MONTHLY (FEED) CONTENT
MAY 1 - FILL IN THE BLANK
SPRING IT ON, May 🌼 A fresh month is here and it's looking to be jam-packed with _____, _____, and _____.
May can seem like one long trailer for summer, but I think there's a lot to love about May.
Here are a few ways to celebrate spring right at home and in your community:
🛍 Celebrate National Small Business Week from May 1-7
💐 April showers bring May flowers: buy a beautiful bouquet
🖥 Redecorate your at-home office space
🦜 Add a bird feeder to your deck or porch
🛋 Buy a fun slipcover for your couch
📚 Rearrange your styled bookshelves
🗑 Scrub out indoor and outdoor trash cans
🧴 Stock up on sunscreen and bug spray
🍕 Order your favorite pizza on National Pizza Party Day (5/21)
📖 Find a good summer read/ create a summer book club
🥫 Donate some non-perishable items to a food bank
🌻 Volunteer to plant flowers in the community
🥩 Try making a new grilled/barbecue dish
Speaking of grilling season, _________ & __________ are my go-to’s. Now that I have shared my favs, I want to hear what you love to grill up or dish up in the summer?
MAY 2 - FILL IN THE BLANK
This is one celebration that I can definitely get behind ⬇️
The first week of May is National Small Business Week. Is there any better reason to support our local small businesses and show them a little extra love? I don't think so!
I love to shop small in _____. And today, I want to celebrate by shouting out a few of my favorite local spots -- because _____ [your city] wouldn't be _____ [your city] without them!
☕️ ____ has the absolute best _____. I can't start my day without one!
🧸 Whenever I need a gift for a child's birthday party, I head straight to _____ for the best selection.
💅🏻 You won't get a better mani/pedi than at _____.
🥂 For date night, my ____ and I always head to _____.
🍕 Too tired to cook on Friday night? Order a _____ pie from _____.
🐕 Shop 'til you drop for the fur babies at _____.
🥡 _____ is my very favorite spot to grab takeout for girls' night in. Just add Netflix!
🛋 I could spend all day shopping for home goods at _____.
🍻 Order a _____ at my favorite brew pub, _____.
🛍 I could spend all my money at ____ and not even realize it. Go, immediately!
Stay tuned -- I'll be sharing more of my favorites later this month. And be sure to save this post for future reference, too!
MAY 3 - FILL IN THE BLANK
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it matters which moving company you hire.
It can be tempting to just use the cheapest movers -- there are a lot of costs involved in buying a new home! But, be sure to take the time to interview a few different companies, get references from real clients (not just the testimonials that they put on the website) and read their online review sites.
Of course, you can't base your decision off of a single one-star review (it's impossible to make everyone happy!) but a little research goes a long way toward avoiding broken items and insurance claims down the road.
Here are my favorite moving companies in _____:
Do you have a friend who's moving this summer? Be sure to share this post -- I love to make connections and help people find the right resources, especially when it comes to homes.
MAY 4 - COPY & PASTE
You’re going to thank me later for this one ⬇️
In a competitive market like this one, you might find yourself falling in love with a home that needs some upgrades before you're ready to move in.
Although a lot of projects can be addressed over time (think: sticky doors, upgrading the window treatments, and redressing the gas fireplace), you'll save a lot of time, hassle, and possibly even expense, by completing certain projects before move-in day.
🧼 Deep clean or hire a cleaning service before moving everything in. Once your furniture and boxes are piled up, it will be so much harder to reach those baseboards and tops of cabinets!
🔨 Complete any flooring projects before you bring in furniture. Plus, if you're having floors refinished, you may not be able to walk on them for a few days.
🏗 Do anything involving major demolition or construction before you live there. Enough said!
🧯 Address any safety concerns and mechanical or structural issues before doing cosmetic upgrades. I's so tempting to do the fun stuff first, but focus on what you can't live without (like a furnace!) before you overhaul the landscaping.
Is there anything else you'd add to this list?
MAY 5 - FILL IN THE BLANK
MAY 6 - COPY & PASTE
What’s more frustrating than this?
You see your perfect home hits the market, so you email it to me. Even though I see it right away and reach out to the listing agent to schedule a showing, I hear back that the property has gone under contract ALREADY.
Welcome to Spring Market, 2022.
While I can't guarantee that we're going to find your dream home on the first try (It might be more like the 3rd or 4th!), I can give you a few tips to help you have a leg up on the competition when you see that home hit the market.
1) Be sure you're pre-approved. Without a pre-approval letter in hand, a seller is unlikely to take your offer seriously (and some listing agents won't even schedule showings with buyers who aren't pre-approved).
2) As soon as you see a property hit the market, send it to your agent! Do not -- I repeat, do not! -- schedule a showing through an online real estate website. Most large real estate websites sell leads to real estate agents -- meaning that when you fill out an online form to schedule a showing, your information is being passed on to an agent who paid for it, *not* to the listing agent to that property.
