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Simple to Stunning: 50-Year-Old Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/16/17 6:45 AM

Simple to Stunning: 50-Year-Old Kitchen Makeover

Hellooo beautiful home! We are back in my favorite couple’s home this week! This time, we are looking at their kitchen. Kitchens can be an ominous makeover; they are expensive and when under renovation, you are limited on your meal options, being that you don’t have a kitchen to cook out of. But if you moved into this house and faced these 50-year-old knotty pine cabinets, linoleum flooring and old appliances, I think you, like this couple, would say, “It’s got to go!”. Unlike the previous Simple to Stunning examples I’ve shared, this one is a total overhaul BUT what a transformation it is! It is now a bright space filled with light. They opted for white cabinets, added in hard wood flooring and more efficient, new appliances!

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Topics: Renovate, renovation, Renovation Lending

The Piggy Bank: Money Smarts for All Ages

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/15/17 6:45 AM

The Piggy Bank: Money Smarts for All Ages

Let’s face it. As adults, even some of us have a hard time when it comes to making good financial decisions. I know for me, I didn’t start thinking of money as a resource until I was late into my teen years. There are various financial truths that everyone needs to understand and lucky for us, there is a program called “Money as You Grow” which is designed to educate our children. I’ll include a link at the end of the blog for you to check out but in the meantime, I thought I’d include these financial truths that, according to these folks, should be taught, by age range.

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Topics: Finances

Control Back to School Clutter

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/14/17 7:00 AM

Control Back to School Clutter

Every family feels different during those back to school days, some moms and dads are relieved to have more kid-free time to get things done around the home and others are sad to see them go back. No matter your feelings about this time of year, we can all agree that there is an adjustment period at the start of each school year. Of course, the kids having to wake up earlier is an adjustment, keeping up with packing lunches is an adjustment, all the papers coming home, the back packs, the shoes and jackets that pile up at the front door is an adjustment. But there is hope to free your entry way from all the clutter. No, don’t burn it. We found an article from All Parenting that gives some great back to school organization ideas including a very functional command center, there’s a link at the end of the article.

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Topics: organize, Cleaning, organization

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/11/17 6:30 PM

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Get Your Move On!

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/10/17 6:50 AM

Get Your Move On!

…I like to move it! Move it!...

…I like the way you move, I like the way you move…

…Moving on up. Moving on up, to the east side…

…There’s something in the way she moves…

…Workin' on our night moves…

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Topics: Home Buyer, Sellers, home buying, House Buying, Home Selling

Simple to Stunning: Multi-Functional Guestroom

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/9/17 7:15 AM

Simple to Stunning: Multi-Functional Guestroom

We are featuring another room transformation from one of my favorites! I can’t get enough of this couple and their ability to create a beautiful space out of something that looks so dated and common—without a total renovation overhaul! Just like I’ve said before, I think a big part of it for me is that their first house reminds me of so many that are on the market right now and I just sit back and think, “I wonder if I could pull off a flip of these homes.” Well, they did it! 

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Topics: Renovate, renovation, Renovation Lending

The Piggy Bank: Kids Books about Money

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/8/17 6:30 AM

The Piggy Bank: Kids Books about Money

Following games and movies, my kids love books most of all! Brody usually goes for the informative books—either about football or some sort of gross, creepy crawler. Emmy is more inclined to read something that involves a family and/or pet. Neither of them would be super stoked if I suggested, “today lets read a book about finances!” However, there are amazing children’s authors out there who have turned financial education into a fun read! 

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Topics: Finances, Money, Banking

Why Is My Landlord The Worst?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/7/17 6:35 AM

Why is my landlord the worst?

Who is your landlord? Is she the crazy cat lady in the apartment on the first floor? Is he a grumpy old man? Is it a jovial, young entrepreneur? Is it a management company? Or maybe you are thinking about becoming a landlord—after all real estate is a great investment. What kind of landlord do you want to be?

While the personality of a landlord, of course, affects their overall demeanor. Have you considered what it would be like to be a landlord? Think about it—if your phone rang constantly at every hour of the day; while you were at your day job, while you were on that first date, while you were on vacation… Trust us, you don’t simply sit back and wait for your tenants rent money to roll in; there is a lot of work and heartache involved. If you don’t trust us, just check out some of these previous landlord’s stories.

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Topics: Rent, Renting

Weekly Home Maintenance Needs

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/4/17 6:30 PM

Weekly Home Maintenance Needs

I’d say we all have the little stuff taken care of—when the garbage is full, we take it out. When the milk spills, we clean it up. Heck, we even know to dust and vacuum but there are home maintenance needs that are easily neglected and can lead to health concerns or costly maintenance down the road. Below are some commonly neglected areas that need weekly attention. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

So You Still Want to Sell?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/3/17 6:50 AM

So You Still Want to Sell?

Stop! Breathe in. Exhale – before you really begin to dig into the process that is selling your home, take a moment to consider how much of a hurry you are in to sell. Selling your home is a big deal – don’t rush it! No doubt, you are eager to get your home on the market, and depending on your situation, you could be desperate to get it out of your hands - but rushing in the beginning will usually only cause you setbacks and lengthen the process. 

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Topics: Home, Home Buyer, Sellers, Buying, homebuying, home buying, selling, House Buying, Home Selling

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