Thursday, December 29, 2016

Smart storage ideas to squeeze extra space from your bathroom

shower storage


Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in your Keller home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and fashionable room in the house.

Streamline shower shelving
It's time to say goodbye to hanging racks from shower heads and precarious corner shelving and hello to customizable storage accessories, minimizing clutter and ensuring everything you need is close at hand. Sturdy shelves and accessories are easily snapped into locations within the shower - no tools necessary.

A fully accessorized wall can include four rimmed shelf/soap dishes, two 4-inch deep storage bins, and soap dishes with towel bar and two shower hooks. Plus, the back wall has molded foot ledges on either side, providing a safe, handy shaving ledge. Check out these DIY ideas on cleaning up shower clutter for good.

Dare to go vertical
Expand the storage potential of a small bathroom by using vertical storage options. Floor space may be limited, but by installing shelving and other smart storage options on walls, you dramatically increase space for necessities. For example, floating shelves are an elegant and space-saving option that are easy to install over the toilet or between a mirror and a pedestal sink. That small space above the door? Perfect for a shelf to store mason jars full of supplies or those beautiful perfume bottles.

Need extra space to store linens and washcloths? Install stacked towel racks on the back of your door or hang baskets on the wall and then place folded linens inside for a tidy look that keeps fluffy towels within easy reach.

Vamp up the vanity
From shaving and combing to primping and curling, the vanity is center stage for your daily routines. That means clutter can easily take over the countertops and drawers if you're not careful. A few thoughtful steps will help you organize and maximize your vanity space. To start, donate or dispose of any products or tools you don't use. Then purchase some drawer organizers or reuse small plastic containers to get items in order.

On the inside of doors, install small pieces of PVC pipe vertically to store hair tools and cords. You can also repurpose spice racks on doors to hold a slew of personal products. For hair accessories or other small metal objects, a magnetic strip on the inside of a door or drawer is amazingly effective.

With these simple storage ideas, Keller homeowners can cut clutter, keep spaces clean and never trip over a random bottle or towel on the floor again.


Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home

Friday, December 23, 2016

10408 Camrose Court Fort Worth, TX 76244

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/H3CS2X/10408-Camrose-Court-Fort-Worth-TX-13510538
Over a quarter-acre lot in Keller ISD! This 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath home on quiet cul-de-sac boasts open design floor plan perfect for entertaining with beautiful two story stone fireplace. The sleek kitchen features butler's pantry, island, granite countertops, custom cabinets and SS appliances. Retreat to the private master suite and relax in the luxurious spa-like bath. Upstairs game and media rooms, study space and large secondary bedrooms offer plenty of space for the whole family. Don't miss this one!
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Square feet: 4,827
Price: $390,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4047127 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13510538

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

6996 Stonybrooke Drive North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/GUGD9U/6996-Stonybrooke-Drive-North-Richland-Hills-TX-13510135
BE YOUR OWN DECORATOR! This 5 bedroom, 2.1 bath, two story home located in established neighborhood needs some help to make it a home. Large family room with open design is perfect for entertaining. Retreat to the private master suite featuring dual sinks, his and her closets, separate shower and garden tub. Large secondary bedrooms, game room and office offer a place for everyone. Awesome sized yard, close to shopping, restaurants and highways. Birdville ISD. Price reflects As-Is condition. Please submit best and final by 4 p.m. on Thursday 12.22.16. Roof will be replaced before closing.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 2,978
Price: $200,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4044882 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13510135

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3 easy home improvement projects for Keller homeowners



During the milder months - like summer and fall - Keller homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we're more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all, no one wants to redo landscaping when it's 35 degrees outside.

With that in mind, these three easy home improvement projects can help you make the most of your winter indoors.

Repaint your walls
While you're holed up inside the house decorating for the holidays or just escaping the cold, you may start noticing places on your walls in high-traffic areas with one too many scuff marks or kids' grimy handprints. Whether they come from the kids, the pets or even yourself, erasing them is quick and easy.

Primer and sealer can take care of these marks and more. Newer high-hiding products only need one hour of dry time before you apply your topcoat, so there's no need to set aside a whole weekend to cross this project off your list.

Clear grout of gunk
No matter how much cleaning you do at your house, there's one thing that's hard to keep looking clean: grout. The dirt and grime that turns your grout nasty colors can be scrubbed out, but it takes a little extra TLC.

To clean grout at your home, wipe the surface with a wet cloth and mix up a paste of two-parts baking soda and one-part water. Scrub it onto the grout surface using an old toothbrush or stiff-bristled brush, then rinse the area with water. If your grout lines are stained from mildew or kitchen spills, try spraying a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water onto the tile. It'll foam for a bit, but once it's done, scrub it well. After a final rinse, the stains should be gone.

