Archive | November 2013

Tax Breaks For Homeowners

In this video, you will learn about tax breaks that you may be eligible for as a homeowner.

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Organizing Your Home Office

 

Tired of your boring and cluttered office space? Try to spice things up in your work place! Creating an appealing working environment can be key to your success.

Be sure to have a comfortable chair that makes it easy to focus and stay seated for long periods of time. Hang pictures on your walls of places you’ve been and people that matter to you. Pictures are a good way to stay motivated when work gets busy or hectic.

Make sure your space is organized. An organized desk reflects an organized employee. Lastly, clean out anything that is no longer needed and organize the items that don’t seem to have a place. These are just a few ways to make your office a more enjoyable place to work in.

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Finding The Ideal Home

Expectations for your new home.

Each buyer has different expectations of what they want and need out of a living space. It is important to know exactly what you want and what you are willing to pay in order to ensure that your needs are met. Sometimes looking at multiple homes is important in order to form your expectations for your future home. You wouldn’t want to show up to your new “nest” surprised by the lack of closet space it offers.

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Extreme Holiday Decorations

Each year around this time, people start to pull out the Christmas lights and decorations. If you are in need of some inspiration for your Holiday decorations, here are some homes that take their decorations to the next level.

The Faucher family has been putting up their Christmas light extravaganza outside their Delaware home for 23 years.

Faucher Family Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Alex Goodwind’s house is situated in Melksham, England and is worth close to $30,000 GBP.

Alex Goodwind Christmas Lights for 30000 GBP

This house in Fort Lauderdale, FL uses vintage lights and decorations.

The Clot family has brought a little piece of the North Pole to tropical southern Florida for more than 30 yrs.

Clot family Xmas Holiday Lights
This house covered in Christmas lights is in Mandaluyong City, eastern Manila.
Christmas lights on house in Philippines

This house in Gatineau, Quebec is famous, attracting out-of-town visitors each year.

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College Football Home Decor

As college football season comes to a close (and yes we’re as disappointed as you are to see it end), we’re looking back at some of the college football home decor. Enjoy!

✈ A bookshelf made with oars? Yes, please. Loving the collegiate pendants too.  ✈

How cute for fall decor if you have kids in school sports, etc.

our family loves college football so it would be neat to copy a ticket from one of the big games we attended...or maybe even a concert ticket.......Amber....i love this idea for tish or nick....i know they just went to that playoff game.....this is awesome!

Google Image Result for http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/002/467/584/mancave_display_image.jpg%3F1343873213

Custom Football Shower Tag for Shower Curtain Bathroom Decoration NFL College | eBay

Boat Cleat - Wall Rack - Towel Hook - Coat Rack - Nautical Nursery - Beach House Decor - Team Decor - College Football Decor

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Creative Ways To Organize Your Home

We know that usually springtime is the season of cleaning, organizing, and decluttering but we also know that holidays bring family, friends, extended-stay guests, and massive amounts of rushed cleaning. So…we found some ideas that will help make your home look, feel, and be more organized because the last thing you need while the in-laws are around is to worry that your laundry room looks like a tornado hit.

Hang spray bottles from a tension rod. www.wholesomehomes.net

Use an easy to install tension rod to hang spray bottles. Makes for easy access and identification. 

Use basic wooden crates for next to the back door storage. www.wholesomehomes.net

 

Use simple wooden crates to make next-to-the-back-door storage easy. It also gives the area a homey feel. Definitely better than having to paint white or black shelving. 

Use wine boxes (cause we know you have them during the holidays) for children's shoes. www.wholesomehomes.net

 

Since finding leftover wine boxes might be easier this time of year, why not use it to store the kids shoe collection?

Use cereal boxes for drawer dividers. Great for art supplies and electronics.  www.wholesomehomes.net

 

Do you need a way to organize holiday craft items or extra electronic devices and accessories? Well, reuse cereal boxes as drawer dividers. They make things easy to see and keep cords from tangling. 

Turn bookshelves into window benches for the kids.  www.wholesomehomes.net

 

Turn regular bookshelves into pretty window benches for the kids while offering extra storage space. 

 

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The Tiny House Movement

 

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Generation Y less likely to be homeowners

Generation Y

 

Millenials (Or Generation Y) are defined as those born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Most of the generation has either graduated college or will graduate in  a few years and will more than likely be looking forward to forge to their next life goal, like buying a home. But according tor recent statistics Millenials are the least represented in the housing market, where 36.8% of people under the age of 35 are homeowners. There have been many speculations as to why this has happened.

1. Because of the housing market crash, Millenials are cautious about buying homes. Millenials have seen their parents, family members or neighbors struggle with keeping their homes and are reluctant to put themselves in the same situations.

