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Holiday Leftover Tips

by Sherrie Toth

Did you host Thanksgiving at Apple Valley this year?  Regardless of where you spent your Holiday, November and December are synonymous with family and food. Lots and lots of food.  The day after a big holiday celebration is most likely being spent looking at the insurmountable leftovers taking up space in your kitchen as opposed to the beautiful view on the lake. What on earth do you do with these left overs?  It’s impossible to avoid them, so you pack them away in every free square inch of your refrigerator and the one outside in the garage only to probably toss them a few weeks later.  You had good intentions, right?

You can’t possibly cook less.  That’s no fun and that isn’t the holiday spirit!  So here are some tips to alleviate being left with the task of getting rid of all those leftovers.

Purchase To Go Containers-.  This might sound too obvious, but if the containers are available, your guests are more likely to take some leftovers with them before they leave.  There are many cost-savvy options to lessen the hit on your wallet, too such as purchasing these items from discount stores or finding the store brand as opposed to the name brand.  Have these containers sitting out and ready to be taken.  Your guests will be much more prone to utilizing these if they know what they’re for and that they don’t have to return them.  When you’re cleaning up after the meal, pack up some of those containers to make it even easier to just grab and go.

Plan Meals for the Week- Holiday food is extremely versatile; that smoked ham doesn’t have to be eaten as it was intended the next day.  It would be just as scrumptious to grind it up and make ham salad or dice it up and make a ham and cheese omelet for breakfast.  You can do this with a lot of the left overs.  Having a plan for the week will take away some of the stress that comes along with what do with the amount of food that is likely to be left over.


Utilize Your Freezer- I get it: You’re tired and you don’t have the energy to make a big ordeal out of putting the food away.  BUT!  A lot of that food can be put in the freezer and used at a later date-- it sure beats throwing them away when you can’t use them in time. This might take a little effort and planning, but if you prepare yourself ahead of time, it should be no problem to pack that food up!





Did you know there are still great homes at the lake “FOR SAIL” We also have buyers that are looking through the holidays! Toth and Team is proud to serve you in any way we can.

Happy Holidays!

The 1st 7 figure "SAIL" at Apple Valley Lake

by Carrie Pauken - Blogger

Apple Valley Lake's first million dollar listing is set to "Sail" this afternoon. 895 Kingsway Circle is a spacious, 7,000 sq/ft home with six bedrooms, a three car garage, a theater room, an owners suite fit for a princess, a gorgeous panoramic view of Apple Valley Lake and much more! . You can view the actual listing here.

 

“When asked about their excitement surrounding this monumental Lakefront listing, Toth and Team’s response was actually what I DID expect from them.

“We are so grateful and humbled that we were given the opportunity to list this home. Our team has put forth a lot of effort in making this happen not only for the seller but the buyer's as well. This listing and sale are not just about numbers for us.  It’s about putting forth million dollar effort no matter the list price.”

The Toth's also noted that this closing will be bitter sweet. They enjoyed working with the seller and frankly are sad to see her leave. The bright side of it is, they brought in a wonderful family that they now consider their neighbor and new friends.

The Toth's wanted it mentioned that they will share with anyone the Apple Valley sale history for 2017. Whether on or off the lake.

Selling or Buying? Get the Million Dollar Treatment! Contact Toth and Team!

844-411-5253

Email HERE

Looking for lakefront at Apple Valley? Here is the link of what is available Lakefront Homes For Sale

 
Blogger, Carrie Pauken

Winterizing Your Lake Home

by Sherrie and Joe Toth
Have you started getting your lake home ready for Ohio winter yet? I know, I can’t believe it’s almost here either!
 
A large outdoor cabin with a wrapped deck at Big Bear Mountain Resort in California

One of the easiest - and cheapest - things you can do to prepare for the cooler temperatures is to buy a $2 protector for your outdoor faucet. This will keep cold air from getting into your pipes and flooding your basement with frozen water, which can cost up to $15,000 to fix. Don’t you love finding a cheap solution to prevent a really expensive problem?

