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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/25/2019

You know the clichť, "Home is Where the Heart Is," well, every home can and should have a heart as well. The heart is the place where you and your family spend the most time together, make memories and grow. You might already have a special place in your home, established by activities you do together, but you might not. Here are some thoughtful ideas to help you find or create the heart of your home.

Your house, along with a bit of work from you too, should help bring your family together. The kids might have separate rooms, and there might be multiple floors, but there is always a place to spend time with each other, you simply have to find it. Think about the types of things you do with your family, or want to do, and how you can establish a central point in your home to help.

Family meals. You and your kids have busy lives and varying schedules, but everyone needs to eat right? Try putting a family mealtime in place to allow some time for you to enjoy each otherís company and communicate as a family. Maybe you can have a family breakfast each morning, or always have dinner at the table together and hear about everyone's day. If a daily get-together isn't possible, try a recurring weekend brunch or Sunday dinner where you all set aside the time to be together. 

Game night or movie night. If youíre not big on cooking or family meals donít work youíre your schedule, try implementing a weekly game or movie night. You can make snacks together, and all curl up on the couch. You can take turns selecting the movie and learn more about each otherís interests. Perhaps getting into a tv show as a family will help you all set aside an hour each week to do something everyone likes while getting in some good family time. A family game night at the table or in the backyard is another excellent way to be together. Are your kids into sports? Have a weekly family pick-up game. Are you great at cards? Teach your kids a new card game and let them teach you a new game the next week. Maybe youíre huge football fans and can make a pact to always watch the game together during the season. 

Your family members might all have different interests, but there is always some common ground you can find. Take some time, and maybe some input from your family, to figure out what that thing is and use it to help you develop your relationships for a long-lasting closeness and friendship with each other. 

Talk with your professional real estate agent about the home features that are important to securing continuous family time with your loved ones. They can help make sure your new home continues to support your family growth.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/18/2019

No matter the season keeping your home comfortable and cozy is vital to the quality of life you have at home. Having a desire to get out into the world and explore new activities, restaurants and friends is healthy for you, but so is wanting to spend time in your own home. Whether you just moved in or have been living in the house for a while, you should gain positive energy and feel rejuvenated in your home. There are many small things you can do to make your home the place you want to be to relax. Here are some first steps to get you started. 

Serene Colors

You can achieve warmth in your home using cool or warm tones. When making your paint selection find colors that make you feel relaxed and that pair well with each other. Having a striking shade in one room with little transition to the next can make places in your home uncomfortable. If you find yourself avoiding the room with the bright red or deep purple walls, try making a change to a warm neutral tone or cool blue-grey tone for a more relaxed vibe. 

Tactile Comfort

Add touches of tactile comfort to your rooms. For your living room or family, den considers investing in a comfy sofa or chair if you donít already have one. Uncomfortable furniture can prevent you from wanting to hang out in your own house. Select window treatments that add warm texture and interest to your windows while allowing natural light in. For any room, you want to use to watch a movie or read a book make sure you have plenty of cozy throw pillows and blankets to make you want to curl up on the couch and relax. For any rooms or areas, you want to use to be productive make sure you have a comfortable work chair and maybe grab an extra pillow for lumbar support. 

Environmental Control

Air conditioning is a huge part of home comfort. Ensuring you perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner is essential. You want to be able to maintain your interior temperatures to keep yourself fresh in summer and warm in winter. If your home is too hot, youíll find yourself avoiding it, if you canít keep yourself warm without bundling up too much you wonít enjoy comfort and productivity at home during winter months.

Whether itís a brand new home or has been your home for years, you should want to spend time at home, and it should positively affect your life, not negatively impact it. Taking steps to make your home comfortable for you is crucial. Start with little things like maintaining your homes cleanliness and lack of clutter and move on to adding additional touches of comfort with paint and textiles. With a few small changes and some routine maintenance, youíll find your best home.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/11/2019

Vacuum cleaners have been considered an excellent means for most people to clean up their house swiftly. With the increasing need for vacuum cleaners, designers have made incredible changes in the plans of the vacuumís built-in technology. Till now, there are primarily two kinds, corded and cordless designs. More people tend to substitute the cordless type in the home not only because of a reduced cost but because of the benefits of the cleaner in itself.

Very convenient and lightweight

With no dull imperceptible rod, the cordless vacuum cleaner is much more lightweight with little dimensions, simpler for you to take about and maintain. Using cordless, cable length need not confine you, and is more suitable for portable cleaning anywhere as well as lifting and cleaning up effortlessly.

Better reach

A corded vacuum could reach various places but may find it hard to wash out the walls or get to higher furniture. The cordless version, however, includes two extension tubes, allowing you to reach anywhere and suck small dust and allergens on stairs, upholstery, and crevices economically and efficiently. It's simple to lift to eliminate dirt or dust on the walls or the top of furniture.

Saves energy

Corded vacuums cannot operate without electricity. On the other hand, battery-powered vacuum cleaner will continue working without being fixed in a socket. Operating a cordless vacuum cleaner saves you energy and also offers mighty suction power with each use.

