When Should You Move Up From Your Starter Home?

October 5th, 2018

I hope you’re doing great and that back-to-school season was a success if you have kiddos. If you’ve lived in your starter home for a while and it’s beginning to feel cramped, you may be thinking about moving on up. Here are five indicators it may be time to sell your starter home. 

One of the most common reasons homeowners grow out of their starter homes is because they are starting or growing their family, and what was once a perfect house for two now feels far too cramped for a household of three or four.

If you’ve used every system The Container Store offers and still feel like there’s not enough room for all of your belongings in your starter home, it may be time to move to a larger home or at least a dwelling with more storage.

If you bought an older home or fixer-upper that’s turning into a money pit, it may be time to sell it — especially if you can afford to move to a newer home that won’t need as many repairs.

Chances are you bought your starter home because you had limited income. If some time has passed since then and you or your partner are earning more — or an additional income earner is now in the household — it’s more likely you can afford to move into a larger home or one in a more desirable area.

If your home’s value has gone up significantly and market conditions are right — meaning the market is hot enough that your home could sell quickly and interest rates remain low enough to make your next mortgage reasonable — it could be a great time to make a move.

If you think it’s time to move into something bigger and better, We are  here to help. Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help!  Please contact us so we can discuss your options.

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Fall Staging Tips

September 28th, 2018

Warm and cozy are the feelings that are most suited for fall decorating. Pumpkins, apple picking, hay rides, cider – they all solicit feelings of comfort. As you prepare for the fall season, consider what needs to be cleaned up for hosting guests, celebrating upcoming holidays, and being comfortable as the weather becomes cooler.

If you are prepping for a home sale, keep decorations minimal and simple; clean, tidy, and welcoming should be the ultimate goal. Here are a few more ideas for both indoor and outdoor staging and/or decorating for fall:


A clean coat of paint is always a great way to provide a facelift to an area instantly. Keep the colors neutral and make sure they look professional. Consider power washing the exterior of your home, as well as clearing downspouts and gutters.


Incorporate fall foliage into decorations, such as simple vases with branches of leaves, a bowl of gourds, or apple cinnamon-fragranced candles. Outside, rake up loose leaves, pine needles, pine cones, and other foliage debris.


Add throw pillows and comfy blankets draped over chairs or couches as an invitation to settle in. Use candles or wax warmers with a single spiced scent to add aromatics. A clean welcome mat and/or door wreath can create a warm entrance.


Lack of light can make a space feel small; this may be cozy, but it’s not always appealing. Use lamps to create soft lighting, and if you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and burning for showings or guests. Consider adding walkway lighting outdoors to enhance your yard and curb appeal.

Looking to sell? Let’s talk about getting your home ready for fall, including what you can expect to get and how to best position yourself for a great offer. Give us a call, shoot us a text, or reply to this email to schedule a meeting today. Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help! 


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7 Reasons Why Fall IS the Time to Buy or Sell

September 20th, 2018

Fall is a great time to buy or sell – here’s why.


Silver medal. Runner-up. Fall. These are all considered to be the second choice, but there are so many benefits to buying or selling a home in fall that we can’t help but push back on any thoughts that the season should be dismissed as subpar. After all, vanilla is the top-selling brand of ice cream, but does that make it better than other frozen treats? We think not! Consider these seven reasons to buy or sell this fall.

 Spring may have higher demand, but it also comes with higher inventory. Your home listing in the fall means less “competition” for you and possibly a better offer. Make sure you have done a great job of addressing curb appeal, staging, and cleaning to help your home really shine.

Buyers who are shopping for a new home in the fall or even in the winter usually have a strong reason to do so. Their motivations could include a recent job transfer, a desire to have their kids in a new school prior to mid-year breaks (or, if it’s early enough in the season, before school starts), or wanting to celebrate the holidays in a new space

With more families wanting and needing multi-generational living spaces (think of the sandwich generation with both teens and aging parents sharing a home), the search for a home could be a longer process, pushing the process beyond spring’s peak.

Often times, sellers will be encouraged to pull their home off the market for the winter holidays. This means inventory will drop and then surge again in the spring. Shopping for a home in the fall will allow you to see houses before the flood of showings after the holidays.

Sellers who keep their listings active in the fall usually have a motivating factor behind their decision, which can benefit you. While it isn’t fully a buyer’s market, because they likely have less showings, they may be more open to accepting your offer.

Buying a home in the fall has several time-sensitive benefits. Your first mortgage payment won’t likely hit until the new year, and you may celebrate the winter holidays in your new space.

In an analysis of over 30 million home sales spanning 15 years, RealtyTrac(r), found that home buyers who purchased in October paid nearly 3% less than in other months. You can also get into your new home right in time for the end-of-year sales on appliances and electronics – bonus!

If summer was for home repairs and vacations and you are now ready to buy or sell, give Jennifer Fuller Realty a call for a market analysis and information to get moving this fall!

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The Latest Trends in Home Security

September 13th, 2018

Gone are the days of expensive, clunky alarm systems. Thanks to new technology, home security systems have become more affordable, smarter, and mobile. Here’s what you need to know about the latest home security trends.

