There’s everyday clean, guest clean, and then there’s COVID-19 clean.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, literally, and focus on how to disinfect your home. To combat this virus, you’ll want your big guns: bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hot water.

https://www.houselogic.com/improve/how-to-disinfect-your-home/

HOMEBUYING SEASON APPEARS TO BE STARTING SOONER EACH YEAR

Is January the new April?

That’s what those who keep a sharp eye on real estate trends will be looking to see at the end of the first month of the roaring 20’s.

That’s because a year-over-year comparison saw a sharp uptick in January home shopping in 2019 when compared to 2018. Was it an outlier, a one-off, something that is indicative of nothing?

https://homeownershipmatters.realtor/issues/homebuying-season-appears-to-be-starting-sooner-each-year/

 

 

The Everything Guide to Selling Your First Home


Selling, a famous salesman once said, is essentially a transfer of feelings.

You love and cherish your home. You want the next owner to fall in love with it, too — through photos, through words, and through the experience of walking through your front door. But, perhaps most, you want to get the price you want.

This isn’t a small task. Selling a home requires work. It requires time. The journey isn’t always easy. There will be frustrations. But when you seal the deal and move on to your next chapter — wow, what a blissful, boss feeling.

Below, we preview and link to each step in your journey. We’ll discuss how to know what you want (and what your partner wants, if you’re selling together). How to understand the market, and ways to make a plan. And most importantly? How to create relationships with experts and trust them to help you get the job done.

https://www.houselogic.com/sell/how-to-sell-step-by-step/first-time-home-seller/?site_ref=spotlight

 

 

How to Declutter Your Home in 2020

 

Part of being successful at decluttering is being organized. Follow the steps below to keep yourself organized and focused while you’re on your mission to get rid of clutter – and keep it that way – in the new year.

Did you know… Because it gives you greater control of your life, more energy, and less stress, decluttering is one of the most popular New Year resolutions people tend to make!

https://goloadup.com/new-year-resolutions-decluttering/

 

8 Home Design Trends That We're Looking Forward to in 2020

Home remodeling site Houzz, a database where millions of professionals and homeowners go to share decorating ideas, recently pulled together a list of eight home design trends poised to make it big in 2020—and there are more than a few ideas we'd like to steal. Read on for a glimpse into your decorating future.

1. Anything but white kitchens

2. The return of the formal dining room

3. A bathroom with somewhere to sit

4. Tiled bathtub aprons

5. Fully wrapped powder rooms

6. Double vanities

7. Statement making laundry rooms

8. Wood range hoods

https://www.southernliving.com/home/decor/home-decor-trends-2020

 

 


The Biggest Changes Coming in 2020 Real Estate—and What Buyers and Sellers Need to Do

Ten years ago, many homeowners were desperately hoping to hang on to their homes. Others were doing everything they could just to scare up potential buyers. Meanwhile, said buyers were struggling to get financing from newly skittish lenders. Ah, memories. What a difference a decade makes!

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/biggest-changes-coming-in-2020-real-estate-and-tips-for-buyers-and-sellers/

Thank you to the Patriotic Americans who gave us the precious gift of their time Saturday 12/14/2019 to place wreaths on the graves of our hero’s at Arlington National Cemetery. We were truly inspired!

38,000 people participated to lay 254,000 wreaths

4 things I learned from reading ‘Your Money or Your Life’ that everyone can do


This book isn’t about making us feel bad for all the ways we’re financially sabotaging our lives; it’s about getting us to daydream about the bigger picture in a world with few “job charmings.” By forcing us to question whether everything is worth it — our jobs, what we buy and how we spend our time — the authors are trying to help us live with enough to maximize our happiness.

……….” They even put a twist in the way they define frugality. “Waste lies not in the number of possessions but in the failure to enjoy them,” they write. “Your success at being frugal is measured not by your penny-pinching but by your degree of enjoyment of the material world.” Which, yeah, sounds lovely.”

https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/lessons-learned-your-money-or-your-life-book/

 

My Open Houses

 

www.1stclassproperties.com

For the homes/neighborhoods/ price points scheduled each week.

 

 

We have 9 new Realtors for the start of 2020.  Stop by and meet them…

 

Jemimah Chuks            Laverne Eberhart

Johnetta Worthy          Matt McKenzie

Kimberly Page             SerMae Scindian

Latoya Wright             Ryan Hunsucker

Joanne Wingrove

 

These 10 Renovation Trends Will Be Popular in 2020

When you own a home, it never seems to be quite finished. In the quest to make it as comfortable, functional, and up to date as possible, there's always something to be repaired, replaced, or improved. If you're busy dreaming up new projects for the new year,……………. 2020 Home Renovation Trends

  • Surfaces will stay in Spotlight
  • Home Wellness is on the rise
  • Saving Money is the Focus
  • Paint make everything Prettier
https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/these-10-renovation-trends-will-be-popular-in-2020-53194#small-budget-home-trends-in-2020

 

 

The First 15 Things You Need to Do to Declutter Your Entire Life

 

It’s no secret that a home in disarray creates a less-than-ideal living environment.

