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Tuesday, August 21, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

Renovations to boost resale value!!

It is no secret that renovations, small or large, can help tremendously in increasing the resale value of a home upwards of 10-12%. Continue reading to find out things you can do around the house to squeeze some extra money out of your investment!

Renovation Tips:


Use universally flattering designs to appeal to all
Design with buyers in mind

Choose types of fixtures and styles that will appeal to your target audience




Approximate Pricing for Renovation Projects:


Painting

$200-$400
$200 if doing yourself
$400 if hiring a painter
Duration: One Day


Crown Molding

$300-$500 per room
Duration: Less than a week


Bathroom Remodel

$35,000-$65,000+
Duration: 3 Weeks - 3 Months


Kitchen Renovation

$65,000-$100,000+
Duration: 6 Weeks - 3 Months




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Tuesday, August 21, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

5 Fun Alternatives to Boring Walls!

Ever looked at your walls and thought "I wish I could do something more with this boring wall color"? Well now you can!! 

For some, paint just isn't enough....

1. Living moss wall


This one is a bit extreme, but looks amazing! If you have a green thumb I would definitely give this a try.
This would help to bring the outside feel into the home
Plants have a direct impact on ones well-being
Be prepared for extensive maintenance (it is a living wall after all!)
Love the idea, but not the price tag? 

Replace the succulents with moss for the same look and effect with a less expensive price tag




2. Backlit Stone


If you are looking to add the "wow factor" to your bathroom or kitchen this option is for you!
Backlit Onxy is absolutely breathtaking
You may spend a bit more than you would with normal stone, but the result will blow your mind


3. Scratch and Sniff Wallpaper


As goofy as it sounds just think about how awesome it would be in a kids r ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

Can kitchen layouts change your life?

It is crucial to pick the right kitchen layout for your everyday life. The location of all appliances and counter tops will dictate how easily you cook, clean, and perform every day tasks.

See below for different kitchen layout ideas and their pros/cons!

1. Kitchen Island


These are among one of the most popular kitchen designs
Ensures efficient work triangle if the island contains your sink, cooking unit, or refridgerator
Gives families extra space for dining, homework, or social events
Added benefit: storage!

You can design your island to have shelves built-in to any of its sides
This will give you extra space for storing items, decoration, etc.




2. Kitchen Peninsula


This idea is good for those wanting the kitchen island layout, but don't have enough space to achieve the look
It gives the same great island look and functionality without using up so much square footage
This layout provides stool space and an open concept feel


3. Single-sided Kitche ...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

History of the American Flag

Flag day said to have originated in 1885 by BJ Cingrand. He was a school teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin




He arranged for his students and staff to observe June 14th as the American Flag's Birthday




You would think that would be July 4th, but that day is America's birthday, not the American Flag!




June 14, 1889 - George Balch, kindergarten teacher in New York City, arranged for the children of his school to celebrate this day as "Flag Day" (the shortened version of Flag Birthday)




The State Board of Education adopted this in New York City




1891 - Betsy Ross held Flag Day celebration




Dr. Edward Brooks, Superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools instructed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square




The kids were assembled, each with a flag, singing patriotic songs




1894 - Governor of New York demanded that on June 14th flags must be displayed on all public buildings




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Wednesday, June 6, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

New World Trade Center? Get the inside story here.

The man behind the idea? Larry Silverstein with Stilverstein Properties Chmn & NYC mega real estate developer.

More than 16 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center a large part of the new building is opening.

The new (3) World Trade Center is said to be 80 stories high with more than 2.5 million square feet of space. The opening date is currently set to be June 11, 2018. Occupancy is reported to be around 40% at the moment. 

According to CNBC's Sara Eisen, Larry Silverstein stated the following when asked about concerns of occupancy. "These buildings never stay empty for very long." He went on to say that he is confident the building will fill up quickly.

Reports from CNBC say two of the tenants are currently Spotify Music Streaming and WPP's GroupM, which deals with advertising. 

When asked about his path to success with this building he had the following to say to CNBC. "It was a time when without financing, there was no way you c ...

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