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4 Smart Home Products You Might Love (and Win!)

Posted by Annette Mikat on December 29, 2015 in  Buying and Selling
To celebrate our sponsorship at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and our new sponsorship with CNET, we will be holding weekly drawings to win one of these smart home products. To enter, visit being at the office and getting a call from your child, who has lost his key. Now, imagine using your smart phone to let him in the house. Picture cleaning your house and hearing a favorite song come on your device. Now, picture streaming it throughout the entire house—via your light... read more

A Smart Home Survey: 4 Findings You Should Know

Posted by Annette Mikat on December 29, 2015 in  Buying and Selling
Nearly a third of homeowners are already using technology that allows them to control their home's functions such as lighting, temperature, security and entertainment. This smart home technology can be controlled either remotely through phones, tablets, computers or with in-home automatic systems.Coldwell Banker co-sponsored a survey of 4,000 American adults to learn more about how and why smart home technology is being used. Of those surveyed who are already using smart home devices, the vast majority said they wo... read more

2016 Housing Market Outlook

Posted by Annette Mikat on December 29, 2015 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
Myriad reports from economy experts indicate that 2016 appears to have good things in store for home buyers and sellers. Based on their reports, we’ve compiled four key predictions to help you decide if this is the year for you to make a move.#1 Prices will rise more slowly, possibly even leveling off. According to research from CoreLogic, a company that provides financial, property and consumer analytics, home prices in the U.S. are projected to increase by 4.7 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. #2 Mo... read more

Five Strategies to Bust the Wintertime Blues

Posted by Annette Mikat on December 26, 2015 in  Decorating and Staging  Uncategorized
‘Tis the season of winter, and even if it’s more wet than frozen this year, it is definitely dark. On winter solstice in December, we get only about nine and a half hours of daylight, total. Strings of bright lights and holiday shopping marathons keep us distracted for a bit…but once the excitement of the holidays dies down, we have several weeks to go before the sun wakes us again in the morning.  Those last weeks of winter can drag like a sleigh with no runners, but they don’t have ... read more

Scents and Sensibility (See What We Did There?)

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 12, 2015 in  Decorating and Staging
The nose goes a long way in determining a guest’s impression of your home. Smell is a sense like no other, say psychologists who study olfactory sensations (smelly stuff). tells us that when a person smells something, the brain processes that sense differently than it does hearing or sight. Smells go to a different part of the brain: the part that has been identified in the earliest mammals and is closely related to instinct. This means that we often react to a smell before we even have t... read more
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