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Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 4/17/2018

Picking out flowers to plant in your garden and around your home is no easy task. You’ll have to consider the hardiness of the plants, whether you want them to come back year after year, what colors complement your house, and so on.

 Most people just simply buy flowers that look pretty. And while you can get lucky and have healthy flowers that way, a better method is to think about what you’re looking for in a flower.

 In this article, we’re going to help you choose the right flowers for your home and lifestyle.

 Annuals, biennials, and perennials

One of the first things you should consider is the lifecycle of the flowers. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of choosing and planting new flowers every year or two, perennials may be the best choice for you. Over the long run, you can save money by planting and caring for perennials. However, in the short term, annuals tend to be cheaper to buy.

Planting perennials

If you do decide to go with perennials in your garden you’ll need to be careful about which ones you choose. Make sure to look up your plant hardiness zone and only buy flowers that can withstand the colder seasons in your region.

Furthermore, you’ll want to see if there is any special care required to keep your flowers coming back each year. Likely, you’ll have to spend a bit of time aerating and fertilizing your soil to maintain a supply of nutrients to your plants’ roots. Similarly, determine if there is any special care that you can provide in the winter to help the plants return to life next spring.

Planting annuals

Annuals tend to be some of the brightest and most beautiful flowers. Some of them, called “volunteers,” can sow their own seeds easily and return the next year with minimum work on your part.

You might also notice that annuals bloom throughout the season. That means you and you family and house guests have more time to marvel at the beautiful flowers they produce.

Some common annuals to plant are begonias, geraniums, marigolds, sunflowers and petunias. If you like to keep a variety.

Planting biennials

Like annuals, biennials will die after they bloom. The key difference is that they last for two years not one. During spring of the first year they will grow and stem but won’t bloom. The following spring is when biennials reach their peak.

 Just like annuals, biennials can sow their own seeds. However, some are easier to grow than others and you’ll want to encourage them with rich, aerated soil and plenty of water in early spring.

 Some common biennials include Black-eyed Susans, Sweet William, Forget-Me-Not, and some garden variety plants like fennel, carrot, and parsley.

 Pest-repelling plants

There’s more to flowers than just their ability to look and smell nice. Some plants have the ability to repel certain pests. 

Marigold can repel certain insects as well as rabbits, chives repel certain beetles and flies, petunias repel aphids (which can wreak havoc in your vegetable garden), and so on. 

If you have a pest problem and want to dissuade them from coming back next year, planting pest-repelling plants may be the best option for you.




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Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 4/10/2018

If you want to sell your home, spring is a great time to get started readying yourself for the process. Since most people don’t want to carry two mortgages, you’ll need to sell your home before buying a new one. If you do decide to buy and sell simultaneously, beware of contingencies. If you place a contingency that you’ll buy a new home on the condition that you sell your old home first, the deal could soon be out the window. All this aside, preparing to sell can go a long way as far as your dollar and attracting buyers.  


Market Your Home


As most home searches begin online, you’ll need good pictures of your home. Video walk-throughs are also common and helpful in selling many homes. You should work with your real estate agent to be sure that you have a marketing plan ready for execution. This will include sharing on social media and even blogs. Many times, hiring a professional is helpful to get these photos done. You could even get advice from marketing specialists to be sure that the process is being executed well. All of these seemingly little touches can help to drive additional traffic to a home listing. 


Testing The Market Equals Off The Market


If you’re thinking of “testing” the price of your home, it’s probably not a good idea. When the price of your home is too high from the start, people will lose interest quickly. If you start the sale of your home this way, you’ll end up needing to cut the price of the property quite significantly at some point. 


Do Your Research


Buyers also have an idea of what’s reasonably priced and what isn’t. Smart buyers will hold out as they know you’ll be dropping the price of the home fairly soon. Keep in mind that a well-priced home also will bring in much more traffic than a home that has been priced unreasonably. This can be a benefit to you as a seller. 


Make Green Improvements To Your Home


Making improvements to your home not only adds value to it, but makes it more attractive. Today’s environmentally conscious buyers appreciate the effort that sellers put in to go green. If you have the opportunity to put in solar panels or low flow toilets, do so for a big return and a home that’s more appeasing to buyers.


On the other side of “green” improvements is the landscaping. Before you put your home on the market, be sure to spruce up the yard. Curb appeal is a big deal to today’s buyers. Taking the time to make the lawn look well-groomed and put in some new shrubbery can really go a long way. When potential buyers pull up to the home, they’ll be able to see themselves living there.





Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 4/3/2018

When most homeowners think of creating a more eco-friendly home their mind goes to replacing windows, increasing insulation and using less water. But friend, we live in the 21st century! It’s time to catch up with the times. AI, that is artificial intelligence, is everywhere right now. From refrigerators to children's toys it’s almost impossible to turn around and not be confronted with this new, rapidly growing trend.

Right, so you’re saying to yourself I thought this was an article about creating a more environmentally home. And it is! But it’s also about how we can take advantage of AI to do so. Let’s get started.

Our energy bill is usually the first place we look to cut back. Running a home uses up lots of resources, and let’s be honest, can cost a lot of money as well. The Nest Thermostat is a smart thermostat that helps you find a happy balance between maintaining a comfortable temperature and conserving energy.

