June 23 2020

Simpson Strong Tie Launches Their Build a Stronger Deck Series on YouTube

by racheal

Build a Better Deck Series Simpson Strong Tie

The world leader in structural product solutions, Simpson Strong-Tie, has recently launched a video series directed toward both homeowners and contractors on how to build a strong deck. This educational series is featured on YouTube and covers how to easily build a stronger, safer deck that will endure life’s everyday conditions.

 

Simpson Strong-Tie is best known for creating structural solutions and technology that assist people in constructing safer and stronger homes and buildings. They provide several useful products in the residential and commercial construction industry such as structural connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force-resisting systems, anchors, software solutions, and product solutions for repairing, protecting, and strengthening concrete. In the last two decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded with products for infrastructure, commercial, and industrial construction.

 

With more people at home during this time and more time on their hands to work on projects around the house, the Build a Stronger Deck video series is the perfect solution for those looking to complete their “honey-do-list.” This series goes over the appropriate options and standard solutions for safe post bases. The second episode in this exciting series covers deck ledger installation and is followed by a string of engaging content that reviews good to know tips such as how to install beams, joists, guard posts, stair stringers, and deck boards.  The last episode in Simpson Strong-Tie’s YouTube video series will discuss the selection process of choosing the best anchors and fasteners to attach hangers, joists, and angles to deck ledgers and railings. 

 

Simpson Strong-Tie is airing brand new episodes of the Build a Stronger Deck series on their YouTube channel throughout the summer. With the tips and tools you receive from tuning in to these detailed videos, you’ll have your new deck up just in time to fire up the grill this summer and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can also take a look at deck center on their website for more in-depth information and content such as ideas and inspiration, the planning and building process, and safety and maintenance to ensure that not only your deck looks aesthetically pleasing, but that you have taken all of the necessary precautions to ensure that it is safe and sturdy.

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June 1 2020

Design Your New Floor Without Leaving Your Home with AHF Products

by Erin

Visualizer on mobile device

AHF Products is the leading manufacturer of high-quality, hardwood flooring. They have recently launched a floor Visualizer that assists its customers with bringing their flooring visions to life. Customers can now use this digital tool to view the latest flooring styles before purchasing their new home.

 

Consumers can take the guesswork out of designing their next new home from the palm of their hand. The Visualizer tool is an online platform that is easy to use on any device such as a tablet, laptop computer, or mobile phone. Options for color, style, and several different room options are available as well as the option to upload images of the actual space for better visualization of the final product. 

 

The Visualizer tool works with a simple four-step process:

 

Choose a room: In this stage of the process, consumers will upload a photo of the space in their home they are looking to design or select one of the options available on the website.

 

Select Flooring: Consumers will take a look at the vast selection of flooring options available and choose the one that fits best with their design preferences. 

 

Visualize it: At this point, consumers can now view their newly designed space online with the option to zoom in and out or rotate the floor for a better view of the possible end result. 

 

Save, Share, or Find a Store: Once all of the previous steps are completed, all there is left to do is to save the image, share with others to get their opinions, or find a retailer nearby to make the vision come to life. 

 

The Visualizer tool by AHF Products is the perfect tool to help consumers speed along their design process with as little stress as possible. This tool even informs them of where they can purchase the options that they selected. The goal here is to first help the customer and to also increase sales and profitability all around for AHF Products and other retailers.   

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May 14 2020

May Realtor of the month: Mindy Jones Nevarez

by Erin

Mindy Jones Nevarez Realtor of the Month

Our May realtor of the month is Mindy Jones Nevarez, owner and team leader of the Amy Jones Group. Mindy Jones Nevarez provides the monthly real estate market updates for Queen Creek, AZ

 

Mindy is an Arizona native and the daughter of the founder of the Amy Jones Group. She initially started with a career in nonprofit management at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and sales operations and training design at NetApp. In 2013, Mindy obtained her real estate license and joined her parents’ team to further her career in real estate.

 

Although running the family business can take up much of Mindy’s time, she also enjoys live music, finding new local shops, and discovering local hidden treasures, spending time with her family, and exploring their Southeast Valley neighborhood. Many of those on her team have become some of her best friends which makes it that much easier to spend most of her days committed to her business.

 

The Amy Jones Group consists of a team of a dozen women that pride themselves in being hard workers, advocates, creative problem solvers, visionaries, and friends. This team of Realtors advocates for their clients and support their every need in both the buying and selling process.

 

If you are in search of a new home near Phoenix the Amy Jones Group is the perfect start to your journey! Contact Mindy and her team for all of your real estate needs. 