Seal out the elements
If your home is susceptible to heavy rain or snow , know that weather can lead to serious issues in your foundation. To prevent water damage and leakage stains, inspect masonry on the interior and exterior of your home. Fill any defects you find with fast-setting hydraulic cement and clean up the surface.

Once the surface is clean and dry, apply two coats of of masonry waterproofer. This interior and exterior product is formulated for waterproofing basement walls, masonry walls, retaining walls, and cinder and concrete blocks. Once the second coat is dry, you're all set for the winter.

Start your project today
When it comes to home projects, wintertime doesn't have to mean downtime. Start your project season with any of the three ideas listed above and when warmer months roll along, you'll be ready to step out and make your Keller home's exterior as beautiful as your interior.





Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home

Friday, December 16, 2016

Buying your first Keller home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit



So buying a new home in Keller tops your list of New Year's resolutions. As you picture the big moment - the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door - you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape.

Just like those who make resolutions to run a marathon, making this big investment starts with a plan. Runners know that if they run a certain distance each day, it gets them closer to accomplishing their goal. The same is true, in many ways, when it comes to buying a home.

By following a few tips to reach financial fitness goals, you, too can achieve the goal of home ownership.

Do those daily sprints
People who reach their fitness goals begin with a look at their current habits and then make a plan to replace them with better ones. The same is true for homebuyers. First, look at the spending choices you've been making, and review three to six months' worth of bank statements. Consider what is necessary and what needs to cut back. The goal is to trim the fat in your budget so you can use the extra money to reduce your debt and increase your savings.

Crunch your debt
Take a look at your debts and consider the monthly payments you make. Are there any debts standing in the way of making a house payment affordable? Those are the ones you want to knock out with an accelerated payment plan, using the money you freed up by cutting back on unnecessary expenses. Try focusing on one debt at a time, paying close attention to the ones with the highest interest rates to pay off first.

Beef up your credit score
The good habits you exercise today will make all the difference on your interest rate later. Put in the extra work to raise your credit score. Your credit score pulls together many details from your past and current debts as well as other financial factors, and helps lenders determine your creditworthiness. Making the effort to raise your score is worthwhile because shaving off even one-quarter of a percentage point from a mortgage loan can potentially save you thousands of dollars in interest over the life of a 30-year mortgage.

A credit score factors your history of on-time payments, the amount you owe on your debts, the type of credit you have, the age of that debt and any recently opened new credit lines as well as other factors. You may be able to improve your score and get the lowest possible interest rate on a home loan if you follow these "reps" every month: pay all your bills on time, don't close old credit card accounts and don't open new lines of credit.

Increase your intake of savings
Even when paying down debt, it's still a good idea to start a small savings plan so you have some cash to fall back on if, say, you need to go to the doctor or get new tires for your car. Start by opening a savings account and set up automatic transfers each month. Even with $50 a month, you'll have $600 in one year, which could bail you out of a number of small emergencies. Eventually, once your debts are paid off, you can divert those payments right into savings, which also can build your down payment for that new dream home

Prepare for the big event
All these steps lead to one main event: buying your home. Once you meet those smaller goals - following a budget, eliminating debt, raising your credit score, and saving for your down payment - you're ready for the final push toward home ownership.

First, figure out how much home you can afford: look at home prices in your area, use an online loan calculator to estimate your payments, and go through your budget. Then gather up the financial documents you'll need, including proof of employment, bank statements and tax statements. Finally, choose a lender that is right for you.

Following these steps can lead first time buyers to their Keller home and instill great habits in the process.



Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

5 home-building secrets you should know




Any professional builder will tell you, the secret to building a truly great house isn't what fixtures you choose or the type of crown molding you install. Rather, the most important components of a house are hidden behind the build. For those interested in building a home in Keller or the surrounding area, here are five things to know.

 The following five points represent some of the most important hidden aspects of any new home construction that will ensure your house retains its beauty for decades.

1. Proper insulation. Texas summers can be very hot. In such situations you'll rely on air conditioning. Good insulation not only saves money, but keeps your AC and furnace units working longer and more effectively.

 2. Subflooring. Whether you use hickory, maple or bamboo, everyone has their preference when it comes to flooring, but something that all flooring materials need is a solid subfloor. Like a box-spring for your mattress, subflooring provides a solid foundation that prevents sagging and squeaking, keeping your finished floor looking better, for longer.

 3. A smart house. Just like our phones, cars and televisions have been radically changed by the digital revolution, so have our homes. Today's modern smart homes are designed to fit our digital lives. Some features to consider are a consul to place your WiFi router so you can set up the appliances and thermostat for wireless. That way you'll be able to access them from a tablet or phone. You might even want to install some USB outlets.

