Need More Kitchen Counterspace? Consider Your Small Appliances

Friday, January 21, 2022
The kitchen is a place where we come together, eat meals, prep food, and visit every single day. However, some people believe they may not have enough counterspace. For some, this is true. For others, they just may not be using their counterspace as effectively as possible.The coffee maker. The toaster. The air-fryer. The cellphone... More

Not Finding a Home to Purchase? Why You May Need to Increase Commute Time

Friday, January 14, 2022
During this current seller’s market, many buyers are having to adjust some of their non-negotiables in order to find their home. In order to maintain budget, one of those changes is commute. This is drive time from home to work, home to school, home to life, etc.Some buyers are now having to adjust their 10-minute... More

The Compass and Homeownership

Friday, January 07, 2022
Location. Location. Location. When people think real estate, many people consider property location one of the most important home purchasing factors. However, do you consider how the home sits on the property?Meaning, do you consider how the home sits on the property in terms of cardinal directions? (North, South, East, West)The sun rises in the... More

Reasons to STAY IN vs. GO OUT for NYE

Friday, December 31, 2021
As New Years Eve (NYE), is approaching, many people are deciding whether they are going tostay at home or go out “Going Out” doesn’t always mean going to a club or bar. “Going Out” can mean going to a loved one’s homebonfireanother citychurchrestaurantIf I chose to go out for NYE, I prefer to either go... More

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Home Showings: Seller Perspective

Friday, December 24, 2021
During the current market in Smith County, we still have a very low inventory of homes. During the holidays, buyers want to see houses because of the following reasons:They want to move closer to family, and they want to see what is available while they are in town.They want to move out of their current... More

Holiday Attire with East Texas Weather

Friday, December 17, 2021
Y’all, it is hot. Not only is it hot, but it is humid… and it is December 17th, 2021. All over the country, people are experiencing cooler climate and snow. Now, I am not necessarily asking for a “winter wonderland” experience… because snow in East Texas has resulted into serious issues (Snowmadegon 2021). But, I... More

“White Elephant” Gifts That People Actually Use

Friday, December 10, 2021
I will never forget attending my first “White Elephant” exchange party. My friends had explained to me that you were supposed to get a “funny gift” and the limit of the gift was $10.00 value. I had received a new spatula as a Christmas present, it still had the tag on it, and I had... More

Staging Item of The Week: The Blanket

Friday, December 03, 2021
Yes, the blanket. Not only is the blanket the perfect item to have on the couch home, but the blanket also has become an essential staging piece for real estate photos. Prior to the quarantine times, blankets were nice to have on hand, and one was in the photo, it had to be in a... More

Happy Thanksgiving from Kelly Raulston

Friday, November 26, 2021
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones! This year, my husband and I had just moved into our new home the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We decided that we wanted to spend time at our new home as opposed to traveling this year. Instead of trying to find a turkey, we chose to... More

Attic Cleanout Tips

Friday, November 19, 2021
As you are getting ready for fall and winter decorations, ask yourself this question…When is the last time I cleaned out the attic?It is recommended that the attic is cleaned out every 6 months, but a minimum of once per year.1. Completely Empty the Entire AtticWhen you remove items from the attic, clean, dust, and... More
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