Christine Fallara's Blog Posts

Your Daily Drive Time - How It Can Factor into Your Mortgage

It’s easy to overlook some of the things that can affect your budget and purchasing power when you’re considering a home, and one of the biggest factors that buyers overlook is the cost

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A Few Things That Make Us Happy With Our Homes

According to a survey conducted by houzz.com, here are five things that consistently make people happy with their homes.1. Big windows and comfortable furniture: Nearly 75 percent of respondents

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Once a Bookworm, Always a Bookworm

Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. Since childhood, I have been in love with books. I was that kid who would stay up late in bed with a flashlight reading. When I was home sick from

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The Market is Hot, so Which Features are Young Buyers Looking for in a Home?

With historically low interest rates, the market is hot this summer, and it's a great time to sell because inventory is low and there is an abundance of home buyers home shopping right now.

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Phrases to Avoid When You're Buying a Home

Sometimes you need to keep a poker face when you’re buying a home. It’s not in your best interest to be totally candid with the seller and listing agent when you’re considering a

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History of Honeymoon Island

One of the top attractions in Dunedin, Florida is Honeymoon Island State Park. Located only a short drive from the city life of Tampa, it's a popular spot for locals and tourists. The over four

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It's Great Time to Buy, so You May Be Wondering Which Down Payment Strategy is Right for You?

If you have been following the real estate market, you have probably heard that interest rates are low making now a great time to buy. You may be seriously considering starting a home search and

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Fun Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July at Home

This year has presented a lot of unique challenges, and all of us have needed to adapt to a new normal. With social distancing, mandatory masks, and many typical events cancelled this year, our 4th

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Don't Forget to Create an Evacuation Plan for Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Happy Motivation Monday! 10 Quotes to Start Your Week

It's Monday... Time to MOTIVATE and make DREAMS and GOALS happen! Let's GO! When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That

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Five Tips to Help You Reduce Clutter

It doesn’t take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get

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Dunedin's Best of 2020

Dunedin, Florida is located on the Florida's Gulf Coast. It is home to stunning sandy beaches, the Dunedin Blue Jays, spring training for the Toronto Blue Jays, and numerous outstanding restaurants,

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5 Negotiating Tactics That Could Kill a Home Sale

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a

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Meet Dunedin's Sister City - Stirling, Scotland

The city of Dunedin, Florida was named by two Scotsman, J.O. Douglas and James Somerville, and the name comes from Dùn Èideann, which is the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. The

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It's Monday - Stay Motivated

We are weeks into quarantines and stay at home orders. The economy in several areas are starting to slowly reopen, and many of us are starting to safely venture out more returning to a new normal.

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Priority To Do List for Moving Day

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you

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Dunedin Spotlight: Lane's Lemonade

Did you know citrus has been a part of Dunedin, Florida's history since the 1880s? This is Florida after all! In addition to its rich Scottish history, Dunedin is known for its history of oranges,

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Thinking about an Accent Wall? Here are a Few Ideas

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically

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A few notes about Mortgage Forbearance

What is mortgage forbearance? With a mortgage forbearance, you and your mortgage company agree to temporarily suspend your mortgage payments for a period of time. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,

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Wednesday Wisdom - 10 Quotes to Start Your Day

In continuation of last week's Monday Motivation post, I am sharing with you ten more of my favorite quotes. Feel free to share with your friends! As always, have a magical day!Choosing to be

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Home Tip: The Dirtiest Items in the Home and How to Clean Them

Of course, one of the dirtiest objects in anyone’s home is the toilet. But, that’s not the only place where dirt and germs accumulate. Here are five other dirty places and suggestions

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Monday Motivation - 10 Quotes of the Day

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I love quotes. If you follow me on Pinterest, I have a whole board dedicated to quotes. At home, I have journals that are filled with quotes that

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Staying Active and Having Fun

With most gyms closed, many out there are changing up their workout routines. Personally, I have not been a member of a gym for almost three years because I prefer getting outside for a walk or a.

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Tower Life... Day ... Ummm... What day is it?

I have not posted recently about what I have been doing to pass the time while social distancing, and honestly the last few days have all been fairly similar as I worked out a new routine. One thing

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5 Secret Weapons You Already Have For DIY Projects

As we enter into the second week of social distancing, if you are like me you may be going a little stir crazy trying to figure out what to do next to make productive use of your time at home. You

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Day 2 - The Tower Life Continues...

Today was Day 2 of social distancing. It was the third day I didn't have to go to work, and it started to feel a bit weird. Another day at home, another day of finding ways to keep away the boredom

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Living That Tower Life Like Rapunzel

Although many of you have been practicing social distancing since the weekend, today felt like the first real social distancing day for me. I should have been at work at 6:00 am this morning to

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Just Keep Swimming...

Let's face it in the last week, a lot has changed. A LOT. Just over a week ago, COVID-19 aka Coronavirus was a news story popping up on social media feeds, a reminder that we all need to be better

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Seller Tips - Getting Started

Several years ago, you may have been renting an apartment and dreaming of owning your own home. A few years later, you were a first time home buyer. Now, after some truly wonderful years living in

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#MedalMonday - Will Run for Bling

Confession: I don’t love running. Some… most days… I almost hate it. When I run, I am usually dragging my feet out the door. However, even when I say I am going to stop running,

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Welcome to Floridays!

The evening of Thursday, February 20, 2020 was a memorable evening for Floridays, brokered by eXp Realty as we officially opened our offices located at 638 Skinner Boulevard in beautiful Dunedin,

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You're Invited to a Grand Opening Celebration!

You're invited! Join the Floridays team brokered by eXp Realty as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our new office in Downtown Dunedin on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm! We will

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Book Review - Girl, Wash Your Face

About a year and a half ago, it seemed like everyone was talking about this book, Girl, Wash Your Face. I would see it on social media, hear people talking about it, and stumble upon it when

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Book Review - The Flight Girls

Often when I am in an airport, I spend some time before my flight browsing the books available at Hudson News or a similar store looking for titles to add to my "Want to Read" list on .

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London Travel Tip - Sky Garden

London, England is overflowing with amazing places to visit, activities to do, and areas to explore. Like so many cities, there is never enough time to do it all, which means you need to figure what

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Home Buyer Tips - Getting Started

Let’s face it. Whether you’ve done it 15 times or never at all, buying a home is stressful. It is the biggest purchase of your life, with so many steps in the process, it is daunting and

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Ditch the Travel Itinerary!

I love to travel. I love exploring and discovering new places, new cultures, new customs. In my day to day life, I am a planner. When you work two jobs, it’s hard not to be. With limited

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No Gym Membership? No Problem!

It’s the start of a new year and new decade which means many of you came into the year with goals to eat right, exercise, and get healthy. It’s also halfway through the month, which

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Elementary School

In retrospect, deciding to start a blog right before the start of the busiest time of the year was probably a bit over ambitious. Clearly, I failed to make the time to create new posts or to even

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It's a Scone-Venture!

As a creative person, I have many hobbies, and I'm always trying to find something new to try. Given the wide range of possibilities, baking has been something I've loved doing since I was a child.

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