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How To Throw A Great Suberbowl Party

While your team may not have made it to the final game, the Superbowl is the perfect excuse to bring together your family and friends for a day of fun. Whether the 49ers or the Chiefs win, you can throw a party that will be sure to win. Here are a few tips that will help you throw the best Superbowl party on the block.

Have great snacks

Having the best food is an easy way to guarantee your guests will have a great time. Consider making football-themed snacks or if you want to be a little more festive, try your hand at Latin food (maybe Cubanos!) to celebrate the game taking place in Miami, a place known for their love of Latin food!

Make themed drinks

While beer is definitely known as the drink of football, you can use this opportunity to create a themed beverage based on the team of your choice (or both!) that can be served both with and without alcohol, especially if kids will be around during the party.

Check your channels

Make sure before you begin any planning, you have the channel that will be playing the Superbowl this year!

Make your own games

Guests love to be engaged. Keep them involved by having everyone rate the commercials or take prop bets – like who will be MVP or if the halftime performer will get caught lip-synching!

Have fun!

Especially if you’re a fan of a team in the game, keep in mind that it is just a game! Enjoy the company of your loved ones and have fun!!

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MLK, Fair Housing Act & Real Estate

Many people aren’t aware of how much MLK JR affected the lives of real estate agents, buyers, and sellers in the United States.

It was his death that gave Congress the last push needed to pass the Fair Housing Act in 1968.

This was put in place to ban racial discrimination in housing. You can’t be refused the rental or purchase of a house, based upon your race.

As Realtor’s we are a big part of making sure this Act is followed.

Part of our responsibility is to make people aware that discrimination based upon race (and many other things) are not acceptable, and we must refuse to work with anyone who wants to do so.

I’m proud work with anyone regardless of their race, sex or religion who wants to buy a home and be a part of the American Dream…..

#equalopportunityrealtor #rirealestate #buytheamericamdream #ownmyownhome #fairhousingRhodeIsland #AthomewithdiversityRI #yourrealtorreena

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Staging Your Home To Create More Demand When Selling

🕯 How do you know if you should stage your home before selling? 🕯

Maybe you already know the drill – staging your home is essential to selling but how do you know if your home falls into the *needs staging department* and if it does, what rooms need it?

Here are 3 simple ways to get started..

1 – Ask yourself this question: if you could re-decorate any room in your home, which room would you choose? That is going to be a great starting point because if you think a room needs a bit of a refresh, chances are you’re going to want to make some changes to that space before you put your house on the market.

2 – Request my free guide that I just launched – “How to Create the Most Demand When Listing Your Home For Sale” where I walk you through my 4 part plan for getting more eyes and attention on your home when it hits the market (hint: staging is 1!)

3 – Schedule a consultation with me and I will walk through your home in person and offer suggestions as to what changes you should make for the biggest impact. I’m scheduling seller consultations for anyone thinking of selling in this year. It’s never too early to get started on preparation!

I like to say.. a successful seller is a prepared seller! Contact me today to schedule your consultation or to just begin discussing your options at 401-258-7772.

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Is now a good time to sell?

The message that popped up in my inbox said:

“Could you do a market evaluation on our house to see where we’re at? We’re trying to figure out if now is a good time to sell. We love the area but would love to have more storage and closet space in the near future.”

I love getting these messages from past clients because it’s my goal to continue to help them make smart real estate decisions. Whether they just had a baby and are looking for more space, want to get into a specific school district, or want a second home.. there’s always the question of “Is now a good time?” The answer however, always varies and is dependent on each client’s situation. Here are the factors I look at when helping determine for a new or past client if “now” is a good time for them to make a move.

  1. First, it’s important to understand their situation. When did they buy their current house? When are they looking to move by? What are their overall goals?
  2. Next, I’ll look at the market overall. How is the supply and demand (are we in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market in the price range where their home would fall)? What are current interest rates and where are they projected to go in the next 12 months? How could this impact waiting a year vs making a move now?
  3. Lastly, I will compare all of that to their house data and determine their current market value. Have they made updates to the home? What has changed in their neighborhood since they purchased the home. How much do they owe on it and all of those details.

After gathering all of that data, I will meet with them in person to go over the facts. This isn’t me giving them my opinion on whether or not it makes sense for them to move. It is me sharing the stats and going over the numbers to help them decide if now is a smart time to make a move or if they should stay put to gain a little more equity and wait for the market to even out a bit first (if that aligns with their goals). So the clear cut answer to “Is now a good time for me to sell?” is – it depends!

