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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/22/2019

You know the cliché, "Home is Where the Heart Is," well, every home can and should have a heart as well. The heart is the place where you and your family spend the most time together, make memories and grow. You might already have a special place in your home, established by activities you do together, but you might not. Here are some thoughtful ideas to help you find or create the heart of your home.

Your house, along with a bit of work from you too, should help bring your family together. The kids might have separate rooms, and there might be multiple floors, but there is always a place to spend time with each other, you simply have to find it. Think about the types of things you do with your family, or want to do, and how you can establish a central point in your home to help.

Family meals. You and your kids have busy lives and varying schedules, but everyone needs to eat right? Try putting a family mealtime in place to allow some time for you to enjoy each other’s company and communicate as a family. Maybe you can have a family breakfast each morning, or always have dinner at the table together and hear about everyone's day. If a daily get-together isn't possible, try a recurring weekend brunch or Sunday dinner where you all set aside the time to be together. 

Game night or movie night. If you’re not big on cooking or family meals don’t work you’re your schedule, try implementing a weekly game or movie night. You can make snacks together, and all curl up on the couch. You can take turns selecting the movie and learn more about each other’s interests. Perhaps getting into a tv show as a family will help you all set aside an hour each week to do something everyone likes while getting in some good family time. A family game night at the table or in the backyard is another excellent way to be together. Are your kids into sports? Have a weekly family pick-up game. Are you great at cards? Teach your kids a new card game and let them teach you a new game the next week. Maybe you’re huge football fans and can make a pact to always watch the game together during the season. 

Your family members might all have different interests, but there is always some common ground you can find. Take some time, and maybe some input from your family, to figure out what that thing is and use it to help you develop your relationships for a long-lasting closeness and friendship with each other. 

Talk with your professional real estate agent about the home features that are important to securing continuous family time with your loved ones. They can help make sure your new home continues to support your family growth.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/15/2019

If you’re looking for the perfect location to live but can’t quite afford the neighborhood that you’re vying for, a good option is to look for what’s deemed a "up and coming" neighborhood. These areas are where buyers can find the perfect house in a place where property values are only going to increase in the coming years. Buyers may feel that this is a gamble. How can you really tell if a neighborhood is one of these areas? There are a few vital signs that you can find below which show a city or town is on the up and up.


New Concept Businesses Are Moving In


If you hear a new grocery store is going in an area, co-working spaces, or vegan restaurants are coming to town; it’s a good sign that the neighborhood is going to be a happening place very soon. Think organic, Millennial minded ideas that are trendy. The key is to find the things and places that people want most. If you can move into one of these areas before it becomes popular, you have struck property gold. 


Public Transportation Is Nearby


In any urban area, being near public transportation is a huge plus. Being near any major transit is great for property values. Even homes near major routes are attractive. People will always want easier access to work and the things they need.


Think About How An Area Is Perceived


Cities across the country have flipped from having negative connotations to being an area of luxury. It happens slowly, but it starts with how desirable people believe the area to be. What’s considered “hip” can really affect the way an area is perceived.


Are The Homes In The Neighborhood The Same?


There’s often much potential in neighborhoods where all of the homes have the same design. If you see homes in a place where properties could use some TLC, it may be an opportunity for you. Other buyers or house flippers may have the same idea. It will be like a domino effect, and the neighborhood will turn around quickly.  


How Long Have Homes Been On The Market?


If houses in an area have been on the market for an extended period, it could be an opportunity for you to get a bargain. Buyers may shy away from a home just because the area is less than ideal. Your real estate agent can help you to determine places where homes have been on the market for awhile.           




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/8/2019

Home renovations can increase the value of your home and make it better suited to your preferences. In 2018, the survey polled by LightStream Home Improvement showed that 58 percent of homeowners admit that they had the intention of spending money to improve their homes.

The survey also showed that 30 percent of those homeowners planned to pay for those renovation projects with credit cards. 

So, is this a good idea?

The truth is that it is almost a requirement for most home shoppers to take advantage of the convenience credit offers, especially those who cannot pay upfront.

However, even for those home buyers who have the cash at hand, there is a lot of flexibility with credit cards. Credit cards are usually protected against contractor fraud or botched projects, and there are many advantages offered by some credit card companies such as cash back and points. 

So, the increasing number of homeowners using credit cards to pay for the renovation of their property is not a surprise, and this trend will continue to increase in the future. Remember that you should not use a credit card unless you can pay the renovation off when the month comes to an end due to significant interest charges.

Funding your home renovation through credit card, is it wise?

