Stand Up for Veterans Event

We want to thank everyone who volunteered and donated for the Stand Up for Veterans Event in Santa Ana last week, it was a tremendous success as we were able to meet and help many homeless Veterans throughout the day. A special thanks to Tom Gertsen for filming this video which encapsulates the day, and Jon Holcomb for organizing the event…we are truly grateful for everyone's hard work. THANK YOU!

 

 

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Tom Schulze – ListWell Realty

Tom Schulze – ListWell Realty has quite literally brought a new value proposition to Orange County home sellers and buyers. When you sell your home with Tom he can save you thousands of dollars on commission fees compared to the conventional 5-6% fee structure of other real estate companies by charging a flat fee while still giving excellent service and using the latest technology in our industry today.

When you buy a home from ListWell, the commission received from the seller is shared with the buyer. These checks are often thousands of dollars for a typical OC home purchase!

This common sense approach to real estate commissions has saved ListWell clients HUGE money. The ListWell fee structure offers a better option for sellers (as well as buyers) to reach the goal of maximizing net profit on the sale (or purchase) of their largest asset, which is why Tom is so proud of what he does.

Tom is a 20 year resident of Southern California and a 30 year veteran when it comes to customer service and real estate. Having served as a Director for the Orange County Board of Realtors for 5 years and as Manager for one of the largest privately held real estate companies in Orange County he grew his office to "number one" before leaving to start his own company.

Tom has also trained hundreds of real estate agents on property marketing, evaluation of value, transaction management, negotiation, escrow and the closing process. Literally overseeing the sale of thousands of homes in Orange County and sold over 100 homes personally.

The bottom line is,Tom Schulze knows real estate and the ListWell common sense commission programs give you a better option than paying large commission fees when you don't have to.

Choose well, choose Tom at ListWell, you and your bank account will be very happy you did!

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Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 3

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 3.

Establish your Budget

Industry studies suggest that a typical kitchen remodeling project should be between 10% and 20% of your home's current market value. As a rule, well planned projects in this price range can return up to 90% of the project cost when you decide to sell your home. For a home valued at $200,000, a good starting point for your budget would be $20,000 to $40,000 for a complete renovation, including:

  • New cabinetry and countertops (About 50% of your total budget)
  • New flooring (10%)
  • New appliances (10%)
  • New sink, faucet, and disposal (5%)
  • Labor for removal and installation (25%)

As you begin thinking about your budget, use the 10% to 20% rule as a starting point to clearly set the maximum you are willing to spend on your project. Then begin looking at the value of homes in your neighborhood and try to talk with friends that may have recently completed a remodeling project. Care must be taken not to price your home well out of the market by investing much more in your new kitchen than you can hope to get back if you were to sell.

This should allow you to come up with an initial budget that is somewhat less than your maximum. For example, the budget range for your $200,000 home would be $20,000 to $40,000, and you decide that $30,000 is your personal maximum. After talking with friends and considering neighboring home values, you could potentially set your initial budget at $25,000 for your project.

Keep in mind that these estimates represent national averages and prices will vary by region of the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Building Trades Network – Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. What makes Building Trades Network different from other network groups?

A.    We are professionals who only work in the housing industry. Other network groups often have  multiple level marketing businesses that try to sell directly to it’s members. We believe when we grow our relationships though weekly meetings, events, mixers and our non-profit work we are actually building trust and better understanding of each member. We really get to know their business ethics, knowledge, experience and specialties making it far easier to refer to them to other contractors, trades people, clients, family, neighbors and friends.

 

Q. What is the non-profit side of Building Trades Network?

A.    We are a non-profit organization registered as “Building Trades Network Outreach Foundation” and we have worked very closely with different veteran groups for the past several years including “Furnishing Hope” for our returning wounded warriors, we also help at large events that offer care and education to homeless vets, we have given clothing, food, blankets and Christmas gifts to the homeless in our areas, we have contributed thousands of pounds of food tooth Orange County Food Bank and we are now heavily involved with Mercy House who is a wonderful organization helping mothers and children giving them a safe and clean place to live as they transition to permanent housing.

 

Q. I see there are three chapters, Can I go to all three meeting to meet more members?

A.    Yes. We encourage our members to meet every member in the organization to get the maximum value out of their membership. The more people you meet, the more opportunities for long term business relationships that add up big to your bottom line.

