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Terry’s Blog: Are You Making These Home Improvement Mistakes?

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Are You Making These Home Improvement Mistakes?

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Home improvement projects can add comfort to your daily living right away and add value to your home over the long term. But if you want your upgrades to have the results you desire, there are at least three common mistakes that you need to avoid. When hiring a contractor, if you donít make the effort to verify their qualifications and check their references, you may end up being disappointed in their performance. Not making sure you get all of the necessary permits and inspections required by your local community could be a very costly mistake. Planning and executing a home improvement project without creating a reasonable budget ahead of time will lead to overspending or skimping on cheaper materials. Learning how to avoid these mistakes will save you the pain and frustration of a home improvement project gone wrong.

Too many people donít make the effort to check credentials and references. They may be intimidated by the contractor. Some people may be so excited about getting started they donít want to ìwasteî time checking references. But simply assuming that the contractor is qualified could lead to a big disappointment when the job is done. Remember, you are ultimately in charge of the project and if you hire a contractor who is not qualified to do the work, you have only yourself to blame. Calling up some of the contractorís prior customers can give you a wealth of information. Did the project start and end on time? Did the contractor respect the homeownerís privacy? Would the customer hire the contractor again? Getting the answers to these questions will ensure you donít encounter unpleasant surprises during your home improvement job.

You may find this hard to believe, but many homeowners fail to get the necessary permits and inspections required for their home improvement project. It is true that dealing with your local government employees may be frustrating at times. Permits cost money. Waiting for inspections can throw off your schedule. But not having properly certified work could lead to more expensive fines later on. A future buyer may insist on having the work done over again. Depending on the type of project, not having the work properly inspected could even be dangerous to your life and property. The stakes are too big to make this mistake.

Another important element of home improvement that some people ignore is creating a budget ahead of time. Granted, itís not much fun to sit down and crunch numbers when you would rather be demolishing a wall with a sledgehammer. But if you donít plan your spending up front, you might spend too much on phases that donít matter and not have the money you need for more important parts of the job. Coming up with a budget for the total project will help you plan the entire job from start to finish.

Avoid these top three home improvement mistakes to get the maximum benefit from any project you undertake. Make sure you check the references of your contractor and verify that he is qualified to do the work. Donít try to complete your job without getting the permits and inspections that your community requires. Finally, budget your project from beginning to end. When you follow these simple recommendations, you will be able to view your finished project with pride and a sense of accomplishmenta href=”http://gayrealtynetwork.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/fbcoverTerryBornitz.jpg”>fbcoverTerryBornitz

Wilton Manors – Renovation Renovation

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mainpage1-floridaexclusive-miami-dadejpgHomes for Sale in Wilton Manors have not only seen an increase in demand and price, but fully renovated homes are popping up on the market across the entire city.  Investors and individuals have taken interest in buying left over foreclosure or traditional sales and renovating them.   Homes on the intracoastal in Wilton Manors are seeing some of the most action.  On 17th avenue alone, which is part of the intracoastal peninsulas in Wilton Manors, there are five homes that are being gutted down to the cement walls.

This is great for the area, as many of these homes were in need of some major updates.  This is also going to bring prices up through out the area.  As new homes are built with the finest amenities it will allow other members of the community to improve their homes and get top dollar for their investment.

There are currently 92 single family homes available in Wilton Manors.  Price ranges from 199k – 1 million +

Wilton Manors offers a great community, a rich culture of diversity, advocates of human rights and an overall great quality of life. Wilton Manors continues to have  strong demand from buyers, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Florida Exclusive Living is a guest author.  We specialize in homes for sale in Wilton Manors and the surrounding communities. Please contact us with any questions about South Florida Real Estate.

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Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: Christine Daley, Warrenton, Virginia

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Christine Daley, Lesbian Warrenton Real Estate AgentPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Meeting your needs for excellent customer service, consistent communication, and reliability in a real estate professional.

See Christine’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here

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Out Traveler’s Top 10 US Gayborhoods #9: Dupont Circle

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Logan Circle, Washington DC – Apple Maps

We’re counting down the top ten US Gayborhoods, according to Out Traveler. The tenth place finisher is in Philadelphia:

9. Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.), with 4.62 percent of the vote Washington has been declared the gayest city in the country by everyone and their gay brother. Its center of LGBT life has a bit of reputation-building before it can compete with the big boys in New York and San Francisco, though.

Congrats, DC!

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

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Terry’s Blog’s: Big Design Ideas For Little Baths

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Big Design Ideas For Little Baths

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


If you have ever been envious of the high-end bathrooms that are portrayed in your favorite home improvement magazines, you’re probably not alone. If the size of your bathroom leaves something to be desired, then you can feel at a loss as to what to do. The following design ideas seem big by nature, but the can turn your little bathroom into a luxurious room.

