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Home Buying Goals? 4 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You from Prep to Purchase

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you're on the hunt for a new home in the new year, start acting on your new year resolutions now to prep for one of the biggest purchases of your life! We have put together some top tips if your goal for 2019 is to become a homeowner.
 

  1. Pinch Those Pennies
    Saving for a down payment on a new home is one of the most important parts of the homebuying process. It’s important to plan out your savings now if your goal is to purchase a new home in the future. The median sales price of a home in the U.S. is now $235,000 – you may need at least 20 percent as a down payment or close to $50,000.
  2. Check Your Credit
    Make sure there are no surprises on your credit report. One of the first things your mortgage lender will do is check your credit to determine your debt-to-income ratio to determine how much of a mortgage loan you qualify for. According to credit-rating company Equifax, a score of 690 or higher is considered “good.” If your credit needs clean-up, start working on it now so that your score is up to par before you start the pre-qualification process.
  3. Lock in Your Pre-Approval
    Sitting down with a mortgage lender now can save you time later. Securing pre-approval on a mortgage will usually lock in an interest rate for 90 days and allow you to focus on homes that are in your price range. 
  4. Hold Off Hefty Purchases
    Curb any shopping sprees you may have planned. Big purchases like a new car or a family vacation before buying a house can affect your debt-to-income ratio and can affect how much money a lender is willing to lend to you.

Working with the right real estate agent who has experience in your local area can make all the difference. 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.

Just Listed! 1148 Acoustic Street, Henderson

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

1148 Acoustic StreetAwesome greatroom style 1 story home with pool and spa. Three car garage with cabinet storage. Vaulted ceilings throughout. Large lot. Newer HVAC. Shutters throughout. Great landscape. Covered patio and extended paver patio. Fresh Interior and Exterior paint.

 

 

 

Pool and spa have been re-plastered. There is a spill over waterfall and cool decking patio. Very clean. Kitchen offers breakfast bar, pantry, dining area and door to the patio. Three door refrigerator. Two sheds. Tile flooring.

1148 Acoustic StreetLarge master with walk-in closet and window seat. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms. Mountain views. Newer water heater. Great natural light. Great for entertaining. Security screen door and security cameras. Near Heritage Park with aquatic center, parks and walking trails. Desert landscape and mature trees. 

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

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.

Fireplace Safety and Maintenance

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Ongoing & Preventative Maintenance

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Most of the following may sound like common sense, but it never hurts to have a checklist to run through each year just to make sure everything is in good, working order.

  • Have the chimney inspected by a certified inspector each year. Not all states have licensing requirements, but two 'certifications' that you can look for are "NFI Certified" and "CSIA Certified" when choosing an inspector or servicing company.
  • "How often should I have my chimney swept?"  That depends on how often you use it and what types of fuel you're burning. This is a great question and can be most accurately answered after having your chimney inspected. Click Here to read more about this very important issue.
     
  • Make sure that the chimney cap on top of the fireplace is secure and that there aren't any holes in the wire mesh. This mesh serves as a "spark arrestor" which prevents sparks or burning embers from reaching your or your neighbor's roof.
  • Confirm that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are the closest to the fireplace are in good, working condition. 
  • Closely inspect the bottom and sides of the firebox for any cracks in the mortar between firebricks on in the concrete if it's a smooth concrete floor. Special "fire rated" mortar, or "refractory grade" concrete is required for any repairs done inside the firebox.

Gas Burning Fireplaces

While simpler and cleaner than wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces have issues all of their own. It is highly recommended that you use only a licensed plumber in your state to make any actual repairs to your gas fireplace's supply system.

Below are a few items that would normally be inspected on a gas fireplace by a certified technician:

 

  • Adjust the millivolt output.
  • Clean and adjust the logs and/or embers.
  • Clean the fan and air circulation passages.
  • Clean any glass doors or panels.
  • Check the batteries in the carbon dioxide detector.
  • Ensure that the exhaust vents are unobstructed.
     

If you are going to use a fireplace, it is important that you take the time to properly maintain it. It can make a difference in your safety. 

