Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shopping for New Homeowners

Looking to shop for the new homeowners in your life? There are great ideas everywhere!  Finish off your Christmas shopping with this list of homeowner gift ideas.

1.  A Welcome Mat - Spruce up the entrance of their new home

2.  Return Address Stamp - A thoughtful way for them to send out "We've Moved" letters

3. Personalized Cutting Board - Personalize a common kitchen need - cutting boards!

4.  Garden Basket - Include necessities like work gloves, hand tools and watering can

5.  Throw Blanket - Nothing cozies up a new home like throw blankets - seasonal patterns welcome

6.  Homeowners Manual - Full of useful information on common warranty issues

7.  Basic Tool Set - Screwdrivers, a hammer, nails and pliers

8.  House Plant - Something low maintenance would be best

9.  Christmas Ornament - New homeowner ornament for the tree

10.  Movie Basket - Help them enjoy their new home with popcorn, a movie and favorite candy snacks

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Helping During the Holidays

Christmas is a magical time of year for many - full of visits with family, gifts, favorite meals and memories.  For some, however, it's a time of need, want and sadness. There are many ways to share your blessings this holiday season. You may just find that giving back is the best gift you give all year!

The Salvation Army - We all know the familiar sound of the bells and the sight of the red kettles. The money donated to The Salvation Army goes to supporting the homeless, hurting and hungry all year long.  They also have an Angel Tree program where you can adopt a local child in need and provide clothing and gifts for Christmas.

Toys for Tots - A program run by the U.S. Marines, Toys for Tots collects toys for underprivileged children and distributes them in the community where they are collected. To find a drop off location for your donations visit HERE

St. Jude Children's Hospital - During the Holiday season, St. Jude Children's Hospital makes a push for donations to support their continued efforts at fighting childhood illness and disease. There are many ways to donate and even Holiday themed merchandise to purchase. Click HERE to find out more.

Disaster Relief - The recent wildfires in Tennessee have hit many in the Southeast hard as the locations of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are treasured vacation destinations for many.  Financial donations are most needed and can be given in many ways including through the Red Cross HERE

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a minute and simply say thank you.

To our employees, our sub-contractors, and especially our homeowners.

Having the opportunity to build a home for your families and memories is an honor that we do not take for granted.

So on behalf of everyone here at Paradime Construction, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Selling During the Holidays

If you're current home is keeping you from moving on to your new, dream home - don't worry! You don't have to wait for the spring buying season to sell!  It is possible to sell your home during the Holidays and we can show you how.

Although November through January is often the most difficult time to sell, it does have it's advantages.  Buyers during these months are more serious about finding a home and you're less likely to have too many people who are "just looking".  There are also fewer homes on the market which means less competition!

- Holiday decor can make a home really shine but don't go overboard. Keep decorations tasteful and minimal.

- With leaves falling and grass going dormant it's important to keep your exterior of your home looking its best. Touch up paint and fix any visible cracks.

- Make sure to choose an agent who is willing to work during the holidays and will take showings at busy family times.

- Price your home competitively. Don't encourage buyers to wait for price cuts in the Spring. Consider incentives for quick closings.

- Create a strong online presence. Weather and family obligations make online home shopping even more important.  Have photos and videos that thoroughly show off your home's best features.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Slow Cooking Thanksgiving!

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for many reasons but preparing and cooking a once-in-a-year meal ranks right up there at the top! It seems impossible to have everything cooked and ready to eat at the same time!

This year make use of your crockpot like never before. It will leave you more space in the oven and can be trusted to cook at least one of your menu items with minimal work from you!

Mashed Potatoes
- Wash and cut potatoes into bite size pieces (use 3 lbs)
- Add to crockpot with 1 cup of chicken stock
- Place 1/4 cup of butter - cut into cubes, on top
- Sprinkle 3 cloves of minced garlic on top
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours
- Mash and add in milk to achieve level of creaminess desired.
- Add salt and pepper to taste

- Cook celery and onion in butter over medium heat in saucepan
- Once softened remove from heat
- Add 1 package of seasoned bread cubes to slow cooker
- Pour in 1 and 1/2 cups of chicken stock
- Add in celery and onion
- Cook on low for 3-3.5 hours

Cranberry Sauce
- Mix 1/2 cup of orange juice, water, brown sugar and white sugar
- Stir in 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- Pour in crockpot
- Add 1 package of fresh cranberries
- Cover and cook on high 3 hours, stirring once every hour
- Remove lid and stir well. Cook another 45 minutes

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall Fun!

While the stores seem to have skipped from Halloween to Christmas, its important to remember that it's still Fall!

What does this mean?

Set your clocks back an hour when you go to sleep Saturday night. Enjoy an extra hour of rest!

Don't throw out your pumpkins!  Make pumpkin puree to use in some of your favorite Fall dishes like pumpkin bread or pie.  Cut your pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Cut into manageable pieces and lay on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until the flesh is soft. Blend or mash and drain the juice. Use for baking!

Plant a Fall garden. Cool weather crops include spinach, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

Begin experimenting for Thanksgiving dinner by trying out new recipes and thinking of fun ways to serve them!  Take advantage of deals on Fall decor for your table centerpiece.

Make a thankful tree and hang leaves on it with message of gratefulness and thankfulness.

Enjoy the shorter days with warmly scented candles and prepping the fireplace for your first fire!

Invite friends and family over to watch football on the weekends - whether you like the game or not! It's a great reason to socialize with delicious food!

What other Fall activities will you be taking part in this November?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rising New Home Sales

Sales of new homes rose 3.1 percent in September - a sign that the recovering housing market continues to rebound.

Since January, new home sales have increased by 13 percent compared to the same time period in 2015.

Experts believe the increase is due to improvements in hiring, salaries and low interest rates. The number of new homes on the market remains low with only a 4.8 month supply of new homes available.

Due to the limited demand of new homes, prices have risen by 2.7 percent to an average of $377,700.

Each month prices continue to go up and the number of available houses go down. Mortgage rates remain at historic lows. If you're in the market for a new home now is the time to buy!