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8 Ways to Give Your Home A Wellness Makeover

8 Ways to Give Your Home A Wellness Makeover

February is National Heart Health Month, and it’s important to establish a calm and relaxing home base to help relieve the stressors of day-to-day life. While some elements of chaos are unavoidable, crafting a safe space within your home is a great way to strike a healthy balance. Keep reading for a few tips to optimize your health within your home.
A decluttered living room.

1. Decluttering

Untidy environments can often increase stress for most people (WebMD). Take the first step toward crafting a relaxing space by decluttering your home and removing unnecessary furniture, clothing, and décor. Start by assessing each room and parting with items that no longer serve a purpose. This process can be liberating, allowing you to create more space for the things that truly matter.

2. Furniture that Accommodates Your Lifestyle

The furniture in your home should be aesthetically pleasing and cater to your lifestyle and favorite activities. For example, if you enjoy watching movies with family, ensure you have a decent television and plenty of comfy seating to accommodate weekly movie nights. A comfortable and well-arranged living space promotes relaxation and engaging in hobbies you enjoy, positively impacting your overall heart health.

Family having dinner at a nice kitchen table.

3. Neutral Colors and Thoughtful Décor

Create a visually calming environment by opting for neutral colors and avoiding loud, distracting décor. Soft, muted tones create a serene atmosphere, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Thoughtful decoration choices, such as soothing artwork or simple ornaments, can enhance the overall ambiance of your home.

4. Make Chores Easier

Simplifying daily chores is a great way to maintain a stress-free environment. Implement organizing hacks to make chores easier and more enjoyable. For example, hang plenty of hooks in key areas like the entryway and bedroom to keep essential items within easy reach. Utilize bins and baskets to organize items neatly, and establish dedicated stations—such as a drink station—to streamline your morning routine.

5. Incorporate Indoor Plants

These aren’t just decorative. Indoor plants are mood lifters and air purifiers rolled into one. Adding a few green friends like spider plants or aloe vera can transform the feel of your home. Greenery is beneficial to reduce stress levels and enhance overall mental health.

Mug on clean counter with flowers.

6. Maximize Natural Light

Increase the natural light in your home to create a brighter and uplifting atmosphere. Exposure to natural light has numerous health benefits, including improved mood and better sleep. Arrange furniture to maximize sunlight exposure and consider sheer curtains to allow light to filter through while maintaining privacy.

7. Create a Zen Spot

Create a Zen Spot in your home by adding a corner for meditation, reading, or unwinding with a cup of tea. This little spot can be your sanctuary for daily tranquility. You can also display personal mementos and meaningful items you’ve accumulated throughout your life so you can look at them daily.

woman drinking coffee in clean house.
8. Keep Things Cozy

Our homes are a respite from the rest of the world, so making it as comfortable and cozy as possible is essential. It’s worth investing in comfortable sheets, pillows, and an excellent mattress to guarantee a good night’s sleep, but comfort also goes beyond how things feel physically. Creating a relaxing bedroom or other space with soothing colors that can be somewhere you go to get away from it all and truly feel peaceful can go a long way.

As your real estate guide, The Angelos will help you find the perfect space for a happy and healthy future. From purchasing the perfect space to remodel recommendations, reach out to us for all your homeowner questions and requests.

Holiday Home Safety Tips

Holiday Home Safety Tips

The holiday season is here! While this is a time for joy and celebration, it’s also important that your home stays safe and secure. Whether you’re planning a holiday getaway or simply enjoying festivities at home, safeguarding your property should be a top priority.

Christmas tree in modern home
That’s why The Angelo Group is here to share some tips to help you keep your home safe during the holidays.

1. Lock All Entry Points

Locking your doors and windows may sound like common sense, but it’s often overlooked during the holiday hustle and bustle. Make sure all entry points are securely locked before leaving your home or heading to bed. Deadbolt locks provide an added layer of security.

2. Invest in Smart Home Security

Modern technology makes securing your home more convenient than ever. Consider installing a smart home security system—complete with cameras, alarms, and doorbell footage—to mitigate porch pirates. You can also monitor your property remotely and receive alerts in case of any suspicious activity. This definitely comes in handy with all that holiday traveling.

Smart home security system

3. Don’t Advertise Your Absence

While it’s natural to share your holiday plans with friends and family, avoid publicizing your absence on social media. Burglars often scout for vacant homes online. Save the vacation pics and updates for after your return.

4. Adequate Lighting

Keep your home well-lit, especially during the evenings. Motion-activated lights on entryways and pathways deter potential intruders. You can also use timers for indoor lights to give the illusion of an occupied home.

5. Secure Your Mail and Deliveries

A pile of mail or packages on your doorstep is a clear sign that no one’s home. Request mail holds from your local post office during your absence or ask a neighbor to collect your packages. Alternatively, you can use a package locker or a parcel drop box for added security.

