Home Tips: 5 Resolutions for Homeowners in the New Year

Just like that, 2020 is just around the corner! With the new year (and new decade!) here are 5 resolutions that we think every homeowner should strive for!

Cut Down on Energy Usage

Making your home green isn’t just about shelling out thousands for solar panels. There are many simple ways to love the environment better in the context of homeownership. Learning to recycle properly, turning off lights when they aren’t needed, and turning off the running water while brushing your teeth are steps that seem small, but add up over time. Not only can you help our environment in these ways, but you’ll also see an improvement on your bills.

Stock Your Kitchen With Healthy, Whole Foods

While this resolution isn’t about taking care of your home per se, keeping your fridge full of healthy, whole foods will keep you and your family healthy and strong during the part of the year that you are most likely to get the common cold or flu. Whole foods give your body the proper nutrients to boost your immune system and fend off sickness.

Indoor Air Maintenance

Because we tend to hunker down indoors more in the winter, maintaining good air quality is a must. To avoid breathing in contaminants like dust and mold, change your furnace filters regularly and have your HVAC system serviced.

Fire Safety

With fireplaces burning frequently this time of year, be sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke detectors if you haven’t already. A great way to implement this check regularly is to always swap out for fresh batteries when the time changes for daylight savings. Changing the batteries in the fall when we “fall back” and in the spring when we “spring forward” ensures that you are checking your smoke detectors at least twice a year.

Get Organized

You don’t have to wait until spring to get organized! Take advantage of your time indoors by de-cluttering. Get rid of the things you don’t use anymore and organize things like closets, storage rooms, and cabinets. This way, you’ll be ready to deep clean in the spring without all of the extra “stuff” standing in your way!

Whether you have personal resolutions for the New Year or not, these simple steps are great for homeowners to adopt in the start of 2020!

 

Looking for more home tips? Check out the rest of our posts on our blog!

 

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Home Tips: DIY Christmas Decor

When it comes to your home’s decor, are you an avid DIY-er? Here are a few festive DIY projects to give your home some Christmas cheer!

Advent Calendar

For a twist on traditional chocolates or toy trinkets, build an Advent Calendar with a new ornament for each day that you can add to the tree!

Alternative Fireplace

Don’t have a fireplace to cozy up next to? This makeshift fire place is as easy as some chalk paint, canvas, and string, and is a fun activity for families with children who may be expecting Santa!

Hot Cocoa Bar

For hot cocoa on the ready, set up a little hot cocoa station, complete with festive toppings – marshmallows, crushed peppermint, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips are delicious! – so that when the mood strikes, a warm and cozy drink is never far away.

Cut Out Tree Skirt

For a fun twist on your traditional tree skirt, pick out some craft store felt in your favorite color or pattern and cut a scallop-edged skirt for your tree this year!

Repurposed Wine Bottles

Swap out your old candle stick holders for these customizable wine bottle holders! Choose any bottles you want and get crafty with ribbons, twine, and craft paper!

 

For all of you DIY-ers, enjoy this simple crafts this season!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

The 12 Days of Christmas: Movie Edition

We’re getting closer to the 12 days of Christmas (we promise we won’t get a certain catchy song stuck in your head) and what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to watch some all-time classic Christmas movies with your friends and family?

Gather round, and tune in for one of these heart-felt classics:

A Christmas Carol

Home Alone

The Polar Express

Christmas in Connecticut

White Christmas 

Holiday Inn

The Santa Clause

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Elf

Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Story

It’s A Wonderful Life

 

We’re sure you’ve seen a good handful of these Christmas classics already, but with the holiday just around the corner, we hope these give you reason to cozy-up and enjoy!

 

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Home Tips: Thanksgiving Recipes You Should Try This Year!

Is it too early to start planning your Thanksgiving Day menu? We sure don’t think so! The beloved holiday will be here soon, and we can’t wait for all of the fellowship and DELICIOUS food to come! While the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing tend to be a given, here are a few out-of-the-box recipes you may want to try adding to your menu this year!

Pumpkin and Winter Squash Gratin

This savory dish will give traditional potato gratin a run for its money!

Spicy Cornbread Dressing with Chorizo

This side will bring the heat to the table this year! It’s the perfect blend between traditional cornbread and stuffing, with a spicy finish!

Cheesy Bacon Pinwheels

Bread, cheese, and bacon. Enough said.

Oven-Roasted Veggies with Spicy Pecan Topping

Add a pop of color to the menu with these easy-to-make veggies!

Green Beans With Goat Cheese and Bacon Dressing

For a twist on traditional green beans, try out this mouth-watering side!

As you prepare for Thanksgiving this year, we hope these recipes are a tasty addition to your family meal!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

 

 

 

Fall in the Fort: Check Out These Great Activities for Families!

