Transform Your Bathroom Into a Spa

 



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What Is the Difference between a Preapproval and a Prequalification? Knowing the difference between being prequalified and being preapproved will assist your home buying efforts. Which one is right for you depends on what stage you are at in the homebuying process.

To obtain a loan prequalification, you fill out a loan application to see how much you are qualified to borrow. The lender will look at your income, your stated debts, the amount you have saved, and your estimated credit score. Nothing is verified. Your lender may give you a letter, indicating what you are prequalified to borrow. Prequalification helps you see what you can afford and if it is timely to go house hunting.

A mortgage preapproval is the result of the lender verifying all of your financial information so they can determine what loan amount you can afford and what kind of mortgage program would work best for you. When you are ready to buy, you add strength to a purchase offer when you include your preapproval letter. It gives the seller confidence that you can obtain financing and complete the purchase.

Transform Your Bathroom into a Spa with These Ideas
Today’s bathroom remodels feature spa-inspired designs. The good news is that you can transform your bathroom into a relaxing spa with a budget as low as $2,500, while adding value and marketability to your home. Here are some ideas to transform your bathroom into a luxury spa escape.

Taking a shower can be turned into a revitalizing experience by simply replacing the showerhead with a rain showerhead or one that has adjustable massaging heads. You can easily install it yourself with a $200-$400 showerhead.

An inviting feeling of warmth can be achieved by replacing the chrome, silver, and nickel fixtures and trim with brass and gold. Warmer-toned metals are taking the place of colder feeling metals in today’s spa bathrooms.

Rather than take on the cost of replacing your vanities, you can achieve the spa look by transforming your existing ones with new matte black paint and new shiny brass pulls. Replace the countertops with white slab marble or quartz to complement your other spa features.

A warm towel will make you feel like you are in a spa when you step out of the shower. Installing a towel warming rack in your bathroom will add value to your home at a cost of $200-$500 depending on the style and how it needs to be installed.

Create a wood look with your bathroom floors and extend it by installing open wood shelving. These two additions will add warmth and coziness to your spa bathroom experience.

Contact me so I can guide you on creating your own spa oasis.

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Yukon Bhangra Dancer Spreads Hope and Positivity
From the stunning Yukon wilderness, one traditional South Asian folk dancer has been spreading joy worldwide through his viral dance videos.

Gurdeep Pandher was born and raised in Siahar, a small village in India’s Punjab region, but moved to Canada in 2006. After living in a number of different cities and becoming a Canadian citizen five years later, he eventually moved to a cabin near the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. In the breathtaking setting of his local surroundings, Pandher began making videos in which he dances Bhangra, a joyful dance tradition which is deeply connected to Punjabi culture.

Pandher originally made the videos simply to show his local Yukon community what he’d been doing during the daytime. But eventually he began to notice the videos garnering more and more attention from further afield. Then, when the pandemic hit, he decided to make a point of creating a joyful dance video every single day to help spread hope and positivity when the world needed it most.

The talented dancer believes his videos are popular because of the unexpected coming together of two worlds: the natural beauty of Yukon, juxtaposed with an uplifting dance culture from thousands of miles away, has captured the imagination of viewers everywhere. Pandher’s popularity has in recent times seen him invited to deliver Bhangra workshops to schools and indigenous communities, including the Old Crow community in northern Yukon, close to the Arctic, where he danced with local chief Dana Tizya-Tramm. True proof of the power of dancing.

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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.

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Cinnamon Apple Cake
Serves 8

Ingredients

Apple cake
1 1/2 cups plain flour or all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup caster sugar or granulated sugar
1 cup red apple, peeled and roughly chopped
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cinnamon topping
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8-inch round cake pan with baking paper. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, and sugar. Add chopped apple and stir briefly to combine. In a separate bowl, add eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and oil. Whisk briefly to break up egg yolks. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently mix with wooden spoon until combined. Spoon batter into prepared tin. To make cinnamon topping, combine sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Mix together and sprinkle over cake batter. Bake cake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Serve.

Ask These Questions when You’re House Hunting
When you are house hunting, there are important questions you should ask so you can determine if the spaces you are viewing will truly fit your needs without you having to make costly changes after you move in. Everything is not always as it seems. First impressions may be cosmetic and not be indicative of the true condition of a home.

When touring the main living area, ask what the flooring is like. Consider its age, appearance, and maintenance requirements. Is new flooring going to be needed in the near future and do you have the budget for it?

Pay close attention to the number, size, and placement of the windows. Is there enough light and airflow for the activities of your family / household? Check for any condensation between the window panes and how well they operate.

Since the kitchen gets a lot of use, it is important to ask how old and what condition the appliances are in. You need to know what appliances are included with the house sale. Answers to these inquiries will determine what appliances you may have to replace now and in the future.

The bathrooms serve many functions. It is important to find out if the toilet, sink, and shower work properly. Is there any evidence of an excessive moisture condition that will be a problem later? Are the bathrooms well-vented?

When looking at the bedrooms, be sure and ask about closet and storage space. Will you have ample space to store your family’s stuff without having to add storage components to the house?

These questions address just a few areas of concern. Call or email me and we can discuss in more depth what other important questions you should be asking when you are house hunting. I am always here to help.

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Save Money with These Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips
If you’re conscious of your footprint on the environment and don’t want to spend a fortune on your household cleaning, here are some tips for going green when you clean that can also save you money.

Go green with your grouting. The grouting on your tiles can be easily cleaned using a mixture of essential oils, baking soda, and Castile soap. You can also make a scrub by mixing borax with water to get the mold off your grout and shower tiles.

Vinegar on the mirror. White vinegar works a treat on mirrors and glass. In a 32 ounce spray bottle, add a quarter cup of vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Spray it on and scrub with a reusable microfiber cloth for a streak-free finish.

Solutions for the sink. There are a number of green options for cleaning grubby sinks. One is to make a soft-scrub solution using glycerin, Castile soap, baking soda, and essential oils. The best thing about this one is that you can also use the mixture as a shampoo and body wash!

Safely declog the drain. Some of the most environmentally harmful household cleaners are the corrosive, industrial acids found in drain declogging products. Replace yours with a solution made from half a cup of vinegar mixed with half a cup of baking soda. Pour it in, cover for half an hour then flush away with boiled water.

Detoxify the toilet. Instead of using commercial cleaners which are full of toxic ammonia, bleach, and acid, put half a cup of environmentally friendly all-purpose cleaner around the bowl and sprinkle it with half an ounce of baking soda for a truly green clean.

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.

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