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happy fall Friday : bourbon cider cocktail

Kathleen Finnegan It's the first Friday of Fall and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail! While the kids have gone back to school and the football season has already started, it’s not officially fall at my house until we whip up a batch of cider. So I thought I would share one of my fav recipes , check it out. Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail Prep Time: 10 minutes The perfect fall cocktail with the flavors of apple, bourbon and ginger. Ingredients 2 parts Apple Cider, refrigerated 2 parts... Continue Reading >

Style watch – 6 design trends you’ll see more of

Kathleen Finnegan This past year I’ve helped a number of buyers get into “fixer” properties with the intention of creating their dream home. I found this article interesting; because it mirrors many of the must have features  my clients were looking for. Builder Online recently spoke to executive director at architecture firm KTGY, about the design trends that are gaining popularity in the new-home market this year and below are a list of upcoming trends in building remodels: Private space Baby boomers, empty nesters, and... Continue Reading >

making the leap : commiting to home ownership

Kathleen Finnegan You’ve saved for a down payment. You’ve pored over the local listings for months. Touring open houses has become part of your weekend ritual. But months, perhaps years, have passed and you are still in your rental. For many first-time homebuyers, pulling the trigger on a purchase can be a frightening experience. Will you be happy there? Will you like your neighbors? Will you be tied down—house rich and cash poor? What if you lose your job? Will you hate your... Continue Reading >

market update – at a glance

Home Prices Median home prices flattened in July, increasing only 0.4% to $222,900. This is up 4.9% from last year, continuing the summer's pattern of sustainable increases in home prices. Home Sales The pace of home sales rose 2.2% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.15 million homes. This is down 4.5% from the same month of the previous year; however, the portion of sales that were distressed is down to 9% from 15% last year. This means that conventional... Continue Reading >

labor day road trip tips!

Kathleen Finnegan The long, lingering days of summer are starting to come to a close, and lazy weekends and warm-weather getaways will soon be    nothing more than memories. Before you know it, you’ll be back running shuttles to soccer practice and shoveling the driveway. Unless, of course, you plan one last summer fling. Make the most of Labor Day this year by packing up the car and escaping for the weekend. With a map and a bit of wanderlust, you can manage to... Continue Reading >

a country fair with ocean air : the Ventura fair

Kathleen Finnegan                 Something for Everyone! There is so much to do at the Fair you won’t know where to start! Listen to live musical performances, participate in contests, go on the rides, eats lots of yummy food and so much more down home county fair fun. Spin, flip or fly on the great rides in the carnival midway. Taste gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contest, or snack on fair favorites like spiral... Continue Reading >

4 ways to get an offer accepted

Buying a house is a little like asking someone to marry you. if you want your house offer to be greeted with a yes – and a quick one – here are four rules to follow. 1. Be nice: While money is important, buyers should also be likable and avoid making negative comments about the house or discussing their renovation plans in front of the seller, keeping in mind that sellers have an emotional connection to the property. Don't tell someone... Continue Reading >

natural ways to make your home critter-free

Kathleen Finnegan Items you most likely already have around the house can ward off pesky critters. Block Flies with Basil Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong. Scare Off Spiders with Citrus Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or... Continue Reading >

home sales surge 6.1%

Pending home sales posted a sharp 6.1 percent rise in May, as lower mortgage rates and rising inventories helped propel the market into the summer season, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings. It was the largest month-over-month gain on the index since April 2010, when first-time home buyers were rushing to sign purchase contracts before a popular tax credit program ended. All four regions across the country posted increases... Continue Reading >

throwing shade: picking the perfect paint color

Kathleen Finnegan I see a lot of interiors and whether your buying or selling a home, paint is always a topic of conversation. I read this article recently that talked about great ways to approach painting a room, or multiple rooms, in your home. Some of the tips are great for design in general. Painting your walls is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your living space. What is not so easy is selecting the perfect colors. The choices are... Continue Reading >

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