The task of decluttering your closets (and therefore minimizing your wardrobe) can feel overwhelming, but taking time to create a peaceful, enjoyable living space improves more than just your aesthetic—it could also improve your overall sense of well-being. Not only is clutter linked to overall life dissatisfaction, but a disorganized household can also induce a cortisol response, negatively impacting mental and physical health.

But where’s the best place to start? Have no fear: We’re here with a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to decluttering your life and improving your sense of well-being—one section at a time.

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/declutter-your-life-268462

 

 

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.

As a professor of behavioral addiction, I know how easy people can fall into bad habits and why on trying to give up those habits it is easy to relapse. Resolutions usually come in the form of lifestyle changes and changing behavior that has become routine and habitual (even if they are not problematic) can be hard to do.

For some people, it takes something radical for them to change their ways. It took a medical diagnosis to make me give up alcohol and caffeine and it took pregnancy for my partner to give up smoking.

To change your day-to-day behavior, you also have to change your thinking. But there are tried and tested ways that can help people stick to their resolutions

1. Be realistic.

2. Do one thing at a time.

3. Be SMART

4. Tell someone your resolution

5. Change your behavior with others.

6. Don’t Limit Yourself

https://www.iflscience.com/brain/psychology-new-year-s-resolutions/

 

 



These mortgages and loans pay for home renovations

Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Loan

One of the best-known loans for home improvements, Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation loan, allows borrowers to either buy a place that needs repairs or refinance their existing home loan to pay for improvements.

https://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/mortgages-pay-home-renovations-1.aspx

 35 Real Estate Facts That Will Blow Your Freaking Mind

https://retipster.com/35-real-estate-facts/


10 Daring Interior Design Trends You'll See Everywhere in 2019

We consulted with dozens of design experts from coast to coast to unveil the biggest decor trends we'll see in 2019. Some have been subtly sneaking into our homes for a while, ready to take center stage. Others are taken straight from the runways in Paris and New York—big, bold, and primed to be integrated in small doses into our spaces.Highest

These decor ideas promise to do just that. Striking and memorable—with a bombshell or two in the mix—these top trends are a great place to start your redesign wish list.

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/2019-hottest-interior-design-trends/Appreciating 


Buying a short-sale house: A guide to the process

When a lender agrees to accept a mortgage payoff amount less than what is owed in order to facilitate a sale of the property by a financially distressed owner, it’s called a short sale. The lender forgives the remaining balance of the loan. Buying a home through a short sale is different from buying a property at a foreclosure auction, or one that is actually owned by the bank, known as an REO, or real-estate owned property.

https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/short-sale/

Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

So, how does the traditional process of buying a home jive with this technologically savvy generation that is used to relying on data derived from computers? More importantly, how do you know when you're ready to buy, and how do you know what to buy? There's no right or wrong way to answer any of these questions, and how you move toward homeownership is based on a variety of factors, both deeply personal and connected to the real estate industry overall.

Here are five important things to consider and questions this generation can ask themselves to figure it out:

  • Money matters.
  • How long you plan to live there.
  • Timing.
  • The online marketplace.
  • Expert advice.

The joy derived from homeownership has a price that is worth more than a simple mathematical, scientific analysis. Though this decision must make financial sense, there is without a doubt a happiness factor that comes from owning a home that one cannot put a price on. From their growing representation in the homebuyer market, millennials want a piece of this American dream as well.

https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/are-you-ready-to-buy-your-first-home?int=undefined-rec


First Class Properties Home Solutions April 27, 2019

10:00 thru 12:00

Mortgage Consultants, Landscaping ideas, Flag Etiquette, Decluttering and Staging your home…..just to mention some of information available to you!




Why Paying Down Debt Faster is Not Always Better

Now on its face, I have nothing against being debt-free or paying down debt, especially if it is credit card debt. Being debt-free can be psychologically satisfying and allows individuals sleep better at night. What I do take issue with is focusing on debt reduction at the expense of everything else, like savings and investing. In my mind, financial well-being (goal achievement) is more about asset collection, creation, and growth.

https://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/affinity-wealth-debt/

The 20 best (and real) work-from-home jobs

https://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/10-best-and-real-work-at-home-jobs-1.aspx

 

Mortgage Terms Explained, From ARMs to Points

Mortgage terms are like most industry terms: confusing as heck if you're not in the biz. If you are like most Americans, you'll need to get a home loan—also known as a mortgage—when you want to buy a home. Paying for a home is a bit more complicated than slapping down a credit card or a pile of cash. OK, a lot more complicated. But that's why we're here—to guide you through those murky financial waters!

https://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/decoding-the-listings-mortgages-explained/

In MARCH…………March 10, 2019 (12-3)