Older homes tend to suffer from smaller bathrooms that measure about 5 feet by 8 feet. In order to combat the impending fear of claustrophobia, scale down some of the items in your bathroom. Start by choosing a pedestal sink instead of one that comes with long counter space and cabinets that can limit you. Choose light colored tiles and paint to create a feeling of space as darker colors can make your bathroom feel even more cramped.

Use an Asian inspired design in your bathroom to enable the play of light and dark colors. A powder room vanity with a Japanese feel to it can enable you to mix modern elements with old world designs. Meanwhile, an all brown layout can make your bath feel extra cramped, rotate the chocolate and deep brown colors with white and beige.

Take advantage of all the space in your bath, but don’t make it feel too cramped. Incorporate vanity lighting and light wall colors to create a feeling of more space. When necessary, use light oak finish furniture to expand your bath and use storage wisely.

If you prefer a more modern appeal to your bath, use horizontal tiled lines to create an illusion of more space and pair it with a frameless mirror. Use ceiling and wall vanity lighting to complement your space and lead the eye seamlessly around the bathroom. Last but not least, incorporate a curbless shower and pair it with a small toilet to create a larger appeal and a luxurious feel.

Take advantage of the shape of your bathroom by choosing a small yet effective vanity. Use a dark colored vanity for light walls and a light vanity for dark walls. Maximize the storage space by purchasing a vanity that has drawers under the sink to hide your accessories.

If you have too much wall space, but nothing to cover it with choose a Zen way of decorating by using a long horizontal mirror. It can help you stretch the wall space and create the illusion of a much larger bath. In this case, choose a dark framed mirror with thick framing.

Paint is not always the best way to make a cramped space feel bigger. Choose white marble tiles and frameless mirrors to work together in order to create a feeling of space. Instead of installing a tub, install a glass door shower and pair it with a floor-to-ceiling cabinet system.

There is no reason why a small bath can’t be stylish or luxurious. Most people feel the need to expand their bathrooms for extra added cost, but it really isn’t necessary. Use your bathroom space the right way and incorporate light and dark colors to trick the eye.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Out Traveler’s Top 10 US Gayborhoods

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Washington Square West - Philadelphia gayborhood

We’re counting down the top ten US Gayborhoods, according to Out Traveler. The tenth place finisher is in Philadelphia:

10. Washington Square West (Philadelphia), with 4.35 percent of the vote Philly’s compact and walkable gay village has changed names as often as a drag queen swaps wigs; maybe that’s why it scored so low this year. Regardless, it’s a lovely little corner of the city.

Congrats, Philly!

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

See the Full Story at Out Traveler

Click here for gay realtors, mortgage lenders, and other real estate professionals in Philadelphia.

If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@gayrealtynetwork.com

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Sorry We’ve Been Away…

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Scott’s Grandmother passed away, and we’ve been at the funeral, but things should begin to get back to normal. Thanks for your patience!

–Scott and Mark, GRN

Terry’s Blog: A Home Improvement Project That Can Save the Roof

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A Home Improvement Project That Can Save the Roof

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


While many homeowners enjoy performing do-it-yourself projects around the house on the weekends, most of them choose to add paint to the interior or exterior of the home. Others elect to install new bathroom fixtures, change the flooring in the home, or simply work on the landscaping. However, there is a significant home improvement project that any homeowner can perform that can save the roof.

Independent of where the homeowner resides in the country, nearly every house has the same issues regarding the roof. When the gutter system becomes overflowed, or plugged up due to a clogged drain, it can cause significant damage to the roof. This is often a result of a buildup of leaves, branches, twigs and debris that gets lodged either in the gutter, or the downspout.

Significant damage can be caused to the roofing system when the gutter remains clogged with debris and leaves. It is quite easy for the water to get up underneath shingles or tile and cause damage along the fascia boards and the plywood residing just beneath the tile or shingles. The only way to ensure that the roof will remain in proper condition is to keep the gutter system operating as it is design.

Cleaning out the Downspout

Cleaning out the downspout is an easy process that requires the homeowner to work on both the top end and the bottom. By placing a ladder at the top of the downspout, remove all debris that is accessible. Do the same from the bottom, using some type of a hose, or hook to grab any of the clogged debris lodged deep into the downspout.

Next, take the garden hose in place it at the top, and turn on the water. This will help push the lodged debris down the downspout using a minimal amount of pressure. Work the hose up and down into the downspout until it is completely cleared. It may require a broom handle or other long instrument to dislodge some of the stuck debris. Be sure and use some type of a stick that has a large top, such as a broom upside down, to ensure that the pole itself does not get lodged if dropped in the downspout.

