Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SMe Holiday Events

The holidays are truly here and now.

December 6th will be the date to decorate the Club House for the Christmas Holiday. Come and join us at 10 am and enjoy the camaraderie and some coffee and donuts.
There will be a Hanukah celebration on December 11th at 5:00 pm.  Some residents are making potato pancakes for the event.  If you would like to be involved, please contact Larry Koch. 
Christmas Party – Christmas Party will be held at the Fire Hall in Magnolia on December 13th. The cost is $20 per person. Please pay Christine in person or put it in the box near the door at the Club House by December 1st.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and we have a Harvest Ridge wine set for raffle also.  Tickets for the wine set will be sold at the Christmas party and New Year’s Eve and will be drawn at the New Year’s Eve party. You need not be present to win.

Carolers will meet at designated spots and Christine will send an email.  There will be a time frame and places to meet. 
La, la, la, la! Tone up your vocal chords for Christmas Caroling on December 18th. Mary Collins will be the chair of this event as usual.  Please let Mary know if you are bringing a soup. For others, there will be a sign up at the Club House.  People with last names starting with A – L, bring appetizers and people with last names starting from M – Z, bring desserts.
The Cookie Exchange will be held on December 18th with a luncheon at noon. Sign up is at the Club House. If you are participating, please pack 3 cookies per bag times the number of people participating. Only homemade cookies will be entered – no store bought cookies. Lunch is for participants only, male or female – not spouses. Christine will send out an email to let people know how many people will be participating.

New Year’s Eve will be at the Club House again this year starting at 7 pm. There will be chicken from Redner’s and bring your own drinks and snacks. 
  • December 6th - Clubhouse Decorations
  • December 11th - Hanukkah Party
  • December 13th - Christmas Party
  • December 18th - Cookie Exchange & CAROLING!!!!!
  • December 31st - New Years Party

To register for any of these events Click Here

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?

Did you know trick or treaters would have to walk from New York to Boston just to burn off the calories they consume in one night? That you can be fined $1000 for trick or treating in Illinois? That kids eat the equivalent of 13 big macs of candy? 

Jaw-dropping facts a plenty in this spooky Halloween infographic from Coupon Follow.

How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since November of 2005

NAHB, 2014 - Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This latest four-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since November of 2005.
“Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is moving in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.

“While a firming job market is helping to unleash pent-up demand for new homes and contributing to a gradual, upward trend in builder confidence, we are still not seeing much activity from first-time home buyers,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Other factors impeding the pace of the housing recovery include persistently tight credit conditions for consumers and rising costs for materials, lots and labor.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
All three HMI components posted gains in September. The indices gauging current sales conditions and traffic of prospective buyers each rose five points to 63 and 47, respectively. The index gauging expectations for future sales increased two points to 67.
Builder confidence also rose across every region of the country in September. Looking at the three-month moving average for each region, the Midwest registered a five-point gain to 59, the South posted a four-point increase to 56, the Northeast recorded a three-point gain to 41 and the West posted a two-point increase to 58.
Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at More information on housing statistics is also available at

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Planning a Quality Home - Free Guide

Designing a new home is a time consuming process filled with thousands of decisions. Luckily for you, Christine, Online Sales Counselor of Investors Realty, has compiled a detailed planning guide so you can avoid the most common mistakes when planning a home building project.

Simply fill out the form on our Planning a Quality Home Guide page and we'll immediately send you a link to her planning guide. 

This guide is broken into 4 sections.

Section 1 - Design Tips

  • 4 can't miss tips to designing the perfect home for you
  • Transitional Home Design (How to mix different motifs)
  • The Top 8 Design Mistakes to Avoid
  • How to Create intimacy in open floor plans

Section 2 - Location Considerations

  • Community considerations
  • Finding the perfect homesite
  • 10 things to consider before settling on a homesite
  • Understanding lot-to-home ratios and how this affects your appraisal

Section 3 - Sticking to a Budget

  • Value engineering
  • Low price vs. low cost- when to skimp and when to splurge
  • 3 components that make up the price of a home

Section 4 - Picking a Builder

  • The Top 10 Construction Mistakes when Building Your Home
  • The 5 Criteria for Selecting a Builder
  • Check Quality: Buyer Beware!
...and much, much more.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How Social Media is Revolutionizing Home Decor

Style, and by association, your interior decoration decisions, are each extensions of your personality. There are many ways to express personality through design, and it's easier than ever these days to find styles that are a direct match to the expression you would like to portray. 

Over the past decade, the Internet has helped to innovate the way individuals decorate. A growing number of people are discovering more unique and customizable means of decorating their home through online inspiration boards, virtual tools, and sharing through social media.

How Social Media is Revolutionizing Home Decor
by HSN.