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July 9, 2023

2023 Hot Home Design Trends

by Melissa Stevenson

9 Hot Home Design Trends This Summer June 28, 2023 Design & Architecture, Design Trends By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey   Find out what home styles—both interior and exterior—are seeing dramatic increases in online searches. Homeowners are trying to maximize their space by taking on remodeling projects geared toward creating new living areas while overhauling their property’s style,…

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June 19, 2023

Gardening Tips

by Melissa Stevenson

Warm Weather Gardening Tips   If you are new to gardening flowers or vegetables you will appreciate these tips.  If you are a seasoned gardener and you can add to this list, let me know in  comments. Be Water-Wise. Spring rains have ended and summer heat is picking up in July, stressing plants and making…

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May 21, 2023

Month of May Home Maintenance

by Melissa Stevenson

  8 tasks for your May home maintenance checklist Advice by Jeanne Huber   May is too wonderful a month to stay cooped up indoors. But if you play all month, you’ll pay come summer, when the itch to relax gets even stronger. There’s a simple way to resolve this quandary: Focus this month on chores…

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April 6, 2023

Spring Lawn Care Tasks

by Melissa Stevenson

Spring lawn care tasks to do now

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February 19, 2023

Too much Clutter, Help is on the Way

by Melissa Stevenson

  Tips to Declutter I’m always amazed at how quickly my home gets cluttered.  I try to keep up with children’s outgrown clothes and toys they no longer play with.  I clean out my frig and pantry regularly. The list goes on, but you get where I’m coming from, right? I try to be aware…

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January 16, 2023

21 tips for a Positive New Year

by Melissa Stevenson

21 Tips for a Positive New Year Updated for 2023 1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible. 2. Take a daily “Thank You Walk.” You can’t be stressed and thankful…

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  Excerpts from Southern Living Magazine The holidays are filled with special moments spent with family and friends from near and far; Time to get planning a memorable holiday this year and maybe make a few new traditions.   Bake Dozens of Christmas Cookies If you think you’ve made enough, make another batch or two.…

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    This article was written by Barbara Bellesi Zito.  You can get some great advice from this article and wanted to share it with you.  Don’t forget to talk with me too.  I always have my finger on the pulse of real estate in Peoria and surrounding areas. You’ve probably heard that the real…

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October 27, 2022 Commercial & Investment Real Estate By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey Many under the age of 40 are looking at real estate as a means to generate income rather than looking for their own home to live in, a new survey shows. A growing number of young adults are charting a different path toward building…

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September 5, 2022

Home Fall Maintenance Tips

by Melissa Stevenson

Homeownership is a big responsibility. There’s the financial commitment of a mortgage, taxes and insurance, but there’s also the responsibility of maintaining your home. Tasks like HVAC tuneup, landscaping upkeep and gutter cleaning help you avoid the cost and stress of unexpected repairs. It can be hard to keep up with maintenance when you own a home, but we…

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