Sept. 30, 2018

7 Cheap and Easy Updates That Will Actually Increase Your Home's Value!

 

1. Lighting

Switch to high wattage, Daylight, LED light bulbs and remove window treatments to help let in natural light. The increase in light will helps rooms feel larger.

 

2. Light Fixtures

Out-dated light fixtures can be an immediate eyesore, even in the prettiest of homes.

 

3. Hardware

Something as simple as swapping out older cabinet handles can make any kitchen or bathroom look completely different.

 

4. Paint

A new coat of paint will make your home feel fresh and clean. Just remember to stick to neutral colors.

 

5. De-clutter

Unnecessary clutter can make any home feel dirty and small.

 

6. Front Door

A first impression can be a lasting one, and your front door is the first thing people will see. Repainting your front door can instantly add curb appeal to your home.

 

7. Landscape

Make sure any existing landscaping is well-maintained, and if your yard does seem a little dull, watch Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for local deals on trees and shrubs.

Sept. 3, 2018

Fall Vegetable Gardening Guide

 

Most gardeners plant their vegetables in the spring to harvest in late spring to early summer. In most areas of Texas, it is possible to have a fall vegetable garden also, but it will need to be managed somewhat differently than a spring garden.

Locating the garden

If your spring garden was successful, the same location should work well in the fall. When planning a new garden, keep in mind that vegetable crops must have at least 8 hours of direct sun each day and should be planted where the soil drains well.

Preparing the soil

If you’re using an established garden area, pull out all plant material—the remains of your spring crop and any weeds that have grown up in the garden. Don’t put plant residue from a spring garden into your compost bin because it is likely to be contaminated with insects and disease pathogens.

For a new garden site, remove all the grass. Just tilling it into the soil will not eliminate all the grass sprigs; they will continue to grow and interfere with the garden. Likewise, for a raised garden, remove all turf before building the frame and filling it with soil.

Grass and weeds can be killed with an herbicide that contains glyphosate. Several products are available, including Roundup® and Kleenup®.

After removing the grass, shovel the garden area to a depth of 10 to 12 inches. Rototillers will not penetrate adequately, but they can be used to loosen and mix shoveled areas.

Spread 1 to 2 inches of coarse, washed sand and 2 to 3 inches of organic matter on the garden surface and till it into the soil to improve the soil’s physical quality. The soil will need to be improved over time rather than in just a season or two. If you are building a raised bed garden, don’t skimp on the soil. Use weed-free loam or sandy loam soil.

Adding fertilizer is the next step. You have two options:

·              Apply 1 pound of ammonium sulfate (21- 0-0) per 100 square feet (10 feet by 10 feet) before planting. Then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ammonium sulfate around each plant every 3 weeks and water it in.

·              Or, apply 2 to 3 pounds of a slow-release fertilizer (19-5-9, 21-7-14, or 25-5-10) per 100 square feet of garden area. Apply 1 tablespoon of ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) around each plant every 3 weeks and water it in. This second method should produce a more abundant harvest, especially with hybrid tomatoes and peppers.

 

Do not add too much ammonium sulfate, and do not put it too close to the plants. It can seriously damage them.

Horse or cattle manure may be substituted for commercial fertilizer at a rate of 60 to 80 pounds per 100 square feet of garden area. Never use poultry manure on a fall garden.

After adding fertilizer, mix the soil thoroughly and prepare beds on which to plant rows of vegetables. These beds should be 30 to 36 inches apart so you can move easily through the garden area when the plants grow larger. Pile and firm the planting beds.

Then water the entire garden with a sprinkler for at least 2 hours. Allow the area to dry for several days, and it will be ready to plant.

Planting

Fall crops generally do better when started from transplants than from seed. Transplants should always be used for growing tomatoes and peppers.

The trick to establishing healthy transplants during late summer is to make sure they have plenty of water. Transplants in peat pots or cell packs with restricted root zones require at least 2 weeks for their root systems to enlarge enough to support active plant growth. Until that time, they may need to be watered every day or the plants will be stunted or even die.

However, too much water is just as harmful as not enough. Soaking-wet soil will cause root rotting and subsequent stunting or death. So check the soil moisture by feeling the soil before applying water. If the soil balls together, it still has enough water; if not, apply water.

Buy the largest transplants possible. Even though larger transplants cost more, their root systems will spread faster and the plants will produce more fruit sooner.

Or, grow your own larger transplants by planting small ones in potting soil and evenly mixing in slow-release fertilizer pellets such as Osmocote®. Add a water-soluble fertilizer to the irrigation water and place the plants in full sun (with shade after 3 p.m.). Keep the transplants moist, but don’t over-water them.

 

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

Sept. 3, 2018

Prosper's Homecoming Parade!

