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Entire Family Battery Recharge on Galveston Island Vacation!

 

It is said we only use 2% of our brain and that is mainly our left brain.  Our left brain is anything that has to do with work, schedules and a whole lot of stress.  The left brain is stubborn and difficult to retrain to function in a different capacity.   Accessing our right brain is the key to relaxation and fun.

Here are some great ways while on vacation with your family in Galveston, TX to turn on the right brain and create a vacation to remember:

Take long walks along the beach just listening to mother nature: the squawk of the seagulls, the ocean movement, the crashing waves, the whistle with our coastal winds as they move the palm trees; feel the sand between your toes.  Do this morning and night.

Make it a goal to take your entire family on walks to remember; this will help balance out both hemispheres and bring you and your family into sensing the many dimensions of life.  This creates a sense of peace and relaxation.  When one seeks Sensing Intelligence, the bonding of a family will increase.

Remember a walk in the morning listening through all senses, enjoy the day with Galveston’s many attractions and end it with an evening walk along the beach.  Entire family Battery Recharged!

Contact one of our TOP Real Estate Agents at (409)740-1600 or visit our website at http://www.sellinggalveston.com/ for your real estate purchases and vacation rentals today!

Buying A Home Long Distance

by Misty Martinez

The process of purchasing a home can be a complicated and stressful experience, but if you must purchase a new home in another city the experience can become even more complicated.  Whether you are relocating for a job, retiring to a dream location, or are just looking for a change, purchasing a home long distance has a whole separate to-do list on top of the already long list of things that need to be done to purchase a new home.  Here are some tips to make purchasing a home long distance a little easier, and still get the home of your dreams!

The Internet Is A Powerful Tool!

The internet is a powerful research tool for learning more about virtually any topic, and purchasing a home is no exception.  From finding a REALTOR® to searching properties, the internet is a great aid in finding a home.  It is also a great resource for finding information about potential lenders, home inspectors, and all the other extras involved in buying a home.  Though the internet is a great resource in the real estate market, like any information you find online, it is always important to be sure it is coming from a reputable source.  Finding Web sites that are run by professional REALTORS® or real estate organizations is your best bet for reliable information.

Hire A Local REALTOR®

Your best approach is to be sure you have an agent in your prospective area on your team early on.  They can certainly direct you to some great online resources and help you determine which are accurate and up-to-date.  They are also a great resource for finding out which neighborhoods would be a good fit for you and your family, and the local amenities that are available to you.

In general, buying a home long distance can have its obstacles, but with a little research on your part and the help of a professional REALTOR®, you can make the transition to both a new home and a new city easier and stress free. Contact one of our TOP agents today 409.740.1600 or visit our website http://www.sellinggalveston.com/ for ALL your Real Estate Needs.

Backyard Entertainment Ideas

by Misty Martinez

 

Backyard Summer Entertainment Ideas
When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there's no place quite like your very own backyard.  Many families enjoy the warm summer weather by spending as much time outside as possible, and one way of doing that is by making it a fun place to be. 
Get Out Your Grill 
The smell of a freshly grilled hot dog or hamburger… the unmistakable taste of a meal that's been prepared outdoors… the excitement of getting together with family and friends for a barbecue… these are all things that you are sure to enjoy and, if you really want to get things cooking, you will get out your grill and cook up something that your entire family will love. 
A cookout is a fantastic idea for summer entertainment, which means it is perfect for both small and large groups.  Whether you prefer a quiet dinner with your family or you want to make your outdoor grilling adventure into a party by inviting your friends from the neighborhood, outdoor grilling is a fun way to make use of the summer heat. 
Host A Pool Party 
If you have a pool in your backyard, there's no better time than summer to put it to use.  When the sun comes out and the temperature heats up, a pool party is the perfect way to spend the day cooling down.  Before you start picking out your swimsuit, make sure that the pool is properly cleaned and ready for guests.  In addition, make sure that there are flotation units for those who need a little help in the water and towels for everyone to dry off when they step out. 
Hosting a pool party also means having something to eat and drink for your guests.  Whether you've planned lunch or just a light snack for everyone, make sure that you have something on hand to curb those cravings.  If you're inviting children over for a pool party for the youngsters, make sure that you have their parents' permission beforehand. 
Sports Fun 
Believe it or not, many homeowners enjoy setting up a backyard sporting event and inviting everyone to join in.  Whether it's volleyball, horseshoes or just a friendly game of basketball, there's no better court than home court.  If you plan to create a sporty atmosphere, make sure that you have plenty of water on hand for everyone to drink.  It's also important to refrain from playing when the sun is at its peak, which is typically in the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Instead, wait until it cools down before heating up your backyard with some friendly sporting competition. 

