Condo for Sale!!! $96,500

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SOLD!!!!!!

$96,500

3284 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CIR #2

PRICE Reduction!!! Great Location!!! A beautiful and well maintained condo, 2 Bedrooms and 1.5 Bathrooms, with 2 tandem parking spaces One in garage and other just behind it, Extra storage space located inside garage area. Provincetown Condo Association is a quite and very friendly neighborhood, with 24 hour security at the gate. Shuffleboard courts, Swimming pools, and Tennis Courts. Located near FSW College, Barbra B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, close to US 41. Only minutes to Florida International Airport (RSW), Bell Tower shops, Entertainment, Parks and Medical Center. Only 20 minutes to Fort Myers Beach!! Schedule your visit today!!!  MLS# 219015874

How to to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue

Steal these fast, fresh tips for your next outdoor affair.
Make DIY S’more Pots
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What’s an outdoor party without some s’mores? Guests will love these adorable, individual desserts.
Let guests know what’s on the menu
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Coat a tall piece of plywood with black chalkboard paint for a professional-looking board. Blogger Nan used an overhead projector and white acrylic paint to add the “menu” graphic.
Dress up bottles in one minute flat
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Sparkling water and lemonade, jars of pickles, even soda bottles become part of the decor when wrapped in patterned paper secured with double-sided tape. Use scraps of gift wrap or wallpaper that match your color scheme.
Anchor tablecloths with rails of posies
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Skip store-bought weights and make your own by filling tiny buckets with wildflowers and a half inch of water. Just suspend the bouquets from your tablecloth using a clip and fishing line or skinny ribbon. Tie and knot one end around the handle of the bucket and the other around the clip.
Let the games begin!
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There’s no better solution for early arrivals and the post-lunch slump than a collection of no-skills-required lawn games. Set out a basket of Frisbees, Wiffle balls, and badminton rackets — along with a croquet set—all within view of the picnic table.
Help guests keep their cool
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Battle scorching sun, aggressive mosquitoes, and stifling temperatures with a few thoughtful amenities your friends will appreciate. Buy a supply of fans, plus sunblock and bug spray, and have everything at the ready when company comes.
Turn holiday lights into summer sparklers
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With a little embellishment, Christmas lights become twinkling flowering vines, crawling along a porch post and railing. To make these blooms, puncture the bottoms of paper muffin cups in the center and slide one over each bulb.
Hang lights wherever you want
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You don’t need a pergola or porch to add twinklers. Stylist Emily Henderson creates posts for string lights by filling buckets with rocks and anchoring bamboo polls in them.
Set a pretty tablescape
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Set a pretty outdoor table with some of our favorite finds.

