How to Decorate a Bathroom on a Budget

Learn how to decorate a bathroom on a budget from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.

So bathroom on a budget sounds like it might be a little easier said than done. Because you really want to think about the quality of the items that you’re choosing. You know the style is easy to do. It’s more the functionality and putting the quality into those type of efforts that are really the most important things.

So you want to make sure that your sink, your faucet, your toilet, your tub area, that you’re putting most of your money towards there. When you’re done with that, I mean how much money do people have left over for tile and everything else? So the tile you want to keep basic, right?

If you keep the basic floor color and then you do a nice same color, even an accent color in the wall tile, but keep it plain. Where you want to spend a little bit more money is in the border tile. The border tile is an accent decorative tile that will really surround the upper rim of like the chair rail. So if you have it coming up about four to five feet, then you have an accent border going around in the tile.

That tiles going to be more money than some of the basic tile that you’re using for the floor and for the walls. But it’s okay, because you’re only using one band to go around the room. You save on money and it saves on material. Then a color on the walls that is really vibrant. It’s cheap.

It’s paint, so when you add a nice warm vibrant color it’s going to make it seem like you spent more. A really pretty light fixture and you can get that at a nice big box store. You don’t have to go crazy for that. It will make the space seem finished and you know, just completed. Then I think as a nice added touch, is just make sure that your towels have a really nice thread count.

Again, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a really plush hotel looking towel. Keep it white, white makes people feel like it’s clean and they don’t have to worry about where they’re putting their faces when they wash their hands or clean their face. When you’re finished with all of those steps, you’ll not only have a bathroom that looks beautiful, but it won’t break the budget either.

Let the Salonga Brothers help you find your dream bathroom.

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How to Decorate Your Bedroom

Pick up some home decorating ideas for the bedroom from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.

Let’s get to basics, especially in the bedroom. This is a space that is really different from the rest of the house. The reason I say that is because you don’t have to go overboard in the bedroom. The bedroom, there are some simple things that you need to pay attention to. One is that you want to make sure it’s comfortable above all else that it’s comfortable. So everything, texture is very important. The carpeting under your feet when you wake up in the morning.

The bedding, sheet thread count, you want to make sure that you’re probably above a 350, but you don’t really need to go above a 700. When you go above 700 you really can’t feel the difference. So comfort is really important in the bedroom. Lighting is really important in the bedroom, so you want to make sure you have, maybe dimmer switches on all of your light fixtures. Sometimes you can add those really easily from the hardware store, for a couple of dollars on all of your lamps.

Because who wants really blaring light at you, when you’re trying to relax and go to sleep. Another thing that you want to consider is storage. Why is that important? Because you don’t want all of your things just thrown all over the room. You want make sure that your nightstands aren’t covered with tons of books and everything is all messy, so you want everything to be put away in it’s place. If you keep it like that and then maybe some lighter colors, it’s always going to be serene and soothing. Those are some bedroom basics, so that you’re always assured that your bedroom is a warm and welcoming place when you come home at the end of the day, and also where you wake up in the morning.

Let the Salonga Brothers help you find your dream bedroom.

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How to Decorate Your Kitchen

Pick up some home decorating ideas for the kitchen from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.

So the kitchen is the heart of the home, so everybody says. But it really is true, because the kitchen is the first place anybody looks, if you want your resale value. It’s the first placed everybody hangs out in when there’s a party or there’s guests over and the whole family congregate there. So some of the things you want to pay attention in the kitchen are counter tops. I love stone, when possible. It is not only durable, but it looks amazing. Stainless steel or upgraded appliances, like your stove and your refrigerator, and you don’t have to go crazy, because you can get these second hand. You don’t have to buy them brand new.

Kitchen cabinetry is a place where you can either go really simple and just keep it elegant or if you want to add pops of color, maybe do a darker tone on the bottom of your cabinetry, but the upper cabinets, maybe you keep a lighter tone. So you don’t have to keep them the same. Other areas are tile. So let’s say you want the floor tile to be just fade away. Always go for a larger floor tile, maybe a 20 x 20 or a 24 x 24, it’ll make your space seem bigger, less grout lines and will cost less. But your back splash, add your personality into.

You can do anything from a very small mosaic, to a really large title that just shows like “This is me and this is my kitchen.” Then the last thing that you want to pay attention to is lighting, because you want to make sure you have lighting in your ceiling, maybe some recessed cans, and that lighting is going to make sure that when you’re doing tasks, such as chopping vegetables or cooking, that you can pay attention to that. So lighting, materials, scale, all very important when doing your kitchen, and looking for not only where you live now, but also for resale value.

