Small Changes, Big Differences: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Give Your Home a New Look!

There are a lot of advantages to home improvement changes. They can make your space feel more modern, larger, and increase its value. And the good news is you don’t have to be an expert handyman (or handywoman) to make easy and simple alterations. Here’s how to better the look and feel of your home.

Living Room

1. Install new handles and door knobs: Buy new handles for your cabinets and drawers when you’re changing the style of a room. Get a modern feel by adding steel handles, or achieve shabby-chic comfort with bright colors that contrast classic wood doors and cabinets. Though old-fashioned, using a faux-crystal option will create a delicate look in a room.

2. Replace old light bulbs or add light fixtures: If the light in a room is looking dim, try stronger wattage bulbs (within the safety limitations listed on your lamp or light fixture). Floor lamps will also help achieve a brighter effect. Don’t rely on decorative desk lamps to drastically improve the brightness of a room, though they can enhance the mood and decor.

3. Paint the front door: It’s recommended that you repaint your front door every 4-6 years. (Pree’s Professional Painting) Whether it’s a neutral or bold color, if you give a door a new look, it can change the outlook you have on the rest of the house.

4. Polish floors: A weekly sweeping of your hardwood floors isn’t enough. Polish your floors every three months with a urethane-based polish, which creates a protective layer against small scratches.

5. Paint an accent walls: This design technique draws the eye to one wall instead of the others. Choose a bold color or wallpaper on the wall that features the focus of your room (e.g. a fireplace, a large painting). One accent wall technique is to keep with the tone of other walls. For instance, if your room is beige, paint the accent wall a deep, chocolate brown to keep with the neutral tone.

Make these small yet significant changes to your home, and you could be on your way to have your very own redesign at a fraction of the cost.


Century 21 M & M Cares and the Coats are Stacking Up

160x600-cb-coatsCoats for Kids is off to a great start during the first week of November 2009. We have collected over 250 coats from all of the twenty Century 21 M&M Real Estate offices. Our managers and their teams of over 750 realtors and staff have been out and about collecting and promoting the donation of Coats for Kids.

Marya Pimentel Modesto

Marya Pimentel, Modesto Office

In the Century 21 M&M Real Estate Modesto office Marya Pimentel has involved her colleagues and staff in fun decorating activities, including using a 1917 trunk that belonged to her grandmother and was used to transport clothing and household items from the Azores Islands to Central California.

Marya says “I thought it was fitting to use this trunk as a reminder of all the children in our area needing a coat for this winter. Such a basic need is sometime outside of their family’s reach.”

22 coats modesto

22 Coats for Kids, Modesto Office 11/6/09

Also, there are posters hung up all over the building, ornaments with the Coats for Kids logo hung on the tree in the reception area, and other tenants in the building have been asked to participate.

As of 11/6/09, the Modesto Century 21 M & M Real Estate office has collected 22 coats, their goal is 500. Marya Pimentel says “Go to my Facebook for pictures (and) daily postings.”

Bob Blower in the Lodi office says “Our agents are really excited about our new interest, Coats for Kids, in fact, on of my agents has her daughter collecting coats at her third grade class. They are excited at a chance to win a prize and do a class project.”

Bob Blower Lodi

Bob Blower, Lodi Office

According to Bob the Century 21 M&M Real Estate Lodi Office is very active in the local community during the Holidays;

“Our participation in the annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights, in which our floats have

won several recognitions for their fun and beauty, kicks off the season of giving. Our two highest priorities have been the Christmas Can Tree and the Adopt-a-Child program.”

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Lodi 2008 Christmas Float

Myrna Carter, Lodi

Myrna Carter, REA Lodi

“The Lodi Association of Realtors annual Can Tree fund raises thousands of dollars for the purchase of meals for the needy during the holidays. Myrna Carter from our office spearheads the effort as the committee chair and also is one of the leaders in raffle ticket sales.”

“Several of our other agents also sell raffle tickets and most of our Century 21 M&M agents participate by purchasing the tickets. For fun, the Lodi Association of Realtors has an annual can stacking contest and we usually have two or three teams participate. Most of our other agents are there cheering them on!”

“The Adopt-a-Child program delivers toys at Christmas to children who otherwise would not receive them. The Lodi Century 21 M&M Real Estate office has raised over $3,000 over the last 3 years to help. The Adopt-a-Child organization is able to take the money and buy toys at wholesale prices so more kids are happy. It has been very satisfying to know that somewhere a child is smiling who may have been crying.”

John Melo, CEO of Century 21 M&M Real Estate, would like to encourage each an every Associate and staff member to bring in at least three Coats for Kids.

Joe C4K

Joe brings in coats to Modesto office

Clean out your closets and encourage your families, friends and colleagues to participate, whatever it takes – we need coats! This is going to be a cold, wet winter…and the poor, homeless and unemployed need your help. Let’s do what we can for the Kids.

Besides Coats for Kids, how are you giving back to your communities? We need details; who, what, when, where, and why? Please submit details to, or just send us a short note in the comments box below. We are looking forward to hearing about all the ways M&M Cares in your communities.

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Century 21 M M Adds 7 New Offices

Century 21 M & M and Associates solidified its position as the world’s No. 1 Century 21 franchise with the recent acquisition of seven new offices.

“This acquisition adds over 2,000 sales and brings our projected total to over 8,500 transactions”, said John Melo, M & M’s chief executive officer. “We’re the No. 1 Century 21 franchise in the world with a projected $2 billion in sales for 2009.

Larry Matos, company president, said six of the new offices were purchased from Century 21 Distinctive, owned by Linda Green and Lauralee Ensign. The pair will join M & M with Green as sales manager and Ensign named chief operating officer.

More than 100 Realtors and staff are part of the new offices, located at West Sacramento, Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Green Valley and Rio Vista.

In addition, M & M also recently acquired Century 21 AmeriPro in Los Banos. Formerly owned by Rudy Trevino, the 923 W. Pacheco Blvd. office has 15 Realtors and staff.

Century M & M Real Estate, established by Melo and Matos in 1994 has grown to 20 offices and more than 700 Realtors and staff in 20 locations throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno and Sacramento counties.

Oakdale-based, Century 21 M & M is not yet done expanding and believes the financial climate is ideal for continued growth.

“We’re now working on acquiring another five independent offices,” Melo said. “Like real estate, the opportunity is when the market is at the low end, not the peak. It’s the same principle in acquiring new offices.”

The progressive organization has benefited from investments in technology, including its comprehensive website and virtual tours of all its listings. Century 21 M & M also utilizes more than 100 syndicated real estate websites including YouTube, AOL and Zillow.