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Don't Wait Buyers--- If It Feels Right--- It is.

I love helping buyers find their dream home. I don't always love when my buyers don't see the right one, right away. As a Realtor, many times we "know" the house before you do. A great buyer's agent should ask enough questions about your likes and dislikes and get to know how you live in a home so that when "The One" comes along we are ready to jump as quickly as you are!

The worst is when we "know" it and you don't see it until it is under contract.

Of course, I would never tell you you are missing out because that is rude and it isn't my job to talk you into a home. The thing is, this typically becomes the turning point in home buying. This is when you as the buyer realize that sometimes waiting is the worst thing you can do.

Like the time when I know I had to have this Leopard Coat I LOVED but knew husband doesn't care for animal prints so I left it at the store. Then I thought about it all night. I even dreamed about it. The nex…

Make a BIG Statement in a Small Yard

Some people just don't want a large yard but that doesn't mean when potential buyers come looking, they don't notice how small the yard actually is. A Realtor friend had a beautiful home listed earlier this year and the number one complaint of the house--- the yard was too small. So how do you overcome that? Price is always a way but how about looking at using your small yard to your advantage. How you ask? 

Increase Privacy: 

Smaller yards often lack privacy because the space butts up to another yard or house. A fence can do wonders but don't just stop there. Add some greenery. Layer your yard in a way you have some depth to your yard. Tall plants against a fence will give you privacy and create a sound barrier. Have a balcony? Use a trellis and weave a year round green vine such as English Ivy. Now you have a year round retreat. 

Go Vertical:

Prune plants to grow up not out. Raise plant height by using a retaining wall, raised beds or long, slender containers. 

Reflect Your Surroundings:

Add a beautiful, weather proof mirror to reflect your space. Make sure it reflects your beautiful greenery and not a bare space or a gill. Hang it a eye level too--- not over your head. The worst place to hang a mirror or a picture is above eye level. Your significant other taller than you and unsure where eye level is best suited--- always to the shorter one--- Always. 

Accent with Flowers, Small Containers and Hanging Baskets:

Flowers make everyone happy. Use a variety of color combinations to enhance the space. Purple and yellow always look lovely together. Portulaca looks amazing in a hanging basket--- blooms during the day and sleeps at night. 

Keep Scale Small:

Just like in a small space in your home, large chairs and tables do not belong in a small yard. It makes the space feel even smaller. Keep clutter down and enjoy a simplistic life outdoors. 

Add a Small Fountain:

Nothing makes a yard feel large with the sound of running water. A small, rock fountain adds just the amount of sound to fill your ears with tranquility.

 A small yard is not a hinderance. Less grass to mow and weeds to pick is wonderful in this fast paced life. Enjoy the minimalist lifestyle with your small yard without breaking out a lawn mower and weed eater. Open a book, kick off your shoes and enjoy the sounds of nature. 




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