$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

Property Photo

2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

Property Photo

2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

Homes with Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets and Black Front Doors Can Sell Up to $6,000 More than Expected

For-sale listings with neutral wall colors accented by dark pops of color sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis; homes with red or brown wall colors can sell for less than expected      

Homes with Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets and Black Front Doors Can Sell Up to $6,000 More than Expected

For-sale listings with neutral wall colors accented by dark pops of color sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis; homes with red or brown wall colors can sell for less than expected      

Homes with Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets and Black Front Doors Can Sell Up to $6,000 More than Expected

For-sale listings with neutral wall colors accented by dark pops of color sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis; homes with red or brown wall colors can sell for less than expected      

Why You Really Don’t Have Enough Time

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You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money.

So, how’s that working for you?

The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers.

But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business and fail to work on their business.

By nature, our business is radically unpredictable. Buyers decide to buy, and sellers decide to sell on their own timetable—and we want to be there at that magic moment—but the intensity of showing buyers, servicing sellers and maintaining prospecting can be daunting unless you develop a plan to keep all the plates spinning and the income funnel full.

The plan is simple—but getting an agent to do it is the hard part.

No matter what’s happening, only you have the power to block your day. This begins with blocking out dollar-productive activities by using a My Perfect Week Planner.*

The system visually helps you lay out a perfect week so that you’re able to establish a rhythm of daily habits that result in regular, consistent income. Think of blocking your time using a traffic light as an example:

  • Red is for non-negotiable time. These hours are reserved for your personal “big rocks” like sleep, family time, etc.
  • Yellow is used to time-block a daily prospecting hour. I can imagine you rolling your eyes right about now, but prospecting is the key to getting paid regularly. Pretend that this is sacred time, even if it’s 15-30-minute increments five days a week, and stick to it. Whether you’re prospect-phobic or simply believe prospecting is limited to cold calls, think conversation, not solicitation. Rotate through your sphere of influence with scheduled calls to update contact information and to share a save-the-date for your future client appreciation party. These approaches are easy and friendly.
  • Green is the easiest time to block on your weekly calendar. These are appointments that are related to earning or receiving money, and are usually the most fun. Block in green the hours you’ve earmarked for closings, listing appointments or working with buyers.

The goal is to increase the green in your weekly calendar. You wouldn’t want to miss a closing, so why not block out a small increment of time to talk to more people in order to make more sales so you have more green in your week?

Sit down at the beginning of each week to plan. Real estate has plenty of opportunity for busy work that will rob you of energy and income, so take control of your week before the chaos hits so that you can do those activities that serve and pay you first. It’s also a good idea to get a good coach to help you learn new habits to plan for success, and hire out the administrative work so that you can focus on being the CEO, building your business every day, one day at a time.

*For a complimentary copy of My Perfect/Productive Week Scheduler, visit http://bit.ly/2raO1Dj

Terri Murphy is a communication engagement specialist, author, speaker and coach. She is the author/co-author of five books, and founder of MurphyOnRealEstate.com. Contact her at TerriMurphy.com or Terri@TerriMurphy.com.

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Why You Really Don’t Have Enough Time

Murphy_Terri_2018_60x60

You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money.

So, how’s that working for you?

The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers.

But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business and fail to work on their business.

By nature, our business is radically unpredictable. Buyers decide to buy, and sellers decide to sell on their own timetable—and we want to be there at that magic moment—but the intensity of showing buyers, servicing sellers and maintaining prospecting can be daunting unless you develop a plan to keep all the plates spinning and the income funnel full.

The plan is simple—but getting an agent to do it is the hard part.

No matter what’s happening, only you have the power to block your day. This begins with blocking out dollar-productive activities by using a My Perfect Week Planner.*

The system visually helps you lay out a perfect week so that you’re able to establish a rhythm of daily habits that result in regular, consistent income. Think of blocking your time using a traffic light as an example:

  • Red is for non-negotiable time. These hours are reserved for your personal “big rocks” like sleep, family time, etc.
  • Yellow is used to time-block a daily prospecting hour. I can imagine you rolling your eyes right about now, but prospecting is the key to getting paid regularly. Pretend that this is sacred time, even if it’s 15-30-minute increments five days a week, and stick to it. Whether you’re prospect-phobic or simply believe prospecting is limited to cold calls, think conversation, not solicitation. Rotate through your sphere of influence with scheduled calls to update contact information and to share a save-the-date for your future client appreciation party. These approaches are easy and friendly.
  • Green is the easiest time to block on your weekly calendar. These are appointments that are related to earning or receiving money, and are usually the most fun. Block in green the hours you’ve earmarked for closings, listing appointments or working with buyers.