2. Millenials also have a high number of debt caused by student loans. That coupled with a high rate of unemployment can make them uneligble for mortgage loans.

3. More Millenials are moving back in with their parents.  More than 36% of Millenials are livng with their parents, either because it is easier or because it is what they can afford. Because it has become more common, it has become more socially acceptable for a young person to live with their parents.

4.  Many Millenials value being flexible. With the job market not being very stable, it is likely that a Millenial may have to do several moves for a job. Owning a house can limit their mobility in order to move with their job.

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Real Estate Personality Quizzes

Want to know what your home says about you?

Interested to know how your decorating style expresses your life choices?

Looking to find out why it makes sense that you love blue on walls but hate green?

Always wondered why you prefer subdivisions over farm houses?

With these links you can learn all of this and more! We’ve put together some of the popular personality quizzes related to real estate. Let us know what your home personality is like!

Find your color personality with Better Homes and Gardens. It really works! We know because one of our interns took the quiz and chose the new color for her bedroom.

What's your color personality? Find out at http://wholesomehomes.net/?p=985

New homeowners can find their home’s personality here.

Personality of Homes? http://wholesomehomes.net/?p=985

If you’re a long time homeowner try this quiz: Home’s Personality with Emily Clark

If you want to know your decorating style use this quiz but if you’d rather know the personality behind your clutter take this one instead. Or maybe you want to take both so you’ll know how to decorate once you finish cleaning out the office, guest cottage, and basement. 

Kitchen Design Personality Find yours at http://wholesomehomes.net/?p=985

Are you thinking about redecorating or completely overhauling your kitchen? You might want to take this quiz before you start.

Kitchen Personality Quiz 

Or, are you looking to relocate? How does your personality predict your dream location?

If you don’t find the perfect quiz here, you can easily find more online. There are A LOT to search and choose from. Let us know what your home personality is like.

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Direct Links (just in case you need to copy and paste)

Color Personality: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color-personality/

New Homeowner Quiz: http://www.designbasics.com/finally_about_me_quiz.asp

Home Personality Quiz with Emily Clark: http://emilyaclark.blogspot.com/2011/07/finding-your-homes-personality.html

Decorating Style: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/decorating-style-quiz-00000000030420/index.html

Clutter Quiz: http://organizedhome.com/cut-clutter/clutterer-within-whats-your-clutter-personality

Kitchen Quiz: http://www.imperialhomecenter.com/quiz.htm

Dream Living Location: http://www.hgtv.com/whats-your-dream-home-destination/package/index.html

Decorating A Room That Fits Your Mood

What do the common rooms in your home say about you?

Have you ever walked into someone else’s home and been able to view the world through their eyes just by being in their space? If so, that’s because how a room is decorated, arranged, and focused says a lot about a person’s lifestyle, perspective, and energy.

Sometimes, the room functions as a play area, practice or work space and sometimes the theme expresses a lifestyle rather than a specific creative passion. It all depends on what you want your home to say about you.

If you don’t have an entire room to decorate, don’t worry. Try using small areas of common spaces to express yourself. Maybe you’ll design a craft corner or a 3D travel journal. The possibilities are endless!

We’ve compiled pictures of creative or activity based common areas for you to enjoy. Maybe one will inspire you to designate a space to self expression in your home.

Music Room

Music Room https://a1.muscache.com/pictures/5374974/large.jpghttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085759/

Active Play Rooms

Active Play Room: Fun sized Gym http://www.thecoolhunter.net/images/dch5.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085807/

Activity Room  http://www.onekindesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Kids-Playroom-10-1-Kindesign.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085771/

Social/Game Room

Adult PlayRoom http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/photos/2012/march/30/24644_main.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085778/

Art Room

Art Room http://www.squarestate.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fascinating-Art-Room-with-Inspiring-View-Chamoson-Residence-in-Switzerland.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085788/

Craft Room

Craft Room http://www.home-designing.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/craft-room-stamp.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085803/

Black and White, Classic Theme

Black and White Color Inspired Room http://www.interiorclip.com/interior-image/black-and-white-themed-living-room-design-and-furniture.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085798/

Beach Theme

Beach Inspired Room http://www.interiordesign-world.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/beach-themed-living-room-ideas__.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085793/

Safari, Exploration Theme

Safari, Exploration Theme http://latesthousedesign.com/art-interior-design-living-room-with-safari-theme.html/interior-design-living-room-with-safari-theme

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085823/

Pop Art, Colorful Inspiration Theme

Pop Art, Spunky Inspired Room  http://luvne.com/living-room-design/pop-art-themed-in-living-room/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085816/

Library

Library http://img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2010/11/16/RMS_srk1941-modern-library-home-office_s3x4_lg.jpg

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/357473289144085811/

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