You’ve got a shot at a new job and you want to buy a home. How will a brief work history impact your mortgage loan? Lenders are most concerned with your ability to repay your mortgage loan, including the likelihood you’ll keep your income and whether you’ll be making enough in salary to pay your … Continue reading Should You Change Jobs Now?
Those flawless kitchens you’ve seen in home décor magazines don’t come from home improvement stores. They’re precisely designed by top professionals like award-winning interior designer Charlotte Comer, ASID, RID and Helene Terry, founder of Helene’s Luxury Kitchens and 2017 Dallas ASID Industry Partner of the Year. “I listen to the client and ask many questions,” … Continue reading What You Want in Your Kitchen Now
When you read or hear advice about staging your home for sale, it’s predictable—declutter, depersonalize, and neutralize as much as possible. But what you’re never told is how to make your home really memorable. One way is to make it look like a really fun place to live. Here are three ideas for making your … Continue reading Show the Fun In Your Home
Denmark and Norway are the happiest countries in the world. They offer stunning natural beauty, legendary winter sports and small populations. It’s no coincidence that both countries have the same word for a happy lifestyle: – hygge. Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga,” is a term that has no English equivalent but is best translated as the enjoyment … Continue reading The Hygge Lifestyle
Nearly two out of three households in the U.S. have one or more pets. While homebuyers may have pets, too, they don’t like to consider homes that have “gone to the dogs.” Think of buyers as guests who deserve to be safe and relaxed while looking at your home. They can trip over your cat … Continue reading Advice for Sellers With Pets
When buyers pull up to the curb in front of your home, you want them to feel intrigued and excited to come inside. What says “Welcome!” more than a fabulous front door? The front door should be a beacon, with a clear uncluttered pathway that leads up to the steps or the porch. Trim away … Continue reading Best Front Door Curb Appeal
This month I am excited to feature Rethreaded. Rethreaded is a charitable business that is breaking the cycle of human trafficking by offering viable and dignity-giving work to survivors. This month we are partnering with Rethreaded and you can help by donating your gently used t-shirts to any of our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty … Continue reading Rethreaded
As the spring housing market heats up, you may have to act fast to get the home you want. But that doesn’t mean you should skip crucial home buying steps. Have a plan and stick to it to find the home you want. Be prepared. Choose a lender, share your financial information, and decide the … Continue reading How Much Mortgage Should You Borrow?
For the love of style, I am excited to feature the babe behind Fig and Willow, Kate Werhner! Kate is a Native Floridian who pursued her passion for fashion and opened her very own boutique in Neptune Beach – Fig & Willow. Fig & Willow offers stylish tops, bottoms, dresses, and locally made accessories. Fig & … Continue reading Shop Small & Love Local
The Pantone color of the year for 2017 is called Greenery. Described as a zesty yellow-green, Greenery represents springtime renewal and refreshment. If you’re thinking of using green in your décor, you’ll enjoy learning more about the personality of this special color and why Greenery is a great color choice for our time. With such … Continue reading Color Personality: Green
This is the year you become a homeowner! To make the most of this most important step in your life, make these three New Year’s home buying resolutions now. I will check and repair my credit. Before you start shopping for homes, make sure you have no errors or unresolved credit issues that could prevent … Continue reading Three New Year’s Homebuyer Resolutions
No matter how mild or harsh your winter may have been, spring is a rite of passage that should be recognized throughout your home with elements of renewal. This will not only serve as a refresh for your living environment, but for your state of mind as well. Here are some simple yet highly effective … Continue reading Let Spring In
This month, I am over the moon excited to feature ELSHE JEWELRY! ELSHE (L – she) is a company very dear to me, because it was created by a good friend of mine a fellow boss babe who inspires me on a daily basis, Paulette Zouein (also known as P). Paulette is an extroverted introvert … Continue reading ELSHE (L-she)
It’s that time of year again! Last year was such an amazing turnout …. Beaches Community, let’s do this again! Please join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty for the Second Annual Atlantic Beach Community Garage Sale on Saturday, April 6th from 8AM-1PM! Donate your items to charity or come set up your own table in our parking … Continue reading Come, Sell & Shop!
