Coldwell Banker Innovations, the #1 Independently Owned Coldwell Banker Franchise in Maryland and the leading residential brokerage team for the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania regions. With offices in Frederick County and Washington County, we look forward to assisting you as you navigate the wide palette of stunning properties that make these areas such exceptional places to call home.
Please Welcome Sara Repp As Our Newest Sales Associate to Coldwell Banker Innovations!
Sara has a lifetime of experience in serving people. Even as a child, her parents were pastors of a large church, she learned the importance of serving others. She has led many ministries, from youth groups on overseas ventures of service, to women's conferences, both locally and internationally. She loves to teach and share with others about faith, hope, and love. Her and her husband were marriage counselors for a time, as well as elders at their church. They are both ordained ministers who value the importance of truth and recognize how everyone has a story. They strive to serve people where they are.
She has been married for 26 years, and she and her husband have three awesome children, Cortney, Colton and Cylie, who have taught them more about parenting and life than they could have anticipated. Their daughter, Cortney, married a wonderful man, Nathan, and they have a beautiful baby boy, Elias who brings them all great joy. Her time serving her family, her church, and the various schools her children have attended, and all of her community involvement has taught her how to work well with people from different walks of life. She has participated in various volunteer groups, from PTA to singing in nursing homes, to gardening committees, or serving meals at the local shelters,s he has done a little bit of everything. During these years of service she has met many terrific people that have added to her story and have helped her grow.
Hiking, gardening or simply watching the hummingbirds play at their feeders are some of her simple pleasures in life. Spending time with family and friends brings her the greatest joy. As her and her husband being to transition into the next phase in their marriage as empty nesters, they thought it was time that she find a new thing to invest in. Being a full time mom has kept her busy, and as rewarding as it has been, she knows she is ready to do the next thing.
She is very excited to explore our local area as a real estate agent and become the expert that the client needs to walk with them on the journey of buying that first home, or transitioning out of their current home. She is a good listener and sees potential in every situation, and she believes that will be an asset to her clients. Understanding how intimidating new beginnings are, she hopes to be a source of help and encouragement during what can be an uncertain and overwhelming process. Most of all, her aim in this new adventure is to meet some great people and help them achieve their real estate goals. Committed to Serve!
Check out these 4 tips to make your home more energy efficient this year.
If your resolution for 2019 includes cutting back on household expenses, making your home more energy efficient should be at the top of your list. You'll find a wide range of products to help decrease your home's energy consumption. Check out these four tops to make your home more energy efficient this year.
Harnessing the power of the sun is an easy way to incorporate energy efficiency into your home this year. Rooftop solar panels are becoming more popular and less expensive. Tax incentives can drastically reduce the cost of these systems.
Other solar powered options include outdoor lighting. You can choose a variety of lighting options that won't consume any electricity. Solar powered flood lights, pathway lights, garden and porch lights are just a few of the many options available. Many of these lights are also motion censored, making them even more energy efficient. Consider installing a few of these around the outside of your home.
The heating and cooling systems of your home are the primary source of energy consumption. Replacing older furnaces with newer energy efficient models is an excellent way to instantly cut down on energy costs. Can't afford the newer option? Considering ordering your furnace filters online with an auto-renewal option. You'll receive a new filter every few months making it easy to change. Doing so can help reduce energy costs as the heating and cooling systems won't have to work as hard to force air through a clogged filter. Having the filters sent directly to your home also makes it more likely that you'll replace them more often.
If you live in the city of trees or an area with plenty of shade you may already be living more efficiently than you think. If not so much, an excellent way to add prolonged energy savings to your home is to plant shade trees in the yard. Not only do trees cut down on the amount of heat that hits your home but they can also raise your home's overall value. Trees help the environment by providing more air filtering qualities to the neighborhood. They also provide homes for pollinators and area wildlife. An Auburn University Study concluded that your home's energy costs will be reduced up to 11% by just having a mere 17% of your home shaded by a tree. Planting a few shade trees around your house today is a great investment that will make your home energy efficient for years to come.