The goal is to increase the green in your weekly calendar. You wouldn’t want to miss a closing, so why not block out a small increment of time to talk to more people in order to make more sales so you have more green in your week?

Sit down at the beginning of each week to plan. Real estate has plenty of opportunity for busy work that will rob you of energy and income, so take control of your week before the chaos hits so that you can do those activities that serve and pay you first. It’s also a good idea to get a good coach to help you learn new habits to plan for success, and hire out the administrative work so that you can focus on being the CEO, building your business every day, one day at a time.

*For a complimentary copy of My Perfect/Productive Week Scheduler, visit http://bit.ly/2raO1Dj

Terri Murphy is a communication engagement specialist, author, speaker and coach. She is the author/co-author of five books, and founder of MurphyOnRealEstate.com. Contact her at TerriMurphy.com or Terri@TerriMurphy.com.

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Why You Really Don’t Have Enough Time

Murphy_Terri_2018_60x60

You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money.

So, how’s that working for you?

The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers.

But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business and fail to work on their business.

By nature, our business is radically unpredictable. Buyers decide to buy, and sellers decide to sell on their own timetable—and we want to be there at that magic moment—but the intensity of showing buyers, servicing sellers and maintaining prospecting can be daunting unless you develop a plan to keep all the plates spinning and the income funnel full.

The plan is simple—but getting an agent to do it is the hard part.

No matter what’s happening, only you have the power to block your day. This begins with blocking out dollar-productive activities by using a My Perfect Week Planner.*

The system visually helps you lay out a perfect week so that you’re able to establish a rhythm of daily habits that result in regular, consistent income. Think of blocking your time using a traffic light as an example:

  • Red is for non-negotiable time. These hours are reserved for your personal “big rocks” like sleep, family time, etc.
  • Yellow is used to time-block a daily prospecting hour. I can imagine you rolling your eyes right about now, but prospecting is the key to getting paid regularly. Pretend that this is sacred time, even if it’s 15-30-minute increments five days a week, and stick to it. Whether you’re prospect-phobic or simply believe prospecting is limited to cold calls, think conversation, not solicitation. Rotate through your sphere of influence with scheduled calls to update contact information and to share a save-the-date for your future client appreciation party. These approaches are easy and friendly.
  • Green is the easiest time to block on your weekly calendar. These are appointments that are related to earning or receiving money, and are usually the most fun. Block in green the hours you’ve earmarked for closings, listing appointments or working with buyers.

The goal is to increase the green in your weekly calendar. You wouldn’t want to miss a closing, so why not block out a small increment of time to talk to more people in order to make more sales so you have more green in your week?

Sit down at the beginning of each week to plan. Real estate has plenty of opportunity for busy work that will rob you of energy and income, so take control of your week before the chaos hits so that you can do those activities that serve and pay you first. It’s also a good idea to get a good coach to help you learn new habits to plan for success, and hire out the administrative work so that you can focus on being the CEO, building your business every day, one day at a time.

*For a complimentary copy of My Perfect/Productive Week Scheduler, visit http://bit.ly/2raO1Dj

Terri Murphy is a communication engagement specialist, author, speaker and coach. She is the author/co-author of five books, and founder of MurphyOnRealEstate.com. Contact her at TerriMurphy.com or Terri@TerriMurphy.com.

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$349,900 :: 21409 WEDGE DR, MACOMB Township MI, 48042

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4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,841 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 06/18/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351078
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: THE FAIRWAYS OF MACOMB
Status: Active

Spectacular 4 bdrm split level with two and a half baths backing to woods with no neighbors behind. Enter foyer with porcelain floor design and chandelier. French doors to den with parquet hdwd flr. 2 story great room with wood floor and nat fireplace with granite inlay and custom mantle. Open kitchen with recessed lighting, Plenty counter space, maple cabinetry with pull-outs & lazy susan and stainless steel appliances(New Convection Oven). Large eating area with bay door wall overlooking lovely manicured extra deep yard. First floor laundry (washer & dryer stay). Large master suite with tray ceiling & fan, wood floor, bay door wall to patio, two walk-in closets and full private bath with porcelain floor, jetted tub and separate shower. Three additional bedrooms upstairs and full bath. Basement with epoxy floor, sprayed ceiling & glass block windows. C/A Impeccably kept lot with paver walk way, raised stamped concrete patio, inground sprinklers. Chippewa Valley Schools. Hm wrnty!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Lakeside


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$349,900 :: 21409 WEDGE DR, MACOMB Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,841 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 06/18/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351078
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: THE FAIRWAYS OF MACOMB
Status: Active

