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Invite The Maximum Natural Light Into Your Home

Lots of natural light is a great selling feature for any home.  It has much to do with the placement of the windows and which direction they face.  It also has much to do with how much light enters your property, how wooded or open, and the placement of large trees and shrubbery.  These are perhaps things you can't do anything about.

In light of that, the window coverings you choose can make a big difference on how much natural light you invite into your home.  When you're selling your home, the rule of thumb is . . . the more natural light the better.

Let's look at some window covering options you might choose that will give you both ample natural light when you want it, and privacy and shade from the sun when needed.

Today's Hottest (& Not So Hot) Home Features

Home trends come and go and are ever-changing, but some home features are classic and are always a good idea.

Among the most sought-after home features today are gas fireplaces, wood flooring, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, open floor plan, walk-in closets, open kitchen, and garden tubs.

What are the once-popular features that are quickly becoming unpopular? . . . vinyl siding, oak cabinets, cherry cabinets.

Read more about it:  The 20 Hottest Home Features Right Now -  According to®, these are the most popular home design buzzwords on listings. [NAR Daily News Magazine]

Congratulations to Our November Top Sellers!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our top producing individuals and teams for the month of November!

Frank Fortino Cole Gold Team Lorraine Broccoli Gloria Bernstein Team
Top Listing Agent Top Listing Team Top Selling Agent Top Selling Team

The competitive intelligence, professionalism and dedication of these REALTORS® have made them valued and trusted real estate resources for our community and major contributors to the overall success of our office and the Century 21 System as a whole.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Space Look & Feel Larger

Looking for ways to make your space look and feel larger?  Here are five easy changes you can make.

1.  Hang curtains higher and wider than your windows.  The eye will be drawn up and over and the windows and the room itself will look larger.

2.  Strategically place a large mirror in the room.  Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space.  They are also good for checking your look before heading out the door.

3.  Keep some windows bare instead of using window coverings.  Who doesn't like a nice bright sunlit space?  If your windows are beautiful, show them off!