Is 2018 The Year You Will Move Into A New House?

January 15th, 2018

Do you have dreams of moving this year? Do you want to move but have panic attacks at the thought of what the moving process will involve?

We know moving is not at the top of everyone’s list of their favorite things to do. Not only will you have to physically move all of your things into a new place, you will also have various other things to consider, including creating a budget, finding the perfect location, and you will have to make sure you keep your sanity. Do you think the challenges will truly be worth it if you are indeed ready to move to a new place?

If you are having a difficult time making a decision about moving, we suggest you start 2018 off by paying attention to various signs that it may be time for you to start searching for a new house. Once you make the decision that it is time to start a new search, you can get started by searching for homes in Southern California. Read More >

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Relax! Living the Luxury Southern California Lifestyle in Yorba Linda

January 8th, 2018

Imagine a bright Southern California morning with a gentle breeze blowing through trees along your street and birds chirping in the warm sunshine. You look out over your large yard – maybe there’s a swimming pool there, just for you – and see gorgeous hills beckoning as you plan your day. That’s not a daydream; it can be your experience when you live somewhere as relaxing as Newbury, Brandywine Homes’ new luxury development. This is an exclusive development of four- to six-bedroom homes with four-car garages and ample space for everything you want to do. Read More >

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Mix It Up in 2018: Exciting New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep

January 1st, 2018

If you’ve ever at the start of a new year vowed to lose weight, save money or live life to the fullest, you’re not alone: these are regularly among the most common new year’s resolutions that people make–and break. In fact, less than 10 percent of people actually succeed at their resolutions (and more than a quarter fail in the first week!).

It’s exciting to start a new year, but as the days and weeks wear on, our motivation starts to dwindle. We sacrifice our ideals to meet our real-life demands. Don’t set yourself up for failure with another half-hearted resolution that you know you “should” keep. Instead, mix it up in 2018 with some alternative new year’s resolutions that you’ll actually look forward to keeping. Try these:

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13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

December 26th, 2017

It’s the morning after Christmas with the family happily enjoying their gifts in the den… and oodles of leftover shimmery, shiny wrapping paper. You thought filigreed wrapping paper from a posh boutique for your mother-in-law was an extempore, noble gift, but now you have a whole roll left! So, what to do?

We know many creatives out there will have their guests unwrap gifts slowly and carefully not ruin the wrapping paper! Why save wrapping paper? Well, there are many uses for wrapping paper; here are our thirteen top suggestions.

13. One use for leftover wrapping paper is saving it for the next season. Many people end up developing a collection of glittery rolls after many Christmases. You can find wrapping paper storage containers as specialty stores, or even on Walmart’s website here. Read More >

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Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

December 18th, 2017

The holidays are a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. But if you don’t make some plans for the smallest members of the family, their shenanigans at the kid’s table could get out of hand. Here are eight ways to keep restless kids happy during all your big and festive family holiday get-togethers.

1. Set out a unique table runner.

Run brown or white kraft paper down the length of the kids’ table and place crayons or washable markers at each child’s setting. Encourage the kids to decorate however they like; after the meal, hang the masterpiece along a wall or above the fireplace so everyone can admire the budding artists in the family. (Use removable poster tape or strips to hang the art so your wall doesn’t get damaged.)

2. Print out placemats.

You don’t need to be extra fancy – of course you can design your own custom placemats, but you can also simply paste coloring pages, one with each child’s name, on heavier-duty butcher or kraft paper. If you don’t already plan to have colored pencils, crayons or markers out, integrate three or four into a napkin ring or cup for each child that will serve as extra decor on the table. Read More >

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9 Ways to Pull Off Winter Fashion Trends Even in Our Warm Climate

December 11th, 2017

Southern California is a great place to live no matter the time of year. Yet, you might find yourself, at times, a little envious of your friends who can wear great winter fashions without getting too hot (although not envious enough to trade your flip-flops and the sun for snow and icy roads). Fortunately, there are at least nine ways you can embrace winter fashion in our area without overheating.

1. Ditch the Sleeves

If you want to wear great winter apparel, get it in the sleeveless variety. This includes sleeveless coats, turtlenecks, sweaters, and other clothing. Vests layered over other clothing are also a great way to enjoy the winter look while not getting too warm. Read More >

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Buying and Selling Real Estate

December 4th, 2017

It’s interesting to think there are “seasons” when it comes to the housing market, but that’s exactly what you’re going to be dealing with when you either start selling or buying a home. It’s not as clear as the fashion seasons, so to speak, but there are definitely considerations to take into account when it comes determining the best time to buy or sell a home.