 

When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there's no place quite like your very own backyard.  Many families enjoy the warm summer weather by spending as much time outside as possible, and one way of doing that is by making it a fun place to be.

Get Out Your Grill

The smell of a freshly grilled hot dog or hamburger… the unmistakable taste of a meal that's been prepared outdoors… the excitement of getting together with family and friends for a barbecue… these are all things that you are sure to enjoy and, if you really want to get things cooking, you will get out your grill and cook up something that your entire family will love.

A cookout is a fantastic idea for summer entertainment, which means it is perfect for both small and large groups.  Whether you prefer a quiet dinner with your family or you want to make your outdoor grilling adventure into a party by inviting your friends from the neighborhood, outdoor grilling is a fun way to make use of the summer heat.

Host A Pool Party

If you have a pool in your backyard, there's no better time than summer to put it to use.  When the sun comes out and the temperature heats up, a pool party is the perfect way to spend the day cooling down.  Before you start picking out your swimsuit, make sure that the pool is properly cleaned and ready for guests.  In addition, make sure that there are flotation units for those who need a little help in the water and towels for everyone to dry off when they step out.

Hosting a pool party also means having something to eat and drink for your guests.  Whether you've planned lunch or just a light snack for everyone, make sure that you have something on hand to curb those cravings.  If you're inviting children over for a pool party for the youngsters, make sure that you have their parents' permission beforehand.

Sports Fun

Believe it or not, many homeowners enjoy setting up a backyard sporting event and inviting everyone to join in.  Whether it's volleyball, horseshoes or just a friendly game of basketball, there's no better court than home court.  If you plan to create a sporty atmosphere, make sure that you have plenty of water on hand for everyone to drink.  It's also important to refrain from playing when the sun is at its peak, which is typically in the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Instead, wait until it cools down before heating up your backyard with some friendly sporting competition.

If you or someone you know is looking for the perfect backyard contact one of our Top Real Estate Agents today 409-740-1600.

Are Your Neighbors Affecting Your Home's Value?

by Misty Martinez

Are Your Neighbors the Problem?

Before banging down the neighbor's door and blaming them for your home's lack of appeal, you'll first want to make sure that is really the problem.  Ask your agent what they think the problem is, and whether they agree that the neighbors may be preventing the sale.  Also ask other homeowners in the area what they think of any problem neighbors to get perspective before making that visit.

Use Tact When Approaching Neighbors

If you have determined that a neighbor is creating a problem that is affecting your home's value and marketability, your best bet in getting them to agree to make the required changes is to be nice about it.  Offer to help them with the cleanup and explain that it is not only for your benefit but will also increase their home's value as well.  Planning a neighborhood cleanup and renting a junk removal service for the community may encourage them to clean up without even being asked.

Last Resort

If you have asked nicely and your neighbor still refuses to clean their property, there are steps you can take to force the situation.  Many municipalities have bylaws concerning the upkeep of property, and getting your local officials involved may be necessary.  Also getting other homeowners in the area on your side can make this easier.  Remember though, you should always approach the individuals first and ask nicely before reporting them to the authorities.

Messy neighbors can be an obstacle to selling your home, but in most cases a little diplomacy and an offer to help will get the task accomplished.

Easy Easter Decorating Ideas

by Misty Martinez

Easter is often left out when thinking of holiday decorating, but since it is also the beginning of the spring season it is a great time to freshen up your home and add some of the lively and vibrant colors of the season.  Here are a few easy and inexpensive decorating ideas to get your home ready for the Easter holiday as well as liven up your home for spring!

Set the Table

 

A centerpiece for the dining room table is always an easy way to inject holiday or seasonal spirit into any home.  For an Easter inspired table remember to balance color and design.  Colors like pastel blues and yellows are always a great choice, but if these colors clash with your dining room's existing décor, any combination of pastel colors would work.  Using natural décor items is also a good idea for any spring table, and you should consider arrangements of items that symbolize new life.

Holiday Wreaths Are Not Just for Christmas

 

Adding a spring inspired wreath to your front door or a wall in your home is a creative and inexpensive way to decorate for Easter.  Again, using pastel colors and natural items such as flowers, birds' nests, and eggs can give the wreath a nice touch.  Adding some pastel ribbon, perhaps with white dots or stripes, will give it a finished look.