The Latest Trends in Home Security

Many years ago, the only options for home security were robust systems that required expensive installation. Plus, whenever you were away, you had no idea what was going on in your home unless you got a call that your alarm was tripped.
New technology now makes it easy to install affordable systems yourself and keep an eye on your home while you’re away. This can give you more peace of mind and greater control over your home’s security. The downside: using technology to protect your home means you’re vulnerable to hacking. But this could be a risk worth taking if you want to keep your home secure.
Here are some of the latest home security trends you may want to explore using for your abode.

DIY alarm Syst​ems

Gone are the days of needing an alarm company to come to your home and do an expensive installation. Some companies such as Simplisafe offer systems that allow you to decide exactly which components you want and easily install it yourself. It requires some work to set it up, but it will save you big bucks.

Affordable, smart security cameras

Getting security cameras to keep an eye on your home used to be costly. Companies like Amazon and Nest now sell very affordable, smart home security cameras that link up to other digital devices. Some smart cameras also allow you to talk through them, so if someone has broken into your home, you can actually speak to them and potentially scare them away…or you can tell your dog to get off the couch.

Control your system & get notifications from afar

Many of the newer alarm systems come with smartphone apps that allow you to arm and disarm your system from anywhere, plus you can get notifications if your alarm was tripped and info on which sensor was set off. This can help beyond break-ins; for example, you could put a sensor on your liquor cabinet, and if you’re away and get a text that this sensor was tripped, you’d know one of your teenagers was up to no good.

Sharable security

Several newer home security systems offer neighbours the ability to easily share security footage and alerts with each other. If your neighbourhood experiences an uptick in package theft, you and your neighbours can help each other stop the thief.

If you want to go beyond these security measures and look for a home that feels safer. Just give Jennifer Fuller Realty a call or send us an email at jenfittsfuller@gmail.com. We would love to help you!

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Tips to Throw the Ultimate Tailgating Party at Home

September 6th, 2018

With football season finally underway, I thought I’d share some tips to throw the ultimate tailgating party for fans and for those who are just along for the ride.

Who doesn’t love football? Better yet, who doesn’t love a football party? With the season kicking off, I thought I’d share a few tips on throwing the ultimate tailgating party. Now, I know that not everyone likes football, so look for a tip or two that will keep everyone engaged at the party.

Of course, the star attraction of the day is the big game, but you should make your football party last all day. Set up a tailgate outside. Play games like cornhole and horseshoes and include a fun game day playlist. Keep the games going throughout the day to give kids and those non-football fanatics something to do during the game.

What makes any party great? The food and the drinks! Easy finger foods win whenever it comes to your game day spread. Add a stadium theme to your spread with hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, and don’t forget the wings. When it comes to drinks, have a wide variety of beer (not everyone likes the IPAs) and be sure to include non-alcoholic drinks as well.

The last thing anyone wants to do is stand for three hours or more. When hosting, make sure there’s enough seating for everyone to enjoy the game. Position your seating as if you’re in a stadium so that everyone can see the TV.


Quick Tips for Non-Football Fans:

Create a Space Away From the Game For Conversation
Have Music and Games Outside

Use these tips along with plenty of decorations to throw the ultimate football party! If you’re looking for more space, give us a call or send us an email at jenfittsfuller@gmail.com and we will help you find your next home field. Jennifer Fuller  Realty Team is always happy to help.


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The Dog Days of Summer

August 24th, 2018

3 Tips to Beat the Dog Days of Summer

With sky-high temperatures, you’re probably looking for ways to stay cool this summer. Try these unique tips to beat the dog days of summer.

It’s that time of year when the heat is no longer a novelty, and if you’re like me, the high energy bills and feeling sweaty all the time is starting to get a little old. If you’re getting weary of the high temps and looking for some unique ways to keep cool, try these tips to help you stay sane until fall arrives.

Do you have a lovely outdoor deck or patio that you don’t put to use during the peak of summer? Buy a misting kit, which you can find online for under $50. They connect to a hose or outdoor spigot and blast a continuous light spray of cool mist, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor spaces this time of year without melting.


When it’s this hot out, it can be hard for air conditioners to keep up, which can make falling asleep a challenge. A few hours before bedtime, seal your bed linens in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer. Right before bed, take them out and put them on the bed. While they don’t stay cold all night, they’ll be nice and chilly as you fall asleep.

If you don’t have your own pool or a community pool to swim in, do some research and find some nearby natural bodies of water where you can cool off.  As a bonus, it’ll feel like a mini-vacation.

If you’re considering looking for a home that’s more energy efficient during summertime, Jennifer Fuller Realty can help you through the process. Call us today! It will be our pleasure to help!


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DIY Projects To Do Before Fall

August 17th, 2018

Need some inspiration on DIY projects to check off your summertime list? These will add value without breaking the bank.

Home improvement projects can be fun and add value, whether you’re making your home space more usable, more attractive, or more comfortable. Here are three projects to get your creativity flowing based on your skillset.

Painting your front door can increase your curb appeal and give a feeling of newness to your entryway. Choose your color in a glossy exterior paint – a quart should be enough. You may want to test a few colors in various lighting before you make your final decision.