INSTALL A TANKLESS WATER HEATER
Many homeowners are choosing to ditch the large water heaters that can take up a good chunk of energy by continuously heating many gallons of water. A Tankless water heater only heats up the water that you immediately use. These smaller water heating systems cust down on the wasted energy of heating water that will need to be reheated later. Both gas and electric powered tankless heaters are available in these on-demand applications.
Any of these four tips will save you money and make your home more energy efficient int he new year. Upgrading to a tankless water heater and solar powered lights may cost you up front, but think of the savings you'll see in 2019 and for years to come.
Written by: James Witts who is an eco-conscious home improvement writer. He is constantly trying to find new ways to live off the grid while living in a tiny home with his wife, Andie.
Published by: Sam Shalom who is the Marketing Coordinator for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. He is Jersey born and bred, and currently resides in Roseland, NJ. He is an avid reader, loves Games of Thrones and ia New York Yankees die-hard.
5 TIPS FOR STAYING ORGANIZED IN THE NEW YEAR
Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of clearing out that closet? Here are some tips and thoughts on how to declutter and organize your home for a fresh start in 2019.
The following is a guest post from The Closet Works, Inc.
Each new year is a time for goal-setting and renewal. If you're like so many others out there, you may have set your sights on getting organized in 2019--knowing what you have and where it's located throughout your home, from your bedroom closet to your home office.
It seems like a relatively straightforward task--but if it was that easy, wouldn't we all be organized all the time? So many of us get stuck before we truly get started and can't seem to stay organized over time.
If you're planning to focus on organization in the new year, here are some tips that will set up for for success.
1. Define a Declutter Process
Whether you're planning to declutter your entire house over a weekend or focus on just your master bedroom closet, it's best to determine your process before you start. The best way to start getting organized is to get the full view of what you have by taking everything out of the space, reviewing it and then deciding what stays and what goes. For your closet, you should consider donating items you haven't worn in a year or two and discarding garments that are stained or can't be repaired.
2. Tackle Clutter Little by Little to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed
Part of the reason many people aren't able to get and stay organized is because they see it as a big project--but it doesn't have to be. If a full-house declutter isn't in the cards for you this week, tackling clutter little by little could be. Creating a checklist that guides you to clean out a different small area each day can help your home feel more organized in just a few weeks.
3. Give Yourself A Deadline
You've got a plan to get organized--now it's up to you to actually do the work. If you're enlisting the help of a professional organizer or a custom closet company, they'll work with you to plan when your custom organization system will be installed. Then, you can work backward to figure out when you need to organize your closet, mudroom, pantry or office.
If you're not working with a custom organization company, you've got some more wiggle room. Whatever you do, set a deadline, but be realistic! Create a schedule that includes extra time in case life gets in the way.
4 Avoid Distractions
To help you meet the goal you've set, work without being distracted. That might mean scheduling time to organize a particular room in your house or a specific part of your closet, such as your shoes or accessories. When that time comes, put your phone in another room for distraction--free organizing and start decluttering. You'll be surprised how much you can get done with a just little bit of focused work.
When you've finished reviewing your old clothes and sorting them into piles, for example, reward yourself with a short break.
5. Consider Getting Help From the Pros
The best way to stay organized is to have a place for everything--down to the last bangle bracelet, watch, belt and handbag. And sometimes, the best way to do that is to enlist the help of a custom organization company. The Designers there can take a loot at everything you need to organize and develop a plan for custom organization solutions that meet your needs--and fit all your stuff. Putting a custom solution in place will make storing your things--and finding them when you need them--a little easier.
Whether you're moving into a completely new home or just looking to stay organized, following some simple decluttering tips can help you enjoy your spaces more and gain inspiration from them.
By: Gustavo Gonzalez
Senior Manager, Consumer Engagement at Coldwell Banker Real EState L.L.C. In his role he works on all national TV and online advertising initiatives, heads the brands' internal video production as well as a slew of other projects. He's held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day to day management of the coldwellbanker.com redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a musician, writer, film & TV buff, avid sports fan, cereal aficionado, traveler, Tumblr and Tweeter.