Houses of famous people that are for sale now

KARL LAGERFELD’S VERY ORNATE, VERY ’90S GERMAN VILLA
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If you have a few million spare euros laying around, you can now live like Karl Lagerfeld—or at least the way he lived in the ’90s. Lagerfeld’s former German villa, where he lived between 1991 and 1998, is going on sale. The property is named Villa Jako, in honor of Lagerfeld’s longtime partner Jacques de Bascher, who died in 1989. As Women’s Wear Daily reports, the villa is in Hamburg’s exclusive Blankenese district.
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The three-bedroom house, originally named Villa Schüler, was built in the 1920s for shipping magnate Herrmann Witte, and it resembles a Roman villa, complete with a grand facade and multiple columns.
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The 12,000-square-meter hilltop villa also features a grand living room that spans the entire length of the property, a first-floor gallery that also serves as a library, and round-arched glass doorways that open directly onto the garden and terrace, leading to gorgeous views of the River Elbe.
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While Lagerfeld sold the property in 1998, the current owner kept some of his interior design elements, according to the listing broker, Engel & Völkers. No word on exactly which elements were kept, but the gold leaf-painted ceilings and the three bedrooms, which each feature an en-suite bathroom and dressing room, are a marvel.
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Interested? The property will set you back a cool 10 million euros.
ROB LOWE MONTECITO ESTATE
‘West Wing’ actor Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Lowe, a jewelry designer, have listed their Montecito estate for $47 million. According to Lowe, it’s the perfect time to unload the property. “With our boys now out of the house, we’re looking forward to our next real estate adventure,” he said.
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Inside the classically-inspired home, which is known as Oakview, you’ll find six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, a wine cellar and a screening room. Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. has the listing. Scroll down for a look inside the stunning gated property.
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The couple worked with a team of design professionals, including architect Don Nulty, interior designer Kyle Irwin, landscape architect Mark Rios, and David Cho, a feng shui expert.
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THE HOME IS APPROXIMATELY 10,000 SQUARE FEET AND SITS ON 3.4-ACRES.THE WELL-MAINTAINED GROUNDS INCLUDE ROSE AND VEGETABLE GARDENS.
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IT’S A COMBINATION OF TRADITIONAL EAST COAST STYLE AND THE LEGACY OF THE VIRGINIA COUNTRYSIDE. THERE’S ALSO A TWO-BEDROOM GUESTHOUSE WITH A KITCHENETTE AS WELL AS AN 800-SQUARE-FOOT POOL HOUSE WITH A FULL KITCHEN AND BEDROOM.
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PLUS, THERE’S A CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS/SPORTS COURT WITH TWO OBSERVATION AREAS.
AOL CO-FOUNDER JAMES KIMSEY’S DC-AREA HOME
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A Northern Virginia estate that was once owned by AOL co-founder James Kimsey has been listed for $63 million, making it one of the most expensive homes in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Kimsey, who passed away of cancer in 2016, built the 24,500-square-foot, six-bedroom main house in 1999. Scroll down for photos of the estate, including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed guest house. Plus, see a Matterport 3D tour of the main home.
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THE FRONT OF THE ESTATE IS ITALIANATE-STYLE AND FEATURES LIMESTONE. THE PROPERTY IS KNOWN AS “THE FALLS,” A REFERENCE TO ITS LOCATION OVER MCLEAN’S GREAT FALLS PARK. IT SITS ON APPROXIMATELY THREE ACRES.
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IT FEATURES SIX BEDROOMS, A SPACIOUS DINING AREA, A TENNIS COURT.
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THE GUEST HOUSE WAS DESIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.
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IN ADDITION TO FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S SIGNATURE RED FLOORING, THERE ARE RIVER VIEWS AND FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS.
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MUHAMMAD ALI’S MICHIGAN FARM
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Muhammad Ali bought an 81-acre farm in Berrien Springs, Michigan in 1975, almost 10 years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now the late boxer’s widow is selling the property with the very specific asking price of $2,895,037 (a reference to Ali’s 37 career knockouts). Scroll down to see more photos of the estate.
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THE FARM SITS ON 81 ACRES IN SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN, NEAR THE INDIANA BORDER.
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Structures on the property include the four-bedroom main house along with a carriage house, pool, gym, garages, barns, and “office epicenter”.
THE GYM HAS A PRIVATE BOXING RING.
There’s also a steam room and massage room in addition to the exercise equipment.
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THERE’S ALSO A SPA TUB IN THE GYM.
THE POOL INCLUDES AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN AND BATH HOUSE.
THE GROUNDS ALSO FEATURE A FULL-SIZE BASKETBALL COURT.AND LUSH LANDSCAPING.
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THE KITCHEN IN THE MAIN HOUSE HAS AN ADJACENT PANTRY.THE CARRIAGE HOUSE HAS A DECK OVERLOOKING A POND ON THE ESTATE.
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FOR ABOUT $2.9 MILLION, IT COULD BE YOURS.