 4. Modern kitchen solutions. Today it's all about expansive, open-concept kitchens. With stone countertops and larger refrigerators, engineers have noticed the combination of heavy appliances and a larger floor surface area puts more stress on the finished floors. Installing subflooring creates a solid base for floorboards and heavy modern appliances to rest on, thus helping to prevent squeaky or uneven floors in your kitchen.

 5. Choose the right exterior walls. The exterior "shells" of new Keller homes are being built tighter. In other words, new products and practices are being used to help reduce air leakage as part of the overall energy efficiency design. Next-generation exterior sheathing systems like ZIP System(R) sheathing and ZIP System(TM) tape have built-in water barriers and taped panel seams to create one continuous protective barrier underneath your finished exterior to help lock-out water and air.

If you haven't already, talk with your builder about the hidden elements of your home, that will help your home stand up to the tests of everyday life. After all, this is the house you always envisioned, and behind the beautiful layout, you want to make sure you have a solid foundation and good bones to ensure lasting beauty and life.


Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Friday, December 9, 2016

3 reasons why winter is a smart time to buy a Keller home



Don't give up on buying a home as winter nears. In fact, December through February may be better for Keller home buyers than the busy season in spring and summer.

Enjoy less competition and lower prices.
Fewer properties are typically available during the winter, as sellers and buyers aim to complete transactions before the school year begins. You can turn that to your advantage.

In winter, there are less homes for sale, but less competition, with fewer buyers per property. The more favorable supply-demand balance can lower prices. Also, winter sellers may be more motivated, especially if they're forced to sell by divorce or by corporate or military transfers.

In January and February, homes cost 8.45 percent less on average than in June through August, according to NerdWallet research conducted using Realtor.com data from 2014 and 2015.

Lower prices help at closing - and over the life of your mortgage.
A lower price can ease your home transaction in many ways. It lowers your down payment, any closing costs that are calculated as a percentage of the home's sale price and your mortgage payments.

There's also less of a seller's agent commission bundled into the sales price. These savings help when you buy, and they add up over the life of your mortgage.

The right agent can help.
When supply is limited, the right agent can help you get a jump on other buyers. Agents who are well connected learn about properties before they are listed.

The right agent understands the market where you are buying. That includes doing competitive market analysis so you understand what the house is worth.

If you are considering buying a Keller home, winter may be a good time to explore the market.



Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

637 Goldstone Lane Fort Worth, TX 76131

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/AGW2LQ/637-Goldstone-Lane-Fort-Worth-TX-13501834
Precious memories begin here! This well maintained 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath home boasts wonderful, open floor plan with spacious dining and family rooms ideal for family gatherings. Light and bright kitchen features breakfast bar, granite surfaces and ample storage. Enjoy the first level, private master suite, large secondary bedrooms, study and game room. Awesome yard allows plenty of room for entertaining and relaxing under the covered patio.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Square feet: 2,743
Price: $250,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4023058 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13501834

13400 Escalara Lane Justin, TX 76247

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/WTALEX/13400-Escalara-Lane-Justin-TX-13503309
Elegant 4 bedroom, 3 bath custom home with luxury finish out and attention to detail in every room! Chef's kitchen complete with double oven, island, granite counters and built-in bench seating. Luxury master suite with sitting area, large secondary bedrooms, office and gameroom offer a place for everyone. Hand scraped wood floors, conditioned attic storage, hot water circulating system, 16 SEER HVAC and Argon gas filled windows. Guaranteed to average less than $99 per mo. to heat and cool.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 3,564
Price: $500,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4023063 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13503309

Friday, December 2, 2016

4 tips to help keep your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient this winter



With winter comes the holiday season, a time that's supposed to be associated with "comfort and joy." But how joyful will it be if pests invade your Keller home, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable.

Consider these steps to help ensure a draft-free, pest-free and comfy home this winter season:

Seal cracks and gaps
Gaps and cracks throughout the home allow hot air to escape and cold air and pests to enter. Energy Star estimates that homes can have a half mile or more of cracks around doors, windows and sill plates alone, and those aren't the only places in a home where gaps can exist. Air duct joints, points where piping enters a home, and anywhere wood meets concrete (such as around the foundation) are locations where cracks and gaps can occur.

Sealing cracks can help prevent air leakage, improve a home's overall energy efficiency and block out pests and insects. In fact, homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling by air sealing their homes and adding insulation.

Even do-it-yourself novices can easily and quickly seal cracks and gaps in their homes. Insulating Foam Sealants are specially formulated to seal gaps and cracks, blocking out air, moisture and even pests. The ready-to-use insulating foam sealants can fill gaps up to 1 inch. When sealing gaps, be sure to follow safety guidelines, including covering all skin, using gloves and safety goggles, and keeping the work area well ventilated.

