Interior Design

Energy Upgrades to your Home

It just may be time to upgrade your home to a more energy efficient flow. As we head into 2018, you are in luck as it might just have become less expensive to do so.

For years California has seen an increase in energy efficient upgrades as homeowners have tied them to property tax bills. Fannie Mae’s has recently started a HomeStyle Energy program which is a mortgage option that will “allows borrowers to finance clean energy upgrades equal to up to 15 percent of the as-completed appraised value of the home” (Green Tech Media). Essentially, in turn for making energy upgrades to your home you will be able to lower your mortgage and save money on energy bills. What’s not to love?

There are a few important details to remember though. The upgrade to your home must be completed within 180 days after you have been issued a mortgage note. In addition, you must provide an energy report which indicates how much the borrower is saving monthly. If you’re willing to file all the paperwork and make your house energy efficient then you can expect to see your monthly costs drop dramatically!

What do you think of this program? Do you think it will encourage more people to make their homes energy efficient?

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Why taking a ‘House-Selfie’ is the smartest thing you can do this year

Have you had your annual check up? These annual home maintenance to-dos can save you major headaches in the long run.


Taking a photo of your home once a year is great for a few reasons.

  1. Compare how your home has evolved over the years, this helps to show future buyers the growth and maintenance.
  2. If you ever have a flood or outside damage, you have an updated photo of your home pre-incident.


Checking for termites and catching these little critters early can be vital in saving you hassle and money later. Drywood termites live within the wood they consume and oftentimes infest walls and furniture. They are quiet and unless you are searching will be almost impossible to detect until it is too late. Hire an inspector to pop by once a year to do an overall inspection.


If you have ever had mold at home, you know how important this maintenance tip is. Audit your humidity every year to ensure there is no ideal condition for mold growth.

Maintaining your home will keep costs down over time, and ensure you live in the best quality condition. If you need any local referrals for home maintenance, please contact us.

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Fall is coming, spice up your home with these interior design ideas

It’s that time of the year where the pumpkin spice latte has returned, boots and scarves start to appear and we have a slight change in the weather here in sunny California. So, what home décor should we expect to see this fall? Here are some predictions:

IN: Dark Green, Velvet, Woven Textures, Faux Fixtures and Brass.

Photo credit: Hogue Interior Design

The great news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create these fall trends. Faux finishes like stick on tiles, removable wallpaper or faux floral tiles have made it less expensive to fix up your home.

Furniture featuring hand-cut, inlaid patterns is the statement piece your home needs this fall. That means, thrift shops or even refurbishing current furniture will give it that look.

Upgrade your bedroom with classic, exciting bedding. Mix different patterns together including monograms and quilts. 2017 is a boundary pushing year for interior design. It is forecasted to have mixed patterns and jaw-dropping color combinations. This is the year to play around, have fun and make your home … home!

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