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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 6/18/2017

Living in an area that receives lots of tourist traffic offers rewards and challenges. Depending on your personality and lifestyle, buying or renting a home in a location that attracts thousands of tourists a day might be perfect. These lists of rewards and challenges could save you time, money and frustration. They can also help to prepare you for life in a city that, like a magnet, pulls in scores of people from around the country or world each day.

Rewards

  • Entertainment, arts, cultural and educational events abound in these cities. Many high profile events take place within several blocks, making it easy for you to take part in the events without having to travel far.
  • People from diverse backgrounds visit and live in a major metropolis. Itís a great way to interact with people from all over the world.
  • Food is as rich and diverse as are the people who live in the area. Whether youíre a vegan, vegetarian or meat eater, youíll find something that pleases your appetite. Highly respected chefs often operate or prepare meals at restaurants in these fast-paced cities. When you dine, you could be feasting on a meal prepared by one of the worldís top chefs.
  • Professional sports teams make their home in the busiest towns. If you live in a city like Boston, New York or Miami, youíll have a pick of professional sports teams that you can root for.
  • Finding an excellent college or university to attend should be easy. Schools in major cities are among the top in the nation.In addition to attracting talented students from around the country, these postsecondary schools attract some of the sharpest students in the world.
  • Thriving business districts are located in popular cities, giving you more opportunities to land a job that aligns with your passions.

Challenges

  • When you go downtown, youíll have to move in and out of crowds. Buy or rent a house in a city like Orlando, Honolulu or New York and, during peak tourist seasons, you may find yourself weaving in and out of people just to walk down sidewalks.
  • Parking is not cheap. Expect to spend money each time you drive into town and need to park. That or opt to take public transportation when you visit high traffic spots in the city.
  • You wonít see a lot of trees and grass in the busiest parts of town. If youíre a nature lover, you may prefer buying a house 30 minutes or more away from the heart of the city.
  • Homes in popular cities are pricey. Apartment rents are higher in popular cities too. Work with an area savvy real estate agent to find the best housing options.

Buy or rent a house in a tranquil part of town and you might not feel like youíre living in a town that operates at high octane levels. You might not feel like the streets of the town that you live in are brewing with millions of people, locals and tourists. What you will have is the option to withdrawal from crowds or go into bustling, thriving places like shopping, arts, sports and cultural communities within minutes. That alone is a rare option that smaller, less talked about cities generally cannot offer.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 6/11/2017

Selling your home can be scary, particularly for those who are listing a residence for the first time. Fortunately, we're here to help you face your home selling fears so you can overcome them before you add your property to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three common home selling fears, along with some of the ways that you can put these concerns to rest.

1. I won't be able to get the best price for my home.

Getting the best price for a house is the number one concern for most home sellers, and for good reason. Lucky for you, there are several quick, easy ways to ensure you can maximize the value of your residence.

First, check out the housing market and see how your house stacks up against similar residences that are available. This will enable you to collect valuable housing market data that can help you price your house accordingly.

Don't forget to complete a home appraisal too. A property appraiser will allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze your house's interior and exterior. Then, he or she will provide a report that outlines your home's strengths and weaknesses so you can better understand the true value of your residence.

2. My home will stay on the real estate market for years to come.

Let's face it Ė a home seller likely wants his or her residence to sell as soon as it hits the real estate market. Sometimes, a house can linger on the real estate market for an extended period of time. And when this happens, it is easy to question whether a homebuyer will ever submit an offer on a residence.

As a home seller, it is important to ensure your house makes a positive first impression on homebuyers.

Spend some time mowing the front lawn, clearing dirt and debris from walkways and performing assorted home exterior improvements. This will enable you to boost your house's curb appeal instantly.

Also, declutter your home's interior as much as possible. By doing so, you can make it simple for homebuyers to envision what life would be like if they decide to purchase your residence.

3. When the time comes, I won't be able to relocate to a new home.

After you sell your residence, you'll need to move to a new address. The relocation process often can be difficult, especially if you have lived in a particular house for many years.

A real estate agent can help you prepare for the relocation process. This housing market professional understands all aspects of the home selling cycle, and as such, will be happy to offer expert assistance at all times.

Although selling a home may seem challenging, an informed home seller will understand what it takes to get the best results possible. And if you address your home selling fears now, you should have no trouble optimizing the value of your house and accelerating the home selling process.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 6/4/2017

Good sleep is one of life's sweetest treats. If you've ever gone without sleep or struggled to get and stay asleep, you know how valuable the nightly ritual is.Go one week without enough sleep and you may become irritable, short tempered and confused. That's right. Lack of sleep can cause you to feel disoriented. It can also cause you to be forgetful and depressed.

How you could get hotel quality sleep right at home

If you're a parent raising young children, you might head to a hotel just so you can enjoy a good night of sleep. Spending a night in a hotel treats you to first class service. To get a hot meal, all you have to do is pick up the telephone and call the onsite restaurant. As soon as you enter your hotel room, rose petals sprinkled atop the mattress welcome you. Hotel drapes are heavy, keeping out street lights.

But, a night in a hotel cost. It's not free which is why you want to learn how to sleep better right at home. Lowering the noise in your bedroom is a must if you want better sleep at home. Don't believe it?

Keep your television turned down low on a night when you are particularly sleepy. Although you may sleep, don't be surprised if you wake midway into the night, simply because of the noise emitting from the television. Turn the television off and you just might sleep deeply through the entire night.

Another reason why sleeping with the television on can keep you from enjoying better sleep at home is because of the light coming off the television. To keep light from streaming into your bedroom and waking you or preventing you from drifting into deep sleep, turn your television off before or soon after you get in bed.

