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To Paint, or Not to Paint; That Is the Question



The first question you might ask yourself after putting your house on the market is “Do I really need to paint?” The answer, for the most part, is often a resounding yes. A fresh coat of paint is attractive to potential buyers; it means less work and maintenance that they have to do, which increases the value of your home.

The color of your house is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Homes painted neutral shades, like the popular “greige,” or grey-beige, saw up to $3,496 more than the expected price of the home when selling.

It seems like white kitchen updates are in style; from white cabinets to white countertops, bright kitchens seem to be trending. However, that trend doesn’t look like it’s going to last! Painting your kitchen a blue-gray is a safe bet and can make your home sell an average of $1,809 more! But don’t limit color to just the walls; homes with bold cabinets often sell faster.

Dining Room
Similar to the kitchen, blue-greys are all the rage in the dining room. Compared to white dining rooms, homes with more matte colors had a value of approximately $1,926 more. Stick to lighter colored accents to contrast the muted grey-blue.

A blue bathroom is a classic, and for good reason! Studies have shown that houses with bathrooms painted a light blue bathroom netted an average of $5,440 more than expected. Spruce up decorations with nautical or beach themed pictures.

If you’re noticing a trend, blue is it. Bedrooms painted a soft, matte cerulean sold higher than expected. Pair the blue with bright, white baseboards to make it pop, and add natural wood accents to create a relaxing, tranquil environment for potential buyers.

Living Room
Greige was all the trend in 2018, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon! Light beiges and greys help make homes feel cozy and welcoming and can increase your home value by $2,000. Stick with neutral accents to keep the room feeling clean and comfortable.

Blue is overwhelmingly the color of 2019, and honestly who’s surprised? The color blue has been thought to lower stress, increase productivity, and inspire a sense of tranquility. If you’re unsure what color is right for your house, Zen Living Realty can help. By developing a relationship with each client, we get to know you and what your needs are, making the Orlando realty process a breeze. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a realtor about what color is right for you and your home.

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Stress-Free Realty

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For the indecisive, deciding where to go for dinner can be a nightmare. Do you want Thai or Italian? Takeout or dine-in? What seems like a simple problem can turn into an endless cycle of “I don’t know. You pick.” And when it comes to bigger decisions — like real estate — that overwhelming feeling of indecisiveness can feel debilitating. Guarantee your Orlando realty process is stress-free with Zen Living Realty.

Be Informed
Three or four bedrooms? One or two stories? Do you need a home office? A nursery? How far are you willing to commute? Do you want to renovate? If you’re unsure of what you want in a home, all of the options can be overwhelming, and your real estate agent can’t read your mind. Before you meet with your real estate agent, take some time to reflect on what you picture in your new home. Consider things such as:

● Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
● One-level or multi-level
● Square footage
● Type of housing (condo, duplex, single-family, etc.)
● Distance to work
● Distance to shopping and expressways
● Distance to places of worship
● Walkability
● School districts
● Neighborhood
● Amount of required maintenance and renovation

Be Flexible
Unless you’re building from scratch, it will be difficult to find your dream home (as much as we all dream of a mid-range, two-story, single-family home that has brand new appliances, minimal maintenance, and just so happens to be a five-minute walk from work). Keep your mind open to new ideas, whether that’s an unconventional floor plan or a few necessary upgrades. Don’t concede on major requirements, but be open to compromise.

Be Patient
If the home buying process is anything, it’s long, and most of that time is spent waiting; waiting for the perfect home to go on the market, waiting for answers, waiting for offers, waiting for mortgages, waiting for paperwork, waiting for surveys. It’s important to remember that this is a long process!

Be One With Your Realtor
When buying a house, your Realtor is your rock. They’re the Alex Trebek to you’re Jeopardy; they simply have all the answers. Your Realtor should work with you, get to know you, and understand what you’re looking for in a house. Zen Living Realty develops a relationship with each client, getting to know your needs and ensuring a smooth and relaxing process.

Be Zen
Throughout this process, it’s important to take some time for you. Grab a coffee, go out to dinner, and relax. Check out some of our favorite spots:

● Orange County Brewing: Brewed in-house, Orange County Brewing is a great place to grab a local beer and play some board games.
● Find Your Zen: Yoga is a great way to channel your inner peace. Attend events such as rooftop yoga at The Balcony or take a Thai and Wine Partner Stretching class.
● Oudom’s Thai and Sushi: From fried rice served in a pineapple to every sushi roll imaginable, Oudom’s is a great place to treat yourself to a mouthwatering meal.

Buying a home is an exciting milestone; it shouldn’t be weighed down by stress. Discover peace in Orlando realty by working with Zen Living Realty. We believe that every person deserves top-notch, personalized service. By building a strong relationship with every client, we can help you find the home of your dreams, stress-free. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a Realtor or visit our website and start your VIP home search or to receive a free home valuation!


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Add a spring touch to your home


Even if the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet – spring is on the way! Cheering up your home with some spring decor is the perfect way to prepare for warmer days and more sunshine. Here are some options to prepare your home for the next season!


While they may not last outdoors with the sporadic weather of spring, bringing potted herbs into your home and letting them soak up sunlight in a kitchen window is the perfect way to add life to your home and have access to fresh herbs while you’re cooking.


If you are all about DIY-ing, creating simple decorations can add a pop of seasonal color to your home. Take that pair of rain boots you don’t wear anymore and turn them into planters – add bright floral arrangements and use your new decor item as an inviting piece by your front door.


