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May
16

Florida Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are such magnificent creatures. If you would like to see more of them, planting a butterfly garden in your backyard is a great idea.

One of the many perks of homeownership is getting to customize your home and property. That includes a delightful garden if you have a green thumb! 

Our real estate agents have seen many gorgeous butterfly gardens locally. Here in Florida, you do have to select your flowers carefully. You want flowers that attract butterflies, but ones that also thrive in the hot summer sun. Attract butterflies to your garden with these plants. 

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September
2

Litter Box Tips

September is officially Happy Cat Month, so take some extra time to appreciate your feline friend. Cats make wonderful pets, but there's one part of cat ownership that everyone dislikes - the litter box. Its appearance isn't attractive, and no one wants to have its odor or the sounds of a cat scratching away in the box invading your home's common areas.
  
With a few tools, some time, and a little bit of effort, you can hide your cat's litter box while still leaving it easily accessible for them. Check out these tips to help make your cat's litter box out of sight and out of mind.

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August
11

With the start of the school year upon most of us, now's a great time to talk home organization! Kids resuming their studies often results in a flurry of backpacks, textbooks, and various other school supplies that can quickly leave your home in a stressful state of disarray. Here are some airtight back-to-school home organization tips you can use to corral the chaos.

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July
30

Front Door Paint

Once you have your dream house, the next step is to make it your own. And the best place to start is with the front door. It's the first thing people see before they walk in; it should make a decorative statement about who you are and what kind of home this is. Here are some paint options to consider.

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July
28

Have you ever wondered what style of house represents your personality? There are so many home types to choose from, you should know which one fits you best! Take a look at these five popular home styles to get an idea for the aesthetic and functionality that match your unique personality when you're ready to purchase your next home.

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May
26

Composting Tips

If you're looking for a new home, one thing you may be thinking about is gardening and landscaping. Many homes have plenty of yard space for growing plants. You may want a home with room for something else, too: a compost pile. If you've never had one before, they're a great tool for anyone with a green thumb. Here's how to start your first compost pile.

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May
20

While choosing to list your home in a seller's market is a highly desirable opportunity, there are still a few tips you should keep in mind to ensure your home stands out among the rest. Although your Watson agent will take care of most of these for you, you should also be well-versed on what to look for. Here are a few key things you'll want to implement in order to attract buyers and achieve your selling goals.

Hire a Great REALTOR®

A sound home-selling strategy includes multiple parts. Perhaps the most important part is hiring an outstanding REALTOR® who knows the market, the comps in your area, and what buyers are looking for. An experienced agent can sell your home faster and at a better price, so do your due diligence on agents in your area to maximize your profit and minimize sale time.

Make Your Marketing Matter 

According to Forbes, social media is the biggest factor in the new real estate market. Not only that, but a Pew Research Center survey also found that of 30-to-49-year-olds, 82% use at least one social media platform, with Facebook and Instagram being the most popular.

Take advantage of social media by giving your agent permission to post stunning photos of the home with relevant hashtags like #yourcityrealestate on Instagram and Facebook. Then, share those posts to maximize your reach! Don't forget to combine that with traditional methods like yard signs, and you'll have more eyeballs from a variety of sources on your home, which equals more offers for you.

Go Live at the Right Time 

Psst! Here is an insider secret: Friday is considered to be the best day of the week for home selling. Many people start their vacations that day or take off work early and are ready to get into personal affairs like browsing homes for sale. Since this day is likely to have more online traffic, consider posting the listing for sale on a Friday to generate more initial activity and engagement with your home. Conversely, Mondays are the worst day for activity, so keep that in mind!

Photos and Videos are King 

What is the first thing you would look at when browsing homes to buy? If you said photos, you've done this before. Sharp, clean, professional photography is paramount to the buyer experience of wanting more of what your home has to offer. Good photos will entice a buyer to come visit your home in person.  For homes in the $200K to $1M range, high-quality photography can increase the price by $3K-$11K. Even better, high-quality photos and especially virtual tours can lead to a 32% faster sale!

Begin with Curb Appeal

Hands down the most important part of making your home attractive is making it beautiful, clean, and as turn-key as possible. Start with the outside and take care of your landscaping, painting, and repairs. It's the first thing people see in photos and in person – and first impressions count! Plant bright flowers, lay down fresh mulch, eliminate weeds, and give the outside a power wash or new coat of paint to give your home an affordable facelift that yields excellent returns.

Create a Clean Slate

It should come as no surprise that if you plan on getting your home sold, the bare minimum is getting it clean, de-cluttered, and repaired. But you may also want to consider a professional cleaning or upgrades for key areas, like the kitchen and bathrooms – which buyers zero in on most. Ensure there are no smells whatsoever, remove any sign of pets, and de-personalize by removing photos or items like sports team flags or religious keepsakes which can turn buyers off. Don't forget home staging can help buyers visualize the way furniture compliments the home.