Check insulation
Insulation is like a blanket that your home wears to help keep everyone inside warm and cozy. If your home doesn't have the right amount or type of insulation for your climate, it can lose heat, energy efficiency and comfort. Reports indicate that about 90 percent of existing homes don't have enough insulation.

Follow Energy Star's guidelines for more information on how to check your insulation to see if your home could benefit from adding more.

Take care of the HVAC system
If your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system isn't working as well as it could, you're sacrificing comfort and increasing your energy bills. Make sure to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall to ensure they are operating efficiently.

Have the ducts inspected and seal any leaks. Be sure to change air filters regularly, per the system manufacturer's recommendation for filter type and frequency. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, making HVAC systems work harder and consume more energy to heat your home.

Don't overlook little things
Things as simple as a forgotten window left cracked in summer months or neglecting to close the flue in your wood-burning fireplace can all affect the amount of heat and comfort that escape your Keller home in the winter.

Before the weather turns very cold, make a sweep through your home and check for these minor but important points:

* Windows - Are all your windows closed? If you've recently sealed around windows, you probably opened them for ventilation. Double check to be sure you remembered to close them.

* Thermostat - Is yours properly programmed to optimize energy use by adjusting the temperature when you're out of the house? Proper use of a programmable thermostat can cut energy bills by nearly $200 per year.

* Ceiling fans - you can use ceiling fans to supplement your furnace during the winter, but you have to remember to reverse the air flow. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction of the fan blades to spin clockwise, which pushes warm air down from the ceiling during winter.



Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Monday, November 28, 2016

5 tips for Keller homeowners to prepare the bath for winter



As chilly weather approaches, it’s time for Keller homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath d├ęcor and incorporate simple upgrades — ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting winter oasis.

Warm it up!
There is nothing more relaxing after a stressful day than a steamy, luxurious shower. However, showers can’t last forever — even in the wintertime. Decrease the temperature shock by investing in a towel warmer A cozy, heated towel within arm’s reach will help eliminate those post-shower chills.

Keep the pipeline smooth.
When ice and snow cover the ground outside, there’s always a risk of frozen pipes. If residual water sitting in the pipes freezes, the flow is stopped, allowing water to expand and potentially lead to a burst pipe. Prevent a water shut-off by ensuring your pipes are insulated well in advanced of winter’s approach. Leave cabinet doors under the sink open to let warm air in, or if your pipe has already frozen over, use a hair dryer or portable heat source to thaw the pipe before bursting occurs.

Amp up the shower.
Swapping out an old showerhead can completely transform the bath experience in as little as five minutes. Consider something like the Delta In2ition showerhead which offers the feeling of using more water, while using less. Enjoy the benefits of a luxurious shower without depleting the hot water supply (and saving some for the guests).

Set the mood.
Speaking of simple swaps, trading out bathroom accessories to fit the season is a great way for Keller homeowners to change the look of the bath. Display cozy, plush robes to keep bathers warm when stepping out of the shower and make guests feel right at home. Consider installing robe hooks close to the shower door for easy access. For added flair, incorporate accessories such as towels in a festive pattern, splashes of gold in soap dishes, or hints of bronze in candle holders and picture frames.

Create candlelit luxury.
A flame effect creates a soothing aesthetic to any room. If your bath is particularly chilly, consider a freestanding, electronic fireplace heater to boost the temperature and add an element of sophistication to the room. Don’t have the space? Simply arrange a few candles to create a subtle, yet comforting environment. Lush, wintery scents like sweet peppermint, crisp pine and woodsy cedar enhance the mood.



Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Monday, November 21, 2016

3000 Oak Valley Drive Bedford, TX 76021

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/HJYBC3/3000-Oak-Valley-Drive-Bedford-TX-13495621
Wow! Gorgeous trees and quiet neighborhood. Amazing home backs to the Greenbelt of Bedford Athletic Complex with quite the view! Wood floor entry invites you home. Kitchen has lots of cabinets and tile. Large open living room with brick wood burning fireplace. Split bedrooms, Master with Texas Bath, two walk in closets, separate vanities, tub and shower. A large deck overlooks the Park-green area. Terraced yard has wood fence with park access.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,530
Price: $175,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4007194 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13495621

Saturday, November 19, 2016

813 Billie Ruth Lane Hurst, TX 76053

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/QPEVN8/813-Billie-Ruth-Lane-Hurst-TX-13494786
Perfect place to start! Open living room, kitchen-dining room. Corner wood stove with stone hearth, Windows less than 5 yrs old, Ceiling fans to make each room comfortable. Stainless oven, tons of cabinets and breakfast bar. Front bed has half bath with updated fixtures and medicine cabinet. Bathroom with large linen closet and under sink storage. Patio is enclosed for extra living area. 16x12 Workshop with electric and extra storage. Near N.E. Mall
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,222
Price: $135,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 4003874 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13494786

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tips to help you prepare your Keller home for holiday celebrations



‘Tis the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family in your Keller home can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, according to a recent holiday survey. The good news is that there is still time to give your home a refreshed look. Need some inspiration? Check out these stress-free tips, which will leave your guests impressed.