Beautiful Modern Fence Design Ideas

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When you start to pay attention to fencing—look at your neighbors’ fences or search online—you’re likely to discover quite a range of looks, from wood to vinyl to metal, from basic vertical pressure-treated or composite boards to more decorative horizontal cedar planks, from edge-to-edge layout to unique designs that look more like modern art than fencing. And with many DIY options available, you can get quite creative when it comes to beautiful modern fence design ideas.
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Today let’s look at some modern fence design ideas that might inspire you to add some creativity when installing fencing.
ERTICALLY HUNG FENCES
Traditionally, the most common design for fencing has been vertically hung fence pickets.
“Traditional” doesn’t have to mean “boring.” The clean lines of this vertically hung wood fence with horizontal elements would complement a variety of home styles. (Its current location is alongside a mid-century modern home.) The darker, muted stain color makes a lovely backdrop for colorful landscaping flowers and plants.
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This wood-plastic composite fence offers an updated look to traditional vertical fences. The fencing, from manufacturer Trex, comes in 6- by 8-foot panels that are designed to be easy to install. The composite material, which is made from recycled wood and plastic bags, won’t rot, buckle, or sag, and the board-on-board layout ensures maximum privacy while still being attractive on both sides.
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HORIZONTALLY HUNG FENCES
Vertical pickets offer a more conventional fencing look, but simply by rotating them 90 degrees to horizontal (and installing/constructing the support posts and rails accordingly), you get an entirely new look. Horizontally hung slats lend themselves to more custom designs.
This stunning poolside fence is constructed with horizontal cedar slats and helps create a relaxed yet sophisticated retreat-like backyard space.
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This massive (8- to 10-foot-tall) cedar fence built in a board-on-board design offers so much privacy—and looks beautiful doing it!
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This modern horizontal fence has ivy growing on it and trees growing in front to break up the fence and to make the fence appear to be a part of the garden/organic. Beautiful combination!
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This small fence provides a little bit of privacy but doesn’t hide the beauty of this home’s architecture and front patio pavers. (Compare it to the first massive fence in this section for a reminder of how diverse fence design can be!)
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This tall, thin-slat horizontal fence provides both privacy and a clean and contemporary border for this serene outdoor space.
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This eye-catching fence’s concrete base serves as a retaining wall for the yard behind it and also provides a level foundation for the fence above. The fence’s horizontal wood slats—themselves set horizontally—offer some privacy but still allow for air flow.
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Privacy screens are a budget-friendly alternative to fences. Even though they’re not as full as many fences, they still can add privacy, help block noise, and serve as a border for yards and landscaping.
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MODULAR FENCES
This type of fencing combines pickets or slats, hung either horizontally or vertically, with a more substantial base, oftentimes made of poured concrete. These fences are popular around houses that don’t have a large front yard separating the home from the sidewalk and street for the security and privacy they provide.
Although it was designed for the aforementioned security and privacy, there’s a beauty and sophistication in the combination of colors, textures, and materials in this modular fence.
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In this version, the base is higher and matches the color and texture of the house close behind it. The more open slat design offers some privacy yet still gives off a warmer, almost welcoming feeling.
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DIY FENCES
Designing and building your own fence might not be out of the question if you’ve got some construction or craftsman skills. Many tutorials are available online, such as  one from HGTV or another  from The Home Depot, but the process is pretty straightforward: once you decide on the type of fence you want, measure and mark for the upright fence posts, dig the post holes, set the posts securely in the holes with gravel or sand plus concrete, attach the rails to the posts, and attach the pickets or slats (or panels, if you’re using them) to the rails.
Note this is a very simplified summary of fence-building, so if you’re interested in installing your own fence, be sure to do some research and so you know and understand all the necessary steps before you begin.
Building your own fence might be another option for you. Here’s one way to do it.
STAINS AND FINISHES
If you choose a wood fence, you want it to look nice and last for years. To help prevent your wood fence from deteriorating due to exposure to weather, heat, and time, it’s important to seal it. Wood stains and sealants help lock out moisture, guard against the sun’s damaging UV rays, and extend the overall life of your wood fence. Stains are available in solid (similar to paint, solid stains completely hide the visual wood grain), semitransparent (these allow some of the wood grain to show through), or clear (clear stains protect while allowing all of the wood’s natural color and grain to show), and many are timetable so you can choose the color you want.
If you opt for a composite material for your fencing, chances are you won’t need to worry about sealing or otherwise finishing it. That’s part of the convenience of these materials.
Metal fences need a coat of paint and often a primer coat underneath. Experts recommend an oil-based paint over latex for its durability.

