Why List With the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team?

Hello friends and welcome back!

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are ready to take this week head on. Today we are going to switch it up a bit and instead of telling you about beautiful Orange County we want to tell you a little about beautiful us and why we are the best choice for your real estate needs. I know real estate can seem overwhelming at times, first time buyer or not, it is a challenge and it can be very stressful. We here at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team strive to make your real estate experience stress free and one to remember. Think of us as your stress ball, the tighter you squeeze the harder we work and the better you feel. Buying or selling real estate doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. Our mission is to make your experience a memorable one and to find the absolute perfect home for you and your family. Now we usually don’t like to blow our own horn but today we are feeling good so “toot toot”.

Why List with the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team? We’ll tell you why…

First and foremost, we love our job and love what we do.

The saying is do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. We’ll we have done that. This is not just our career but our passion. We truly love meeting new people and bringing joy to families. There’s nothing better than handing over the keys to someones brand new home and watching their faces light up with joy… cue the tears.. but seriously we love what we do and we know that if you work with us it will show.

We are married to our phones.

This is not a joke. From morning to night our phones are our best friends. We understand the urgency of the real estate business and pride ourselves at being johnny on the spot. We’ve heard horror stories before from other clients about how they lost their dream home because they could not get a hold of their agent. DO NOT let this happen to you! Don’t believe us? Try us. Give us a call, send us a text or shoot us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

We will not be out worked.

We won’t lie, we are sore losers, which is why we do not lose. Our constant hustle and tenacity go unmatched. We have drilled this into the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team and our work ethic will speak for itself. We are more than confident about that.

We are straight shooters.

Another corner stone of the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team is honesty and integrity. We tell it how it is. It might not always be exactly what you want to hear but we promise we have your best in mind. This is just good business. I mean who wants to think their agent is lying to them to cover their own a**. Nobody is perfect and things do happen but trust us when we tell you that we will not hide anything from our clients.

We are problem solvers.

Thinkers and do’ers what else could you ask for? Real estate is a tricky business because you are working with two different sets of people and another agent. Everybody has their own wants and needs and sometimes people do not agree. We get it, it happens. We are here to help you find solutions and  compromises. We are constantly thinking outside the box to insure we get you into that dream home. The situation seems hopeless?? Have no fear Stacy and Nicole are here!

We know the market.

We here at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate are hungry for knowledge. We understand the market is constantly changing and we try to be one step ahead. We are always reading and asking questions ourselves, our ears and eyes are always open.

Our marketing!!!

This is a huge part of our business and we have worked tirelessly to make our marketing top notch. We try to be everywhere and anywhere. We show up on everything from bus benches to grocery bags. And don’t forget about our social media presence! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin , Zillow, YouTube and many more. Go ahead and click the links and see what we are up to. Make sure you give us a follow to stay up to date on the housing market in your area.

Man, can we negotiate.

If anyone is selling a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves it is most certainly us. We love a challenge and will not shy away from a little confrontation. Like we said before we are very competitive and we believe that gives us an edge. Plus with two of us on your side its like a tag team match against a single opponent. Who would you pick? The Stacy and Nicole Team is ready to go to war for you.

Our sphere is twice as big– two heads are better than one.

Contact Stacy and Nicole today!


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Fun for the Family in Anaheim

Hello Orange County and welcome back to our blog!! Today Nicole and I want to share a few of our favorite spots to visit with family. Orange County, being as wonderful as it is, is filled with things to do. Trying to list them all would cramp our fingers and put you to sleep. So instead, today, we will focus on fun for the whole family in good old  Anaheim, CA.

First on our list, and for good reason, is Disneyland and Downtown Disney. People travel from around the world to visit such a magical place and we have it sitting in our backyard. How lucky are we? Disneyland is fun for the whole family including entertainment, thrill rides, childhood favorites and amazing food. If you find yourself thinking that you don’t have enough time for the full Disney experience… No worries, stop by Disney’s Downtown area! Full of amazing places to eat (Rainforest Cafe, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen , ESPN Zone and more) we promise you wont go hungry. Downtown Disney is also home to the House of Blues, the Lego Store, live music/entertainment and a movie theater. The park and staff truly never disappoint, so join in with the rest of the world and visit Americas’ favorite mouse house!!!