3) Keep your schedule flexible. If you're serious about house hunting, you need to be prepared to schedule showings at a moment's notice. When my clients send me the properties that they find online, I'm usually able to contact the listing agent or read the agent remarks on a listing to find out more about it and help inform your decision.
Drop me a message if you're thinking about starting the house-hunting process! I'd love to help you -- even in this competitive market there are tons of opportunities.
MAY 7 - FILL IN THE BLANK
Whether you're honoring a special mom this weekend or if you're simply looking for an excuse to find some of the best pastries in ____, here are a few ways you can celebrate this weekend:
Surprise her with croissants from _____[favorite breakfast spot].
Order her breakfast in bed from _____ [favorite breakfast spot].
Pick up cheese and charcuterie from _____ [favorite shop] for a picnic in the park.
Go out for brunch to _____ or _____ [favorite spots].
Send her to _____ [spa] for a day of pampering.
Happy Mother's Day! 💕
MAY 8 - CUSTOMIZE
MAY 9 - FILL IN THE BLANK
Are you struggling with all of the negative news you're hearing about the real estate market these days?
Low inventory, multiple bid situations and rising interest rates. Your feel overwhelmed because it seems like every time you find a home you love, another buyer snaps it right up. Or, maybe you're a seller and you want to take advantage of the current market to turn a profit, but you're not sure what's next.
Trust me, I’ve been in your shoes. I've seen it all and I'll be honest with you: real estate is hard right now! Every market has its unique advantages and challenges, but this year is definitely difficult for home buyers and sellers alike.
But, guess what? It's not all doom and gloom! Since January...
[list out 2-3 positive client anecdotes that have happened to you -- buyer winning multiple bids, finding an off-market property, seller getting a great offer with lease back terms, etc.!]
It’s possible, and I’m here to get you there!
Are you ready to get started and see some positives in this wild market? Drop me a DM anytime and I'd love to help you reach your real estate goals this spring.
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MAY 11- COPY & PASTE
There's always room for a bit of inspiration on your bookshelf. Here are 10 of the best interior design books that -- as an added bonus! -- also double as home decor.
-The Well-Loved House By Ashley Whittaker
-When Art Meets Design By Hunt Slonem
-Living with Color by Rebecca Atwood
-Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone
-Artful Decoration: Interiors by Fisher Weisman
-Elements of Style by Erin Gates
-Made for Living by Amber Lewis
--Styled by Emily Henderson
-Feels Like Home by Lauren Liess
-Tricia Guild: In My View by Tricia Guild
Do you have any of these books at home? Which one is your favorite?
MAY 12 - COPY & PASTE
THE 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO GET PRE-APPROVED
In this competitive market, your home search should start in a lender's office, not at an open house.
Don't get me wrong -- I love it when my clients go to open houses to explore local homes to get a better sense of their wants vs. their needs.
But if you do find that dream home when you're casually searching, most sellers expect buyers to have pre-approval letter and will be more willing to negotiate if you do. Sometimes, sellers won't even review an offer that doesn't have a pre-approval letter.
Here's what you'll need:
➡️ Proof of income
➡️ Proof of assets
➡️ Good credit
➡️ Verification of employment
➡️ Explanation of any debt
If you're ready to start the process, let me know and I can refer you to a few of my trusted lenders.
MAY 13 - MAKE A REEL & FILL IN THE BLANK
As a realtor, every day is a little bit different and my schedule is completely unpredictable.
For that reason, I ____ [like to start my morning off with as much routine as possible before the phone starts ringing/try to maintain some routine by doing these three things every day]:
[list what they are]
-Check the MLS as soon as I have my _____ [coffee/tea/lemon water/green juice] in hand!
-Update my clients on any new properties hitting the market, or showing requests for sellers.
-Get ready to head out to showings! Some days I'm in the car with back-to-back appointments and other days it's one or two, but there's always something to do!
Tell me something that you do every single day, without fail!
MAY 14 - COPY & PASTE
This summer, bring the garden inside 🪴
Here's a quick list of the best and most low-maintenance houseplants that anyone can care for -- even if you don't have a green thumb.
🪴 Snake Plant - pretty, potted and it loves being ignored.
🪴 Aloe - depending on the humidity inside your home, you can get away with a 2-3 week watering schedule.
🪴 Chinese Evergreen - tolerates almost any indoor growing conditions.
🪴 Dieffenbachia - has large dramatic leaves and thrives indoors.
🪴 Philodendron - a fast-growing houseplant...and great housewarming gift!
🪴 Spider Plant - easy to grow indoors or outdoors.
🪴 Cactus - perfect for a sunny, centrally-heated home.
Tell me in the comments: do you have a green thumb or black thumb?
MAY 15 - COPY & PASTE
Great natural light is a selling point in just about any home, but it's unavoidable that you'll eventually need to hit the lights.
