iOS 7 — House Style!

With all of this talk about the new iOS 7 upgrade for the iPhone, we began thinking, ‘what if your house had periodic upgrades where you didn’t have to do a single thing but push a button and then 15 minutes later (or an hour later if your upgrade froze) you would have the latest technology?’ This would be amazing!!

 

This is what your new house could look like with this idea:

 

Before and After 001

 

All it took was a little paint on the cabinets! The wall paint is even still the same, but what a huge change!

 

Houzz before and after

 

Now this one took a little demo work, but holy cow! What a change!! This updated kitchen definitely adds value to this house!

 

Front Yard, Before and After

 

Curb appeal doesn’t just attract new buyers, but it also makes your neighbors happy! Just a few plants can create the oasis you always wanted!

 

Get rid of that builder grade oak! Use GEL stain.

Bathrooms bring in money to a house! Having updated fixtures and a nice finish on the cabinets can really transform the look and feel of a dated bathroom!

 

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Giving is the best form of communication.

Today, this video has been posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and now WordPress.

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When I began watching this video, the first thing I noticed was the poverty-stricken community that it was set in. I then assumed that this video’s premise was to evoke enough emotion out of me and the other viewers to donate something like a dollar a day to the less fortunate, and because, as I’ve said many times, I am a huge emotion-loving sap, I intensely kept watching. I watched as the middle-aged female shop owner scolded the little boy who stole from her and I kept watching as the middle-aged man came over to see what was going on.

At first I wasn’t sure what the little boy had taken from the woman until the older man had asked if the little boys mom was sick. I sat in pain as I watched the ashamed little boy stand with his head down awaiting his punishment because I knew that the little boy just wanted his mom to be better, and possibly was even told by his mother to steal the medicine. When the older male shop owner not only bought the medicine but made the little boy soup to take home to his mom, my heart was filled with warmth again. The little boy was in shock by the mans generosity despite his prior thieving actions. The male shop owner knew he would not be re-payed by the little boy or his mom but gave without question and expectation.

As the video continued and thirty years had past, you were able to see the unfaltering character of the now even older shop owner who had helped the little boy. He was constantly giving and continuously loving. He gave without expecting or thinking twice, even when his daughter gave him looks of confusion and even annoyance. The story took a turn when the shop owner fell and hit his head, sending him into the hospital with a major brain injury. If this wasn’t heartbreaking enough, it caused his daughter to be left with taking care of him, his shop, and all of his increasing medical expenses.

Putting myself in the daughters shoes, knowing how difficult it is to experience a loved one sick/hurt/dying, I also sat in pain as I watched her cry at her fathers hospital bedside. It was then the daughter noticed an envelope on the bed. She opened it and it said that all of her fathers medical expenses had been taken care of 30 years ago with a bowl of soup and medicine that he had given to a little boy in the streets. The letter stating her father had no medical expenses was signed by the doctor; it was the doctor who the shop owner helped 30 years ago.

This shot chills down my spine and made me realize the power of giving– not just because of how the now grown little boy re-payed the older shop owner, but because without the help of the shop owner thirty years ago, the little boy might not have even been able to become a doctor. It is the smallest acts of kindness that can really change someones life.

This video truly shows how “giving is the best form of communication” because even though this video was set in an entirely different culture from mine, with a language other than English, I was still able to receive such a strong message from it, and you know what is even more incredible?… At the end of the video, I wasn’t even asked to donate a dollar a day to children in need… but I have this overwhelming feeling inside me that very much wants to. This is how you know the message was received. — Give without expectation.

Now, obviously I am not telling everyone to run out and donate all of your money to various shelters and charities, but I am just wanting to remind you that the next time you are in a situation where you have the opportunity to give, I hope you remember that giving is the best form of communication. It just could change someones life… even your own.

Ashley Rosa
Communications Coordinator

A Lesson On The Final Walk-Through

PICTURE THIS: You’ve found the perfect house, made a winning offer, completed all necessary inspections, signed all needed paperwork, and now a closing date is set. You’re in the clear, right?!

Maybe.

The last step is the final walk-through and it is very important. The final walk-through is going to reveal whether or not the property condition has changed since you last visited and agreed upon all of the repairs.

