9 Ways to Stretch Your Household Budget

2020 was a long ride but, thankfully, there seems to be light at the end of the COVID tunnel! Many of us still need to be careful with our household finances, though, and these days, we’re all looking for ways to cut costs and stretch our dollars further. Fortunately, there are a few smart steps you can take to reduce your monthly expenses. When you combine these tips, the expense adjustments can add up to BIG savings for you!

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Should You Renovate Your House Before You Sell It?

Infographic: Should you renovate your house before you sell it?

Bottom Line:

  • In today’s hyper-competitive market, buyers are often willing to overlook cosmetic or minor repair needs if it means snagging a home in their price range.
  • With so few houses available for sale today, you may be able to skip the bigger renovations before you sell and cash in on the current demand for your house.
  • If you’re ready to move, let’s connect to determine your next best steps in this sellers’ market.


Recipe: Persimmon and Pear Chutney

What to do with ALL. Those. Persimmons??

If, like me, you have a prolific persimmon tree, you may be on the lookout for new and delicious ways to use all that fruit. Of course, we all have our favorite persimmon bread recipes, but what do you do when you’ve had enough of that?

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Is it Time to Move into a Single-Story Home?

Is it Time to Move into a Single-Story Home? | MyKCM

Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to sell your house and downsize, maybe even into a single-story home. You’ve likely gained significant equity if you’ve lived in your home for a while, so making a move while demand for your current house is high could be your best step forward toward the retirement goals you set out to achieve several years ago.

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2020 Fall Planting Ideas

Fall is a great time to plant seeds outdoors. Many hardy annuals and perennials happily germinate in winter’s cooler temperatures. Certain seeds will germinate on their own while you’re busy planning your Aromas, California spring and summer gardens, clearing and preparing garden beds, and planting your vegetables. For these seeds, it’s best to wait several days after a deep frost, then pick your spot, amend the soil with a bit of compost, and rake it level. Push or scatter the seeds closer together than the package recommends, and tamp them down a little. Cover them lightly; the rains will help them settle. 

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Is Urban Living Losing Its Draw?

As a direct result of COVID-19, homeowners are rethinking where they want to live.

Once drawn to cities in droves, stay at home orders are driving Americans to look toward their own homes as a space to work/live/play, resulting in a lifestyle that requires more room than most urban properties can provide. 

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Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the market. This hesitation stemmed primarily from fear of the spread of the coronavirus, and understandably so. This abundant caution has greatly impacted the number of homes for sale and slowed the pace of a typically busy spring real estate season. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American notes:

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It’s Not Too Late to Plant in Your Garden

Spring is a fun but hectic season. We spend our time cleaning, pruning, mowing, and planting our summer gardens—and in our spare time we’re taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor weather, relaxing, and simply enjoying the gorgeous area we live in. So by the time the end of June rolls around, our plans to start flowers & veggies from seed have passed us by.

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