  • Purge the closets – Heading into the holiday season is the perfect time to clean the clutter from your closets. Not only will you make room for any house guests you may have to put their things, but you’ll also free up space for any new clothing you receive as gifts. Plus, you can give back to others by donating any lightly-used items to a local charity.

  • Get ready to repair broken decorations and household items – The fact is that things get damaged during the excitement of the holidays. Use an all purpose adhesive to fix broken ornaments, tighten loose or creaky chair legs, and repair other broken items around the house before guests arrive. Adhesive sets in just 30 seconds, is two times more durable than super glues and bonds virtually everything to anything – including wood, metal, glass, plastic, ceramic, and more. It’s also the ultimate stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.

  • Refresh common surfaces – Give your home a fresh look and feel by washing walls, cleaning carpets and rugs, scrubbing tiles, and polishing woodwork. And if you have time, painting a room is an easy and inexpensive way to dramatically change the look and feel of your home with color.

  • Stock the essentials – Your overnight guests won’t expect four-star hotel treatment, but having basic items in place will make your visitors more comfortable. Essentials include a working light, fresh sheets and pillows, extra blankets, bath towels and a power strip to charge devices overnight. Go the extra mile to impress your guests by leaving out magazines, snacks, hangers and mini toiletries such as mouthwash, shampoo and aspirin.

  • Replace old, unsightly caulk – Throughout the year, your kitchen and bathrooms are exposed to high levels of water and moisture. This can lead to mold and mildew growth, and buildup of dirt and stains on the caulk. Make these areas look new again by removing the old caulk, thoroughly cleaning the area to remove any dirt or residue, and then re-caulking with an ultra sealant. These products repel water, liquids, soap scum, stains and dirt.

  • Relax and enjoy the celebration – Preparing your Keller home for a holiday celebration takes time and energy, but don’t forget to step back and take in all the good times.



Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7917 Old Hickory Drive North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/6EYHB7/7917-Old-Hickory-Drive-North-Richland-Hills-TX-13486468
Fantastic one story home with open floor plan in established Coventry Place Estates. This home is move in ready featuring trayed ceilings, granite surfaces and the warmth of a fireplace. Enjoy the abundance of natural light. Spacious kitchen offers SS appliances and ample storage. Retreat to the Master suite and relax in the garden tub. Large secondary bedrooms and private yard w-shed. Recent Roof, A-C and Water Heater. Sealed Garage Floor.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 2,173
Price: $255,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 3996908 to 67299.


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13486468

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An affordable way to qualify for a home loan without that big down payment



For many Texans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the 20 percent down payment they think is required for mortgage approval. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 34 percent of respondents believe they need more than 20 percent. Meanwhile, low down payment mortgages account for a significant amount of home buying annually.

Families with down payments as low as 3 or 5 percent have been able to purchase a home thanks to private mortgage insurance (MI) for 60 years. Since 1957, MI has helped 25 million families become homeowners. In the past year alone, MI helped more than 795,000 homeowners purchase or refinance a mortgage. Nearly half were first time homebuyers and more than 40 percent had incomes below $75,000.

How MI works
Mortgage insurance is simple. In addition to the other parts of mortgage underwriting process — such as verifying employment and determining the borrower’s ability to afford the monthly payment — lenders traditionally required 20 percent down to ensure the borrower had some of their own money committed before the bank would provide a loan. This is where MI enters, bridging the down payment divide to qualify borrowers for mortgage financing.

Benefits of MI
* It helps you buy a home, sooner. For the average firefighter or school teacher, it could take 20 years to save the typical down payment. Private mortgage insurers help borrowers qualify with as little as 3 percent down.

* It’s temporary, leading to lower monthly payments. MI can be cancelled once you build 20 percent equity, either through payments or home price appreciation — typically in the first five to seven years. This is not the case for FHA loans, the federal government’s form of MI. The majority of which require MI for the life of the loan.

* It provides several flexible payment options. Your lender can offer several options for MI payment; the most common is paid monthly along with your mortgage.

* It’s tax-deductible. Subject to income limits, MI premiums are tax deductible — similar to interest paid on a mortgage. In 2014, 4 million taxpayers benefited from this deduction with the average being $1,402.

MI is a stable, cost effective way to obtain low down payment mortgages, and offers distinct benefits to borrowers. It’s been a cornerstone of the U.S. housing market for decades, providing millions the opportunity to own homes despite financial barriers. Ask your lender for low down payment options using MI. You can realize your dream of becoming a Keller homeowner. Visit www.USMI.org for more information.



