Uncategorized May 28, 2024

Simple Steps for a Greener Home Lifestyle

Ready to channel your inner eco-warrior? Give your home lifestyle a green makeover with a few simple tweaks and turn your humble abode into a sustainability superstar. Set the Tone With Lighting To begin transforming your home to a green lifestyle, start by examining the way your home is lit. Embrace natural light whenever possible […

Ready to channel your inner eco-warrior? Give your home lifestyle a green makeover with a few simple tweaks and turn your humble abode into a sustainability superstar.

Set the Tone With Lighting

To begin transforming your home to a green lifestyle, start by examining the way your home is lit. Embrace natural light whenever possible by adding curtains that let you control the brightness. And when it comes to light bulbs, switch to energy-efficient LEDs. It’s a small change that makes a big difference in reducing your carbon footprint.

Use Eco-Friendly Alternatives

There are many opportunities where you can swap out environment-harming products for planet-friendly options. Begin by replacing  cleaning materials with ones made with plant-based ingredients. Then, seek ways to reduce waste by opting for reusable items and say goodbye to single-use plastics by replacing them with stainless-steel alternatives. Additionally, when upgrading furniture or appliances, consider energy-efficiency and recycled or reclaimed options to add style and sustainability to your space.

Incorporate Sustainable Practices

Create a home environment in harmony with nature by implementing environmentally friendly practices. Establish conservation policies to reduce waste and water usage – and make composting a part of your daily routine. Also, don’t forget about your outdoor space – plant native species in your garden to support local ecosystems and reduce your carbon footprint.

Maximize Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Take your commitment to sustainability further by investing in programmable thermostats to regulate heating and cooling, sealing gaps and cracks to prevent energy loss and installing solar panels to harness renewable energy. By reducing your energy consumption, you’re saving money and helping to protect the planet.

Every day offers a moment to be an eco-champion. With these minor changes in your home and daily lifestyle habits, you’re well on your way to a greener future!

Moving Tips May 28, 2024

What determines the cost of a local move?

As one would expect, local, cross-country or intrastate moves are classified differently and have different moving cost implications. Learn what constitutes a “local move” and what impacts the costs associated with moving locally.

The following is a guest post written by: Chief of Organized Living & NorthStar Moving Company Co-Founder Laura McHolm


Moving across town? Moving across a state? Which move is considered a “local move?”  This is a common topic of confusion. For most states, local moves are considered moves within the same state. However, there are some states, such as California, where only moves that are less than 100 miles are considered local moves.

I predict your next question is – why do I need to know? It’s because knowing whether your move is classified as a local, long distance or intrastate determines how expensive your move could be.

Once you have determined if your move is local, here are key factors that will determine the cost of your local move:



Factors that affect the price of local moves:

The cost for local moves is mostly based on the number of movers needed, the time it takes to move your belongings and the drive time between your old and new residence. Some other factors that affect price include:

  • What is the size of your home?
  • How much stuff do you have?
  • How many boxes and other packing materials do you need?
  • Have you already packed your belongings yourself?
  • Can our truck park close to your home?
  • Any hard to move items? Grand piano? Stairmaster? Giant penguin statue?
  • How much packing and/or unpacking would you like your movers to do for you?

Best money saving tip

The best way to truly save on the cost of your local move is to choose a moving company based on their reputation. Make sure they have provided stellar service to their clients for years.


Laura McHolm is a home organization, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.   www.northstarmoving.com

Uncategorized May 28, 2024

May 2024 Newsletter

Well, we are off and running and there’s so much to catch up on friends. We are all the way into the summer. It’s my favorite time of year, when I know I am going to be traveling or on the road getting to visit a new National Park. Nothing is on the books yet. Stay tuned. First, know that I am doing good and just thrilled to still be doing what I love. April was the best month of the year so far. I served six families and I am proud of their decisions. Four of the families were first time homebuyers. The new build inventory fit perfectly and the builders were offering loan programs that rivaled 2022 interest rates. It was a win win for everyone.