Add Flowers

 

An Easter table and home would not be complete without flowers.  Tulips and daffodils are spring favorites and come in a variety of complementary colors to add to a spring décor theme. You can also use lilies, another popular Easter flower, to add a bit more meaning to your arrangement.

Creative Uses for Easter Eggs

Eggs are a staple décor item for the Easter season, but rather than the chocolate variety consider using decorated eggs of different sizes to accent your table or decorations.  Just be sure to purchase the eggs, never taking eggs found in nature.

These are just a few of the many ways you can bring the Easter and spring vibes into your home, but whatever ideas you use, decorating for the season is a great way to truly get into the spirit.

Buying A Home with Bad Credit

by Misty Martinez

Bankruptcy & Foreclosure

If either a bankruptcy or foreclosure is on your credit report, it could take some time before you can qualify for a good interest rate on a mortgage.  FHA loans, which are especially desirable for those with past credit problems and first-time home buyers, are backed by the government and offer a low-down payment and interest rate option for those who qualify.  Although the notation remains for up to 10 years, individuals with a bankruptcy or foreclosure on their credit report may qualify for an FHA loan after two years.  Some mortgage lenders may approve a loan sooner, but the interest rates will be higher, and the required down payment may be as much as 35 percent of the purchase price of the home.

Cleaning Up Your Credit

Even if you have bad credit, it's important to check your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies - TransUnion, Equifax and Experian - before applying for a loan.  If anything is inaccurate, file a dispute with the reporting agency and request a correction.  You can request a free copy of your credit report every 12 months.

In addition to correcting any inaccuracies on your credit report, it's important that you know what can help or hurt your chances of obtaining a loan.  You can start improving your credit by avoiding the temptation to apply for new credit right before submitting a mortgage application.  Multiple inquiries will cause your FICO score to drop, and lenders will rely on this information when deciding whether to issue your loan and how to calculate your interest rates.  With past credit problems, most lenders will want to see that you have rebuilt your credit history with 1-3 major credit cards and timely payments over a two-year period.

Money Matters

When it comes to obtaining a home loan, a healthy bottom line will help the lender to see you as being creditworthy.  It's important that you have sufficient income, along with the ability to prove steady employment for at least one year (longer is better) preceding your loan application.  Most lenders will request a copy of your tax returns for the two most recent years, along with current pay stubs.  If you have money for a down payment, this will also work in your favor.

Creative Financing

In some cases, a conventional mortgage loan may not be available no matter how hard you try.  Owner financing is one way that individuals, who may not otherwise qualify for a traditional mortgage loan, can purchase a home.  This type of financing is offered by the owner and may include interest rates comparable to other loans, flexible down payment options and no credit check.  Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding homes that offer alternative financing options. Contact one of our top Realtors today with all your real estate needs 409-740-1600.

FIVE FUN AND EASY SPRING CLEANING TIPS

by Misty Martinez

Dance while you dust: This is the perfect time to fully indulge your musical interests; break out the iPod or turn up the CD player, and you'll be singing along to your favorite tunes and won't find cleaning to be a chore at all!

Clear out the clutter: Take the opportunity to dig into the closets, storage spaces, and of course, the garage.  You've probably got a veritable treasure trove of old clutter that's just taking up space-now's the time for a yard sale!  Turn that clutter into cash.

Room by room: Try to focus on just one room at a time, and try to complete one room each day.  This will make the whole job seem more manageable, and you'll probably get things cleaned more thoroughly than if you tried to tackle the whole house at once!

Just a little more laundry: One of the things that we rarely attend to is the state of our draperies, shower curtains, and rugs.  Now is your chance: gather up every spare bit of linen in the house and have it laundered; you'll be surprised at how much brighter your home will look!

A room with a view: It's time to tackle those windows!  Set aside a special day to give your windows a good scrubbing.  Clean off any screens while you're at it: your home will literally sparkle once you're finished.

St. Patrick's Day Ideas For Family Fun

by Misty Martinez

St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated every year in March, but it's not just the Irish that enjoy this festive occasion.  In fact, people around the nation celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades, green attire and even parties that bring family and friends together.  Speaking of family, there are a number of ways that you can make St. Patrick's Day a festive and fun-filled family holiday.

