Roberta Oswald
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Home Ownership is a Superior Choice for Many
Most adults go through a series of predictable life stages, which include the eventual desire to be a home owner. Some people take the plunge sooner than others, but that decision is typically set in motion by changing circumstances, such as financial readiness, additions to the family, or career advancement. Owning your own home certainly has a different "feel"...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
When You Need to Sell Before You Can Buy
Photo by Paul Brennan via Pixabay If you’ve been renting and preparing to buy a new home, you’ve probably saved up your down payment and are in the process of getting pre-approved for your mortgage loan. If, on the other hand, you’ve been living in a home you own and paying on your mortgage, you may be ready...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
6 Tips for Staging before Your Open House
Photo by David Gonzales via Pexels When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. A well-staged home highlights the best features while leaving plenty of room for imagination in the minds of home buyers. Here are a few tried and true home staging tips to help your home steal the show and bring in the best...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Add a Touch of Nostalgia by Using Vintage Tinware as Planters
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Creating Custom Home Office Space
Image by Pexels from Pixabay With more people working from home today than ever before, many are looking to add a home office to their house. Some may think that they don't have enough space to make this happen; however, folks don't need an entire room to add a home office. There are a few great tips and...
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Posted on 12/19/2020
Another Property Rented - 120 Reed Court, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Lovely end-unit townhome in desirable St. Helena Park! Spacious ground floor master bedroom with multiple closets and jetted soaker tub. Bonus loft upstairs can be a second bedroom or office space. Sliding glass doors open onto the exterior patio, perfect for entertaining in Napa Valley style! Convenient to everything - ideal for a weekend retreat or a full-time...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Avoid Tunnel Vision When Searching For a New Home
When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees." Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over....
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Posted on 12/06/2020
Gentrification After Big Business: How Neighborhoods Can Preserve Their Identify
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay Several years ago in an upscale comedy club located in a relatively downscale Los Angeles neighborhood, the owner gave an impassioned speech about how gentrification was affecting the Hispanic culture that once thrived there. The overlying, tear-filled message was that nothing could be done to preserve the integrity of her home and...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Common HVAC Issues
Image by ClassicallyPrinted from Pixabay If you own a home with an HVAC unit you may replace filters every once in a while but the maintenance needed for the long-term health of the system is a little more involved. If not identified early, small issues can compound over time and become quite costly to remedy. The most common...
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Posted on 11/25/2020
Another Property Sold - 972 Brown Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
Vintage St. Helena! Rarely available, this 3-bedroom home is on just over one-half acre. Classic single level with basement and separate garage. Great outdoor space with a lovely garden area. Located near downtown, you are close to schools, shopping and world-class dining. Limited only by your imagination - live the dream...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
Backyard Favorites to Beautify Your Garden
Photo by Helga_SM via Shutterstock When you begin to revamp your yard or garden, there comes a time to decide what exactly you’ll be growing. You’ll want plants that are hearty, beautiful and fragrant to grace your yard. Choose Hearty First, you can begin by planting ground-cover roses. These bountiful, low-growing rose varieties can provide plenty of flowers...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Avoid Surprises When Picking Home Contractors
If you've ever experienced the frustration of paying more than necessary for home repairs, remodeling, or upgrades, you're not alone! Most of us have done it at one time or another, and it's not a pleasant feeling! The good news is that if you make up your mind to do a little research, ask questions, request a free quote,...
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