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Go Solar, Go Green!

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Earth Day is around the corner and there is more than one reason for people to embrace the green. Whether it’s economic or eco-friendly, your inspiration to go solar would be a great benefit. Here are some benefits of going solar. Reduce Your Electric Bill Most people cringe at the thought of a high electric bill. Being solar friendly can also be friendly to your wallet. This gives you an opportunity to save your hard-earned money and play nice with the environment. With solar panels installed, you rest easy with minimal electric bills. Property Value Homebuyers are attracted to homes with solar energy installations. Often solar homes go off the market faster compared to non-solar homes. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or later, it will be an investment rather than an expense. Either way, who doesn’t want to save some extra dollars and help reduce our carbon footprint with the planet. Environmental Benefits Our environment is our home and we want to keep it strong and sustainable. Going solar has many benefits for the environment, such as limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shrinking your carbon footprint, and reducing demands for fossil fuel. It will take time, but…

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Best Cities to Live In For Foodies

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Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is somewhat of a “foodie” at heart. Some are more of a self-Yelp “elitist,” while others just simply enjoy eating good food. As a homebuyer, finding the right neighborhood that fits in with your everyday lifestyle is key. In today’s society, people are looking for more than just a home and desire access to high-rated restaurants, cafes, and culture. Here is a short list of the top 5 best food cities for foodies to consider living. Let your stomach guide you to the right home! 1. San Francisco This city is known for many things, and the food is top on the list. The city that started Uber knows what’s up when it comes to gourmet, hole-in-the-wall, ethnic and street food. We are talking about amazing ramen in the TL (Tenderloin), one of a kind burritos and tacos in the Mission, and Neapolitan-style pizza in SOMA. La Taqueria in Mission may have the best tacos in Cali – no joke. Zero Zero is another must try in the SOMA area. The pizza is a party by itself—you won’t be disappointed. If you are looking to take a bite out of SF,…

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5 Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

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Real estate agents work in precarious situations every day. From holding an open house to driving clients in their personal car, they expose themselves to dangerous situations and people they are not familiar with. Here are 5 safety tips on how to avoid risky situations when interacting with clients and holding an open house. 1. When meeting a client for the first time make sure they come to your office first so you and the rest of your colleagues can meet them. Ask them for their identification and tell them it is your company’s policy for safety reason. Get to know your client and follow your instincts. 2. When holding an open house make sure you put signs all around the area and introduce yourself to neighbors to ensure that everyone is aware you are hosting this event. 3. Check the home for all escape routes and make sure all locks are unlocked to ensure a quick escape in case of an emergency. 4. Avoid being at the home alone and always bring a colleague to help you show the home. Never walk in front of clients, but rather guide them from behind and avoid small confined rooms. 5. When…

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What $300,000 Gets You!

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Have you ever wondered what you can get for $300,000? Perhaps you can get seven cars, ten diamond rings, and an unlimited supply of shoes. In this case, $300,000 can get you a home. Here are some homes for just $300,000. Arizona: $299,900; 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom; 3,247 Sq. Ft. There’s no place like home, and this spacious 4-bedroom beauty is no exception. The beautiful private courtyard welcomes you home right before you enter the house, where you’ll want to put your legs up, open a bottle of wine, and unwind your cares away. With huge bedrooms and a sizeable backyard, this home is perfect for families and for entertaining guests. California: $300,000; 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom; 851 Sq. Ft. If you’re in the market for a small family home, this lovely little stunner in Southern California may be the gem for you. This condo is located conveniently near several shopping centers and malls, parks, and the freeway. Nevada: $300,000; 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom; 2,158 Sq. Ft. This attractive property is perfect for a small family. With a semi-open floor plan and a spacious backyard for BBQ parties and low-key family events, this place has a lot of potential for fun and entertainment.   Finding a…

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Communities that Complement Your Personality

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Have you ever wondered where you truly belong? It’s time to take the leap and live in an area that you connect with so you can live your life to the fullest. We broke down some of the best cities to live in according to your personality! Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles is full of fun outdoor activities where you will encounter many different types of personalities and where everybody is trying to become a somebody. This city is perfect for you if are adventurous, creative, and like living life on the edge. You will be immersed in different cultures and experience the large bohemia of an eclectic population. The city is filled with amazing eateries such as Grand Central Market which offers a variety of ethnic foods, and the Farmers Market at the Grove. Feeling sick of the sun? That’s fine because in just an hour you can change your scenery to a winter wonderland in Big Bear, or visit several amazing theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Knott’s Berry Farm. LA is always booming with fun unique outdoor events such as watching old movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or free concerts at the park. It’s…

