Staying Home During a Kitchen Remodel

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Is There Still a Need for Real Estate Agents?

With advances in technology and information about amenities, past sales history, and school district information so easily accessible through online home search companies, this can be one of the top questions around the home buying or selling process.

Technology and online services can provide information, but these tools cannot do everything. We can get an accurate comparative market analysis that takes into consideration a home’s customized interiors. Online search companies cannot: online home evaluation tools just provide estimates, with no information about unique interiors. We have access to the best marketing venues to sell homes. We also have experience that can reveal neighborhood issues that may not be otherwise disclosed, and we can make recommendations about where further exploration into seller disclosures is required. Plus we can walk clients through all the complicated contracts and legal steps involved in buying or selling a home. Agents provide guidance and assist in negotiations and timely contingency removals. Online services can’t help with any of that.

The answer to “Is there still a need for real estate agents?” is a resounding “yes.” We are here to protect client interests and help along every step of the way. That is simply not something an online service can do.

What to Expect if You Stay at
Home During a Kitchen Remodel
According to Remodeling magazine, a kitchen remodel will generate a substantial return on dollars spent for this kind of home improvement, with an 83% average return. This, coupled with the eventual increase in the marketability of your home, should be a great motivator to step up to the next level in design and function for the area where your family always seems to gather.

You will want to prepare for what lies ahead for being a “stay-at-home” family during your kitchen makeover. Planning ahead will help alleviate the stress that comes with decision-making and the construction process.

Once immersed in the project, you will experience the pros and cons of living on-site while your kitchen is demoed and given new life. You will find that grilling and using an inexpensive microwave will be your food prep salvation, while your laundry sink temporarily doubles as a dishwashing basin and a small rental refrigerator comes to the rescue for food storage. Once you establish a dining area that is removed from the action in the kitchen, you should have conquered the primary “cons” of the dusty disarray.

The major advantage of staying in your home is your direct oversight of the design elements as they come together. It will enable you to tweak things as they evolve from the original concept on paper to better protect your invested dollars. Our experience with clients who have gone through home renovation can guide you to a happy outcome for your kitchen remodel.

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Planting Seeds of Change for a Whole Community
When Ontario, California resident Maria Alonso founded the Huerta del Valle (Garden of the Valley) community garden in 2010, she had no idea that her idea would bloom into a whole ecosystem of healthy eating and positive environmental feedback.

After Alonso’s son Pablo was diagnosed with ADHD, she immediately looked into alternatives to medication and settled on a fully organic diet, as advised by Pablo’s doctors. Although it was a seemingly simple solution, finding organic food in the arid climate of her home city proved difficult, so Maria took matters into her own hands.

In the eight years since its inception, Maria’s community garden has not only given her son access to fresh produce, but also revitalized an abandoned and vandalized space. Instead of trash and graffiti, the scent of guavas permeates the air while picnickers, children, and volunteers gather together to enjoy and maintain the surprising oasis.

The garden is comprised of 60 individual plots for Ontario inhabitants and a farm where food is grown to sell. Making use of a remarkable urban compost operation, employees and volunteers grow fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, apples, eggplant, celery, and kale, which are then sold in Community Supported Agriculture boxes. The project also accepts food stamps as payment.

Recently, Alonso’s composting system has been awarded a $1.1 million development grant through California’s Transformative Climate Communities program, proving that a single seed, however small, can grow into an extraordinary tree with roots connecting its community and fruit that nourishes all.

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Sweet and Savory Salmon Bowl

Serves 4
•1/2 cup brown sugar
•4 tablespoons soy sauce
•4 pieces 4 oz. skinless salmon fillets
•4 cups cooked brown rice
•4 cups steamed broccoli florets
•2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
•2 carrots, grated
•Cilantro leaves, for garnish
•Sesame seeds to taste
Combine the sugar and soy sauce in a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly grease. Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Broil 6 inches from heat for about 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Baste each fillet with a tablespoon of the sauce and return to heat for 2 more minutes or until fish is just opaque and cooked through.

To serve, divide the rice between 4 bowls and top with the salmon, broccoli, avocado, carrot, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Finally, drizzle the remaining sauce over each bowl.

Increase Your Home’s Value with
These Landscaping Ideas
A picture is worth a thousand words if it can create a memorable first impression. What better way is there to achieve a positive reaction to the presentation of your home than to start at the curb with your detailing and exterior design features? You want to capture the attention of a casual visitor or prospective buyer from the moment they set foot on your property.

A well-thought-out plan for the curb appeal of your home can increase its value by 10% to 15% and give a buyer a good reason to select your home to purchase.

You will want to create a landscape design that complements the style of your home. A Victorian cottage demands colorful flowering gardens along with a curvy stone walkway, while a craftsman bungalow is more suited for hedges and perennial borders with a paver entry. Whatever the style, the addition of evergreens will provide year-round color, and deciduous trees will provide great shade and intimacy to a residence when properly placed. Making the right choices for great curb appeal doesn’t need to come at a high price or with extensive upkeep. Flower beds are easily planted and are inexpensive. Selecting plants that do not grow quickly or shed will create a low-maintenance yard.

A major asset to a property’s value is the installation of landscape lighting. The illumination of landscape elements and interesting features of the architecture lets your home command attention 24 hours a day. Another great way to bolster your home’s desirability is to install an irrigation system that will keep your landscaping fresh and inviting, even during the warmest months.

We can help you locate the best sources for creating the wonderful first impression that will be the lasting impression for those who appreciate the attention to detail that you give to your home.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money
Many of you may remember your parents spouting the old adage “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” However factual the statement, you can grow your savings by sowing seeds today that will reap benefits tomorrow. As with any lifelong habit, starting early is key to continued success. April is Financial Literacy Month, so why not impart the wisdom of financial literacy to your kids with these simple tips:

Start with yourself. A study conducted at the University of Cambridge found that children form their money habits by the age of seven. Be a financial role model and show your children that planning and saving take careful consideration, explaining openly why you made a specific purchasing or budgeting decision.

Use an allowance as a teaching tool. The ages between five and seven are also a great time to implement an allowance system for household chores or small tasks. This teaches them the importance of earning and how to intelligently spend, save, and invest their money.

Employ a clear savings jar. Using a transparent jar helps kids effectively see their savings grow and adds an important visual element. They can actually see their money growing!

Show them that things cost money. Help them grab their hard-earned dollars out of the jar, accompany them to a toy store, and allow them to hand over the money to the cashier after picking out a toy. This is an impactful lesson they won’t forget.

Ramp up financial education as your kids get older. In each phase of childhood, teach relevant lessons as their grasp of the money concept increases. Educate middle schoolers about opportunity cost and impulse buying, and show teens the basics of accounting, tax, and debts.

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