New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. …

Interior Design Trends On Their Way Out

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Every year, we see shift in decorating trends. While we find ourselves discussing these new interior design trends regularly, it’s easy to forget which old ones it’s time to retire. For homeowners, changing a room can be a substantial boon if they’re thinking of selling their home in the near future. The visual appeal of rooms can greatly boost buyers’ interest. Even …

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Staging Your Home On Your Own

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When it’s time to sell your home, the question of how to present or “stage” the rooms is an important one. Staging helps sell homes. Yet most people live with their personality in every room. Inherited furniture, favorite artworks, and a lifetime of collected items make the space their own. While decluttering is one of the first things a Realtor …

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Getting Organized For the New Year

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2017 is here whether we were ready for it or not, yet don’t despair if you didn’t get as organized as you’d planned. It’s not too late to get organized for 2017. Don’t Procrastinate on Cleaning It’s a temptation to put off your to-dos and home maintenance . Take 2017 by storm by starting out with a tidy home.  If …

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Pantone’s Greenery and Your Home

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It’s become a tradition for the Pantone Color Institution to name a color each year that will be prominent in fashion and design. 2017 is the proud recipient of a simple green color that we all are familiar with, even if we’re not big on the trends: greenery. Described as a zesty yellow-green, this tone is regularly used to evoke …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, …

Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

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Pests are a reality of home ownership, with tiny animals and insects coming in like unwanted tenants. Every area has their own local nuisances, so realistically, you’ll deal with one of these at some point as the owner of a house. Each creature has their own habits and problems, but all usually need to be removed. Today we’ll go over …

Selling a Home When You Have Pets

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Your pets are your family, and much like children who have to be coached through the process of selling a home, your animal companions may need  a little help getting through this time. Your pets can also impact the sale of your home, and there are steps you can take to mitigate any negative impact. Make Time and Space for Your Buyers From the …

Does Your Fireplace Add Value or Just Mess?

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With the weather cooling across the country, the fireplace is again enjoying a rise to prominence in the home, warming hands and adding a bit of charm to the autumn evenings. For many of us, it adds a feeling of home no matter where you are, and as it turns out, it adds a lot of appeal for home buyers as well. The …

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Fall Home Repairs To Watch For

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Homeownership is a year-round job just as much as a joy, and for many of us, fall home repairs are the ones that need to get in before the weather turns nasty. Many of these repairs to watch for can become worse with the progression of winter conditions, and while here in Southern California we don’t experience the snowstorms and …