If you’ve been wondering this exact same thing, I can work my magic and get you some of your very own custom numbers so we can set you up with a plan that works best for you! Call today 401-258-7772

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5 Holiday Hacks for a more Peaceful Christmas Season

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It’s that most wonderful time of year– A time of celebrating peace, joy and love. It also tends to be chaotic, rushed and stressful. If you find yourself running in circles during the holidays, wondering when, or if, the peaceful moments will come, pay attention. I’ve got some tips to help you slow down and create more time for the traditions and people you love.

  1. Live by the list. Make your list and check it twice! It works for Santa, and it will work for you, too. Revise your to-do list, shopping list, household chore list, and work project lists daily and keep them with you at all times. Utilize reminders on your phone or computer to help you stay on task.
  2. Become a master delegator. Divide and conquer; you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family or co-workers involved in helping with holiday projects or errands. So what if the kids gift wrapping isn’t perfect or your colleagues ideas for the office party aren’t what you had in mind? Breathe deep and let it go.
  3. Team up. Want to sponsor a family in need, cook a holiday dinner for the local shelter, or host a neighborhood party? Make it an office or neighborhood project and let others share the burden, and reap the rewards, with you. You’ll find the experience more gratifying, and most likely your outreach will expand.
  4. Prioritize. Trying to figure out how to bake for the cookie exchange, take the kids ice skating, finish putting lights on the house, and get your shopping done all in one weekend? You may have to cut something off the list, or at least cut corners. Ask yourself which activities will contribute the most to your family’s holiday experience. Start with those, and what doesn’t get done won’t matter.
  5. Start with some me time. Don’t leave yourself out while playing Santa’s helper this season. Give yourself time to relax, meditate, take a bath, do some yoga, or go for a walk. Try this technique: Every morning when your rise and before you retire, sit down, close your eyes, and breath in this pattern for a minute or two: Inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, and exhale or a count of four. During the morning session, visualize an intention that you have for that day. In the evening session, give gratitude for all that you encountered during the day.
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6 Tips for House Hunting Over the Holidays

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Are you moving to a new town for work, losing your lease in January, or have your home under contract and need to move soon? You may be dreading the prospect of house hunting over the holidays, but, cheer up. There are some good reasons to get out there and look. Here are some reasons why, and some tips for finding the right home amid the holiday season.

  1. Remember that sellers who are showing their home over the holidays may also need to move soon and may therefore be more motivated to negotiate on price.
  2. There may be less inventory available, but I can help you find off market properties. Often homeowners take their listings down over the holidays, but I can use my Realtor network to communicate your needs to agents whose clients want to sell, but don’t want December showings. We may just find the perfect house with a seller willing to work with us.
  3. Be patient with homeowners willing to show their homes and make the most of your showing time. Try your best to be on time for your showing appointment and be free of distractions. Leave the kids with a sitter, and if you are buying with a spouse or partner, schedule showings when you both can attend together, so as not to waste anyone’s time.
  4. Look past holiday décor. Don’t be distracted by garland, lights, and trees. Make sure you take time to look past decorations to see every corner and fixture in the home.
  5. Do your homework before you go looking. Scrutinize pictures or video tours. I can help you research properties ahead of time to make sure we are not wasting time looking at homes that will not make work for you.
  6. Last but not least, give me a call! Whether you’re in my area or not, I can help you buy or sell no matter where you live. If it’s your first time buying a home, or if you’d just like to refresh your memory — email me or message me for a copy of my home buyer guide!
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Small Space Decor Hacks

Whether you’re starting to outgrow your home or you can’t stop buying new seasonal decor, here are some easy ideas for decorating small spaces!

Keep it simple – of course a Christmas tree is a must but maybe opt for something smaller. Then decorate with neutrals to make the space feel larger.

Create ambiance – candles are your best friend when it comes to making your space both festive and cozy. It’s an easy way to bring in Christmas colors that won’t feel overwhelming. Gold and silver would be great too.

Chunky linens for the win – Swap out your blankets for chunky knits and faux fur. Plaid flannel sheets are also a fun way to add some holiday cheer to the bedroom.

Festive framed artwork – Find some holiday prints on Etsy that you can have printed and swap out your current artwork for the season. It doesn’t take up any space and is so pretty!

Bring the outdoors in – Evergreen clippings, berries and birch logs make the perfect accent pieces for holiday decor and can be added to vases or shelves to save space!

