How To Open Your Pool

Spring is in full bloom and this can mean a lot of things for many different people. For example, if you own a pool you’re surely thinking (probably dreading) about opening it for the season. There is nothing like watching all your loved ones enjoying its crisp coolness but they don’t know how much work goes into getting it ready. I am here to bring optimism to the equation and tell you that opening your pool doesn’t have to be as horrible as you anticipate. I came across this great article from Popular Mechanics that will definitely help guide you in your efforts. I’ve highlighted a couple of steps below.  Read more

April 18 / 2014
Author Ariel Williams
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Can You Guess the Top 10 Cities Americans Move To and From?

Guest Blog via NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm

Have you moved to a city because it offered warmer temperatures, cheaper cost of living, more job opportunities, or simply to fulfill a dream? They are all common desires and clues as to where Americans move, and why we pick up and leave a city.

The team at NorthStar Moving recently compiled the Top Ten Cities Americans Move To and Top Ten Cities Americans Move From. Can you guess which metropolises made the list?

The city with the biggest revolving door is the capital of our great nation, taking the #1 spot in both lists. In fact, many of the cities make both lists, with the states of California and Texas have  the most cities on the lists. Check out the two lists illustrated in their infographics below to see how many you guessed right!

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4 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Guest Post by Andrea Davis

The time has come to sell your home—are you prepared? Do you need quick solutions to get top dollar for your home? Depending on its age and location, preparing a home for prospective buyers can be as simple as a few touch-ups or as involved as a few remodels and additions.

If your realtor thinks the house just needs a few changes, then don’t spend thousands of dollars on needless upgrades. By performing these quick fixes to increase its appeal, you’ll not only stand out to buyers, but you’ll also have fewer surprises after their inspection:

1.      Declutter

Clutter is not appealing to anyone, least of all prospective buyers. By depersonalizing your home, buyers will be able to walk through and get a feel for themselves living in the house. It’s also a good opportunity for you to decide what goes with you and what might need a new home in a secondhand store.

2.      Paint your walls

Painting your walls is inexpensive to you and refreshing for prospective buyers walking through the home. Repainting allows an opportunity to paint over any patches, paw prints, hand prints or other problems that could detract from room appeal. Stick with neutral colors like whites, greys and browns because buyers may want to personalize the house with colors of their own after purchase.

3.      Optimize your lighting

Walking through a home at nighttime or in the middle of the day requires good lighting to get the best look at every room. This means you should have plenty of natural light through windows or additional lighting. Invest in lighting for the low price of $130 if a room is particularly dark and clean windows to get the sunlight streaming in. LED lights are a good idea because they’re just as bright as fluorescents but not as hard on the eyes. They’re energy efficient, and they don’t emit buzzing.

4.      Enhance curb appeal

Your house needs to stand out to buyers from the moment they drive up. This means the landscape must look appealing from the sidewalk to the front door. You can hire professional landscapers if needed to design the most appealing lawn for prospective buyers if you’re uncertain about doing it yourself. Trim or prune trees and bushes to be the right length and height during buyer inspections. Also be sure to keep flower beds well-maintained and mow the lawn regularly during the duration of the sale.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free.

See more of the beautiful Colorado home listed above here.

April 17 / 2014
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Amazon Dash Wants to Manage My Kitchen

There truly isn’t a business that Amazon.com won’t enter. Most recently, they want to help run my kitchen.

The new Amazon Dash looks to be the digital shopping list for the home of the future. This ridiculously simple device scans items in your fridge, or you can simply speak the item that you want, and it adds it to your Amazon Fresh shopping list. Yes, it’s that simple.

Then when it’s time to go to the grocery store, you can just chuckle to yourself at the thought of having to find a quarter to unchain the shopping carts in the parking lot and just head over to Amazon Fresh and place your order.

It’s so easy Amazon.com actually warns you to keep out of the reach of children so that your shopping list isn’t made up of just Pop Tarts and Gummy Worms.

Did I mention it’s free? Yes, free. For more details check out Amazon Dash.at Amazon.com.

April 16 / 2014
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Your Home + Nike

Who knew I might someday walk ON my old sneakers?

