How to Make Your Home Non-Toxic

We all love to live in a place that looks perfectly clean and welcoming. But are you aware that there are chemicals in almost everything? Yes, we are exposed to toxic chemicals at home without even being aware of it.

A healthy home involves a lot of cleaning chores, but the amount of chemical content that you are accidentally adding to your home by using cleaning products can be surprising. Creating a perfect world where you can simply rejuvenate sounds good, right? The catch lies in switching to toxin-free products that can help you design a non-toxic paradise. 

So if a natural and toxin-free home is in your to-do list, here are a few ways to cut down the chemical invasion at your home:

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Throwing a Family Friendly Halloween Party

It’s spooky season! We know that every year when fall rolls around, many of us create our October bucket lists: visit a pumpkin patch, watch Halloween movies, visit a haunted house, and throw a Halloween party. But if you’ve never thrown a spooky event before, where do you start? Now that Halloween is right around the corner, here are some tips, tricks, and treats to planning the best Halloween party for your family. 

Festive Invitations

One of the most fun parts of planning a seasonal party is creating festive invitations. But since this is a kid-friendly party with your family, get your kids involved! Work together to create fun and creative party invites and let your kids decide which Halloween characters, colors, and icons you want to represent. You can take a look at fun ideas here. After you create the invitations, you can mail them out, or you and your kids can hand-deliver them to friends and family while wearing your Halloween costumes to get in the spirit from the start!

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Trying to Sleep in Your New Home

Moving to a new house is an exciting experience. But once the last box of your things has been relocated, the process of adjustment begins.

As it’s in human nature to resist and get stressed about changes in life, this process could be quite challenging and result in certain side effects.

Having trouble falling asleep in a new room and a new bed is one of the most common of those effects. But why exactly does this happen and what can you do about it?

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Realty Executives of Hickory Continues to Expand, Welcomes Three New Agents

Realty Executives of Hickory, North Carolina, continues growth and expansion with the welcoming of three new agents to the family-run brokerage. Amy Wimbish, licensed real estate broker, Emily Lafone and James Berbec, both specializing in marketing and sales of real estate. The new agents will join the Hickory brokerage at their 785 U.S. 70 S.W office.

Wimbish will specialize in real estate sales in the Catawba Valley and Foothills area. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Wimbish is a member of the Catawba Valley Associations of REALTORS® and local and national REALTOR®  Associations. Previous to real estate, Wimbish worked in contract negotiations, budget management and project management.

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Five Best Home Security Applications

Today, several companies and resources have been created to protect our household solely. Take home security systems, for example. It is ideal to set up and install home security according to Security Baron because it helps keep your home and family safe.

But in an on-the-go world, many homeowners want access to these systems while remote, right from their smart phone.

For this reason, the best way to safeguard your family is to concede home security with an associated mobile application. It is also important take into account how well the mobile application functions with your home automation system.

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Feng Shui- What It Is and How to Use It

What is feng shui?

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese philosophy of finding harmony and balance between elements. Although feng shui is used in numerous aspects of life to promote positive energy flow (“chi”) and bring about  physical and mental health, success, and healthy relationships, it’s also very commonly used in interior design. 

The practice of feng shui in interior design is rooted in the idea that our homes and living spaces are mirrors of what is happening inside us. Those who want to implement feng shui into their homes to promote positive energy should be very intentional with what they bring into their homes and have in their living spaces. 

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Hosting a Housewarming Party

Buying a new home is an exciting time for anyone! Getting to show off your new pad to friends, family and neighbors…even more exciting. Here are some tips to get you ready to hold an easy and fun housewarming party.

Who to Invite?

Knowing who to invite to a housewarming party can be stressful. Do you want it more of a intimate gathering or open to many? It is ultimately up to you but typically family, close friends, new neighbors and even some of their friends should be included on the guest list. The point of welcoming people into your new home is to expand your circle and make friends in your new area. If you have young kids, this is also a great opportunity for them to meet kids their own age and schedule play dates. Meeting new friends, introducing your family to your new home…all this will help acclimate you to your new neighborhood.

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Realty Executives Earns Top Rankings in the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists

Realty Executives is pleased to announce that James Wexler has been named the #1 residential real estate agent by the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists. The prestigious ranking is based on total dollar volume for 2018 residential real estate sales in Maricopa County, which was $82.14 million for Wexler. Along with dollar volume for 2018, other information points for the rankings include number of transaction sides, most expensive home sold during the year, and agent email and website information.

In addition, Realty Executives Phoenix agent Scott Grigg was ranked #6 with $60.29 million total dollar volume and Rosie Derryberry was ranked #17 with $31.47 million total dollar volume. The publication also ranked real estate teams, Realty Executives of Phoenix teams recognized included: Williams Team of Realty Executives Phoenix, ranked #9 at $139.9 million, the Realty Network Group ranked #34 at $50.76 million and ONE Priority Team ranked #44 at $46.13 million. All rankings in these categories for the Book of Lists were based on total dollar volume for 2018 residential real estate sales in Maricopa County. The Book of Lists provides rankings of hundreds of the top local companies in their fields. It also provides the names of key decision makers, along with their titles and contact information. 

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How to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

People are always asking how they can get more money for their house when they put it on the market. While some of the things that determine your home’s value are out of your hands (location, age, layout), many buyers are willing to fork over a little more when certain upgrades have been made. Below are some suggestions for projects and improvements that can increase your home’s resale value. 

Invest in Energy Efficiency

It’s the 21st century, and green is the name of the game! Not only do energy-efficient updates help protect the environment, they also save you more money by reducing utility bills. Now we’ve all heard of those little energy-saving hacks like unplugging your phone charger and washing your clothes in cold water — but those aren’t the kinds of things that are going to add value to your home. If you want a greater resale value, you have to think bigger. Consider one of these upgrades:

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Creating the “Spookiest” Haunted House

Halloween is right around the corner, but not everything has to be super scary in order to be fun! Here’s our guide to creating a spooky haunted house that is kid-approved and just the right amount of creepy for your kids to have fun this season.

Carve pumpkins

Whether you carve real pumpkins or you opt for fake pumpkins, you can’t go wrong with using jack-o-lanterns to set the mood. The more lanterns and candles (even battery-operated) you use, the more spooky lighting you can have to decorate your haunted house! We suggest purchasing plastic or foam jack-o-lanterns from your local craft store and getting the kids involved. You can find this for an affordable price and carve as many as you want to use them to decorate the whole house.

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