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Break Out Your Kitchen Without Breaking Your Budget


It’s easy to get a little out of hand in the kitchen, and no I’m not just talking about cooking. The kitchen is one of the most used, examined, and occasionally coveted room of the house. It is also the most expensive to upgrade, especially with kids. With kids you want your kitchen to be safe, as well as amazing; an expensive combo.  So, here are some tips to decking your kitchen, without emptying out your wallet.

First off would be the cabinets. Brand new custom cabinets are expensive. They look great, but they could break the budget by themselves. Instead, look into premanufactured, modular kitchen cabinets. They may not be as fancy as custom cabinets, but they look good, cost loads less, and are relatively easy to install.

Second would have to be your counter tops. Everyone loves marble and granite counter tops, but when you’re on a budget, that’s just not feasible. Instead, look at ceramic tile. It comes in any color you can imagine and costs about a tenth of what granite does. Another option is solid wood. Wood can be cut, sanded, and treated to accommodate any surface. There are plenty of wood types, it’s not terribly expensive, and adds a kind of warmth to the kitchen you won’t get with anything else. The last cheapish option is quartz. It’s more expensive than the wood or the tile, but the stuff is indestructible. It’s great for families as kids will probably play in the kitchen.

Then there’s the stuff that’s going to go on the counters the appliances. Kitchen appliances, can look really fancy, but also cost the most in the kitchen. It might surprise you, but experts say there’s not too much difference between the high-end appliances, and the less expensive ones. Yeah you won’t get all the same bells and whistles, but will you ever really use them? If you can live without a Samsung refrigerator with a touch screen, and your Chef Crockpot with extra programmable buttons, go for the cheaper option.

Lastly, is the flooring.  It may surprise you, but less expensive flooring can actually be more cost effective in regards to resisting the wear and tear of kitchen use. Ceramic tile and Plastic laminate is cheaper, resists wear, tear, and dents, and is also much easier to clean than say wood flooring. Another great option is vinyl. Vinyl flooring is very inexpensive, easy to install and will last a long time. The best part is, it can be designed to imitate the look of more expensive floorings, without you actually having to pay for them.

As always, if you have any questions about your kitchen or pretty much anything stop by or call National Realty Group. We are the One-Stop Solution offering Real Estate Sales and Mortgages. You can also visit our website at


First Impressions


First impressions are everything. You need a good first impression during a job interview otherwise you may not get the job. You need a good first impression when you meet new people, otherwise they may have an untrue prejudice towards you. First impressions are a big deal, especially when selling a home.

Most buyers will decide within 60 seconds if they’re interested in a home. 60 seconds! That’s less time than it takes to cook a microwaveable burrito. Within the time it takes for you to make that delicious snack, your buyers looking at the house have already decided if they want to consider it later. So what should you do to make a good first impression?

First off, it’s obvious, but have a clean home. A clean home is a must when you’re showing a house. You wouldn’t leave your house dirty if you had company over, so why treat a buyer any differently. So take out the trash, clear the counters, vacuum, etc. Buyers won’t remember your beautiful layout if all they can think about are the dishes in your sink. A good tip to keep in mind would be to make sure that your home is clean enough for your boss to walk through the front door.

Next, make sure your yard is in order. Mow the lawn, trim the trees, rake the leaves and pick up the dog feces. Also keep in mind to keep your pathways clear. This means sidewalks and other things in your yard and around your house. So clean up the weeds on the concrete, trim back the shrubbery and fill those pesky cracks. Good looking pathways in a good looking yard will delight buyers when they walk through them.

If you have vehicles, store them. Vehicles are culprits of clutter. This doesn’t just mean your everyday cars, this means your other stuff as well. Dirt bikes, quads, dune buggies, boats, Jet ski’s, etc should be properly placed, cleaned and out of the way. If you have these kinds of vehicles, show buyers how good it looks to have them, and how well they go with the house.

Also, keep in mind that porches, patios, decks, and balconies are focal points in some homes. Make sure they are clean, like everything else should be, and free clutter. The Furniture out there should be clean and well put together. Remove any furniture that doesn’t belong, and if you use your deck or balcony for storage, change that. A deck or a balcony can be a decision making point for a buyer.

Lastly, don’t forget the house itself. Clean gutters, spotless windows, and a power washed house will speak volumes to a potential buyer. It makes a fantastic first impression, considering some buyers make up their minds before they are even inside.

If you follow these tips, you’ll make a great first impression but you’ll do better if you call National Realty Group (951-684-2600) or visit our website, We’ll fix you up with someone who can answer all the questions you have and help you make that first impression and even sell your home.

Don’t Price Your Home too High


When a seller is ready to put their home up for sale, they are usually plagued with misconceptions about the market. This causes many sellers to price their homes too high. Plenty of sellers think that they should price higher because (1) buyers will offer less (2) because they want to test the market and see if buyers will be interested even at a high price  and (3) because they hope there’s a buyer who falls madly in love with the home and will pay more than it is worth. These ideas are unreasonable and almost never happen. Thinking that way is detrimental to a home sale.

When you put your home on the market, you need to price it in a range that is going to sell. The first several weeks are crucial. You need to keep momentum up making sure buyers are seeing the property and making offers. If the price is too high you’re less likely to get a buyer to visit your home, If it sits on the market too long a buyer willing to pay the outrageous price might avoid it because if “No one has bought it, there must be something wrong with it. You don’t want that.

When you do go to price the home, base it off an appraisal or a Comparative Market Analysis. To be perfectly blunt, you cannot get a realistic idea of how much to sell your house for. Talk to an agent. He or she will be able to do research and, knowing the ins and outs of the industry, will be able to help you reasonably price your home. Your agent will look at location, additions, and overall equity to help you understand where to price your home. Don’t do it alone! An agent will streamline the process, and will probably even get you a better deal than you could on your own.

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