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The Wahlberg Group Client Appreciation Party

Client Appreciation Party!

This month, The Wahlberg Group put together a beautiful clientIMG_0419 appreciation party at the Hotel Maya, on the water in Long Beach. To show our gratitude and maintain the already fantastic relationships that we have with our past clients, the outside banquet area was rented out and stocked full of delicious food and drink to enjoy.IMG_0422It was a great night not only the clients, but for the members of The Wahlberg Group and their friends and family.

Tacos were eaten, margaritas were enjoyed & at the end of the night s’mores weIMG_0437re roasted.IMG_0464  IMG_0446IMG_0482The Wahlberg Group looks forward to future events like these as well as maintaining the lifelong relationships built through these bonds.

If you know anyone who would enjoy the level of service we provide, please contact us today.

For more information on the Hotel Maya, please visit www.hotelmayalongbeach.com

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3 Easy Green Home Projects You Can Do In One Day!

Here are 3 easy projects you can do today help reduce your home energy usage.

Who doesn’t look at their bills each month and wish they could make them smaller? Turns out, just a few simple changes can help make a difference and will help your home run more efficiently. I’m sharing three quick projects that can be done in one day to help reduce your home energy usage.

Project #1 – Change your bulbs.

From HomeDepot.com

From HomeDepot.com

Replace your most frequently used light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. Sure, the LED bulbs can be a little expensive at first, but there are significant energy and environmental savings. By now most of us have replaced our incandescent bulbs with CFL or fluorescent bulbs, however the fluorescent bulbs can contain mercury — a dangerous substance to come into contact with if one of the bulbs happens to break. LED bulbs last longer, and don’t take minutes to warm up and are not prone to flickering like CFL bulbs.

Project #2 – Replace your air filter

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from HomeDepot.com

Change your air filter for your heating and air conditioning system! Ideally this should be done every 90 days. Not only does it help improve the performance of your furnace and help save energy, a fresh filter can help improve indoor air quality by filtering dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens. Not to mention, premium air filters claim to help filter bacteria, mold, smoke, smog, and even viruses. (Great for Cold/Flu season!)

 

Project #3 – Banish phantom energy drains

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From HomeDepot.com

Turning off electronics but leaving them plugged into the wall can raise your electric bill. When you leave your phone charger plugged into the wall all day, whether it’s charging the phone or not, the charger is slowly draining energy from the plug by keeping electricity available at all times. Simply unplugging items that you’re not using at the moment can help lower your electric bills. Think of things you don’t use all day when you’re gone – the  phone charger, toaster, coffee maker, blow dryer, flat iron, radio, microwave, computer, television, cable box…  it all starts to add up. Try plugging items into power strips and turning off the power strip when you leave for the day. Not only will it help stop the energy drain, but a surge protector can help protect your electronics.

This was just three examples, but there are lots of simple changes we can do to help our homes run more efficiently and reduce strain on valuable and expensive resources. Those small changes can add up to a big difference for our planet and our wallets.

Chelle Wahlberg, Realtor ®

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The Wahlberg Group is Going Into Space!!!

We’re Preparing For launch…

At least our name is anyway. The Wahlberg Group’s name has been micro-etched on a chip and placed in the Orion Space Capsule for the Development Flight Test One from the Kennedy Space Center, aboard a Delta IV Heavy Rocket! This is very exciting and we are honored that a dear client thought of us for this. We even have a fun Nasa Boarding Pass.

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?action=getcert&e=1&cn=1002167

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.

The first scheduled launch time was scrubbed due to weather this morning. The next opportunity will be early Friday morning, fingers crossed.

Wish us luck 🙂

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How Do You Fit Everyone In Your House For A Holiday Dinner?

How To Make Room for Everyone at Holiday Dinners

DSCN0046When shopping for a home, most of us didn’t find a house with an enormous formal dining room for a table that can comfortably fit 20 people. It’s never fun to be exiled to a different room due to lack of space – or even worse – be given a seat at the dreaded “kids’ table”. So, where do you fit everyone? The key is flexibility. I’ve found some great ideas for making extra room for holiday dinners.

Seasoned entertainers often have some extra folding tables and chairs in storage for this occasion, but if you don’t, one simple idea is to rent some extra seating from a party supply. They usually drop them off the day before and pick them up the day after, so it’s really easy. The one I use is Coast Party Rentals in Los Alamitos, CA. They have several table and chair options and I sometimes rent table cloths and cloth napkins so all the tables match (at the end of the meal, simply toss the soiled linens in a bag and let the rental company worry about washing them). You can even rent plates, glasses, and flatware if you need to. 

