What to Look For in a Rental

Whether it’s a one-bedroom or a townhouse, you need to prepare yourself for spending countless hours online looking for the perfect one to call home. You also need to prepare yourself to actually drive to these places because a lot of the time they do not look the same in person as they did online. In order to save yourself time and headaches, make sure each listing has all the information you’ll need to be provided. The last thing you want is to find your dream apartment only to find out it is not pet-friendly. It would have been nice if that were on the listing, right? As you begin your search, here are a few other things to keep in mind to help make this as stress-free as possible: Pay Attention to Detail The first thing that should be shown is how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and the square footage of each. This way you can sort of visualize your own layout to see if it’ll work for your needs. Also, research the neighborhood. Many landlords will tell you that the nei…
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What Makes a Good Neighbor

When you’re buying a home, you want to make sure everything is “perfect.” Before you even put an offer on a home, you usually scope out the neighborhood to make sure it’s safe. You may also want to get to know your neighbors first as well. Having good neighbors can really make or break your decision when buying a home. No one wants to live next door to someone who is constantly arguing with everyone over something silly. However, if you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself! Here are a few tips to help get you started. Stop Over With a Plate of Goodies Whether it’s cookie, brownies, maybe something a little healthier like a fruit platter, food is always the way to someone’s heart. Especially if you are the newbie in town, this is a great way to break the ice. It also shows your neighbors that you are thinking of them. Keep The Gossip to Yourself Everyone has a tendency to gossip from time to time. However, gossiping really isn’t the best th…
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5 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom More Spacious

Small bathrooms aren’t the easiest to work with, especially if it’s your only bathroom and you’re sharing it with one or more people. They’re usually lacking natural lighting and the layout itself isn’t always the best. Whether it’s your spare room (powder room) or your apartment bathroom that is cramping your style, there are ways to make it look bigger without having to do any type of demolition. Brighten Up The Place Try to bring in as much light and color as you can. A bright room always feels more spacious. If you can, paint the walls a new color! Or maybe just the cabinets if that’s a bit easier. If you have a window in your bathroom, utilize it to provide natural lighting. Choose a Light Floor Even if your walls are light, having a dark floor will throw it all off. If you keep your floors light, it will create a bright, open atmosphere. Mirror, Mirror on The Wall This is one of my favorite ways to make a small space look more open. The larger the mirror, …
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Simple Tips to Help Keep Your Kids’ Toys Organized

Remember the days when you could walk through your living room and not step on a Lego? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home, you’re not alone. Here are a few simple tips to help you lessen the clutter and reclaim your space. Choose Toys Wisely It happens to the best of us. No matter how hard we try, the toys just keep piling up. And since you’ll probably be stuck with them for a while, it does pay to be a bit picky when buying toys. To make toys more meaningful to your child, only buy them for holidays, special occasions and rewards. And do not feel bad asking relatives do the same. It also makes sense to avoid toys that are poorly-made, or over-sized. Stick to toys that can possibly grow with your child and help to encourage creativity as they get older. Give Each Toy a Home Whether you want to admit it or not, I think we’re all a little OCD. I mean, who likes piles of toys all over their living room? Buy a series of matching plastic bins and line them …
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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Fall

It’s crazy to think that Summer is officially over. While that may bring a bit of sadness to some, others are eager to jump right into the cooler weather. The question at hand though; Is your home ready for Fall? Cooler weather typically creeps up on us leaving little time to prep. While the kids are back at school and the days are shorter, it’s time to prepare your home for Fall. I know we’re all crying a bit inside because the dog days of summer are behind us, but personally- I LOVE the Fall! Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your lawn for the cooler weather. Fertilize Your Lawn According to the experts at This Old House, they recommend doing this in the Fall, before the ground gets too cold, to ensure that your lawn will be in top-notch shape come the Spring. The first thing to understand about fertilizer is the formula, which is represented by three numbers, such as the common 5-10-5. The first number represents nitrogen, which promotes lawn blade and foliage gr…
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Small Kitchen? Here Are 3 Simple Tips To Making It Efficient

For many of us, before we are homeowners, we are renters. And many times when you are renting, space is limited. It’s one thing to have a small living room or bedroom, but it really does stink to have a super small kitchen. I mean really, is there some kind of law that requires rental apartments to supply no more than a single square of kitchen counter space to each unit? If you’re struggling to prep and cook your meals, it may be time for a little kitchen revamp. Follow these 3 easy tips and transform your rental kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams. Get Rid of Items That You Do Not Need I’m sure if you rummage through your cabinets, you’ll find a handful of items that you haven’t used in over a year. You should also check the expiration on some of the food items as well. If there is something in decent condition, but you just have no use for it consider donating it. 2. Light It Up It’s no secret that good lighting can change the entire dynamic in any room. …
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Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate is one of three main types of real estate. This type of real estate has to deal with real estate property solely used for business purposes, such as office parks, restaurants, and malls. There are four different types of commercial real estate leases with each requiring different responsibilities of landlord and tenant. A gross lease lets the tenant pay only rent, and the landlord pays for property tax, insurance, and maintenance. A single net lease requires a tenant pay rent and property taxes.  A double-net lease requires a tenant pay rent, property tax, and insurance. Lastly, a triple-net lease pay requires a tenant to pay rent, maintenance, property taxes and insurance. Investors are greatly encouraged to invest in this type of real estate and here are some of the reasons to do so. Commercial real estate property always garners a higher rent per square foot than residential real estate property and therefore commercial real estate property is…
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Guest Room Upgrades

Whether you are staging your home in preparation to sell, or just trying to improve the space for your overnight guests, these decorating tips can elevate your spare room to a luxurious escape.  

 Swap out your hanging hand towel for an array of smaller towels

Add a scented candle or fragrance diffuser 

Have a nightstand and bedside light 

Provide some extra toiletries 

Include a bouquet of fresh flowers

  These simple tips will effortlessly transform the room and will make your guests feel like they are vacationing at The Ritz!
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Front Door Feng Shui

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging your environment to attract peace and harmony. The feng shui principles of your home are based on the balance of the five elements, (wood, fire, water, earth, and metal), as well as the direction your home faces (south, east, north, and west.) The front door is considered to be the most importance aspect of your home's feng shui, as it determines the quality of energy entering your home. The most auspicious color of your door is based on the direction your home is facing. Whether you are selling your home or are just ready for a new paint job, whip out your compass and check out these colors for good fortune:  

East Facing Door 

The feng shui element of the east is wood. If you have an east facing door you should gravitate towards earthy tones like green or brown.  

South Facing Door

The feng shui element of the south is fire. …
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Real Estate Vocab For The First Time Buyer

Congratulations, it is time to purchase your first home! While this experience is exciting, it can also be intimidating. To make your home buying adventure as easy and memorable as possible, our HomesIn real estate team has compiled all the words you need to know. Here is your Home Buying Cheat Sheet: Real Estate Agent / Real Estate Broker / Relator: An agent has procured their state licensure and works under the supervision of a brokerage, a broker is an agent with an additional license who can sell homes on their own, and a relator belongs to the National Association of Relators. Offer: This is the deal between the buyer and seller. When working with an agent, you will tell them your offer, and they will communicate that to the home owners. This can also be referred to as a sales contract. Contingent: When a sale offer has been accepted, but is subject to change due to extenuating circumstances. For example, a sale can be contingent upon the completion of a home in…
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