Modern Garage Door Designs

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Depending on the design of your home, your garage door (or doors) can take up a lot of real estate on the front of your house. Replacing your garage door, especially if it’s a standard builder-grade sectional door, with something more beautiful and modern is a relatively quick and easy way to upgrade the look of your home and boost its curb appeal.
Available from big-box hardware stores as well as specialized garage door manufacturers and installers, many options are available when you’re looking for a more attractive and creative modern garage door.
Design and Style Options
Replacing your garage door can give your home a mini-makeover. Deciding on the style and design of your new door is the first step. Choose a door that complements your home’s architectural style and design. For example, if you have a modern farmhouse-style home, pair it with a matching modern farmhouse-style garage door.
The following three images show a small sampling of the many styles and designs available for garage doors.

COLOR CONSIDERATIONS
Consider the color of the door, too. Do you want it to blend in with the main color of your home, pick up the accent color used on your trim or front door, or be an eye-catching pop of contrasting color?
A black garage door can look bold and beautiful on the front of a home.
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The color of these carriage house-style doors was chosen to match the color of the stone and trim used on the home. As a result, the paired black accents pop.
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For a more traditional look, adding an arbor overhang over the doors is a beautiful addition!
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These gorgeous modern farmhouse garage doors are painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black to match the rest of the house’s trim and other details.
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These white garage doors are painted the same color as the home’s trim and are a lovely addition to the grays used in the siding and stonework.
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DESIGN ELEMENTS
What about design elements on the door, such as decorative hardware or windows? These can be great finishing touches, but be sure they coordinate with your home’s current look as much as possible.
The design, windows, and other details on the garage doors of this Colonial Revival home match the rest of the house’s overall architectural style.
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MATERIAL OPTIONS
What material should you choose for your garage door? Steel or aluminum? Wood? Composite or fiberglass? Be sure the material you choose will stand up to the weather your home will face.
Also think about how much maintenance you want to deal with. For example, some wood doors require sealing and other upkeep other materials don’t call for.
A more modern carriage door design, these wood doors feature clean lines with no added hardware or accessories to clutter the look.
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These wood doors exude warmth. They’re the perfect choice for this modern farmhouse.
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SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
If your home is located in an area prone to extreme weather such as strong winds or hurricanes, you might need a door that offers safety and protection from these conditions. Finding a storm-ready door might require some legwork on your part, and might be less budget-friendly than other doors, but it might well prove worth your time and money after a storm or two.
If you love the look of a two-door garage but your home currently has one large, two-car garage door, you might be able to have it reframed into two separate single-car openings. (This might help increase the structural security of the doors if weather is a concern where you live.)
WHAT ABOUT INSULATION?
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An insulated garage door might be a smart choice depending on the climate in which you live. Insulation comes in a different R-values (generally, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation), so do some research before you decide what’s best for your home.
DON’T SKIMP ON THE SPRINGS
Depending on the material you choose for your garage door and any insulation you opt for, garage doors can be heavy, so get strong springs. You don’t want one to break and cause damage to your garage, your car, or worse.
SHOULD YOU REPLACE THE OPENER, TOO?
Can your existing garage door opener handle the new door? When replacing your garage door, consider also replacing your garage door opener if it’s not strong enough to handle your new door, especially if the new door is heavier.
DO IT YOURSELF OR HIRE OUT?
Installing or replacing a garage door can be a big job. There are lots of moving parts that have to align just right for the door to function correctly. Even if you’re a seasoned DIYer, this might be a job to hire out to an insured installer or garage door company that knows what they’re doing. These experts can get your new door installed correctly, and often in less time than it would take you to do it. They’ll also be able to explain door styles and materials as well as insulation options, help you decide if you have special safety issues to think about, evaluate your current opener and springs, and be a good source of information. They’ll be available later if you need to call for repairs, updates, etc., too.
What a makeover! The new carriage house–style garage doors on this detached garage add major curb appeal. The pretty pergolas over the doors adds a nice custom detail.
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A garage door can be an expense purchase and not one to be made impulsively. Shop around to find the best deal on the right door for you and your home. Request in-person estimates from installers so the professionals have the opportunity to see and factor in all the details specific to your home that might affect your door choice, style, and installation. Finally, it’s important that you feel comfortable with the person or company installing your door. If you don’t, keep looking.

Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever

Here’s how to have a summer you’ll never forget.
1.Greet Guests With a Vintage Touch
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Hang a pretty pastel watering can over your front door and fill with fresh flowers for an easy decor upgrade.
2. Find the Perfect Porch Furniture
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There’s something about finding a great swing or the most comfortable wicker furniture for your porch or patio that makes it truly feel like summer.
3. Make a DIY Backyard Connect Four Board
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While there are several outdoor games you can play with your kids this summer, they will love this life-size Connect Four game you can have in your yard all summer long.
4. Brighten Your Front Door with a DIY Summer Wreath
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Welcome guests with a personal message by crafting a DIY summer wreath for your front door.
5. Host a Backyard Bash
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We tend to think of barbecues and picnics as the only options when it comes to fuss-free outdoor dining, but it’s totally possible to host an elegant, stress-free outdoor dinner.
6. Hang String Lights Over Your Porch
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Add some twinkle to family game night or a relaxing afternoon by hanging string lights on your front porch.
7. Spend a Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock
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Let’s get real here: Can you think of anything better than spending your day napping in a hammock like this one?
8. Make Your Own Salsa
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There is no greater testament to a salsa’s amazingness than its ability to make you eat an entire bag of tortilla chips. Whether it’s tried-and-true pico de gallo or salsa fresca, or a more unique recipe with ingredients you have to look up, salsa can be relied upon to provide a light, summery counterbalance to salty fried dishes or accentuate the flavor of all manner of meats and vegetables.
9. Decorate Your Home for the Fourth of July
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Hang patriotic pleated fans from your front porch for the holiday.
10. Step Up Your Outdoor Entertaining Game
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By adding color and state-inspired details to your table, you can easily freshen up your dining table’s look for your next dinner party.
11. Gather Friends for a Cookout
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Long summer nights are best spent in the backyard with a group of close friends.
12. Make Homemade Ice Cream
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When made from scratch with the season’s sweetest ingredients, ice cream captures the essence of summer. Give everybody something to scream about with these yummy ice cream flavors you can make at home.
13. Hang Up a Rope Swing
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Kick that tire to the curb! This elm disk—stunning in its simplicity—offers a much classier ride to play on.
14. Sleep with Your Windows Open
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Turn off the A.C. and spend at least one summer night falling asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs, and the soft summer breeze.
15. Take a Canoe Ride
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Spending at least one summer afternoon in a canoe is a must!
16. Make a Dish with Your Backyard Garden Bounty
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From spinach to mushrooms to peppers, let backyard edibles the stars of your summer meals.
17. Get Outside and Play a Game
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Bright idea: A few chalked lines can turn a deck into a game board for oversize chess pieces. Other fun ideas for lawn games? Croquet, bocce, cornhole, lawn darts, ladder toss—the list goes on and on!
18. Take a Hike (or a Bike!)
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Gather friends, family, and, of course, pets for a long hike or bike ride on a cool evening.
19. Start a New Collection
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Whether you’re planning on checking out a new antique store, trying out a new hiking trail, or just hanging at home, find something—like vintage maps!—that you can spend the whole summer collecting.
20. Host a Yard Sale
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Spring isn’t the only time to do a bit of purging! Spend some time this summer getting rid of excess household items by hosting a weekend yard sale.
21. Visit a Farmers’ Market
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These days, farmers’ markets offer more than just nature’s finest and freshest produce.
22. Take a Nap Under a Tree
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Need we say more?
23. Take in a Baseball Game
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Whether you live in a major metropolis or a small town, chances are you’re never far from a baseball game. It’s a good thing, too, because with its dusty fields and open stadiums, baseball is summer’s perfect complement. So gather the family, don the colors of your favorite local team, and spend time outdoors enjoying America’s favorite pastime.
24. Pick Wildflowers
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From wild columbines to prairie roses, summer is full of gorgeous blooms. Pick a bunch and use them to create a beautiful centerpiece—kitchen canisters make great impromptu vases at a backyard picnic. Mix tulips with wildflowers and group the blooms by stem length for a casual-yet-stylish display.
25. Make S’mores Around a Bonfire
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End a perfect evening with friends and family by enjoying s’mores around an open fire. All you need to make this summer-camp classic are bamboo sticks, graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.