Next on our list is the Edison International Field of Anaheim, or Angel Stadium for short. The beautiful home of our Anaheim Angels and America’s favorite past time!! Nothing beats a family day at the ballpark, I can’t tell you how many wonderful memories my family and I have made at the “Big A”. We want you to share the same, so if you haven’t been, its time!  Not only does this amazing place offer baseball games but also concerts,  high flying motocross and Monster Truck Madness, Harvest Crusade in August and a long list of other family oriented entertainment. We promise you and the family a wonderful time. Don’t forget Friday night fireworks and as you pass by on the 57 freeway look up and say “Light Up That Halo!”

Up next…. and directly across the street from the “Big A” is the Honda Center. Home to our Anaheim Ducks, “Quack Quack.” All I want to say is if you have not been to a hockey game then you have not lived… How can you beat big toothless bearded men and fast paced excitement. It’s a clear cut winner for a family event, go once and I promise you’ll be back. Don’t forget to check for upcoming concerts! Artist like Brad Paisley, J. Cole and John Mayer will be there this summer. Don’t miss out!

How many of you know about the Anaheim Packing District? I won’t lie, I just discovered this amazing place last year. I sure am glad I did because I feel like I was missing out. It’s a wonderful place to take the family. Set up like a mall, you walk end to end and are tempted with delicious food and desserts. Pair that with live music and adult beverages and you have fun for the whole family.

And last but certainly not least is Anaheim’s Adventure City. Many of you may have never even heard of this place, but if you have young children it’s is a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic alternative to the other high priced amusement parks in the area and a great way to get the kids to burn up some of that relentless energy. The park is equipped with a dozen or so rides, a children’s theater, petting zoo and a fun filled arcade. The park only opened in 1994 and is looking to expand soon, if you have not been we suggest packing the family up and taking a trip.

We are so blessed to have been born and raised in Orange County  and also to have the privilege of working everyday out and about… learning more and more about what makes are communities tick, keeps them cohesive and provides memories for so many of us throughout our life times…. Don’t forget, if you know someone who is dying to live in our amazing  area, please  have them reach out to us today! We promise to take great care of them and find them the home of their dreams!!
If you have any questions, contact Stacy & Nicole today!


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The Best of Brea

Lookout everybody! Today we are talkin’ food!!! By far one of our most treasured past times…. and if there is anything that Nicole and I know better than real estate it’s where to find the best food in town! Today, we are going to start in our home town and present to you not only our favorite eating spots, but also without a doubt, the best of Brea….. These are all restaurants that we have personally visited and enjoyed.  So, if you are ever out and about and happen to spot us at one of these very fine establishments, please don’t be shy! You know what they say…. Use Stacy and Nicole for all your Orange County real estate needs! Oh, wait…. that has nothing to do with this blog…….carry on!

TAPS Fish House & Brewery

This is always at the top of our list. Filled with mouth watering steaks and jaw dropping lobster tails you can’t go wrong. The staff and management are fantastic, Woody has always made us feel like part of the family.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/taps-fish-house-and-brewery-brea-2

Yard House

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Yard House. We frequent their happy hour often. If you go make sure you try the vampire tacos, you wont regret it!
https://www.yelp.com/biz/yard-house-brea

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

When you combine beautiful people, pups and patios you can’t lose. We know our furry friends love this place and we know you will too.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/lazy-dog-restaurant-and-bar-brea

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

If you are a burger person this place is a must visit. We didn’t know a cheeseburger could be so good. Get it with parmesan garlic fries…. yum
https://www.yelp.com/biz/jimmys-famous-american-tavern-brea?osq=Restaurants

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Prime location in downtown Brea. Enjoy an amazing meal and a stroll through the promenade area before you catch a movie at the local Edward’s Theaters.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cha-chas-latin-kitchen-brea

D’Vine

Looking for some Mediterranean flavor? D’Vine is the answer. A great blend of flavors and wonderful presentation. This place is always a huge hit with my vegetarian friends.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/d-vine-brea-2

Slapfish

Slowly becoming one of my favorite places. If you go you must try the “clobster”,  the crab and lobster grilled cheese! If that doesn’t convince you, the lobster burrito will!
https://www.yelp.com/biz/slapfish-brea?osq=slapfish

The Cheesecake Factory

Enough said… I’ll leave you with that.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cheesecake-factory-brea

Those are just a few of the many restaurants that Brea has to offer. If we happened to miss your favorite spot, comment and let us know your ‘Best of Brea.” Now I’m sure you are all good and hungry so we’ll let you get on to planning your dinner.  Remember, for any of your Orange County cravings contact the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team, we always have what you looking for.