Let the Salonga Brothers help you find your dream kitchen.

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Rupert Murdoch buys $57 million Manhattan condo

New Manhattan digs for News Corp mogul

Rupert Murdoch

A spokesman for Rupert Murdoch confirmed that the media mogul purchased a $57 million condo at a new building at the base of Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Last year, the News Corp billionaire signed over a Fifth Avenue residence to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement.

Soaring Manhattan market

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With large lots hard to find or assemble, New York developers have turned to building thin towers taller than most commercial skyscrapers. They contain some of the most expensive condos in the world. One Madison is just a block away from one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 21-floor Flatiron, built in 1904.

Triplex penthouse

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The price of the condo, most of which is raw space, works out to be more than $5,000 a square foot. The main entertainment area is double height with windows that cover nearly the entire wall.

“The sale reflects the appeal of the custom materials, grand amenities and specialized services offered in the building,” said Leslie Wilson, senior vice president of the developer,

Plenty of room

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The penthouse alone has more than 7,000 square feet of space and Murdoch purchased another full-floor apartment right below for a total of more than 10,000 square feet. From the wraparound terrace, there are 360-degree views encompassing lower Manhattan, New Jersey, Long Island and Midtown.

Views

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The condo occupies the top four floors of a 60-story building at the base of Madison Avenue. The north windows face Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, and offer a close-up of the campanile of the old MetLife tower, once the tallest building on earth.

Pool and club

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The building offers amenities such as a pool and spa for residents only. There’s also a club with entertainment space and a “butler-staffed catering kitchen,” according to Related.

Lobby

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A discreet back building entrance opens onto a modern lobby of marble walls, wood columns and a water feature. Art work chosen especially for the space will remain there permanently.

The building’s location near the center of Manhattan is a short limo ride from both the Midtown and Downtown office building districts.

California’s Home Financing Trends

California's Home Financing Trends

California’s Home Financing Trends

California’s Home Financing Trends

In 2013, the majority of California home buyers obtained 30-year fixed-rate loans.

91% buyers who had no problems with their appraisal

85% buyers who obtained a 30-year loan

83% buyers who obtained a fixed-rate loan

The Average down payment was 25%

New Listings for Stanislaus County for 02-21-14

New Listings for Stanislaus County for 02-21-14

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New Listings for Stanislaus County for 02-19-14

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It Pays to Use a Realtor

It Pays To Use a Realtor - The Salonga Brothers - Modesto Real Estate

It Pays To Use a Realtor – The Salonga Brothers – Modesto Real Estate

The typical For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home sold for $46,000 LESS during the past year than homes sold with the assistance of a REALTOR.

On average, FSBO homes sold for $184,000.

Homes sold by a REALTOR during the same period sold for $230,000.

The most difficult taks for FSBO sellers:

Understanding and performing the paperwork

Setting the right price

Preparing/fixing up the home for sale

Attracting potential buyers

Helping buyer obtain financing

Selling within the planned length of time

Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale.

 

4501 Kentucky Ave, Oakdale, CA 95361

Description

This 3 bedroom, 1 baths house located at 4501 Kentucky Ave, Oakdale, CA has approximately 1,224 square feet. It is currently listed for $204,500 and has a price per sqft of $167. Properties near 4501 Kentucky Ave, have a median listing price of $325,000 and a median price per sqft of $156. For a private showing call The Salonga Brothers — Your Key to the Central Valley.

4501 Kentucky Ave, Oakdale was built in 1951. It has 1 parking spots in a 1 Car Attached.

4501 Kentucky Ave is part of the Riverbank neighborhood located in 95361 and is part of the Riverbank Unified School District school district.
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2313 Catamaran Way, Stockton, CA 95206

Description

This 4 bedroom, 3 baths house located at 2313 Catamaran Way, Stockton, CA has approximately 2,555 square feet. It is currently listed for $239,000 and has a price per sqft of $93. Properties near 2313 Catamaran Way, have a median listing price of $189,000 and a median price per sqft of $117. For a private showing call The Salonga Brothers.
2313 Catamaran Way, Stockton was built in 2007. It has 2 parking spots in a 2 Car Attached. The kitchen includes Space in Kitchen, Microwave B/I, Dishwasher.
2313 Catamaran Way is part of the Stockton South neighbourhood located in 95206 and is part of the Stockton Unified School District school district.
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