This article has some other great tips for winterizing your lake home, and if you need any other ideas on how to protect your investment, feel free to ask.

Joe & Sherrie
 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
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7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home!

by Sherrie Toth

7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home:

You’re ready to make the dive, eh?  Purchasing a Lakefront home is the next item on your bucket list and as you get ready to venture into this endeavor, you will have some things to think about first.  A purchase of this magnitude will require much more than a simple Internet search for:” Lakefront properties near me”. While there are several aspects to consider when purchasing a lakefront home, Toth and Team has whittled that list down to seven points.


 

  1. Find a local agent who is a true waterfront/ area specialist.  We cannot stress this enough, hence why it’s number one on the list.  You wouldn’t go to your dentist to perform brain surgery and you wouldn’t hire any agent to help you with your search.  And it doesn’t stop at simply being a Lakefront Specialist-- you also want your agent to be a local specialist.  You want an agent who also lives in the area and knows the ins and outs.  Toth and Team is proud to say that not only are we experts in lake living, but we are also proud owners of a lakefront property on the very lake in which we specialize. We have been second lakefront owners and full time lakefront owners. We know both lifestyles.   

  2. Have a chat with other residents.  Along the lines of getting expert advice, why not talk to others who live there?  Do they enjoy living in the community?  How long have they been there? What are the greatest challenges? What are the benefits?

  3. What will be your waterfront responsibilities?  Your agent will be able to give advice or direct you with this one.  If you’re new to waterfront properties, you might want to do research on what your new responsibilities will be.  Consider the fact that your backyard is your new front yard-- it is visible for all to see now with boaters driving by.

  4. Look into loans early.  Start the prequalification process early.  Purchasing a Lake Home is typically a very large purchase and available to those who are extremely qualified.  You will want to start this process early because it can take a lot longer than the normal home loan process. Another note to consider is, a second home requires more money down.

  5. Lake Location. Are you happy to be located anywhere on the lake or do you desire a specific area?  Depending on where your property is located (East, West, North, South) you could experience more day time sun (sunrise) or more evening sun (sunset)-- all of which are YOUR preference.  Do you want to reside on the main lake or would you prefer a more quaint, quiet cove?

  6. Boat restrictions: Make sure you understand the restrictions at the lake. For instance, did you just purchase a 22ft Mastercraft? This boat would not be approved for Apple Valley Lake. Our team is well informed and educated on the dos, don’ts, cans and can'ts

  7. Picking the right real estate professional. Understand that lakefront at most lakes is highly desired. We know our “niche” market well. At the time you are looking, we can update you what is happening and what we predict will happen on the waterfront. -Many times we know about homes before they list in the MLS!  Many homes in 2017 on the lakefront, sold within days and even hours.

Do you have questions?  Maybe you’re not ready to jump right in, but you just want to talk.  That’s what we’re here for.  Let’s chat over a cup of coffee!  Contact us  and we can help!

 

Apple Valley Lake surprise in Tennessee

by Sherrie Toth

My parents went to Tennessee and visited the Gaylord Opryland hotel and resort and came back with a pretty cool story that includes Apple Valley Lake. Thanks Ma!

 

The Opryland Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1977.  Originally, the hotel was built to support the Grand Ole Opry. It had 580 guest rooms and a ballroom. 

The hotel became a hot spot destination and in 1984, it increased its size to accommodate another 480 guests and also added a convention center and a Garden Conservatory. The atrium featured over 10,000 plants and flowers. 

Keeping up with demand, in 1988 another 2 acres and nearly 800 guests rooms were added!  Another Atrium was built that included  a beautiful 3.5-story waterfall with over 8,000 tropical plants.