What better way to say ‘hello spring’ than a stylish evening out with your favorite babes to enjoy a sunset fashion show, cocktails, light bites + spring shopping?!! Check out the details below… This is a season event you do not want to miss! What: Spring 2017 Fashion Show hosted by Penelope T + Hotel … Continue reading Hello Spring!
Clutter free countertops and tips to consider when preparing your home for sale! Today’s kitchens are filled with all kinds of gastronomical gadgets, but if you want to show your kitchen to its fullest advantage, here are five ways to keep clutter down: Store unused equipment. Which appliances do you use the most? Chances are … Continue reading Clutter Free Countertops
I am very excited to launch my ‘Jax Local Favorites’ monthly spotlight! This month it is my honor to feature the very talented artist, Maggie Puzey! Maggie is a local artist, wife, and mom of two! Her laugh is contagious and her energy magnetic. In the interview, Maggie opens up about what inspired her to … Continue reading Meet Maggie Puzey!
Hello, Hello!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week thus far. Today, I am beyond excited to share a new ‘campaign’ I will be implementing in the coming weeks. For those of you who do not know, I love to shop and support local. Having a local mindset, for me, gives more meaning to … Continue reading J’s Jax Local Favorites!
Cooking show ratings are at an all-time high as viewers are enamored with the idea of being culinary masters. Home sellers are upgrading to professional-style kitchens to capitalize on the craze. One of the easiest steps appealing to today’s tastes is adding stainless steel appliances and sinks. They resist scratches and are easy to maintain. … Continue reading Catch the Eye of Aspiring Chefs
If your bathroom has older or antique tile that is still attractive, you can make it look newer simply by refreshing the grout. If the grout is eroded, mildewed or stained, you don’t have to hire a professional. You can easily follow these easy steps yourself. Since most grout comes in standard colors, you can … Continue reading Refresh Bathroom Grout
Are you looking for something new and different to do? Perhaps a unique activity outside? If you have an appreciation for art – I have a great activity for you! Throughout Jacksonville there are murals painted by artist. These murals are so beautiful and each tell a story. They are a true showcase of public art. … Continue reading Jax Murals
Technology today makes it easier than ever to connect and do business worldwide! It really makes me think how big yet so small the world really is. If you know someone looking to move to or invest in Jacksonville, I can help. My website offers the opportunity to search in 103 different languages. Yes, really! You … Continue reading Hello, World!
Now that you’re buying your own home, it’s important to know how to put your personal stamp on the décor. How do you start? Whether you’re decorating a living room, bedroom or bath, start with a focal point to enhance the room’s ambiance and underscore the room’s purpose. Focal points can be created by highlighting … Continue reading Creating Focal Points
Looking for something unique to do outside.. .why not have a bonfire on the beach?! I recently learned in Atlantic Beach, FL from November – February we are allowed to have a fire on the beach with the necessary permit. Obtaining the permit is a very easy process and everything can be done via email and phone. … Continue reading Beach Bonfire
The holidays can be an ideal time to market a home. Families spend more time together, and sellers making a move during fall and early winter tend to be highly motivated. Also, companies transfer employees according to need, and January is one of the busiest times of the year. When relocating transferees often have only … Continue reading Marketing Your Home for the Holidays
Hardwood floors never seem to go out of style – their beauty and durability is appreciated by generation after generation of homeowners. So if you’re planning to install wood floors, you’ll want some basic information in order to choose wisely. According to Hardwoodinfo.com, hardwoods are “deciduous trees that have broad leaves, produce a fruit or … Continue reading All About Wood Floors
Let’s talk color and how to make it work in your home! For starters, please do not be offended if an agent suggests that you paint before placing your home on the market. Why you ask? We understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their … Continue reading Color + Your Home
Are your kids in school? Do you want shops within walking distance? Perhaps you would prefer a shorter commute? I have access to tools and information that no one else in the industry has – and that is a good thing for you! Values and Trends – See neighborhood sales prices to compare homes Community … Continue reading Inside Access
Thanksgiving is a time of year to reflect on that which we are grateful for. Totally, right? It provides us with an opportunity to meet, greet and celebrate! It reminds us that there is always, always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for. As I reflect, this was a year of change for me and … Continue reading #AttitudeOfGratitude
I am excited to announce, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty proudly presents the inaugural Atlantic Beach Luminaria!! I for one am very excited for this evening as I have been actively involved with this initiative. We have been going door to door to spread the word to the community. And, I must say, the feedback … Continue reading Atlantic Beach Luminaria
The Seller Who Tests the Market… When you see the market rising, it’s tempting to price your home even higher than nearby homes that recently sold. So you tell your listing agent that you want to “test” the market to see if you can get even more for your home. Sometimes, it’s appropriate to choose … Continue reading Seller’s Advice
Inspired by the British arts and crafts movement of the late 1800s, Craftsman homes celebrated wood, stone, iron, ceramic and glass artistry and craftsmanship. They had their heyday between the early 1900s and 1930s and were glamorized by leading architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Demand for down-to-earth housing arose after the fussy, formal Victorian … Continue reading Porch Fest + Craftsman Style Homes
Who else is loving the cooler weather?! I for one look forward to the change of season every year. Living in Northeast Florida we get to experience the change of season more so than compared to South Florida, for example, which is where I grew up. The mild change of season is one of my favorite … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Chili!!