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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Happy 1st Day of Winter

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Well, with the weather we've been having lately it hardly seems possible that winter is just now 'officially' getting here, but it's true!  Today, December 21st, marks the official 1st day of winter, technically the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. (And correspondingly, the longest day of the year if you're down in the southern hemisphere.)

The celestial 'winter solstice' has been celebrated by different cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Did you know that the 'solstice' itself can actually happen on different days? It's true! It can occur on December 20th, the 21st, the 22nd, or the 23rd depending upon the year.

I hope you've enjoyed this past fall and, as always, if I can be of any service with your real estate needs over the holidays please don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email.

Happy 1st day of winter!  And stay warm!

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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Just Listed! 1129 Aspen Cliff Drive, Henderson - $308,900

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Awesome home with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath plus a large loft. Shutters throughout the home. Spacious open floor plan with all tile flooring downstairs. Cobblestone courtyard entry offers a perfect space for entertaining and lots of shade. Large paver patio in the backyard.

 

 

 

Oversized master suite with walk-in closet and large master bath with linen closet. Granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. All of the black appliances stay with the home and include a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and built-in microwave. Extra storage in the kitchen pantry.  Access the backyard from the dining area. Ceiling fans throughout the home. The laundry room offers tile floors and front load washer and dryer with pedestal drawers. Fully landscaped, low maintenance yard. Two car garage with full length driveway for extra parking. Sprinklers in the home offer extra protection and reduced insurance rates.

Fantastic community parks. Located by the new Cadence Master Planned Community. Low HOA.  Tennis courts, playground, covered picnic area, basketball court, baseball field and walking trails. 

 

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

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 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.

 
 
 
 
 
Image Source: Amazon

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Think You’re Ready to Compost? Let’s Talk Dirty

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

 

As fall harvesting ramps up, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our gardening successes and failures as we look forward to boosting the backyard garden’s performance level next season. We have a gardening-pro secret, a magic soil solution to solve those production problems: composting-it’s ridiculously easy and equally rewarding. We have a list of everything you need to know to master the art of the compost pile.

The Perfect Compost Recipe
You may have heard compost buzzwords like “activator,” “aeration” or “carbon and nitrogen”-it can begin to sound like a complicated science project. Start your pile with three essential components: carbon-heavy elements, nitrogen-heavy elements and moisture.

  1. Carbon-heavy elements include wood, shredded cardboard and newspaper, sawdust, woodchips, straw, pine needles and shredded leaves.
  2. Nitrogen-heavy elements like coffee grounds and filters, food scraps, manure and grass clippings, ideally outweigh the carbon-heavy elements.
  3. The brown to green ratio should favor the brown or carbon components. Moisture is key; don’t forget to water the pile if the food scraps don’t provide enough moisture or rain to naturally keep it damp.

Subdue the Stink and Critters
Some homeowners never consider starting a compost pile for worry of the stink and the pests that it can attract. Fear not-if you avoid spoiling the pile with certain elements, there’s no reason to worry about the stench. Moisture is key-if it’s too high the pile can begin to stink, so water sparingly and increase aeration by adding more brown components to the mix. Avoid composting meat and bone scraps because dogs, raccoons, rodents and flies will see it as an invitation to dig through the scraps. Exclude diseased plants, both garden plants and weeds, from the mix to avoid poisoning future plants that will grow in the soil.

Turn Baby, Turn
Aeration is so important to the composting process. An occasional turn mixes thing up and keeps the soil decomposing. Turning is a task that can be done easier by investing in a compost bin with a turning handle or on the simpler side, you can hand-turn the pile with a shovel to mix it up while adding more dry or wet, brown or green and carbon or nitrogen components to the pile. Add it to the chore chart and let your kids take a turn-it will be educational and fun for them to watch the scraps that they’ve been adding to the bin break down into something brand new.

Composting is sure to be your easiest, and likely favorite, backyard experiment to date. If you’re looking for a new backyard to experiment in, head to http://www.winstonrealtygroup.com/  to get your home search started.

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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