Bette Curtis' Blog

Posted on 09/20/2020
How to Build a Hose Container
Image by Victoria Farr from Pixabay With a little thought, creativity and some inexpensive odds and ends you can add charming accents to your home. Weekend projects provide a fun way to spend a few hours and being able to look at your finished project with satisfaction is even better if it serves a useful purpose beautifying your...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
How to Capitalize on a Buyer's Market
A buyer's market typically is a dream come true for those who want to find a high-quality and affordable house. In fact, there are many things you can do to capitalize on a buyer's market to ensure you can purchase a house that you'll be able to enjoy for years to come. Now, let's take a look at three...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Is It Simple to Buy a California Luxury House?
Purchasing a luxury residence in Malibu, Santa Monica or another California city or town should be seamless. Yet problems may arise that prevent you from buying your ideal Golden State luxury residence. Competition for luxury houses across California is fierce, and as such, it is important to plan ahead for the Golden State luxury homebuying journey. Fortunately, there are...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
How Much Should You Pay for a Smart Home Device?
There is no set amount that a homeowner should spend on a smart house device. In fact, depending on the smart gadgets you purchase, you may wind up spending only a few dollars, or hundreds, on these devices. But if you understand how to shop for smart home gadgets, you may be better equipped than other property owners to...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Match Your Property Type to Your Lifestyle
Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay Everyone's ideal home is different. Age, family size, budget and location all factor into the home buying process. Here's a brief look at the types of properties that attract different people. Apartments Apartments are usually a stepping stone for young professionals as they save up for a home. They are also convenient...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Home Serenity: How to Create Your Own Outdoor Getaway
Photo by Tod Franklin via Pixabay What makes you happy? Do you love to sit and read? Or are you more of a hang-out-with-friends kind of homeowner? Regardless of what moves you, there's a way to create space for it in your own backyard. Even better -- you can increase your home's resale value in the process. Use...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Short-Notice Showing: How to Get Ready
Photo by Sussi Hj via Shutterstock Your home is on the market, but you still live there. Now your agent called to see if a potential buyer can look at it in an hour. What do you do? You Don’t Need to Panic Instead of holding your head in despair, grab some tools, and clean the most visible...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
How to Make Your Kitchen More Appealing to Buyers
Putting your house on the market is a lot like preparing to host a holiday party; you want to make the best possible impression on people without having to spend a small fortune in the process! Assuming your home is not drastically outdated or in disrepair, there are a lot of simple things you can do to make it...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
How to Use Pantone's Classic Blue
Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Unsplash Sky at dusk is how Pantone describes classic blue, their 2020 color of the year. Restful and tranquil, a bold color such as classic blue gives the eye a place to rest as it travels around a space, which makes it ideal for accent items such as throw pillows, wall art or...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Buying and Selling: Buy or Sell First?
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay You’ve decided to sell your home to upgrade or even downsize, but you don’t know whether you should start looking and buy first or wait to sell first. The best-case scenario is to do both, but that takes a lot of planning. If you are sure your credit is good enough to...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Options for Outdoor Heating
Image by Adi Goldstein from Unsplash If you have a backyard with a terrace or balcony, consider investing in an outdoor heater to extend your living space. Add warmth to chilly fall or spring evenings while relaxing on your porch swing or enjoying a meal on your patio. With a heat source, you can enjoy your outdoor entertainment...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Hot Luxury Home Markets in the U.S.
Photo by Daniel Salcius on Unsplash If you're looking for that second home in the vacation paradise of your dreams, these five locations have just turned the corner from luxury sellers' market to luxury buyers' market: Maui, Hawaii Tennis clubs, golf resorts and views of white sand beaches and pristine blue water top the reasons why Maui has...
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