To Rent or Buy: The Ultimate Real Estate Debate

Deciding whether to rent or buy is a very individual decision. Jill Biggs with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage highlights the pros and cons of both options in the latest segment of LXTV Open House.

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Research NYC Neighborhoods with Online Resources

Using online resources to research NYC neighborhoods is an ideal way to begin the search for the perfect place to purchase or rent in New York City. Online tools allow you to see school statistics, local shopping, transportation, and more.

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No Worries At Home For Denard Span

In last week’s Homefield Advantage video, we were welcomed into the home of Kansas City Royals star, Lorenzo Cain. We are continuing the trend this week by profiling another sure-handed center fielder – the Washington Nationals’ Denard Span!

Being a gold-glove caliber center fielder and last year’s co-National League hit leader* for the Washington Nationals is no walk in the park. That is why Denard Span kicks up his spikes and gets comfortable in his Tampa, Florida home with girlfriend, Shadonna Copeland whenever he can. Home to Denard and Shadonna means first and foremost, family. Since Tampa also happens to be Denard’s hometown, driving around his neighborhood and passing his childhood home – where his mother still lives – brings back all of his best memories growing up playing the game he loves.

As Denard hilariously puts it, in his home, the kitchen is the REAL place where it “goes down”. And he is not complaining that it is Shadonna’s favorite room in the house too! As we continue on our tour, the upstairs entertainment room is a “man’s man” oasis. With an abundant sports memorabilia collection, pool table, theater and gym, like center field in Nationals Park, the upstairs is Denard’s territory.

How will Denard and Shadonna solve the dilemma of man cave extension or play pen for future babies with their extra room? Click the video above to find out! And click here to see the rest of Coldwell Banker’s 2015 Homefield Advantage line-up!

*Tied with Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere with 184 hits.

Header image via Flickr user Keith Allison.

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New Apartment Therapy Series Highlights “Selling in Seattle”

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With its bustling tech scene and down-to-earth vibe, Seattle has quickly become one of the hottest real estate market in the U.S. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Apartment Therapy – a lifestyle website devoted to helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy – for a five-part weekly series titled “Selling in Seattle.”

The series, which begins today and runs every Sunday through June 14, will feature Team Franz + Joe (also known as Franz Diessner and Joe Overland of Coldwell Banker Bain). For the next five weeks, we’ll go behind the scenes and see what it’s like to sell in Seattle. We’ll hear stories from some of Franz + Joe’s recent sellers and learn their top advice for selling a home in a hot market.

Check out the first post of the series today on Apartment Therapy, and learn more about Team Franz + Joe’s top advice at www.coldwellbanker.com/seller-experience.

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Take a tour of three home fruit orchards

Take a tour of three home fruit orchards

Home Fruit Growers Tour: 9 a.m.-noon.

Galveston County Master Gardener-sponsored event at three home orchards.

Payne’s in the Grass Daylily Farm Annual Celebration of Daylilies Open Garden: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2130 O’Day, Pearland; 281-485-3821, 713-419-6661, paynesinthegrassdaylilyfarm.com.

Open Garden Day: with Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, all ages welcome. 8:30-11 a.m. at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Beneficials in the Garden: with Galveston County extension agent William Johnson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu; reservations at galv3@wt.net.

Monarch Butterflies: with Galveston County Master Naturalist Victor Madamba.

Generations – Sweet and Light, Big and Sassy, Wild and Woolly: daylily show sponsored by the Houston Hemerocallis Society and the Houston Area Daylily Society. 1-3 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040 Watonga; ofts.com.

Design Stylish Container Gardens for Poolside and Patio: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss; corneliusnurseries.com.

Fairy Garden Festival: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; and at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Friends of Peckerwood Garden Day: tours, refreshments, silent auction of international folk art. 2-5 p.m. at 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232, peckerwoodgarden.org.

Tomato Fest: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; and 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Tomato contest: 10 a.m. at Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-351-8851, arborgate.com.

Creating Gardens for Beautiful Birds: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery at 2233 S. Voss; corneliusnurseries.com. …read more

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3 Secrets to Pantry Organization

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Organization at home always begins with storage. So, the key to an organized closet starts with an organized pantry. Here are three secrets to pantry organization at home.

1. Everything Must Have a Place – Disorganization begins with one thing out of place. When organizing your pantry, make sure to leave a spot for everything from dry goods to paper products. Find unique ways to customize the space for each item.

If you always have plenty of canned goods in stock, use a shelf system like this 8-tier wire rack from Home Depot that lines up your cans or spices in an easy-to-spot fashion.

If you’re struggling to find a cool, dry, dark spot for root vegetables like potatoes and onions, try a wire basket drawer.

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2. If you can’t see it, you can’t see it. – Use clear containers whenever possible. For inexpensive, effective storage vessels, try filling glass mason jars with frequently used dry goods like rice, nuts and coffee grounds.

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Labels are a great way to quickly see what you have in stock, but be sure the labels are editable. We don’t always have the same exact items in the pantry, so a great way to label your pantry items in a non-permanent way is by adding chalkboard stickers or chalkboard tape that you can change with a quick swipe.

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3. Keep an Inventory - We always think we’re going to remember what items we need when we get to the grocery store, only to realize we forgot the most important one! Keep a notepad on your phone or in the pantry and jot down whenever you run out of something that needs to be replaced. Then, when you’re at the store, you’ll have a list to reference and eliminate the frustration of running to the store for one item.

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Having custom organized storage space in your home is also a great selling feature, as many potential buyers look behind closed doors (whether you like it or not!)

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