As a rule of thumb, you will want to know/check for the following few things at your final walk-through to ensure that you are receiving everything you expect from your new house; remember, the final walk through is not a home inspection! That should already have been completed!

Check that:

1.  All agreed upon repairs have been made.

2.  All items agreed upon in the contract are present/removed. (Example: Washer and dryers are present — dated dining room curtains are removed— etc.)

3. All toilets flush.

4. All house mechanical equipment is in working order: doorbell, alarm systems, heating/cooling systems, garage door, etc.)

5. All faucets are leak-free and have caused no damage.

6. Walls, ceilings, fans, and light fixtures are visually sound.

7. The grounds are as expected. (No missing plants, trees, lighting, etc.)

8. All windows open and screens are in good condition.

9. No trash or unwanted items were left behind.

10. Garbage disposal and exhaust fans work.

If there is a problem with anything, acting quickly is essential! Thankfully, your RE/MAX agent will know how to handle any problem that arises, so even if there is a minor set-back at the time of the walk-through, your agent will take care of you. Just remember, failing to plan is essentially planning to fail, so hopefully after knowing what to look for at the final walk-through, you will be one step closer to actually obtaining your perfect house!

Crazy hotels for Summer Vacation 2014?

So as the summer comes to an end, all of the kids go back to school, and the summer vacations become memories, one of the best ways to ensure more great memories in the future is to start booking your next summer vacation in advance! If you are looking for something a little more unique next summer, take a look at all of these unusual places to stay! The family is sure to remember these locations!

 

Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village – Lapland, Finland

Only open between December and April each year, the glass igloo lets you sleep beneath the magical light of the aurora borealis at a comfortable room temperature.
Image credit: Hotel Kakslauttanen

 

 

Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Fla.

$550 a night/double occupancy— Guests scuba dive 21 feet to their hotel room! The hotel is in the former underwater laboratory, so enjoy sipping a glass of wine as you look out the window onto the undersea world. Courtesy of ForbesLife on Facebook.

 

 

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood Idaho

Dog Bark Park Inn

A great place to take your puppy crazy kids! Sleep inside the largest beagle! The entire bed-and-breakfast consists of a single room with a queen bed and adjacent loft with two twin mattresses. Single occupancy is $86, double starts at $96.
2421 Business Highway 95 at the Dog, Cottonwood, Idaho.; +1 208 962 3647; www.dogbarkparkinn.com

 

Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

turpentine creek

A safari in Arkansas?! Turpentine Creek is a zoo and a hotel.
As a refuge for rescued “big cats,” Turpentine Creek’s houses tigers, lions, leopards, cougars and a bear. Because the cats are the real attraction of everyone’s stay, events like habitat tours, big cats education sessions and feeding time are big hits for everyone who visits.

There are five lodges, two suites and a tree house bungalow. Rooms start at $150 a night. — All proceeds help the animals.
239 Turpentine Creek Lane, 
Eureka Springs, Ark.; +1 
479 253 5841; www.turpentinecreek.org

 

The Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA

This jail was turned into a hotel and still incorporates a lot of the old jail house features! Just take a look at the picture above! Brick, rod-iron bars, and even a catchy name for their in-house cafeteria – “The Clink”.

This hotel is located in the exciting city of Boston! If you are planning on going to Massachusetts, definitely think about staying here!
The Liberty Hotel T 617.224.4000 | F 617.224.4001 | 215 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 | http://www.libertyhotel.com/index.html

Things To Do This Summer!

How many of you often think, “What is there to do in St. Louis that I don’t do already on a regular basis”?

It is amazing that we often forget of all of the WONDERFUL things St. Louis has to offer! Take a look at the list of things to do this summer in St. Louis!

Hopefully it will amp you up and give you a jump-start on your summer plans!

Is there anything we left off? Let us know! — Comment below!

summer stlouis

Bad Weather Conditions?

Prepare for that big storm!

The weather is usually the safest subject to make small talk about, but what happens when the weather isn’t safe?!

Take a look at the info-graphic RE/MAX provides! It includes what to do in threatening weather conditions and what states are most affected!

Thanks RE/MAX!