Everything You Need to Know About Log-Home Living

Do you dream of living in a cozy log cabin? Read this primer first.
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Although log structures originated in Scandinavia, Russia, and Eastern Europe, they are now icons of American architecture. Today, log homes come in all styles and sizes, from modest unheated weekend cabins to sprawling state-of-the-art estates.
Guide to Log-Home Living
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Long prevalent as country weekend homes, these rustic beauties are increasingly being built as primary residences. In the United States, 30,000 log homes are built each year, according to the Log Homes Council.
Building a Dream
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Typically a potential homeowner contacts a log-home manufacturer or packager, who helps to design a floor plan (or customize a stock one), then sells the logs and various other parts as a package. It is necessary then to hire a local contractor to assemble the house on-site. Building styles and species of logs vary based on the area of the country, but since many companies ship throughout the United States, numerous choices are available. About 90 percent of manufacturers use milled logs, while the rest still handcraft them. Consider a company’s trademark style and choose one that builds a look you’re drawn to (and has a quality reputation).
Log Home Primer
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1. Research Start by researching on the internet to learn the basics of log-home building, then attend log-home shows to see examples from different companies.
2. Budget Decide on a realistic budget and your basic needs in a floor plan before meeting with log-home packagers. Each company charges differently for upgrades and add-ons.
3. Investigate Before choosing a log-home packager, check to see tht they have a positive track record of satisfied clients, or are in good standing with the Log Homes Council.
4. Inspect If your dream log home is on the market, be sure to hire a certified home inspector with knowledge of log homes and their potential problems before putting in a bid.
Top 3 Maintenance Issues
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1. The Sun Apply a wood stain or preservative inside and out to protect logs from fading.
2. Cracks and Gaps As logs dry out and settle, cracks and gaps may appear. Have your home inspected (and repaired if needed) once a year.
3. Moisture Water damage can cause fissures and rot in logs. Make sure there is proper drainage around walls and regularly reapply a stain.
Coordinate the Interior
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When it comes time to decorate a log home, balance is key. There’s no need to do the entire house in a hunting-lodge theme, but an excess of modern materials will look out of place in such a rustic home. Do give a nod to the house’s provenance and innate characteristics by using plenty of natural materials, comfortable furnishings, and warm, inviting colors.
Getting the Log-Cabin Look
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Stain: Besides protecting your home’s interior from fading, a stain can provide a splash of color. Choose a golden stain to use throughout the house, or pick sheer-colored stains to individualize certain rooms.
Details: Hanging pictures and other items on log walls is a snap—even with rounded logs, pictures will hang straight. And if you move your art frequently, there’s no need to spackle nail holes since they blend in.