There is no shortage of fun family activities to engage in this fall in Fort Wayne! We’ve compiled a list of ways that you and your family can get out and about before the cold winter arrives!

Fort Wayne Trails

Getting out for a bike ride, jog, or walk on one of Fort Wayne’s many public trails is an easy (and free!) way to enjoy the fall weather. Visit the Fort Wayne Trails website to map out your adventure!

Village Marketplace

Ready or not, Christmas will be here soon so why not start on your gift shopping now? And better yet, why not shop local? Check out the Fort Wayne Village Marketplace November 8-9 to get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping and support numerous Fort Wayne local businesses!

Farmer’s Market

The outdoor market at Barr Street may be closed for the season, but did you know that the market carries on during the fall and winter months at Parkview Field? This is a great way to get out and about and again, shop local, on Saturday mornings from 9-1! Check out the FWFM website for more info.

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

It’s that time of year again! The skating rink at Headwaters Park will officially be open on November 17th. A tried and true favorite, this activity will get your whole family moving and smiling!

 

We hope that some of these activities provide you and your family with a way to enjoy some fellowship and fun this fall (and winter) in the Fort!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

 

 

 

North Eastern Group Realty News: Annual Putting Challenge

Every year, our very own North Eastern Group Realty agents gather together for some friendly competition with our annual putting challenge. Earlier this month we came came together for good food, drinks, and fellowship and as always, it was a blast. The  agents were divided into two teams, the Thoroughbreds and the Arabians, and this year the Arabians took home the trophy!

 

Check out a few pics from the event below!

Home Tips: Fall Decor

The temperature may still be warm, but the daylight hours are shrinking and there is a hint of color change appearing in the trees…fall is in the air! Bring on the pumpkin spice, cozy blankets, and bonfires! Here are a few of our favorite ways to add some fall spice to your home decor this season.

Mad for Plaid

For whatever reason, plaid blankets, place mats, and throw pillows bring out all of the fall feels – we think it may have something to do with the classic color combinations that plaid prints often display. Try re-purposing your lighter weight plaid blankets as layered table cloths or grab a few throw pillows (we love these from Target!) for a subtle, yet timeless nod to fall and its changing colors.

Wreath Refresh

Who says wreaths have to be round? If you are a DIY-er then this wreath is for you. Cluster your favorite fall items (corn husks, dried flowers, etc.) into a bouquet and secure to a burlap sash for a fresh take on an old favorite.

Harvest Table

Pumpkins are a fall favorite, so of course we are including these in the mix. Create a beautiful display – perfect in an entryway! – by gathering things like mini pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, and even a branch or two of colorful leaves. Play around with placing your fall objects in whatever vases, jars, or pots you already have on hand! Don’t yet have an entryway table? Here are a few we love from Pottery Barn and Target!

Keep It Classy

Not a huge fan of reds, oranges, and yellows in your decor? We love these beautiful recycled glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn. Fill them with dried foliage, light strands, or candles – they’re both elegant and versatile!

“Gather” ‘Round

For a simple twist on pumpkin decor, swap the carving knife for a paint brush. We love fall-themed words and phrases like “Gather” and “Warm & Cozy”, or a “Welcome” pumpkin for the front step, but have fun and be creative!

We hope these simple ideas get you started on cozy-ing up your home decor for fall!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

7015 Desdemona Crossing, Fort Wayne, IN REAL ESTATE VIDEO

7015 Desdemona Crossing
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Wow – will you be the lucky one to purchase this like new split floor plan 3-bedroom, 2 bath Ranch in move in ready condition? The one owner beauty is clean, well maintained, and nicely decorated. Loaded with many upgrades including quality wood laminate flooring throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen and nook. The light filled great room greets you with its double trey ceiling and cozy corner gas log fireplace. The spacious breakfast nook has a large picture window overlooking the big rear yard with access to a covered patio. The bright and cheery kitchen includes white cabinets with colorful backsplash, beautiful upgraded stainless appliances, and high-grade stainless sink with pull out sprayer faucet. The large master suite with tray ceiling and private bath. Separate laundry room includes washer and dryer to remain. Oversized 2 car garage with floored attic and pull-down attic access allows for additional storage.

There Is No Planet B.

I know I know, what is this? this is a real estate blog why are we talking about the environment? Well, because the environment needs help, and we need the earth in order to sell houses. I’m going to tell you what global warming is, and how you can help.

Water Bottles– I know its easy to just use plastic water bottles and then just throw them away after they’re done being used, But fun fact, it takes 400 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, or ANY plastic at that. That means you could throw a plastic water bottle on the ground and come back in 2220 and it would still be there. By buying a reusable water bottle you’re not only saving the earth from being littered of plastic for 400 years, but you’re ending the risk of it going into the ocean. Most reusable water bottles can hold up to EIGHT hours of hot liquid, and up to five hours with cold liquid! Reusable water bottles last you for literally as long as you want it for.

