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Tuesday, March 29 2011

As might be expected in a challenging economy in which large numbers of boomers are downsizing or buying second homes, the era of the McMansion has passed. Homebuyers have readjusted their priorities for how to design and use living space, with a focus on function over extravagance. A recent American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey highlights the following shifts:

 

·        As more people work out of their home or telecommute, homeowners desire a dedicated workspace.

·        An expanded outdoor living area featuring furniture, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and so on increases functional living space.

·        Mud rooms offer an informal transition area between the outdoors and indoors and also provide additional storage.

·        Homebuyers continue to seek energy-saving features, including double- or triple-glazed windows and tankless water heaters.

 

 

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Posted by: Debbi AT 08:46 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, March 24 2011

If you are preparing your home for the market one things real estate agents will tell you time and time again is that curb appeal is VERY important – think of it as the first impression you make at a job interview.  Curb appeal is your homes first impression!  In the current market you want to put as many “best foot forward” as you can – curb appeal should be at the top of that list.  

 

Besides sprucing up your home’s exterior with fresh paint and attractive landscaping, consider focusing attention on the gateway to your home. According to this year’s Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors, the one improvement that yielded the highest return on investment was a new steel front door. While homeowners’ ability to recoup their investment on many home improvement projects has gone down over the past year, this project really pays off. Nationally, the average cost of a new front door was $1,218 and the return on investment was 102 percent.

 

 

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Monday, March 21 2011
 
Paul Taylor Homes is a premier local builder, with more than 30 years of upstanding reputation. They understand families have a choice when buying a new home; they are leaders in customer service and adapting to new trends and designs. 
Just look at this stunning Paul Taylor Home in Southridge Estates, sitting on a acre with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3 car garage. This home offers ample living space – something for everyone! Ideal for entertaining indoors or out! 
Contact us today and we will be happy to provide a private showing!
 
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Posted by: Reechia Powell AT 07:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, March 16 2011
 
4 Bedrooms * 2 Baths * Light & Bright * Open & Spacious * Turn-key Ready!
 
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Posted by: Debbi Mortus AT 08:06 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, March 04 2011
Connected to Your Neighbors - Building Community
With today's fast and hurried pace, we need a greater sense of community within our neighborhoods. That can be easy to achieve during the summer, when people are sitting on their porches or the kids are playing in the yard. But how do you maintain that sense of community during the winter, when people are hunkered inside by their fireplace, avoiding the cold?   Well, lucky for us here in the great state of Texas even in winter we have great outdoor weather most of the time. 
How about throwing a block party, plan for an outdoor one but with a strong back up plan for being indoors if it is a cold day. You're sure to make new friends among your neighbors; make the planning a family affair - your children may find new friends they didn't know lived so close. Plus, if you get your kids involved in the planning, you will give them a great chance to flex their managerial muscle and show you what they've got. Not only will they be proud of their achievement, they'll also learn from the experience.
When planning your party, think of activities that will get people talking. After all, this is the time to bring people together and create new bonds within the neighborhood. One idea that's simple to do is to have everyone who attends wear a name tag that lists not only their name, but which street they live on and the city where they were born. People move so frequently today that very few live where they were born. This simple exercise can provide revelers with some great conversation starters.
In addition, some great activities to keep kids occupied and entertained can include limbo dancing, piñata smashing, games on the Wii, or a popcorn machine. For big and little kids alike, a clown or face painter could keep smiling faces on all.
Of course, one of the focal points of any party is food. An easy way to de-stress and make this process easier is to delegate out the main course and sides - do it potluck style and have everyone bring copies of their recipe (another great way to get to know each other and break the ice). You can also appoint one of the residents to compile the recipes, put them into one small booklet or on a computer CD with copies to everyone that participated.
Key points to remember:
·        Get notices out early! Two weeks is good.
·        Ask for RSVPs.
·        Have a sign-in list for people when they check in. Also have a sign-up list for other activities you may want to do later. This could include working on future parties or mom's groups.
·        Get your name tags ready, and have them at the check-in table.
·        When you're looking for your clown or face painter, check to see if they can hook you up with a great bounce house company that offers a popcorn machine.
·        Don't forget your camera to capture all the fun!
After the party, you can keep people involved and looking forward to future parties by taking some of the best pictures and placing them into a small newsletter to send to everyone in the neighborhood. In the newsletter, don't forget to thank all who contributed and sponsored the event.
Most important of all: Don't forget to have fun!
 
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