Be sure you paint on a dry day with moderate temperature so the paint can dry and not blister. Start by either removing the door and any hardware or by taping off the areas that aren’t receiving paint. Scrape off any chipping paint, sanding the door if needed. Brush off any dust, dirt, or debris and apply paint with primer, or prime first and then paint it once dry.

Other ideas: freshen up the look of a room with a new paint color, accent wall, or cleanly painted trim.

Kitchen and bathrooms are where we spend most of our time, and a mini-makeover can create a more beautiful or usable space. Replace hardware, add a tile backsplash, or install a new counter or sink to instantly transform your space. Install drawer roll-outs to increase storage and reduce clutter.

Local hardware stores and online tutorials are sure to inspire and instruct you on your makeover. And all these projects can be completed over a weekend.

Other ideas: consider installing shelving and/or organizers in a closet, laundry, or mudroom.

Don’t have the time or skill to do it yourself? Contact Jennifer Fuller Realty about in-home services from a great handyman, plumber, or electrician. We’d be happy to help!

Tiny House

August 9th, 2018

Tiny houses are getting more popular around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives.  They’re part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living, satisfyingly clever storage of shipshape boat living combined with a concern for environmental impact, thriftiness, minimizing possessions, and intentional living.

In addition to change of pace,  scale—from the mansion space craze, the tiny house trend has brought us all a new standard of living in simpler yet fuller life, innovative designs, remarkable style and all space-efficient.

When it comes to purchasing a tiny house, many companies have tiny houses available for sale immediately, while plenty of others work purely on customising. The builders that do custom building generally have designed model homes just so you can get a feel of the quality and space.

While most of the tiny house are  built on wheels rather than a slab or foundation, experiencing small spaces for yourself is essential—you’ll get to see whether a particular configuration and square footage feels claustrophobic, cramped, or wonderfully livable, additional modern amenities and upscale materials, all cleverly maneuvered into one tight squeeze. Then you’ll need to decide which features are essential to you.   You can pick and choose all the features you desire and need (which drastically affects the price, of course), as well as color and style.

Would you live on a tiny house? Let us know what you think.  Call Jennifer Fuller Realty today or send us a quick email and we will be more than happy to help you find your DREAM HOME!


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Play Space for Pets

August 3rd, 2018

Have a pet? Whether it’s a dog, cat, or any other animal, they’re part of the family. Like any family member, they would love to have their own space to play. Here are a few easy DIY projects that will help create a fun and comfortable space for your pets.


You can’t be home all of the time to let your pets outside. Create a pet door that opens up into a special fenced area in your yard that’s made just for your pet. Better yet, you can create a space that includes a little cover so that your pet can enjoy the sun and the shade while you’re away. It’s a spot where they can come and go as they wish.

Often there’s a lot of wasted space under stairwells. Turn this space into a comfy, fun room for your pet. Add a pad and blankets and a few toys to cozy up your pet’s new room. It’ll be their own personal “happy place.”

Dogs love to play outside and need exercise. Use a few feet along your fence line to create a fun running path for your dog. Remember to avoid landscaping along the path that could potentially harm your pet, so add plants that have soft foliage.

I hope these ideas will have your pet living in a fun, comfy spot to call home. If you need more space for your pets, give Jennifer Fuller Realty a call. You can find our information below or simply visit our website WWW.JFULLERREALTY.COM.


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4 Ways to Break the Ice With Your New Neighbors

July 20th, 2018

It seems the days of Welcome Wagons – new neighbors knocking on your door to offer cookies, pies, and friendship – may be long gone. So how do you meet the new neighbors? Or, how do you reconnect with neighbors you haven’t seen in awhile or neighbors you never took the time to truly meet? Sometimes bad neighbors are a reason people decide to move, so in this email, we wanted to provide a few creative ideas for both introverts and extroverts to get to know neighbors. Here are a few ways to extend a friendly introduction to your new neighbors.

Throw a Party.

Once you are settled, take your dog and kids on a short walk with invites in hand for a potluck party. Your neighbors will love to see your place, and you can build relationships over food. If comfortable, invite their whole families – especially if you have kids and/or pets you’d like to have a future play date with.

Say “Hi” in Shared Spaces.

It’s likely you will run into neighbors at the community park, a school sporting event, on a walk, or at the rec center. Say hi, introduce yourself, and let them know you are new to the area. Being friendly is usually met with the same behavior.

Get Digital.

Several neighborhoods have created online neighborhood communities. You can find these on Facebook (a quick online search may lead you right to them) or Next Door (www.NextDoor.com). These communities are used to post neighborhood events, garage sales, helpful information, and more. These digital neighborhoods get you meeting people from the comfort of your couch.

Be Practical.

Still scared to introduce yourself? Worried about what to say? Consider a purposeful introduction by asking a neighbor for a suggestion on lawn care, garbage pick-up, or even to exchange emergency contact information. Sometimes, having a specific purpose makes the conversation easier.




Looking for new neighbors? Give us a call and give your new neighbor-meeting skills a try! Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help!


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