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Ready to Tip Off the Madness?

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE! While some have already filled out their brackets others wonder what all the “madness” is about. March madness if you’re not sure is the Superbowl of college basketball. The top teams from all over the country compete to be the last team standing. I personally, like many of you, have never made a bracket before nor did I know where to start. If you’re like me and you want to be part of the madness, but are not sure where to start, I’m here to help. I’ll share a couple tips about how I picked my winners and possibly even tell you who’s going to win the whole thing (shhhh).

With very very little college basketball knowledge my pick style may be a little unorthodox but none the less I had a lot of fun and I encourage you to get involved!
So how did I pick my teams……

1. Home Teams or bust!!
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2. Better Mascot
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3. Best Outfits (duh)
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4. Best Student Section

5. and if all that fails… who do I think is more likely to purchase a home from us??

Both look so eager to get on the Stacy and Nicole Team!
Well now that I’ve given you all the inside tips, its time to get to work!! I would hate for you to miss out on all the fun. Below I’v attached a link to the copy of the 2017 bracket, just click and print. Pick your winners and share your knowledge with us! By the way, I Picked U-C-L-A as my champions, GO BRUINS! Have fun and good luck…. And remember you’re always on the winning side when you play for the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team.
http://printableteamschedules.com/NCAA/marchmadnessbracket.php 


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Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team, we’re just that good!


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Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, CA.
Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st
7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

Kidz Block Party

Downtown Brea, CA
October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea. Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training.

Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Location: Meet at Fullerton Museum

Reservations & Information: (714) 738-654

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legends while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 1/2 hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public.

Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra

Information: Please call (562) 905-9793 for reservations.

Free with paid admission.

Catching all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny Frankenstein craft on Halloween day!

Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

Location:

Old Towne Orange Plaza Area

Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

The 17th Door

Location:

The Market Place in Tustin

2856 El Camino Real

Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31. 2013

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt

Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

Location:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

Information: (714) 953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net


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Are You Ready For Some Football?

The one thing that makes you successful in life, no matter what it is you choose to do, is balance. Working hard is important, but relaxing and enjoying time with the people that you love is even more important. Sundays in our house during the fall are saved for church, football, food, food and more food!! Here’s how we do it ladies and gentlemen…..

Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole

Serves 8 (with the Grands Biscuits)

Ingredients:

– 12 ounces of buttermilk biscuit dough (we used Grands, which are slightly bigger)

– 6 eggs

– 1 (2 3/4 ounce) package peppered gravy mix (makes 2 cups)

– 1 lb sausage, any flavor

– 1 cup cheese, shredded

– 1/2 cup milk

– salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan

2. Brown the sausage in skillet and drain thoroughly.

3. Cut biscuit dough into 1″ pieces, and line the bottom of the pan.

4. Layer cooked sausage over the biscuit pieces,

5. Layer shredded cheese over sausage.

6. Whisk eggs and milk, add salt and pepper and pour over biscuit/layers.

7. Make gravy according to instructions, and pour over everything.

8. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until eggs and biscuits are cooked through.

Seriously, I don’t know a single person on the planet that doesn’t love biscuits and gravy and if they say they don’t, they’re lying!

