New Years Resolutions for Your Home -PART TWO

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Kids are back in school, work has resumed, and life is in full swing. 2017 can be just like every other year where you resolve to make changes and then lose steam a few weeks or months in, OR you can take the necessary steps to set yourself up for success. Having a plan, set goals and defined timeframes is a surefire way to stick with these resolutions. The benefits of a healthy, efficient home far outweigh the initial time investment it takes to implement them. Read below to find five more resolutions as they pertain to your home:

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Eat Healthier

You are what you eat! In your diet and in your home. Think of gas or electric as the food you eat. It gives you energy to do the things you need, and want, to do. Energy consumption in the home is something we can control through some simple efforts.

  • Fan/space heater in one room instead of heating/cooling entire home
  • Make sure your home doesn’t allow heat to escape
  • Adjust thermostat seasonally
  • Plug entertainment devices into a power-strip and turn it on and off
  • Investigate if gas or electric is most cost-effective for you

The debate of gas versus electric is as long lasting as it is long winded. In order to know which option is best for you, take note of the rates for each in your area. This information should be easily accessible on your bill, or on the provider’s website. Once you have all the information you can re-evaluate your appliances and heating

 

Drink Less. 

Laying off the libations is great for your waistline and your wallet! In your home, especially in California, consuming less water is a necessity. We all know the typical tricks, like reducing shower time, turning off the tap while you brush your teeth and lather your hands, but what can you do to reduce water use in your home?

  • Check for leaks, and fix them promptly
  • Switch to timed watering systems in your yard
  • Reduce lawn space, or better yet, switch to dryscapes
  • Update fixtures. Switching to low-flow toilets or aerated faucets can potentially off rebates as well!

 

Exercise More

Do you have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to “Someday I’ll do This….” but you haven’t done any of it? Exercise your DIY muscle! Why not tackle one of those projects? Repurpose that old outdated furniture. Move it into a new space. Transition your backyard from pile of stuff to haven of rest. You live in California, take advantage of it! There are so many resources, YouTube tutorials, How-To books, and guides to give you step-by-step of any project! Houzz.com is a great place to gain inspiration on larger projects, while Pinterest can give you thousands of ideas from quick and inexpensive to huge and costly. You get to take on whatever you want AND you get to benefit from your handiwork! Hop to it!

 

Family Time

Time is our most precious resource and the only thing can never get more of. Setting a space within your home for family time can be as simple as designating a movie night where family members rotate picking the film, or setting a game closet that kiddos can easily access. Other fun ways to enjoy your home with those you love are:

  • Plant an Herb garden
  • Invite the kids (or significant other) to help you cook
  • Tackle a house project together
  • Makeover the kids bedroom as a family, rework the furniture and it can feel like a new space!
  • Plant a family tree!
  • Install a swing
  • Build a sandbox

 

Reduce Stress

In our homes, just as in our personal lives, many things contribute to added stress. Your heater and air conditioner may have it’s work cut out for it if you’re not taking care to insulate your home properly. Checking window and door seals can be a quick and inexpensive way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you have the ability to update old windows, or take on larger, more expensive projects– think about spraying insulation into existing walls. Not only will it help the comfort of the space, but it serves as a noise barrier as well. Local energy companies will often do free in home analysis’ providing you with suggestions on how to cut costs, usage, and how to maximize heating and cooling efforts.

Other items in your home that may not be standing up to the stress of regular wear and tear are flooring, fixtures, appliances and lighting. Changing out one of all of these can provide you an updated look, energy-efficiency and potential cost savings in the long run.

 

Understanding your home is the first step in knowing which areas need a little extra love. Implementing these resolutions could allow you to be prepared if you take the leap of listing your home, if it sells faster than you anticipate, or if you decide to purchase. Having your life organized, being educated and prepared will make the moving process far easier to handle. I am always available as a resource and am happy to answer any questions, refer you to resources, or help to navigate your next step toward homeownership. I look forward to finding your first home, an additional income property, or your forever home. Give me a call (831) 801-8206 or shoot me an email at KJurevich@gmail.com and let’s resolve to make a move in 2017!

 

Cheers to the New Year!

New Years Resolutions for your Home – Part ONE

For many people, the start of the new year is an opportunity to set new goals; a chance to achieve the things that may have overwhelmed them previously. Whether your goals are for your pocketbook, your waistline or your family- they’re all achievable! Make a list, set a plan and hop to it! Below are some of the top resolutions, no matter how cliche, and how they pertain to your home. This year could be the year you not only improve your mind, body and soul… but your HOME! Enjoy these top 5 resolutions, and check back in a few days for the remaining five.

