Its soooo hot, but there is hope for that wilted landscape.

23 Jul

Is your garden dead?  Here’s how to try again.

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Good News on Homeownership Confidence

23 Jul

I just read this article, on increasing confidence in homeownership, and wanted to share it.  I have seen this to be true in the Branson, Tri-Lakes area of the Ozark Mountain’s located in southwest Missouri.  Another testimonial to what I am labeling “The Perfect Storm” in real estate today.  Historically low home prices paired with almost non-existent interest rates.

Brookfield Real Estate and Relocation Affiliates Inc., owner of the Prudential Real Estate franchise network, recently released the quarterly Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey showing that Americans’ confidence in homeownership and real estate continues climbing from the first quarter and a year earlier.

Signs of growing confidence are widespread, according to the national survey. For instance:

• 69 percent believe that real estate is a good investment despite the market volatility of the past few years, up 6 percentage points from the first-quarter 2012 survey and 17 percentage points from first quarter 2011.

• 72 percent expressed confidence that the real estate market and property values will improve during the next two years, including a 6-point jump among those “very confident” or “confident” vs. the first quarter 2012, and a 14-point gain in this subset over first quarter 2011.

• Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents have a favorable perception of the U.S. housing market, up from 60 percent in first quarter 2012 and 52 percent in first quarter 2011).

“The American Dream is clearly on the mend,” says Earl Lee, president, Prudential Real Estate. “Americans are feeling better about homeownership and the ongoing recovery taking place in residential real estate. Many are increasingly optimistic about their personal circumstances and, with housing affordability near all-time highs, they want to act on the opportunity.”

“Real estate markets are improving around the country and consumers face many choices,” concludes Lee. “Consumers should seek out a real estate professional who can help them make the best choices to suit their needs.”

Deb Mundell, Keller Williams Tri-Lakes

4th of July

4 Jul

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Your Homes First Welcome Sign — The Landscape

28 Jun

10 Great Shade-Loving Plants

Summer is here and it’s a great time to revitalize your yard and take your curb appeal to the next level.

 Impatiens. This inexpensive annual is perfect for low borders, pots, and hanging baskets. You can choose from a wide range of colors.

Hostas. These full-bodied beauties come in a variety of shades. Choose from solid green leaves or leaves that have stripes of color! As a bonus, they are edible.

Begonias. This is one of the most popular flowering houseplants, but it does well in gardens as well.

 Ivy. It loves to have something to grow up and over! Just keep in mind that climbing plants have a way of rotting away at the structure they’re attached to, so keep them off your house if you can.

Hydrangeas. The plant is super hardy, growing in up to Zone 3.

 Ornamental Grasses. From blue and pink to plumes of white there’s a grass to fit every design plan.

 Ferns. This is a show-stopper in a hanging basket and can then be easily brought in to weather the winter in your home.

 Azalea. Keep this plant moist. Don’t let it’s little roots dry out or you’ll have a dead azalea on your hands. This plant blooms early with small blooms.

 Mint. Landscaping with mint comes with some great added benefits. Not only is it lush, but it also is fragrant and downright useful in the kitchen.

 Heuchera: Not all shade loving plants have to be “boring”old green. Heuchera plants comes in a delightful variety of colors.

Your Homes First Welcome Sign — The Landscape

28 Jun

10 Great Shade-Loving Plants

Summer is here and it’s a great time to revitalize your yard and take your curb appeal to the next level.

 Impatiens. This inexpensive annual is perfect for low borders, pots, and hanging baskets. You can choose from a wide range of colors.

Hostas. These full-bodied beauties come in a variety of shades. Choose from solid green leaves or leaves that have stripes of color! As a bonus, they are edible.

Begonias. This is one of the most popular flowering houseplants, but it does well in gardens as well.

 Ivy. It loves to have something to grow up and over! Just keep in mind that climbing plants have a way of rotting away at the structure they’re attached to, so keep them off your house if you can.

Hydrangeas. The plant is super hardy, growing in up to Zone 3.

 Ornamental Grasses. From blue and pink to plumes of white there’s a grass to fit every design plan.

 Ferns. This is a show-stopper in a hanging basket and can then be easily brought in to weather the winter in your home.

 Azalea. Keep this plant moist. Don’t let it’s little roots dry out or you’ll have a dead azalea on your hands. This plant blooms early with small blooms.

 Mint. Landscaping with mint comes with some great added benefits. Not only is it lush, but it also is fragrant and downright useful in the kitchen.

 Heuchera: Not all shade loving plants have to be “boring”old green. Heuchera plants comes in a delightful variety of colors.

Time To Buy Houses – 3 Reasons Why 2012 Is THE Bottom

26 Jun

Yet another reason to jump into the waves of this “Perfect Storm” in the Real Estate market of today.  Search all of the Branson, Tri-Lakes area properties here:  Branson Real Estate

Time To Buy Houses – 3 Reasons Why 2012 Is THE Bottom.

Today and Technology

9 Jun

Today and Technology.