Spectacular 4 bdrm split level with two and a half baths backing to woods with no neighbors behind. Enter foyer with porcelain floor design and chandelier. French doors to den with parquet hdwd flr. 2 story great room with wood floor and nat fireplace with granite inlay and custom mantle. Open kitchen with recessed lighting, Plenty counter space, maple cabinetry with pull-outs & lazy susan and stainless steel appliances(New Convection Oven). Large eating area with bay door wall overlooking lovely manicured extra deep yard. First floor laundry (washer & dryer stay). Large master suite with tray ceiling & fan, wood floor, bay door wall to patio, two walk-in closets and full private bath with porcelain floor, jetted tub and separate shower. Three additional bedrooms upstairs and full bath. Basement with epoxy floor, sprayed ceiling & glass block windows. C/A Impeccably kept lot with paver walk way, raised stamped concrete patio, inground sprinklers. Chippewa Valley Schools. Hm wrnty!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Lakeside


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$349,900 :: 21409 WEDGE DR, MACOMB Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,841 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 06/18/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351078
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: THE FAIRWAYS OF MACOMB
Status: Active

Spectacular 4 bdrm split level with two and a half baths backing to woods with no neighbors behind. Enter foyer with porcelain floor design and chandelier. French doors to den with parquet hdwd flr. 2 story great room with wood floor and nat fireplace with granite inlay and custom mantle. Open kitchen with recessed lighting, Plenty counter space, maple cabinetry with pull-outs & lazy susan and stainless steel appliances(New Convection Oven). Large eating area with bay door wall overlooking lovely manicured extra deep yard. First floor laundry (washer & dryer stay). Large master suite with tray ceiling & fan, wood floor, bay door wall to patio, two walk-in closets and full private bath with porcelain floor, jetted tub and separate shower. Three additional bedrooms upstairs and full bath. Basement with epoxy floor, sprayed ceiling & glass block windows. C/A Impeccably kept lot with paver walk way, raised stamped concrete patio, inground sprinklers. Chippewa Valley Schools. Hm wrnty!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Lakeside


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

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(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services.

Start with a plan
Although it may sound obvious, the first step really is to decide what you hope to accomplish with your renovation. At the least, begin to outline rough ideas to discuss with an expert. Reaching out to contractors before you’ve determined a basic idea for your project can waste time and money. Spend time listing the features you must have, as well as some nice-to-haves if budget allows. Also think about overall functionality, design and layout. If you get overwhelmed or need ideas, don’t hesitate to turn to online showrooms or magazines for inspiration.

Set a budget
If the sky is the limit, skip ahead, but if you’re like most homeowners, money matters. Have a clear idea of what you can afford to invest in your renovation before you get started, and if necessary, research the financing options available to you. Look for financing that provides deferred interest or low monthly payments to help manage the project cost. Setting a clear budget can help keep your contractors accountable, and it goes a long way toward ensuring you can enjoy your finished project without regret.

Draw up the plans
To help set your plan in motion, there are numerous online tools you can utilize to simplify each step of the process including design, budgeting and more. If you’re planning a home remodel, it can be helpful to find a comprehensive resource that offers a one-stop-shop for bathroom remodeling, countertops, custom window treatments, flooring, heating and cooling, water heaters and whole-home water treatment.

Involve a professional
Unless you have the time and skills, you’ll want a licensed and insured contractor to lead the project when you’re ready to get your renovation in motion. It can be wise to solicit multiple bids, not only to ensure you get the best value, but also to find someone whose work, style and experience is most in line with the needs of your project. After all, this person will be a big part of your life during a fairly stressful time period. Always check references and verify the contractor’s standing with local associations.

Get ready for work
Remember that you’ll need to create a work environment that is safe for your contractors and protects your valuable possessions. Establish a clear path to the project space for easy access and removal of debris. Furniture, appliances, room furnishings, valuables and breakable items should be removed from both the path to the work site and the work site itself. If your renovation project will involve an essential room, such as the kitchen or a bathroom, make alternate arrangements such as creating a makeshift kitchen with the bare necessities in another part of the house

Countertops 101
Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns. However, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. Here are two of the most popular choices:

Granite countertops have long been the mainstay of a beautiful kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large stone deposits around the world. It can have many different variations of patterns and colors, giving each slab a unique appearance that is visually rich and dynamic.

In addition to its distinctive beauty and classic elegance, granite is also extremely durable. Granite is highly resistant to heat and scratches and, with proper sealing, offers good water and stain resistance and is easy to clean.

Granite typically needs to be sealed, both prior to installation and at least once per year. If properly maintained, a granite countertop will last for as long as you own your home, making it a potential long-term investment.