What else can I write you? I am a newly licensed legal document preparer and I can’t be happier about this. I was a paralegal from 1996 through 2011 and I learned so much about family and probate law. I bring that niche knowledge to my real estate community. Remember, that I am a Short Sale and Foreclosure certified specialist. If you know anyone contemplating options, please refer them my way. They are in good hands. Ok, enough about that; know that I love writing and making personal connections using these writing platforms. Another perk of having the best tools at Coldwell Banker Realty. I hope you find value in this communication. If you ever want me to write about something specific, let me know and I will work it out. I love to do the research. I also have a good network I can count and lean on.

This year marks three years at Coldwell Banker Realty. In the short amount of time I have worked on myself and in my business. Our tools and marketing strategies are second to none. Remember to refer to the clickable links here. I have the Best Summer guide here for you. It’s one of the most comprehensive lists I have seen in a long time. Whether it’s a gorgeous ad cool lake for water skiing, the best hiking trails in AZ or you want to book a summer concert this is your guide. Oh yes, there’s eve a good eats link. It’s the best list even for the pickiest person in your crew. Go ahead and share it. Remember, sharing is caring.

Well, I better say my goodbyes for now. I am writing this before Memorial Day weekend. It’s time for me to book a room near the water. It’s gonna be Mexico or San Diego. When I get back, I will report it to you and share some good pics too.

I want you take care and stay cool out there. Talk more soon,


Bernadette Barba

Bernadette Barba, Coldwell Banker Realty Goodyear/Buckeye, Arizona


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Uncategorized April 13, 2022

Selling in 2022 is possible with the Right Plan and a Skilled Team

There is no doubt that if inventory opens up you might look into setting a plan to sell and then buy this year. The talk of fear is all we hear in this marketplace. It is stunting our growth to move sooner rather than later. It puts us in a position to sit, hold and sit and wait until the rhetoric changes and we hear of those that are making moves into their dream home. Only then will we begin to make the moves we so desperately want. The 3rd garage maybe? How about the RV gate, extra bedrooms, a designer kitchen and perhaps everything of each.

Continue to read on and know that you have come to the right place. There are sellers that are just waiting for the right moment. The exact opportunity and the truth is that there will always be something that will cause us pause. For some time, it was the waiting of this market to crash. Who wants to see that happen again? I know that I don’t have all the answers and for sure I can’t say for sure but I can for certain write here that while prices are rising my families are still buying. Non occupied sellers are deciding to liquidate their inventory and so are investors who have been holding onto their inventory since  2010. *****

When I purchased my first home, I was 25 years old and so excited to be a homeowner. This was in 2001. The rates then were 6.5% and in the 90’s the rates were somewhere around 7-8%. You know what, we still purchased. We didn’t buy our dream home but we knew that we wanted to have something to call our own. It was the best feeling in the world.  I am writing this to let you know that with the right plan, the right marketing strategy and a strong team on your side, you are already halfway to your goals.

Fifty percent of my business makes up of selling homes for my investors, landlords and families who are either moving out of State or just ready for a new chapter. There are so many opportunities ready for the taking. Taking of those chances for those that will trust themselves to move forward not be scared or indecisive. I get to write this because t this time, I am building a new home myself. When I went under contract in September, 2021 rates were 3.75% and this week I just locked at 4.875%. This is still almost 2% better than more than 20 years ago and this time I did Build my Dream Home. I picked all the colors, the materials and the style of a home that matches my style. I deserve this and so do you.

The word on the street is that we will have more rate increases this year. If this is true and correct, what will the end of the year look like? Could that affect the amount you qualify for? There is much to think about but if after reading this, you are interested in working out a plan or just talk about your options, you have a professional on your side. We can discuss timeframes, goals, lifestyle and budget.

I enjoy seeing the faces on my sellers when we talk about the money they can realize in this market. This puts you in a position to open up opportunities and possibilities that will create more wealth for your future. We are a society that has bounced back when we are challenged.

I am confident that a meeting with me and my team will allow you to make decisions that will work in your favor. I respect your time your lifestyle and more importantly your money.

I have flexible commission plans that work for you and that will undoubtedly keep your hard earned investment in your possession where it belongs.

I have served families since 2005 and I will be ready when you are. Accredited Buyer Representative and Military Relocation Specialist.

***** The moratorium on foreclosures is also coming to an end this year and that means more owners will be in a position to finally sell.  There are many factors on our side. More importantly, the rates are still lower than they were 20+ years ago.  Let’s talk!