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10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Cerreta Realty Group!

Sept. 11, 2020

Sun City Grand

From sunrise to sunset, our community of active adults experiences a life-changing opportunity of participating in Activities, Fitness, and Golf here at Sun City Grand. Our way of living allows residents to be involved in various ways to enhance health, hobbies, skills, knowledge, and socialization. 

A key factor to maximizing your Grand Lifestyles is taking advantage of every happening in our community by becoming involved and volunteering. From Clubs and Organizations, to Neighborhood Representing, there are countless opportunities to experience a great lifestyle. We offer Grand Learning classes suited for your interests, Communications for you to stay connected with your community, and assorted restaurants to dine-in or out of the community. 

As you enjoy your new journey here at Sun City Grand, we encourage you to live life to the fullest by taking advantage of our leisures and enlarging your Grand Lifestyles!

Posted in Current Listings
Sept. 1, 2020

How to Avoid Phone Scans

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 24, 2020

TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end

all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep

in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather

a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

  1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings
  2. directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most
  3. current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are
  4. off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
  5.  
  6. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best
  7. possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas
  8. look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not
  9. contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
  10.  
  11. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real
  12. estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person
  13. and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help
  14. you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 23, 2020

TURNING A BEDROOM INTO A LUX BEDROOM

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because

it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite

(or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you

want to follow these tips.

Compartmentalize Your Activities

Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk

for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time.

Make it Chic

Choose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose

muted shades that compliment each other.

Also, a brilliant and commanding headboard can instantly upgrade the look of your room without

any other changes.

Light it Properly

Finally, make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If it’s too washed out

or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.

Choose Your Accents Wisely

We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more

royal. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is going to both keep you under budget and

avoid doing too much with the space.

Are you ready to lux your bedroom? You’ll be impressed by the results, and the feeling of

decadence will make you more confident in your surroundings.

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 22, 2020

EASY LANDSCAPING DIY PROJECTS

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.

Install a water feature.

Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

Light your way.

An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

Plant upwards.

Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 21, 2020

MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money

on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you

don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover

most of your basic projects.

  1. Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges,
  2. picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs,
  3. you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month.
  4. Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily
  5. buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but
  6. they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic
  7. drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can
  8. purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
  9. Shop-vac. No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some
  10. tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or
  11. broken glass.
  12. Loppers. Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers
  13. to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard.
  14. Flashlight. You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight
  15. when you’re in the crawlspace!
Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 20, 2020

UPSIZING YOUR HOME

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single

person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as

families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the

size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best

solution.

WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?

The first thought when up sizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and

bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be

used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and

bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own

families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and

outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to

visit for big gatherings.

MOVING OUTWARD

If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get

a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walk ability

and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and

preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home

in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for up sizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 19, 2020

WHAT TO REPAIR BEFORE YOU LIST

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it

in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can

make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to make before

selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and

generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and

consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best

by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t

forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work

look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways

and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces

and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference

to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a

real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing counter tops, and installing new

faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 19, 2020

Coming Soon to Surprise, AZ

COMING SOON TO SURPRISE, AZ!

With an upgraded stone elevation and landscaped front and backyards there is nothing you need to do! Warm maple cabinets with a soft cherry stain and black appliances in the kitchen that is open to the family room. Huge master bedroom with large walk in closet plus an extra built in closet, large master bath with garden tub, double sinks and a vanity. Gorgeous carpet in perfect condition throughout, very nice security screen door on front door, 2'' wood blinds, ceiling fans, washer and dryer, and an extended patio with extra poured concrete. Garage has epoxy floors. Home is located right around the corner from new shopping and top rated charter schools.

Posted in Current Listings
Aug. 14, 2020

Make Your Home Stand Out

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