Quartz is another popular choice for countertops due to its durability, stain resistance and ease of maintenance.

It’s an engineered product made mostly from up to 93 percent quartz, a non-porous natural stone, combined with a small amount of binder and color. Small particles of glass or reflective metal flakes can also be added to some quartz designs to achieve a more unique look. The result is an attractive slab that can be made in a wide variety of tones and colors, and can be finished to duplicate high gloss polished stone.

Quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials and one of the easiest to maintain. It is highly resistant to heat, water and stains, including stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and more. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be sealed, making it easier to maintain over time.

Source: JCPenneyhomeservices.com

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

Remodeling_14143_B

(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services.

Start with a plan
Although it may sound obvious, the first step really is to decide what you hope to accomplish with your renovation. At the least, begin to outline rough ideas to discuss with an expert. Reaching out to contractors before you’ve determined a basic idea for your project can waste time and money. Spend time listing the features you must have, as well as some nice-to-haves if budget allows. Also think about overall functionality, design and layout. If you get overwhelmed or need ideas, don’t hesitate to turn to online showrooms or magazines for inspiration.

Set a budget
If the sky is the limit, skip ahead, but if you’re like most homeowners, money matters. Have a clear idea of what you can afford to invest in your renovation before you get started, and if necessary, research the financing options available to you. Look for financing that provides deferred interest or low monthly payments to help manage the project cost. Setting a clear budget can help keep your contractors accountable, and it goes a long way toward ensuring you can enjoy your finished project without regret.

Draw up the plans
To help set your plan in motion, there are numerous online tools you can utilize to simplify each step of the process including design, budgeting and more. If you’re planning a home remodel, it can be helpful to find a comprehensive resource that offers a one-stop-shop for bathroom remodeling, countertops, custom window treatments, flooring, heating and cooling, water heaters and whole-home water treatment.

Involve a professional
Unless you have the time and skills, you’ll want a licensed and insured contractor to lead the project when you’re ready to get your renovation in motion. It can be wise to solicit multiple bids, not only to ensure you get the best value, but also to find someone whose work, style and experience is most in line with the needs of your project. After all, this person will be a big part of your life during a fairly stressful time period. Always check references and verify the contractor’s standing with local associations.

Get ready for work
Remember that you’ll need to create a work environment that is safe for your contractors and protects your valuable possessions. Establish a clear path to the project space for easy access and removal of debris. Furniture, appliances, room furnishings, valuables and breakable items should be removed from both the path to the work site and the work site itself. If your renovation project will involve an essential room, such as the kitchen or a bathroom, make alternate arrangements such as creating a makeshift kitchen with the bare necessities in another part of the house

Countertops 101
Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns. However, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. Here are two of the most popular choices:

Granite countertops have long been the mainstay of a beautiful kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large stone deposits around the world. It can have many different variations of patterns and colors, giving each slab a unique appearance that is visually rich and dynamic.

In addition to its distinctive beauty and classic elegance, granite is also extremely durable. Granite is highly resistant to heat and scratches and, with proper sealing, offers good water and stain resistance and is easy to clean.

Granite typically needs to be sealed, both prior to installation and at least once per year. If properly maintained, a granite countertop will last for as long as you own your home, making it a potential long-term investment.

Quartz is another popular choice for countertops due to its durability, stain resistance and ease of maintenance.

It’s an engineered product made mostly from up to 93 percent quartz, a non-porous natural stone, combined with a small amount of binder and color. Small particles of glass or reflective metal flakes can also be added to some quartz designs to achieve a more unique look. The result is an attractive slab that can be made in a wide variety of tones and colors, and can be finished to duplicate high gloss polished stone.

Quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials and one of the easiest to maintain. It is highly resistant to heat, water and stains, including stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and more. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be sealed, making it easier to maintain over time.

Source: JCPenneyhomeservices.com

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

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(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services.

Start with a plan
Although it may sound obvious, the first step really is to decide what you hope to accomplish with your renovation. At the least, begin to outline rough ideas to discuss with an expert. Reaching out to contractors before you’ve determined a basic idea for your project can waste time and money. Spend time listing the features you must have, as well as some nice-to-haves if budget allows. Also think about overall functionality, design and layout. If you get overwhelmed or need ideas, don’t hesitate to turn to online showrooms or magazines for inspiration.

Set a budget
If the sky is the limit, skip ahead, but if you’re like most homeowners, money matters. Have a clear idea of what you can afford to invest in your renovation before you get started, and if necessary, research the financing options available to you. Look for financing that provides deferred interest or low monthly payments to help manage the project cost. Setting a clear budget can help keep your contractors accountable, and it goes a long way toward ensuring you can enjoy your finished project without regret.