 

Q. What does it cost to join?

A. We have a $500 fee to join BTN and there is a small monthly chapter fee of around $20 a month to pay for the meeting room and coffee. We don’t believe in serving breakfast at our 7am meetings. It costs members more money, it takes more time, and frankly, it detracts from what we are trying to accomplish as a group. Get in and get out and get on with your busy day.

 

Q.  What are the goals of BTN as an organization?

A.    The founders had a vision. To bring together professionals in the housing industry who are like minded, licensed and bonded, are character first people who are looking to grow their business through networking with people they like and feel comfortable referring all with giving back to the community as our common passion.

 

Q. How do I join Building Trades Network?

A. Contact us for an application and attend a meeting, pretty simple. You will be happy you did!

 

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Veterans Helping Veterans Santa Ana Stand Up

Join us April 20th for the Veterans Helping Veterans Santa Ana Stand Up event. The “Stand Up for Veterans” program (originally inspired by the military term Stand Down), provides an opportunity to achieve a brief respite from the streets and immediately access needed services. Veterans will assemble in a base camp model that will include showers, meals, clothing, hygiene care kits, medical and legal advice, veteran benefit information, employment services, in a safe and supportive environment including veteran peer navigators.

Today more than 160 organizations across the country partner with local businesses, government agencies, tribal governments, community, and faith-based service providers to hold events in local communities for homeless veterans and their families. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers. For volunteer information click HERE

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Living with Heart Spring Gala

Join us for the annual Living with Heart Spring Gala, to benefit Mercy House on April 29, 2017 at the Newport Beach Marriot. It will be a wonderful night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and bidding in live and silent auctions.

Buy Tickets HERE

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Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2.

Establish Priorities – Needs, Wants, Desires

Closeup of smiling African American woman writing on notepad at home

To help you plan your budget, you need to develop a list of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires". This helps you prioritize the styles and functional elements you want to see in your new kitchen and ultimately stay within your budget. To create this list, we recommend the following steps:

  • Make a list of everything you don't like about your current kitchen. Once you think you have a pretty good list of "dislikes" – you can always add more later – take a few minutes to number this list with one being the most important change you need to make.
  • Go through all of the design ideas you have gathered and make a second, separate list of every design and functional element you want to see in your new kitchen. Be sure to leave room for new ideas that come up as you're shopping. Draw three columns to the right of your list labeled "Need", "Want" and "Desire"
  • With your list of dislikes close by, begin going through your list of new features. For each one, if it clearly addresses one of the things you dislike about your current kitchen, put a check in the "Need" column If it does not, put a check in the "Want" column for something that adds value, or a check in the "Desire" column if it is simply an "oh wow" item, like docorative molding or chocolate glaze. This is one of the most important steps, and the challenge here is to remain honest with yourself.
  • Prioritize all of the items in each of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires" columns, beginning with number one as the most important. Compare the item to what it "fixes" from your first list to help determine how important it might be. You might need to repeat this step a couple of times to make sure you are happy with the order.
  • Rewrite the entire list, in the order you have just selected. This last step may seem trivial, but it gives you a final opportunity to make changes and adds a little peace of mind that you were thorough.
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Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1. 

GATHER IDEAS

Although this may seem like the easiest part of the project, it is unfortunately the one that most often gets the least attention. Design ideas come from a number of valuable resources such as TV shows, websites, blogs, social media, showrooms, and magazine articles. These ideas are very personal and reflect individual style and taste as well as needs and wants. Much like a snowflake, no two kitchen projects will ever have exactly the same requirements or identical layouts.

You will need to create a folder for your design ideas. This folder should contain:

  • Magazine clippings, photos from the internet, pictures and advertisements that show styles and functional elements that you like.
  • Pictures of your existing space and the rooms that lead into it.
  • Pictures of other areas of your home that are representative of your style and taste.
  • Accurate measurements of the space you need to remodel.

Our next blog post will discuss your kitchen "wants, needs, and desires".

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Alix Flamm Designs

Building Trades Network Member of the Week

Alix Flamm Designs

ALIX FLAMM DESIGNS – A FULL-SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM 

With my knowledge and experience working as an Interior Designer…I collaborate with you, incorporating your ideas and lifestyle to create spaces that reflect who you are.  Whatever your project goal, I’ll add that extra flair that takes the design to the next level. I have worked years developing relationships with well respected, licensed and bonded architects, contractors, trades people, and vendors to give you the peace of mind that your project is going to be completed at the highest level.

