Anticipation is building on Valentine’s Day as Annie Reed waits at the top of the Empire State Building to meet her true love, Sam Baldwin. She’s never met the guy, but after hearing him on a radio talk show, she knows he’s the one. Awe, cue the sappy music! Annie writes to Sam asking him to meet her in beautiful New York City at the city’s most romantic spot, atop the Empire State Building. There’s a moment in this final scene when Annie, played by Meg Ryan comes to the realization that Tom Hanks character isn’t showing. But, who emerges from the elevator? Sam of course, accompanied by his son, Jonah, who left his backpack. Security tells them it’s time to leave and the three of them live happily ever after…or so we assume. Read more
Happy New Year! The confetti is cleaned up, the champagne toasts are now a distant memory and you’re back to the reality of digging yourself out of snow, and work emails. This time of year can feel more like an Olympic sprint as the promise to finally commit to a New Year resolution is quickly tossed to the wayside.
Speaking of which, did you make a goal to achieve in 2018? Of course, there are the usual suspects of getting in shape, saving more and experiencing a new hobby. Unfortunately, only 8% of people who make a resolution actually cross the finish line. However, that’s all about to change. This is the year you WILL follow through on your goals because you’re going to purchase a house! Read more
Have you been naughty or nice this year? There’s really only one person who knows for certain, and he lives in the North Pole, rides a shiny red sleigh and leads a team of holly jolly elves.
But, if you want to know for certain if you’re on Santa’s good or bad list, consider the following questions:
Did you clean your dirty dishes rather than stack them in the sink for someone else?
Happen to return those missed phone calls from your parents?
Commit to plans without bailing last minute?
Changed the toilet paper roll without being asked?
If you answered YES to all of them, then congratulations, no coal for you! For you others, do not panic because we have nine (Yes, nine. Santa is a big fan of the number nine since he does have nine reindeer guiding his sleigh) merry ways to get you on Santa’s good side.
The holidays officially begin this week, and we’re all waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive with all the fixings—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more.
However, if the thought of serving up a Thanksgiving feast overwhelms you, you’re not alone. Preparing and cooking a Thanksgiving dinner takes hours, and it’ll cost you an average of $49.87 according to USA Today.
If you don’t feel like cooking this year or simply don’t want to deal with the cleanup involved, you’re in luck. This is a list of fabulous local restaurants around the Valley serving up scrumptious Thanksgiving dinners.
In the years that I’ve been an agent, one thing I’ve learned is that colder seasons don’t end the real estate game…they just change it.
However, it’s still easy to make mistakes when selling in the fall.
It’s common knowledge that spring is the height of home sales. However, with the right approach and strategy, fall can be an equally (if not better) time to sell your home. Consider what you have going for you:
Buyers are ready to close and move in before the winter cold
The holidays make for excellent décor and curb appeal opportunities
Autumn foliage is the perfect frame for a home
The crisp fall air makes a warm house feel even more cozy
There are fewer showings, which means less competition
However, all of those benefits won’t aid you if you make some crucial missteps. Avoid these mistakes when selling in the fall: Read more
It's a Seller's Market out There. Now is the Time to List.
It’s a seller’s market! High demand from buyers and a tight inventory have made listed homes a hot commodity. This is especially true for the single-family homes that are ideal for first-time buyers.
However, many homeowners are hesitant to list. And who could blame them? According to some experts, the housing market is still recovering from the hit it took in 2007. The memory of the recession is still fresh and has many sellers sitting on the fence.
But here’s the thing. Sellers have commanded the market for the last two years – and with recent shifts in the market, 2017 is the hottest seller’s market we’ve had in years. So, if you’ve been putting off selling your home, there’s no better time than right now to sell. Read more
So you closed on your home, you’ve got the keys, and the moving truck is scheduled. Moving day is a big one that comes loaded with stress and long hours. And while you focus on correctly labeling all the boxes, it can be easy to let a few key things wait until the last minute.
Be sure to have these things checked off your list before moving day arrives. Read more