Archive: July 2012

Decorating Your Home with Augmented Reality

Science fiction is becoming more reality than fantasy. One of the most interesting ways this is happening is through a technology called augmented reality. You may have seen it before, but if not what it basically does is modify your view of reality by adding an additional layer of information when viewing through a device.

July 31 / 2012

Monster of the Midway Joins Big Blue

Desmond Clark sat in the front of a large meeting room last week listening intently and taking notes. But this meeting was far different from those he attended during his 12 year NFL career, most recently as the tight end of the Chicago Bears.

July 31 / 2012

Real Estate Headlines for the End of July and Start of August

How on earth is there only one month left of summer? This is ridiculous. As you catch up with the reality that summer vacation is almost over, try and bask in the fact that there’s still a full month left before Labor Day. And while dwelling on that thought, here are some real estate headlines for you:

9 Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale

So you’ve prepped your home cosmetically for sale in every imaginable way – fresh paint, a deep cleaning, new landscaping, decluttered closets and even organized the garage! Your house looks better then it ever has and you are ready to hit the market! Before you proceed with the “For Sale” sign in the ground, there are several key pieces of information that you should consider gathering that today’s savvy buyers are going to want to know.

Weekend Real Estate Recap from Blue Matter

The week can get busy very quickly and you may have missed some posts from this week. Here’s a recap of some of the best of the blog for the past week so you can catch up while you relax on the weekend.

Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Homeland

The final Emmy nominated drama series in our outstanding home list is Showtime’s critically acclaimed Homeland. The show is set for the most part in Maryland and Virigina, but most of the filming is actually done in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is a more affordable location to film in and offers similar surroundings to replicate the towns in Virginia and Maryland.

Where US Olympic Athletes Call Home

I do love the Olympics. The pageantry. The competition. The Cinderella stories. The patriotic pride. And of course I’ll be humming John Williams’ brass-tastic Olympic Theme in my head for the next few weeks. Whether you like basketball, track & field, swimming or gymnastics, it’s hard not to get psyched up for Team USA.

July 27 / 2012

Here’s to Vacation Homes

One of the best parts of summer is vacation. Whether packing up a car for a day trip (also known as a staycation), boarding a cruise ship or jumping on a plane, there is a special feeling unlike any other associated with vacation. For many, it brings back happy memories of time spent with loved ones, I know for me that is certainly the case. Growing up in New Jersey, I was blessed every summer to have the opportunity to head to the shore, yes the one and only Jersey shore.

July 26 / 2012

Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Game of Thrones

If you prefer blankets to swim trunks and skis to surfboards, then the castle at Winterfell from “Game of Thrones” might have piqued your interest if you were in the market for a cozy home (or hut) a few thousand years ago. The next nominee for “Outstanding Home in a Drama Series” is none other than Winterfell Castle, which is widely considered to be the capital of the North. Winterfell is located between the capital of the Seven Kingdoms (King’s Landing) and the dreaded “Wall” that keeps civilized society separate from Wildlings and very angry frozen zombies.

Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire

Sometimes, you just have to grow up and move on out of that bachelor pad you own in the penthouse of the Ritz Carlton. In season 2 of Boardwalk Empire, New Jersey’s friendliest criminal traded in panoramic ocean views on the boardwalk for a more family friendly and slower paced lifestyle. And by slower paced [...]