Cleaning out the Gutter

Nearly every time of the year, the gutter can easily become clogged from blowing leaves, debris and other objects. Move the ladder along the gutter and use your hand to pull out the debris and leaves. Follow that with the water hose, turned on almost full blast, to move any of the solids that have become stuck to the bottom of the gutter. Consider installing gutter guards that will naturally accept the water, but pushed the leaves over the top of the gutter instead of getting built up inside.

Keeping a gutter system operating is designed is the easiest home improvement project that is guaranteed to save the roof from issues along the fascia board. The process should be performed at least every spring and autumn, and anytime there is a clogged downspout.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: A Home Improvement Project Can Increase Your Homeís Value

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A Home Improvement Project Can Increase Your Homeís Value

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


There are numerous types of home improvement projects, even the ones that seem insignificant, which can significantly improve the interior of your home, while increasing its value. Many times, individuals simply will not remodel their home because they believe the project will be extremely overwhelming. However, by making any type of quality improvement on the interior or exterior of the home, it can be worth more, and be more enjoyable to live in and around.

Basic Home Improvements

Consider the basic home improvements that can be performed around the home. There will be significant things in the home that require attention, including mechanical or structural issues, such as managing a leaky roof, or fixing a plumbing problem. Replacing a leaky faucet can be accomplished for less than $100, and replacing a broken towel rod can make a traumatic improvement on the aesthetic qualities of the interior of the bathroom.

Painting the Exterior

Painting the homeís exterior has been known to pay back a substantial amount of the investment (up to 300% or more). Reaping huge benefits, the homeowner can help protect the siding on the homeís exterior, while enhancing its curb appeal. However, it should be performed correctly, by a professional that has the right tools, equipment and experience for getting the job done correctly.

Painting the Interior

Painting the interior of the home offers just as much benefit to the homeowner as painting the exterior. It can easily freshen up the look of every room, and add a touch of style to its decor. Consider taking the time and energy necessary to do it right, even if it means hiring a professional crew.

Replacing the Doors

As a home begins to age, the doors can easily crack, and begin leaking air through the weather stripping, or openings around the door jam. Sometimes, it is simpler just to completely replace the damaged door to improve the energy efficiency of the home. However, remember it is very easy to go from a replacement to an extensive remodel, when changing the size of the door and sometimes the style.

Enhancing the Landscaping

The curb appeal of the home is often highly dependent on the landscaping design, and how well the yard is maintained. Installing a beautiful stone walkway, adding an elaborate fence, or blending in high-end trees and shrubs can make a dramatic positive impact while enhancing both the quality of the home, and its value. Taking the time to do the landscaping right can create the ideal first impression, and offer the entire neighborhood a beautiful view when passing by the home.

Installing a Deck

Updating the exterior of the home by installing a deck can offer a significant return on investment while it adds additional square footage to the homeís exterior. A quality made deck is often a high dollar investment. However, when properly installed, a deck can add years of enjoyment during nearly every season of the year.

Making a home improvement does not need to be time-consuming or costly. By selecting the right types of projects around the house, it is easy to add embellishments along with extra value to its equity.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Make It Easy To Understand Home Mortgages Here

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Make It Easy To Understand Home Mortgages Here

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Every American dreams to own the perfect home of his or her own. If you are searching for your first home but are unsure of the mortgage financing process, this is the perfect article for you. Use the information in the following paragraphs to learn the key tips you need to understand to help you get a great deal on your mortgage financing.

Understand your credit score and how that affects your chances for a mortgage loan. Most lenders require a certain credit level, and if you fall below, you are going to have a tougher time getting a mortgage loan with reasonable rates. A good idea is for you to try to improve your credit before you apply for mortgage loan.

There are loans available for first time home buyers. These loans usually do not require a lot of money down and often have lower interest rates than standard mortgages. Most first time home buyer loans are guaranteed by the government; thus, there is more paperwork needed than standard mortgage applications.

Before beginning any home buying negotiation, get pre-approved for your home mortgage. That pre-approval will give you a lot better position in terms of the negotiation. It’s a sign to the seller that you can afford the house and that the bank is already behind you in terms of the buy. It can make a serious difference.

Try shopping around for a home mortgage. When you do shop around, you need to do more than just compare interest rates. While they’re important, you need to consider closing costs, points and the different types of loans. Try getting estimates from a few banks and mortgage brokers before deciding the best combination for your situation.

As was stated earlier in this article, almost all Americans dream to own a home of their own. If you are in the process of looking for your first home, use this article to educate yourself on mortgage financing. By carefully reviewing the tips in this article you can get a great deal on your mortgage.fbcoverTerryBornitz