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Posted by Millennium Realty on 1/27/2022

If you've always dreamed of owning a house, there is no need to wait to enter the real estate market. In fact, there are many reasons to kick off a house search today, and these include:

1. You can upgrade from your current residence.

If you live with family members or friends or rent an apartment, buying a home may represent an upgrade. Because when you purchase a residence, you can reap the benefits of having your very own living space.

There is no shortage of high-quality houses available in cities and towns nationwide. Regardless of whether you prefer the comfort of small town living or the hustle and bustle of city life, you can check out a broad range of houses at your convenience. Then, you can discover your dream residence, submit an offer to purchase it and move one step closer to making your homeownership dream come true.

2. Many home financing options are available.

One of the biggest issues that often prevents people from pursuing homes is a lack of financing. Fortunately, banks and credit unions offer a variety of mortgage options designed for individuals of all incomes.

Whether it's a fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgage, you're sure to find a mortgage option that complements your finances perfectly. Plus, banks and credit unions are ready to teach you everything you need to know about different types of mortgages. And if you are unsure about how a mortgage works or which mortgage option to choose, friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists are available to assist you.

3. You can receive plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey.

Let's face it – buying a home can be a daunting task, particularly for an individual who is entering the real estate market for the first time. The sheer volume of top-notch houses sometimes makes it tough to differentiate a good home from a great one. Meanwhile, navigating the homebuying process can be stressful, and challenges may arise that make it difficult for a homebuyer to achieve his or her desired results.

If you enter the housing market today, you can hire a real estate agent who can help you streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. This housing market professional will offer expert insights into all aspects of the homebuying journey. In addition, he or she will go the extra mile to ensure that you can quickly and effortlessly acquire your dream home at a price that matches your budget.

Of course, a real estate agent will help you map out a successful homebuying strategy too. He or she will meet with you, learn about your homebuying goals and help you plan accordingly. And if you have concerns or questions at any point during the property buying journey, a real estate agent can respond to them.

Launch a home search today – you'll be glad you did. If you pursue your dream home with help from a real estate agent, you can seamlessly navigate the property buying journey.




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Posted by Millennium Realty on 1/20/2022

You don’t have to go out to enjoy the same savory finger-foods. Bring the party to your own kitchen by making miniature versions of classic potato skins. The ingredients and process are simple and the smaller size makes these snacks the perfect appetizer for a BBQ, picnic or other fun meal at home.

Ingredients & Supplies

1 pound of small yellow potatoes
Olive oil
Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
Half a cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons of fresh chives (chopped)

Conventional oven
Baking sheet
Parchment paper
Knife
Cheese grater
Tongs or other long-handled utensil for safe and easy flipping

Process

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While it’s heating, clean and dry the potatoes.

  2. Put the clean potatoes in a large mixing bowl and slowly add the olive oil. Mix or toss the potatoes around to coat them in oil before arranging them on a single baking sheet. Use parchment paper for easier cleanup.

  3. Bake the potatoes for 18 minutes or until tender enough to slice. Then, take them out and let them cool for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Once your potatoes are cool, slice each one in half lengthwise. Use a spoon or fork to scoop out most of the potato flesh to create a thick shell or boat shape. You can set aside the unused potato flesh for something else like potato salad, mashed potatoes or a scramble.

  5. Turn the oven temperature up to 450. Arrange the potato skins onto a baking sheet with the hollow sides facing down and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the potatoes over and bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy.

  6. Take out the potato skins and carefully sprinkle with cheese. The skins might be hot enough to melt the cheese, but if not, return them to the oven (still at 450) for 1-2 minutes. Add the bacon crumbles.

  7. Add a spoonful of sour cream to each potato skin and then garnish with the chopped chives.

Substitution Ideas

Once you know this basic formula, you can get creative with the recipe. For a meatless version of these delicious potato skins, try adding chopped mushrooms. You can also use different varieties of cheese as long as you adjust melting time accordingly. Some other great substitutions include pepper jack cheese, chopped jalapenos, sun-dried tomatoes or shredded chicken. Customize this simple recipe for a savory, crowd-pleasing appetizer perfect for any home gathering.





Posted by Millennium Realty on 1/13/2022

There is no shortage of smart home devices available to property owners nationwide. From light bulbs to thermostats, there are lots of devices that you can pick up to transform an ordinary residence into a smart house.

Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to invest in smart home devices. These reasons include:

1. Smart home devices offer unmatched convenience.

A smart home device is designed to simplify a myriad of tasks. Plus, a smart home gadget is easy to use, regardless of your technical background or expertise.

When it comes to automating chores around the house, there may be no better option than a smart home device. For instance, a smart vacuum now enables homeowners to control a vacuum from any location, at any time. This means you can use a smart vacuum to keep your house neat and tidy – even when you are not at home.

2. Smart home devices are proven to perform.

Smart home gadgets are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Additionally, they are constructed from heavy-duty materials to ensure they can serve you well both now and in the future.

And let's not forget about the savings that smart home devices can provide. For example, a smart thermostat may be used to activate your home's heating or cooling system at different times during the day. As a result, this thermostat may help you save hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling expenses over the course of a year.

3. Smart home devices won't break your budget.

Many smart home devices are available, and they are sold across a wide range of price points. In fact, some smart home devices may require a minimal upfront investment, and the savings that they provide may quickly exceed this investment.

Of course, smart home devices may help you boost the value of your residence as well. With smart gadgets installed throughout your home, your residence may prove to be an attractive option to buyers if you ever decide to sell it. Or, if you decide to remain in your current residence, you can continue to enjoy your smart home gadgets for years to come.

