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Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

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By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating

The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.

Natural Elements Paired with Metallics

One of our favorite trends is plants of all shapes and sizes–succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, and fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature.

Pops of Bright Accents

Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit, and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different textures and patterns for added depth and a modern style.

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Update Paint Colors

Whether you repaint an entire room or an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint works wonders to instantly brighten and open a space to make it appear larger. To spruce up your curb appeal, try a fresh coat of a trending spring color such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente for your front door to create a welcoming first impression.

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Fresh Bedding

To create a spring-like oasis in the bedroom, switch out winter bedding and replace it with fluffy duvets in white, or on-trend floral patterns paired with a soft, cozy throw and accent pillows in different sizes, colors, and textures. To complete the look, add soothing nature-inspired wall art in complementary colors.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com.

PattiABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern is principal, interior decorator, and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating. She has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full-service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. She also developed an award-winning staging program for the luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company received the Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Awards for Customer Service.

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$290,000 :: 51318 FAIRCHILD RD, New Baltimore MI, 48051

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,500 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 02/19/16, Last Updated: 02/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 20735523
Community: Chesterfield Twp (50009)
Tract: S/P CHESTER FAIR
Status: Sold

Quality Craftsman Style Colonial built in 2013. This home is truly Amazing and radiates w/ character! When you take your first step through the front door, you will feel at home! Featuring – den, formal dining room, a fabulous kitchen w/ granite counters, stone back splash, walk-in pantry, all appliances are included, island that seats three and is the focal point for the family to gather, kitchen opens to a large great room with gas fireplace. Second floor features master suite w/ two walk-in closets, large master bath – spa tub, shower, vanity w/ double sinks, 2nd floor laundry, two additional bedrooms w/ bonus room off one – perfect for a play room – any kid’s dream space! Finished basement which is plumbed for bath, plenty of storage and egress window. Additional interior features – hardwood floors, neutral decor, wainscoting, custom blinds, granite throughout and recessed lighting. 3 car attached garage, large lot 85 x 146 but w/ easements is 115 x 206. Perfect for entertaining!

Listed with RE/MAX Defined


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$99,900 :: 50756 WOODBURY DR., NEW BALTIMORE MI, 48047

2 beds, 1.1 baths
Home size: 1,225 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 02/17/18, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 58031340327
Community: New Baltimore
Tract: ASPEN GLEN CONDO #636
Status: Active

Awesome 2BR/1.5 Bath townhouse condo. Freshly painted & clean! 2 Large BRs. Huge Walk in closet in master. Immediate occupancy. New Landscaping. New Roof! First Floor Laundry. FHA/VA approved complex w/ awesome common areas to enjoy. Association in great financial shape! Cheap HOA Fees. Patio off back with large open area to play. Full Basement. Plenty of parking. Wetlands across from condo that cannot be built upon. Close to parks & lake! Taxes currently non-homestead. Dont Miss Out!

Listed with RE/MAX First


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$99,900 :: 50756 WOODBURY DR., NEW BALTIMORE MI, 48047

2 beds, 1.1 baths
Home size: 1,225 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 02/17/18, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 58031340327
Community: New Baltimore
Tract: ASPEN GLEN CONDO #636
Status: Active

Awesome 2BR/1.5 Bath townhouse condo. Freshly painted & clean! 2 Large BRs. Huge Walk in closet in master. Immediate occupancy. New Landscaping. New Roof! First Floor Laundry. FHA/VA approved complex w/ awesome common areas to enjoy. Association in great financial shape! Cheap HOA Fees. Patio off back with large open area to play. Full Basement. Plenty of parking. Wetlands across from condo that cannot be built upon. Close to parks & lake! Taxes currently non-homestead. Dont Miss Out!