Mail in mail slots

6. Hide Valuables

Stow away your valuable items, like jewelry and electronics, in a secure location. Consider investing in a home safe for added protection, and don’t leave tempting items in plain sight from windows or doors.

7. Ask a Trusted Neighbor for Help

Good neighbors look out for one another. Talk with a trustworthy neighbor about your travel plans. They can keep an eye on your property, collect your mail, and even park their car in your driveway to create the appearance of an occupied home.

8. Keep Your Home and Yard Maintained

An unkept home and yard can signal that nobody is home. Make sure to maintain your property—even in your absence. Arrange for snow removal or lawn care to uphold the façade that someone is home.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the holiday festivities with some peace of mind. Also, reach out to our team for more real estate tips and tricks. The Angelo Group is always happy to be your guide to the Phoenix real estate market. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Getting Back to Business After a Break

Getting Back to Business After a Break

Ah, summer—the season of sandy toes, tan lines, and lazy afternoons. However, it’s time to say farewell to go-with-the-flow schedules now that fall has arrived and school is back in session. While summertime offers a much-needed break, it can be difficult to step back into a productive routine.

Laptop at desk for goal planning and getting back to business.
Not to worry! The Angelo Group is happy to act as your guide to lead you back to the world of productivity. We’re here to help you accomplish your big goals and finish out the year stronger than ever!

1. Reflect on the Good Times

As you reluctantly wave goodbye to your summer schedule, take a moment to reminisce about the amazing memories you’ve made. Remember the family camping trips, neighborhood barbecues, and nostalgic summer moments in between. Cherish these moments—they are the fuel that will light your productivity fire.

2. Create a Mindful Schedule

Now that you’re back to the grind setting yourself up for success is essential. Grab your calendar (or trusty digital assistant) and plan your days. Remember, a well-organized schedule is the key to unlocking your productivity superpowers—but don’t forget to leave some room for spontaneity. Life is too short to be color-coded all the time!

3. Set Realistic Goals

The only thing more refreshing than an ice-cold lemonade on a scorching day is setting achievable goals. While reaching for the stars is tempting, start small and work your way up. You will feel more productive as you stack up accomplishments that eventually add up to that massive goal that used to be intimidating.

4. Embrace the Early Bird Life

We know that dragging yourself out of bed can be a struggle. But trust us, the early bird catches the productivity worm! Wake up a half-hour earlier than usual and savor the quiet moments before the world awakens. Make yourself a cup of coffee, watch the sunrise, and tackle your most important tasks. You’ll feel accomplished by breakfast.

5. Sprinkle Fun Breaks Throughout the Day

Productivity doesn’t mean locking yourself in a room with endless to-do lists. It’s important to establish a work-life balance that suits your needs. If your mind is stuck in the nitty-gritty details of your day’s projects, it will eventually deplete your motivation to return tomorrow morning. So, make sure to pencil in moments of fun and spontaneity to make the most of every day.

A guy practicing putting on a work break.

6. Avoid the Procrastination Trap

Ah, procrastination—the true thief of time. Everyone battles with procrastination one way or another, but do you know how to combat it? The Angelo Group has a secret weapon for you: the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes of focused work, followed by a 5-minute break. Rinse and repeat until your tasks are complete. It’s a productivity game-changer!

7. Harness the Power of Accountability They say it takes a village to raise a child and a team to keep you accountable. Find a productivity buddy or join a group that shares your goals. Together, you’ll tackle your to-do lists, cheer each other on, and exchange virtual high-fives. With accountability on your side, nothing can stop you—not even that relentless urge to binge-watch your favorite series.
8. Celebrate Victories, Big and Small As you progress on your productivity journey, take a moment to acknowledge your achievements. It’s so tempting to brush aside your accomplishments and move onto the next project, but it’s important to remember why you set these goals in the first place. Don’t forget that life is meant to be celebrated, and each step closer to your goals deserves a standing ovation!

Summer may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With a pinch of reflection, a dash of planning, and a lot of enthusiasm, you can seamlessly transition into a productive end-of-year routine. If you still have a 2023 real estate goal you want to achieve, make sure to reach out to The Angelo Group. We would be honored to help you tackle your goals and guide you through your next move!

Spring Mortgage Rates are Rising

Spring Mortgage Rates are Rising

family working on a budget

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the spring housing market is heating up—right? Once the market cooled off at the end of 2022, real estate experts predicted the 2023 housing market to warm up in the spring months. However, as inventory remains low and mortgage rates rise, some fear another housing market crash.

Not to worry, The Angelo Group is here to tell you why that isn’t the case. Keep reading to learn why you shouldn’t fear the worst for the 2023 housing market.

Let’s look back at 2008.

