Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is my absolute favorite! I love the festive feeling in the air, the decorations and how the Christmas season seems to bring out the best in people. I have been blessed with so many wonderful changes this year and have learned so much to better my career. I am so thankful for working with the people I do and for all of my new and old clients! With that being said, I just wanted to share some of the magical snapshots I’ve gotten this month from the wonderful place I call home! Next week we will be back with some great new articles! Say tuned for why the majority of millennials are purchasing instead of renting!

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First snow of the season!
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The evening view from my office!

 

 

 

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Considering Selling or Buying? Here are Five Reasons to Work with a Realtor.

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The experience you need with Coldwell Banker Bain.

1. Professional Experience: Buying or selling a home is likely to be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Home regulations, laws, and markets are constantly changing— meaning, that even if you’ve gone through the process before, it can be a completely different experience.Would you diagnose a disease without the help of a doctor? Or try to file a lawsuit without a lawyer? Think of a realtor in the same way: an expert in the field. Why jump into the market without a guide?
2. Information and Educated Opinions: Again, a realtor is an experienced professional. Each licensed agent has gone through extensive schooling to learn about housing laws as well as the best techniques to use when buying and selling homes. first-time-home-buyer-guide_d895f38b02c59a211c8c3c72f426bb56_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85They can help provide information about zoning, schools, crime in the area and data from each property that may not be available to the general public. A professional will look out for your best interest and help you find a home that is perfect for your needs.
3. Selling or Buying Can be a Complicated Process: The process of buying
or selling already is overwhelming. Many different factors go into it and that’s not even including the paperwork! Let a professional lead the way
and help you avoid costly mistakes.

4. Objectivity: One of the most important attributes of a realtor is that they have absolutely no emotional ties to your home. If you’re selling your house, they can evaluate each buyer’s proposal and resolve any issues
without involving feelings about the other party.
5. Skilled Negotiations: Negotiating with the other party is one of the main duties a realtor has. There are many factors that are arranged when selling or buying a home. Those include price, terms, date of possession, financing, repairs and many more. The experience of a licensed agent is invaluable when it comes to getting the best out of what you’re buying.

 

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Keep your Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday

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Decorate your home while keeping pets safe!

The holiday season is a wonderful time where friends and family come together and celebrate; but with all the hustle and bustle this time of year brings, it is easy to forget about pets! With Christmas trees, decorations and all sorts of holiday treats, the winter season can be a dangerous one for dogs and other animals.

So what are some hidden hazards that most don’t think about when decorating?

Tree Water: There is something to be said about a real tree—the smell is amazing and it brings another level of cheer into a home, but did you know that these trees are typically coated with pesticides and other chemicals to make them last longer? These chemicals leech into the water at the base of tree and can be transferred to your pet if he or she drinks it.

Christmas Lights: I don’t know about your animals, but my puppy’s favorite thing to chew on right now is cords. While it’s easy to keep laptop plugs and power cords away from animals, trees and other parts of your house are much more difficult to hide and those sparkly lights attached make them even more appealing. Exposed wire on old string lights, glass bulbs, broken bulbs and plugs can be very dangerous.

Ornaments: Bright decorations don’t only attract our eye, these magnificent shiny toys also appeal to your pets! Most curious animals feel the need to try to eat every new thing they encounter. When swallowed, tinsel can cause blockages in the intestines, beaded garlands can be a choking hazard, and glass ornaments can break and injure the inside of the mouth and digestive system.

Holiday Plants: Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe, Amaryllis; almost all of the popular holiday plants are poisonous to pets.

With all these potential risks, decorating can be tricky but don’t give up! 1004085_10203010694173916_1473673809_nThere are ways to protect your animals while having a festive home. First off, the most important tip is to pet proof your Christmas tree: make the water inaccessible, secure your tree to the wall so cats or other playful pets can’t knock it over, if possible put a barrier around your tree to completely block it from your animals. Keep other Holiday plants in an area where they can’t be reached, such as out front of your house. Use ornaments that are non-toxic and difficult to break. Christmas lights should never be left on when you’re not in the room and when turned off the cords should be completely unplugged from the wall.

Want more decorating tips for your home this season? Click here for my tips on adding curb appeal to your home.

See what Denice Jentlie can do for you. Call today for a free consultation and let me show you how I can make a difference in buying or selling a home.

Today’s Homes are Smart Homes!

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“Coldwell Banker at CES – The Smart Home Revolution Begins Here!!”

The following is a guest post from Carla Hayes of the Coldwell Banker marketing team.

When “Back to the Future Part II” came out in the theaters, I would have given my Caboodle, collection of scrunchies AND New Kids on the Block t-shirt to have been the girl who got to ride with Marty and Doc to the future – which according to the date on the flux capacitor was Oct. 21, 2015.

Even though I had to get here by more traditional means, I’m still pretty excited to have finally made it to the future.

That movie gave us glimpse of what the future of would look like (according to our 1989 selves). I was wide-eyed and spent (probably too many hours) imagining what it would be like to live in that world. Now that we’re here, I’ve been thinking about where we are vs. where we imagined we would be.

We haven’t made it to the flying car – although a self-driving version has become reality. And much to my brother’s dismay, the hover board never appeared beneath our Christmas tree or on the street.

But in today’s most tricked-out smart homes, we’re on par with, if not miles beyond, anything the 2015 version of the McFly’s had.  Judging from the list below, the future is here in a big way, and even cooler than our late 80s’ imagination could conjure up.

No more keys for the front door: The McFly’s used their thumbs; but I would argue that we’ve moved ahead of them with the August Smart Locks that open the front door with your phone. You can’t take a thumbprint from the plumber or your real estate agent, but with the August lock, you can assign access to those people who need to come into and out of your home.

Talking Face-to-Face Remotely: I was floored by the idea that we would be able to SEE people when we talked to them. But I used to wonder what I would do if someone called me on a video phone and I was still in my PJs (I have no idea why that worried me so much as a 9 year-old). Now we video chat easily and without a second thought on our phones; and with the newest versions of the connected, wall-mounted screens we are keeping up with the McFly’s. But you’ve got to admit – ours have better resolution.

Windows to the World: We might not be able to easily change the scene outside our windows, but we can automatically open and close the shades (and lights and temperature) without even setting foot in the house with Lutron Caseta Wireless. And in the most high-tech of homes, those wall-mounted screens connect to sensors that register your presence in a room and display the art or scenes you prefer.

No waiting for mail: Marty got the message that he was fired – in no time flat – via a sheet of paper that came out of the fax machine installed in the wall. We’ve moved pretty far beyond those dot-matrix fax machines. The movies producers obviously didn’t anticipate the rise of Wi-Fi. With today’s smart phones and tablets, you can get that message anywhere. And even if your home has a spot where the Wi-Fi is typically weak, boosting your signal is as simple as installing a lightbulb with the Singled Wi-Fi light bulbs.

There are a few things that we’re still waiting to see:

14-Second Pizza: We still don’t have the hydrator that made a pizza in seconds. But today’s ovens, like those from LG, are getting more sophisticated – who want’s re-hydrated pizza anyway?

Floating, personal-traction device: George McFly comes floating – upside down – through the door of Marty’s 2015 home. To be fair, even in the movie, they hadn’t solved the problem of how to keep your hair in place when hanging upside down.

Even now, 16 years after I saw the movie for the first time, I love imagining what the future will bring. Who knows exactly what the Smart Home will look like 15 years in the future, but now we have events like the Smart Home Marketplace at CES that can give us a glimpse to the technologies that mean most to home owners. For me, I’m looking forward to the day that my laundry does itself!