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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


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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