Once we work together on an idea or design inspiration my approach is to focus on the details.  I have worked in all different styles and budgets.  I am very knowledgeable on the current trends and know the best resources to find your furniture and finishes, etc.  I can communicate directly with your contractor and oversee your project to make sure your materials and design are being properly implemented. 

Throughout my life, I’ve had a passion for Art & Design which is in my DNA. My father is an artist and designer, and credited with designing the first inflatable chair in the late 60s. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has his chair on display. Growing up I spent time drawing with my dad in his studio. Also, my mother loves to sew clothes and home decor, and decorated her own home.  She would take me to fabric and furniture stores. These were the early influences that helped me pursue a career in Interior Design.

I earned a B.A. from UCLA, and an Interior Design Degree from Interior Designer’s Institute in Newport Beach, an accredited and well respected college of design.  I am a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and currently serve as a Chairperson for Programs and Continued Education.

Phone: (949) 254-3772

http://alixflammdesigns.com/

AlixFlamm@icloud.com

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Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens & Baths

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Mark Anderson – Anderson's Floors, Kitchens & Baths


Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, & Baths is a family owned business with Mark Anderson, a former CPA, as the owner and President. The business began in 1988 in Fountain Valley as Tile & Carpet Unlimited. The business was moved to Laguna Niguel 2005 and the name changed to Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, & Baths to reflect the fact we do full kitchen and bathroom remodels in addition to flooring. Mark Anderson has strived to create a professional organization that focuses on high service and quality products and installation.

Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, and Baths is fully licensed (Ca license #829337). As a fully licensed & insured remodeling company (General Liability and Workers Comp), we are reliable, trustworthy and reputable. We offer full service kitchen, bath, countertops, showers, flooring (carpet, wood, laminate, tile, and stone) providing many material and installation options. For kitchen and bathroom, we offer cabinets that range from fully customized to budget models. We also do refinishing or re-facing options. Office, entertainment centers and closets can also be designed to your needs. We have state of the art CAD programs that bring your project to life in full living color. You Dream It. We Build It.

We offer convenient one-stop design & construction with a showroom that makes your remodeling dreams come true with piece of mind and confidence.

What We Do:

  • Whole House Remodeling
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Countertops
  • Painting

Whole House Remodeling:

Remodeling an entire house or adding an addition requires a strong vision of what the end product will become. Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Bath's years of experience will allow us to fulfill your dream. You dream, we will build it.

In addition to enhancing your lifestyle, whole house remodeling is a great investment for the market value of your home

 

Kitchens:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths makes kitchen remodeling easy from start to finish. Our designers will lead you through the process and will fit your style and budget needs.

Our portfolios of previous projects are in Classic, traditional and contemporary styles and we will match the cabinet style and color to the countertop and backsplash as well as the flooring.

Bathroom Remodeling:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths makes bathroom remodeling easy from start to finish. Our designers will lead you through the process and will fit your style and budget needs.

Bathrooms, especially Master bathrooms have become an area of the house for comfort and a retreat. Good for the mind, body, and soul.

Cabinetry:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths will customize our cabinets to your desires and needs. Projects will be designed on a state of the art CAD program that brings your project to life. Cabinets can be designed for the kitchen, bathrooms, entertainment centers, closets, and offices. Our cabinets are factory direct from major cabinet American manufacturers like Ultracraft, Midcontinent, and Showplace. In addition to new cabinets, we also provide refinishing (sand off old stain and put new stain or paint) and re-facing (replace doors and drawers but keep existing cabinets).

Flooring:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths provide and install a wide variety of Flooring. We have all styles of carpeting factory direct to you from the major manufactures like Mohawk Industries, Shaw , Camelot, and Royalty. We have a wide variety of stone or ceramic and porcelain tiles from various sources including Dal Tile, Mohawk, American Orleans, Royalty, and Bedrosions. Our wood and laminate offering is extensive including brands like Anderson's, Lauzon, Armstrong, BR-111, Max Windsor, Elegance, Mohawk, Bel Air, Summit, All American, Virginia Vintage, Provenza, Pacific Treasures, and California Classics.

We also provide and install Vinyl from Reward, Congoleum, and Armstrong.

Countertops:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths fabricates and installs both natural stones such as granite, marble, limestone, and travertine as well as Quartz factory direct from Cambria, Ceaserstone, Silestone, Dal One, and MSI.

Painting:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths will paint interiors or exteriors using the best paints in the industry, Dun Edwards or your choice.

Website: http://www.andersonsflooring.com/

Email: andersonsfloors@aol.com

Phone: 949.495.9511

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