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Could Have Been EVEN a BIGGER Change at the Yanok House this Christmas!

As most of our friends and family know, we ALWAYS have a real Christmas Tree in our house during the holidays.  George has promised the girls if they come home for Christmas, we will always have a real Christmas Tree.  We have called on friends for many years to get this monster in the house…high school friends, neighbors, and good friends, Bill Irwin, are on call for the delivery.  When the girls were still home, they would help select the tree.  The bigger the better!  Watching George get in the holiday spirit??? while he struggled with the tree, was always  their favorite part of the process.

Because of allergies and sniffles, the day of going to MR. TREE and bringing home our tree is over.

This year George and I traveled to COSTCO to purchase, reluctantly a beautiful artificial tree with LIGHTS already on the tree…they even turn to color for Eli and Evie.  Knowing we needed to get a large tree, we purchased the tallest tree they had.  The box didn’t even fit in our car as a complete stranger overheard us talking about living in Westerville and offered to follow us home in his truck.  What relief we felt!  The tree is pretty, lights already on, it will pay for itself in 2 years as Mr. Tree is getting very pricey, carpet will not have water stains, no watering the tree, the family should be well and the list went on. 

Time passes and we get a call from COSTCO.

The Box the Good Samaritan Helped us Bring Home!

The Second Box that we forgot?????

Thank you to COSTCO for calling…

We can only imagine the family’s reaction if we were missing half of our new tree on December 23?  WAY TOO MUCH Change for the Yanok family.

Speaking of Change…Looking for a new home in 2018?  Get your home on the market now that the holidays are coming.  Less Competition, Only Serious Buyers are Looking During this Busy Season, and Emotion plays a HUGE ROLE in home buying…set the stage with tasteful decorations, no clutter, and help buyers imagine their next Christmas in their new COZY, HOLIDAY HOME.  Let me know if you would like the link to 5 short videos that explain how to list your house with no cost improvements. 

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Big Decision…Update Master Bathroom, Tub or No TUB?

To keep our oversized bathtub??? Eli, our grandson, is the only one that uses this tub when he visits.  And yes we do have another bathtub, but not one with jets to help the ducks swim in a circle.

Decision is made…too late to change my mind now…..First of all we are not renovating our home to list on the market….if you have been following my blog, you will know I advise against such a big expense if you are ready to sell.    George has shared this is our Pine Box House, a new term I learned from a contractor…not PB, Pottery Barn…but until death do us part.  So this renovation is for us to enjoy for a few ..hoping many years.  We designed our home with everything we need on the first floor and  on a lot with an amazing view so downsizing is not our first  choice at this time.

Remember the dark green tile…and yes we did have dark green carpet in bedroom.  Green is my favorite color but enough is enough. I see it in so many properties that were built-in the early 90’s.   Interesting to me is we are replacing the brass fixtures with a brushed brass color.  Gold/brass is back.  I prefer a mix of metals in décor so I am glad to see this return.  Wait long enough and all comes back…platform shoes, minis, and the list could go on.

Hoping to keep more info. on my  blog as the project goes on…and hoping not on and on and on.

Just sold another property in less than 36 hours. Sellers completed all the advice in my  NO COST TIPS for Getting YOUR Home READY to LIST!

Beautiful 2 story, on cul-de-sac, with large lot, in Westerville will soon be coming to market.   (43081, Spring Grove area)

 

 

 

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A NEW KIND of Nanny for Summer Months who Will Do All the Work…Curious?

I am TESTIMG a Nanny this week to take over while I keep a close watch.  She needs 8 bottles of wine…empty.

 

While away it is sometimes a chore to find someone to take care of summer flowers, the Nanny takes over.

Fill the empty bottle with water and …

 

Place clay stake with upside down vino bottle full of water in the middle of the pot of flowers…. and the test begins.  This plant had been full of blooms all summer…so can the Nanny take over while I visit my grandchildren?  Testing begins today.

Love the Name in this store front I saw in Vermilion last weekend…So true for me…Andi and Emily are on call almost 24/7 and Lauren our TECH Guru at REMAX Affiliates is an amazing help to me.

Speaking of Vermilion, rated as one of the BEST Restaurants in OHIO…Chez Francois…worth the trip!

COMING SOON…FIVE easy to follow TIPS that cost NOTHING to transform your HOME to a PRODUCT to Sell!  Under PRODUCTION, soon to go PUBLIC.

Still CRAZY Market…last three listings went in hours…and now I need more “Merchandise” to Sell.