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May 8 2020

5 Best Houseplants That Don’t Require a Green Thumb

by Erin

Houseplants for indoor decor that don't require a green thumb

The addition of live greenery in your space is the perfect way to wake up your home’s interior. Like many, you may be afraid to take the leap of becoming a plant parent. Not everyone has a green thumb, but many plants do not require much attention at all and will make a big impact on a room’s overall look. If you have ever felt that you have a black thumb when it comes to caring for plant life, now is the best time to try your hand at it again. Being home while social distancing allows for more time to learn about and tend to the plants that you love. So here are a few suggestions of the best houseplants that don’t require a green thumb. 

 

Pothos

 

The pothos also known as the devil’s ivy can help purify the air in your home. It only requires medium to low lighting and can stand drying out now and again. Its leaves are shaped like hearts and come in a wide range of shades such as gold, cream, silver, or white.

 

Spider Plant

 

The spider plant is another house plan that doesn’t require much to keep alive. This plant can survive in low to medium natural or artificial lighting. Its roots are thick and store moisture so you won’t have to worry about watering too often. 

 

Snake Plant

 

The snake plant is a popular favorite for plant moms and plant dads. Also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is probably one of the easiest plants to take care of and the easiest to grow. You can sit this plant in indirect sunlight and only water once the soil is completely dried out. Sounds simple right?!

 

 

ZZ Plant

 

This plant holds up pretty well on its own. It only requires you to water it once a week and can be kept in either low lighting or direct sunlight. It will grow much faster when exposed to more light but this plant thrives wherever you decide to place it. Its leaves are thick and rubbery and its roots are thick as well so it's tough enough for even a black thumb. 

 

Purchasing plants from a distance

 

We know that plant buying can be a little difficult during this time as this type of shopping would not be considered essential. There are a few online companies like Bloomscape and The Sill that make purchasing plants easy while practicing social distancing. You can sign up for a subscription to receive a plant each month or buy as you feel inspired to do so.th

 

Find solitude in caring for green life during this time of isolation all while sprucing up the overall look of your home. You may not be able to maintain a full garden, but taking care of a few house plants will have you on your way.

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April 9 2020

April Realtor of the month: Pam Bozkurt

by Erin

April realtor of the month Pam Bozkurt

Our April realtor of the month is Pam Bozkurt, owner and broker of Gosselin Realty. Pam Bozkurt provides the monthly real estate market updates for Apopka and Ocoee, FL. Gosselin Realty is located in Winter Garden, Florida and specializes in communities of Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Apopka, Gotha, and Oakland, as well as some areas of West Orange County Florida.

 

If you are in search of a new home in Orlando, now is a great time to buy! Gosselin Realty has over nineteen years of experience in the real estate market and will help you whether you are looking to buy, sell, or even lease residential or commercial property. Reach out to Pam and her team at Gosselin Realty for all of your real estate needs. 

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March 20 2020

To Buy or Not to Buy? Is Buying a Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic a Good Idea?

by racheal

For sale sign in front of a new home

The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has many people up in arms across the globe and for good reason with over 13,000 known cases reported in the U. S. alone.  This virus has hit the economy in a major way with an interruption and even a complete halt of supply chain productions. Along with the travel industry and foodservice industry, this is bringing up concerns for the future of the real estate market during these trying times. Not even real estate is immune from the impact of the Coronavirus.

 

The Pandemic has affected everyone

 

Due to the urge of having to self-quarantine and the push for school closures across the U. S. for several weeks, many American workers have been forced to stay at home with their children, and many have been left jobless as a result of this. For those companies that do not offer the option or ability for their employees to work from home, many are left wondering how they will be able to pay their bills and feed their families in the coming months. Many small business owners have also seen a vast decline in sales with people remaining isolated.

 

Emotions are leading most decisions to buy real estate right now

 

With stats changing daily and many living in a world of uncertainty, it can be easy to question what to do with some of the biggest financial transactions such as buying or even selling a home. Although many people will have less money and less access to funds during this time, the real estate market has not yet been deeply affected as some may think. There is a slight decrease in both buyers and sellers due to the current state of the world right now based mainly on emotion. 

 

Some seem more optimistic and eager to buy while rates in the housing market are so low. Those willing to enter the housing market with high hopes have the benefit of low rates and are jumping on the opportunity pretty quickly. The housing stock will be more attractive to many than what it is to rent being that some are currently considering buying a new home to take in more family members during the time because of the effects of the pandemic.

 

There may be opportunities for price discounts for those buyers that choose to stay in the market during this time while others are pulling out allowing their emotions to get the best of them which is truly understandable.

