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Oct 17

10 DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bags to Make For Your Little Monsters

A successful trick-or-treating excursion means you might not have to buy any candy until next, say, August. Make sure your kids can carry all their loot — and look Halloweentastic while doing it – with these 10 DIYs. And don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to get these done by the 31st!

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Oct 17

Selling Your Home in NJ

Selling your home in NJ


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Oct 17

Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!

Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!! | Simplifying The Market

That headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY!

In a recent article by CBS News, they explained that the number of existing home sales is shrinking, and Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:

“There should be 3 million homes on the market right now…Yet, there are only 1.9 million.”

And this situation will be affected greatly by recent natural disasters. Yun continued by saying:

“Before the hurricanes I would have predicted 1.35 million in new-home construction in 2018…I’ll have to scale that down now.”

NAR, in their August 2017 Realtors® Confidence Index, indicated that:

“Amid sustained job creation and sustained historically low mortgage rates, REALTORS® reported…that buyer demand is stronger compared to conditions one year ago… and that fifty percent of properties were on the market for less than one month when sold.”

The only challenge to today’s market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is only a 4.2-month supply of inventory, which is down from 4.5 months one year ago.

Bottom Line

With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Let’s get together and discuss the inventory levels in your neighborhood to determine your next steps.

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Oct 17

Dream Big: Celebrity Halloween Costumes We Love

Halloween is just around the corner and while some of you may have had your costume on lock since July, there are plenty of folks out there without a clue as to what to do. We’ve already rounded up some DIY costume ideas, TV inspired costume ideas, and pet costumes but sometimes you just need a some good old fashioned celebrity inspiration. With seemingly unlimited budget and resources, these celebs take their halloween costumes very seriously, so click through and dream big.

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Oct 17

A Spooky, Kooky Halloween-Ready Home

Name: Jennifer Perkins and husband Chris Boehk along with daughter Tallulah (five years old) and Baxter (three years old).
Location: Shady Hollow Neighborhood — Austin, Texas
Size: 2,900 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 1 year

We shared some of the great Halloween decor ideas we spotted in the home of Jennifer Perkins (crafter, business lady and really rad mom) earlier this month. As promised, we’re back with a bigger tour so you can see how all those great decor ideas fit in with Jennifer’s colorful everyday style. And though having a dynamically decorated home is a year-round affair for this fun family, Halloween is a special time of year because Jennifer is known for her huge family-friendly annual Halloween party.

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Oct 17

A Smartly-Styled Milwaukee Studio — House Call

Name: Jessica
Location: Eastside — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The basics: 3 months, rented —450 square feet

Jessica’s apartment looks much larger than its 450 square feet. Since hosting was a priority for her, and she didn’t want folks playing Apples to Apples on her bed, she decided to divide up her studio to carve out a specific spot for entertaining.

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Oct 17

This Pop-Up Store Lets You Customize Your Own Eames Chair

If you find yourself in Zurich or Amsterdam this fall, and happen to be a MCM fan, be sure to take advantage of Vitra‘s new pop-up shops that are all about the Eames Plastic Chair. These temporary showrooms are a playfully colorful design lovers dream, where visitors can customize their own chair, mixing and matching from the over 100,000 configuration options.

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Oct 17

Our Favorite Twists on Traditional Subway Tile

Subway tile: it’s classic, it’s versatile, it’s beautiful — and it’s everywhere. If you love the idea of a lean, minimal tile but the ubiquitousness of subway tile has you a little fatigued, take a look at these ten alternatives — fresh new options that have all the advantages of subway tile, but with a little dose of added personality.

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Oct 17

The Best Mouse Traps: Humane (& Not) — Annual Guide 2017

I’ve had my share of mousecapades and caught mice humanely and in grizzly ways (the worst are glue traps, though sometimes they become necessary). All are recorded here. However, I’ve always tried to start with humane mouse traps and had good luck. Here are my top picks gleaned from own experience. In addition, I’ve retained all the information from my old post, which had some really nice recommendations we felt were worth keeping on this eternal subject.

Newly Updated: 10.12.2017

With a new video and top picks: The Snap-E and The Plank, which is genius.

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Oct 17

A Perfectly Patterned Retro Spanish Home — House Tour

Name: Patricia, son and bunny (named Tim!)
Location: Valencia, Spain
Size: 1291 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Patricia’s favorite color is turquoise. She loves it so much she filled her home with it, and the hue works perfectly with the beautiful light coming from windows. She’s a creative woman in love with crafts, and she traded in a previous career for her real passion; she created Saladas, a beautiful jewelry store inspired by the Mediterranean way of living.

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