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4 Holiday Decorating Styles to Sleigh Your Holidays

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

 

By Jenn Armbruster

Time to deck the halls! As your real estate agent, I will help you find a home that matches your life with your style and the same goes for holiday decorations. How would you describe your holiday decorating style? I’ve rounded up four styles that are sure to bring comfort and joy to you and yours this Christmas season.

White Christmas
The monochromatic aesthetic of a white, Christmas-themed holiday decor is sophisticated and elegant. To fend off the critics who think the style is too cold, add in some blankets, fluffy pillows and comfy rugs. Flocked trees, which are making a comeback, are a perfect complement to this style.

 

 

 

 

Traditional

If you’re more of a holiday purist, decorating with traditional Christmas decor helps bring the holidays home. The reds and greens of the season make a space feel warm and joyful. Traditional decorations are often timeless, so don’t feel guilty about splurging on pieces that you love to display year after year. Candles, bells, candy canes and garland are the classics that work well if this is your decorating style. Going traditional doesn’t mean you have to have a real tree — artificial trees are more cost-effective and (some would argue) don’t take anything away from the traditional Christmas spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic
You already brought the outdoors inside when you picked out a Christmas tree — so, go ahead — continue the theme and create a rustic Christmas wonderland. Texture is important to a rustic style — wood, wool and burlap offer a neutral palette to layer in natural elements. Feeling crafty? Try building this DIY advent tree.

 

 

 

 

Colorful
Time to get merry and bright. Colorful Christmas trees and decor bring whimsy and cheer to the holidays. You can stick with one color or go all out by mixing color schemes together. And what about a rainbow Christmas tree? This decorating style has no rules – it’s all about having fun.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Cuddle Up and Get Cozy: 10 of the Most Fab Winter Must-Haves!

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

 

By Lexi Rhein

It seems everything Oprah touches turns to gold-personalities who appear on her show go on to become superstars and book authors become overnight best-sellers. Lucky audience members are stunned to learn they nabbed seats and 15-minutes of fame on a surprise episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things that airs every November. If you’re anything like me, you love a good list of favorites. So, in the spirit of all things cuddly and cozy, here are my top-10 winter must-haves:

Foot-warming hedgehog

This item needs no description because…just look at it! Awww, a foot-warming hedgehog? Sign me up.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Ultimate Slanket

We love the Ultimate Slanket, it’s your guilty pleasure Snuggie-style blanket. Versatile enough to move with you during your Netflix binges.

 

 

 

 

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Chunky Knit Blanket

This Instagram phenom is sure to catch the attention of your followers, while also providing the ultimate cuddle zone. Win-win in my cozy book.

 
 
 
 
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The Soup Bible

What is better on a cold day than some warm soup? A soup guide gives you over 200 options of all the soup your heart could desire, of course!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pammy Panda USB-Wired Handwarmers

Stay cute and warm with these cute little panda handwarmers that keep you in style and snuggled-up during those colder days in the office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Huggaroo Microwaveable Heated Neck Pad

Take the stress right out of your life, if only for a short time-don’t think, just buy! This neck warmer relaxes you and offers a relaxing smell of lavender aromatherapy.

 

 

 

 

Image Source: Amazon

 

The Mat Walk

A bathmat with slippers built right in? What?! Walk with cushion comfort without slipping while wiping up a wet floor AND keeping your feet warm? All post-shower? Perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

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Plush, Heated Fleece Sherpa

Extremely soft and heated blanket equals the dynamic duo of the winter snuggles.

 

 

 

 

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Dark Brown Hot Cookie Coaster and USB Mug Warmer

I found the cutest way to desk drink your hot cocoa or tea at the office, while keeping your mug toasty warm. This bad-boy keeps your winter drinks hot and your holiday spirits high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mae Fuzzy One-Strap Slipper

These fluffy angels will keep your toes warm and looking luxurious all at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Creating Holiday Traditions, One Room at a Time

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Whether you are a new homeowner, or are celebrating another holiday season in your well-loved home, your living spaces can be integral in making memories with family and friends. Time to put some holiday music on, gather up the kids and start creating these holiday traditions now, one room at a time.

Kitchen
With so much delicious food to make and bake during the holiday season, your kitchen is an easy place to begin creating holiday traditions. Baking cookies, frying latkes or building gingerbread houses (complete with a RE/MAX sign!) are activities in which the whole family can participate. You can go one step further and take your cooking skills to a local soup kitchen to support your community during this season of giving.

Living Room
Often the center of the home, your living room-is where the hustle and bustle of the holidays melts away. Kick back with a holiday movie, start a fire and decorate the Christmas tree as a family in matching holiday sweaters, no less! Light the menorah or host a New Year’s Eve party. The holidays can be stressful-use your home as a sanctuary to focus and reflect on what this time of year means to you.