Buying Is Better in Spring and Fall
Purchasing a home isn’t something you can really time. It’s not like going to a store and buying a new computer or a phone. The process takes time, from finding the home you want to buy to closing on it. In some cases, it can take months. New houses come onto the market at any given time, and buyers come in at all times of the year as well. Read More >

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Five Ways to Create Lasting Holiday Memories In Your New Home

November 27th, 2017

If you are like many people you know, you do not have too much time at the end of the day for extra activities. However, the holidays are approaching, and you want to do something special for your family. You want to turn your new house into a home for the holidays. There are no limits to what you can do to create a Christmas atmosphere at your home, and one of the best things about decorating for Christmas is that you do not have to break the bank to do this.

1. Bows Here, Bows There, Bows Everywhere

You can purchase festive ribbons and tie them to chairs, doorknobs, plants, etc. When you see bows during the holidays, don’t they automatically put you in the spirit of the holidays? You can easily find ribbons to fit the theme of your holiday decorating idea.

You do not have to only use red ribbons or green ribbons. You can choose floral colors, plaid colors, or you can choose silver ribbons or gold ribbons. If you love re-using items and saving money, we suggest you carefully tie and untie your ribbons so you can easily store them for next year.

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, you can always watch YouTube videos and visit Pinterest for ideas on how to tie your bows into ribbons. You may actually be surprised at how good you are.

2. Don’t Forget The Door

While you are tying bows on your doors, chairs, etc. inside your home, you can create a holiday atmosphere before people even enter your home. If you are a fan of wreaths, you can hang a wreath on your front door and your back door. You do not have to limit yourself to only the front door and the back door. You can hang a wreath on any door in your home.

3. Let’s Eat Together

If you want to get in the spirit of Christmas before the day actually arrives, you can purchase dishes that remind you of the holidays. You may even have some dishes stored in boxes when you moved. Do not be afraid to pull out the festive dishes. You can use these dishes for your dinners leading up to Christmas, or you can place the dishes in your kitchen for your guests to see. Have you ever thought about decorating your home with dishes?

4. Turn Off The Lights And Light A Candle

How long has it been since you purchased candles? If you want to create a special atmosphere in your home, feel free to use candles in your dining room or kitchen area. You do not have to eat a large meal to create a special dining atmosphere. However, if you have small children, they should always be watched closely when the candles are lit.

5. Let’s Have Family Time

If this will be your family’s first time in a new home this holiday season, we encourage you to set aside some family time. If you create a holiday atmosphere in your family room or living room, your family can come together and have an enjoyable conversation. Your children can discuss their Christmas wish list, and they can even create Christmas cards and Christmas pictures to send to their family members and their friends. When the time comes to decorate your Christmas tree, everyone should be encouraged to help. Even the smallest family member can pitch in.

You can have an enjoyable time this holiday season, even before the day arrives. You can create lasting memories this entire holiday season. Are you ready to create incredible memories and new traditions in your new home?

Are you looking for a new home in Orange County, Long Beach or the Los Angeles metro area for the holidays? Brandywine Homes is opening six new communities this year offering a combined 265 single-family homes and townhomes. Click here for more information.

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Four Benefits Professional Landscape Lighting Can Add to Your New Southern California Home

November 20th, 2017

When moving into a new home, you should take a moment to consider the benefits professional landscape lighting could bring to your new home. Not only does adding professional landscape lighting to a home provide function by properly illuminating your property at night, but also, proper landscape lighting can improve the nighttime aesthetics of your home by dramatically changing the way it looks at night. If you are in the process of buying a new home, here are just a few of the reasons to consider adding professional landscape lighting to your new home.

Increased Security

One of the primary reasons to add more lighting around your home is to increase your home’s security. Multiple studies have shown that a house being well-lit deters criminals, as burglars would rather break into a home that is darker, as this will give them more seclusion and reduce the likelihood they will be caught. When a property is illuminated at night, it makes it more visible to neighbors and passers-by. Simply adding a few lights around your new home could prevent the threat of a home invasion. Read More >

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10 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

November 13th, 2017

Thanksgiving brings us together to celebrate some of the best qualities of human existence: family, friends, food, football and naps. However, the joy of celebration is easily overcome by the strain of preparation. Don’t let your Thanksgiving holiday become an obligation; follow these ten tips for a stress-free event that will leave you feeling organized, grateful and ready to gobble.

1. Set plans early.
Are you traveling or hosting this year? Talk with friends and family members well in advance and figure out your plans. Once you establish where you’ll be celebrating, you can begin sorting out logistics such as travel arrangements and accommodations for out-of-town guests. Read More >

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