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Lose Weight

Fitting into your favorite jeans, or buying a size down is exciting, but in your home, fitting all of your belongings in the space you have is key to pleasant day-to-day living. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out, over the top project. Break your space out into zones. Perhaps its easiest for you to go room to room. Maybe you prefer to pull anything that doesn’t have a home into a common space and organize it from there. The most effective practice for me is setting locations for everyday items. Office supplies, utility items, craft, miscellaneous can all migrate into designated areas. Streamline your life! Imagine what you could do with an empty shelf in the garage, or how much easier it would be to cook after clearing old items you no longer need or use in the kitchen. You know what you can handle. Set a timeframe, and goals– you can do this!

 

Quit Smoking

Everyone knows it’s a nasty habit, its rough on your body and is proven to shorten your lifespan. In your home, smoking can be interpreted in many ways. Make new, healthy habits in 2017 by designating January as the month you ensure the cleanest air possible inside your home. Check and replace air filters, vacuum out registers, wipe down hard to reach surfaces, and clear your dryer vents. You’ll be shocked by how much dust might be lying around your house. Especially living in Central California with seasonal weather. Another way to protect those in your home would be replacing batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors, using air purification machines and dehumidifiers can also reduce allergens like dust, mildew and mold in your home.

 

Save Money/Get Out of Debt

Your home can be a money pit or you can leverage it to be a worthwhile investment. Understanding your finances is the first step. Know what your limits are and don’t over extend yourself. Some simple steps could free up cash to be put toward your mortgage, or toward various projects to increase your equity. Reevaluate your utilities- has your gas bill jumped? Is your water use out of control? Are you throwing money at landscaping that dies every season? Are you paying for more channels than you could watch in a year? Take stock of your daily habits and examine how you could make changes to put some extra cash in your wallet.

 

Learn a New Language

Learning something new, as challenging as an entire language, can seem daunting. The home-buying process can hurl new words, acronyms and topics that can easily sound like greek at times. An easy way to reduce stress before you start your search, is by reading up on the basics. Get to know financial terms, discover essential steps, and clarify any questions you might have prior to beginning the process. Learning these things before you proceed is a great way to ensure you make educated decisions. Find a book, a blog, a magazine or website that you can relate to, and always, always  make sure it is a reliable source. Some of my top picks are: Forbes  Money  and for real estate RealtorKJ , of course.

 

Get Organized

Don’t worry, we already covered purging your closets and tackling those junk drawers. This topic is dedicated to the organization of everything that goes into your home. Collect all of your utilities, chart them on a calendar (electronically allows you to set reminders), and streamline everything from home maintenance to monthly expenses. Additionally, you will benefit come tax-season! Get rid of those stacks of papers and make your life easier.

 

Implementing these resolutions could allow you to be prepared if you take the leap of listing your home with me Kristen Jurevich, if it sells faster than you anticipate, or if you decide to purchase. Having your life organized, being educated and prepared will make the moving process far easier to handle. I am always available as a resource and am happy to answer any questions, refer you to resources, or help to navigate your next step toward homeownership. I look forward to finding your first home, an additional income property, or your forever home. Give me a call (831) 801-8206 or shoot me an email at KJurevich@gmail.com and let’s resolve to make a move in 2017!

 

Check back in a few days for part two of two!

Keeping the Heart of the Holidays Alive

Today, you may be running from errand to errand with a to-do list as long as your arm; stress may be building up about finding “the perfect gift,” preparing for visitors, or taking that trip. You may wonder how you’ll ever get everything done in time. Many non-profits are in the same state of wonder, regarding their year-end donations. Many organizations rely on holiday spirit and kindhearted contributions to fund the coming year.

If you are looking to donate your time, or resources, to those less fortunate, there are many ways to do so. The cause closest to my heart is the Intero Foundation.

Supported by Intero’s offices in Hollister, Gilroy, Santa Clara and Silver Creek (San Jose), the Intero Foundation donated $49,860 to local nonprofits that support low-income and disadvantaged youth in August of 2016. Since its inception, the Foundation, which is funded, promoted and governed by Intero Real Estate Services’ agents and employees, has raised more than $4.5 million. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff, and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.

Of specific interest to this round of giving is the $23,860 grant that was presented to Camp Taylor. It’s one of the largest single grants that the Intero Foundation has ever given and will go to support various programs within the nonprofit.

“We are so honored of the positive impact the Intero Foundation is having on the children in our communities,” said Tom Tognoli, Intero President & CEO. “We are especially proud of the incredible grant that was given to Camp Taylor and look forward to the positive impact it will provide to the organization.”

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Intero Foundation will be having their 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Party on Thurs. Dec 15th.

A fun way to give back is by attending Intero Foundation’s benefit on Thursday, December 15th for Intero Foundation at Rosie McCann’s on Santana Row.  This 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Party will take place from 6pm-10pm and is open to all ages. Come hungry! All proceeds from food will be donating to the Intero Foundation! Don’t forget your most festive apparel!

