April 19, 2018

Would You Hire Zillow to Buy or Sell Your Home?

As a consumer we are inundated with options to simplify the transaction process in a sale — buying and selling homes are no different. Company’s like For Sale By Owner, ZipRealty and Homes.com for decades now have been creating an online user friendly platform allowing homeowners to take control of their home sale, leaving real estate agents to adopt new practices. Zillow recently announced this spring they too are planning to up  the ante, but how will it affect your sale? Zillow plans to roll out the process of buying and selling houses through an expansion of their Instant Offers in Phoenix AZ, where Zillow Group, Inc. will now have the opportunity along with other pre-qualified investors to purchase those homes. The company, who tested this plan in Las Vegas and Orlando is determined to keep utilizing real estate agents as a way to navigate the process. The agent needs to be an […]
April 5, 2018

Time-Saving Cleaning Products to Deep Clean Your Home

Are you ready for the annual deep clean on your property this spring? It’s time to spring clean your space, and while this takes effort, time and more than a weekend to conquer these tasks –the reward of a clean home will be worth the work.  Set aside some time in your schedule this month to tackle spring cleaning tasks, from clearing away dust bunnies to power washing the deck. But, before you start checking items off your to-do list here are a few products that will save you time while deep cleaning:   It’s Magic for Surfaces Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a time-saver for scrubbing away scuffs, fingerprints, and other marks difficult to remove. Before using this product though, test out a small, inconspicuous spot on the wall to make sure it won’t damage your paint. If the test spot looks good once dry, scrub away. If the […]
March 22, 2018

PETS: Bird Proof a Home or Else | The Tragic Tale of Whitey

As a homeowner we do our best to keep our home safe not only for loved ones, but for guests and pets too. There are many dangers within the confines of your property that can be harmful, some deadly– I found that out the hard way this weekend… With the touch of a button, the home environment that I take pride in became a toxic chamber for my bird, Whitey. The convenience of having a self-cleaning oven triggered respiratory failure and ultimately Whitey’s untimely death. [IMPORTANT: This is a hard post to write, I’m heartbroken, but the outpouring of support that admittedly agree they too were unaware of this safety issue, prompted me to write this post. Please take a moment and share this information to raise awareness and prevent another bird to suffer like Whitey. See responses below.] Meet Whitey (aka Coo-da), a white owl pigeon we rescued in […]
March 1, 2018

Decorating Mindset: Right Brain Thinking Helps Style a Home

Do you have the right decorating mindset to style a home? No matter where you are in the homeownership process it’s important to focus your perceptions so your home is the most appealing on the block. Every homeowner, especially those selling, must become successful at creating first impressions. This step allows you to develop a good sense of what your audience (buyer or guest) wants, and what it takes to ensure that you stand out in their minds well after visiting your property.  Think of your open house or dinner party as if it’s opening night for your favorite show. The stars would be walking the red carpet, dressed to impress, promoting the show and creating excitement and buzz—that’s what staging does to your home when selling (or staying). The Decorating Mindset A buyer’s gut reaction never goes away, so make sure to critique each area of your home or […]
February 17, 2018

Easy DIY Macramé Wall Art

Have you ever wanted to know how to DIY Macramé wall art? Macramé is all the rage this past year, I’ve seen it in my travels from Mexico to the Hamptons used as art installations in dining areas, statements above a bed, hanging planters, light pendants, dream catchers, napkin rings and even as curtains.     mac·ra·mé (n.) is the art of knotting cord or string into a pattern. This type of art was popular in the Victorian era and again in 1970’s bohemian style. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn.    An oversized, handmade macramé piece of wall art can be expensive, but costs a fraction of the price if you take on the project yourself, see the DIY macramé wall art tutorial video below. Here’s what you’ll need:  200 feet of 3/16 white rope   Rit Liquid Dye (optional)  3-foot piece of driftwood (pipe, curtain rod, spindle, etc.)  Scissors  Start by cutting […]