Not specifically for indoor use

A handheld vacuum cleaner may be used to clean the inside of automobiles thoroughly. However, a corded vacuum cleaner has restricted distance it can cover and is not simple to carry. Cordless vacuum is more portable than the usual corded with a detachable handheld, so you can pack this up and build it whenever you want. The vacuum cleaner can also be utilized in the car whenever you want.

The absence of cable clutter

The corded vacuum has a long cable that causes cleaning hassles and difficult to pack up. Cordless vac is more wall-mountable, simpler to store away and zero cable mess.

Amazing run-time

The cordless vacuum cleaner is battery powered, such that you can use it in a situation of is a power failure. With advanced technologies, the cordless handheld vacuum cleaner could sweep the entire house before a re-charging is needed. Most cordless vacuums use lithium-ion batteries which have an extended life, and that means you need not worry about it quitting halfway.

Whatever you desire, clean home or a more comfortable living surrounding, a cordless vacuum cleaner will be a smart option. Cordless vacuums have the edge over the corded vacuum cleaner. If you would like to try out a handheld vacuum cleaner, cordless vacuums will guarantee you a quick and thorough cleaning of the entire home.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/4/2019

Making the transition from being a renter to a home owner is a life changing experience -- one which brings both rewards and new responsibilities.

Although you'll no longer have a landlord (on speed dial) to handle things like yard maintenance, noisy neighbors, and appliance repairs, you'll enjoy the satisfaction of being in control of your own living space, your property, and your level of privacy. With few exceptions, if you choose to erect fences, plant privacy hedges, or build a screened-in back porch, that's your prerogative.

In the not-so-distant past, you may have felt as if your privacy was not as absolute as you might have preferred. Even though landlords and apartment managers are usually required by state law to give tenants 24 to 48 hours notice before entering the premises for an inspection or maintenance visit, some are not aware of their obligation. Unfortunately, there are also inconsiderate landlords who don't want to be bothered with things like advance notice requirements. That potential problem can be even more of an issue if the landlord happens to live downstairs or next door!

When you're a renter, landlords do generally have a right of entry, which, according to rental agreements, can be for repairs, alterations, improvements or "any reasonable purpose." If the end of your lease is approaching, your landlord may also appear at your door to show your rental unit to prospective tenants, real estate agents, appraisers, and others. Although many tenants do not encounter problems with landlords, the fact that they do have a right to access to your apartment, condo, or rented house is enough to make you feel uneasy!

The minute you become a homeowner, however, those uncomfortable privacy issues become a thing of the past. You no longer have to answer to a landlord, and -- unless there are restrictive zoning laws or Home Owner Association (HOA) rules -- you and your spouse are the ones who call the shots. While it's wise to be considerate of your neighbors and aware of local ordinances, you are free to own pets, throw parties, sleep on waterbeds, have long-term guests, and make changes to your house, your yard, and your property, as you see fit.

While pets are okay, farm animals may not be so acceptable! If your goal is to raise chickens, goats, or horses on your property, you might encounter some potential stumbling blocks. It does depend on a number of factors, such as whether you're in a rural area and if the land is agriculturally zoned. Your real estate agent, attorney, or town clerk would probably be the best sources of information when it comes to questions like that.

Generally speaking, however, property owners do have a lot of leeway on how they can use their property, as long as they observe local laws, be respectful of their neighbors, keep noise levels down to "a dull roar," and maintain a semblance of order in their front yard!





Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 5/28/2019

The right time to purchase a home varies from person to person. Meanwhile, buying a house is one of the biggest decisions an individual may make in his or her lifetime. As such, it is important to weigh your options closely to determine if now if the right time to buy a house.

There are several things you can do to get ready to pursue and buy your dream home. These include:

1. Make a Plan

Think about the steps you'll need to take to go from homebuyer to homeowner. Then, you can craft a plan to put these steps into action.

Also, it often helps to create a list of homebuying criteria. This list will help you narrow your home search and speed up the process of finding your ideal residence.

You should stay flexible as you conduct your home search too. The housing market fluctuates constantly, and if you maintain flexibility, you'll be ready to adjust your homebuying strategy as needed.

2. Get Home Financing

It usually is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you have a mortgage in hand, you'll know exactly how much you can spend on a home.

Banks and credit unions are available to teach you about all of your mortgage options. Thus, meeting with these financial institutions will enable you to learn about different types of home financing and make an informed mortgage selection.

Of course, you should not hesitate to ask home financing questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who are happy to respond to your queries. Therefore, if you are unsure about which mortgage option is right for you, these mortgage specialists can help you evaluate all of your options.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent offers expert guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she will help you find your dream home and submit a competitive offer to purchase it. Plus, a real estate agent will negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf, help you prepare for a home closing and much more.

In addition, a real estate agent can provide plenty of support during your house search. He or she first will help you craft an effective homebuying strategy and search for properties that meet your criteria. Next, a real estate agent will set up house showings and keep you informed about open house events in your preferred cities and towns. And if a seller accepts your offer to purchase his or her home, a real estate agent will help you set up a property inspection and finalize your house purchase.

For those who are ready to purchase a home, it helps to be prepared. If you take advantage of the aforementioned tips, you can enter the real estate market as an informed property buyer. As a result, you may be better equipped than other homebuyers to enjoy a quick, successful property buying experience.




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