Home and Appliance Upgrades That Can Save You Money

Home and appliance upgrades can lighten your wallet. However, in the long run, you can actually pad your wallet with money you save by investing in certain upgrades.

Not all home upgrades are created equal in terms of saving money. Explore some of the smartest home upgrades you can invest your money in to save some green. Continue reading

Realty Executives International Acquires the Realty Executives Southern Region

(Pictured above, L – R: Ken Durkee, Patrick van den Bossche, Jeff Walters, Zig Ziegelman)

Realty Executives International has acquired the Realty Executives Southern Region, its largest territory covering five states: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

This acquisition marks a year since corporate purchased the remaining shares of the company from former owner Rich Rector.

The purchase sets the course for an aggressive company growth strategy focused on acquisition of competitive brands, independent brokerages and Realty Executives Brokers who are looking to retire.

Realty Executives International purchased the Southern Region from their longtime Regional Developers Ken Durkee and Zig Ziegelman. Continue reading

Boston West named to Swanepoel top 1000 list

Alan Marks and his team at Realty Executives Boston West hit the jackpot recently, landing at No.777 on the Swanepoel top 1000 brokerages list.

Alan Marks- President/Owner Realty Executives Boston West

The achievement is Boston West’s first recognition on the list since opening its doors in 2005.

“I was really surprised,” Marks said. “I didn’t know what the sales revenue cutoff was  so when I saw it I was really surprised.”

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Merging Decor Styles in Your New Home

Moving into a new home with a significant other for the first time is an exciting process. In addition to deciding how you’ll pay bills and keep up with housework, you’re going to have to make some big decisions on your home’s decor style together. This can be a huge headache for many couples, so read on for some tips on how to seamlessly merge decor styles in your new home sweet home. Continue reading

Realty Executives in the Villages Receives “Brokerage of the Month” Recognition for March 2018

Realty Executives in The Villages is Realty Executives International’s Brokerage of the Month for March 2018. With more than 75 real estate professionals serving popular areas in Florida including The Villages, Ocala, and Wildwood, the firm has thrived and experienced incredible agent count growth under the leadership of Broker/Owner Glenn Stein, while remaining a leader in both sales volume and units sold over the last decade. *

“We’ve always seen growth but lately we’ve seen massive results. Realty Executives in The Villages has doubled in size over the last three years,” said Stein. Continue reading

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency This Spring and Summer

Energy saving strategies can change with the seasons, so it’s important to re-evaluate your home’s energy efficiency throughout the year. Check out this simple guide for tips to boost your home’s energy efficiency during the warmer months.

Maintain Your Cooling System

Keeping up with routine maintenance and cleanings of your air cooling system will help it to work more efficiently. According to the United States Department of Energy, you can lower a cooling system’s energy consumption by a whopping 15% simply by performing routine maintenance and changing air filters consistently. The Government of Canada also recommends proper maintenance of air conditioners to make sure they run as effectively as possible.

Plan to replace or clean air filters on a semi-regular basis, usually every few months. If you have pets, more frequent changes can benefit your system. Besides keeping tabs on air filters, checking to make sure the evaporator coil is working properly before the hottest months is a proactive step you can take. If you don’t have experience with air conditioner maintenance or cleaning, it’s a good idea to hire a professional.

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Gardening With Children: Gardening Tips and What to Plant

Cultivating a home garden is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from while fostering a sense of independence and a healthy respect for the environment. Most of all, it’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Keeping their dexterity and attention span in mind, here are some tips on gardening with children that will get you growing in no time.

Location, Location, Location. The most important consideration when deciding what you want to grow is where you want to grow it. Are you planting indoors or out? In summer or fall? How much sun exposure will you have each day, and how extreme are the temperatures?  Checking a hardiness map for your area will help you decide what, when, and where to grow, and involving your child in the research makes for a fun geography lesson.

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Evaluating your Readiness to Buy a Home

Is it time to purchase your first home?  Owning your own home may offer many advantages including building equity, qualifying for tax deductions, and having a place to call your own. It also requires a level of financial and emotional readiness.  Evaluating your position in each of the following categories can help guide you as you make this important decision.

Monthly Finances

Purchasing a home is a big financial decision. In addition to making mortgage payments you also have to factor in additional costs such as taxes, homeowner’s insurance, homeowner’s association fees, city assessments, and household repairs. Mortgage companies use a debt to income ratio (DTI) to determine loan eligibility.

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