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If you are looking for a way to give of yourself this Christmas season, but don’t know where to start- here are several online resources that can keep you informed giving options and where you can volunteer:

Merry Christmas and Happy Giving!

Kristen Jurevich, (831) 801-8206

How to Attract Serious Buyers During the Holidays

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Kristen Jurevich can market your home to sell, even at the holidays.

The year is quickly coming to a close and many homeowners have placed the idea of listing their home on the backburner. While it may seem prudent to postpone marketing your home until after the New Year, there are some benefits to placing it on the market, or purchasing, now.

Over the holidays, many buyers are busy and don’t have time to be anything other than serious. The tax benefits may not come in time, but with fewer homes available, supply and demand will work in your favor. Interest rates have increased since the Presidential election, and buyers are ready to make home ownership decisions.

As a seller, you can be sure that Kristen will continue to market your home through the right channels, while allowing you to preserve your holidays. Features you can appreciate this time of year include: no “for sale” signs, no lock box, and no open house for either public or Realtors (unless home owner requests otherwise).

Regardless if you’re looking for an upgrade, downsize, or a relocation, Kristen has the insight to ensure your needs are met. Knowing the area, the available inventory and how to get exactly what you’re looking for, she, and Santa can work their hardest to give you a touch of Christmas magic.

Thinking about moving during the holidays but don’t want all the stress? Let Kristen Jurevich with Intero Real Estate Services help you with all your home buying or selling needs. Call today to learn about Kristen’s special holiday marketing program. (831) 801-8206

Pop, clink, drink…309 Riesling Way is ready for your celebrations

Do you love wine just as much as every other Realtor? Why not live on Riesling Way, so everyday is a celebration of life?

The move-in ready home has three bedrooms plus an office with new paint and carpet. The open kitchen has granite counter-tops, pantry cabinets, a new dishwasher, under cabinet lighting, secretary desk, breakfast bar, and eat-in kitchen area. Separate family and living/dining areas. The living room and dining area has built-in cabinets, archways, and half-walls for open entertainment. Cozy up this winter by your fireplace. The master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and private backyard access. The two bathrooms has new flooring, toilets, a tub and shower combo. The home has an indoor laundry room and extra storage in the attached two car garage. The hallway has built-in storage for all your treasures. Enjoy your low maintenance private back yard. Alarm system. Close to Target, Walmart, BJ Brewhouse, and more.

Since the topic of wine made you come to my blog, here are a few local Rieslings that would be great for your first New Home party:

Matt Laconis Riesling Monterey County 2015 a Racy Riesling with a touch of sweetness

ONEHOPE MONTEREY RIESLING Our 2015 Monterey Riesling leads with aromas of honeysuckle flower and peach blossom on the nose.

SeaGlass Riesling the high acidity is lusciously balanced by its fragrant floral aromas and sweet fruit flavors.

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Are you in the market for a new home? Well, your search is over. Kristen Jurevich has a home that comes with everything you need for you and your family, see for yourself!Bridlewood_6770.jpgBridlewood_6666.jpg

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Don’t wait for new construction when you can own one NOW! *Less than one year old* The Shamrock Legacy floorplan in the new Benchmark Community.

Five bedrooms plus a den with a closet, 1st floor bedroom with a private full bathroom, separate dining and living locations with eat in kitchen area, granite slab kitchen countertops and island with room for seating, upgraded Maplewood painted linen cabinets, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, owner suite has dual vanities with Piedrafina: countertops, tub, and shower, AC, kitchen pantry, 9’ ceilings throughout the 1st floor, 5 1/4″ baseboards throughout, USB charging port, energy efficient recessed lighting, Energy efficient LOW-E windows, fire sprinkler system, water softener, upstairs laundry room with cabinetry, in-ground pool with safety alarm and solar heating surrounded by stamped concrete, stucco covered patio with recessed lighting, 3 car garage, landscaped yard with automatic sprinklers

Distinguished Exteriors

• Drip irrigation system with water conserving electronic timer
• Covered front porch
• Covered back patios, with recessed lighting
• In-ground pool with safety alarm and solar heating
• New concrete

Inviting Interiors

• Spacious interiors with family rooms, and dining rooms
• 9′ ceilings throughout the first floor
• 5 1/4″ baseboards throughout
• Energy efficient recessed lighting
• Upstairs, Interior laundry rooms with cabinetry

Gourmet Kitchen

• Granite slab counters with full-height backsplash at the cooktop
• Cabinet upgrade: Maplewood painted linen
• Stainless Steel appliance package:
– Energy Star rated dishwasher
– 30″ gas range and self cleaning oven
– Built in microwave hood combo
• Spacious islands with room for seating
• USB charging port for everyday electronics

Owners Suite

• Dual vanities
• Bathroom: Piedrafina countertops, tub, and shower

Green-Built Energy Features

• Energy efficient LOW-E windows
• Fire sprinkler system
• Smoke detectors
• Water softener

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