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Renters Be Aware

With the rent rising and the popularity of renting still in it’s booming phase, it’s going to be a tough market to get the living space you are looking for.

There are a few smart tips to go into this market with that might be beneficial for you in this process. With the prices rises, it might be smart to consider sharing the rent.

If that’s not an option, know your rights! It’s important to know the rules for fees and deposits and to protect yourself from those landlords who aren’t as reliable or trustworthy.

Anticipate extra fees and costs. Expenses can rise with parking, insurance, and amenities. Never go to your maximum budget because there will always be something extra you aren’t taking into account for. If you are one of those lucky ones without any hidden fees, you’ll appreciate that extra income later on.

Be prepared to negotiate. Since renting is on it’s rise, the competition can get rough. Keep all your information needed for an application ready so there is no wasted time, and accept that you might be fighting with others for the same space.

Be willing to compromise. You are not going to get what you used to pay for.  Accept the fact that you might need to live with less and be reasonable. Renting is stressful enough, you don’t need any extra stress added onto it!

Be prepared. Be ready to negotiate. Be open to different possibilities.


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Are you on your A game?

Flipping home has become a serious competition. If you aren’t one step ahead of the game, you aren’t making the most bang for your buck! There aren’t as many foreclosures on the market and renting has become a great source of income, so how are you supposed to get in there and get those low-end properties with a higher profit rate?

By getting creative!

Some buyers are changing their marketing targets, like picking homeowners who have older homes where they see an income, even if they aren’t for sale! Other’s are targeting landlords who might just be ready to give up due to it being more of a hassle to maintain than to rent.

New homes are still rising in price which makes homes that are flipped more affordable but not losing out on the new finishes and higher end appliances. Keeping up with current trends are also helpful. An older home might not be a potential buyers first choice but if it marks everything off their checklist you can bet the interest will be there.

“The average gross return on investment was 33.8 percent for completed home flips in the third quarter, up from 32.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to RealtyTrac. Some markets, of course, are more lucrative than others. Baltimore, Tampa, Florida, and Chicago hold the top spots for gross flipping returns. The largest share of flips goes to Nevada, Florida and Alabama.” – according to CNBC

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Fall Yard Maintenance

Keeping your house maintained in the fall may seem like a big chore, but it doesn’t take much to keep your curb appeal up and maintained.

cinnamon, leaves, & cozy teas : Photo:

There is any easy way to clean up this season that will make your fall check list dwindle.

How to Compost: Getting Started | HGTV Gardens:

Before you worry about how much work it’s going to be to get this started, it’s simple! You can purchase a compost bin for as little as $25 and it’s easy to get started.

Pick up the twigs and miscellaneous pieces in your hard and put them at the bottom of the compost.

Your beds will need to be refreshed and remulched to keep it from molding and protecting it from the harsh winter weather. Rake out that top layer of rough soil and put it on top of the branches in your compost.

Rake up the leaves and add those to the compost pile next.

Add to the curb appeal of your house -- and increase its value -- with these easy exterior improvements. Welcome autumn in all its glory with a fall-themed door wreath. This ready-made decoration brings together a colorful mix of faux flowers, leaves, and other signs of the season. Best of all, it’s reusable year after year. Transform a slab and steps with the high-end look of stone. Then update a basic mailbox with gleaming copper spray paint.:

Cut the grass one last time close to the ground and put the trimmings in the compost pile. All your yard work is then done and you don’t have bags sitting in your front yard that you’ll need to figure out how to dispose of and when that pile has composted, you can use it for fresh soil later.

Don’t let fall yard work keep your from maintaining your yard. It can be simple!

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Mathews Home Before & After

Finally, the before and after is here! Check out what we did with this little townhouse in Waverly, Baltimore. Tile / hardwood floors downstairs, carpet bedrooms. New bathroom, upscale granite, and stainless kitchen, new cabinets, updated plumbing, electric, and vinyl windows. FULL LAUNDRY ROOM on main level, washer and dryer optional! Open floor plan, new AC, recessed lighting, ready to go!!!


The original exterior needed a little TLC.



