Home Tips Series

Home Tips Series

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Easy Fall Decorating Ideas - The LUXE Group Global

Home is where "fall is" 

1. Bring the Fall Foliage Indoors - String into Garlands, Press them Into Frames
2. Pumpkins - Use as Candle Holders, Centerpieces or Porch Dwellers
3. Acorns - Hang on Branches as Ornaments or String as Napkin Rings
4. Wheat - Create Wreaths or Knit Into Place Mats
5. Apples - Float Them in Water with Candles for a Fall Worthy Centerpiece
6. Corn - Gather Colorful ones and Place Around a Candle
7. Halloween Candy - Fill Jars with Candy Corn to Add Color to Your Home
8. Branches - Gather a Bunch and Fill in a Bucket; Add Lights or Ornaments or Both
9. Blankets & Pillows - Pile Them on the Couches for the Cozy Feeling of Fall
10. Fall Scent - Boil Cinnamon Sticks, Apple Peels, Orange Rinds & Whole Cloves

If you're

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Florida Homeowners Fall Check List Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

Many residents in northern climates complete a home maintenance checklist in preparation for winter’s cold temperatures, ice and snow. But did you know that Florida homeowners should have a checklist of their own? While we may not encounter ice and snow every winter, our area of North Central Florida does experience cold—and sometimes below freezing—temperatures. Here are a few items you may want to address in preparation for colder temperatures, as well as other important areas of the home that can and should be included on your checklist.

  1. Check your heating system. The first cold snap of the year is not the time to find out that your heat pump is not working. Test your system, and have it repaired before winter brings those chilly nights.
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Home Financing The Making of a FICO Score -  Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

Home Financing: The Making of a FICO Score

Most of us have heard of a FICO score and know it is used to determine whether a lender will approve a loan, and how much interest will be charged over the lifetime of that loan. But do you know how your FICO score is calculated? If not, read on to discover the five main ingredients that make up a FICO score, listed in order of highest impact to lowest.

1. Payment history: Approximately 35% of your FICO score is determined by your payment history on all credit accounts, including retail accounts, student loans, mortgages, car payments, judgements and wage liens. Bankruptcies, short sales, foreclosures, credit defaults and late payments will all have a serious negative impact on this payment history

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Fraud Alert Protecting Your Down Payment - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

Fraud Alert: Protecting Your Down Payment

If you have an email account, you have likely been the target of scammers at some point. You’ve probably also heard the warnings that you should never respond to unexpected email requests for money that appear to come from your bank, creditors, the IRS, or even someone you know. But did you know that according to the National Association of Realtors, there has been an alarming rise in down payment theft due to fraudulent emails? Here’s how it works: hackers steal email login information and passwords via unsecured Internet connections and then scan these accounts for emails indicating the account owner is in the process of purchasing a home. Using this method, they can gain information about your realtor,

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Home Remodeling Ideas - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

5 Home Remodeling Ideas Worth Considering

If you're thinking of remodeling your home, chances are it's for one of three reasons. Either you're looking to make improvements that will benefit the current occupants, you're looking to sell, you're looking to make a worthwhile investment that will increase the value of the home, or else a combo of the aforementioned motives. Not all home remodeling projects are worth the investment. In some cases, they can even deplete a home of its value. We've got five worthwhile remodeling ideas that will more than likely increase the value of a home.

Siding Replacement - While this remodeling project isn't exactly exciting, replacing your home's outdoor siding will eliminate the need for expensive, continuous

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Home Renovation Projects - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

5 Easy Home Renovation Projects You Didn't Know You Could Do Yourself

Home renovations are an important part of improving the value of your property while also adding a few personalized touches that enhance your lifestyle. While certain tasks around your house require a professional’s assistance, there are many that you can do yourself to save money and time. As you begin to explore potential home improvements, consider these ideas that you might have written off as too much to tackle on your own.

Put Down an Outdoor Entertainment Area - Few things are as perfect as entertaining your family and friends in your gorgeous backyard setting on a beautiful day. While outdoor entertainment areas look complicated, they are actually quite simple to set

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Plants to boost your homes curb appeal - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

According to HouseLogic.com, the following plants will thrive in our coastal Volusia County Hardiness Zone (Zone 9), and will boost curb appeal with their beautiful blooms when planted along foundations. Just keep in mind: all plants should be placed approximately 2 feet from your foundation, and mulch should be kept away from the side of your home to prevent insect intrusion.

  1. Hydrangea: Grows 3-5 feet wide and 3-5 feet high. Blooms range from pink to deep blue depending on soil acidity. Plant in partial shade and water regularly.
  2. Encore Azalea: Grows 3-5 feet high and 3-5 feet wide. Does well in full sun where other species of Azalea will not survive.
  3. Carissa Holly: Grows 3-4 feet high and 4-6 feet wide. Great for small areas as an
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DIY Kitchen Mistakes - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

Home Tips Series: Six DIY Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

There is a lot of attention being given lately to DIY (Do-it-Yourself) projects, especially in the real estate market. From “flippers” who buy distressed homes, renovate them, and then sell them for large profits, to home buyers who purchase a fixer-upper in their target neighborhood to save money, there are a lot of ways savvy home buyers can maximize their investment by completing renovations without the assistance of professional contractors. But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to look out for when completing renovations on your own. According to HouseLogic.com, these are six of the most common DIY kitchen renovation mistakes that can actually decrease the value of your home.

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Tips to Pest Proof Your Home - Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate - The LUXE Group 386.299.4043

Summer is here, and that means longer days, trips to the beach, fireworks and BBQ’s with family and friends. Unfortunately, the summer season in Florida also brings an increase in insect activity. While a good pest control service is always recommended, there are a few things you can do yourself to protect your home from pests. According to Beth Sheridan of Mike’s Pest Control in New Smyrna Beach, homeowners should consider these three tips to decrease insect activity in and around their home.

First, clean your gutters. Organic debris and standing water in gutter systems offer a cozy breeding ground for all sorts of pests, including termites and mosquitos. Second, trim back any tree limbs that brush against your home or hang over the roof. This

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