Is it worth buying a vacation home?

Does owning a vacation home make sense in today’s market? Or is this a practice of a bygone era?

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Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® selected as “Brokerage of the Month” for March 2017

Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors®, with offices throughout northern New Jersey and Pike County Pennsylvania, has been named the Brokerage of the Month for March 2017. The firm, which recently celebrated 15 years with the Realty Executives brand, continues to dominate their local market, opening new offices, garnering national recognition and serving the local community in meaningful ways.

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Deneen Ruffolo voted Most Valuable Executive in Great Lakes Region

Deneen Rufollo voted Most Valuable Executive

Deneen Ruffolo walked away with the coveted Most Valuable Executive Award at the Realty Executives Great Lakes Region awards banquet last month. Voted on by over 250 Executives across the region (which includes Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), the peer award honors outstanding staff members who are held in high esteem by their coworkers.

“I try to treat people the way I want to be treated, and be as supportive as I can,” says Ruffolo. “It only takes a moment to help someone, put a smile on their face, or just make them feel like they belong to a great office.”

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Realty Executives International announces top Executives for 2016

Realty Executives 2016 Awards

Realty Executives International is excited to announce the 2016 Executive Awards recipients. These awards honor the production achievements of Executives across our network, celebrating their hard work and dedication over the past year.

“Our annual agent growth rate is over 20% across the entire US and Canadian market,” says CEO of Realty Executives International David Tedesco. “And our core of strong, high-performing Executives and teams is a big part of our success.”

The 2016 Executive Awards recognizes top agents, teams and brokerages.

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Remodeling 101: Placing the toilet in your bathroom renovation

As many homeowners know, a bathroom renovation rarely entails just changing a few tiles and calling it a day. Even the simplest projects have many details and moving parts, creating a domino effect of one choice impacting another. One of the most important choices you can make during your renovation is one that can be easily overlooked: the toilet placement. And as if it’s not difficult enough, tile installation, vanity location and shower door choices can all influence your toilet placement. Use these tips to get your space construction ready.

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Spring cleaning: Optimize your cleaning time

Optimize spring cleaning

According to The Maids, spring cleaning typically takes at least four hours per 1,000 square feet.

“You can clean virtually any house in about four hours a week. I learned this when I had a residential house cleaning business,” says Sherry Hewins. “The keys to being able to clean your house are organization and consistency.”

Although you don’t have to spring clean your home every weekend, getting organized and optimizing the task to make the process more efficient should help keep it as short and sweet as possible.

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How to secure your smart home devices

smart house device illustration with app icons

Smart home devices are quickly becoming the norm, with IT research firm Gartner predicting consumers will have 5.2 billion internet-connected products in 2017 – an average of four devices per household.

“The connected home is coming to fruition and it’s coming now,” says Yonomi co-founder and CEO Kent Dickson.

We’re using smart devices to control the lighting, temperature and ambiance of our homes, to lock our doors and watch for intruders, to feed and play with our pets. There seems to be a smart device for every conceivable home need, but how secure are these devices?

“The biggest issue with smart devices in the home is that many can be accessed directly from the internet,” says Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director at Intel Security, adding, “Securing the smart home requires that you think a little more about security than you may have in the past.”

What can you do to secure your smart home tech?

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