Reusables – This one is a bit tougher, for me its hard to find reusable grocery bags locally. You can order a pack of reusable grocery bags from Amazon for $15, so not only will you be saving the earth but it’ll be in style. You can order reusable metal straws from amazon as well, at the most they’re $10, only ten dollars to never reuse a plastic straw ever again. You can find alternatives for literally everything that they make from plastic. Sure one time use plastic is nice and you dont have to worry about it when youre done, but it destroys the earth, and gives us less time to be here.

Global Warming

I know some might not believe in global warming but here are some pictures that have been taken only ten years apart. Now I don’t know about you, but this is scary to me. The way i see things is that everything and everyone was put here for a reason. But its the decisions we made that got us to this point.  As a whole the human race gets so caught up in what they’re doing or whats going on in their lives they don’t see the bigger picture here.

Now lets talk about the leading causes of Global Warming, and i will say in advance, some might not like it.

Food Agriculture- The meat industry is literally the leading cause of Global Warming. It took more than 20 years to broadly accept that mankind is causing global warming with the emission of greenhouse gases. The drastic increase in the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) within the last 30 years caused by burning fossil fuels has been identified as the major reason for the change of temperature in the atmosphere. What causes CO2? Major industries and factories. Whats the biggest industry here in the US? You got it, the meat industry. With the way the US is producing meat your children and even grand children might not live their full lives. At some point the earth is going to give the human race the boot, unless we stop and come together to help, not just for the earth to be beautiful again but for the children who are alive now that deserve a chance at life.

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has become so large that planting trees can no longer save us. For those that don’t know trees absorb CO2 to grow, they then release oxygen for humans and animals. But a very abrupt realist shows that there is simply not enough room on the earth to plant the number of trees it would take to stop the earth from warming up just 3.6 DEGREES. only 3 degrees. If the planet were to warm up just 3.6 degrees it will increase the amount of wildfires, droughts, extreme storms. What does it take to stop this from happening? Studies show that we would have to plant over 1.7 BILLION acres of trees, through that it would remove 3 billion tons of atmospheric carbon each year. That is only about 10% of what we emit annually. But planting that many trees wouldn’t solve the problem but it would be a major help.

There’s still one more problem with that, 1.7billion acres is about the size of the entire united states. The US covers half of the land that’s used for crops WORLDWIDE. So if this tactic were to be planned out this way and used, people everywhere would starve.

 

Here are a few solutions scientists have thrown in the air to help.

  1. Switching from gas to electric, there are little to no downsides to switching from gas to electric, it ceases the use of fossil fuels.

“Since the Great Smog of 1952, which killed 4,000 Londoners in just five days, air pollution has been linked to a shortened lifespan. Over 60 years later and air pollution is still a valid health concern and with more cars on the road than ever, transport is now a major contributor to poor air quality in the UK. Unfortunately, the threat of climate change now hangs over the world and it has been argued that if we do not reduce our polluting emissions we risk the quantity and quality of water resources, crop yields and may even see an increase in climate-related hazards such as droughts and hurricanes, according to the International Panel on Climate Change.”

2. Finding and alternative to plastic/paper. Paper isn’t such a big deal for us, because well, its biodegradable AND we get it from trees, which we get to be lucky enough to know how to replant. We need to find an alternative to plastic that is safe for our environment, and better for us in the long run.

3.  Reinvest habitats instead of destroying them- We need to stop looking for space or land to build on when we already have what we need, old buildings and structures will sit for decades without being touched, we can tear that down and plant trees or reuse to building for something eco-friendly.

 

People and scientists are coming up with new ways all the time to better the earth, our home, everything and everyone living on it. Regardless its up to the people to decide what we want. To keep investing in plastic companies that don’t care about anyone or anything besides themselves or money, or go the eco-friendly route, by buying reusable’s, to help sustain a longer life span for the Earth and the human race. There is no planet b.

 

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne realtor, visit our website at NorthEasternGroupRealty.com

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company locates at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

 

5305 S Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN REAL ESTATE VIDEO

5305 S Harrison Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Very cute, very affordable ranch with a huge finished 23×9 attic space that can be used as a second bedroom but not classified as such. Home is move in ready and has a huge double Lot! Updates include: NEW A/C, Furnace, Electrical Panel, Plumbing, Water Heater, Flooring, Bathroom and Kitchen. Brand New Microwave, Refrigerator and Stove stay with the home. New light fixtures, freshly painted and landscaped. All that is missing is you!