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Friday, November 4, 2016

102 Preserve Place Lewisville, TX 75067

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/HXB5RP/102-Preserve-Place-Lewisville-TX-13489102
The perfect fit! This cozy three bedroom, two and a half bath Townhome is close to shopping and highways. Open floor plan boasts plenty of natural light. Large kitchen offers granite surfaces and stainless appliances. Spacious dining area and living room overlook patio. Retreat to the master and relax in the spa like bath. Loft area and large secondary bedrooms offer a place for everyone. Two car garage and private patio complete this package.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.1
Square feet: 2,017
Price: $310,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 3977848 to 67299.


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MLS ID: 13489102

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Is marble making a comeback? 5 tips for Keller homeowners



Marble touts a long precious history in design. For thousands of years, the beautiful stone has been used to complete some of the most famous structures in the world, such as the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court building, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Pantheon and Michelangelo’s Statue of David.

However, in the 1980s, the material lost some of its classic appeal in American design, becoming synonymous with gaudy, over-the-top style. Throughout the decade, homes were outfitted with marble bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces, accented with shiny brass or gold fixtures.

Fast forward to today and marble is making its way back into homes — thanks to an ‘80s design renaissance — but designers are thinking differently about how to incorporate the look in ways that are more timeless and less ostentatious. Companies are even giving marble a fashionable, playful twist, creating everything from backpacks to yoga pants to furniture inspired by the stone.

If you’re planning an upcoming renovation for your Keller home, here are five tips for incorporating the marble look.

Make a grand entrance.
In the foyer, marble floors make a statement for visitors. Adding marble to the floor is a great option since it is traditionally a smaller space — meaning more bang for the buck. Marble also adds visual interest to a home from the moment someone steps through the front door.

Add sophistication to the kitchen.
The marble aesthetic will continue to be a staple in the kitchen, as there are few countertops that look as luxurious and everlasting. However, the natural material should be used with caution on high-traffic surfaces like countertops. Considered a porous soft stone, marble requires regular sealing, and accidental spills from wine, acid or any dark liquid could easily stain the material.

To get the same look as marble with less worry, consider innovative alternatives, which are constantly being introduced to the market. Brands like Neolith — a 100 percent natural, high-performance, sintered compact surface — offer a true interpretation of marble in a lightweight, low maintenance material.

Turn a functional bathroom into a spa-like retreat.
The industry is bringing back yet another popular idea from the 1980s: the resurgence of the separation in the bath, with separate showers and oversized bathtubs. Homeowners and designers today are customizing the rooms with thoughtful elements that integrate better with their lifestyles and design preferences.

Consider whole slabs of marble or marble-inspired surfacing to line the shower walls or floors. Use softer colors such as gray, white and cream, which will make the bathroom feel light and clean.

Focus on marble accents in living spaces.
Marble makes an excellent material for furniture, but if you entertain a lot or have young children, marble could be too difficult to maintain. When a simple glass of water can leave a permanent ring behind, it’s important to seek out alternative materials to get the high-end look that can withstand the wear and tear of life. Marble and its alternatives are offered in numerous colors, so do not feel the need to stick to neutral tones; a colored marble tabletop could add just the right pop of color needed to bring the space to life.

The marble aesthetic can also instantly elevate the look of a living room when used around a fireplace. Websites like www.neolith.com offer visualizer tools so you can how envision how the marble look will enhance your living space, before making a purchase commitment.

Incorporate marble into a home with accessories.
One of the best aspects of the marble revival is that marble accessories are showing up on store shelves. This allows people to try out the trend before making a permanent decision to incorporate the material. A marble clock in the living space, a marble coffee mug or marble lamps are perfect for those seeking to incorporate the material on a smaller scale.

Marble is a great way to infuse luxurious elements in your Keller home as it will add a timeless feature, but it is important to do your research to see where the material is most appropriate to ensure its longevity. It’s important to know when to use authentic marble and when to turn to an alternative option.



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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

4 easy ways to pest-proof your Keller home


You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your eyes, and just as you fall asleep, the noise is back, this time it's coming from inside the wall.

You have a visitor - an unwanted visitor.

As much as we all enjoy the comfort our homes, they are also the perfect setting for pests like rats, mice and raccoons to snuggle up and escape the cold air, too.

Whether you've already noticed signs of pest activity or just want more peace of mind at home, use these four preventative tips to eliminate and prevent potential pest infestations.