We are putting runners on the two sets of stairs in our house.  I had absolutely no idea how many choices you have.  But that wasn’t the really fun part. Read more

April 16 / 2014
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Unique DIY Easter Crafts

If you’re like me, then you can’t wait for Easter. When I was younger, I thought that dying eggs was so cool. The only thing that could possibly trump it was the hunt that ensued in the backyard afterwards. But as I’ve gotten older, dare I say it, dying eggs has gotten a little repetitive. So when I stumbled upon this great article from Country Living titled, “29 Easy Easter Crafts,” I knew that it was something that needed to be shared. Take a look at a few of the most unique, Easter themed, do-it-yourself projects I’ve ever seen.  Read more

April 15 / 2014

Home of the Week: A Bit of France in Newport Beach

The boat in the Harbor, I rule the Marina”
Donald Glover from his album ‘Because the Internet’

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from an estate just outside of Salt Lake City to an impressive waterfront home in Newport Beach, California.

Listed for $11.9 million, this remarkable French style residence is located on Harbor Island – Newport Beach’s most exclusive address. The sizable estate features panoramic waterfront views that are punctuated by breathtaking snow capped mountains in the distance.

The home is characterized by a refined sense of style and charm that you’ll see evident in every inch of the 5 bedroom and 5 full bath property. From a grand formal living room with stone fireplace and patio access, to an entertainer’s dream kitchen equipped with professional appliances and generous granite counter tops; this home seriously rocks.

While the interior of this estate offers up a tranquil refuge from busy days, the sprawling grounds are perfect for entertaining. It features a relaxing spa, built in outdoor kitchen, a sizable patio and your very own dock! I could picture relaxing afternoons barbecuing with friends and family followed by pushing off the dock and sailing around the harbor during sunset.

Click here if you’d like to see more of this truly impressive home listed by Bill Anderson with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Five Tips to an Eco-Friendly Garden

Now that spring is finally here and Earth Day is right around the corner, we have started to get our yards and flowerbeds ready for the planting season. Before rushing into a new gardening project this spring, consider the following tips to ensure your efforts are environmentally friendly:

  1. De-lawning the yard. We all know how much water a lawn requires, so get out those shovels or better yet rent a tiller from your local hardware store to take up that grass.
  2. Go native. While visiting your nursery, take some time to pick the brain of a professional gardener on plant and flower varieties that are indigenous to your area.  These types of plants will require less water and fertilizer.
  3. Add a rain barrel. Capturing the rain will not only keep the water bill down, but also provide your plants with nutrient enriched water (fluoride free).
  4. Mulch to your heart’s desire. Whether you prefer pine straw or shredded bark, mulching will help cut back on watering and reduce those pesky weeds from popping up.
  5. Store your yard garbage.  Adding a compost pile of your yard clippings helps reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill. Here is a great source of what to compost and the benefit of each material.

Real Estate Headlines Featuring Sofia Vergara, Parking Spaces and Most Expensive Garage

Easter is almost here and would you believe I actually had my grass cut this weekend. Yes, spring has arrived and with it many a baseball game and kids anxiously awaiting the end of school. Before you realize the amount of wedding and graduation checks you will soon be writing, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:

BiggerPockets.com thinks we can learn a few things from real estate in Argentina.

USA Today has a list of 10 countries racing to buy American homes.

Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, picked up a little $10.6 million pad in Beverly Hills.

What do you know about the mortgage debt forgiveness tax break?

This is amazing. Some design students made livable homes no bigger than a parking space.

How do you make your home for sale stand out? Here are 6 tips from some real estate experts.

Here’s a question every home owner asks themselves: When should you begin to aggressively pay down your mortgage?

Urban real estate is booming, but the ‘burbs are still where most people live.

Are you renting a place? This mistake might cost you $5,000.

And finally, a garage (yes, a garage) in Britain just sold for £550,000.

April 14 / 2014

Home of the Week: A Massive Estate Outside of Salt Lake City

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from an equestrian estate in New Jersey to a massive manor in Holladay, Utah.

Recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, this $14.9 million estate is one of the prized properties in all of Utah. Completed in 2002, the five bedroom and six full and six half bath home features 24,000 square feet of stunning living space.

The crown jewel of this property is the $500,000 24-seat theater the homeowners created in the image of the Savoy theater they had visited while vacationing in London. It is Art Deco styled and also features a fully stocked lobby with popcorn and candy. The theater really does transport you back to the old Hollywood theaters popularized during the 1940s and 50s.

As if that wasn’t enough, the home also boasts a gym, club room, tennis court, basketball court, and a spa with a 12 person Jacuzzi, soaking tubs, steam rooms and even a salon! From stone flooring reclaimed from castles, on over to wood doors with 200 year old histories – everything about this home has character.

Click here if you’d like to see more of this beautiful estate listed by Neil Glover with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.