Nov 17, 2020

Early Organizing For A Stress Free Thanksgiving


Make a Plan

Get out a notebook, your calendar, and a pen and brainstorm Thanksgiving. Start thinking about a menu, figure out when you need to go shopping, and contemplate what prep can be done on what days.

Enlist Guests to Help By Bringing Something

Everyone loves to taste new items. This will give a variety and more food to go around.
Another option is to delegate an entire course to a guest, like appetizers, drinks, or dessert.

Make Your Menu

Now that you know what the guests are bringing, you can begin planning your own shopping, prep, and cooking.

Stick With What You Know

If you're hosting Thanksgiving, you know your guests expect to see, like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. If you want a little variety here are a few sides that might be a hit.

    Brussels Sprouts Gratin
    Loaded Mashed Potatoes
    Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Pomegranate
    Cranberry  Dip

Make a Grocery List

Organize your shopping list the way the store is laid out: produce, meat, dairy, canned goods, grains, baking, and snacks.

Get Your Serving Dishes Ready

Pull out all of the necessary serving dishes and utensils, too, and make sure they are ready to go.

Schedule Food Prep

Tasks like chopping vegetables and baking pies can be done a day or two ahead of time. Whatever you can do ahead without sacrificing quality, do it. It'll save you time, effort, and stress on meal day.

Tableware Inventory

Inventory place settings, linens, the room around the table, and chairs. Do you have enough for the number of guests you're expecting? Double-check your serving dishes too.

Beverage Station

Are you going to set up a separate area for soda, water, and wine? Since you'll be busy on Thanksgiving day, it might make sense to let your guests help themselves. It makes sense to set up a beverage station.

Plan Decorations

There's no need to go overboard. Plan your table decor, flowers, candles, and mini gourds.

Make a Thanksgiving Day Timeline

Include, at a minimum, the following elements: breakfast, appetizers, sit-down dinner, and dessert.

Chances are it will not as perfect as you have planned. With a few early organization tips, you will feel more at ease and in control.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 2, 2020

Tight Seller's Market? Consider New Construction Homes


Most of the country is experiencing a very tight real estate market. Inventory levels are historically low, perhaps owing to the concern of strangers traipsing through the home during this time.

Additionally, because most people are staying home, they have been able to focus on their property and how it fits into their lifestyle, emphasizing the need to right-size their environment. With properly-priced homes moving quickly off the market, homebuyers are frustrated. 

For those who can be flexible with their timing, new construction offers an appealing alternative to the resale market. New construction offers the buyer a fresh, blank canvas on which to create their perfect home. In any market, this can be appealing, but when resale inventory is low, this is even more attractive. Yet, new construction is more than modern floor plans and beautiful finishes. 

Before buying new construction, it’s important to ask a few questions first

 How long will the property take to build, and what possible delays could affect that time frame? How does that timeline fit in with selling your current home or finding interim housing?

 Is your completion date affected by the sale or occupancy of other units or phases

 What is included in the base unit and what are the additional costs for custom add-on options? 

 What are the HOA (homeowner’s association) fees and what do they cover?

 In addition, it’s important to understand the exact location of the new home and any planned developments or improvements which could affect the home in the future – road noise, parking or traffic congestion, view, etc.  

For those trying to compete in this resale seller’s market, it could be time to buy new. Developers are offering some great incentives in this climate, and it can be a great alternative for those with a little time to wait. 

Contact me today if you want to consider new construction.  There are new build homes available now. We also have builders you can connect with. Always have your buyer's agent working with you and the builder.



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Enjoy the Virtual Beach

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If you want to live near the beach give me a call. 

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Early Organizing For A Stress Free Thanksgiving

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