River Valley Blog

Is a condo right for you?

Posted by Annette Mikat on August 25, 2015 in Buying and Selling
The Latin roots of the word “condominium” are con, meaning together, and dominus, meaning owner. For some, the concept of condo living is ideal. For others, the drawbacks of condominium ownership outweigh the benefits. Read on to learn whether a condo might be right for you.Cool Amenities: Some condos own gyms and swimming pools or even a golf course for your use. The conveniences of a healthy lifestyle may be just outside your door.Lack of Privacy: If you dream of sitting on the deck in your birthday... read more
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Ready, Set, GO! Six Strategies to Conquer School Mornings

Posted by Annette Mikat on August 14, 2015 in Uncategorized
School starts soon, and with it comes the morning routine. If you’re the parent of a school-age child, you may recognize the five stages of getting out the door in the morning:Denial—“We have plenty of time! I’ll even cook breakfast today!”Anger—“You’re not up? I thought you were up! Why do I have to yell every morning before you’ll get up? What do you mean you can’t find socks? I did laundry yesterday!” (This stage may last longer than the others&... read more
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Welcome home: unusual but usable housewarming gits

Posted by Annette Mikat on August 03, 2015 in No Category
When friends or acquaintances buy a new house, coming up with ideas for unique and useful housewarming gifts can be a challenge. The most important secret to great gift-giving is to tune in to the recipients. Avoid the awkwardness of delivering a huge basket of blueberry muffins to the gluten intolerant, or a bottle of wine to the teetotaler. Ask your new homeowners which room excites them most in their new house. If it’s the amazing kitchen, get them spices and oils. If it’s the great bathtub, get them... read more
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The Home Warranty Hero

Posted by Annette Mikat on July 25, 2015 in No Category
There’s something about buying that first home that makes you want to yell, “Yes! No more landlord!” But then, your heart pauses. No more landlord means nobody to call if something breaks, nobody to blame if something goes wrong with your house. When you own a house, the buck stops with you. In fact, a whole bunch of bucks stop with you.Enter the hero of the hour: the home warranty. Sellers with older houses on the market sometimes buy a warranty for their home that covers basic repairs, should so... read more
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What's trending in kitchens?

Posted by Annette Mikat on July 14, 2015 in Decorating and Staging
While kitchens remain the most popular room in the house, they’ve undergone a major makeover in the last couple years. Gone are the country, Tuscan and traditional looks. Today’s kitchens are all about clean lines and sleek minimalism. Color PaletteHighlighting the minimalist trend are the increasing number of kitchens with a simple black and white color scheme. Gray is popular, too, with many designers calling it “the new black.” That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for co... read more
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