Real Estate

Fixer – Upper : Your best bet?

All you have to do is turn on the tv to find a show about flipping houses these days. TV shows tend to make everything look easy, especially DIY repairs and updates! But how does the average person decide if a fixer upper is really worth the time, effort, and MONEY? Here are a few… Continue reading Fixer – Upper : Your best bet?

Buyers Agent, Real Estate

What Is Earnest Money, Anyway?

If you’ve never been through the home-buying process, some of the terminology can be overewhelming. One of the many phrases you might come across is "earnest money". This can sometimes be called "escrow money", or "good faith deposit". Either way, it's something you are near guaranteed to hear. But what is it, anyway? When making… Continue reading What Is Earnest Money, Anyway?

Cooking, Family, Home Decor, weekend leisure

Heart Shaped Thumbprint Cookies!

It's nearly Valentine's Day! Growing up, this was always my cousin's favorite holiday. My mother was a twin, and her identical twin sister married into the Valentine Family - thereby claiming the 'Day of Love' as their official family holiday! Now, each year when I prep my homemade valentines to shower my little (and not… Continue reading Heart Shaped Thumbprint Cookies!

Home Decor, Real Estate

Rates Hit New Low – Again!

This has been a record busting year for the mortgage market. A fresh report just released by government agency Freddie Mac states that for the 17th time in LESS than one year, rates have fallen yet again. This time, your typical fixed rate 30 yr. mortgage is averaging at just 2.65%, with adjustable rate 15… Continue reading Rates Hit New Low – Again!

Real Estate

Monthly To-Do List – January!

A new month calls for a new monthly to-do list. Don’t have one prepared yet? Try these three on for size: Take down your holiday-specific decorations, and neatly store them for next year. (*Pro tip: throw away any damaged strings of lights, ornaments or ribbons.) It is soo tempting to toss it all in a… Continue reading Monthly To-Do List – January!

Real Estate

Tis the season for a cocktail!

Whether you partake in a seasonal cocktail or are a teetotler (I'm somewhere in the middle!), it's always fun to try something new and festive this time of year. With that in mind, I wanted to offer a totally FREE recipe! The only catch is: you have to tell me if you liked it ;)… Continue reading Tis the season for a cocktail!

Cooking, Family, Real Estate

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes – #BecauseFall

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Don't you just love that freshly brewed coffee smell? Nothing says fall quite like a baking pumpkin in the oven with a pot of coffee simmering on the counter. So of COURSE, I had to find us a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice coffees! This one looks incredible. My… Continue reading Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes – #BecauseFall

Family, Real Estate

Market Update Time!

Hello friends. Have you noticed that suddenly our market is on F I R E? I have negotiated more multiple offer situations in the past month than I have in my previous decade of work in SW Florida real estate! That is an actual fact. But why? Of course, low rates have an awful lot… Continue reading Market Update Time!

Buyers Agent, Home Decor, Politics, Real Estate, Uncategorized, weekend leisure

Outsmart (not outspend!) Your Competition!

This has been a fast paced summer for house hunting - and with rates holding below 3% for most qualified buyers, it looks like fall holds more of the same! So how do buyers make their offer stand apart from the rest, when there are fewer listings available to go around? There are a few… Continue reading Outsmart (not outspend!) Your Competition!

Real Estate

Traditional Home-Selling Tips – TO IGNORE!

Have you noticed, the moment you share the thought of *possibly* selling your home, everyone suddenly has an opinion? It can be so difficult to decipher the good advice from the bad, and as quickly as our real estate market changes it's becoming crucial to a successful sale that you (and your Realtor!) understand what… Continue reading Traditional Home-Selling Tips – TO IGNORE!