Neutral and sleek is all the rage right now, but adding a pop of color in your normal decor can add a cheerful touch to your home. Swap out your kitchen napkins or tablecloth with something a little bit more colorful, like soft blues or pinks. Small changes can do enough to make your home feel different without being overwhelming.


Whether or not you already include florals in your home decor, take the time to swap out or add something new that feels like spring. While fresh flowers are a great choice, consider picking up some faux florals for the majority of your decor and saving the fresh flowers for a centerpiece. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color, specifically yellows and pinks, to create a focal point for the room.


Is there a room in your home that is just feeling drab? Maybe it is dark and uninviting, or maybe it has white walls that have started to fade. While you are spring cleaning, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to a place in your home that needs a boost of light. Spring is all about being fresh and new, so your home should feel that way too!

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¿Cómo crear un espacio Zen en tu hogar?


Actualmente vivimos bajo mucho estrés debido a las múltiples responsablidades que tenemos diariamente y se nos hace difícil encontrar un momento de relajación. Es por eso que debemos buscar un espacio en nuestro hogar donde podamos tener un momento Zen.

Cuando pensamos en un espacio Zen lo primero que nos viene a la mente es balance, armonía, meditación y relajación.  Crear un espacio “Zen” se puede definir como el arte de estar presente y vivir en el momento.

El estilo Zen a menudo se asocia con el minimalismo y la simplicidad. Es más bien, una forma de organizar el hogar y crear una atmósfera de relajación. Para crear un espacio Zen en tu hogar puedes seguir las siguientes recomendaciones:

1. Escoge colores tierra para las paredes y cuartos (“earthy colors”).
2. Escoge telas de colores claros y naturales.
3. Utiliza luz suave y natural.
4. Escoge muebles simples y naturales.
5. Mantén los adornos y la decoración al mínimo.
6. Utiliza aromas naturales en las habitaciones.
7. Remueve los aparatos electrónicos para evitar distracciones.
8. Utiliza plantas verdes para atraer calma.
9. Mantén los espacios organizados.
10. Evita cualquier energía negativa dentro del hogar.

“Zen significa enfocarnos en el presente. Podemos lograr esto prestando atención y siendo conscientes de lo que hacemos y experimentamos.” Nydia Marrero, Corredora Principal y fundadora de Zen Living Realty.


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How to make your home a Zen space

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Currently we live under a lot of stress due to our daily multiple responsibilities and it is difficult for us to find a moment of relaxation. That is why we should create a space in our home where we can have a Zen moment.

When we think of a Zen space, the first thing that comes to our mind is balance, harmony, meditation and relaxation. I define “Zen Living” as the art of being present and live in the moment.

The Zen style is often associated with minimalism and simplicity. It is, rather, a way to organize the home and create an atmosphere of relaxation. To create a Zen space in your home you can simply follow the following recommendations:

1. Choose earthy colors
2. Choose natural and light fabrics
3. Play with soft and natural light
4. Keep furniture simple and natural
5. Keep ornaments and decorations to a minimum
6. Enhance your room with natural scents
7. Remove electronic disturbances
8. Bring in calmness with green plants
9. Eliminate clutter
10. Avoid any negative energy inside the home

“Zen means to be present, to be in the moment”. “We can only do that by paying attention and being aware” Nydia Marrero, Zen Living Realty Principal

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How can I change and be more “Zen”?



What does “Zen” mean? It means to be present, to show up, to be in the moment and in tuned with our inner wisdom. This can be achieved by a daily practice of mindfulness and breath work. Change takes time, but you can start today by simply changing 1 single habit. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

  • Start by drinking a cup of water
  • Start by paying toward 1 debt
  • Start by reading 1 page
  • Start by making 1 sale
  • Start by deleting 1 old contact
  • Start by walking 1 lap
  • Start by attending 1 event
  • Start by writing 1 paragraph


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¿Que es un “home warranty”?


La mejor manera en que puedo describir lo que en realidad es un “home warranty” es como un servicio por contrato que por lo general cubre los componentes básicos de una propiedad. Entre estos componentes nos referimos a problemas de tuberías o plomería, electrodomésticos, aires acondicionados y en fin cualquier otra cosa que se deteriora en una casa por el uso y quizás falta de mantenimiento. El precio de los “home warranties” varía según la compañía y la cubertura que se escoja. El precio fluctúa entre los $400-750+ anuales y algunas compañías incluso permiten pagos mensuales. Al momento de alguna reclamación se paga lo que se conoce como un “Service call fee” (en promedio unos $25 por llamada) y si la compañía no puede reparar el problema, entonces dependiendo de lo que estipule el contrato, podrían estar obligados a reemplazar el equipo, si fuera el caso.

El “home warranty” se usa mucho en las ventas de casas para ofrecerle un incentivo a los compradores y algo de “paz mental”. Se puede negociar en el contrato de compra/ venta y solicitar que el vendedor pague por este contrato el día del cierre. En mi experiencia, he visto como esto reduce el estrés al momento de comprar una propiedad, en especial si ésta tiene una edad avanzada.

Por otro lado, un “home warranty” no es tan indispensable y sobre todo si las personas tienen sus finanzas en orden, también les recomiendo abrir una cuenta de reserva para reparaciones futuras ya que cuando nos convertimos en dueños de nuestro hogar siempre habrá algo que reparar, restaurar o remodelar.

Aquí les dejo el enlace para que estudien las mejores compañías de “ home warranty” según el portal “Top Ten Home Warranty Reviews”:

Top 10 home warranty companies

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