Outdoors
When you think of holiday traditions outside, colorful lights and an inflatable Santa come to mind. But don’t dismiss other low-stress outdoor activities like sparklers in the snow, sky lanterns or caroling. If you can handle the cold, or live in a temperate climate, plan a get-together around an outdoor fire (complete with a yule log) on the Winter Solstice.

I can help you find a home that matches your life and style. Are you ready to start making traditions in a home of your own? Contact me today. 

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Cold-Hardy Plants Add Color to Winter Gardens; Fresh Produce to Dinner Tables

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

As fall arrives, leaves turn and colder temperatures set in, the bounty of bright colors in your spring and summer gardens have faded. Garden beds that popped with colors of purple, pink, orange and yellow flowers and seasonal fruits and veggies. Now the beds are covered in mulch, winterized for the approaching cold season.

Wait! Just because the typical gardening season winds down doesn’t mean you still can’t mix things up in the backyard. Visit your local nursery or garden store to shop around for regional cold-hardy plants that catch the eye with color! Here are a few seasonal favorites to try for winter.

Kale and Chard

Kale and chard plants aren’t only tasty, but quite beautiful with shades of green and reds – and bonus, they are awesome for you! Look for varieties that feature purple coloration for even more of a pop! Kale continues to grow until the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Some gardeners argue that the leaves are crisp and taste even better with a touch of frost!

Hosta

The great thing about hosta is that they require little attention and are available in a wide variety of colors. Just a few of the varieties include ‘blue angel’, ‘big daddy’, ‘halcyon’, and ‘Gold Standard’. Though they bloom in the summer, their brightly colored leaves remain vivid during the winter months. While they are low-maintenance, hostas prefer lots of water with well-drained soil. As for sunlight, hostas prefer full-sun, but can tolerate shadier locations.

Camellias

If you’re on the hunt for a beautiful plant that can survive just about any cold condition, search no further because camellias are your flower. In northern climates, camellias bloom in October and can continue through December. Their white, pink or red petals bloom in a variety of different ways, making them quite a unique addition to your garden. This versatile flower can be trained to grow into a shrub or into more of a tree-like shape. Preferring acidic, well-drained soil, these winter beauties do best in a semi-shaded area.

Pansies

For some lower-growing color, consider pansies! Blooming year-round, pansies come in just about every color imaginable and can be arranged to create colorful groundcover art. Pansies prefer moist, well-drained soil and thrive in colder temperatures. Farmer’s Alamanac mentions that the reason pansies die is because they aren’t being watered enough, so shower them with plenty of love and attention and they’ll return the favor in the form of a colorful winter display!

Holly

Holly brings up thoughts of Christmas trees and mistletoe for its bright red color that it can add to your garden in the winter. It’s especially eye-catching after a recent snowfall. Holly bushes prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soil and do best in full sun. With that said, holly is a pretty tough plant that can be ignored for a bit and can flourish in less-than-perfect conditions.

Brussel Sprouts

You’re in for a treat if you’ve never seen a Brussel sprout plant growing. It looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie! Not to mention, you’ll have a terribly-tasty vegetable to enjoy all spring long. Brussel sprouts wrapped in bacon, anyone?

Crocus

You may recognize the crocus as one of the first signs of spring after a long winter. These purple, yellow and white bulbs prefer full sun or partial shade and appear in late winter or early spring. For all you foodies out there, consider planting Crocus sativus, or autumn crocus-it’s a crocus variety that produces saffron!

Tips for Winter Gardening Success

Keep in mind that while you can daydream of an amazing winter garden all you want, when it comes to successfully growing one, you want to make sure you’re choosing plants suitable to your USDA growing zone. Depending on your area’s local climate and temperature, some winter plants may not grow as well as others.

To help your winter garden reach its full potential, protect your plants from getting hit with winter’s worst. Make sure you’re diligent about weedingapplying lots of mulch and keeping an eye out for pests. Taking advantage of row covers, portable cold frames and covering crops when the frost rolls in is a good idea too. Visit the RE/MAX blog for more tips on house, home and garden this winter season.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

September 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report: 3 Things to Know

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

The September 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report shows home sales took a 12% tumble while prices remain at record levels.

“The big drop in September closings catches your attention. The market is clearly rebalancing as buyers and sellers continue to process the increasing interest rate environment and what that means to them,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The slower drop in inventory – a visible trend for nearly half a year – further illustrates the ongoing shift toward market equilibrium, and that’s healthy in the long-term.”

To access the housing report infographic, visit: https://rem.ax/2phKHWT.