Here are the three types of lighting every home needs:
Ambient lighting - This is the primary light source in your room. Think: statement chandeliers, large pendants over the kitchen island or recessed lights in a living room will provide even, overall illumination.
Accent lighting - Use this when you want to set a certain vibe, like for a dinner party or cozy movie night. Sconces, track lighting, picture lighting and candles can highlight room features or create a specific atmosphere.
Task lighting - Lamps, under cabinet lighting and sconces can illuminate specific tasks like cooking, working/studying, or getting ready.
Share this post to "brighten" someone's day 🌟
MAY 16 - FILL IN THE BLANK
Today's Monday mindset is brought to you by ________ & ________ [name 2 things that make you smile while working...example: happy clients & strong coffee]. Over the weekend, I [name something good that happened over the weekend or something that is starting your week off right].
I hope you have a smile on your face today! Tell me one thing that you're excited about this morning.
MAY 17 - FILL IN THE BLANK
It's almost that time of year...farmers markets are opening up for the summer!
And is there any better way to spend a morning during the summer? Fresh produce, still-warm bread, local cheeses and honey...plus so many more local goodies!
Here's where you'll find some of the best markets in _____ [your city].
MAY 18 - COPY & PASTE
Refresh your home for summer with these pretty pops of color.
You don't need to give your home a top-to-bottom makeover every time the seasons change, but if you want to lighten up your space for summer days, here's a bright, bold, color palette to inspire you. Pick one color or mix and match them in your living room, bedroom or even outdoor space.
What do you think? Would you use any of these colors in your home?
MAY 19 - MAKE A REEL & FILL IN THE BLANK
MAY 20 - COPY & PASTE
"Well, all of the house projects are finished." -No Homeowner Ever
If you feel like you are competing against a never-ending list of house projects...well, you're not the only one spending way too much time in Home Depot.
Luckily, there are plenty of projects that you can do to refresh your home for spring...and maybe add some value to your investment in the process.
Swipe to see what they are, and tell me: what's the next project on your home to-do list?
MAY 21 - FILL IN THE BLANK
MAY 22 - COPY & PASTE
Let’s get real.
Buying a home? SO EXCITING.
But moving into your new home? SO STRESSFUL.
I've experienced my share of moving days over the years and have a few tips to help you get organized, stay organized and save your sanity in the process.
Swipe to read them and feel free to share this post with a friend who might be moving soon!
MAY 23 - COPY & PASTE
MAY 24 - MAKE A REEL & FILL IN THE BLANK
It's time for a market update! Here in _____, the real estate market has been active since the beginning of the year, with inventory low, interest rates rising and great opportunities to be had for both buyers and sellers.
Questions about what that means for you and your property values? Drop me a message and I'd be glad to run a quick equity analysis for you and help you decide if now is the right time to make a move.
MAY 25 - COPY & PASTE
According to Zillow, remodeling your bathroom will yield the highest return when it comes to boosting your home's resale value. This includes major renovations as well as minor things like painting or refinishing cabinets, upgrading hardware, swapping in a new mirror.
Swipe to see some beautifully remodeled bathrooms...and tell me: which one is your favorite?
MAY 26 - COPY & PASTE
Create an outdoor oasis with all of the comforts of home 🌳
What could be better than a summer night on the back deck?
Picture it: a crisp glass of white one or a cold lemonade, good friends, great conversation, and maybe a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows for smores.
But before you do all that, here are five steps to prep your patio for summer entertaining:
1) Have comfy seating for sitting and lounging
2) Create a mobile beverage station
3) Deter bugs with citronella candles or lanterns
4) Add ambiance with overhead lighting
5) Always add plants or greenery
Do you have an outdoor space that you love?
MAY 27 - FILL IN THE BLANK & CUSTOMIZE
Life hack: Love what you do.
(And if you're selling real estate, love where you live, too!)
Usually, when people hear that I'm a real estate agent, they assume that I must love being my own boss or the flexibility to create my own schedule. Although being able to work from anywhere (most of the time) is an amazing perk, what I really love best is _____ [1-2 sentences why this is your favorite thing about being a real estate agent].
Now tell me, what do you do and what do you love about it?
MAY 28 - COPY & PASTE
This question popped into my inbox the other day 👇
Should we go to open houses, or is it better to arrange private showings?
Truthfully, there are pros/cons and benefits to doing both! An open house is open to the public, so anyone can tour a home (including neighbors and non-serious buyers).
Now, as a seller, they're great because you can prepare for them, know exactly when you need to have your house ready and make plans to get the kids and pets out of the house.
As a buyer, you may be able to view a home more closely during a private showing than during a crowded open house.
My advice: go to open houses, because they help you understand the local market and narrow down your wants/needs in a home. Then, if you're really serious about making an offer, we can go back for a second showing.
When you bought your last home, did you like attending open houses?