4 Ways to Meet Your Neighbors


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Can I Back Out of Buying a House?

Backing out of a home purchase can be done, but where you are in the process of the sale and what your purchase contract says will determine if there will be any consequences for doing so.

Prior to a seller accepting an offer from you, you can withdraw your offer anytime. Just be sure you do so in writing.

Once you and the seller have mutual acceptance, there will usually be contingencies in the agreement that will allow you to walk away without consequence, provided you cannot remove any of those contingencies within the prescribed times. Contingencies that give you the leeway to cancel a sale without any penalty include: the home being able to pass a home inspection, your obtaining loan approval, or having to sell another residence first, and the seller being able to produce a clear title.

The contract dictates under what terms you can cancel without penalty and how much in damages it would cost you if you just simply changed your mind and defaulted.

Here Are 4 Ways to Meet Your Neighbors
Whether you’re getting settled in a beautiful new home or you’re a longtime resident looking to make new friends, meeting your neighbors for the first time can be as daunting as making new friends in a new school. Here are four ways to help smooth out the process and make it as easy and natural as possible.

Get out of the house.

It sounds obvious, but if you spend plenty of time sprucing up your front yard or walking around the local area, you’re bound to cross paths with your neighbors eventually. Introduce yourself and be open about the fact that you’re new to the area; you’ll likely get some good tips on the neighborhood.

Look for online local community groups.

Many neighborhoods have Facebook groups, Nextdoor.com pages, WhatsApp groups, and other online communities residents can join. Especially during the pandemic, these became important places for neighbors to cooperate, ask for help, and share updates.

Offer a helping hand.

If you notice a neighbor pruning their garden or fixing a fence, offer to help them. Not only will your kindness be greatly appreciated, you’ll also be able to chat and get to know each other while you’re working on the task at hand.

Host a housewarming party.

Everyone loves being invited to a party, and what better way to make friends with your new neighbors than to host one of your own? Not only will it help you meet other residents, but it could also help others get to know each other too!

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British Surfing Communities Offer Free Wooden Bodyboards to Cut Pollution
Across the beaches of Britain, communities of surfers are coming together to help cut plastic pollution in an exhilarating way.

An underappreciated contributor of plastic waste during the short British summer is the mass of polystyrene bodyboards that descend onto the coast with families and children. Nicknamed “snappers” by locals, the cheap boards unfortunately end up littering the beaches at the end of summer, when the tourists return inland with no further use or space for them. One local authority has completely banned them.

However, one manufacturer has recognized that it’s not simply a problem of wasteful attitudes. The reality is that not every parent has the financial ability to splash out on an expensive sustainable alternative, but they don’t want their children to miss out on the fun during the often fleeting summer season in the UK.

The Dick Pearce and Friends startup began offering free day-long rentals of traditionally crafted wooden bodyboards, the eco-friendly option for holidaymakers in southwest England wanting to hit the sea. Titling their idea “Surf Wood for Good,” they’ve since expanded their endeavor to over 30 locations across the British coast, with 140 wooden boards gifted to surfing shops across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The group’s efforts are in line with the goals of Plastic Free North Devon, an organization in nearby Devon campaigning for the eventual ban of cheap polystyrene boards for the sake of protecting the environment. Steps like these can contribute to greener fun for all in the near future.

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Wondering What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?
How has the price of your home changed in today’s market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

These are all critical questions that shouldn’t be overlooked when thinking about buying or selling your home. Whether you’re curious about prices in your area, whether it’s an excellent time to sell, or just need an expert to answer your questions, I can give you the tools and offer guidance through the entire buying or selling process.

Let me know how I can help by simply giving my office a call at 210-232-2310 to set up a time to connect.

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Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup
This flavorsome dish is a great way to eat vegan and seasonally.
Serves 4


1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pumpkin, chopped
1 white onion, diced
1 large carrot
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon mild yellow curry powder
3 cups water or vegetarian broth
1 cup green lentils, rinsed
1 can light coconut milk (reserve 2 tablespoons for drizzling on top of soup)
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

In large pot, heat olive oil and saute pumpkin, onion, carrot, and garlic until soft.

Bring heat to medium low, add ginger and curry powder, and stir together for 30 seconds.

Stir in water/broth, coconut milk, and lentils. Season soup with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Bring soup to boil, then reduce heat and simmer over medium low until lentils are soft and tender. Pour out all the soup into a large bowl and drizzle leftover coconut milk on top. Serve.

6 Expert Tips for Furnishing Your First Home
The purchase of your first home comes with the opportunity to personalize your living spaces. Your home is unique to you. With endless possibilities for every budget, these six tips from design experts will get you started on making your new house your home.

1. Give yourself some time in your new home to realize what types of furniture will suit your needs and fit the spaces. Start with the basic necessities of a bed, a few chairs, a sofa, and a table. You can then start prioritizing the purchase of your furnishings based upon where you spend the most time.

2. If you have a tight budget, consider buying and refurbishing used furniture.

3. Study the interior floor plan and the measurements of wall spaces prior to purchasing any furnishings. Furniture size and placement will be dependent upon location of outlets, air vents, door openings, and stairways.

4. Before you begin selecting your interior décor, determine what your personal style is so you can more easily find what brings you comfort. It may be contemporary, traditional, or a mix of both.

5. Accessories will help establish who you are in your new home. Decorative items will also tie your design elements together. For little investment, you can add candles, wall art, plants, and cozy linens to create a warm and inviting ambience.

6. Good lighting will enhance your home’s interior, highlight your furnishings, and improve its functionality. Control the natural light with appropriate window treatments and add smaller artificial light sources to create intimate spaces.

The thought of furnishing your vacant new home can be overwhelming. Call or email me so I can give you more guidance and tips. I am always here to help every step of the way as you navigate buying and moving into your new home.

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How to Use Paint Color to Fix Any Room
If a room in your house feels a little off, the solution doesn’t have to be expensive building work or a complete turnaround. Different paint colors on the wall can make a huge difference to your home’s atmosphere. Here are a few tips for fixing different rooms’ quirks by creatively using color.

Make a room feel bigger. The color white reflects light, so painting your walls white can help to create the illusion that you’re in a larger space. Furthermore, painting the ceiling white helps direct light from above, giving the feeling that there is more space above your head as well as around you.

Make a large room feel more cozy. Darker colors help to absorb light, creating the opposite effect of whiter, brighter walls. Using dark but warm colors with a slight red tinge can help to bring a cozier, more compact feel to a large, cavernous space.

Make a room feel more calming. The color of a space has a huge effect on a person’s general state of being. Softer, muted colors give a more tranquil, soothing ambience to a room. Try something like an ocean blue or a leafy green.

Make a room’s interesting quirks stand out. Sometimes you want people to notice the things that make your home unique. If you have a beautiful fireplace or elegant crown moldings, make them stand out by painting them a color that completely contrasts with the walls.

Make a room’s less attractive features disappear. Using a palette with fewer contrasting colors can help to hide unsightly objects in a space. Painting radiators, boilers, and other functional but unsightly features the same color as the wall can make them seem to vanish.

This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial, or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.