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Paint Colors that Reduce Stress

5 Paint Colors That Reduce Stress

In this hectic, modern world coming home to a relaxing space has become even more important. Creating a space which allows you and your family to renew their energy in a calm, peaceful environment is easier than you might think. The design colors you choose do more than anything else to create the atmosphere you want, and nothing is easier to change than your paint colors.

Here are 5 paint colors that reduce stress:

1. Blue – Blue is often used in bedrooms and is shown to reduce tension.

2. Violet – Not the vibrant purple, but subtle lavender hues can bring an inner balance and sense of peace.

3. Green – Reflecting the natural environment of the outdoors, green is visually soothing and refreshing.

4. Grey – One of the best new neutrals, a cooling grey shade is easy on the eye and creates the illusion of larger space.

5. Pink – Long hailed by Feng Shui experts as an energy...

Get to know Katie Collins

I have always had the mentality of “live to serve”. It has always been a part of my business model.
Serving this community is an honor and not one I take lightly. Working with so many first time
homebuyers, I get the opportunity to educate them through the process of purchasing and beyond. I
pride myself in the relationship I build with clients and the trust that they place in me to assist them in
buying/seller. Attention to detail is key. My family is my world and while our children (Caiden-8 and
Penelope- 5 ½) are young, they love what mommy does. My husband of almost 13 years is so supportive
and loves the family atmosphere that is Clear Choice. He is also my sign boy. He helps me put up and
take down signs at listings. It is truly a family affair. We love to play board games, watch movies, build
puzzles and swim. I have a Bachelor’s degree from IUP in Vocational Education with a specialty in Baking
and Pastry Arts....

Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

There is a lot of attention paid to first-time homebuyers. Most real estate agents and lenders have some kind of guide to help first-time homebuyers navigate their first home purchase, but what about the first-time seller?

Selling your home for the first time can be just as confusing as a home purchase, so here are a few things to remember as you navigate your home sale.

Before that first showing, it’s important to prepare. This involves not only cleaning, decluttering, and staging the home, but also learning about your local real estate market and finding the best agent for your needs.

Interview more than one agent and ask lots of questions. Learn about the services they offer: do they include professional photography, video, or virtual tours? Ask for a comprehensive market analysis (CMA) and ask each agent their suggestion for the listing price and their method for arriving at that number. Use this information to determine the best agent to assist you.


Get to know Alexis Dumbaugh

This is Alexis Dumbaugh, a Realtor, Mother, Wife and Girl Scout Leader!                          Daughters, Addison & Paige have been participating in Girl Scouts for the past 6 years. They have loved the opportunity and Alexis has been able to share in the experience as a Team Leader. She coordinates events for the troop, cookie sales and activities. It becomes a family event on cookie pick up day.
Pictured is Eric Dumbaugh, Alexis's husband on cookie pick up for the troop
The use of Big Blue from Clear Choice Enterprises has been a great addition to the Troop and has helped the past couple years....

Get to Know Julie Sebock

Julie Sebock is the Broker / Owner of Clear Choice Enterprises. She is an active Realtor. While she maintains her business and volunteer position as Past President of the Butler County Association of Realtors and current President Elect of the Beaver County Association of Realtors, she always finds time for one thing she loves...FLOWERS! Flowers have always been a huge part of any home or office that she has had. A few years ago she made it her mission to bring awareness of the honey bees and pollinators scarcity. She has hosted a Save the Bees event in May at Alameda Park in Butler (pic to Left) where she partnered with local bee keepers to bring a mobile bee hive to help educate visitors and also hand out over 1,000 seed packets.


5 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

5 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

Mortgage interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and perhaps you’re wondering if it’s time to refinance your loan. Lenders advertising their refinancing services make it sound as easy as filling out a form and paying less each month. While refinancing does not need to be complicated, here are 5 common mistakes that could cost you thousands of dollars over the course of the loan. Refinancing can be a great experience if you can avoid making these mistakes.

1. Not Shopping Around – Not all loans are structured the same. It’s important to compare your options. Even loans with the same interest rate can have different costs, fees, and terms.

2. Shopping for Too Long – Interest rates change quickly and, in this volatile market, it’s possible to lose a great interest rate by looking for too long. Consider getting...

Smart Investments for Seniors

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Smart Investment Resources for Seniors
Starting Out as Rental Property Investors
Owning a rental is an excellent way to enhance your retirement income — and there are many
ways you can begin investing in real estate in your golden years. The two most common ways
to do this are to become a landlord or a vacation rental operator. When buying, the process is

similar for each property, but there are many differences once your name is on the deed. Here

are some links that can help you through the process no matter which route you choose to take.
Financing Your Goals
30 Tips for Financing Your First Investment Property
What Is a Good Credit Score?
How to Buy a Foreclosed Home in 5 Steps
Is Buying a Vacation Rental Property a Good Investment?

Get to know Holly Pflugh

Getting to know Me....Well I would think anyone who knows me knows this is a challenge to answer as I mostly try to think of others and be humble in my services, I do believe that is why my Business has been Successful, I put YOU First!

I do LOVE my Family above all else though.....Raising teenage Girls has been a blessing and that's not just writing fluff, I truly LOVE being a Mom and even though My Girls are VERY hard on my self esteem, they are my Reasons for everything I do!  The motto in our house is always something Womens Rights...

What to do with your house following downsizing

For example, last month, homes in Pittsburgh earned an average sale price of $203K, which is around a 16 percent increase 

If you hope to purchase your new place with cash, do some calculations

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Finding your niche

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Finding Your Niche: Tips for Settling into a New City

You don’t realize how comfortable you are with your daily routine until you have to move to a new city and start all over. Over the years, you’ve found the best route to work, a convenient dry cleaner, your favorite coffee shop, restaurant and shopping center. These are all touchpoints of a comfortable lifestyle: You use them without even thinking about it. 

Moving to a new town means starting all over and finding a new routine. It can be an unsettling adjustment, so take time to get comfortable in your new surroundings and do some looking around once you hit town. Consider the following five tips to help you get settled and...