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread

Ingredients:

– 1 large loaf French bread or 2 smaller loafs

– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

– 1/3 cup sour cream

– 1/3 cup mayonnaise

– 1/4 – 1/2 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (1/2 for quite spicy)

– 1 ½ tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning mix

– 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

– 1/2 teaspoon cumin

– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

– 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

– salt and pepper to taste

– 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (up to 1/2 cup if you LOVE blue cheese)

– 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, separated

– 1 cup mozzarella cheese, separated

– 3 packed cups (about 1 ½ pounds) shredded chicken*

– Garnish (optional)

– 6-8 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon

– blue cheese (only if you love it)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Slice about 2 inches deep through the top of the bread, and continue to cut a large rectangle, being careful not to cut through the bottom of the bread. Remove top of bread and hollow out middle to create a rectangular bread bowl. Set aside.

3. Whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and hot sauce and all spices/seasonings until well combined.

4. Stir in blue cheese, 3/4 cup cheddar and 3/4 cup mozzarella followed by chicken.

5. Spoon Buffalo Chicken Dip into prepared French bread and top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Bake on a baking tray at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.

6. Let bread sit approximately 10 minutes to set and slightly cool then slice. Best served warm.

 This is an awesome and easy pull apart finger food, that my family loves! You’ve got to try it!!

Mississippi Pot Roast

Ingredients

– 1 (3-4 pounds) chuck roast

– 1 packet ranch dressing mix

– 1 packet au jus gravy mix

– ¼ cup butter

– 4-5 pepperoncini peppers

Instructions:

1. Place roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle the top with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix. Place peppers on top of the mixes, and add the butter.

2. Cook over low heat for 8 hours. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Notes:

*Do not add any water or broth to this! It will make enough liquid as it cooks.
If your family loves meat and potatoes like mine, this is a MUST. You will never make a roast any other way again because your family won’t let you!! Serve it over mash potatoes or on sandwich rolls… it is AMAZING!!
Now…. I’ve got to go to lunch because I’m starving!! Oh, and if your kitchen is too small to cook all this stuff, give us a call, we’ll help you buy a new one!!! Enjoy my friends!!

Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole Recipe provided by: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread Recipe provided by: Carlsbad Cravings

Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe provided by: Belle of the Kitchen


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The Best Way To Choose a Real Estate Agent

Today I am taking off my realtor hat and I am just going to talk to you as a friend. I have learned so much over the last 10 years in this business. Yes, a lot of it has been by trial and error, fear and failure, but that is what has molded us into one of the strongest real estate teams in Orange County.  Everybody knows somebody that has a real estate license…. There are thousands of us that carry that a little piece of paper with an 8 digit number. That does not mean that every realtor knows how to sell a home. Follow this advice, and you will do just fine….

DO NOT HIRE A PART TIME AGENT

Here’s the problem with a “part-time agent.” Plain and simple, they cannot possibly know the market as well as an agent who is out there everyday pounding the pavement. They also are not going to know the other agents in the community as well as someone who is networking with them everyday in every way. Lastly, when that hot buyer or newest property pops on the market for you, chances are that they aren’t going to be at your beck and call if they are busy napping or whatever is that they do during the other “part-time” of their lives.

MARKETING, MARKETING, MARKETING

 I have learned that marketing yourself and your clients home is essential to success. Simply taking a listing, adding it to the Multiple Listing Service and slapping together a flyer from pictures taken on your iPhone, is not marketing. If you are interviewing an agent, you must ask to see their marketing plan in detail! They must have a large sphere, a massive presence on social media, and utilize video. Ask to see what they are going to put in print and make them show you examples. Our marketing plan is so superior that we proudly display it at all of our listing appointments. You must know what you are getting for your money. Talk is cheap…. you want proof.

YES, YOU MUST LIKE THEM

 Think of it this way, you are going to possibly spend the next 3-6 months with your agents. If you wouldn’t invite them over for dinner and a cocktail… Don’t hire them. Also, you are trusting your agents with one of the biggest transactions of your lifetime, you need to feel that you can trust them and that they genuinely have your best interests at heart. If you don’t, then they probably don’t…

UMMM REVIEWS

 No brainer… If a client received excellent service and genuinely felt that  they were very well taken care of, they will write about it! Likewise, if they receive bad service, they will write about it! Read them… all of them.

