Category Archives: Lifestyle

Costume Shopping, Decorations, Can’t Wait For Halloween!!

Where can you get your Halloween fix? I put together a short list to get you started. Tell me what you’ve found and we’ll add to the list!

Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton

Flower Mound

Calloway’s

Aubrey Pumpkin Patch

Trick or Treat in Downtown Denton

The Parker House – for adults

Denton Day of the Dead

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Millennials, First Time Home Buyers And Buyer’s Remorse

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

I researched the topic til my eyes were red, swollen and felt like fire! I know it’s real; I know it’s terrifying; I know there are ways to minimize it.

Buyer’s remorse is a sickening topic to consider when the purchase is a home.  It’s not a pair of ill-fitting shoes or an ugly sofa to be returned or cast off and forgotten. I’m amazed to discover statistics are all over the board regarding – well, statistics!  But certain things jumped out at me.  Socio-economic status was deemed irrelevant.  The phenomena seems more prevalent among millennials (who want to diy, but often discover the scope of work is outside their skill set or the cost becomes prohibitive) and first time home buyers (who get swept away in their excitement).

The purchase of a home can easily overwhelm. So, what can you do? Identify each step before you tackle the process, break it down into bite size pieces, and make it manageable.  Part of my job is to help you focus on your requirements and goals. Needs first. Wants are a bonus and depend on your budget. A bit of thought and planning, some serious brainstorming, these things are not a waste of time. 

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It’s Wise To Sanitize

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I realize some of this may seem extreme, but if you’ve ever been locked up with flu A or B, Norovirus, pneumonia, or, any of a host of other just as miserable vermin, you understand that a bit of time spent sanitizing is well spent! I pulled this information from WEBMD, Good Housekeeping, Medical News Today, and similar sites. Nothing crazy or surprising found, just good reminders.

If you only have time for Cliff Notes – I remember having small children – here’s your quick take-away:

Anything that hands touch are germ collectors. Light switches, door handles, refrigerator handles, the thermostat, remote controls, stove knobs, and microwave buttons are all places where you can pick up and pass along bacteria. Same thing goes for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Keep anti-bacterial spray on hand and use as frequently as time allows!

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A Germ-Free Cell Phone (best done weekly – especially if you travel frequently or work in areas like schools, medical environments, anything high traffic.

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Why Pay More For a Premium Lot?

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When you build a new home there must be a lot for construction.  That’s basic.  How much does the lot cost?  I’ve heard buyers say their lot was included with the purchase of their home.  Nope. Not true.  Never, ever.  The cost may be minimal, but there is a cost.   Why would you pay more  – or less – for a specific lot?

1) The View – Water, city, mountain, park, golf course – these are a few examples of lot views that would command a premium price.   Is there a landfill, factory, or what would be considered a nuisance across the street?  No premium!

2) Traffic – A busy road behind or in front of your lot would decrease the value of your property.  The lot is cheaper.  Homes are usually more difficult to sell when built on a busy thoroughfare.  Sometimes builders offset the location by increasing the lot size as well as setting a lower price.

3) Proximity – Is your site near the park or pool?  The value of a lot so located depends upon your preferences.  Many people don’t want to live next to high traffic areas and a pool in summer is definitely high traffic in Texas.  Others are thrilled with the convenience.  Personal preference plays an important role in the home buying process.  In a neighborhood, proximity to the pool or park may or may not be considered valuable. Depends on the neighborhood involved.   Just remember the same feature you fall in love with may not be desirable to others when you put your home on the market in a few years. 

4) Convenience – This is not the same as proximity (meaning simply ‘near to’).  Proximity to a golf course or a lake, especially if the neighborhood was built specifically for the use of these amenities is a convenience and a lot located nearby would probably be considered premium, with the price adjusted accordingly.

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