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Adding the Spirit of St. Patrick’s to Your Home

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It’s time for some spring fun and brings the Irish out in everyone! St. Patrick’s Day is one of those much-loved holidays that goes with the spirit of spring. Infuse your home with the luck of the Irish through inspirational yet simple ideas for your home. Spruce Up Your Dining Room Holidays are always a great time to share with the family. Take some time to bake some green cupcakes with the kids and display it on a cake tier for a lovely table centerpiece. Not only will you make your dining room festive, you’ll have a great after school treat for the kids! Add green napkin rings for that extra touch. This will make your dining room glimmer with green! Welcome Your Guests with a Little Luck Your front door is the first thing your guests will see once they come to your home. Hang a simple, yet easy to make St. Patty’s Day wreath on your front door. If you can tie a knot, you can make this wreath we are about to share. Use natural burlap fabric and cut them into 40 2 inches by 22 ½ inch strips. Tie the fabric around a foam wreath and…

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A Smarter Home for Your Pets

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We are always in the know when it comes to the latest technological gadgets and devices that make our homes smart, but there’s also been a recent influx of tech gadgets designed for our furry friends. It’s a moot point that we love our pets, but sometimes we can’t feed them on time, aren’t there to prevent them from ripping the house apart, or worry that unwanted critters may be entering the home by way of the pet door. We’ve scoured the web and came across a few gadgets that will help put your mind at ease while making your home a smarter one for you and your pets. Petnet SmartFeeder One of the best devices on our list is this high-tech pet food dispenser. Gone are the days when you would worry about running home to feed your dog on time! All you need to do is schedule the feeder on Petnet’s app and the SmartFeeder will dispense an allotted quantity of food when it’s feeding time. It can even track your pet’s calories and adjust his diet accordingly, ensuring your pooch maintains a healthy diet. Amazon Echo Dot As the hottest tech tool on the market, the Echo…

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How to Make Your Home Smarter

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It’s a given that technology plays a leading role in our lives. Most people walk around with smartphones in their pockets, have the latest flat screen TV hanging on their living walls, and cars that have digital gauges that tell you when one of your tires is low on air. Before technology became so convenient and advanced, one wonders how exactly we lived before! Living a smart life is a lot more accessible than you may have thought, and it can all begin in your home. Amazon Echo Dot As the hottest tech tool on the market, the Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device* that responds in even the noisiest of environments, plays music when connected to a bluetooth speaker, controls smart home devices, provides information, and more. Small and compact, the Echo Dot is ideal for many situations, whether you’re looking to create ambiance while reading a scary story to your child, are hosting a dinner party, or roasting marshmallows while camping with friends. The FridgeCam Did you know that most households throw out approximately 40% of purchased food in their homes? With the advent of the FridgeCam, letting food go to waste will be a thing of…

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Why Use Social Media for Real Estate

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In a world where technology changes daily, it only makes sense that marketing is changing as quickly as its predecessor. You can say goodbye to direct mail, print ads, and the Yellow Pages! Today, REALTORS® and consumers are relying on social media to get the latest news. Social media is all about being “social,” telling a good story, engaging your listeners, and being honest. REALTORS® are using Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and search engine optimization techniques to market their company and listing. It’s crazy to think that a decade ago people mainly used the Internet for email and research. Now, the average person has five social media accounts and spends around 1 hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day. Keeping that in mind, more than 175 million Americans are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have over 400 million accounts, and Snapchat has over 300 million monthly active users. Here are 4 tips to engage your audience and ensure likability on your social media platforms. 1. Be authentic This seems simple enough, but often companies try too hard to seem genuine and friendly that they come off as inauthentic and fake. Your audience does not want to read sales…

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Decorating Your Space

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Decorating your home doesn’t need to take much effort if your hobbies, personality, and taste reflect your space. Sometimes we get into a design rut when it comes to decorating our homes, but with a bit of creativity and maybe even a DIY aesthetic, you can come up with some great ideas that will help turn your house into a home. Go Green Adding plants and flowers to your indoor space can literally bring a breath of fresh air to your home and there are plenty of plants that don’t need to be tended to regularly, so you don’t have to worry about not having a green thumb. Displaying your beautiful blooms in pretty vases in the kitchen or dining table adds color and freshness to your sanctuary. Other options include growing a small indoor herb garden or adding bonsai trees to your space.   Color Riot Sometimes adding a bit of color, texture, and pattern is all it takes to amp up a room. Consider painting the walls, adding colorful throw blankets or pillows, a brightly colored couch, or accent chairs to a room. Also, curtains can lend a beautiful touch of color to a white space if you…

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