Sereno Group: Exceeding Industry Standards Every Step of the Way

(L to R) Tim Proschold, Vice President of Group Strategy and Success; Ryan Iwanaga, Executive Vice President; Barbara Cole, Chief Operating Officer; Chris Trapani, Chief Executive Officer Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga grew up together in the quiet, rolling suburbs of Northern California that would grow into the Silicon Valley—and the Sereno Group story starts   Read More »

Cheri Fama: Professionalism and Service Win the Day

Vitals: John Daugherty, REALTORS® Years in Business: 51 Size: 3 offices, 150 agents Region Served: The Greater Houston area 2017 Sales Volume: $1.108 billion 2017 Transactions: 1,455 No. 235 in sales volume in RISMedia’s 2018 Power Broker Report With the dual role of president and chief operating officer of Houston, Texas-based John Daugherty, REALTORS®, Cheri Fama brings more than   Read More »

Remodeling Spending to Spike

Across 50 of the largest major markets, home remodeling spending will spike this year, according to findings released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Expenditures for home remodels will rise by 5 percent in 41 of the 50 markets, and by 10 percent more in 11—the   Read More »

Caring for Seniors During Hurricane Season

While many of us think of the safety of our family during natural disasters, older adults may require some unique precautions if a storm is on the way. Home Instead Senior Care recommends the following to help older adults and families prepare for a weather emergency: Make a plan. Communicate frequently to develop a   Read More »

These Items Are Not Dishwasher Safe

While the dishwasher is a magical place for deep cleaning a wide variety of household items beyond dishes, this method of cleaning is not safe for many of your beloved possessions, and can be harmful to many materials. Check out this not-for-the-dishwasher list from Martha Stewart: – Acrylic – Adhesive-joined pieces – Aluminum, including   Read More »

Marketing Matters: How to Start a Blog

Whether you’re a small business or just an individual with a unique passion you’d like to share, a blog can be a great way to connect with and expand your audience, and show off your voice and talent. Internet marketing agency Fishbat offers the following tips that will attract eyeballs and convert potential customers:    Read More »

No Gain, No Loss: Existing-Home Sales Stabilize

August existing-home sales stabilized, ending a regressive streak, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. At 5.34 million, activity neither decreased nor increased from July, but was down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory month-over-month also steadied, at 1.92 million—a jump from 1.87 million the prior year. Activity was carried by the Midwest and   Read More »

How to Save Money in Your New Apartment

Just moved into a new pad? Congrats! However, moving to a new spot always comes with a bit of financial strain. From setting a budget to finding the perfect neighborhood, everyone can take advantage of these easy tips on a dime while searching for the perfect rental. Below, offers tips to help. Set   Read More »

Financial Anxiety Takes a Toll on Millennials

Unfortunately, the age-old edict of “education and hard work is all it takes to succeed” is no longer the case for many millennials, who are burdened by soaring tuition costs, student loan debt and stagnant wages. The trend has led to an increasing amount of financial stress among millennials, with 74 percent feeling daily stress   Read More »

Don't Wait for Winter to Service Your Boiler

While late fall or early winter is the time most of us begin to crank our heat, if you’re using a boiler, it’s important not to wait until the last minute to service it. “A lot of homeowners have good intentions when it comes to scheduling maintenance,” says Mike Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Plumbing,   Read More »