 

What does the future of the real estate market look like?

 

There is a possibility that history can have its way of repeating itself. We can look at recent historical events such as the Swine Flu, SARS epidemic, and MERS and other aggressive Flu strains to get an idea of how the COVID-19 will affect the housing market in the coming months. History has shown that the housing market typically can remain stable during disruptions like these with only a slight fall in sales. Although this may be true, the economic impact of the pandemic COVID-19 is greater than the impact of SARS and others like it. It may take a little longer to see a significant rise in sales again when things finally begin to blow over.

 

As far as a long term outlook on the effects of the Coronavirus to the housing market, home prices may remain flat or creep up slower than they have since 2012. In short term, realtors are already seeing a decline of 10% in home sales due to loss of employment with citizens having to self-quarantine and make use of social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading this virus.

 

If you are on the fence about what your next steps should be during this very uncertain time, just know that you are not alone. The decision of whether or not to buy or sell during this time is simply situational. Take the time to weigh out the pros and cons and evaluate your current and possible financial situation to make the decision that is best for you and your family. The coronavirus will have a positive impact on the U. S. Real Estate market if the interest rates remain low and if you are willing to take the risk, right now is a good time to get your feet wet and experience more inventory, low-interest rates, and better pricing.

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March 17 2020

Achieve a Beachside Lifestyle at Parkside Estates by Shea Homes

by Erin

Shea Homes Parkside Estates in Orange County

Can you envision yourself living a beachside lifestyle in the ultimate home of your dreams? Come take a look at the stunning new single-family homes at Parkside Estates by homebuilder Shea Homes where that dream can soon become reality. Located in gorgeous Huntington Beach, CA, this community offers an astounding location just 1.5 miles from sandy beaches such as Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington Beach. You can also find the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve nearby as well as plenty of beachside entertainment, restaurants, shopping to enjoy. At Parkside Estates, there is an abundance of open space and coastal wetlands as well as a wildlife habitat preservation area. The community is also surrounded by walking trails, a tot lot with swings, and active and passive parks. Enroll your children in nearby schools within the Ocean View School District or the Huntington Beach School District at schools like Hope View Elementary School, Harbour View Elementary School, and Huntington Beach High School.

 

The new Orange County homes at Parkside Estates span between 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of living space and offers 4 to 6 bedrooms and 4.5 to 6.5 bathrooms. The several floor plans offered here come equipped with Coastal California Rooms, spacious gourmet kitchens, lofts, and media rooms. 

 

The Residence 1 floor plan is a two-story living space that includes a walk-in pantry, den, a loft, 3-car Tandem Garage, a Coastal California Room with a fireplace. This plan offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and spans up to 3,496 square feet of living space.

 

The Residence 2 floor plan features a bonus room with a kitchenette, a den with your choice of either a powder room or full bath option, the option of a second laundry room, and a downstairs master bedroom. This floor plan offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 3-car split garage with 3,751 square feet of living space perfect for entertainment.

 

The Residence 3-floor plan is a two-story floor plan that includes 5-6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage with 3,682 square feet of space for the entire family to enjoy. Features include an optional covered deck at the master bedroom, a catering room, and a bonus room.

 

Homebuilder Shea Homes offers single-family homes, condos and townhomes, resort communities, quick move-in homes, 55+ communities, and master-planned communities. They create new home designs that are functional, livable, and provide usable space, as well as in-home technology. They are committed to providing customer experiences and value each of their homeowners as if they are a member of their extended family. Contact the sales office of Shea Homes to “live the difference” at Parkside Estates in order to make your beachside lifestyle a reality.

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March 10 2020

March Realtor of the Month: Joe Frazzano

by Erin

March Realtor of the Month Joe Frazzano

Our March realtor of the month is Joe Frazzano, listing specialist of The Frazzano Team and our Real Estate Market Expert for Dublin, CA.

 

Joe Frazzano entered the real estate industry in 1988 and has consistently been a leader in Real Estate ever since. Joe has sold well over 1000 homes since beginning his Real Estate journey in 1988. In the year 2000, Joe joined Re/Max Accord and during that time obtained his Certified Residential Specialist designation which only 5 percent of Realtors ever actually obtain. Joe Frazzano has earned several awards over the years. He has been a top 1% nationally recognized agent and has been a Rockcliff Realtors Presidents Club Top Agent, Diamond Club Winner, and Chairman Club winner.  After selling an average of 60-100 homes per year from 1993-1998, Joe earned the N. California "Salesperson of the Year" MAME award. Joe has also worked with one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, KB Homes as their Resale Homes Director.

