satisfied with the deal and […]
September 8, 2016

Home Selling Tips: Get Young Buyers Interested In Your Home

Is your home ready for the next generation? Get home selling tips from Millennials who continue to flood the housing market, making up 35-percent of all buyers and they’re ready to make a significant impact on home design with requests on their buyer’s wish list. Generation Y (age 18 to 35) already have their dream homes pinned, following design trends and blogger ideas to create the perfect home when the time comes and according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders and Better Homes and Gardens, homebuilders are paying attention designing new homes this generation covets. 68-percent of Millennials are looking for a detached, single family home — but, what will wow them on the inside? The survey suggests this generation has strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart home technology; comfortable, workable kitchens and more casual spaces. Make sure your home, especially older ones have these features available to […]
September 1, 2016

Home Sellers Are Buried In Clutter

If you’re planning on moving it looks like home sellers will have their work cut out for them in the form of clutter: Nearly half of Americans say they consider their homes to be at least somewhat cluttered with items they no longer use. According to a new report, “Buried: The State of Stress and Stuff,” which surveyed 1,000 adults they found that one in seven respondents say they have a room in their home that they can no longer use because it is too full of items that they rarely use, which would have to be cleaned up if selling a home. I have to admit I have one too, our guest room, that’s covered in clothes, staging accessories and other odds and ends. It’s true here is the proof. What’s more shocking is that 72 percent of those surveyed say they would gain more space in their home […]