DAMN VOICEMAIL

There is a saying in our office and we use it daily, “Time Kills All Deals” Your agent needs to call, text you, or email you back within minutes, not days or even hours…. Hiring a team ensures that your needs are always met and that someone is always available when you need them. Test them before you sign with them!
Don’t believe me?  Try it…. Call us today if you are thinking of buying or selling your home!! (We answer our phones)


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The 10 Commandments of Buying a Home

Today my home buying friends, we are going to keep it simple and straight to the point! With over 10 years in the business, I can honestly and most assuredly say, if you break these rules, you will not be buying a home! I know this because in my early years as an agent, I have lost deals by clients doing one or more of these in the middle of the loan process. So please allow me to share with you what not to do so that we make sure that your home buying process is smooth, enjoyable and as stress free as possible!

1️⃣ Thou shall not change jobs, become self employed, or quit your job.
2️⃣ Thou shall not use credit cards for large purchases or fall behind on payments.
3️⃣ Thou shall not spend the money you have set aside for closing
4️⃣ Thou shall not buy a new car or truck (or you might end up living in it )
5️⃣ Thou shall not omit debts or liabilities to your lender.
6️⃣ Thou shall not buy furniture on credit
7️⃣ Thou shall not let anyone run your credit besides your lender.
8️⃣ Thou shall not change bank accounts.
9️⃣ Thou shall not make large deposits without first checking with your lender.
🔟 Thou shall not co-sign for a loan for anyone or apply for a line of equity during the loan process.

Buying a home and even thinking about starting the process comes with a certain amount of stress. You need to be educated by a team of patient and knowledgeable agents who will assume that burden for you. You need us, Stacy and Nicole…. because your success is our success!  Contact us today and we’ will walk you through the entire process step by step.


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Empty Nesting Can Be The Besting!

Today I will speak of a subject that I know very well….The dreaded empty nest.  As we are raising our children we dream of the day that they will be grown, happy, and on their own. After all, if they are, we have done our job right? Then the time actually comes and you find yourself aimlessly walking around a big house, quiet, lonely and with no one to pick up after. You and your spouse, who by the way feels the same way, look at each other from across the couch with the “What do we do now?” looks on your faces. Well, the way I see it, we have two choices. We can play the echo game down the empty halls and vacant bedrooms  (hello, hello, hellooooo) or we can get out there and enjoy what life has to offer!! After all…. we have a whole lot of years left, it’s time to reconnect with your best friend and go have some fun! Here are a few ways to get that party started!

Create a Dream Board

The first thing that you and your spouse should do is create a dream board! Pull out books and magazines, maps and and old photos of the things that you did before the children… Now is the time for you guys to daydream…. No, the years of raising kids did not suck the life out of you! Put your imagination caps back on and light that fire under each other , this is an exciting time!

Reacquaint With Your Spouse 

Let’s face it, raising children not only ages us, but it changes our perspective on life. Many times we find with the sleepless nights, working hard to try and feed and clothe them and scurrying to keep up with their busy schedules that we haven’t had time to really share our new found thoughts and desires with our spouses. Remember a long time ago, it was just the two of you… best friends, in it to win it, ride or die kind of love…. Now it’s time for the two of you to jump back on that bike called life, feel the wind in your hair and pull the bugs out of your teeth together!

Get MOVING

Ok…. now we have some free time to fill… Get of the couch!! Do you guys love Country music? How about line-dancing classes? You’d rather be outdoors you say? Then I say it’s time to buy that travel trailer you’ve always talked about. That is exactly what my husband and I did and we couldn’t love it more! The awkward silence while sitting on the couch watching T.V is not the same as the silence cuddled under the stars and around the campfire together!

Play

Play, play, play. Play music, play board games, play cards, play golf, play tennis, play hide and seek for gosh sakes…. who cares…. just remember what it’s like to feel young and laugh!

Get Healthy

Have a goal, whether you need to lose a few or just need to start exercising… Do it together. After all, you two have a lot of years to spend together and those grand kids will start coming soon! You’re going to need to stay active to keep up and watch them grow! Plus, when you feel better, you do better!!

Now, if you really take our fist 5  suggestions and you find yourself suddenly having a good time, laughing and carrying on in that big old house and just decide it’s too much up keep for your new fancy free lifestyle…. You need to contact us! We will get that house sold in no time and find you a more manageable home for you to enjoy for the years to come!!


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