July 12, 2021

When Visitors Come...

 

 

We are so fortunate to have a LONG list of things to do when friends and family come to visit! If you're in need of ideas, here are some of our favorites:

 

* Trip to Red Lodge - Golfing, Red Lodge Ales, Katie Cakes, Carbon County Steakhouse (we suggest the Cowboy Coffee Ribeye or the Delmonico - it'll feed the entire table!), followed by a SURPRISE stop at the pig races in Bearcreek!

 

* Yellowstone, obviously.. the grand prismatic springs are incredible! As is a GIANT buffalo walking right past your car..

 

* The rodeo is always a blast and it's held every night at 8!

 

* Beautiful drives; through Yellowstone, Beartooth Pass from Cody to Red Lodge (takes 3-4 hours), drive from Cody to Dead Indian Summit Overlook (worth the 40 minute drive!), and visiting the Bighorn Canyon outside of Lovell.

 

* Camping in the Big Horns. We love heading down to Ten Sleep and going up from there. There you'll find the Ten Sleep Brewery, local shops (with ice cream!), an amazing pizza place called Sackett's Fork Pizza, and great trout fishing in the mountain lakes & streams. Plus, there's a good chance you'll see a moose!

 

We'd love to hear your ideas! Please leave them in the comments below!

 

July 12, 2021

Charity of the Month : Serenity Pregnancy Resource Center

* image from their website, https://www.serenityprc.org.

 

We give back to a local charity or organization at every closing. This month, the funds will go to Serenity Pregnancy Resource Center!

 

From their website:

 

"Our Story

 

Serenity Pregnancy Resource Center opened its doors in Cody, Wyoming  in 2011 then in Powell, Wyoming in 2014.  From the beginning we have made it our goal to serve our community by providing free medical services, support, and education to pregnant woman and their partners.  From conception to delivery our loving staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing the best care. 

We are a Christ-centered ministry which exists to provide alternatives to abortion, offer post abortion support, and empower mothers and fathers in crisis pregnancies to value and choose life in all circumstances."

 

To learn more, visit them at https://www.serenityprc.org/ or call 307-271-7166. Located in Powell & Cody!

Posted in Local Charities
July 12, 2021

Plaza @ 5! Music, Food & Beer!

 

 

Have you checked out Plaza Diane (in downtown Powell) on Thursday nights yet?! It's a great time! They have live music, food trucks, beer and activities in the gallery. There is a small splash pad for the kids to play in too!

 

There's still time to enjoy!

 

Upcoming schedule:

 

* JULY 8 *
MUSIC: TIA IBARRA
FOOD: FRESH PRINCE OF PHILLY 
BEER: WYOLD WEST BREWERY
GALLERY: SILENT AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BURT BRADLEY ENGLISH SCHOLARSHIP AT NWC

* JULY 15 *
MUSIC: WILL NUTT
FOOD: WYOMING NATURAL BURGER
BEER: WYOLDWEST BREWERY
GALLERY: OPENING RECEPTION FOR
JUSTINE LARSEN EXHIBIT

 

Starts at 5!

 

More info:

https://business.powellchamber.org/events/details/plaza-5-music-food-beer-07-08-2021-25922
 
www.plazadiane.org
facebook.com/plazadiane

July 12, 2021

Mid-Year Comparison // 2020 vs 2021

 

There is quite a difference between the first half of 2020 and 2021! The inventory is low (but many homes are selling before they hit the MLS) and there is a surplus of buyers, resulting in an increased average sales price of more than a $100,000! The average days on market has also decreased by over a month - down 32 days from last year.

 

Our office is also experiencing record numbers and we can't thank our clients and community enough. From repeat business, to referrals and 5-star Google reviews - you're the reason for our continued growth! We absolutely love what we do and appreciate your business so very much.

 

Help us reach 100 ⭐️ 5-star ⭐️ reviews by the end of 2021? Click below to easily leave a Google review. Thank you in advance!

 

Yay for 5-star reviews! Click here!

 

If you're wondering how much your home is worth, let's chat! We'll be happy to provide you with a pressure-free consultation and current market analysis. Our team can be reached at 307-764-6222 any day, any time.

 

Talk to you soon!

Amanda & the Elite West Team

May 14, 2021

Charity of the Month : Foster Closet

We give back to a local charity or organization at every closing. This month, the funds will go towards New Life's Foster Closet!

Foster Closet is part of a larger ministry, Reclaimed 3:18. Below you'll find content from their site (their site includes more information about the ministry). From their website, https://newlifepowell.com/ministries/reclaimed-318:

"The Foster Closet is a place where Foster Families, DFS agency workers and others can come to meet the physical needs of any child in foster care.  Many times children are placed in homes with only the clothes on their backs.  The foster closet is stocked with clothing, shoes, and winter items for all ages and sizes so that kids can have things to call their own in their new homes.  We also provide diapers and small baby furniture to help families with infants get a good start." 

If you would love to help with this ministry to the foster care community, visit their site! Whether it's Foster Closet, Tangible Needs, Teaching/Helping with Independent Living Classes, Becoming a Foster Parent, or Providing a Meal for a Foster Family, your time and help would be more than appreciated!

 

Video interview to come!

 

Click here for more information: https://newlifepowell.com/ministries/reclaimed-318

 

 

Posted in Local Charities
May 14, 2021

May Home Maintenance Tips

Posted in Homeowner Tips
April 13, 2021

Still Saving Your Tax Refund Or Stimulus Checks? Here's How To Use Them! Apr 5 Still Saving Your Tax Refund Or Stimulus Checks? Here's How To Use Them!