  1. Home Sales
    The report showed trends of fewer closings and stabilizing inventory that continued through September, punctuated by a surprisingly big 11.6% year-over-year drop in home sales.
  2. Record Prices
    September 2018 posted a Median Sales Price of $241,000 that marked the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases – the price is also the highest September price in the 10-year history of the report. Home prices rose by 5.6% over September 2017, more than twice the year-over-year price increase of 2.3% from September 2016 to September 2017. That reversed a trend seen in the previous three months, when year-over-year price increases trailed 2017’s rate of growth.
  3. Low Inventory
    The number of homes for sale in September 2018 was down 1.0% from August 2018 and down 4.7% from September 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in September, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 3.7 from 3.0 in August 2018, and increased compared to September 2017 at 3.6.

“It’s a little surprising to see prices staying so strong, but it’s hardly shocking in such a tight market,” added Contos. “The headwinds of rising prices and interest rates amid already tight inventory levels have been crimping affordability and slowing sales for most of the year, but it varies by geography. In circumstances like these, where the market is tricky to navigate, both buyers and sellers can benefit by aligning themselves with a professional agent – a local expert who can cut through the noise and advocate on their behalf.”

To access the housing report infographic, visithttps://rem.ax/2phKHWT

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

4 Ways to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Fall

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Is there anything cozier than snuggling up beside the fireplace in fall? With the whisper of cool fall air coming soon, staying inside and watching the crackle of the fire in your favorite comfy spot is the probably something you have been thinking about. The thought of fresh pumpkin spice everything, warm apple pies and a fuzzy blanket to curl up in is enough to get the firewood ready right now!

Before you start sipping on the cider, get your fireplace ready for fall with these four unique ideas from RE/MAX.

  1. Add fire to your fireplace
    Get creative! You can go as simple as a candle sitting on the mantel – to different sized candles in glass containers at different heights. The sparkle and the yummy scents will bring dimension, style and great smells to the room and help your fireplace feel like the epicenter of all things fall. Pro tip: try the Brown Sugar Chestnut Candle to get your house smelling extra nice for the season.
  2. Signs are in!
    You can’t go into a store today without seeing a customizable sign. Take a simple frame with slots for letters and spell out your favorite quote. Or, go a little deeper and get a chalk style board, adding your personal touch with handwriting and design. Add a family saying, your favorite verse from the song you can’t stop singing, or just a word of encouragement will lighten up the mantel and bring smiles all around.
  3. Fall Flowers
    Dress up your mantel with festive fall flowers. From the dollar store to a ritzy florist, you can find the orange, yellow and rustic brown hues you desire. Grab an old mason jar as a vase and start putting together the fall colored flower arrangement that is sure to grab any guest’s attention. Pro tip: string together some fake leaves and wrap them around the edge of the mantel to pull together the entire look!
  4. Pumpkins, everywhere!
    No fall mantel would be complete without a traditional pumpkin or 12 sitting strategically across the top. With fake fruit or real, the traditional look of a few beautiful orange pumpkins on the mantel captures the epitome of fall. Aside from pumpkins, is the idea of switching out the ordinary for a different, yet equally seasonal move. Change out the pumpkins for apples! A subtle switch can give your mantel the envy of neighbors.

Looking for more fireplace fun? Check out this blog on how to keep your beautiful fireplace safe this fall!

If you are in the market for a house that comes with the perfect fireplace to curl up next too, you’ve come to the right place – reach out to us at Winston Realty Group because we will only recommend what’s right for you.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Price Reduced - 1413 Goldenspur Lane, Las Vegas - Offered at $359,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Great home in Ascot Park/Peccole Ranch. Vaulted ceilings and natural light throughout the home. Newer carpet and man-made wood floors. Above ground spa in the private backyard. Newer two-toned paint inside and outside.

 

 

Faux wood blinds. Three bedrooms and a den for extra space. Large 2nd bedroom with Jack & Jill bath. White kitchen cabinets. Newer appliances. Newer light fixtures. Newer faucets. The home is situated on a cul-de-sac street. Three-car garage.

 

 

Entertainment nook in master bedroom. The master bath offers dual vanities, shower and a bathtub. Private yard located next to 1-story homes. Fruit trees. Awesome community walking trails and shopping are nearby for your convenience.

To see more photos or find more information, visit here

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for All Your Real Estate Needs! For more information or to schedule a showing. Visit www.WinstonRealtyGroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you’ll be glad we’re Your Real Estate professionals!

 

New on the Market! 2773 Morning Meadow Court, Las Vegas

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Awesome 1 Story Model home. New carpet. Vaulted ceilings. 3-Car Garage that was finished by the builder with canned lights and drywall. The builder enclosed the eaves so there is no exposed wood to take care of. Open floorplan. Kitchen offers huge walk-in pantry, tiled flooring, island for additional storage, upgraded raised panel maple cabinets and refrigerator. French doors from the kitchen nook lead to the back patio.