1. Seal off entry points to stop rodents from squeezing in.
Rodents can enter through holes as small as a dime, and will use any vulnerable opening to get in-from your foundation to your roofline. To keep these unwelcome intruders out, start by checking the perimeter of your home and repairing any small cracks or holes. In order to prevent rodents from chewing through these sealed areas, layer your sealing work by stuffing it first with a metal mesh, such as steel wool, and then sealing it down with caulk. This can also help keep summer pests such as spiders and ants at bay.

Don't forget to check for gaps around conduit pipes, worn-out door sweeps and garage seals, as well as torn screens behind gables and roof vents. And, avoid leaving your doors open unnecessarily-even between trips to the car for groceries.

2. Secure food sources to eliminate the attraction.
Pests are not picky eaters. Once they find a food source, they are notorious for overstaying their welcome (and inviting friends). While critters can thrive in even the cleanest of houses, Keller homeowners should remove any temptations by sweeping up spills and crumbs immediately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends storing food in airtight containers made of thick plastic or metal. This is especially important when storing pet food or bird seed in the garage.

3. Clear up clutter in your yard.
Stacks of firewood, old tires or other debris leaning against your exterior walls are a perfect, protected pathway around your house. Leave at least a foot of space between these items and your home, and move mulch away, too. Then, clean out your gutters and remove any dead leaves. Not only do piles of colorful fall foliage make for the perfect autumn Instagram photo, but raking these away from your home can help prevent pests like earwigs and snakes from finding warmth and building nests.

Keller homeowners with green thumbs should also thoroughly clean out planters before bringing them in for winter, as spiders will often lay eggs at the bottom of pots to hatch next spring.

4. Know when to call in the pros.
As with most home improvement projects, there are great do-it-yourself methods available to prevent pest control issues in your home. However, waiting until it's too late to call in a certified professional can be dangerous and lead to major damage, costing you money and time. Pest control companies like Terminix offer free pest inspections to assess your home, and if needed, can remove any critters that may have settled in. To keep your family worry-free, they will seal any entry points to ensure winter pests can't return.


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fire safety reminders to protect your Keller home


With Fire Prevention Week taking place in October, it’s a great time to evaluate your home for fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) September 2015 Structure Fires Report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home fires per year between 2009-2013, causing $6.9 billion in damage and 2,470 deaths. The NFPA cites cooking equipment, heating equipment and electrical distribution systems as the three leading causes of accidental home fires, but there are steps Keller homeowners can take to help prevent them.

To help protect your family in the event of a home fire, there are several safety tips and steps that you can take. The NFPA recommends testing your smoke alarms regularly and replacing them every 10 years to best help protect your family and home, but there are several safety tips and steps you can take to further help prevent a fire before it happens. Here are three to consider:

Clear your cooking space. With hot ovens and stovetops, some of which even contain open flames, it’s not surprising that cooking equipment is the leading cause of accidental home fires. It’s important to be aware of your cooking area before, during and after food preparation. Make sure that anything flammable, such as dish towels, pot holders or food containers are moved away from hot surfaces or flames, and that all cooking utensils, like pots, pans, spoons or ladles, are removed from ovens before preheating. Also, take special care and read cooking directions carefully when using flammable ingredients or equipment, such as oils or deep fryers.

Understand your electrical system. Although there are several ways to recognize potential risks of an electrical fire in your home, most homeowners are not aware of the signs or what to look for. For example, keep an eye out for discolored or warm outlets, which are signs of an electrical failure or malfunction and a potential electrical fire. Other signs of electrical issues are flickering or dimming of lights, frequent issues with blowing fuses, or smelling a burning or rubbery odor from appliances. Other often overlooked electrical fire safety tips include using extension cords for temporary needs only, never running cords under rugs or pinched beneath furniture, and to not overload electrical outlets. Though convenient, these common mistakes can result in serious fire hazards.

Purchase and install safety products. In the chance a fire does occur in your home, safety equipment such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers can mean the difference between life and death, but Keller homeowners should also install devices that can help to prevent fires. Given that 50 percent of the electrical fires that occur each year could be prevented with Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Outlets, it seems logical that homeowners should install them. AFCIs detect a wide range of arcing electrical faults, which are dangerous and could lead to electrical fires. Once an AFCI Outlet detects an arcing fault, it immediately shuts off power to help prevent potential ignition of a fire. These are important to have in living areas like bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens to protect homeowners from unexpected electrical hazards.

For more information about fire safety and prevention, visit www.Leviton.com/HomeSafety.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Easy home cleaning solutions for Keller homeowners



Juggling parenting duties and work obligations, not to mention household chores, is a lot for one person to take on and yet, many Keller homeowners like you do this every single day. So often you get caught up in all the busyness, you forget to set aside time to relax or just have some fun.

Fortunately, there are ways to streamline cleaning duties, so you don't have to spend every spare moment scrubbing the floor and tackling clutter. Follow these five easy cleaning solutions to efficiently maintain your beautiful home and open up more time to do the things you love.