In 1996, A 4.5-acre expansion adding 1,024 guest rooms, 10 meeting rooms and a 57,000-square-foot ballroom was added. The incredible main feature of this addition was the Delta Atrium, which included a quarter-mile-long Delta River. As a part of the Grand opening of the river, water from 1700 lakes and rivers in the US were poured into the waterway. INCLUDING from Apple Valley Lake. It may have only been a couple ounces from a Jack Daniels bottle, but the story is fun to share and is now a piece of our lake history.  

Unfortunately, In 2010, a flood from the Cumberland river devastated the Opryland Hotel with over 250 million in damages. Restored and beautiful again, it attracts thousands of visitors (like my parents) a year., 

Does anyone know who filled the bottle/s with Apple Valley's water? 

Pictures by Evelyn G Ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Info above from the following references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Opryland_Resort_%26_Convention_Center

http://www.restonian.org/2014/10/watergate-2014-how-did-water-from.html?showComment=1414201290926#c6770942505793521554

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/history-opryland-hotel-53488.html

COMING SOON!

by Sherrie Toth

365 Northridge Heights Dr - $714,555 LAKEFRONT Open House July 8th, 12-4 

 

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Opening up the Lake House!

by Joe Toth

One of the fun parts of owning a lake house at Apple Valley Lake or any Ohio Lake for that matter is opening it up for the season. Unless you plan ahead, you might forget some tasks.  Here are a few tips to get the first weekend at the lake off to a good start. 

Your Checklist

To make sure you don't forget anything, write down a checklist of everything you have to do before you leave home and what must be done when you arrive at the lake. It takes a little extra time, but a checklist is the easiest way to make sure you get everything done. 

1. Contact the utility company and phone company to turn on your services. We have contact numbers right here for you
2. Get all your cleaning supplies, clothing, food, and all your family's needs together.
3. Make sure the insurance policies for your cottage, boat, trailer, and other documents you need are ready to go.

When You Arrive

1. Take inventory of your property. Check the property outside for any damage that may have occurred during the winter. 
2. Check the phone and power lines.
3. Check the roof and chimney for damage.
4. Inspect the windows and screens.
5. Check the structure under the cottage including beams and posts.
6. Check the deck and see if it needs a fresh coat of paint or stain.


Indoor Inspection of the Cottage

It's important to check the ceilings for any water leaks and do the necessary repairs as soon as possible. You should inspect all windows for leaks and functionality, check cupboards and drawers for signs of mice and clean them thoroughly. Put out fresh sheets and blankets, fluff up the towels and you're ready to enjoy Apple Valley Lake for the next season. 

A good once over cleaning

Open up all of the windows and air out the cottage! Its been several months so dust is going to build up. Sherrie's favorite sent at our lake house is lemon. She has tried them all and has found that Pine Sol Lemon is the best! Wipe down cabinets, floors and counter tops.  A quick once over will make things sparkle and smell fresh again. 

Needing a service provider to help with projects?  Here is our community list of KNOXPROS 

What are some of your tasks that you do to get the lake house ready?

 

 

5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor

by Sherrie Toth

Sellers and Buyers: 5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor.

Hands, Home, Protection ...

Are you buying or selling a home? Thinking about it?

At RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team, we are confident in our ability to do the best job representing you.  But we want YOU to be just as confident.  Here are a few questions you can ask when your are interviewing for a Realtor to help you either look for a home or sell one.

 

