All posts by Alysia Heun

Pet safety: Summer fun with your furry friends

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Spend some time enjoying the beautiful summer days with your best furry friend.

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, it’s easy to get excited about all the fun activities to explore throughout the summer months! With many restrictions lifted, there are more and more opportunities to get out compared to last year. As we are sure is true for many of you, spending time outdoors or on the road with your furry best friend sounds incredible. So, as you ditch your jeans for shorts and coats for swimsuits, here are ways to enjoy the season and keep your pets safe in the summer.

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Creating an easy-breezy backyard oasis

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A tropical oasis, right outside the back door.

Are you pumped for summer but not for the backyard prep? We have you covered! Embracing the season should be anything but stressful. Here are some ways to fast-track your backyard for summer poolside vibes and serious relaxation.

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pool safety best practices for a fun summer

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Enjoying the cool splash of a swimming pool is one of the best feelings one could have during a heat wave, especially in the summer season. But the pleasure of the swimming pool comes with risks. To ensure your safety and the safety of the people around you, check out our tips and pool safety best practices for a fun summer.

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Have garage doors replaced the front door?

By Garage Door Enterprises

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In the last several decades, it has become a common trend for most Americans to use the garage door as the primary entrance to their home instead of the front door. In fact, surveys over the last fifteen years have found that up to 70% of homeowners enter their home exclusively through the garage door. This information has several important impacts for those who are either selling their home or looking to buy a new one. It means that you should now be considering visual appeal, safety, and convenience for a garage door system.

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Realty Executives Brokerages Continue to Attract Top Talent

Realty Executives International is excited to announce the 2020 recipients of the Realty ExcellenceⓇ Fastest Growing award. These award-winning brokerages demonstrated Executive growth and retention through a culmination of culture, brokerage leadership, support, and agent resources.

The annual Fastest Growing award is given to brokerages who achieve a 15 percent or higher increase in Executive headcount during the year . The 2020 winners include: 

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Realty Executives The Executive Team Extends Partnership with Franchisor

Realty Executives The Executive Team, of Hattiesburg, MS, is proud to announce they have committed to another five years with the Realty Executives brand.

Joining the network in 1999, this renewal marks over 22 years with the international real estate franchisor. The Executive Team has successfully expanded their footprint over the years. The brokerage includes 18 agents in two offices, Hattiesburg and Petal, that serve the communities of Southeast Mississippi. Hattiesburg native and Broker/Owner Jim Stroo started his career in real estate in 1993 with Better Homes and Garden. Opening his own brokerage in 1999, Stroo focused on being the local expert in his market and evolving his expertise.  Stroo joined the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 1993 and continues to be an active member of the organization, including serving as President in 2004 and 2015.

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How to Use Color to Add Curb Appeal

If you’re looking to sell your home, or even just give it a much needed lift, curb appeal is a good place to start. Adding a porch or landscaping the front yard are great ideas, but what many homeowners often don’t consider is the effectiveness of color. A new color to your home’s exterior can completely transform your home from bland and outdated, to attention grabbing and on-trend. Yet you must take some things into consideration before embarking on this project, after all, it could be a worthwhile investment. So, how can you use color to add to your home’s curb appeal?

Tie in color with your home’s architecture

It would be counterproductive to decide on a color without taking into consideration the architectural design and structure of your home. Some styles and colors simply may not work. If the color of your home doesn’t match its original design, it may attract attention for the wrong reasons. There’s always a color palette that works best on each style (usually we wouldn’t use the same colors for a Victorian house as on a ranch). Also, some homes tend to combine two or more colors, while others look a lot better with one single color or just small accents on shutters or trims.

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Realty Executives Brokerages Continue to be Top Choice for Industry Professionals

Realty Executives International is excited to announce the 2020 recipients of the Realty ExcellenceⓇ Agents’ Choice awards. A total of 46 Realty Executives brokerages were honored for their commitment to long-term stability and growth through quality recruitment and agent empowerment.

The annual Agents’ Choice award is presented to brokerages who maintain 20-99 Executives year over year. This year’s winners include: 

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How to Organize Your Storage Unit Like a Pro

Storage units can be a perfect solution for excessive belongings inside your home. When you feel you need to declutter or find additional space when moving, this can sort out the lack of space. Even if you have some delicate belongings, you can find a climate-controlled option. However, it’s far more than simply placing your items inside. It would be best if you learned how to organize a storage unit like a pro to save yourself from searching troubles later on.

Organize a Storage Unit properly

There are many occasions where you might need storage space. You might spring cleaning and have put aside plenty of stuff you don’t want to throw away, but you don’t use either. Or, you find that there are too many items occupying your home and just need to declutter a bit. Also, if you are in the process of buying a new home, maybe a smaller place, you will need additional room for your extra belongings. If you are selling your home, it may be needed to remove personal belongings during showings. Nevertheless, knowing how to organize a storage unit properly will definitely come in handy. To help you create convenient and accessible placement inside your storage unit, here are several tips about organizing:

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Transforming Nursery Into the Best “Big Kid” Room

It’s never easy to accept that your little one is growing up. But something fun that happens when they do start to become a little bit taller and stronger is moving them from a nursery into their very own big boy or big girl room full of their blossoming personality. Let’s go through five tips to help you transform that nursery into a kid’s dream room!

The Big Kid Bed

The biggest change when converting your child’s nursery into their long-term big kid room is going to be saying goodbye to the crib and introducing a toddler or full size bed. This transition may be a little hard at first since your child is most likely going to want to get out of bed now that they aren’t surrounded by the crib bars, but it’s also something to be celebrated! Your kiddo will be so excited to have a big bed of their own and you can make it even more fun by adding a cozy comforter and placing their favorite blanket or stuffed animal on top. You can find plenty of different bed frames for various prices that will fit your style and/or theme.

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