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!

Posted in Homeowner Tips
April 1, 2021

Charity of the Month : Meals on Wheels

 

Since 1973, the Powell Senior Center has been serving people aged 60+ in Powell, Wyoming and its surrounding rural areas of Willwood, Ralston, and Garland.

 

They provide nutritionally balanced meals along with robust activities/socialization for the active seniors within our community - 6 days a week! They also offer classes and education for our seniors and for the community. 

 

As of today, they’re averaging about 80 meal deliveries a day! We’re excited to be able to give back to our community by donating a portion of our April commissions to the Meals on Wheels program. 

 

Information from their site, https://www.powellseniorcenter.com.

 

Questions? They can be reached at 307-754-4223.

Posted in Local Charities
April 1, 2021

Client-Exclusive Monthly Drawing for $50+ worth of free, local beef from Valley Raised BEEF

 

 

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Hey, Elite West Family!

 

We’ve teamed up with a fantastic local beef company, Valley Raised BEEF, who is helping us give away over $50 in Premium Beef to our clients EVERY month! 🐄💯

 

We're excited about teaming up with Valley Raised as we know you'll be super impressed with what they have to offer - we sure are! (Ribeyes, incredible. Korean short ribs, on the menu for tonight 🤤.)

 

If you're an Elite West Client, simply click here to be entered into a monthly drawing to win 🆓 FREE 🆓 Beef! 👉👉 https://go.valleyraised.com/giveawayk2r7hsh

 

Find them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/Valley-Raised-BEEF-103207234641202

 

We hope you'll take advantage of this client-exclusive offer! Enjoy!

 

Amanda & the Elite West Team

Posted in The EWR Difference
April 1, 2021

April Home Maintenance Tips

Posted in Homeowner Tips
April 1, 2021

Quarter 1 Comparison // 2020 vs 2021

 

We're experiencing a strong seller's market this quarter! The inventory is low and there is a surplus of buyers, resulting in an increased average sales price. This quarter compared to last year has increased by nearly $70,000!

 

Our office alone has also had a tremendous leap in the number of new deals going under contract (and most are happening before the home even hits the MLS) too. Year over year, our new under contracts nearly quadrupled in February, and tripled in March. Needless to say, it's going to be a busy spring - and 2021 - for real estate!

 

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

March 16, 2021

March Home Maintenance Tips

Posted in Homeowner Tips
March 16, 2021

Charity of the Month : Royal Family Kids Camp

 

We give back to a local charity or organization at every closing. This month, the funds will go towards the Royal Family Kids Camp!

Below you'll find the content from their site with more information about the program. From their website, https://newlifepowell.com/ministries/royal-family-kids:

 

"Royal Family Kids

Royal Family KIDS is the nation's leading network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect.  Our prayer for this summer is to host a 4 day camp in the mountains for the children we serve.  We invite you to pray with us that restrictions would be lifted, and that we would be able to gather enough volunteers to host a life-changing camp this summer!  Our camp dates are July 6th-10th.

 

Watch a video from Royal Family Kids to learn more about how this camp will make a life-long difference in the life of a child by clicking the RFK picture above.

 

If you would like to apply to volunteer to help with camp this year, please click on the link to fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you soon!  Feel free to contact Amy McLain at 754-0424 with any questions or for more information!

 

To Donate to our local camp click here.

For more information about Royal Family Kids Camp, click here.

2021 RFK Returning Volunteer Application, click here

2021 RFK New Volunteer Application, click here"

Posted in Local Charities