  1. Ask about experience- The sale of your home is one of the most costly transactions you will likely make in your lifetime and you should be confident that your Realtors experience will allow them to handle the sale of your home with fidelity from listing to closing. Its suggested  that you will want your agent to have at least 5-8  years of experience.
  2. When selling, ask how they plan to market your home- Marketing set’s  an agent apart.  Data shows that homes sell faster  the more thoroughly they are marketed. Many agents put a sign in the yard, put it in the MLS  and hope it sells.  It’s important that your agent has a written plan for your home. They should be able to sell the lifestyle of the area and should be talented at social marketing. Social marketing is the new  print press.
  3. Ask about communication - The process of selling a home will require a lot of communication-- nail biting at times!  Do you have a preference to which communication you prefer and how often?  Most agents are “cookie cutter” communicators. Make sure your communication from your Realtor is tailored just for you.
  4. Ask about office location and area knowledge- Is your agent local or miles or even counties away?  Can they react within minutes of a call? Many Realtors are moving to virtual offices. Buyers and sellers still like to walk into an office and talk with a professional face to face. Buyers want to trust their agent and get to know them before they feel confident allowing the agent to take care of their financial business.  An office will have maps, local information and feature their sellers listings to new buyers. Although paper marketing is becoming archaic to buyers, they still love to come into an office and get materials and information about a community from an area professional without seeing it for the first time at a showing. A brokerage that invests in an area office,  typically make it their business to know it  like the back of their hand.
  5. Ask about  past performance- Ask for performance documentation. Not their brokerage stats but their own personal stats compared the average agent. You don't want an average agent helping you with hundreds of thousands of dollars! Remember, past performance is likely going to be their future performance.


Of course, these are not the ONLY questions that you can ask, but these are definitely high up on the list.  RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team have a full list of questions that you can use in an interview.  Give us a call and let’s sit down and chat!  

Ways to find your Happy Place After Summer

by Sherrie Toth

Toth and Team prides itself in helping you find your “Happy Place.” At Apple Valley!  By Urban Definition, “Happy Place” is:

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With summer weather winding down and fall weather slowly creeping in, it’s easy for us to naturally revert to “hustle bustle” mode (I'm already seeing holiday decorations!).  Summer is a time we tend to calm down and enjoy ourselves; when fall is in full effect, most of us put our blinders on and plug away.  

Before you know it, you’ve lost that “happy place” feeling and it might take until next summer to get it back again.

Toth and Team has compiled a list of ten ways to find your “happy place” even when summer has ended and life returns to its regularly scheduled program.

It’s always a good idea to take some time for “self care.”  You have to be the best version of you in order to give what is required of you in your everyday life.

  1. Be Active!- Relaxing comes in many forms.  And it has been proven that the more your body exercises, the more deep and genuine rest you get when you sleep.  It's all a cycle, really.  Get out there and be active.  Being active doesn't have to be strenuous; 30 minutes of gardening is just as “outdoors-y” as a jog around the block.  Do something you LOVE!

  2. Get outside!  Being outdoors is proven to help keep you grounded and elevate your mood.  We spend way too much time indoors connected to the outside world, but not enough time connecting WITH the outdoors.  Even if you just take a walk and enjoy the sights of the lake  and sounds, getting outside can benefit you.

  3. Just sit!  We are too busy these days.  And there's nothing wrong with having things to do, but if you can't sit down and just "exist" for even five minutes a day, then you might have to readjust your priorities.  Even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes and breathe, then do that; it's a start.

  4. Take a bath!  No really, not because you smell! Take a hot bath and while you're at it, throw some Epsom salts in there.  Not only does a hot bath elevate your mood, calm you down, and produce better sleep, adding Epsom salt can magnify these benefits.  And, hey, you're getting some alone time to recharge and reset.

  5. Sift through the negatives and make adjustments!  Let's face it: our fast-paced lives that are ever-connected to social media are laden with unnecessary negativity.  The good thing about that is that YOU have the power and ability to control what comes into your life.  Sometimes it's as easy as sifting through your friends list and getting rid of the negativity; other times it's not so easy.  But maybe your friend's list is a great place to start.  Surround yourself with positivity it's contagious.

  6. Do something you love! The busier we get, the more we start to put our hobbies on the back burner.  But studies show that you will be happier and more relaxed if you leave some time during the week to do something you love.  Maybe that's sitting on a dock and appreciating the lake or watching the birds.  Maybe it's drawing or painting.  Maybe it's volunteering.  Whatever it may be, allow yourself the freedom to do that which you love.