 

Take Part In a Parade

 

Whether you are involved directly or simply enjoy watching a St. Patrick's Day parade from the sidelines, make sure that you attend at least one.  These festive events include everything from music to floats and local residents coming together to celebrate this annual holiday.  You can enjoy a parade with your family by participating together, or simply by watching from afar.

 

Dress The Part

 

One of the longest standing traditions for St. Patrick's Day is the requirement of green attire.  Whether it's a shirt, shamrock pin, pants or even a jacket, not wearing green often means you get pinched from good-natured family and friends.  If you want to join in on the celebration as a family, make sure that everyone is wearing green before leaving the house.

 

Have A Party

 

If you really want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, do so by hosting a party in your home.  You can invite family, friends, neighbors and other local residents who share in your festiveness.  Because the color green is so commonly associated with St. Patrick's Day, it's only natural that you would want to serve lime JELL-O, ice cream and even green KOOL-AID to your guests.  Don't forget to decorate with the green theme in mind by using holiday plates, cups and napkins, table coverings, streamers and even balloons.

 

Festive Dining

 

For Thanksgiving, many families eat turkey.  For St. Patrick's Day, many families eat cabbage because, well, it's green.  Green beans, vegetables, spinach, fruits and other green foods also remain popular choices for those looking to dine with the green theme in mind.

 

Look For Luck

 

When it comes to luck, the four-leaf clover is a very common symbol and it is also associated with St. Patrick's Day.  This means that one of the best ways to enjoy family fun on this festive holiday is to go out in search of four-leaf clovers.  Children especially love this and they feel a great sense of accomplishment if they locate the rare find.  One of the greatest places to start

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

by Misty Martinez

Valentine's Day is all about love-and not just between couples!  Kids love to get in on the action and creating fun Valentine's crafts to share is a great way to let them have a good time and make something they can give to friends and family to show their love on this special day.  Here are a few easy and fun Valentine's Day crafts for little ones.

 

Tissue Paper Flowers

 

Flowers may be overpriced on Valentine's Day, but these easy to make tissue paper ones won't be-and they will never die, either!  Take green pipe cleaners and some sheets of tissue paper in different colors.  Cut the tissue paper into squares.  Layer the different colored pieces of tissue paper so that the corners all point in different directions.  Then insert a green pipe cleaner through the center and carefully scrunch the paper up to make a flower.  Bend the top of the pipe cleaner in the center of the flower to hold it in place.  You can make a whole bouquet, or hand them out one at a time as special Valentine's gifts!

 

Valentine Mailboxes

 

Your kids need a place to keep all those Valentines from friends and family, and a unique Valentine mailbox is the perfect choice.  Start with a shoebox-the smaller ones that kids' shoes come in are a great size, so be sure to put them aside the next time you buy shoes!  Pick up a couple of rolls of wrapping paper in Valentine's Day themed colors like pink and red, or anything featuring hearts or flowers.  Cover the exterior of the box in wrapping paper.  Then let you kids decorate any way they want-with stickers, glitter, markers, or crayons!  Finish it off by adding their name so their Valentines will be delivered to the right place.

 

Lollipop Bouquets

 

Create a tasty bouquet that's as pretty to look at as flowers but tastes a lot better!  Turn a Styrofoam cup upside down, and let your kids decorate it with Valentine's colors, heart stickers, and anything else you can think of.  Then help them to carefully insert the sticks of a variety of colored lollipops into the base of the cup, creating a beautiful bouquet.

 

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to spend the day with the little ones you love most, creating these easy and fun crafts.  The memory of the time spent together will mean as much as the beautiful Valentine crafts you create.

3 tips on reorganizing your home!

by Victoria Galavez

What better way to start your year off than to declutter every room in your home. Here are 3 tips on decluttering your home.

1. Everything you own should have value to you. Remember this what would you grab if your house is on fire or there was a Hurricane coming and you need to evacuate. 

2. Focus on one room at a time. When multitasking it is meant to get things done quickly and you end up not completing every task. When decluttering you want to get rid of anything not needed and getting more organized. You are trying to simplify your life so simply your approach on organizing. Organize room by room and don't move on til you get the room finished.

3. Every item needs a place where it "lives" Setting things down on the table because you are right there doesn't mean thats where it belongs. Placing your items in designated area so your home doesn't get cluttered and unorganized. Keep what you need and get rid of anything you haven't used or worn in the last 3 months. 

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