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November 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving!

On Thanksgiving, I always make it a point to take a moment to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in my life. As your trusted REALTOR®, one of the things I am most thankful for is YOU! I am thankful you have chosen me as your REALTOR® and entrusted me to handle such an important process in your life - the buying or selling of your home! As the weather begins to cool, the leaves start to turn and Thanksgiving approaches. I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the holiday season in your home. 


Autumn-Themed Porches We're Falling Hard For
Article originally posted by Brie Dyas on
Are you hosting any holiday parties this year? If so, your front porch is the first thing your guests will see as they enter and the last thing they will see when they leave. Make a great first impression by following the advice of Brie Dyas - below you will see some beautiful ways to make the entrance to your home unforgettable! 
(Image credit: Boxwood Avenue)

Outdoor fall decor tends to be dominated by Halloween, and all the jack-o-lanterns, fake gravestones and giant cobwebs that come with it. Even though we're getting close to the holiday, you can easily opt for a front porch scheme that will look just as good in November as it does in October.

The easiest option is to embrace the general "autumn leaf" theme, like with the garland and wreath Chloe from Boxwood Avenue used above to decorate her front porch. She then picked up the more muted hues of the leaves with a rustic metal bin of apples, a wicker hamper-style basket, the tan outdoor cushions and the terra-cotta pots of greenery.

(Image credit: Paint Yourself a Smile)

Pumpkins are the next natural choice for lovely fall decor, but don't limit yourself to one particular variety. Jenny from Paint Yourself a Smile grouped bright orange, muted orange and white pumpkins together on her front porch, with mini pumpkins on the wreath. For even more color, she added ornamental cabbage, sedum and mums. The cabbage is a particularly inspired touch, as it nods to the cool of her front door to unify the look even further.

(Image credit: The DIY Mommy)

Like Jenny, Christina from The DIY Mommy incorporated mums and pumpkins into her front porch decor. She mixed orange, yellow and pink mums into a large planter for a color-blocked look, then sprinkled a few smaller pumpkins in front of the boxwood on either side of a front door.

(Image credit: Farm Fresh Therapy)

If your front porch is roomy enough for a seating area, you can give it a fall feel by adding pillows in cozy textures and patterns like Chelsea from Farm Fresh Therapy. Soft orange pillows pick up the colors of pumpkins and the plaid pillow works with the plaid throw. This mini-makeover only takes a few minutes, but the textures do make a surprisingly big impact.

(Image credit: A Burst of Beautiful)

Fall patterns and textures also add a cozy feel in the front porch seating area by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful. However, it's the easy arrangement to the side of the seating area that really adds a strong autumnal feel. Alicia placed two mums in bushel baskets, then used a hay bale to elevate one of them. It's an idea that's as easy as it is affordable (check stores like Michael's for these types of decor) — what's not to love about that?

Quick Ways to Cut Energy Costs

With cooler temperatures coming, energy costs inevitably will go up. There’s no need to throw good money away, however, when even small changes can make a difference on those monthly bills. Many of us don’t take advantage of many simple avenues to save money, according to a new survey from Only 14 percent say they unplug their home printer when it isn't in use, and six in 10 consumers don't shut down their home computer when it isn't in use, both of which could result in hundreds in annual savings. 

Small projects

  •   Sealing home air leaks is a project that can have a big payoff, cutting your home heating and cooling bill by up to 20 percent.
  •   Tune up the heating system. Neglecting your heater can cause inefficiency and costly (and inconvenient) failure. A thorough tune-up will include inspection of the gas valve, filter, belts, pumps, burners, thermostats, and safety controls as well as clean the blower, gauges and pilot light and any other minor adjustments.
  •   Consider switching to a natural-gas water heater (which uses less than half the energy of an electric one), and turn the setting down to 120 degrees.

Efficient Appliances

  •   Replace a top-loading washing machine with a front-loader, which generally uses 50 percent less energy and a third less water. Use delay-starts to run appliances during non-peak hours. Wash clothes on cold whenever possible.
  •   Downsize. Many of us hold on to older refrigerators or freezers for overflow items (usually in the garage or basement). These appliances are big energy consumers.

Taking Control of the Thermostat

  •   You can save up to 10% each year on heating and cooling bills by turning back the thermostat 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day.
  •   Homes are getting smarter and so are thermostats. Smart thermostats are wi-fi enabled and can adjust to lifestyle and daily schedules, provide track-able energy-use data, and allow you to control temps via smartphone. Nest, EcoBee, and Honeywell are among today’s top brands.

If you want to understand how to get the biggest bang for your buck, we recommend a professional home energy audit, which can help you pinpoint areas where your home is losing energy and which improvements will save you the most money.

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