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Home Improvements That Pay Off

December 3, 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 24, 2015


Modern Thanksgiving Real Estate

 

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero

 

I am very grateful for my wonderful clients, the referrals I receive throughout the year that keep my business strong, good health, a happy home, and loving friends and family! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take some time to reflect on all you are grateful for.

– Lisa Ashkins

 

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Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

November 19, 2015

 

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, HomeTrends – Realtor.org

It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends survey of more than 1,500 home owners.

What does that entail? Contemporary finishes, soft neutral color palettes, more pillows, and no strong patterns, the survey finds as the top preferences.

Home owners are being drawn toward shades of white, cream, gray, and blue for their updated master bedrooms.

Also, more than a quarter of home owners are opting not to include a strong pattern in the décor of the master bedroom (27 percent). However, some owners will use floral and geometric prints (21 percent and 17 percent, respectively).

The more pillows, the merrier, the survey finds. Sixty-seven percent of home owners who are updating their bedding say that decorative pillows are a top update. On average, home owners say they’ll accessorize with four decorative pillows, and 40 percent will have five or more decorative pillows. What’s more, of the home owners replacing their beds, one in five are choosing a platform style. (See an example at Houzz.) Another top accessory choice for decorating master bedrooms is adding mirrors.

More home owners are making their traditional bedrooms into more contemporary-styled spaces. Forty-five percent of home owners say they’re redecorated bedrooms are contemporary, modern, or transitional, according to the survey.

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California Homes Sales

November 12, 2015

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4 Garden Structures That Can Revamp Your Backyard

November 5, 2015
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From a simple trellis to an ornate gazebo, an outdoor structure can refresh your space and lend your landscape year-round appeal. Here are four popular options to consider.

Trellis — This vertical garden accent is a basic panel of latticework that’s meant to support climbing plants. Mount one against the wall of a garage or shed to add interest to a bland space. Nurseries and garden centers have many ready-made options, but a trellis is also relatively simple to build on your own.

Arbor — This structure, which usually incorporates trellises, has two sides and an open, slatted roof. Arbors are often used to mark the entry of a patio or other outdoor space, or they can serve as dividers between sections of a garden. Build one that’s a bit deeper and pair it with a bench to create a tunnel-like effect that makes for an intimate seating area. Soften the overall look by training plants like roses or clematis to climb up the sides.

Pergola — More substantial than an arbor, a pergola has pillars and a semi-open top with beams. They’re often used to cover walkways or provide shelter for tables or seating. Attach one to your house to add architectural interest or build one over a patio where you can enjoy the breeze and filtered sun. Weather-resistant cedar is a common building choice for a pergola, though alternatives like vinyl or fiberglass minimize upkeep.

Gazebo — These freestanding structures are usually hexagons or octagons with a domed roof. Often located in spots that take advantage of the view, gazebos are normally open to the elements but can also be screened in to keep insects at bay.

Provided by: MDC Financial Service Group

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How to Hire a Contractor

October 29, 2015

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Real Estate Titles Explained: Agent, Broker, REALTOR®

October 20, 2015

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I think it is important in any profession
for individuals to continue to learn and grow
in order to provide the best possible services
to their clients and referrals.

I am pleased to announce
I have completed the rigorous process to
receive my Broker’s license,
the highest level of licensing in the field of Real Estate.

I will continue my association with Ascent Real Estate,
a brokerage that I believe is one of the best in the business,
however my title will change to Broker Associate vs. Salesperson.

Find a little more information on “job titles”
in real estate below.

Article by: Michele Lerner, Realtor.com

If you’re entering the real estate market for the first time, you may find real estate professionals’ various titles a little confusing. Sometimes consumers use these titles interchangeably, but there are some important differences between the roles of the various professionals, as well as different requirements for using particular titles.

Titles for Real Estate Professionals

The real estate profession is regulated by state governments, which have different requirements for earning a license. In general, though, the titles you may come across include:

  • Real estate agent: Anyone who earns a real estate license can be called a real estate agent, whether that license is as a sales professional, an associate broker or a broker. State requirements vary, but in all states you must take a minimum number of classes and pass a test to earn your license.
  • REALTOR®: A real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, which means that he or she must uphold the standards of the association and its code of ethics.
    Real estate broker: A person who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and has passed a broker’s license exam. Brokers can work alone or they can hire agents to work for them.
  • Real estate salesperson: Another name for a real estate agent.
  • Real estate associate broker: Someone who has taken additional education classes and earned a broker’s license but chooses to work under the management of a broker.

Working With a Real Estate Professional

While you are more likely to work directly with a real estate salesperson or an associate broker, some brokers provide services for buyers and sellers themselves. If you have hired a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home, that agent typically reports to a broker. The broker handles the earnest money deposit and establishes the escrow account.

In addition, the broker bears responsibility for the actions of the real estate agents under his or her supervision. While the majority of real estate transactions go through without any glitches, a broker will step in if there are any problems with your home purchase or sale.

If you are unhappy with your real estate agent and cannot resolve the issues directly, your next step should be to talk with the broker to ask for help and perhaps another agent for you to consult.

Experience and Education

Real estate brokers not only have higher education requirements than real estate salespersons, they also must have experience working as an agent. For example, in Virginia the license requirements are as follows:

  • A salesperson must take 60 hours of classes and pass an exam with both state and national sections.
  • A broker must take 180 hours of broker-specific classes, pass an exam with both state and national sections, and have actively worked as a real estate salesperson for 36 of the previous 48 months.

When you are looking for a real estate professional, it is wise to work with a member of the National Association of REALTORS® who is committed to maintaining the professionalism of the real estate business. You can choose to work with a salesperson or a broker, but in any case you should take the time to interview your agent and ask for references.

If you want to work with someone new to the profession, you may want to ask to meet the broker as well so you can feel comfortable that someone with experience will be representing your interests.

Consider me your resource for all things real estate!  Selling, buying, upsizing, downsizing, relocating, investing, vendor referrals, shoulder to cry on during renovations and more.  Just send me an email or call me at 619-888-2117.

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