Purge, purge, purge: While getting rid of broken appliances and barely worn clothes initially takes some time, the results are well worth it. After removing barely-used belongings, you'll have less stuff to store, which prevents clutter from piling up and causing stress in the future. When getting rid of junk, start in the area that contains the bulk of your possessions, such as the bedroom or hallway closets. Tackling the problem head-on and getting the worst part over with first will motivate you to complete the project.

Stress less about stains with a convenient carpet cleaner: When you have kids and/or pets, stains are just a part of life. That doesn't mean, however, you have to let stains interfere with your schedule. A quality carpet cleaning solution, such as the STAINMASTER will lift away tough stains and ground-in dirt so they don't take away from your home's style. You begin cleaning on contact to remove even the most stubborn stains, and each cleaning solution provides an invisible shield to repel dirt to protect against re-soiling.

Add a mud tray in the entryway: Every time you mop the entryway floor, it seems to be dirty again in just a couple days. Winter and spring are especially hard on your floors, as kids and pets often track in mud, water and snow. To keep your floors clean, and reduce the need for mopping, set up a mud tray to store dirty boots and shoes. Mud trays are often made of tough plastic, which means they are easy to hose off and keep clean. Plus, you can find stylish designs that fit in well with your welcoming home.

Always put belongings back in their designated spot: It's easy to finish eating and say to yourself "I'll put these dishes in the dishwasher later," or, maybe you put off putting laundry away when you're in a rush. But in a few days, small clutter can turn into a big mess. Pretty soon, you'll be overwhelmed by the clothes scattered on the floor and the dishes covering the kitchen counter, and you'll be forced to spend a good hour or two putting belongings away.

To avoid belongings from piling up, get in the habit of putting items away when you're done with them. It might seem like a hassle at first, but this small change in your daily to-do list will have a big impact on your weekly cleaning routine.

Use extra wall space for storage: If lack of storage space is constantly causing clutter, take advantage of bare wall space to install shelves or hang belongings, like coffee cups or hats. This simple trick can enhance your Keller home's style and maximize storage without taking up floor space.

Don't spend more time cleaning than you have to - new habits and a few superior products are all you need to streamline your routine and open up more time for fun.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

5 hardwood design trends for Keller homeowners


Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What's the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters.

For Keller homeowners looking for modern hardwood options; here's what's trending.

Wide-plank flooring
Perhaps no recent trend has been more influential than the use of wide-plank hardwood flooring. Traditional plank widths, ranging from 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches, are still popular. But today's homeowners often ask for widths between 5 and 7 inches, and there is even demand for up to 10 or 12 inches. Wider floorboards usually make your space look more modern and larger. With less seams, these floors can be treated like a canvas: ebonized oak or walnut for a sleek, dark look; light woods like ash or maple for a chic, urban vibe; weathered-gray tones for a slightly rustic affect - many possibilities are available.

Wood ceilings
It used to be that hardwood planks primarily went on floors or walls, but today they're appearing on residential ceilings too. Simple beadboard, painted white or with a light natural stain, looks crisp and airy overhead, adding visual appeal while remaining modest and unassuming. For a more assertive vibe, one might try  tongue-and-groove walnut or hickory, characterful woods that give a degree of enrichment. For that reason, they're best reserved for large, high-ceiling rooms that aren't easily overwhelmed. In smaller, lower spaces, a ceiling with too much personality can feel oppressive.

Mix and match
Architects and designers, who once avoided using different varieties of hardwood in a single residential space, now mix and match them with newfound enthusiasm. Clearly contrasting wood tones - blond maple and black walnut, for example - create a striking effect that can work well in both traditional and contemporary settings. This is particularly true in kitchens, where a favorite configuration features upper cabinetry in a light-color wood such as birch, and lower cabinetry in a dark-color wood like cherry. The result is a space that has strong visual interest, and is light and airy, yet solidly grounded.

Gray stains and finishes
Gray is a classic "neutral" that never truly goes out of fashion. It's currently one of the most popular colors, ranging from pale smoke to deep charcoal, showing up in hardwood flooring, paneling and cabinetry. Either light or dark, gray stains bring out any wood's natural texture and grain. Grays are timeless and versatile - quiet and soothing colors that recede into the background without losing intrigue.

Distressed hardwoods
Keller homeowners drawn to the popular look of weather-beaten rustic and elegantly timeworn are turning to distressed hardwoods - new product to which scrapes, nail holes, notches, saw marks and other signs of wear and tear have been carefully applied, often by hand. Manufacturers are able to reproduce convincing facsimiles of anything from the burnished walnut floorboards of an 18th century salon to the rugged oak-plank siding of a 19th century Pennsylvania barn. It's a distinctive look that offers a wide range of aesthetics.


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