LEARN HOW TO MIX DINING CHAIRS LIKE A DESIGN PRO

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If you’re looking for a good recipe to shake up your dining room style, then start mixing things up with mismatched chairs. This eclectic style has become a here-to-stay trend we love—and why not? Mingling different chairs opens up countless ways to play with color, texture, and scale. When done right, it creates a fresh, unexpected look.
So how do you make it look so—well, put together? Here are a few tips from our designers to help you master the mismatch.
START WITH DOUBLES
You don’t have to start over to get in on this look. Ease into it by introducing one set of chairs in a completely different design at the head and foot of the table. If your current style leans toward traditional, swap out your armchairs for a pair of modern ones, or add a duo of dramatic wing chairs to make a statement.
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SET A BENCHMARK
To create a relaxed feel, rethink your seating arrangement and replace a set of side chairs with a stunning upholstered bench. This look is not only fresh and fashionable—it’s also great for comfortably fitting in more friends and family on one or both sides of your table.
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MIX, THEN MATCH
Maybe you’ve got a host of vintage chairs you’ve been collecting, or you have an eclectic taste for all sorts of styles. If you love a cool, collected look, then go ahead—mix it up! Just keep this pro tip in mind: Dress your chairs in a similar color or pattern to tie the look together.
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Hungry for more inspiration? Here’s a look at a few more mismatched dining looks!
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2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging

Before you’re able to successfully stage a home for sale, you need to understand your target audience, and the kinds of things they’re looking for in a home. Home buyers today are much more savvy than previous generations; they know what they want, and they’re willing to wait to get it.
In a recent survey, industry influencers shared what they felt were the top trends in single-family homes for 2018. These trends took a good look at what home buyers were looking for, and what potential sellers and real estate pros can do to help make properties more attractive to those looking at them.
Before you stage another home this year, be sure to consider these top single-family home trends in 2018 to truly understand your audience.
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The Purchasers
Before you can stage anything, you need to know a little more about whom you’re staging the rooms for. And while in years past, Baby Boomers made up the bulk of the home buying market, in 2018, you’ll be seeing a predominantly younger demographic.
Fifty-three percent of industry influencers surveyed believe that members of Generation X, aged ages 38 to 53, will compromise the majority of the market, while an additional 34 percent feel that Millennials, ages 21 to 37, will make up the remainder. With this younger group of buyers purchasing more than ever before, you need to pay more attention to what they want during your home staging rather than relying on trends of years past.
Keep in mind that influencers also feel that things like faux finishes and jewel tones—popular design trends of years past–are all out as far as today’s buyers are concerned.
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Floor Plans
While you can’t always change every floor plan of every home, you can remove a few walls from a home’s interiors if it means making it more appealing to buyers. More than 70 percent of real estate influencers believe that an open floor plan will be something that home buyers want to see.
Open floor plans are great for entertaining, they help maximize natural light, and are extremely versatile in terms of how the space can be set up and used. These attributes are helping drive more home buyers, especially younger buyers, toward open concept homes than ever before.
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Smart Features
When you’re staging a home for sale, don’t overlook one of the most popular trends right now–the smart home. While you don’t have to automate everything in the home to entice buyers, switching out lights for smart bulbs, and adding in things like a smart thermostat and front door lock can go a long way toward encouraging interest amongst buyers.
Fifty percent of influencers surveyed feel that smart homes are going to be the biggest feature that home buyers are looking for in 2018. Smart homes are accessible, functional, and according to Energy Star , they can also save homeowners money–10 percent to 30 percent on energy bills just by switching to a smart thermostat alone. That can certainly be very attractive to prospective buyers.
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Exteriors
Everyone knows how important curb appeal is to a home. And today’s trends for home exteriors can help you make the most of a property’s curb appeal during the staging process. This includes using cool colors on the exterior, and for a fast and easy update to the yard, add some potted or raised planters to create a cozy atmosphere that attracts those who enter the yard.
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Voice Control
As long as you’re including a few smart features in the home design, be sure to introduce voice control features as well. Surveyed influencers believe that voice control as part of home automation will be a very attractive addition to many homes for today’s buyers.
Luckily, with so many voice-controlled devices on the market, it’s easy to find one that will fit seamlessly in with the rest of the home’s design, helping to capture the attention of any prospective buyer who stops in.
Reference:
Fixr.com (March 5, 2018) “2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging” Retrieved from http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2018/03/05/2018-home-trends-to-guide-your-staging/