Listed with RE/MAX First


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$241,100 :: 51489 WILSHIRE CRT, New Baltimore MI, 48047

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,413 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 12/21/17, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21398842
Community: New Baltimore (50010)
Tract: RIVERSIDE ESTATES
Status: Sold

Beautiful fully bricked 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch with 2 car attached garage & a basement in a superb location with tons of upgrades! This home boasts cathedral ceilings in both the front bedroom as well as in the great room, which also features a gas fireplace with mantle. Freshly painted with gorgeous new contemporary laminate flooring. Large kitchen with brand new granite & high-end stainless appliances. The windows in the kitchen along with the door wall, which leads to the back deck, allow for plenty of natural light. Master bedroom has a bay window & its own private bathroom & walk-in-closet. Massive bonus space in the basement which is partially finished & includes an additional bedroom & bathroom for the guests that stay, PLUS a wrap around storage room! Convenient 1st floor laundry. Friendly neighbors & quiet neighborhood. Fenced in yard. Park located in subdivision for the kids to play safely. Great schools & near the freeway for a quick commute to work. Home Warranty Included!

Listed with Community Choice Realty Inc


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$285,000 :: 53531 Bree Drive, New Baltimore MI, 48047

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,147 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 02/14/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 31340118
Community: New Baltimore (50010)
Tract: Baltimore Square
Status: Active

NO SHOWINGS UNTIL 02/19/2018. Large colonial in desirable subdivision just minutes from downtown festivities. Close to schools and shopping. New roof in 2015, new windows in 2015, new chimney, updating flooring in 2016, 1 year home warranty included ($495). BATVA. Seller is also the listing agent. Swing set is excluded from the sale. SELLER IS LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT

Listed with Real Living Kee Realty-Washington


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$319,005 :: 27282 HOUGHTON DR, Chesterfield MI, 48051

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,242 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21414365
Community: Chesterfield Twp (50009)
Tract: MILTON MEADOWS CONDO #995
Status: Active

Spacious Ashworth ranch floorplan. Last chance to live in Milton Meadows with oversized homesite. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Fall occupancy. Full basement. Spacious Great Room opens into Kitchen/Nook. Large mudroom off of garage with separate laundry room. 9′ ceilings on the first floor, fireplace in great room, Silestone/quartz counters throughout, hardwood flooring in foyer, kitchen & nook, A/C and so much more!

Listed with Lombardo Realty


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$158,000 :: 28719 Portsmouth, Chesterfield MI, 48047

2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,860 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 31340225
Community: Chesterfield Twp (50009)
Tract: Stonehenge Condo
Status: Active

Simply stunning! You name it, its done! New carpet throughout, new flooring in updated kitchen and formal dining room, new stainless steel appliances, huge pantry, ceramic 2 1/2 baths, vaulted bedrooms, both with full baths and walk in closets! Balcony off 2nd bedroom. Generous size living room with gas fireplace, loft for office or sitting room and first floor laundry. Basement recently finished makes as a perfect family room. There is also a 3rd bedroom (egress window) or office in basement along with separate work area or storage room. 2 car tandem garage is 40′ long! Association includes: Water, outside maintenance, snow removal, garbage and exterior insurance.

Listed with The Boardwalk Realtors, LLC


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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How Soon Can I Get My Tax Refund? 5 Things to Know

(TNS)—Got your 2017 tax return filed yet?

OK, you still have some time. But here’s a reminder that the tax season just kicked off Jan. 29, as the Internal Revenue Service began accepting returns.

The deadline this year is April 17.

Many tax software companies and tax professionals began accepting returns a few weeks ago and will now submit those returns as the IRS systems open.

Here are five things you need to know early in the tax season:

  1. How soon can I get my tax refund?
    Under the law, the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The earliest those related refunds could show up in bank accounts or on debit cards could be Feb. 27.

Still, tax experts say if you have the paperwork to file early in the season, don’t wait.

The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, although some require additional time.

  1. What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?
    Many lower income people still don’t realize they’re missing out on a big bonus check during tax season if they ignore the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The earned income tax credit is designed to help low to moderate working households.

For 2017 tax returns, the maximum adjusted gross income limit for claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit is $48,340 if you’re single and have three or more qualifying children to claim and $53,930 for a married couple filing jointly.

