3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don’t Have the Space)

With a little inspiration and organization, you can create an entryway that makes coming and going a breeze. Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, “places to leave your stuff.” Whatever you choose to call them, these spaces are invaluable as a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys, and keep everything you’ll need for the next day right where you left it. Sometimes these spaces can be hard to come by, especially if you live in an apartment or studio. Without organization, shoes usually end up piled in front of the door waiting to trip an unsuspecting victim, …

The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections

When you’re trying to make your offer as attractive as possible, skipping the inspection may seem like a good idea. Here’s why it’s not. If you’re buying a home in a competitive market and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more than the asking price or a quick closing, some buyers agree to waive inspections. This is never a good idea. The home may look OK to the naked eye, but it’s what’s beyond the surface, or items that you can’t identify as problematic, that cause the biggest …

Making the Most of an Open House Visit

Here are some best practices for kicking off your home-buying journey. Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even more likely to go (77 percent attend one open house or more). But as a buyer, are you making …

Small Updates, Big Return: 5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

No matter your budget, there’s always an upgrade or two that’ll up the resale ante. Whether your home improvements are for you or potential buyers, consider their impact on your home’s potential resale price before picking up your toolbox (or the phone to call a contractor). A brand-new kitchen or bathroom will undoubtedly wow potential buyers, but there’s no guarantee you’ll recoup the money you put into those pricey remodels. To help you navigate the choices that lead to the best return on investment, we asked two industry experts (and one enthusiastic DIYer) to weigh in. Kitchen renovations “Renovating the kitchen …

3554 Ocean Drive #503S, Vero Beach, FL 32963

  Beth originally reached out to us after hearing we were trying a FSBO and had a client to show our condo to. Beth and her associates with Sand & Land Real Estate Team did an excellent job of marketing the property. With Beth living at the Village Spires and the location of the Berkshire Hathaway office, it was very easy to keep in touch and stay abreast of the happenings in the market.   – Bill Robinson.  Presentation / explanation of market analysis of your property.  Explanation of marketing plan.  Communication while your homes was on the market.  Knowledge of …

7340 30th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32967

  Ashley Harris is professional pleasant + provided quality service. She was a pleasure to work with + will recommend her to friends + family. An asset to your company!   – Frank and Kathy Anibell.  Presentation / explanation of market analysis of your property.  Explanation of marketing plan.  Communication while your homes was on the market.  Knowledge of the real estate market.  Explanation of Offer / Contract Paperwork.  Negotiation and guidance during contract process.  Professionalism. Would you recommend your agent to others?  

Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills

Save more moola for summer fun — try these savvy energy-saving tips, and ditch the exorbitant energy bills once and for all. We all enjoy being warm and cozy in the winter, and cool as a cucumber in the summer — but the energy bills that keep us there can get out of hand quickly. In fact, the average American household spends roughly $200 per month on energy bills, according to 2012 U.S. Census data. Luckily, home updates, inexpensive projects, and even minor changes in routine can create notable savings. Hunt for an energy-efficient home When my husband and I started our home …

How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

With just a little vigilance and prep (and a $15 gadget), you can keep a flooding disaster at bay. A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about — until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored. Disaster firsthand Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior sales executive at Zillow, found out just how damaging hot water heaters can be. “My wife called and said it sounded like it …

3465 Rockport Street SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962

  Ashley sold my mother’s house which is how we met. Thanks Ashley for all your hard work to get us into our brand new home. We love it! We couldn’t be happier!   – Dustin & Corrie Martin.  Presentation / explanation of market analysis of your property.  Explanation of marketing plan.  Communication while your homes was on the market.  Knowledge of the real estate market.  Explanation of Offer / Contract Paperwork.  Negotiation and guidance during contract process.  Professionalism. Would you recommend your agent to others?  

What to Unpack First in Your New Home

Where are the towels? Which box holds the can opener? Who packed the cat food? When you’re surrounded by boxes, what you need is a strategy. Once all the moving preparations have been made, all the arduous moving tasks have been taken care of, and everything has gone more or less according to plan on moving day, you finally find yourself in your new home, surrounded by piles of boxes, tired and glad that your relocation is about to end. To fully complete your moving adventure, however, you need to unpack your belongings and make your new place feel like …