Ready to take the first step to getting your home sold? Let our Watson agents help – contact us today!

April
1

Watson List Your Home

Listing your home for sale can be overwhelming, especially if it's your first time. One of the best ways to sell your home quickly and increase your sale price is through proper home staging. Home staging is both an art and a science and often takes a good bit of experience to pull it off just right. Our real estate agents are experts at home staging and are always willing to offer tips to help you through the process.

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March
2

If there's one thing we could all take from the lovely people of Denmark, it's the concept of hygge. Pronounced hyoo-ga, hygge encapsulates all that is cozy and comfortable. But beyond the material aspects of hygge, there exists a desire to enjoy life's simple pleasures, to pause and find contentment amidst the chaos of living. What better place to introduce hygge into your life than your house? Here's how to incorporate hygge into your home and create a personal sanctuary.

Stay Simple

Bright color schemes might be bold, but they don't exactly align with the goals of hygge. After all, hygge emphasizes the simple pleasures. Keep your space uncluttered and clean and your color scheme neutral. Browns, creams, and similar colors encourage peaceful, relaxing feelings.

Cozy & Comfortable

Life is hard, so we should prioritize coziness at all possible opportunities. In your home, that means lots of cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, and feathery comforters. Another great way to incorporate hygge into your home is by creating a cozy nook or corner to which you can retreat when things get a little hectic.

Aromatherapy

Further increase the coziness of your space by lighting a few candles. Pick scents that calm you and your candles will serve as a great self-care tool. But it's not just the scent you're after; the soft, radiant light provide the perfect comforting glow.

Casual Dress Code

What you wear at home contributes just as much to hygge as the décor. So leave the jeans and dresses in the closet and opt for your coziest pair of sweatpants and fuzzy socks. If you really want to commit, grab yourself a pair of hyggebuksers.

Let There Be Light

The gentle glow of candlelight sometimes isn't enough. Open up those curtains, lift the blinds, and let as much natural light in as possible. Those soothing pillars of sunlight become invaluable for comfort in the chilly winter.

Bring the Outside Inside

Greenery in the form of plants are a great way to liven up the atmosphere in any room of your home, especially in your cozy nooks. Even if you don't have a great track record of keeping plants alive, you can still capture the ambience of the elements with wood accents in floors, furniture, and other décor pieces.

Light a Fire

If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, set a fire to create warmth – an essential piece of the hygge mindset. Few things can improve a relaxing night cuddle up on the couch under layers of blankets like a roaring fire.     

February
3

Just because the pandemic hasn't quite gone away yet doesn't mean you can't still celebrate Valentine's Day in a special way. We've all spent plenty of date nights cuddled up on the couch with a good movie over the last year, so why not try something new without sacrificing the safety of social distance? Here are some romantic, pandemic-safe date ideas.

Stargazing

Nothing says romance like watching the stars with your main squeeze. Find a night with clear skies and venture away from the city's bright lights and enjoy the quiet, peaceful ambiance.

Go for a Picnic

Rather than risk dinner at a restaurant, pack up a picnic with your favorite snacks and enjoy the outdoors with your valentine. Who says you need candlelight to make a dinner romantic?

Rock Climbing

You could book time at an indoor rock-climbing wall if you're new to the activity – many gyms have reopened with enhanced safety protocols. But if you and your partner are experienced athletes, you could always try your hand at the real thing!

Pick Fruit Together

Chances are you have at least a couple farms or orchards nearby that let guests pick fresh fruit for fun. You'll be surprised at how much fun you and your partner will have picking fresh apples, berries, or even fresh herbs together.

Hit the Water

Have an aquatic adventure with your partner that you'll both remember for a long time. Rent kayaks, paddleboards, or even a full-sized boat and enjoy a fun and romantic outing on the water.

Explore Your City

You may think you know your own city, but when is the last time you went exploring? Together with your partner, plot an expedition downtown, visit popular landmarks, and check out other corners of the city you've never visited. Discovering the city together can deepen your connection to your partner.

Play a Sport

Whether it's a tennis showdown, nine holes of golf, or even a quick game of H.O.R.S.E. on the basketball court, a little bit of friendly competition can lead to sparks.

Make a New Dish Together

Don your chef hats, put on your aprons, and pour your love into a new recipe. Creating a new delicious dish is an amazing shared experience that will highlight just how well you two work together.

Break Out the Board Games

Another way to spark your competitive spirit is with a board game night! For an extra layer of fun, bring back the classics of your youth like Connect Four, Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippo, and more.

Hot Air Balloon

This one may be a bit trickier to organize depending on where you live, but if you can make it happen, you and your partner are in for the date of your lives. Few things can match the romantic thrill of embracing each other hundreds of feet in the sky with a 360-degree view of the world's beauty surrounding you.

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