Keeping your home in show-ready condition can be challenging, especially if you have a houseful of kids and pets. What to do? Follow the Four D’s. Declutter: Most listing agents would agree that clutter confuses buyers. They can’t see the home’s “bones” for all the furniture, toys, and other things. You have to pack up to … Continue reading The Four D’s
It’s been another crazy year of weather damaging houses throughout the country. Having just weathered Hurricane Matthew here on the First Coast, homeowners are encouraged to take a close look at their property for storm damage and make appropriate repairs. There are several key areas of concern: The roof: After a powerful storm, check for damage. Ensure there … Continue reading Assessing Storm Damage
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To paint and decorate your home without worrying whether you’re going overboard with color, try the classic interior design rule known as the 60/30/10 rule. It’s a foolproof way to divide your color scheme into primary, secondary and accent colors by assigning them percentage values. The primary color is the largest block of color and will act … Continue reading The 60/30/10 Color Rule
Beautiful sunsets, soft breezes, greeting the neighbors while you rock in your porch swing…you can enjoy all these pleasures right on your front porch. If you want to enjoy the outdoors more, here are four easy ways to create the porch of your dreams. Find a paint color that compliments your home’s exterior and shouts … Continue reading Home Design: Front to Back Porches
Your house is more than just a home, it is also an investment. For many, it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make. But, unlike other types of investments your home doesn’t send you monthly statements showing its current value. That is why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has developed the Home Values System, an … Continue reading What’s Your Home Worth?
With football season kicking off, I thought I would share one of my favorite football foods. The Buffalo Chicken Dip… can you say YUM!! Whether you are tailgating, watching the game at home or going to a friends house, this dip is sure to be a game day winner. Enjoy + Go Jags!!
How much are you planning to put down on your next home? If you say 20 percent, you could be living in the past. Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced 3% down mortgages nearly two years ago, the product has gained in popularity. The three-percent mortgage, also known as the Home Possible Advantage program, … Continue reading The Three Percent Down Mortgage
When buying a home, you have to consider factors such as the home’s layout, condition and more. The seller must disclose the property’s condition that may alert you to issues such as mold, defective water heater or leaky roof. Here are six questions you should pose to the seller for additional insight before you make … Continue reading Six questions to help gain insight on a prospective home
Let’s talk trends… Homes with all-white kitchens look great in magazines, but a recent survey found they’re not popular with homebuyers because of upkeep. So, before you paint your kitchen, replace your countertops or install new cabinets, use these helpful hints to make your kitchen more appealing as well as more user-friendly. Set the tone. Think … Continue reading Kitchen Trends for 2016
Whether you snag a publication out and about or you connect online, you’ll find it easy to stay in tune to local happenings. Here are a few of my favorite resources for always staying in the know, finding something to do and trying out a fresh new recipe! Jack Magazine All inclusive neighborhood guide featuring Murray Hill, Avondale, … Continue reading Keep It Local!