 

 

A gas fireplace surrounded with a rock facade and new carpet complete the spacious family room. Pot shelves create a nice space for you to display your treasures. New carpet in the living room and nice architectural touches too. Many ceiling fans throughout the home. Three bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and all new carpet. Mirrored closet doors.

Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and pot shelf. Jetted soaking tub, double sinks, makeup table, private toilet and separate shower in the master bathroom. Laundry room with Washer and Dryer and maple cabinets. Private backyard with covered patio and mature trees. The front of the home has a covered porch as well. This home is surrounded by Mountain views, has natural grass with concrete curbing, mature shrubs plus a rose garden. 

For more information or to see more photos of the home, click here

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of you real estate needs! For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals. 

 

Take Good Care of Your Concrete Tile Roof

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you are a relatively new homeowner or just new to the area, it is important you educate yourself on the common issues that can arise within your home so that you can properly take care of them and avoid damage caused by neglect. One area of your home you need to make sure is properly maintained is your roof. Most roofs in our area are made of a ceramic tile. Ceramic tile roofs offer some nice benefits among them being the longevity of the roof but the roof can’t do it’s primary job if you don’t take good care of it.

Take a little time to understand the way your roof protects your home. The tiles on your roof are there to protect the roof felt and do little to repel water from your home. The roof felt is coated with a substance that repels water and is the primary barrier that keeps water out of your home. The barrier on the roof felt is easily broken down by regular exposure to ultraviolet rays and relies on the protection of your roof tiles to keep it functioning well.

While a damaged or missing roof tile likely is unlikely to cause an immediate leak, they should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible before the sun begins to break down the roof felt rendering the water repelling surface useless. Annual inspections of your roof will help you prolong its life. Another common part of your roof to cause issues is the flashing around any roof penetrations. This flashing is also broken down by sun exposure and will need to be refreshed periodically to keep it functioning.

When making repairs to your roof, don’t be tempted to use your handyman or do the work yourself. A licensed roofing contractor may cost slightly more but will save you money in the long run by eliminating repairs from damage cost by a leaking roof. Regular maintenance is part of the cost of owning a home and should be factored into your annual budget so that you can plan for it. Avoiding regular maintenance can cost you way more than spending the necessary money to take care of your home so factor maintenance into your budget before you buy a home and if there isn’t enough left for maintenance, consider purchasing a less expensive home that will free up the money you need to take care of your home carefully.

When you purchase a home, it is important to develop a list of professionals you can rely on for different issues. Friends and neighbors can offer great recommendations and any time you need a trusted home professional to call, let me know and I will share my recommendations with you.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for All Your Real Estate Needs! For more information or to schedule a showing. Visit www.WinstonRealtyGroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you’ll be glad we’re Your Real Estate professionals!

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Small and 'Micro' Home Gardening

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

 

Gardening may be fun, but can't I get the same quality and chemical-free vegetables and herbs in the organic section of my local grocery store?  You might think so, watch this eye-opening video about the difference between so-called 'organic' grocery store produce and produce available from a local farmer's market (which would in essence be what you would be growing in your own home garden.)

WHEN Should I Start?

It's almost June, is it too late to get started?  Absolutely not!  A really great resource about when to plant particular plants can be found here in the Farmer's Almanac. If you're considering an indoor micro garden you can pretty much get going any time of year.

HOW to Get Started Outdoor Gardening

If you're planning a small outdoor garden there are several key elements that you want to keep in mind.

First, and probably most important is deciding where to locate your garden so that it gets the proper amount of sunlight for the types of plants you're looking to grow.  Here are some helpful ideas on site selection. 
Location also will be impacted by how you plan to water your garden, as well as drainage. This online garden planning tool that can help you with both of those.

Second, decide what types of plants grow well in your geographic region or climate. Check with as many local plant and gardening stores as you can. They will know first-hand what will and will not grow well.

Third, plan on how you will irrigate your garden: by hand, drip hose, or sprinkler. There are many great options for available for drip irrigation systems.

Fourth, do you need to account for deer or other wildlife that may enjoy your garden's bounty as much as you plan on enjoying it? Deer-proof your garden with this list of 20 ways to keep deer away


Getting a 'Micro' Garden Started

If you want to start out small, micro-gardening is a great way to do just that. Lots of folks who like to do their own 'juicing' utilize indoor micro-gardening to grow all the ingredients that will go into their juicer.  To get started, here is a list of seven great plants that you can grow in a very small amount of space.

Have fun and happy growing!

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