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Get Summer Guest Ready!

by Celez H.

Preparing Your Home for Summer Guests

It's wonderful having friends and family at your home to share the long summer days with, but it can also be a lot of work.  Hosting comes with some challenges that are best met with preparation and an extra dose of patience.  Here are a few quick tips to get your home ready for your visitors.

 

Overnight Company

Whether you are expecting guests to spend the night, or a surprise visit leaves you scrambling to find bedding for everyone, the simplest way to deal with it is to keep an air bed on hand.  Today's air beds are a lot more comfortable than they were in the past, and you can buy a quality raised air bed for less than a hundred dollars.  A raised air bed will keep guests off the floor and will feel more like a real bed.

A deflated air bed can be stored easily and blown up in a matter of minutes, so you can save space and still have a comfortable guest bed when you need it.  Having an extra in the house comes in handy for all sorts of guests.

 

Anticipate Their Needs

Be prepared with things guests may use up or simply forget to bring.  Stock up on things like toilet tissue.  Pick up a few extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. Add a few extra towels as well, to avoid having to do constant laundry.

Buying in bulk can save a lot of money on the household items you go through quickly when extra people are in the house-make a trip to your local warehouse store before your guests arrive.

 

Clear the Clutter

Nothing makes clutter more obvious, or more of a problem, than having extra people in the house.  When you are expecting guests, grab a few storage bins and put away some of the things that tend to clutter up counter tops.  Make a sweep through the house and grab anything that won't be needed for a while.  The less general clutter you have, the more room you'll have for guests and their luggage.

 

Getting through the summer smoothly and with as few frustrations as possible can be done-even with guests in your home.  Just be ready for their arrival and anticipate what will be needed ahead of time, so you aren't running around in search of an extra towel.

Spotless home in just 15 minutes!

by Celez H.

Clean Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day

Housework has a way of getting overwhelming quickly.  You put a few things off and before you know it you're facing hours of cleaning just to get it back to normal.  But if you plan carefully and stick to a plan, you can get all your basic housework done in only about 15 minutes a day and keep it clean and company-ready all the time.

Start with A Baseline

You'll have to do that deep cleaning before you start, because otherwise you'll always be playing catch up.  Set a day aside and clean your house from top to bottom.  If you stick to the simple 15-minute-a-day plan from here on out, you'll rarely if ever spend a whole day cleaning again.

This deep cleaning establishes a baseline of clean that you would like to maintain; once you have this baseline, you simply must take the time each day to keep things in order.

Your Daily Fifteen

Make a list of the main cleaning jobs in your home.  These will usually include vacuuming/floor sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, washing floors and counters, and laundry.  The things on your list may differ depending on the size of your home and how many people live there, as well as the type of flooring you have.

Select one or two things to do each day.  Smaller jobs such as dusting can be combined with another small job to make up most of your fifteen minutes.  There will be things you need to do every day or every second day that can't only be done weekly-add one of these things onto the main job for the day.

How It Looks

Your weekly cleaning list might look something like this:

Monday, you vacuum the floors.

Tuesday, you dust, do a load of laundry, and wipe down the counters in the kitchen.

Wednesday, you clean a bathroom and sweep.

Thursday you clean a second bathroom and do another load of laundry.

Friday, you clean the windows and mirrors around the house and wash the kitchen floor.

 

On each of these days you will add small everyday jobs to the list such as emptying the dishwasher or washing dinner pots.  If you do these things as part of your cleaning time, they won't pile up on you.

Of course, if you have a large home or large family, you may need a little more than 15 minutes a day; you will have to adjust the schedule to your needs.  You will quickly find, though, that housework is never a huge job again.

SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR SUMMER TIME BBQ'S & GRILLING

by Celez H.

Safety Tips for Barbeque & Grilling

A barbeque is an outdoor meal or party at which food is prepared on a rack over a grill.  This popular past time has become a tradition for many families, especially those hosting a backyard party for family and friends.  When working with a grill of any kind, it's important to observe a few safety tips that will ensure a happy and healthy meal for everyone.

 

Inspect Your Grill

When the temperatures heat up, so do many outdoor grills.  It's always important to inspect your grill before each use, but especially before the first use of the season.  It's a good idea to look for any damage that may have occurred throughout the winter or a breakdown of the grill's structure.  If you have any concerns, call an expert, or consider purchasing a new grill.  Never use a grill that's damaged or seems to be working improperly.

 

Cool Cooking Tips

Before starting to grill, make sure that your unit is placed on a flat and stable surface.  It's important to have everything in order beforehand because you should not move a grill while it's in use.  As is the case with any type of meal preparation, making sure that the food is properly cooked is a must.  Therefore, many experts recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure that the food is cooked thoroughly and ready for consumption.

 

Child Safety

When it comes to grilling, children love the smell of a hot dog or hamburger being cooked outdoors on a warm summer afternoon.  But, despite their fascination with the process, it's important that children not be allowed near an unattended grill.  In addition to an adult always being nearby, it's essential that little ones not be in a position where they could put their hands anywhere near the cooking surface or the grill itself.

 

Cleaning Up After A Cookout

Grills vary from one to another, which is why reading the manufacturer's instructions for care, maintenance, cleanup and storage are essential to both the longevity of your grill and the health and wellbeing of those around you.  Follow the instructions as provided by the manufacturer, and always make sure to keep your cooking utensils clean.

 

Now that you know how to enjoy grilling safely in the great outdoors, all that you need to do is to invite some friends and family over for a backyard barbecue and enjoy the unmistakable taste that no other type of cooking can provide.

 

 

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.

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