 

Joe Frazzano is very well versed in the real estate industry and understands the value of owning real estate and his team continues to maintain an extremely high percentage of satisfied customers. Contact Joe and The Frazzano Team as you continue on your journey to find yourself a brand new home in San Francisco

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March 2 2020

Must Have Home Design Trends in 2020

by racheal

Blue Kitchen Cabinets in New Home

The New Year more than likely brings about the desire for change in many areas of your life including your home. Trying to keep your décor up to date with what’s trending each year can be pretty stressful at times. Things change with the blink of an eye from furniture styles, paint colors, and even fabric choices. You may be tempted to make a few adjustments to your interior design as you journey through this year and we’d like to help give you an idea of what direction the popular design trends are going in 2020 and beyond. 

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

 

Have fun with color this year in one of your favorite rooms in the home, the kitchen. Choose an element of your kitchen such as the island or cabinets and go to town with a pop of color like dark red, navy blue, bright yellow, and even green.

 

Textured Wall Tiles

 

Adding textured tiles on the walls is a great way to add a little pizazz to your interior design. It adds character and personality to every room without overpowering it. Try adding an embossed title for a luxury look in your bathroom or some subtle texture as a kitchen backsplash.

 

Curved Furniture

 

Curved furniture such as headboards, love seats, and chairs are making a comeback this year with some of the throwback styles from the ’60s and ’70s of course with a modern touch. We are moving away from the more structured and rectangular shapes and moving toward gentle curves that will help to create a soft environment.

 

Dark Painted Doors

 

Say goodbye to those drab white or brown front doors that initially came with your home and say hello to a fresh paint job in 2020. The color black in either a satin or gloss finish gives your front entrance an elegant and classic look. Or try a nice deep blue hue to give your home a more vintage jazzy appearance that is sure to wow your guests. What a great way to make an entrance to the New Year.

 

Thrift Store Crafting

 

Although this is nothing new, repurposing thrift store finds is definitely a popular interior design trend that won’t hurt your bank account and adds a touch of personality to any room. Pick up a wicker chair and apply a few coats of spray paint or repurpose a preloved vase for a special touch to any room in your home.

 

Plant life

 

Beautifying your new home through the addition of plant life is continuing to be common in this year’s interior design trends. Adding live plants and flowers assists in providing personality and another layer of space in the home. It can also add a simple dash of color in drab spaces.

 

Mixed Metal finishes

 

Simple traces of mixed metal finishes throughout the home on things like doorknobs and sink features create a very simplistic accent to your home’s interior design.

 

Wallpaper

 

Painting the walls is not always everyone’s favorite option so adding wallpaper is a great go-to way to add color to the rooms in your home. In 2020 you can expect to see more pops of color through the use of wallpaper. You can expect to see the wallpaper in the form of botanical designs, metallic, and geometric patterns this year. Choose from a wide selection of designs and place your wallpaper on your bathroom walls, ceilings, walkways, and even use it for accent walls in bedrooms and living spaces.

 

Kitchen Islands

 

Kitchen islands have become very popular over the years and allow for more space for both dining and meal preparation as well as allow for ease with the entertaining of guests while still being the life of the party. This has become a common focal point in the kitchen space and a must-have feature in almost any home. 

 

However you choose to decorate your home this year, be sure to do it with love and don’t hold back on your creativity. Your home’s interior design is an expression of your personality.

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February 24 2020

New Homes Directory Adds a Brand New Map and Grid Split View Feature

by Erin

New Map Grid Split View Feature

The journey to homeownership all starts with the search, so why not make it easier to begin? NewHomesDirectory.com has recently added a brand new feature that will aid in making your home search even more easy and convenient! NHD continues to explore ways to increase the productivity of your home search from the comfort of your home and the palm of your hand. Time is something you don’t always have much of and now you can save even more of it when looking for your next new home with the use of the new map and grid split view feature.

 

Depending on your search preference, viewing new homes within the map view may be much more convenient. The map view can assist in gauging the distance of your new home to your place of employment, access to nearby freeways, local schools, shopping, and more. While searching for new homes in the directory, you can now click on a pin within the map view on the left side of the webpage and it will highlight the associated community details on the right side. You still have the option to view new home communities within the grid view on the right side of the webpage as well without having to switch back and forth between pages. Simply click the “grid view” or “map view” button on the right side of the page next to the “filter results” button to switch your view of the available communities in the directory. You can also directly visit the community of your choosing to learn more by clicking the “visit community” button when the pin is highlighted. 

 

NewHomesDirectory.com is very proud of the addition of this new map and grid split feature in hopes that it will help bring you that much closer to turning the key on your brand new home.

 

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