4. Smart home devices can help protect your residence.

Smart security cameras are available that make it simple to monitor your residence on your smartphone or tablet. Meanwhile, these cameras allow you to track activity outside of your home and limit the risk of theft or property damage.

Some smart security cameras also may allow you to lower your home insurance costs. Insurers may provide discounts based on home security investments, and as such, smart security cameras may allow you to reduce your home insurance expenses in the foreseeable future.

Clearly, there are many reasons why homeowners choose smart house devices. By reviewing the smart home devices at your disposal, you are sure to find some that will serve you well.





Posted by Millennium Realty on 1/6/2022

The color blue has exploded in popularity among homeowners and exterior designers. Many are choosing to repaint their homes in a wide variety of blue paint colors from pastel to darker dramatic hues. However, there are ways you can join in on the blue paint excitement without repainting your entire house. Here we’ll go over some simple ways to add blue to your home exterior for a fresh and trendy look.

Front Door

Painting your front door is a popular way to refresh your entire home facade. If you’re looking for a simple way to add blue into your exterior design, the front door is a great place to start. Painting your front door is a relatively easy DIY project you can accomplish in a weekend (weather permitting) or you can go for a completely new door in the shade of blue you prefer. If you’re painting your existing door, don’t forget to add a color-protecting primer to prevent the blue from fading.

Garage Door

Depending on the layout of your house, your garage door might make a big first impression. If you want to add blue to your house but are wary of painting the entire thing, you can get a lot of impact from a blue garage door. The best thing about painting or replacing a garage door is the amount of style options available. You will find something to match the architectural style of your home and the perfect blue to compliment it.

Window Shutters

Another simple DIY project to boost your curb appeal and add some color is to add faux window shutters. These shutters you can purchase in kits based on the size and shape of your windows. They attach without need for hinges or latches—they’re just for show. Because decorative window shutters are so easy to work with, they make an excellent option for adding a pop of color to your home’s exterior. Paint the shutters a shade of blue that will add contrast but also compliment the color scheme of the house and you’ll notice an enormous difference in overall look.

Railings & Accents

You can also add color to your front porch if you have railings, pillars or other architectural design elements. If you don’t want to paint the entire house blue but still want the aesthetic appeal, sticking to these features is a good option. Go for blue paint that will harmonize with your home’s color scheme and make especially sure to find the right finish for the material you’re painting. A bold blue railing on your front porch makes a colorful statement without the commitment of repainting the entire house.

Choosing the Best Blue

Every home color scheme is different, so it’s hard to know which blue paint to pick. You don’t have to commit to a new color for the entire house, but you will need to pick a color that has to look good alongside the rest of the house. So how to choose? One of the most important tips is to test paint colors outdoors in a variety of different lighting situations to see how the color will look at every hour of the day. You can also start with neutrals like navy or even a blue-tinted gray for options that work well with other paint colors. When in doubt, you can always ask a professional designer or paint expert for help in making the best choice.




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Posted by Millennium Realty on 12/30/2021

Photo by Melinda Nagy via Shutterstock

Buying your first home is exciting, and your dream-book is full of magazine cutouts and interior design sketches. But many entry-level or starter homes do not come with the built-in shelving of your designer-inspired visions. What do you do on a budget? Use your imagination, a little ingenuity and flat-pack furnishings.

What Are Flat Packs?

Furniture from in-store and online retailers sell shelving and cabinet units that arrive in flat boxes. They have all the parts, and often the tools, so you can put together the pieces. The main advantage of ready-to-assemble, flat-pack furniture is its affordability. If you’re even a little bit handy, they are simple to set up and offer a lot of sizes to fit most spaces.

The challenge is that it can look sterile and universal. Your stark-white, four-cube by three-cube shelf looks just like everyone else’s.

Hacking to the Rescue

No, not computer hacking — furniture hacking!

Personalize your furniture with some creativity, elbow-grease and experimentation. The Internet abounds with ways to hack your flat-pack furniture. Some websites devote their entire content to ways of updating low-cost furnishings to fit your style. Options range from changing hardware to painting laminate and all ideas in between. Here are some top contenders for getting a built-in look with your flat packs.

  • Add trim. Often, basic, ready-to-assemble shelving has simple square corners and flat faces. You can change the face of your cubes or bookshelves with wood, MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or PVC trim. All you need is a sharp handsaw, miter box and some strong glue. The glue you use depends on the composition of the trim. Add a twisted rope design to the face of your shelves for a vintage look or give them some class with crown molding along the top. Choose to merely cover the front with straight cuts, or trim around the sides using your miter box to get beautiful, fitted corners.
  • Attach it to the walls. Most ready-to-assemble furniture comes with wall brackets to keep it from tipping over. Use these to attach it to the wall. Then, add half-round (outside) or curved (inside) corner molding at the seam with the wall. Glue the molding to the furniture but nail it into the wall with finishing nails.
  • Add feet. If your furniture would benefit from molding along the floor to match your wall’s baseboard, add feet cut from a 2-by-4. Cover the feet with baseboard and paint it to match your walls.

A Word About Paint

Unfinished wood, MDF and primed PVC materials readily accept paint. Laminate and foil veneer over fiberboard (also called thermofoil) are different. Before you start, make certain you know the composition of the furniture. Trust your paint dealer to direct you to the perfect product. But remember, you cannot sand foil veneers easily. Doing so will tear the finish and damage the furniture. Instead, consider using chalk paint.

For more ideas about making flat-packs appear built-in, talk to your local DIY store professionals. When preparing your home to sell, some built-ins may increase the value, so run it by your real estate professional.




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