Other things that you can do to get better sleep at home

Also, close your bedroom window drapes or blinds. Turn lights in other parts of your house off. If you have a bedroom en-suite and keep a light on in the bathroom, pull the bathroom door near closed before you go to bed.

The path to better sleep at home also requires you to avoid drinking liquids several hours before you go to bed. Drinking too much before you head to bed could cause your bladder to feel, forcing you awoke and to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Definitely steer clear of caffeine rich beverages before you go to bed. This includes coffee, soda and caffeine rich diet drinks.

Pay attention to how your body responds to consuming sugar. If sugary foods make you feel jittery, stay away from these treats as your bedtime approaches. Should you have young children, let them burn off energy during the day.

This could increase the chances that your children will sleep good at night, giving you a chance to sleep deeper. Wearing a fitness watch that tracks your sleep is a great way to find out how well you actually sleep at night. Pay attention to your patterns on nights that you sleep the lightest and the deepest. Consider adjusting your patterns so you can sleep more deeply.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 5/28/2017

It's no fun living in a hot, stuffy house. Every year, you know it's coming. In a few months, temperatures are going to rise. Let temperatures and humidity rise too much and you could rush out to the nearest home goods store and buy an air conditioner. You also might start turning your air conditioner down so low that your utility bills escalate.

Quick actions to lower home cooling costs

Despite how long you've been giving into this trend, it doesn't have to go this way. You can be proactive. By preparing to save on home cooling costs now, you could avoid making emergency decisions that force you to spend hundreds of dollars. Following are quick steps that you could take to start creating a fuel efficient house.

  • Install a ceiling fan. Choose a ceiling fan that has a light and you'll get a double benefit.
  • Clean air filters for fans and air conditioners.Replace filters as needed.
  • Check to see that air conditioning air compressor fans are clean. Remove objects that are blocking the fans from spinning freely.
  • Examine and replace coolant lines that show signs of damage.
  • Replace insulation throughout your home as needed.
  • Buy heavy duty room fans for rooms that you spend the most time in. Adding a heavy duty fan to your bedroom could keep you from turning on the air conditioner at night until it's deep into summer.
  • Make sure that air vents are cleaned.
  • Cook at night when it's cooler. Cook enough food to store in the refrigerator or freezer for several days.
  • Take cool showers instead of soaking in a hot bath.
  • Place locked screen shields and alarms on windows that you plan to open during warmer months.

Your utility company may partner with you to lower home cooling costs

Prepare to save on home cooling costs while temperatures are still cool or cold. That gives you at least three weeks to set yourself up to save on home cooling utilities. The extra time is budget friendly. Time to save on home cooling costs also lets you relax and measure how well the energy efficient actions you have taken are working.

Don't rule out working with your utility company to reduce your home cooling costs. Some utility companies include ways to save on home cooling costs in individual utility bill mailings. Your utility company is also good resource to work with should you find it hard to pay all of your cooling expenses on time.

Although utility companies generally don't provide as much financial support during hot months the way they do during winter, reaching out to your utility company could pay off. Set up a payment schedule, if necessary. And ask the representative who you speak with to share even more ways that you could save on home cooling costs. The representative may know why specific cooling services are higher in certain areas where you live and what you can do to cut into these expenses.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 5/21/2017

A home is more than your castle. Itís the place that may have the greatest impact on you,packing a bigger emotional and psychological wallop than your workplace. Whether you recognize it or not, colors, textures, sounds, designs and scents greet and surround you the entire time that youíre inside your house.

Your house could be bringing your mood up or down

Each room offers a different feeling. Test it out the next time youíre home. Notice if you feel more relaxed and open while sitting on the sofa in your den or family room compared to how you feel in the dining room or living room, especially if your dining room and living room have a more elegant or sophisticated look than your den has.

But, itís not just colors, textures, designs, sights and sounds that influence your mood.The level of cleanliness and order in your house also impacts the way that you feel. Similar to how a cloudy day can cause you to feel less energetic and hopeful, too much clutter, disorganization and dirtiness can cause you to feel confined and out of sorts.

According to a Psychology Today report, messiness can create stress, anxiety, guilt and frustration in humans. You can feel guilty if your home is messy and you canít find important documents and are late to meetings. Productivity and creativity also drop when you are in an unclean environment. Struggle to concentrate is another byproduct of a dirty home.

Those are psychological impacts that a dirty or cluttered home can have on you. There are physical outcomes to living in a dirty or cluttered house. Dirt and clutter can agitate allergens. It can invite bacteria into your home, contaminating food and living spaces. Pests, including insects, bed bugs and rodents can find hiding places in your home if your house becomes too dirty or too cluttered.

More benefits of keeping a clean home

These critters can bring a host of contaminants inside your house. If your house is too dirty, you may not notice that you have pests and have a false belief that your house is cleaner than it actually is. Left to themselves, pests can chew holes into your walls, infiltrate bed linen and carpet and crawl on your skin. Cockroaches, ants and bed bugs alone are enough of a nuisance to motivate you to conduct a thorough cleaning of your home.

Get into the habit of cleaning your home from top to bottom at least twice a year. This includes cleaning the attic, basement and garage. During these thorough cleanings, also clean your gutters. It can reduce the amount of time that you devote to weekly house cleanings.

Regular house cleanings also help to keep your homeís value at optimum levels, putting you in a good position should you decide to put your house on the market. After all, people will pay more for a clean house that looks like it has been cared for regularly, than they will a house that looks run down.

If you think back to when you first bought your house, you may easily recall just how you felt as you stood in a certain room. Those emotions are still present. Theyíre just buried beneath habits and busyness. Give yourself the chance to step into newness. Gift yourself with a new start by giving your home a thorough cleaning. Empower yourself further by removing clutter from your home.




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