Creating Your Dream “She Shed”

Springtime is here, meaning more time spent outdoors and perfect weather for renovating or enhancing your backyard. During the last few years, homeowners have been getting creative, finding more ways to make their own personal oasis just right out their back door. One of these creative improvements is the “she” shed, a classic tools shed that is transformed into the homeowners own personalized shed meant for relaxation, girls night in or a space for hobbies and favorite activities. Let’s take a look at some tips for making the perfect “she” shed!

Renovating or Building

The first and most important decision you will have to make when making your shed is if you have a current building in place that can be renovated or if you will need to either order a shed “kit” that includes all the materials needed or hire a local builder. Each option will vary in effort and in price. Hiring a builder will most likely be the most spendy, but allows for customization at every part of the process. As for kits, there are lots of different sites that offer them but we recommend reading reviews before purchasing. Lastly, if you already have a shed you can save a lot of money by renovating it yourself! Putting in new flooring, purchasing new windows and a fresh coat of paint will have your shed looking brand new in no time.

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Realty Executives Growth and Productivity Among Nation’s Best in the 2021 Real Trends 500

Realty Executives is proud to be widely represented in the 2021 REAL Trends 500 report. 

The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential firms as ranked by closed transaction sides and closed sales volume. Realty Executives brokerages have continually been ranked in REAL Trends 500 over the years.

Realty Executives brokerages across the U.S. were honored as they have proven to show long-term success and productivity. The skill and knowledge needed to lead the largest and most successful brokerages in the country is that of a true real estate expert. Realty Executives agents and brokers lead with their professionalism but are passionate at heart and entrepreneurial in spirit. 

Highlights from the REAL Trends 500 report:

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Turning Your Guest Room Into a Home Office

Nowadays, working from home is more common than ever before. COVID-19 has affected home design in some significant ways, so there’s an increased need to have a home office – a room that will look professional, formal, and functional. Luckily, you don’t have to look for a new, bigger home if you already have a spare room at your disposal. Don’t worry; turning your guest room into a home office isn’t a challenging or complex procedure; you just need a plan, a little bit of time, and some creativity.

Get rid of the big and bulky bed

The first step of turning your guest room into a home office is getting rid of a bulky bed in the center of the room. It probably occupies most of the space, which you can now use in a smart way. If needed, you can have an alternative when guests do stay over – buy a fold-down bed. There are many models on the market, and they are all hinged at one end to store vertically against the wall or inside a closet or cabinet. If you had other items for your guests here, such as linens and towels, find them a place in other rooms of your home. Then, it’s time for detailed spring cleaning and really transforming the space.

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Realty Executives Continues Brokerage Growth with Opening of Realty Executives Nexus

Doris and Armando Sanchez, Broker/Owners of Realty Executives of Eagle Pass and Del Rio, have announced the opening of a new brokerage in the San Antonio, Texas market.

The San Antonio brokerage, Realty Executives Nexus, will be the third brokerage the Sanchez Salinas and Associates, LLC group has opened under the Realty Executives brand. Nexus will serve the Northwest communities of San Antonio and surrounding areas. The brokerage expansion marks a success for the broker/owners and international franchisor, as they have renewed focus on growth in Texas in the year ahead.

“Doris and Armando have been excellent partners to work with throughout their career with us, and we are excited to see this new opportunity come their way.” Patrick van den Bossche, President of Realty Executives International, said. “We always try to encourage our Brokers and Executives to take the next steps in their careers when possible and the Sanchez Salinas family has done that time and time again within their businesses.”

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Realty Executives Corpus Christi & Coastal Bend Continues to Expand

Realty Executives Coastal Bend, LLC is expanding once again, with a Rockport, TX, office opening. This location will be joining the brokerage family, along with Corpus Christi, Alice, Port Aransas, and Padre Island.

The Texas brokerage serves communities up and down the South Texas Coastal Bend. With 30 agents, Realty Executives Corpus Christi has established themselves as the local experts for home buyers and sellers.

Regional Developer Michael Neuman is excited to continue to grow the Realty Executives name and reach throughout the state, in partnership with Corpus Christi Broker/Owner Alma Cantu Martin. 

