Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Home Décor Mistakes Anyone Can (But Shouldn’t) Make

So, you’ve got yourself a Grand Junction real estate gem, and you’re thinking about decorating. Like most people, you’re planning on doing it yourself, with maybe some ideas from magazines – no decorator. Your enthusiasm is commendable, but we know you don’t want to make mistakes. With that in mind, here are some of the more common ones, and how to avoid them.

The Furniture Doesn’t Fit: This is the most common decorating mistake. Furniture displays in stores are set up to sell you the maximum amount of pieces, but an extra night table won’t do you much good if you don’t have room for it. Measure the room, and determine how much furniture you can handle. Oh, and while you’re at it, measure the width of the door – you don’t want pieces that are going to require you to take out a wall.

Too Many Colors: Contrary to past belief, it’s perfectly OK to mix florals, plaids and stripes as long as they’re in the same color family. That said, too many patterns can also be overkill. Resist the temptation, though, to play it safe and be all “matchy-matchy” – you don’t want the room to look as if you opened up a catalog, picked up the phone and said “Send me page 47.”

But Mom Insisted: Family heirlooms are fine, but realistically, you can end up with too much of “You’ll want this; it was your grandmother’s.” Kindly but firmly tell Mom that you just don’t have room for everything, and graciously accept a few accent pieces.

Hang Your Art Properly: Nothing says “I don’t know what I’m doing” quite like paintings hung so high you have to crane your neck to look at them. Art is meant to be viewed at eye level.
These are just a few common mistakes that are easily avoided. Now you know – have fun decorating!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Good Things Come In Small Packages – Landscaping a Tiny Yard

Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, your little piece of Grand Junction real estate can look fabulous. Of course you’ll have to make the most of what you have, and you won’t have quite the flexibility as someone who has all kinds of room to play in and make mistakes with, but it’s do-able.

First, you’ll want to think about what you want for your yard. Then switch focus and decide what you can take off your “want” list, because you can bet you’ve got too much there. Decide what you can live without, and just work with your “must haves.”
Remember that when you’re making your list of shrubs and plants, that they’re going to grow. That cute little juniper you saw in a pot at your favorite garden center could end up taking over the entire yard. Fortunately for small-space gardeners, many plants come in dwarf varieties.

Ideally, you’ll want a mix of flowers and shrubs, and perhaps a tree or two. If you can work it in, water features are very popular, and come in a wide range of DIY sizes. If you can, you might want to go with a multi-level approach, creating terraced beds – this is a fabulous way to make the most of your small space.

If you’re a frustrated farmer, you could incorporate vegetables and herbs into your space. Here again, raised beds can be your best friends, with trellises running a close second. A word of warning on the herbs, though – some varieties can be very hard to get rid of if you change your mind. Mint, for example, is very invasive and will take over your entire garden if you let it.

Whatever you decide to grow, do your research and draw up a plan. Attractive landscaping, even in a small space, can be a great feature if you’re selling your home, and of course a source of quiet enjoyment to you if you’re not.


Monday, April 28, 2014

3 Online Resources Your Agent Should Use

If you’re working with a Grand Junction real estate agent, whether you’re buying a home or selling one, you’re probably armed with a number of questions for him or her. One question you may not have thought to ask could help you to determine whether your agent is a genuine go-getter or just someone who’s going through the motions. It’s simply this: “What online resources do you use?”

If your agent claims not to have time for Facebook, consider that a red flag. Think about it – how many times in the run of any given day do most people check their Facebook? A real estate agent who isn’t taking advantage of this powerful social media tool is missing the boat big time. Savvy agents take the time to post, create little mini-blogs, and generally strut their stuff. A LinkedIn profile is great, but Facebook is where you connect with the masses.
If a real estate agent says they hang out a lot at activerain.com, you know they’re on the ball. ActiveRain is a blogging community where your agent can go to connect with others in the field, find tips and resources, seek out mentors, and so much more. It’s like a one-stop shop for free professional development, and no agent worth his or her salt is going to pass it up.

It’s a bonus if your agent knows about agentfreebies.com, which offers any number of free tips, courses and tools for real estate agents. Among other things, there are all sorts of useful apps including mortgage calculators, photo editors and map creators, plus links to free skills upgrading sites and more.

If your agent has a presence on Facebook and ActiveRain, that one’s a keeper. If they don’t know about agentfreebies.com, clue them in!


Friday, April 18, 2014

3 Ways to Save $100 a Month

If you’re like most people, you find it hard to save money. Maybe you’re trying to put aside a nest egg so you can make a down payment on a chunk of Grand Junction Real Estate, but you find there’s just, to use the time-worn expression, too much month left at the end of the money.

If you’d like to save a hundred dollars or more each month, there are three areas to work on.


This is the biggest area where you can save money, and there are ways to trim your grocery bill that are so easy you won’t even notice you’re doing it. And no, you don’t have to clip coupons. Forget the tired old idea that you’ll save by planning menus ahead. It’s better to shop the sales, and build your menus day by day according to what you’ve been able to buy cheaply. When you can, stock up – and don’t be a weenie about it. All stores offer what they call “loss leaders,” which are items they actually lose money on in order to entice you into the store. If there’s a staple, like rice or pasta, on for half price, don’t just buy a few bags – buy a few cases. And don’t miss daily markdowns – items that are getting a little old but still perfectly good to eat.

Credit Cards

It goes without saying that you should pay down your highest-interest cards first. If you can, you might also consider getting a loan to consolidate your credit card debt at a lower rate. If you do this, though, get rid of the cards – it’s too easy to charge them up again.


The word on change is, don’t spend it. When you get change back, put the coins in a jar and count them up at the end of the month. You won’t even have missed not using them, and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve saved.
These three suggestions are bound to save you money – at least $100 a month and maybe more. Start saving today!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hire a Buyer's Agent When Shopping Homes for Sale in Grand Junction Colorado

Are you shopping the homes for sale in Grand Junction, Colorado? When you find the kind of home you want are you hoping to be served and not sold? This is an interesting question, and it is one that the National Association of Realtors says you should consider.

Essentially, this nationally recognized group states that you should work with a qualified real estate professional no matter what, and that when you do it is likely that you won't be "sold" a home but rather have your needs and wishes will be well "served" by the professional realtor.

One specific kind of professional is a "buyer's agent", and this is definitely someone to work with when you are scouting around the different homes for sale in Grand Junction, Colorado. They are going to do a lot more than walk you through the purchasing process, and they can often steer you away from the homes for sale in Grand Junction, Colorado that don't fit your needs, and point you towards properties that are more suited to your established "wish list".

Just consider that a buyer's agent may have a long list of duties, but all of them have the same general goal - to ensure that the client (buyer) is dealt with ethically and honestly. What you can expect from an agent includes:
  • ·      They bring listings to your attention if they meet your specifications;
  • ·      They help you with the entire pre-qualification process to eliminate wasted time;
  • ·      They accompany you to viewings if you wish;
  • ·      They negotiate for you or help you with a negotiation strategy, and
  • ·      They offer experienced guidance throughout the entire process.

Ultimately, a buyer's agent is a good form of protection and a great resource when buying a house in Colorado.

Works Cited

National Association of Realtors. ABR vs. Buyer's Rep. REBAC.com. 2013. http://rebac.net/why_use_an_abr.cfm