72 Black Oak Drive, Felton ……$270,000

202 Lake Cove Lane, Felton …….$325,000

178 Rockwood Drive, Felton……..$285,000

10321 Greentop Rd, Lincoln……..$298,000

659 Sedgewick Drive, Magnolia….$

My Open Houses

 

In April…………….. Spring in Delaware

As the bright colors of the spring season bloom across Delaware’s stunning scenery, embark on a rejuvenating getaway to gorgeous gardens, fun outdoor adventures and exciting festivals

https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/seasons/spring/

 

 

Common Plumbing Challenges in Old Buildings

 

Behind the walls, the infrastructure (e.g., plumbing and electrical) gets difficult to maintain and must eventually be replaced. If you’re planning to buy or live in an older building, you need to be prepared for some or all of the following plumbing challenges.

  • Aging, Corroded Pipes
  • Sewer Problems
  • Piecemeal or Inadequate Repairs

Older plumbing should not necessarily dissuade you from buying an older home. It just pays to be aware of the potential challenges so you can be prepared to deal with them if and when they arise.

https://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/budget-rooter-old-building-challenges/

35 Real Estate Facts That Will Blow Your Freaking Mind

https://retipster.com/35-real-estate-facts/

 

Delaware high school students test their cooking, management skills

 

Caesar Rodney High School won first place for the culinary competition, and St. George’s Vocational-Technical School won first place in the management competition.

  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (drained)
  • 1 (6 1/2-ounce) can lump crabmeat, undrained
  • 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 12 shucked oysters
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

  • Fresh minced chives (optional)

Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir gently. 

 

· Pl   Place bread in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine breadcrumbs and butter in a small bowl.

· AaArrange Oysters on a broiler pan. Spoon about 1 tablespoon crab mixture over each oyster; sprinkle each with about 1 teaspoon breadcrumb mixture. Broil 7 minutes or until tops are browned and oysters are done. Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with chives, if desired.

 


“Owners make up 60.7% of housing units. 32.2% of the housing units are occupied by renters.” They house singles, retirees, young couples, and families from many cultures and backgrounds. Some are locals and some are transplants. Many 55+ communities are new to this area and really speak to the need for us to redefine our “neighborly” obligations.

The 7 steps to obtaining a mortgage for your dream home

Deciding to buy a house is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do. After all, there's nothing like being able to sit back and relax in your very own living space.

ü Get your financial and personal information in order.

ü Find a realtor with whom you feel comfortable.

ü Get pre-qualified, and then pre-approved, for a mortgage loan.

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/sponsor-story/artisans-bank/2019/01/22/7-steps-obtaining-mortgage-your-dream-home/2585261002/?mvt=i&mvn=c5c5ce96fe674f3ba24bf536048cc685&mvp=NA-GANNLOCASITEMANA-11238693&mvl=Size-2x3+%5BDigital+Front+Redesign+Tile%5D

90 Ideas in 90 Minutes – 2019

https://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/90in90-2019/

 

What the new House bill to expand Social Security could mean for you

 

“We have a deficit in Social Security, and it’s a pretty simple program: It brings in money through payroll taxes, and then it pays out benefits,” Munnell says. “So you have the choice, raising taxes to pay promised benefits or reducing promised benefits to come down to the level of current taxes. What this bill does, it says, ‘Let’s keep the benefits that we have on the book. Let’s enhance them a little. Let’s raise the money to pay for them.'”

https://www.bankrate.com/retirement/new-social-security-bill/

 

Help Wanted: The Skills Employers are Looking For

 

Companies have fewer people on staff, and they are doing more things. They expect the individuals they hire to meet challenges. When they encounter a problem on a line, are they going to shut the line down, or are they going to go a step further and ask, ‘Why did this happen, and what can I do to fix it?’”

https://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/stuff-help-wanted/

 

2019 HOME DESIGN TRENDS: 10 THAT ARE HOT AND 10 THAT ARE DEFINITELY NOT!

 

  • Nautical motifs - Seashells, sailor’s rope and (especially) anchors, should be cast away.
  • Edison light bulbs - This design shines for a while but it’s burned out now.
  • Tufted headboards - They were once “glam” but now design “spam.”
  • Tuscan kitchens - They were everywhere in the early 2000’s, but it’s time to say Arrivederci!
  • Damask - Once hot for wallpaper and curtains, but it now looks extremely dated.
  • Matching window valances - It’s no longer cool to have curtains, valances and furniture that matches.
  • Mason jar mania - Put a lid on it and bring on the hand-crafted vases instead.
  • Wicker furniture - It’s so 80’s and 90’s. Time for a bright sofa instead.
  • Hollywood mirror lights - The popularity of these bright lights have dimmed.
  • Vertical blinds - RIP to this annoying relic. Invest is

https://brick.com/2019-home-design-trends-10-are-hot-and-10-are-definitely-not