“The resources and technology available to our Realty Executives agents allow them to focus on what they do best: serving buyers and sellers.” Neuman said. “Our goal is to continue expansion with the most experienced, professional agents in southern Texas. Alma has been instrumental in providing the support and leadership that top producing Executives need to continue to grow their businesses.”

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Woman-Led Realty Executives First Class Opens in Montville

Realty Executives First Class, of Montville, New Jersey, has officially opened its doors with Broker/Owner Lauren Parrella leading the way. 

The new office is the first for Parrella, a former Executive of fellow Realty Executives brokerage, Exceptional RealtorsⓇ. Receiving her real estate license in 2013, while working as a police dispatcher, Parrella found a passion in helping those in her community during their home buying or selling process. In 2015, Parrella joined the Realty Executives brand and began building her business from the ground up, switching to full-time real estate pro in 2017. Just in 2020, Parrella sold $20 million as a single agent and has continually earned accolades throughout her career, including Realty Executives’ Top Producer, New Jersey REALTOR Circle of Excellence, featured in Top Agent Magazine, Top 100 Magazine recognizing agents across the country and more.

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Designing the Perfect Breakfast Nook

Are you in the process of designing your dream home or looking at renovating your current space? Chances are the biggest options or decisions you have to face during the design process are focused on your kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of your home and oftentimes is a big undertaking from cabinets, countertops, appliances and more. Something you might want to consider is a breakfast nook. These unique and cozy gathering spots are a great addition to your kitchen. Here are some tips to creating the perfect breakfast nook for your dream kitchen.

Seating

It may not seem like a big decision, but the type of seating you choose can make or break your breakfast nook. Of course, you want the area to be functional and cohesive with the rest of the home, but it also should be comfortable! This space is meant to be a gathering spot not only for breakfast time but for after school homework or a good coffee chat during a Sunday afternoon. Since a “nook” is meant to be made out of a corner or small space, it often includes benches. But you can always add a large dining chair on the end if you want seating other than benches. When it comes to bench or chair coverings, check out different materials and textures to see the right combination of color, comfort and utility.

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Responsibilities of a Title Company

When buying a home, a common term that will come up is “title”. Although it’s a common term, do you really know what it means or what a title company does for you and the home seller? Let’s take a look at what to expect from a title company during your home buying process.

What is a title company?

The role of title company spans across a couple different spaces in real estate, but it’s main priority is to verify the title to the property or real estate given to the home buyer is legitimate. To put it simply- the make sure all the bases are covered and the seller has a right to sell the property.

Once the verification is complete, the company will guarantee the property title with title insurance. This insurance protects the owner in the event that someone or multiple people come along and claim ownership.

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Realty Executives Phoenix and Yuma Ranked No.1 Real Estate Company in Arizona

 Realty Executives Phoenix and Yuma has been named the top residential real estate company by Arizona’s largest and most comprehensive business opinion poll, Ranking AZ. This is the third year the Valley brokerage has been ranked No. 1 by home buyers and sellers across the state, and fifth consecutive year ranked in the top three.

Ranking AZ, published by established business and lifestyle media outlet AZ Big Media, is a top source for helping Arizona residents find leaders in various industries, including real estate. The print and online publication honor businesses that have exceeded the expectations of consumers and rank companies based on how customers answer one question: With whom would you recommend doing business?

Realty Executives Phoenix and Yuma, with over 29 offices and over 805 agents throughout Arizona, pride themselves on providing unparalleled customer service and being the local experts for any and all communities served. 

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How to Create a Functional Balcony

Balconies are a great way to incorporate outdoor fun with indoor living. They add space to the home, and they have been found to increase the value of your home. A balcony that has been beautifully constructed will impact the home’s style and atmosphere, but to get to that point, there’s a lot you need to consider. 

To start, you need to take into account the purpose and function, the location and views, materials you’re using to create the balcony, and the style you’re after. The following tips will help you to create a balcony that is functional and inviting.

Define the purpose of the balcony

Think about why you want the balcony and what you’re planning to do with it. Do you want to sit there during the day to rest? Or will you invite your friends over and have drinks and dance there at night? By defining what you want it for, you’ll be able to come up with a quality design and size to suit. 

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