The downstairs carpet was removed, hardwood put in, and a fresh coat of paint!



We opened up the wall to the kitchen to give it a more open concept feel.



The kitchen was gutted and made into a more usable space!



We used the empty wall on the other side of the kitchen to add more cabinets and store the refrigerator.



In the back we added on a little laundry room!


The bathroom was gutted and new tile was put in, a fresh coat of paint, and updated the rest.



The bedrooms got fresh new carpet, paint, and proper closet space!



This room became so much brighter with paint and new carpet.



We are so happy with the room updates.



The back got a quick facelift with an easy to maintain backyard.


So much has changed! What do you think?

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Halloween Home Safety!

With Halloween around the corner, make sure your home is ready and safe!

Your front door naturally sets the mood for the rest of your home.  Covering your entrance with handmade spiders and black and white pumpkins, your home will instantly get the spooky Halloween vibe it needs.:

Keep the walkway as clear as possible. It’s fun to decorate the door, but make sure there aren’t any tripping hazards.

Beautiful Victorian Home Aglow for Halloween:

Make sure you are well lit! You don’t need to go crazy on the lights but make sure they can see the walkway path to your home.

Happy Halloween!  Here are some simple tips to help keep safe on this magical night:   1. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.  2. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  3. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.  4. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.   7. Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.  8. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.:

Take the little ones out earlier and get them home at a decent hour. It doesn’t take much candy to keep the little ones happy and it’s safer and less scary when it’s not so dark.

Learn about the teal pumpkin project. Kids with allergies will be looking for homes with teal pumpkins that are providing non candy items. (Little trinkets or dollar store items are perfect!). These kids struggle during Halloween and often feel left out.

Climbing Skeletons...I saw this in the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine this past fall and LOVED these skeletons! So happy I found this again online, I can't wait to do this one Halloween when I finally buy a HOUSE again! :) :):

And last but not least, have fun!

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Updating Must Haves

When you are looking at renovating a home there are some things that are unchangeable: location, sometimes square footage, layout, and neighborhood. That’s when you focus on what can be changed. Updates can make or break a home, so here a few that are must haves when it comes to updating.

Garage door with X-motifs and windows allow these garage doors to blend in beautifully:

Curb Appeal. It could be a matter of some light gardening, maybe a power wash, or it could be a major overhaul but curb appeal should be number one on your list. Update light fixtures, the walking path, fresh flowers, an updated door or garage door could really help as well.

Kitchens That'll Never Go Out of Style: 7 Ingredients for a Timeless Look:

A Functional Kitchen. There is not one home buyer that I have met that will waiver on a kitchen’s functionality. It might not be their color, or their style, but if it’s functional – it will do! Dream kitchen’s can always be made down the road but functionality until the dream comes true is very important.

White Bathroom:

A Clean Bathroom. It does not need to be top of the line. You do not need the most beautiful tiles in the world. What you do need is for it to work properly and be clean! A clean bathroom can make a world of a difference to a buyer.

White brick fireplace | via @bleubird | #chasingthelight:

Updated Flooring. This is an expensive one. Flooring can make or break a home for most buyers. If it is not well maintained, they may feel like the rest of the house is going to have hidden issues. Even if it’s just a quick sand and stain, an updated floor can create a very comfortable start to the buying process.

Farmhouse table with lantern and shiplap walls || Studio McGee:

Fixtures. It may seem ridiculous to spend the money updating fixtures but it is not. New home owners do not want to spend the entire weekend changing out every door knob, light fixture, and rod in their home. Again this is a very personal thing, that one day could be changed down the road, but don’t turn them off with out of date fixtures that would make them want to tear them all down immediately.

Coffee Table Tutorial (Ikea Hack): I have some of these tables that I could freshen up!!!:

If you are staging the home, find a happy balance between decluttered and feels like home. Most stagers are going on the spectrum of empty, which can sometimes feel cold and unwelcoming. It can be as simple as a few books and a fresh plant on a coffee table, or even some decorative throw pillows and a blanket. Keep the clutter away, but don’t be afraid to decorate.

What are your must have updates?