3 Easygoing Living Rooms

Most people have been to a house where the living room felt off-limits, either directly or indirectly. In this age, when space is tight and lives are busy, living rooms should be inviting, comfortable and able to stand the wear and tear of daily use from the homeowners as well as friends and family. Here, three casual-cool living spaces beckon you to go ahead and look, have a seat and put your feet up while you’re at it.


Posted on December 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Around Home |

4 year-end tax tips for 2016

With all the major 2015 tax deadlines behind us, and “tax season” still several months away, tax planning may be the furthest thing from your mind right now. However, smart tax planning is a year-long process, and the moves you make now could save you lots of money when it comes time to file your tax return in 2017. With that in mind, here are four things you might want to do before 2016 comes to an end.

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Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Taxes |

Holidays are a Great Time to Sell

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Get a jump on all the competition by selling during the holidays! Here are 10 reasons why now is a great time!


Posted on December 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Selling a Home |

7 Sneaky Storage Ideas to Hide Your Clutter in Plain Sight

You purged. You donated. You discarded. Yet, even with excess items banished from your home, clutter is creeping back in. The real culprit? All those household essentials and cherished keepsakes still need a tidy, convenient spot to live. Without accessible storage, these must-haves quickly take over countertops and corners, garages, and the great outdoors. But with a little creativity, you can reclaim these spaces while keeping all your things right in reach.

Get inspired to declutter your home with these clever solutions that turn everyday items and locations into sneaky storage spots right under your nose.

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Posted on November 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Around Home |

Tips for a (Spring) Clean Home All Winter Long

You know, when you think about it, we should be obsessing over fall cleaning instead of spring cleaning. After all, you’re about to shut yourself inside for months with all the dust and dirt your home has collected during the hot, dusty, open-window days of summer. And who wants to inhale that?!

The EPA even estimates that indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. So here’s a checklist to help you breathe easy all winter long in your home.

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Posted on October 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Around Home |

Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ Reveals 5 Top Home-Staging Mistakes

One of the keys to a successful home sale, says Jo, is home staging, where you arrange your furniture and décor (or some rented stuff) in a way that entices buyers to make an offer. Yet home staging is a highly misunderstood practice, one where home sellers can easily make missteps that can undermine these efforts.

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Posted on October 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Selling a Home |

6 Home-Selling Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately

When you get ready to sell your home, you might very well have a false sense of security. After all, you got through the hard part of buying. Now all you have to do is call a Realtor, put your home on the market, and wait for the buyers to line up. Selling will be a breeze, right?

Of course not! Selling a home is as much a science as buying one is. And lots of people who’ve been there before will want to tell you how it’s done. Beware of these (well-meaning) storytellers, and don’t fall for some of the most common misconceptions about selling your home.

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Posted on October 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Selling a Home |

America’s Most Stressed—and Most Chill—Cities

“Each city shares some common causes for stress, like noise, people, competition, traffic, but they also diverge into their own special pain points,” says self-described “stress coach” Jordan Friedman in New York City, author of “The Stress Manager’s Manual.”

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So which cities are sending their residents’ collective anxiety to pandemic levels?  Our remarkably chill data team pulled together a list of 11 metrics that we think give a pretty good indication:

  • Housing affordability, signaled by price-to-income ratio
  • Rent
  • Average hours of sleep
  • Average work hours
  • Percentage of people who commute more than 45 minutes to work
  • Unemployment rate
  • Percentage of people who live below the poverty line
  • Divorce rate
  • Number of yoga and meditation centers per capita
  • Percentage of people in “poor” or “fair” health (46% of Americans cite health concerns as a leading cause of stress)
  • Percentage of people who don’t think “having as much fun as possible” is important, according to a 2016 Nielsen poll.

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Posted on October 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Around Home, Buying a Home |

3 Easygoing Living Rooms

New This Week: 3 Easygoing Living Rooms


Posted on October 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Uncategorized |

9 Habits for a Home That Always Feels Neat and Fresh

Do you have 2 minutes? Then you can implement these really quick habits for keeping your home tidy!

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Posted on October 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm
Kathy West | Posted in Around Home |