#rirealtor #homedecorforholidays #smallspaceholidaydecor #kwagent #stagedtosellri #holidayhomesforsale #firsttimehomeowner #rirealestate #marealestate #festiveholidaydecor

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House Hunting Netflix Style

Do you like looking at houses online? Do you like Netflix? Keep reading!

Does the thought of digging through all of the Real Estate websites trying to find that perfect home make you feel a little overwhelmed? You don’t want to miss anything so you have your phone glued to your hand, constantly refreshing all the sites to make sure you see every house that hits the market!

Well friend, it doesn’t have to be that complicated! What if I told you that house hunting could be as easy as binge watching Netflix? And similar too? If you want to learn how you’re in luck because this month’s series is focused on House Hunting: Netflix Style! Request my free interactive guide – “House Hunting as Easy as Binge Watching Netflix” and go through my simple formula to help you narrow down your home search so you can go from overwhelmed to soon to be homeowner!

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👉🏼5 ESSENTIALS FOR A WELL DECORATED LIVING ROOM

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Do you want your living room to look like a page out of an interior design magazine? Here are 5 items you should incorporate to get the look:

A large area rug – this is the piece that pulls it all together! If you don’t want to splurge on a 9×12 rug, you could get a smaller size to layer over a neutral rug that isn’t quite as expensive.

Furniture that meshes but doesn’t match. So think of going to a large furniture store where they have the mock living room setups. Matching couch, love seat and chair to go with the end tables, coffee table and entertainment center that matches too. But to get that designer style, this isn’t what you want! Instead, try pairing a couch with a chair made of a different material. Or mismatched end tables that compliment each other but don’t match exactly. Mix it up!

Bring in the outdoors – Never underestimate the power of greenery in your living space. Even if it’s “faux” greenery, it will add a pop of color to your space. Try a faux olive tree and put it in a cute wicker, decorative basket.

Lots of accent lighting! Recessed lighting is nice but not to get that stylish look. You’ll want to pull in a variety of lamps and accent lighting. The arched floor lamps give a space a defining look if it works in your living room layout. Or try one standing lamp, some scones by the fireplace and a table lamp or two.

A focal point mirror. If you have a mantel or go to spot for a mirror, invest in a piece that fits the space perfectly. One of my favorites is the Gleaming Primrose Mirror from Anthropologie.

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4 Affordable Fall DIY Updates You Can Try This Weekend

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Fall weather is finally here and this is a great time to tackle some home projects before the holiday rush starts. Creating a fresh, modern look to your home can be done with a few simple weekend projects. Here are the 4 best DIY projects you can try this fall to spruce up the look of your home.
1. Create a Grand Entrance – Your front door is the first thing you guests see when they come by. This weekend, give your entrance a fresh look. Add a pop of color to your front door or porch with contemporary paint colors; sage, muted yellows and navy blues are trendy colors this year.
2. Replace Interior Doors – Pre-hung interior doors come in a wide variety of styles from traditional to modern. Instantly update the look of your room or home with new interior pre-hung doors.
3. Frame Bathroom Mirrors – Most tract homes come with basic mirrors over the sink. Spend some time removing the mirrors and add a modern, framed hung mirror instead to add elegance and a spa-like feel to any bathroom.
4. Wallpaper an Accent Wall – Wallpaper is back. Not only are there great options available with modern patterns, colors and textures, but new adhesive backing makes it easy to apply, straighten and remove.
Fall is a great time to make updates to your home with a little time this weekend. Small changes can make a big impact; a quick trip to the local home improvement store can provide great inspiration for a weekend fall project

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MY GOAL FOR ALL OF MY HOMEBUYERS

Whether you’re full of excitement and ready to buy your first home or you’re getting ready to pack up the one you have and find one that better suits your needs.. my goal is to help you find a space that makes you feel like you never want to leave. That’s why I love this Joanna Gaines book, Homebody. That’s exactly what it’s all about. When you own your own home, you can transform the space into something you love. Whether that’s cozy or eclectic, relaxing or perfect for entertaining – you can choose!

From the moment we sit down to talk about your Real Estate goals, you’ll notice that I want to know a lot about you. That’s because in order for me to help you find a new space that is perfect for your lifestyle, I need to know what that is! It’s more than the number of bedrooms or the size of the kitchen. It’s about the life you’re going to live there! When we have that figured out, you can relax knowing you’ll find a home that is the perfect match!

Now tell me, would you consider yourself a homebody and does the space you’re currently in have you feeling like you never want to leave?