February Newsletter
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When choosing new flooring for your home, it is important to remember hardwood is still a home-buyer favorite, in case you decide to sell in the future. Hardwood floors add warmth and beauty to a home. However, with so many beautiful and durable options, choosing can be a challenge. You not only have to think about size, color, species, etc., but you also have to think about construction aspects. Moisture changes, for instance, can cause issues such as warping and gapping. Taking the time to research in order to make the right decision is worth it. It can be a valuable long-term investment.


Susie and Nichola

"Susie is the most efficient and knowledgeable agent we have ever dealt with. Our home sold amazingly fast and the closing went off without a hitch. She also is helping us with the purchase and building of our new home. We have already referred a relative to her for a home in the near future.

~Al & Jean Boland
This Month's Featured Listing
69 Tiburon Way
3 bed / 2.5 bath
3040 square feet
Built in 2001
Beautiful Lake Balboa home perfect for your primary or vacation home with views from almost every room. Open the door & you are greeted with windows bringing the lake view inside. Main level features kitchen open to breakfast area & sunroom, living/dining area & primary suite. Lower level living area, two bedrooms and study with views of the lake. Additional room off study with built ins. Lake living enjoyed from the covered deck, patio or double covered boat dock with room for entertaining.

Wood Flooring For Its Timeless Appeal

Wood flooring still ranks high on home buyers' wish lists. This popularity has remained because of its long-term durability, inherent natural character and warmth, low risk of allergens and range of aesthetic choices that suit almost any decor. Wood is also a draw for buyers seeking low-maintenance options. When thinking of renovating flooring, it is a good idea to look at flooring design trends and product improvements. Below are some choices to consider.

Width - In recent years, manufacturers have made wider boards, up to 24 inches, which can add to cost. Narrower widths look more traditional while wider planks give a more modern look. Wider yields fewer seams and looks good in larger spaces.

Length - Longer planks have become popular, sometimes 10 feet in length, which are good for larger spaces. Shorter planks can look choppy, especially if the grain isn't consistent.

Species - Oak, and particularly white oak, remains the most popular because it's a hard material that can be re-sanded multiple times and takes finishes and colors well. It also will stand up to scratches, dents and dings and pet paws. It can be cut in different ways, which reveals the wood's different types of grain. Walnut follows as a second favorite, with softer woods such as hickory, beech, and pine being less popular. Ash and maple tend to give a contemporary vibe, but aren't as stable.

Color - Most extreme colors are going to the wayside, like darkest ebony which tends to reveal every scratch and piece of dog hair. The lightest Scandinavian-style white and palest gray, which have been popular as of late, are becoming less popular as well. For a safe, timeless look that will appeal to the largest group, consider a warm honey hue or a custom color developed by a professional..

Decorative features - If you want to personalize wood flooring, you might lay boards in a chevron or hexagonal pattern. Texture can also be introduced through hand scraping or wire brushing. You can also coordinate wood in other places, such as on walls, bedroom headboards, or in furniture designs. Downside of any personalization is that it can narrow the buyer pool.

Beyond the living room - Homeowners are installing wood flooring in all rooms of the home. Many like the look of continuous wood throughout an interior.

Manufactured technique - Engineered flooring consists of multiple layers of hardwood veneers glued and pressed together to improve stability, so it doesn't expand and contract as much as solid wood, especially in humid weather. The thickness of the top layer will determine how often it can be sanded and the board's quality. It can also be glued to a concrete slab.

Finish - More buyers favor a matte or low-sheen rather than high-gloss look, which reveals fewer imperfections and dirt. This can be achieved with either a water-based or natural-oil finish. If strong sunlight is a factor, buyers should be sure the product offers protection against ultraviolet light, so it won't fade.

~Courtesy of Realtor Magazine

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Mediterranean Quesadillas

  • 1 diced tomato, or sliced grape/cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3 burrito style tortillas

  1. Combine tomato, red onion, spinach and cheeses.
  2. Place 1/3 of the filling on one side of each tortilla. Fold tortilla in half.
  3. Heat a small amount of oil in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium heat. Transfer quesadilla to pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, pressing down with a spatula, until each side is lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  4. Cut into 4 slices and serve with your choice of toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, pico de gallo, etc.

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