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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Let’s Not Do That Again

“I don’t…see..it…Wait! There it is! Wait! I lost it!”
Wait, what? Remember how stupid you felt trying to see the images in those ridiculous 3-D posters from years ago? I’m guessing you don’t miss them, either. Nor do designers, as well as several other design elements gone by the wayside. Here’s a fun article about some decorating trends we hope never to see again.
If you think you mighjt have some of these design no-nos in your home and are ready to sell let us help. We have experts in our office who can help you find the right buyer and get your home staged by a Certified Home Staging Specialist. Just check us out at www.grandgables.com.


http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/tackiest-home-design-trends/

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Baby, It's Cold Outside

Well, it's finally here, in some places worse than others.Time to hunker down for the duration and stay warm through the cold, lonely days of the deep freeze. Here are some great ways to keep your home warm during the winter months at some surprisingly affordable prices. Still not as good as snuggling up to your 4-legged friends...

http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/ways-to-stay-warm-this-winter/

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Risky Business
     One way Realtors® get paid is when a buyer client purchases a home. So it stands to reason that our main focus is on getting you, the buyer, to do just that—buy something! But the truth is for the vast majority of agents our #1 goal is to help you find the right home at the right price so that you are happy and can thrive in your new place. Because, let’s face it—if you (a buyer) are unhappy in your home that I sold you, what are the chances you will call me again in order to sell it?

     Contrary to popular belief, Realtors® DON’T want buyers to do whatever it takes to purchase a home, especially if that means putting yourself in financial trouble. This article by Craig Donofrio at Realtor.com outlines why you should never take your 401K money out in order to finance a home. Sound advice…

Friday, January 8, 2016


Moved to Tears

                                                              by Jon Barrett


The Holiday season is over and we are finally getting back to "normal". Here is a great blog post from one of the agents here at the office, Jon Barrett. Thanks for the great and very interesting post Jon.



Moved To Tears

One of my best friends is a mover who specializes in local and long distance moving. Almost invariably every time we get together he’s got another story about a move that involves a customer not listening to pre-move advice from him, thereby creating a dilemma. Let me ask you this—when you go to your local propane refill station what does the clerk always tell you NOT to do? That’s right, don’t bring your tank inside (even though in theory it’s empty). They just don’t want to take the chance there might be a mishap with the tank.
Guess what?! Movers don’t want to take that chance, either. My friend always gives his client a list of potential problems. If your mover gives you that, READ IT! At the very least, he or she should be telling you what is acceptable, but more importantly what is not acceptable for transportation. “What do you mean you won’t put that on your truck? What am I supposed to do with it?”

Read the following article about what movers won’t take—some are common sense and some are like, what?

The Surprising Things Your Movers Won’t Move