First Steps to Decorating Your Home

Have you just bought a house of your dreams? That’s great! Congratulations!

Now it’s time to think of how you can turn your empty house into a cozy home and what tools you need. 

Let’s consider the first steps you should take when decorating rooms in your new home.

In with the new, out with the old

The very first step you should take is to get rid of all the things that you don’t need or no longer want. Forget about those dusty boxes filled with useless stuff. There is no place for them in your new house. If you didn’t use those things for months or years, you would never use them again. 

If the item is broken – send it to the landfill. If the item is in “gently used” condition – sell it online or send it to a charity shop.

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Best Instagram Accounts for Home Inspiration

The internet is full of inspiration from recipes, date night outfits and home design. Whether you are looking to make small improvements, start a full-on renovation or just want some decor ideas to switch up the look of a space, Instagram can be a great resource for ideas and tips. Here are our top five Instagram accounts to follow if you are a homeowner looking for inspiration.

@uglyducklingdiy

With over 16K followers, Sarah with the Ugly Duckling House is based in Atlanta and covers everything from everyday activities with her pups to home renovations and DIYs. This account is perfect for the homeowner that is looking to make their home unique with outdoor features they craft themselves or make their hosted events more impressive with stand-out table settings. 

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Adapting Your Room For a Better Night’s Sleep

New year, better sleep! Prioritizing a better night’s sleep is a common resolution, but it can be difficult to put into practice…especially if you’re used to getting minimal sleep all the time. So we’ve gathered our best tips for adapting your home and bedroom environment for a better night’s sleep. 

If you can’t wake up with the sun, get a sunrise alarm clock 

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid alarm clocks altogether and wake up with the sun every morning? While that might not be possible for everyone, a sunrise alarm clock is the next best thing. You can purchase an alarm clock like this one, which simulates sun and gradually gets brighter and brighter as the time nears your ideal wakeup time. So say goodbye to annoying, loud alarms and hello to waking up with the (simulated) sunshine!

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Making your Rental Property More Appealing to Millennials

Having an additional stream of income is a wise choice nowadays. After all, the cost of living will just continue to rise.

Thus, if you have an unoccupied space, condo, apartment, or house, you can rent it out to other people to supplement your current income. Not only can it be a solid and continuous source of income, but it also helps you earn extra without the need to get involved that much.

With more and more people preferring to rent a property than own one, all you need is to keep up with the maintenance. However, if you want to make money, then you have to target a specific group of people. A great demographic to target are millennials.

Good thing there are plenty of ways you can make your rental property much more attractive to the generation. Check out these tips listed down below.

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Realty Executives Southern Living Combines Family Legacy and Women Entrepreneurship

Realty Executives Southern Living of Sevierville, Tennessee has stayed true to family tradition dating back over 200 years, while growing a business committed to training and leadership. The brokerage, opened in February 2019, has added 18 new agents and grown to be a recognizable brand within the community.

Broker/Owner Krystal Whaley joined Realty Executives after two years of researching real estate franchises. Prior to establishing the franchise, Whaley practiced real estate in California where in 2009 she opened a boutique brokerage, Whaley Realty, which was brought back to Tennessee in 2014.

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Five Ways to Wow Your Real Estate Clients

Today’s consumer is mobile-first and more educated than ever about real estate. Likewise, they expect and demand that their real estate agents deliver personable, responsive and tech-savvy experiences with complete expertise in their market.

Here’s how to create compelling client experiences before, during and long after the deal has closed.

1. Cater to Your Clientele.

First impressions are mission critical for real estate agents trying to capture the hearts and minds of potential new clients.

Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report research shows that sellers use these initial impressions to shape and inform their decisions. Specifically, 86 percent say trustworthiness and 81 percent cite responsiveness as “extremely or very important” qualities they seek when selecting an agent. Also, 80 percent favor agents who can serve as experts within a local market.

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