1. Slipping Mortgage Standards

Looking back at the statistics in 2008, it’s easy to see that nearly anyone could get a mortgage for a home they couldn’t afford. Banks were creating artificial demand by granting loans with few restrictions. This led to many homeowners defaulting on their loans and ushering in a new wave of foreclosures. The economy took a huge hit from all these loans crumbling beneath faulty restrictions—and luckily, the mortgage industry has taken many steps to learn from their errors in the past.

2. Overflowing Inventory

Because of the banks’ artificial demand, homes were being built right and left for anyone who would buy them. Then, once the foreclosures hit the market, there were too many homes and insufficient demand—forcing national home prices to plummet at an alarming speed.

So, what’s the deal today?

1. Unsteady Interest Rates

Many experts predicted the mortgage rates to ease off at the end of 2022 and into early 2023, but the recent hikes in the market are starting to turn some heads. These increasing mortgage rates are still a direct result of increasing inflation.

The Feds are keeping a close eye on the rates as they continue to assess the nation’s inflation. So, it’s possible to see the rates yo-yo up and down throughout the beginning of the year as the Feds decide when to conclude the uptick in mortgage rates.

April 2023 mortgage rates

2. Sellers Are “Rate Locked

What do we mean by “rate locked”? A large portion of the nation’s homeowners are sitting on a mortgage rate of around 4% or lower, and they are hesitant to enter the market and swap their rate for the current percentage. This has contributed to another inventory shortage as we ease into the warmer months of the year.

How can this benefit you?

As we compare the current market trends to the housing bubble of 2008, it’s clear that we are tackling much different hurdles—and luckily, these seem to be temporary trials. Experts foresee the mortgage rates leveling out throughout the year as the market picks up in the spring and summer months.

And as for home prices, we are still experiencing a inventory shortage. As long as demand outweighs supply, you can expect your home to continue to appreciate, even if it’s at a slower pace than the last few years.

Buyers:  We’re seeing an influx of buyers pull out of the market now that the interest rates are again peaking. However, hunting for a home without competition is a great opportunity. And with so many builders offering new-build incentives, now is a great time to sneak into the market while the waters are calm. Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist at Bright MLS, spells out the mindset of today’s buyers:

“For some buyers, higher mortgage rates will be a hurdle but ultimately will not keep them from getting back into the market after sitting on the sidelines for months.”

Sellers: You can expect the market to work in your favor whenever there’s an inventory shortage. With fewer people willing to sell, you will stand out to prospective buyers. Jeff Tucker, Senior Economist at Zillow, says:

“Sellers who price and market their home competitively shouldn’t have a problem finding a buyer.”

Overall, the increase in mortgage rates has caused some waves in the housing market, but we expect the market to settle into calmer waters as the year progresses. If you are looking to buy or sell your home in the coming months, it is always beneficial to work with an experienced agent to guide you through the ups and downs of the market. The Angelo Group is always happy to assist with your real estate needs.

How To Stick To A Budget

How To Stick To A Budget

family working on a budget

Do you have financial goals but don’t know where to start? Setting a budget is the first step to financial success. However, many people will create a budget and fail to stick to the parameters they’ve put in place.

So much for a budget, right?

If managing money is not your forte, consider these five tips to keep you on track:

1. Budget as a Team

If your budget will affect more than one person, include them in the budgeting process. This keeps you and all involved parties on track to achieve the same financial goals. Make sure to set a dedicated time every month—or even quarterly if you’re a pro—to check in and reassess your spending habits.

2. Expect Monthly Differences

Let’s be honest, not every month in the year is created equal. To stay on top of your budgeting, try to predict when you will spend larger amounts due to certain life events. Do you have a month that’s a little birthday-heavy? Summer vacations? Don’t forget those new clothes and back-to-school supplies in August! You know your lifestyle better than anyone else, so try to predict the expenses and budget for them ahead of time.

3. Start with the Essentials

When deciding where to funnel your earnings, try to consider life’s top four essentials. Everyone requires food, shelter, utilities, and transportation. These four necessities in life should be prioritized when creating a budget. After these needs are met, then you can get creative about where to distribute the rest of your funds.

basic budgeting tips

4. Don’t Set it and Forget It

Once you create a budget, it’s common for people to set it aside and let it collect dust. However, your budget should adapt to your lifestyle changes. Did you get a promotion? Congrats! You can now adjust your budget to reflect your new financial goals and lifestyle. Did you have an unexpected medical expense? You might need to reflect on your budget and see how to adjust and accommodate.

5. Online Budgeting Tools

Welcome to the 21st century! While we love a great Excel Sheet as much as the next person, there are helpful apps and software programs that can keep track of your budget for you. Take a look at apps such as Mint, EveryDollar, and Goodbudget to craft a budget in a pinch!

Setting a budget is the first step in a long road of financial possibilities. Believe in yourself and know you are capable of creating positive habits that will help you achieve success in the future.

If owning a home plays a part in your financial goals, The Angelo Group would be happy to assist you when the time comes. We believe real estate is an excellent investment and we’re here to help you achieve your financial and homeownership dreams.