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NEW LISTING! 21723 Ashford Grove, Katy, TX 77450 – MLS# 19659099

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Selling, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Relocate to Houston, Sellers, Selling Your Home, Texas, West Houston Real Estate on August 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

NEW LISTING! 21723 Ashford Grove, Katy, TX 77450 – MLS# 19659099

21723 Ashford GroveBeautiful One story with tons of upgrades! Enter your big living/dining areas with French doors that open to private home office. All this leads to huge family room, which opens to a chefs, dream island kitchen with granite counter tops, Stainless Steel appliances and gas range. Wood and tile floors in all living areas and master bedroom. Retreat to your master suite with jetted tub. Family room and kitchen lead to backyard retreat with covered patio. Double paned windows. Don’t miss the air-conditioned tiny house out back perfect for a playroom or extra storage.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/21723-ashford-grove/sale_19659099

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty, Inc at 713 249 4177, connie@knowsrealestate.com   or visit  www.vallonehomes.com .

5 Kitchen Island Styles to Fit Any Use

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Design Trends, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Staging, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on August 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

Regardless of the size of your kitchen remodel, adding an island to your design is one of the best things you can do to make your home more livable. There are many ways to fit an island into your kitchen. Here are some types of kitchen islands to consider:

1) Go traditional.

If you have a small kitchen, you may not think you have room for a separate island. But even spatially limited kitchens have space for an island. Choose an appropriately sized island that blends well with the rest of the room.

The blend-in strategy works best for small kitchens, so choose colors and materials that are similar to what you already have. Whether you blend a butcher-block kitchen island into a wood-grain kitchen or select a small, black granite island to complement your black and white kitchen, you will end up with a stunning result.

2) Add more storage.

Many older kitchens suffer from two distinct, but interrelated, problems: a lack of room and a lack of storage space. You can solve both problems by converting an old table into a stunning kitchen island. Just add some storage shelves underneath one side of the table and some barstools to the other side.

You can top off your new kitchen island with a stunning butcher block or sturdy granite top. This idea works well in all kinds of kitchens – just choose a smaller table for a tiny kitchen and a larger one for a roomier space.

3) Build in versatility.

One of the smartest things you can do is make your kitchen island versatile enough to serve a variety of different uses. Position your island to help with meal prep, provide additional storage space and even offer a place for your children to do their homework.

You can please everyone by using various bench heights in your new kitchen island. Higher barstools will allow your kids to do their homework, while low-slung benches will help you to prepare meals or enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other.

4) Create a private area.

Whether you want to give the kids a private space to do their homework or create a cozy cooking nook for yourself, you can use your kitchen island to create a sense of privacy and block off a new space.

You can use your kitchen island to create a sense of openness. But sometimes it can do the opposite. If your kitchen is already fairly open, walling off a corner is a great way to restore a sense of privacy.

5) Use it for cooking.

Kitchen islands also provide extra room for prep work. Be sure to choose an island that can withstand sharp objects and hot pots and pans. A butcher-block counter, for example, is great for cutting up meats and baking prep work.

You can use your kitchen island in many different ways. Whether your kitchen is small and cozy or large and open, you can design a kitchen island that fits your needs, brings your family together and enhances the livability and value of your home.

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If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177, connie@knowsrealestate.com   or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

5 Ways to Increase the Property Value of Your Home

In Buying a new home, Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Design Trends, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Selling Your Home, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on August 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

No matter what the real estate industry is doing as a whole, you want to get the most value out of your home when you sell. While you can’t control the housing market, you do have control over maximizing your property’s worth. Here are five ways you can get more money out of your home.

Get a Home Inspection

Don’t wait for the buyer to request a home inspection after you’re under contract. Hire an inspector before you list your home to find out about any problems. It only costs a few hundred dollars, and you would have time to fix any issues that could lower your property value. You can ask your trusted real estate agent to recommend someone.

Many hidden problems can lead to serious damage, which will result in a lower price for your home. Hidden water leaks, pest infestations and electrical problems should all be checked out and dealt with before you put your home on the market.

Paint the Walls

It sounds too good to be true, but adding a new coat of paint to the walls of your home can enhance the value. Paint makes a room feel fresh and new, and buyers are willing to pay more for real estate that doesn’t require any work.

Select neutrals for your walls to appeal to a larger audience. If you have brightly colored walls, make sure you paint over them to improve the way your home shows to buyers.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Buyers like the idea of saving money over the long-term, so they will pay more for a house that is energy efficient. You can find ways to do this regardless of your budget. Install new appliances that require less energy to run. Replace old windows with new ones that are better sealed to prevent air leaks.

You can ask for an audit of your home from your local utility company to find out where you can make improvements. They will show you areas that need to be repaired, enabling you to make changes before you list your property.

Work on Curb Appeal

Landscaping can improve your home’s value. This is another area where you can make changes regardless of your budget. Start with trimming overgrown bushes and trees. Clean up your lawn and re-sod any patchy areas. Add interest by planting flowers, shrubs and other greenery.

If you don’t consider yourself a creative person, hire a landscaper to design your outdoor area. They can select plants that are low maintenance and enhance your space.

 Update the Bathroom and Kitchen

It’s often been said that the kitchen sells a home. A bathroom is also a high priority for most buyers who expect an updated space. Whether you can afford to do a major remodel or only have the budget for a few small changes, these two areas are where you should place your focus.

Even something as minor as updating the hardware on your cabinets can yield positive results. If you can’t afford to replace your cabinets, purchase new doors or paint your current ones. If you’re working with a limited budget, focus on the areas that will get the most attention. This includes the lighting, faucets, countertops and cabinets. A coat of paint will make the rooms look and feel brand new as well.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to increase the value of your home. Focus instead on spending what you can afford wisely. When you make the right changes, you will find buyers who are willing to pay more for your home, and that is key in any real estate market.

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Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty, Inc at 713 249 4177, connie@knowsrealestate.com   or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

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