I Live For Home.

I wish I had something profound to say about how I got into real estate… a sign… some divine intervention leading me to a path I had no Idea would become the best life choice I ever made, but I don’t!  I literally fell into real estate by chance.  The company I had been employed by shut down and I found myself out of work with bills to pay and my former boss felt bad for me so he called in a favor.  My friend’s mother needed a bookkeeper for a part time gig and hired me.  She was a successful real estate agent and I quickly earned my place as her full time assistant.  I learned the business from the ground up and was running the office of a 100+ transaction a year team on the back end.  Life was good; bills were paid; I had stability.

…But…  something was missing.  My drive, my dedication, my focus was on making someone else the hero in so many families stories… I wanted that.  I wanted my own business and to be the boss; but I also wanted that feeling of pure joy when I handed over the keys to my clients at the settlement table and capture the smile on their faces.  I knew NOTHING about sales…or business for that matter.  I had been a nanny, and a student, and a receptionist my entire life… so little knowledge and experience in sales that it was almost laughable when I said I wanted to get my license and become a full time commissioned salesperson!  But I knew I had to try.

Now, I can sit here and tell you that I have all the skills needed to make an amazing agent and that I put in time, energy and effort into being very knowledgeable about the local market and about the industry as a whole, and I do, but more importantly I have a strong desire and passion to help people into home ownership.

Ill tell you a little story, Ill try to make it quick.  My mom never went to college, heck, she tells me she barely passed high school.  We lived in NJ and we were POOR.  We moved to Virginia when I was 6 due to my parents splitting up and we lived in the basement of my aunt’s home while my mom worked three jobs to get us on our feet.  She worked so hard to provide us a life.  It took several years to get her to a point where she had earned enough business cred to get a “big girl” job and I will never forget the day that all of her hard work paid off and we walked through the doors of our very first home.  No basements, no sharing bathrooms or bedrooms with my little brother; we walked through the door of a 3000 square foot home with a backyard and a fence and a garage and my mom just stood there… and cried.  HOME.  Its more that just a building with a mortgage payment attached to it.  HOME.  Its more than 4 walls and paint and appliances.  HOME.  Its everything.  Its family, future, security, independence, lifestyle, design, live, love, grow.  Its HOME and I wanted to relive that feeling over and over and over again.  Ill never forget it.   I got into this business to help others have that feeling.  Its the best!

As a real estate professional, I pride myself on bringing more to the table than just my knowledge of the local market, and the number of homes I have helped people buy and sell over the last several years.  I put you first.  I make you my number one priority.  I take the time to get to know you, your goals, motivations, likes, dislikes and everything else that makes you…well you!  Buying a house is a BIG DEAL!  You need a professional who understands that and all the other factors that go into this exciting experience.  Phone apps and websites with homes for sale cannot provide you the same level of service that a real live person can.  We need to get back to the face to face interaction with real people and that is how I do business.  I would love the opportunity to sit down over a cup of coffee and get to know you… earn your trust and earn your business… and hopefully earn your friendship when it is all over and I get the amazing privilege of handing you the keys to your NextHome.

 

What To Do With That Small Bathroom?!

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Is your bathroom small? It’s the worst, isn’t it? I bought my DREAM HOME back in July and the master bathroom I found out used to be the walk in closet… explains SO MUCH!!!!!

Unfortunately, small bathrooms are very common, and are usually the smallest rooms in the house (besides linen closets…which I will TOTALLY write about soon). I can almost bet that it almost always feels cramped and tight in there. Although the square footage doesn’t change, a change of organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels.  Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.

  •  Medicine Cabinet
    If you have a regular mirror, replacing it with one that includes a medicine cabinet and provide further storage space. You can really get creative here… I have seen some Pinterest worthy ideas where they actually build a medicine cabinet into the wall between the studs and put a hinged mirror on the exterior as the door.  Cool huh?! Sign me up!!! I’m all about hiding the things that dont need to be seen in a bathroom… you know what I mean? 🙂

  • Shelving

    I get excited when I talk about shelving.  I literally could not talk enough about how much I LOVE floating shelves on wall.

    If you have free space above your toilet, vanity, or other another empty part of the wall, install shelving units. Purchase a few decorative baskets to maximize shelf space.  This is another area where you can Pinterest to your hearts content and get some really creative ideas.  A shelf with a bar below it and you can hang a few baskets to hold things or stagger the shelves so you can maximize the space and add wall decor to complete the look.  So many viable options with shelving, its basically a no-brainer!

    Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash
    Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash 
  • Hooks
    With a few decorative hooks, in a style of your preference, you can declutter by placing a couple on the back of the door to hang towels or robes. Perhaps one or two right next to each end of the shelving unit you just installed.

    I have been to several of the “home” stores recently and one of the big things I am seeing are the Knob-style hooks.  They look like doorknobs or big buttons that you hang things on.  This is cool especially for an eclectic or shabby chic decorative style that serves as dual purpose.  It is functional because you can hang things on them and its decorative because it is on the wall so when not being used for hanging, you have something cool to look at!

  • Towel Racks 
    A rack installed inside of you shower can save you space and convenience, also adding an additional shower bar above the original will work nicely. Another idea is installing a few racks a couple of feet above each other or right next on another. If you have an excessive amount of towels, store some of them away in the bedroom closet or get one of the layered towel racks that hang behind the door.  You can get 4 or 5 towels nicely put away but still reachable when needed by using the space behind the door!

  • Vanity with Cabinet
    I have come across plenty of pedestal sinks in small bathrooms, but if you want save some space, add some storage, and upgrade the look of your bathroom at the same time, a vanity cabinet will definitely do the trick. This provides space to put things like toilet paper or cleaning supplies away and out of sight.