  7. Be mindful when you do everyday activities.  An activity as simple and rote as doing the dishes can become more relaxing if you make yourself aware of each and every part of the process.  For example, the colors of the bubbles, the sound of the water, the shine of the dishes, the fresh sent of the soap and so on.  Being mindful can lead to a better, more relaxed you.

  8. Wake up and smell the coffee!  For us, coffee keeps us focused and on task during the day.  It's also what we do first thing in the morning.  That morning cup of Joe motivates us to get up and out of bed to get the day started.

  9. Make a list and start crossing things off.  Making a list of all the things you have to do can take the stress off of your brain.  It's also been said to keep a pen and paper by your bed so that if you're awake in the middle of the night, you can alleviate some of the stress of the ever-growing mental to-do list by writing it down.  It get's it out of your head and onto the paper so that you have more room for new "to-do" items :)  Studies show that when you make a list and start to cross items off that list, you feel a sense of accomplishment.

  10. Sit down and "unWINE."  After your Epsom bath, put your jammies on and sit down with a nice glass of your favorite wine-- bonus points if that wine is red.  The benefits of red wine have been linked to heart health and a world full of other positive effects.  But we get relaxed at the very idea of a quiet evening and a glass of red wine.  But do so responsibly; a little too much and you're not going to be happy the next day.


What other ways do you use to relax and take a breather?  Let us know!  And of course, if you need to find your “happy place,” Toth and Team knows just where to look! Need a quick fix? See a live feed of the lake www.avlakecam.com

Decorating Your Apple Valley Lake Home

by Sherrie Toth

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Whether you’re enjoying the city life or living the lake life at Apple Valley Lake, you can decorate your home in such a way that makes you feel like you’re living at the lake regardless of where you’re physically located.

The following items are just SOME ideas that you can use in your home to give it that Lakeside feel.

Most of these items can be done for pennies on the dollar or better yet, FREE!

Please post pics of YOUR lakeside decor and share below!

Wooden Paddles- Do you have any of these laying around?  Are they collecting dust in your basement or attic?  Perhaps you’ve seen them at yard sales or secondhand shops.  Don’t pass these up!  You can paint them and distress them and hang them in your bathroom or in your living room.  They definitely can add a lake feel to any room.

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Homemade wooden signs- These little gems can be made using any leftover wood.  You can stain the wood or paint and distress and then add on whatever sayings you want.  Here are a few  just to give you an idea:

woodsign.jpgThese signs can hang just about anywhere: on your dock, on your porch, the bathroom, the guest room, the list goes on!

Circular Mirrors- Mirrors can be found at almost ANY garage sale or thrift shop.  Just because you don’t like the border, don’t pass this up!  You can always repaint it!  Circular mirrors are great additions to your lake home because they give off a nautical feel.

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Re-purposed items-

Clocks- if you have a clock that doesn’t serve its original practical use, consider attaching it to a plant stand and using it as a small side table for your porch or living room.  While this isn’t necessarily “lake” decor, it definitely is a cool upcycle idea.

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Canoes- Canoes that aren’t able to be used on the water any more can certainly be upcycled.  I’ve seen them turned into anything from a small, contained garden to a shelf.  The possibilities are endless.  Google search “upcycled canoes” and explore!  Talk about a definite lake feel addition to your home.

 

Light Colors- Nothing makes you feel more like you’re in your happy place than light colors.  Light blue, white, warm yellow and light shades of gray all give a cool, ever-summer feel to your home.  Try a white base (walls, floors) and splashing bits of color via pillows and rugs.  If you’re gonna go dark in color, do it with purpose.  Creating a rustic look can’t happen on accident. It needs to be done with a calculated mind; otherwise, it will seem stuffy and will give the opposite feel of what you’re going for.

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What have you seen recently that gives your home or someone else’s home that Lake feel?  Comment below and share some pics!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you found your happy place?  Contact us today for more information!

 

If Apple Valley Lake is not your Ohio lake of choice, discover other lakes at www.OhioLakeSearch.com

 

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