You can set schedules for changing the temperature throughout the day. You can also put your home on “away mode”, which is kind of like putting a laptop in sleep mode. Your thermostat will lower the temperature while your family is out for the day, but not so low that it takes as much energy as you saved to heat back up again.

Nest even offers the ability to create reports on your usage each month. Drill down into your data to find trends in your usage. Learn more about how your family consumes energy so you can create heating schedules that work best for you unique needs.

Wemo’s Instant Smart Plug also allows you to take ultimate control of all the devices throughout your home. You can control power usage right from your phone. As well as set the different devices on schedules.

And just like Nest Thermostat, you can report on usage. The beautiful thing about Wemo’s Smart Plug is that you can gather data per device to see which is an energy hog as well as curate an overall data set per room to see which uses the most energy.

Become eco-savvy when it comes to your lawn and gardening. Skydrop uses weather upcoming conditions from local forecasts to automatically plan out a watering schedule for your sprinklers. Take all the guesswork out of whether to water or not. Skydrop will take care of it for you.

And lastly, you don’t need to make huge investments to get green tech. Pick up a solar power bank to charge small devices like your phone. They’re available almost everywhere at very reasonable pricing. It might seem small, but overtime opting for solar in this one way makes a huge difference!  




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Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 3/27/2018

Household clutter is an insidious problem in many homes because it happens gradually and you may not notice it until it actually infringes on your living space and begins degrading your quality of life. As is the case with many problems, the first step to solving it is to recognize that you need to do something about it.

Clutter can assume many different forms in your house, but the effects are always negative. Whether you need to eliminate clutter in one room or your entire house, tackling the problem always results in a feeling of relief and accomplishment. By taking it one step at a time and focusing on the benefits of reducing clutter, you'll be able to create a positive "ripple effect" in your mind, your family relationships, personal productivity, and other aspects of your life.

Improved efficiency: Everyone knows the frustration of not being able to find something you're looking for. It's problem that may happen with increasing frequency when you're surrounded by clutter. By taking the time to sort through a cluttered closet, cabinet, garage, basement, or bedroom, you'll be able to eliminate junk, regain lost storage space, and find useful things that you forgot you even owned! When you discover belongings that your family has outgrown or stopped using, you can free up valuable space by either selling, donating, or throwing away unwanted items.

Psychological benefits: A room or home that feels cramped, cluttered, or disorganized is not at all conducive to relaxation, smooth family relationships, and feelings of contentment. If you're even a little embarrassed about the way your home looks, for example, you'll be less likely to invite family and friends over to your house. One of the benefits of actually planning a family gathering or dinner party at your home is that you'll be motivated to organize, clean, and straighten up many areas of your home -- everything from your kitchen and bathrooms to your living room and family room. Also on the plus side: Having a feeling of pride about the appearance and decor of your home is not only personally satisfying, but it can also benefit your social life!

Inspiration: Once you've reorganized your furniture, where needed, and created a more spacious feeling in your home, you'll often feel more motivated to apply a fresh coat of paint to scuffed walls, organize bookshelves, or replace old draperies with new window treatments. One thing leads to another. When you see what a difference a few household improvements can make to the look and feel of your home, you'll be inspired to find more ways to enhance your living space. With any luck, other members of your family will also be inspired to help keep the house looking neat, well organized, and clutter free. While you shouldn't expect any miracles or sudden transformations, remember: Rome wasn't built in a day!





Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 3/20/2018

When you decide to sell your home, there’s a long list of things that you’ll need to do from finding a real estate agent to making repairs around the home. It’s nice to have a to-do list handy to help you figure out what you need to do and when throughout the course of the sale of your home. 


Find Out The Estimated Value Of Your Home


You should do a quick search online to see what your property is valued at. Some websites even have the number of views that your property has gotten over its lifetime on the site. This will give you an idea of how much you might get for the sale of your home as well as how much interest there may be in buying the home to begin with. If you see what your, home has listed in a basic online search, you’ll be able to tell what needs to be updated when the home is actually listed by your realtor.   


Get Things Fixed


If there have been issues in the home, you should work on getting them fixed. You’ll also need to know what has happened in the home over the years in order to put together a proper disclosure. Has the basement flooded? Did you face an electrical fire?  All of these problems need to be listed. You can also disclose what you did to remedy the issues. The buyer has a right to know and understand that they are moving in under good conditions. 


Learn About Potential Real Estate Agents


It’s so important to hire the right agent when you’re selling your home. You are getting a return on your initial investment, so you want it to be a good one! You’ll also want to know that you have someone who will be there to do home showings, process paperwork, and be your advocate throughout the process. You can contact various references that real estate agents provide and ask how they felt about the agent’s work. 


Find Out How Your Home Will Be Marketed


In Today’s technology-based world, there are so many ways that a home can be marketed. This includes the use of websites, social media, open houses, video tours, and photos. Your agent should be well-versed in all of these areas, or be able to hire people who do know how to best use these areas of marketing. Every avenue that is used to get buyers for your home is beneficial to you as a seller.



Understanding the process of how a home is sold can help you to be prepared when you’re ready to sell.