Draw up the plans
To help set your plan in motion, there are numerous online tools you can utilize to simplify each step of the process including design, budgeting and more. If you’re planning a home remodel, it can be helpful to find a comprehensive resource that offers a one-stop-shop for bathroom remodeling, countertops, custom window treatments, flooring, heating and cooling, water heaters and whole-home water treatment.

Involve a professional
Unless you have the time and skills, you’ll want a licensed and insured contractor to lead the project when you’re ready to get your renovation in motion. It can be wise to solicit multiple bids, not only to ensure you get the best value, but also to find someone whose work, style and experience is most in line with the needs of your project. After all, this person will be a big part of your life during a fairly stressful time period. Always check references and verify the contractor’s standing with local associations.

Get ready for work
Remember that you’ll need to create a work environment that is safe for your contractors and protects your valuable possessions. Establish a clear path to the project space for easy access and removal of debris. Furniture, appliances, room furnishings, valuables and breakable items should be removed from both the path to the work site and the work site itself. If your renovation project will involve an essential room, such as the kitchen or a bathroom, make alternate arrangements such as creating a makeshift kitchen with the bare necessities in another part of the house

Countertops 101
Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns. However, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. Here are two of the most popular choices:

Granite countertops have long been the mainstay of a beautiful kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large stone deposits around the world. It can have many different variations of patterns and colors, giving each slab a unique appearance that is visually rich and dynamic.

In addition to its distinctive beauty and classic elegance, granite is also extremely durable. Granite is highly resistant to heat and scratches and, with proper sealing, offers good water and stain resistance and is easy to clean.

Granite typically needs to be sealed, both prior to installation and at least once per year. If properly maintained, a granite countertop will last for as long as you own your home, making it a potential long-term investment.

Quartz is another popular choice for countertops due to its durability, stain resistance and ease of maintenance.

It’s an engineered product made mostly from up to 93 percent quartz, a non-porous natural stone, combined with a small amount of binder and color. Small particles of glass or reflective metal flakes can also be added to some quartz designs to achieve a more unique look. The result is an attractive slab that can be made in a wide variety of tones and colors, and can be finished to duplicate high gloss polished stone.

Quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials and one of the easiest to maintain. It is highly resistant to heat, water and stains, including stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and more. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be sealed, making it easier to maintain over time.

Source: JCPenneyhomeservices.com

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Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too.

The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring decks in their backyards than expansive front porches facing their neighbors.

Now, we’re seeing those iconic front porches coming back.

And the younger generation is bringing a different spin to this idea of “porching.” There’s this growing movement called “Porchfest.” This is where neighborhoods across the country are holding events, like music festivals or even a speaker series, right from homeowners’ front porches.

So if the listing you’re staging has a front porch, make sure to take advantage. Add some rocking chairs, a porch swing, or outdoor furniture–complete with cushions and pillows–to show it off as a place to sip lemonade, relax, and mingle with neighbors on a warm summer day.

Look at how some of these designers on Houzz used the front porch to boost a home’s curb appeal.

      

Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too.

The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring decks in their backyards than expansive front porches facing their neighbors.

Now, we’re seeing those iconic front porches coming back.

And the younger generation is bringing a different spin to this idea of “porching.” There’s this growing movement called “Porchfest.” This is where neighborhoods across the country are holding events, like music festivals or even a speaker series, right from homeowners’ front porches.

So if the listing you’re staging has a front porch, make sure to take advantage. Add some rocking chairs, a porch swing, or outdoor furniture–complete with cushions and pillows–to show it off as a place to sip lemonade, relax, and mingle with neighbors on a warm summer day.

Look at how some of these designers on Houzz used the front porch to boost a home’s curb appeal.

      

Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too.

The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring decks in their backyards than expansive front porches facing their neighbors.

Now, we’re seeing those iconic front porches coming back.

And the younger generation is bringing a different spin to this idea of “porching.” There’s this growing movement called “Porchfest.” This is where neighborhoods across the country are holding events, like music festivals or even a speaker series, right from homeowners’ front porches.

So if the listing you’re staging has a front porch, make sure to take advantage. Add some rocking chairs, a porch swing, or outdoor furniture–complete with cushions and pillows–to show it off as a place to sip lemonade, relax, and mingle with neighbors on a warm summer day.

Look at how some of these designers on Houzz used the front porch to boost a home’s curb appeal.

      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$163,500 :: 15615 GOLDEN, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/17/18, Last Updated: 06/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 564512
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Sold

Immediate occupancy, move in condition,neutral, updated, sharp!

Listed with Real Estate One-Royal Oak


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!