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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 10/19/2017

Potential best describes this one... It Still needs some work, but, so worth your time. A true diamond in the rough! Looking for an In-Home Business? Need an In-Law Suite? Or just a nice place to live? This property has has it all, boasting 3 bedrooms, fresh paint, a good sized living room, dining area and kitchen. The basement offers, two large newly painted almost finished rooms with a dividing wall and you can decide what works best for your needs, one huge room or two separate rooms. The Nice sized deck off the kitchen leads to your beautiful private back yard. The first level over sized room has wood beams, barn board and a bright and sunny atrium, again the possibilities are endless. This property once housed a thriving flower business with lots of room for parking and a fabulous Location for any Business ventures... Quick access to major routes and a great commuter location... Call today for your private viewing!

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 10/16/2017

Selling a home may prove to be a long, arduous process. However, if you act as a reasonable home seller, you can identify home selling challenges and overcome such problems without delay.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to become a reasonable home seller.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

Real estate is complex, particularly for home sellers. Fortunately, many housing market resources are available to help you become a real estate expert.

For example, any home seller can perform an online search to evaluate the housing market in any city or town. Then, a home seller can use this real estate data to analyze the prices of houses that are similar to his or her own and price a residence appropriately.

Home sellers also should look at the prices of recently sold houses in nearby areas. That way, a home seller can find out whether he or she is preparing to enter a seller's or buyer's market and plan accordingly.

2. Try Not to Get Too Emotional

Let's face it Ė any home selling journey likely includes plenty of ups and downs. But a home seller who understands the best- and worst-case home selling scenarios may be better equipped than others to stay calm, cool and collected, even in the most challenging situations.

Although a home seller may expect his or her home to sell quickly, it is important to set realistic expectations before you list a residence. This will enable you to avoid potential pitfalls that otherwise can prevent you from achieving your home selling goals.

For example, a home seller who receives a home appraisal will have a good idea about the true value of his or her house. And if the home seller receives a home offer that falls well below the appraisal amount, he or she won't feel disappointed. Instead, this home seller should have no trouble politely declining or countering the proposal.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to price your home or promote your house to the right groups of homebuyers, it often pays to get expert help. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can help you make informed home selling decisions.

A real estate agent possesses comprehensive housing market expertise and is happy to share his or her home selling insights with you. This means if you ever have questions about what to include in a home listing, your real estate agent can help you out. Or, if you are uncertain about whether to upgrade your house's interior or exterior, your real estate agent is available to provide honest, unbiased home improvement recommendations.

Becoming a reasonable home seller can make a world of difference in any housing market, at any time. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can quickly and effortlessly navigate the home selling journey.

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 10/9/2017

As summer comes to a close, itís time to begin thinking about a fall clean up. Fall clean ups are a vital component in ensuring a healthy, beautiful yard. Iím sure some of you are wondering, ďWhat exactly is a fall clean up?Ē Well, a fall clean up is the fall maintenance that preps your lawn and landscaping for the winter. A fall clean up should take place after the leaves have fallen, which will vary depending on where you live. Here are a couple things you should consider as part of your fall clean up: Lawn & Yard: Begin by raking and cleaning up all leaves, debris and small branches. Next would be to mow, preferably with a mulching mower, which will also suck up any dead grass and leaves that you may have missed when raking. You may want to consider de-thatching the lawn and again raking up any dead grass that wasnít sucked up by the mower. Aeration is also an important step to take to have healthy grass in the spring. And to top it all off, use a fall fertilizer to protect your lawn from the harsh winter months. Bushes & Flowers: Be sure to prune any dead or infested branches from trees or bushes so that they will be healthy to grow in the spring. Cut back perennials after the first frost, leaving a couple of inches above ground to protect it. And nowís the time to plant any flowers/bushes that are safe to be planted in the fall, making sure they are planted a few inches deep. This will leave you with less work for you in the spring and a better bloom. Remove unwanted weeds with the hope that they will not come back up in the spring. In addition to your landscaping, you should also check your gutters after the leaves have fallen. Clearing debris out your gutters and flushing them with the hose will ensure that they are not clogged, which will in turn save your home from potential water damage that occurs due to clogged gutters. Power washing your deck and patio is also a good idea. It will wash away the debris from the summer and from the falling leaves. Fall clean ups are no easy feat. If youíre not up for the task consult a local landscaping company. In any event, a fall clean up will only help make the spring clean up a little easier.

Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 10/2/2017

3D rendering of a modern light colored kitchenThe kitchen can be one of the most cluttered rooms†in the home. Not only does it house your everyday dining and cookware but thereís also all sorts of seasonal, special occasion and specialty items that seem to take over precious cabinet space. If youíre ready to take inspiration from the minimalist movement and make your kitchen a more sane version of itself keep reading! Begin. Start by clearing out anything you know you donít use. If you are having a hard time ask yourself if you have used the particular item in the last three months. If itís not a holiday related item, you can add it to your donate pile. If the idea of getting rid of half of your kitchen items is overwhelming, itís okay to start slow and move at your own pace. In the end, this is your project so you only need to go as far as you are comfortable and make the tips below work in a way that is best for you. One. The number the average family needs of a particular item and/or set. One measuring set, one silverware set, one bake set, one set of drinking glasses, etc. In our culture more is more. However, how often do you really need more than one of any of the above-mentioned items? Be honest here and cull your stash accordingly. Skip specifics. Consider letting go of any food type specific appliances and gadgets. Items like garlic crushers, lemon squeezers, popcorn machines, waffle irons, or ice cream makers. The list can go on. Of course, if you really value an item and use it on a weekly basis donít toss it in the name of minimalism. The case, more often than not, though is that these types of items are rarely if ever used. Coffee mugs. One section of the kitchen that can grow out of control easily is coffee mugs. Between ďBest MomĒ mugs and vacation mementos on top of your regular set, the average household usually has more mugs than they ever use. Keep the coffee mug situation under control by keeping ones you truly enjoy using. If you have one you love but donít enjoy drinking from it consider using it as a unique pencil cup or flower vase. Get creative. Invest in kitchen tools that can pull their weight by becoming the ultimate multitaskers. Make your own spice combinations instead of buying premade bottles that take up more space. An immersion blender with a whisk and chopping attachment easily replaces itís bulkier counterparts that can only single task. A couple of great knives can do more a whole set of subpar ones. Create a less cluttered kitchen you enjoy using by taking a page from the minimalist movementís book. By cutting down to the bare necessities and buying good quality multitasking items youíll feel like you get more use and creativity out of your kitchen than when it was filled with gadgets. Youíll also have the added bonus of fewer dishes to clean and more time to spend with your family!

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 9/25/2017

The city that you live in could be helping you to get and stay fit. Buy a house in a town like Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, San Diego or Portland and you might see runners churning out five to eight miles before they head to work. Gym memberships in some of America's fittest cities aren't just plentiful. People who pay for these gym memberships actually exercise at the gym several times a week.

Towns that do more than talk health

As much as media and medical reports highlight the advantages of a healthy lifestyle ,millions of American children and adults continue to struggle with obesity, poor diet and inactivity. Too many comforts at home could contribute to this problem.

For example, two or more remote controls to the television, computer or stereo and lounging sofas in each house room may not encourage physical activity. Basements filled with televisions, chairs, a sofa and a bed instead of an exercise bike, rowing machine and weights may also green light a sedentary lifestyle, not only in adults but also in children.

It might be the last thing that you think about when you consider the state of your personal physical fitness. But, the city that you live in could also play a role in your fitness level. Check out these signs that city officials genuinely care about their residents' and visitors' overall well being:

  • Bike paths next to car roadways on city streets - Because of these bike paths, you could pedal your way to and from work or to and from the store on weekends without getting in a motor vehicle's cross hairs.
  • Nature parks - Boat rowing, fishing and swimmingare a few fitness activities that you could engage in at nature parks.
  • Hiking trails
  • Road races
  • Team sports competitions
  • Healthy lifestyle messages that are placed on public transportation vehicles and bulletin boards, billboards and in local periodicals
  • Fruit farms
  • Vegetable markets
  • Community gardens
  • Free fitness screenings
  • Exercise facilities at or near senior citizenscomplexes
  • Playgrounds

Opting to buy houses in cities that play positive fitness roles

You are responsible for your physical, emotional and mental health. No one may care more about your overall well being than you. But, that doesn't mean that your home and the city that you live in can't encourage better fitness from you.

If you're looking for a place to buy a new home and you're serious about your personal health, consider buying a house in a city that has bike trails, running paths, road races and walking events. These cities might be home to employers who fill their snack machines and cafeterias with healthy food choices.

Move to a city that values good physical health and you also might find that there are lots of organizations that meet regularly to engage in fitness challenges. This could be a great way to make lifelong friends. As these friendship develop, you might build a network of health conscious people to not only advance your fitness goals with, but to also support fitness goals geared toward the city's formerly sedentary residents.