July 30, 2018

Real Estate Investing

Today, we are seeing more and more people use their extra cash or IRA accounts to earn a high interest rate of return through real estate investing. Investing in real estate can be a wise investment for all parties; and with the help of One Plus Realty, it is a simple and easy process.

Depending on the amount you want to invest, we would match you with one of our partners. You would then become the “lender” who would loan that specific partner the money to purchase a new home or remodel an existing home.

As the lender, you would make passive income, typically at a 10% interest rate, without the headache of dealing with contractors, tenants, etc. A typical “loan” in this instance would be for a maximum of 12 months. Your money is secure and backed by the property through a Deed of Trust and a Promissory Note.

 

 For more information, feel free to contact us at 469-644-4663.

July 30, 2018

Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Keep Your Blinds Closed!

Simply keeping your blinds closed during the day can keep a room 10-15 degrees cooler! Blackout shades also work great!

 

Use Ceiling Fans!

Just make sure your ceiling fan is turning in the right direction! During the summer, your ceiling fans should all be going counter-clockwise.

 

Check Your Bulbs!

Did you know that the older incandescent bulbs put off more heat than the newer LED bulbs?

 

Unplug!

Unplug appliances and electronics that are not in use. Everything that gets plugged into a socket gives off heat!

 

Cook Outside – Or Just Don’t Cook!

Try using the grill to avoid using your oven during the day. If you must cook inside, try to cook either before noon or after the heat of the day.

 

Check for Proper Insulation!

You want to make sure that your home is sufficiently insulated. Also, check for caulking around all windows and doors to keep hot air from sneaking in.

 

Use Cooling Pillows or Cooling Mattress Pads!

Wake up cool and refreshed!

 

Invest in a Portable A/C or Window Unit!

This way you can keep the main living room or bedroom cool without raising your electric bill by trying to cool the entire house.

 

Service your HVAC!

Your HVAC should be serviced twice a year to ensure everything is working properly.

 

Change your Air Filters!

Filters should be changed once every 3 months, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

July 30, 2018

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July 2, 2018

Home Buyer Assistance Programs

There are several programs available to help today's home buyers! From down payment assistance to substandard credit approval, One Plus Realty knows how to help you own the home of your dreams!

Are you currently working on improving your credit so that you can purchase a home? Or have you given up altogether because you are worried your credit will never be “good enough”? While most lenders do have credit score requirements, there are some (less known) programs available where the requirements are much more lenient.

Maybe it is the hefty down payment and/or closing costs that are keeping you from trying to purchase your own home. Did you know that there are options where you can actually purchase a home with ZERO down?

Now, you have got to be thinking, if I don’t have great credit and/or I don’t bring a lot of money to the table, my interested rate with be sky high! Right? Fortunately, that is not always the case! Some programs still offer lower than average market rates, even with lower credit or little or no money down.

We understand that simply the thought of purchasing a home can be overwhelming. Especially when you are struggling to meet such strict requirements, such as achieving perfect credit or saving a significant amount of money to put as a down payment. That is where One Plus Realty can help! We would love to sit down with you, discuss your specific situation, and help you decide which path is best for you and your family.

Do not be discouraged! There are options available. Call One Plus Realty today!

 

June 4, 2018

Strawberry Pineapple Punch

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 lb (680 grams) container frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 12-oz can (355 ml) pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 lemons, squeezed
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 6 cups (1.5 liter) water (see Note)
  • Crushed ice, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine sweetened strawberries, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine strawberry mixture with water.
  3. Serve with crushed ice.

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

 

 

June 4, 2018

Family Friendly Summer Fun!

April 20, 2018

Mango Chicken Skewers

Prep time: 15 mins 

Cook time: 10 mins

Author: Mariam

Serves: 4

 

 

MARINADE

½ cup of orange juice

3 cloves, garlic

3 Tbsp Sriracha

4 Tbsp lime juice

1 Tbsp agave

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ cup chopped cilantro

 

SALSA

1½ cups chopped mango

½ red bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

¼ cup red onion, chopped

3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp lime juice

¼ tsp salt

Fill a shallow baking dish with water. Soak skewers for 15 to 30 minutes.

 

METHOD

1. In a blender or food processor, add ingredients for the marinade. Blend until smooth. Reserve ½ cup of the marinade for grilling. Add the rest of the marinade to a large ziplock bag. Add chicken, seal and shake to coat the chicken. Marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together ingredients for salsa. Set aside in the refrigerator.

3. Set aside in the refrigerator.

4. Make the skewers by adding 4 to 5 pieces of chicken to each skewer. 

5. Heat the grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add skewers to the grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, brushing with the reserved marinade as you cook the skewers. 

6. Once the chicken is cooked through, serve the skewers on a platter topped with the mango salsa.

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.