If you’ve started researching the home buying process, or you’ve already purchased a home in the past, you probably know one of the first things you need to consider is the size of the downpayment you are going to need to cover on the home you discover. While that down payment can vary depending on what type of financing you qualify for, it is never a bad idea to start saving as much possible, as soon as possible.

If you qualified for any of the stimulus payments and have been keeping that money, or tax refund money, tucked away into savings - this would be the perfect opportunity to use that cash. With the average refund for this year around $3000, there is a good chance your tax refund, potentially paired with a stimulus, can put a major dent in your down payment.

With a competitive market that doesn’t seem to be cooling off anytime soon, now is the time to buy. Ensuring you have the proper funds to cover that downpayment once you find ‘the one’ can save you heartache in the future. Give me a call today and we can get you set up with a lender so you can get pre-approved and find out just how much you need to have saved!

Posted in Buyer Tips
April 13, 2021

Are Toys Taking Over Your Home? Here’s How To Reclaim Your Space

Toys are important for many reasons - but that doesn’t mean they don’t drive you crazy when you constantly trip over them! Having toys take over your space can cause stress and tension, but we have some suggestions to make your life a little easier! 

1. Be Selective

Making your kids happy is important, but you can be picky when doing so. Try to purchase toys that are age-appropriate, not excessively large, and not poorly made. Encouraging family to do the same will keep your toy collection full of items that your kids love and will actually want to play with.

2. Reduce Clutter

No matter how organized you are, too many toys can take over your home. It may sound like a challenge to get your kids to pick toys they no longer want, but there is a trick to doing so! Create an opportunity for them to explain what they enjoy, and then encourage them to donate things that no longer fit the bill.  Getting rid of toys they no longer use can help them rediscover the toys they love.

3. Establish “Family Toys”

Some toys, like play dough, would be great to add to a “family toy” grouping that stays in a bin on a top shelf in your home. Adding messy toys to this bin can save you the headache of scrubbing gunk out of your carpet and make them something the kids will look forward to doing with you.

4. Create Boundaries

Even if you don’t have a playroom, establish a place in the house where play is allowed. Let your kids know that toys can be played with in that room, but not in other places. Setting clear expectations for the kids will allow them to enjoy their play time while maintaining your sanity.

5. Make A Place For Every Toy

Forget the toy bin - at least a general one, anyway! When there is no organization, kids will clear out that bin every time to find the toy they’re looking for and your floor will be covered. Instead, buy a group of matching plastic bins and line them up along the wall where your child can easily put away and retrieve toys on his own. Designate a box for each type of toy and make it a fun goal for your kids to keep them in the right spot!

Posted in Homeowner Tips
April 13, 2021

The Dos and Don'ts of Accent Walls

Accent walls are in style and aren’t going away anytime soon. You have unlimited options for your accent wall color, and can even add texture! Accent walls should be just as special as you, and can add that perfect customization to any room. They can be used in any room if you know the essential dos and don'ts.

DO:

Think outside of the box when you are considering the options for your new accent wall. Your accent wall may be perfect for stripes, solid tones, or even a specialty paint finish. Metallics can add the perfect pop to any room.

Consider an accent wall even if you enjoy neutrality. Accent walls can work just as well in a neutral color and can add dimension without being bright deep hues!

Take into account the color of the other walls in the room you’re painting. Accent walls in an all-white room are stunning, but can be tricky. You will want to balance your accent wall color with neutral wall colors like gray, or greige, or beige, whatever works best with your accent color.

Think about other ways to use the idea of an accent wall. Have you thought about painting the ceiling? Accent ceilings can be created with the help of white crown molding to help separate the wall color from the ceiling, and can add that dimension you have been looking for.

Make sure you choose the right wall. If a room is quite plain without an architectural feature, an accent wall can be beneficial to the space. If you are wanting to use a wall of windows as your accent wall, keep in mind that a dark accent color around windows can create a bright light effect and overwhelm your room.

DON’T:

Shy away from using a bold color! If you have the right accents around the room to pull out the new color, you can choose whatever color will bring you joy.

Forget that there is more to do with accent walls than just paint them. You can always consider stone or tile, extensive shelving, or even a fabric-draped wall. Accent walls are so great because they are the most flexible decorating tool you can have.

Forget that wallpaper is another incredible choice for accent walls. As wallpapers come back into style, your options are growing! These new wallpapers can give you a designer look without a long-term commitment. If you are renting, temporary wallpaper is a great way to personalize your home without worrying about re-painting when it is time to move.

Posted in Homeowner Tips
April 13, 2021

Spring Cleaning 101

 

Whether you are getting ready to list your home or just doing an annual deep clean, now is the best time to get started! When you have a day that is beautiful enough to leave the windows open, check out our list of tips to make spring cleaning a breeze!

Make A Plan

Rather than just starting wherever seems to need the most attention, create a plan with a list! Full-home deep cleaning can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start or where to end. Sitting down and establishing a logical step-by-step plan for each room of your home will allow you to feel organized and motivated to check off each list item!

Get Your Supplies

Some supplies for spring cleaning might be found under your kitchen counter, while others may be something you only purchase when necessary. Make sure you have enough cleaning supplies to cover your home!

Work Smart, Not Hard

Don’t work harder than you need to. If an item can be soaked, or there is a self-cleaning tool (like your oven) - do that!

Clear Out Clutter

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to do just that - clean house! If there are items that you find you haven’t used over the last year, toss them into the donate or trash pile. This way, your home will feel clean in more ways than one!

Take Notes

If you will be staying in your home for a while, taking notes of the most efficient ways to clean certain parts of your home can save you and your family time in the future.

Have Fun!

Take this time to enjoy a new season arriving. Open those windows, play your favorite music, and dance along while you get your clean on!

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