The limits are lower for those with fewer or no children. For those with no children, for example, the income limit drops to $15,010 for single, head of household and surviving spouse filers and $20,600 for married filing jointly.

The corresponding maximum tax credits range from $510 with no qualifying children to $6,318 with three or more qualifying children.

Another EITC tip: Be sure you have all your Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099 MISC, and all other income records, even if not reported on a form, before your file your return. And, you need to report all income you earn from running or owning a business or farm and deduct all allowable expenses.

  1. Where can you find free tax help?
    Tax filers who have incomes below $66,000 are eligible for “Free File” software via www.irs.gov. The IRS estimates that about 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File.
  1. What’s everybody going to do with those tax refunds?
    Many taxpayers, including millennials, are most likely to say they’ll save the money or pay off debts, such as student loans or credit cards, according to a poll by TaxSlayer.

But some acknowledge that they will splurge, too.

Roughly one in eight taxpayers say they’re going to treat themselves to a big gift, like electronics or jewelry. Roughly one in eight say they’re going to use that refund money toward going on vacation or out to dinner, according to the TaxSlayer poll.

  1. Where is your refund?
    The “Where’s My Refund?” tool at the www.irs.gov and the IRS2Go phone app are updated regularly with projected refund dates.

To check your refund status, you need your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number, your filing status and the exact amount of your expected refund.

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How Soon Can I Get My Tax Refund? 5 Things to Know

(TNS)—Got your 2017 tax return filed yet?

OK, you still have some time. But here’s a reminder that the tax season just kicked off Jan. 29, as the Internal Revenue Service began accepting returns.

The deadline this year is April 17.

Many tax software companies and tax professionals began accepting returns a few weeks ago and will now submit those returns as the IRS systems open.

Here are five things you need to know early in the tax season:

  1. How soon can I get my tax refund?
    Under the law, the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The earliest those related refunds could show up in bank accounts or on debit cards could be Feb. 27.

Still, tax experts say if you have the paperwork to file early in the season, don’t wait.

The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, although some require additional time.

  1. What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?
    Many lower income people still don’t realize they’re missing out on a big bonus check during tax season if they ignore the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The earned income tax credit is designed to help low to moderate working households.

For 2017 tax returns, the maximum adjusted gross income limit for claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit is $48,340 if you’re single and have three or more qualifying children to claim and $53,930 for a married couple filing jointly.

The limits are lower for those with fewer or no children. For those with no children, for example, the income limit drops to $15,010 for single, head of household and surviving spouse filers and $20,600 for married filing jointly.

The corresponding maximum tax credits range from $510 with no qualifying children to $6,318 with three or more qualifying children.

Another EITC tip: Be sure you have all your Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099 MISC, and all other income records, even if not reported on a form, before your file your return. And, you need to report all income you earn from running or owning a business or farm and deduct all allowable expenses.

  1. Where can you find free tax help?
    Tax filers who have incomes below $66,000 are eligible for “Free File” software via www.irs.gov. The IRS estimates that about 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File.
  1. What’s everybody going to do with those tax refunds?
    Many taxpayers, including millennials, are most likely to say they’ll save the money or pay off debts, such as student loans or credit cards, according to a poll by TaxSlayer.

But some acknowledge that they will splurge, too.

Roughly one in eight taxpayers say they’re going to treat themselves to a big gift, like electronics or jewelry. Roughly one in eight say they’re going to use that refund money toward going on vacation or out to dinner, according to the TaxSlayer poll.

  1. Where is your refund?
    The “Where’s My Refund?” tool at the www.irs.gov and the IRS2Go phone app are updated regularly with projected refund dates.

To check your refund status, you need your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number, your filing status and the exact amount of your expected refund.

©2018 Detroit Free Press
Visit the Detroit Free Press at
www.freep.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post How Soon Can I Get My Tax Refund? 5 Things to Know appeared first on RISMedia.

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