Looking for a 4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath House in Upper Arlington 600-700K  NO HOME SALE Contingency and Lender Approved!  Family would love to get in before School STARTS.

 

 

 

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Magic…Fast, Easy Transformations…Magic Market…Three Listings in Contract in 24 Hours

My friends know, I like fast, inexpensive, fun transformations.  Just saw this chair in a POPULAR, PRICEY Greenhouse…not mentioning names but this project is on the top of my list!

Project TWO…probably happening in my office for my client list or George’s TO DO list for retirement projects…Are you laughing yet?  It is just a roll of craft paper fastened to the wall.  Would be great in so many places and useful too.

So my friend, a former English teacher…nightmares looking at my text on my blogs…thinks that titles of books are so important to see.  Of course not moi.  I like the shape and style of the books when in the bookcase…of course after I have read the book.  Balancing act I saw at CB2 in NYC…when visiting my city girl.

I think some of my clients are convinced my collection of ferns that I have been moving from house to house this year are magical.  I put the fern in a suitable pot from my collection in my “lower level” , instruct the seller to water, and the listing is in contract in less than 24 hours.   Two listings in Westerville and one in the ever popular Clintonville in the last month…magic has happened…over list price!

THE SECRETS TO SELLING FAST……

CLEAN…Free of STUFF…Let me provide you with my STAGER and my Talented PHOTOGRAPHER….free rental of my magic ferns… AND Presto!  I can’t promise Henry, my grand dog, will be here for your closing but I will.

 

 

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Deer be GONE…The Battle is Still On!

The same story.  I plant beautiful flowers, watch perennials come to bloom, and then one morning…What Happened?

YOU know what happened.  So a three step program this year.

Liquid Fence…works if you reapply every day and after every rain…

Last summer I added Irish Spring…may have helped but as my friend shared, at least the deer won’t talk dirty.

                    My latest Deer Repellent!

So I had heard…human hair…yes kind of unusual.  My hair dresser gave me hair from the salon, which I did take home.  With plastic gloves and caution, I filled burlap bags with hair and tied to my plants.

My attach this year is a 3 step process.  Please don’t share with my backyard pets when I will be leaving for vacation.

Yes they are beautiful animals and I do enjoy watching them run in the snow. but please leave me alone in the spring, summer, and fall.

 

 

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NO TIME for BUYERS and SELLERS to TAKE a Siesta!

DON’T be AFRAID to JUMP in the MARKET.

YOU will be so GLAD YOU DID!

TRULY a REAL ESTATE Fiesta…DON’T STOP to take a Siesta…..

RUN to  FIND a Reliable,  SERVICE ORIENTED REALTOR TODAY like EMMA YANOK.

So much fun celebrating my grandson’s 2nd Birthday with my great niece and family.

emmayanok@emmayanok.com (614-946-0728)

 

 

 

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MORE Exploring for LOW COST accessories, etc.

 

 

LOVE exploring for good stuff!  When my good friend and neighbor called me on Friday night and asked if I was ready to explore…she is an excellent picker…off we went.   Sharing old stories about such trips from years ago, laughing about nothing,  and brainstorming “repurpose ideas”…no Pinterest needed in this car.  First stop…

Voted BEST BOOTH by us…VintagedMod-pick,salvage>repurpose!

http://www.facebook.com/vintagemodsuitcase  Instagram-vintagemod.pick.salbage.repurp

Emily Windle-Halpin.  ewh17@aol.com   Located in Delaware County.  Emily shared she has monthly sales, which you can check out.

My NEW pile of JUNK……as my husband and best friend described…

Love this collection…base is a former Soil tester with all the info. on the rim…When I sell a piece of property, the soil does have to be tested before closing to make sure the land is buildable.  This is the former method…a sieve is the bottom…brass with the black metal tag still on this “piece of junk”.  The ring with the numbers is an old dial that came from an old gas pump…the numbers you see when filling your car with gas. I already had some old pulleys…I use for hanging pictures, etc , a succulent and topped off with my favorite final touch… A Cloche!

Had to stop by the Grandma BAIT Store…….Evie needs to learn all about Brutus and his followers!

Off for another adventure this weekend…building business alliances with Kimberly Althouse, Huntington, Kari Stumpf, REMAX Affiliates, and Wendi Diersing, Great American Title.  Now that I am bringing the subject back to Real Estate, it is soooooo important to partner with other professionals that you can depend on to complete all details on their end of the contract.  In this market, it takes a TEAM that can work together.  And the best part of this team, our professional development includes lots of fun!
Two listings in Westerville…coming up soon!

 

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