Friday, July 24, 2020

Finding The Right Mattress

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.



  1. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization.
  2. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test a mattress for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.
  3. Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers.
  4. Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.
  5. Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night.

Monday, June 22, 2020

What Will Homes Look Like In A Post-pandemic World?

A lot has changed in just a few months, and for many that includes the idea of what a 'dream home' looks like. Not long ago, buyers were showing preference toward smaller homes and open concept spaces conducive to gathering. After a few months cooped up inside, those features don't seem so appealing - and developers have taken note.

"While the coronavirus still rages on, it's hard to predict what post-pandemic abodes might look like," according to Barrons. "Yet, developers around the U.S. are already rethinking projects, anticipating residents' needs and preferences that Covid-19 would spur. In doing so, they are re-evaluating current in-unit aesthetics and in-demand amenities."

Dedicated Home Office Space

Here are just a few areas of home design where trends may shift in the coming years:

Home size
Homes had been trending smaller, but that may be over. With so many families spending (way) more time around the home lately, there's never been more need for personal space. Expect homes to grow in size accordingly.

Prioritizing the home office
As more and more businesses relax work-from-home policies, or shift to full-time remote work entirely, the home office will become a near-essential for many buyers. A space that was once an after-thought now will need to offer privacy, good lighting and be pre-wired for telecommuting.

Return to the closed-floor plan
For some buyers, the appeal of the open-floor plan was already trending down prior to 2020, and the past few months have only made the reasons why more evident. Sharing more time and space at home demands privacy for school work, hobbies, and entertainment. With more meals being cooked at home, an open concept kitchen becomes noisy epicenter practically all day long. Builders expect a rise in demand for closed floor plans, where rooms are partitioned for purpose.

Smart technology
This is already one of the fastest growing trends in home design, but smart home technology will soon move from a 'plus' to a 'must'. Temperature and lighting control can now be voice or motion-activated. Touchless faucets, once thought superfluous, are now an inexpensive and health-conscious upgrade. Systems that filter air and monitor air quality will become more common and affordable.

Friday, June 19, 2020

5 Criteria for Pricing a Home


When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.
  1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.
  2. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.
  3. Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
  4. Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.
  5. Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Top Tips for House Hunting Online


Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
  1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
  2. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
  3. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call us to schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

2232 Autumn Cove CIR Fleming Island, FL 32003

Property Site: http://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/ACPAQE/2232-Autumn-Cove-CIR-Fleming-Island-FL-1047776
Beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bath home in desirable Rolands Way at Eagle Harbor. The home features a study and formal dining room complete with hardwood floors. The great room and kitchen are open to each other, great for entertaining! Kitchen upgrades include granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Three bedrooms on on one side of the house with the master suite on the other side. Each bedroom has a bathroom nearby. The spacious master bedroom looks over an expansive backyard, perfect for a pool. The neighborhood is just a short walk to a fishing pier and views of Doctors Lake. Eagle Harbor has 3 pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, multiple playgrounds, optional discounted golf membership and more.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Square feet: 2,326
Price: $325,000

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or galliteam@comcast.net. You can also text 6158949 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 1047776

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Organic Food on a Budget


During this global pandemic, many of us may find it hard to eat healthy. With all of us in our homes most of the time, the temptations may take their toll after a while. If you like to eat organic, then here's some tips to help you and your wallet.



Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply.
So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton of extra money? Follow these tips to get more bang for your buck.

Shop at farmers’ markets: You can get fresh organic produce for far less at a farmers’ market than you’d pay at the grocery store. It’ll taste just as good, and you’re getting your food straight from the source.

Choose seasonal produce: Out-of-season produce usually has to be imported, and that can really drive up the price. Focus your meals on in-season fruits and vegetables so that you don’t end up paying $6.00 for a pound of organic asparagus.

Shop more frequently, and plan your meals around bulk sales: The trick here is to only buy what’s needed for your meals, and to only plan for a week of meals at most. That way you’re less likely to throw food away, because you can use leftover produce for more meals before it goes bad.

Grow your own: A home vegetable garden will provide some extremely cheap organic produce, and gardening can also be a fun and rewarding hobby.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

1368 Holmes Landing DR Fleming Island, FL 32003

Property Site: http://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/QN8MWQ/1368-Holmes-Landing-DR-Fleming-Island-FL-1048870
Great 4 bedroom home with views of the water from the oversized enlarged screened lanai. All common areas have laminate wood flooring. Bedrooms have new carpet and jack and jill bath, new vinyl wood floors.Master bedroom is huge! Enjoy views from second set of sliding glass doors of the peaceful lagoon. Fully fenced back yard and new roof being installed prior to closing. Home includes refrigerator and washer and dryer.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 2,360
Price: $325,000

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or galliteam@comcast.net. You can also text 6150845 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://www.gowithgalli.com/


MLS ID: 1048870

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