Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Light Your Listing...but not with this

This is an unfortunate picture.  Unfortunate because I OWN THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!  I can't believe I am making this public, truly humiliating, but I am trying to prove a point.  If I were putting my home up for sale, this would be the first of many light fixtures to go! 

Lighting is an extremely prominent feature in a home. It can date (see above photo) or elevate a room to a new status instantly!  I am often surprised by how many clients comment on fixtures as they tour a home.  With gloom plaguing the skies, lighting your home is a especially important component of selling this time of year.

A few tips...
  •  When replacing a fixture make sure to hire a licensed electrician
  • Make sure the finishes on your fixtures match or coordinate with your homes decor
  • Ask your realtor or home stager for suggestions
  • To save money, don't swap a ceiling fan for a ceiling fan.  A flush mount fixture may work for less than half the cost!
Inexpensive Options, Instant Room Face Lift

Belladecor 89.00

Overstock 114.00

Belladecor 158.00

Overstock 150.00

Overstock 118.00

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I Want Ice Cream for Christmas

According to Jeni:

We create ice creams we fall madly in love with, that we want to bathe in, that make us see million-year-old stars. We devour it out of Mason jars, coffee mugs—whatever we can get our hands on. Handmade American ice cream = Bliss with a big B. Every single thing we put in our ice cream is legit. Generic chemist-built ice cream bases and powdered astronaut-friendly gelato mixes? No, ma’am. We build every recipe from the ground up with luscious, Snowville milk and cream from cows that eat grass. With that exquisite base, we explore pure flavor in whatever direction moves us at any moment, every day, all year.
To more pleasures,
Jeni's Signature

Get this for the foodie on your list!  Ice Cream is out of Columbus so you can feel good about supporting Ohio farmers.  I have seen Jeni's at Fresh Market in Toledo, very limited selection, but I bet they would order a requested flavor.  I am currently feeling the Brown Butter Almond Brittle (if anyone is asking;)

~Peace, love and joy this holiday season


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Great News about Toledo Housing


WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2011 – The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a fourth consecutive month in December, rising from 30 to 41 on the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. The December list featured 20 new additions, including several major markets such as Washington, D.C.; San Jose, Calif.; and Toledo, Ohio. Meanwhile, nine smaller markets droppedoff the list, primarily due to softer house prices.

Interest Rates Today, December 13, 2011

ProductInterest RateAPR
Conforming 1and FHA Loans
30-Year Fixed3.875%4.054%
30-Year Fixed FHA3.750%4.705%
15-Year Fixed3.250%3.565%
5-Year ARM2.375%3.199%
5-Year ARM FHA2.875%3.052%

It's a Great Time to buy and sell Real Estate in Toledo!

Want to know what's going on in your area?  Just send me an e-mail: kfeeback@danberry.com and I will send you the most up to date info for your home.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Grow it indoors

Very little effort, big impact, right up my alley!  Paperwhites and Amaryllis are so easy to grow, usually blooming in 4-8 weeks.  Little late if you don't have yours going yet for the holidays, but don't despair.  The bulbs usually go on sale about this time at Home Depot, Lowes, Target, and various other stores.  I plan on planting more paperwhites, I think they look really fresh and clean, to get me though so of the dark days of January, ooh, perfect at the office too!

Have a great Monday all! 

Identity Crisis?

Thankfully no, just re-vamping my blog.   Real Estate and Refinement will provide you with more dynamic features including: video, better search capability and engaging features!  I am truly excited and hope you'll be along for the ride.  Kicking off the New Year with a Contest (easy to enter and win)!

Can't wait for the re-lauch!  Stay tuned!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Aerin Lauder's Home, East Hampton

So who wouldn't want to take a peek at the former home of Aerin's grandmother, Estee Lauder?    According to Vogue.com, she has lived in the Wainscott home in East Hampton for over 12  years.  The city holds her full time residence allowing the family to travel to East Hampton for the summers and holidays-Ahhh the life!

Loving this wall color in the dining room.
“The children can run anywhere in this house,” she says. “I love having them fill the rooms up with all of their friends.”
Okay, so I am certain she has a full time staff, but I appreciate her effort at normalcy.