The following three factors are essential when making this kind of decision:

- The amount of credit you have. 

- Your ability to carry a balance on your card.

- How quickly you will pay off the expense

If you already have debt and an issue with the interest rate you are paying, then this might be a responsibility you should not shoulder. If not, using a credit card for such a significant expense is an excellent way to receive credit card benefits.

What are the Advantages of Putting Home Renovations on a Credit Card?

The two most significant advantages of using a credit card are convenience and immediacy. Furthermore, if house values are increasing fast, it would be ideal to move quickly. However, this would rely on real estate market ups and downs as well as how long you plan to live in your home.

The Disadvantages?

One of the drawbacks is that if you don't make your credit card payments, you could be dealing with an interest rate of 21.99-26.99 percent or more, which will eventually negatively impact your credit score. 

Final Thought

Using a credit card can be beneficial if you have the money to quickly take care of the renovation and explore certain advantages such as rewards or doubled warranties.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/1/2019

To impress guests, your décor needs to be outside the box in a tasteful way. If you’re tired of getting the same polite applause and want to drop your visitors’ jaws (metaphorically), conventional patterns and colors won’t do. Read on if you’re a little short on ideas and need something to reawaken the creative you. 

Hang eye-catching pendant lights

Interior design aficionados often say that a home’s look and feel can be made or broken by choice of lighting. Pendant lamps exude an air of light fixture sophistication besides being a great talking point. Pick fixtures with a quirky design that grab visual focus and give your flat a rustic charm. 

Consider an open plan interior design

For foyers, strong impacts are created by open plan designs, as suggested by multiple leading interior designers. This gives the home an appearance of being spacious and airy, especially to smaller spaces.

Add some shine

You can add shine through the use of decorative pieces created using stainless steel or brass, bronze furniture or crystalline accessories. Metallic glows, and glassy glints sprinkle pizzazz to any room; your guests are guaranteed to be floored.

Decorate using large plants

Plants are good for the environment but even better for your décor. Whether inside or outside, they have a soothing, relaxing effect on both the eye and the soul. Dotted with large potted plants in strategic places, your home will become a green haven that guests will never want to leave. This is a clever design concept that will do little damage to your wallet.

Art displays as conversation pieces

A home’s color palette can be significantly enhanced using art installations. They run the range in prices, so choose what fits your budget best. Aim for pieces that speak to your heart, pieces that will keep your home on every visitor’s lips, even those without a cultured eye. 

Pick inspirational colors

Speaking of art, did you know that color schemes can make or break a room’s feel and look? Aesthetically appealing color patterns improve the mood in any setting and add verve to your home. If you wish to relax the minds of the home’s inhabitants and guests, go for neutral colors like soft brown and ash gray. If you would rather stun them, paint your walls solid green and contrast them with retro orange furniture. 

Keep an eye out for the themes, colors, and types of accessories used next time you watch your favorite TV series.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 7/25/2019

Checklists are like that chore list your mom used to give you. To-do lists can help keep you on task when you want to accomplish many things in a small time-frame. Lists can also help you start and maintain new daily routines. Putting the power of time management systems to work for you. Whether you need to get yourself packed for traveling, develop a healthier lifestyle, or cut down on the family mayhem. When you work out a routine for developing habits for time efficiency, the outcome becomes predictable. Teaching your kids this skill set will enable you to hand off some of those household to-do lists. 

Get Packed and Out the Door

Getting ready to head out of town can be stressful between making sure you secure your home, pets are taken care of, and your bags are packed. Having a system to get you on your way helps reduce stress and uses your limited time effectively. A method to secure your home while you are gone, another for your house/pet/plant sitter and a system for packing what you will need for your trip. If you have a household binder or management files, you can add your printed checklists. If you do not have one, consider putting one together. Having a pre-made list to check off what needs to happen makes everything run a little smoother. You can also delegate things to other people with confidence.

Healthy Routine Checklists

One thing you cannot delegate is your health. Only you decide what level of commitment you will invest in a healthy lifestyle. You already start each day off with a routine; whether it is intentional or unconscious, you do the same things usually in the same order every morning. You may only need to add one or two small things to reap the benefits of a healthier you. Using your personal goals as a guide, pick a few simple changes to your morning routine that will add health to your life. For example, putting a bottle of water by your bed a night and drinking it first thing in the morning is an excellent start to the day. Consider taking five minutes and stretching out before you get dressed. Let it be your warm-up for your busy, stressful day ahead.

Look at your daily habits or routines and write down the morning routine that sets you up to conquer the day!




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