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate By Liz Dominguez

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Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection.
Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo introduced bill S. 2155—the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act—which proposes to roll back these regulations and ease restrictions on regional banks, allowing consumers easier access to credit. The Senate passed the bill in a 67-31 vote on Wednesday, receiving full Republican support and splitting the Democratic party. The bill is now moving to the House to be reconciled before heading to the President’s desk.
The real estate industry has been vocal since the bill’s introduction. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) supports the proposed changes:

“The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act contains some favorable provisions for the housing industry, including expanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s use of alternative credit scoring models; holding Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans more accountable; and improving access to manufactured housing, as well as easing credit through reduced regulatory burdens on smaller community banks and credit unions,” said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) sent a letter to committee members last week also supporting the bill, and applauded the Senate for the passing vote.
“I want to commend Chairman Crapo and the bipartisan coalition of senators that worked for months to ensure the passage of this important piece of legislation,” said David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the MBA, in a statement. “This bill will further ensure consumer protections and adequate access to mortgage credit…MBA now calls on the House to swiftly take up this bill for consideration.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also supports the bill, but believes it is only the start to a necessary regulatory change.
“The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen major progress on efforts to reduce the relentless and costly over-regulation of American industry,” said Randy Noel, NAHB chairman, in a statement. “However, while much has been accomplished, the hefty price homebuyers are paying for government regulations represents just one more obstacle that home builders need to overcome in restoring the marketplace to normal conditions.”
In addition, the Independent Community Bankers of America believes any pushback on the bill is caused by a lack of understanding. The group is attempting to clarify any misconceptions about how the bill would impact Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting.

“It’s time to clear up some of the misinformation that is spreading about S. 2155—it does not at all affect longstanding and already-detailed Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data-collection requirements,” ICBA President and CEO Camden R. Fine said in a statement. “Those community banks that have been required to collect and report HMDA data on covered mortgage loans will continue to do so, and report on an annual basis as they did for decades until the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dramatically expanded reporting mandates in 2015. S. 2155 takes a common-sense approach to ensure necessary data will continue to be reported without overburdening low-volume lenders.”
What changes would this bring? The biggest impact would be seen in the designation of a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI), of which the threshold would rise from $250 billion in assets from the current $50 billion. According to Business Insider, this change would recategorize multiple large regional banks, dropping the current banks impacted by strict SIFI restrictions from 38 to 12.
In addition, the bill proposes the following modifications:

  • Free credit freezes for consumers via credit reporting agencies such as Equifax
  • Protection against some class action lawsuits for credit reporting agencies
  • The exemption of the Volcker Rule—restrictions on trading and investing—for banks with less than $10 billion in assets
  • An increase in the bank threshold from $10 billion to $250 billion for Federal Reserve stress tests
  • Less restrictions on lending for small community banks
  • Relaxed reporting on banks with less than 500 mortgage originations per year

While some are worried the removal of these regulations introduces risk—a possible housing bubble and another financial crisis—the real estate industry is focusing on the rewards related to increased freedom from the lessening of current lending regulations.
“REALTORS® believe that financial regulations need to be balanced with appropriate consumer protections, and we believe this bill achieves that goal; we urge Congress and the administration to enact S. 2155 into law,” said Mendenhall.
Dominguez, L. (March 15, 2018) “Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate” Retrieved from http://rismedia.com/2018/03/15/regulatory-relief-bill-passes-senate/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Rismedia+%28RISMedia+Real+Estate+News%29