The Great Lakes are a great place to visit and an even better place to live. From affordable housing to outdoor activities and excellent school districts, the Great Lakes region of the U.S. offers so much that there is no reason not to consider these states when looking to purchase a home. Here’s what makes the Great Lakes so special (and why you should move there, too).Continue reading
There’s a big difference between living in a house and living in a home.
A house is a physical shelter that protects you from the elements. Sure, you come back to it when you need to, but it’s a place that you don’t have any lingering attachments to other than as a place to sleep in.
A home, on the other hand, has a warmer connotation to it. It’s a feeling associated with a place. It’s a whole bunch of memories weaved into the walls of a house.
If you want your house to feel more like a home, then you need to make more of an effort in its upkeep. With that said, below are some simple changes you can make that is sure to make your house feel like an actual home for you.Continue reading
When figuring out how to prepare for a move, it’s important to remember the details. With everything on your to-do list, make sure these tasks don’t get left behind.
Update your mailing address and subscriptions
We know it’s a pain, but to avoid surprises forward your mail at least 2 weeks before you move. Can’t live without your People Magazine or the tips from Better Homes and Gardens? Update your address early for any magazine and newspaper subscriptions you have. While you’re at it, be sure to update your driver’s license. Also, make sure to update your voter registration information now so it’s taken care of in plenty of time for the next election.Continue reading
Feeling safe in your home is always the number one priority. Whether you are preparing to be on vacation, don’t want to worry while your out of the home or just want to deter visitors from snooping through personal belongings, there are plenty of easy ways to secure your home for when you aren’t around. Check out these tips below and let the worry disappear.
No matter what type of rental property you’re dealing with, what most investors are looking for is a way to maximize the rent and to keep the tenants as long as possible. To achieve that, you need to put more time and effort into home improvements than before. In other words, a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a clean carpet just won’t cut it. You need to put some thought into rental property upgrades that won’t cost you a fortune but will raise the value of your property and pay off in the long run. Here are some useful ideas on how to improve your property value and get the best return on your investment.
Realty Executives is proud to announce that twelve of its top performers have been ranked in the prestigious 2019 REAL Trends + Tom Ferry “THE THOUSAND.” THE THOUSAND is an elite ranking of top agents and teams across the United States which represent less than one percent of America’s finest real estate agents and their companies.
THE THOUSAND is broken down into four categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams throughout the U.S., separated by closed transaction sides and sales volume for both individuals and teams. Only agents who closed 50 transactions sides or $20 million in sales volume were considered, along with teams who have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in sales volume. The following are the Realty Executives agents and teams included in the exclusive list:
“Having the opportunity to learn the family business from an award winning Realtor has provided a unique experience and has fast–tracked my career into the real estate market” says Nicholas Kunkel licensed Sales Representative.
You’ve finally got all of your belongings into your new home, but don’t lose steam now! You’re in the final stretch of your new home checklist and there’s just a couple more essentials to get through. It’s a good idea to set a daily (or weekly) goal for yourself when it comes to these final steps. Be realistic, stick to your schedule, and you’ll be settled in before you know it.
Realty Executives is pleased to announce Broker/Owner Mike Tezak has renewed a 10-year contract to continue his successful Realty Executives Premier brokerage, headquartered in Valparaiso, IN. Recently opening a second office in Crowne Pointe and expanding his brokerage territory to LaPorte county, Tezak is excited to continue his relationship with Realty Executives and build the Premier brand.
We’re well into 2019, but the architecture world is evolving now more than ever. From eco-friendly living to accessibility and even minimalism, the architects of today are changing the game. Here’s a closer look at the top architecture design trends right now.
Local and sustainable materials
The need for sustainability is increasing more and more, even to the point of influencing home design. Now more than ever, architects are sourcing recycled, sustainable, and even local materials when designing new homes and spaces. But just because architects are using more environmentally-friendly materials doesn’t mean they are sacrificing quality craftsmanship and beauty. Even homes made from locally sourced and sustainable materials can be aesthetically
pleasing to the eye. And, arguably, a locally and a sustainable designed home is even more appealing than anything else.