You could always switch your living room and dining room around for one day to allow for more table space. Another idea is to stash your living room furniture in the garage, or use it to create extra seating on the patio or family room,  to create one large empty space. **note: re-arrange your house a day or two ahead of time – not Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. It allows you extra time to figure out where everything goes, and let’s the dust settle from any disagreements that may happen during the process. (At least in my house)**

In My Own Style has a great tutorial on building a plywood topper for your regular dining table to make a temporarily larger table.

From In My Own Style

From In My Own Style

plywood topper

From In My Own Style

This is a great idea if you need a few extra seats for holidays and birthday parties, but don’t have the space for a huge table year-round.

Our weather is not usually very cold in Southern California, in fact we often get to wear shorts and barbeque our turkey on Thanksgiving; so we sometimes set up an al fresco dining room on the patio for large get-togethers. You can rent a patio heater or two from a party supply and set out a basket of lap blankets for those that might get chilled in the evening. Adding plenty of twinkle lights overhead, candles, and some soft music can make this option very charming and doesn’t require you to re-arrange your house.

Here are a few last tidbits to help with having lots of people in your home:

Set up a drink station and a food station out of the way. Our kitchen is the heart of our home, but several people gathered in the walkway sipping cocktails and eating cheese can make it impossible to get through and/or finish cooking the meal. This is not only a nuisance, but it can be downright dangerous with hot pans and knife weilding going on. I learned to set up my food and beverage tables in the dining area or living room to encourage mingling and to keep the kitchen area clear.

Here are some great ideas on BuzzFeed for creative drink stations

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Have an outdoor activity for kids to do. Lawn bowling, croquet sets, bean bag tossing, or coloring books are good ideas. Giving kids something to do prevents them from running around in the busy kitchen area, and helps keep fewer bodies in the house until mealtime. Spoonful.com has a tutorial on making a quick Crow and Corn bean bag toss game for the kids.

Do you have any great ideas for how to fit a large crowd in your house? Feel free to share.

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The Wahlberg Group

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

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Movember activities in Long Beach and Orange County, CA 2013

Movember Events 2013

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from Movember.com

You may have noticed a lot of men around town donning mustaches lately. November is the month that Movember, a global men’s health charity, asks men to raise awarness by starting the month clean shaven and growing and grooming a mustache for the 30 days of November, and asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. The funds raised by Movember goes towards men’s health initiatives that combat prostate and testicular cancer – some of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men. Since 2003, Movember has raised more than $440Million dollars for the cause.  Here are a few local Movember or mustache related events that you should check out.

Los Angeles Mustache Dash – benefit for Movember on November 17th, 2013 

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from Mustache Dash

The Los Angeles Mustache Dash is a 5k race that will take place in Elysian Park in Los Angeles (near Dodger Stadium). Participants will have 60 minutes to complete the course.  Each runner will receive a lovely mustache medal and shirt – to brag about their mustache dashing to friends and family. After the race, there will be an after party:

“Once you cross the finish line, you step foot in a mythical land, flowing with revelry and amusement: The Mustache BASH!  The Mustache Bash is fully equipped with free photo booth, complimentary light refreshments, beer garden, live music, M’Oasis, lots of prizes, sponsor giveaways, music, and a gentle, kindly mechanical bull named Mustache.”

You can register for the race at mustachedache.com

Costa Mesa Stache Dash – to benefit Men’s Health on November 23, 2013

There’s another mustache running event in Costa Mesa at Fairview Park on November 23rd – the Stache Dash.

LB Folk Revival Festival

It may not be a Movember charity event, but it might be a fun place to sport your ‘stache and maybe enter a beard/mustache contest. On Saturday, November 16th 2013, The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival is from 11 am to 10 pm on Pine Ave. in Downtown Long Beach.

“This family-friendly music festival will have something for everyone and will feature a half dozen local craft breweries including Beachwood BBQ,Rock Bottom, & Firestone WalkerThe Port of Long Beach kids pumpkin patch with crafts and activities, Polly’s Pies pie eating contest &The LB Beard Advocates moustache/beard contest, local artisans & craft vendors, gourmet food trucks including Sweet Lou’s BBQ Truck,The Canvas Truck Trailer Park Truck, old time photo booth, live painting, and a special “Farm-to-Table” lunch catered by Primal Alchemyto kick things off.

Long Beach loves their roots music and The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival aims to give the community a quality event that showcases the best in Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, World, & Roots music. The intention is to start small & local while gaining the support of the community and positioning the festival to grow and blossom in future years”

This looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially the farm-to-table lunch and the music lineup looks great.

If you know of other great Movember charity events in Long Beach or Orange County, please comment below.

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Want To Learn More About Solar Energy For Homes?

U.S. Department of Energy – Solar Decathlon – October 3-13

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting the Solar Decathlon in Irvine this year – and  it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about solar energy in homes and sustainable building practices. 20 collegiate teams each design and construct a house, erecting them all in a “solar village” for the public to tour. These houses must generate their own energy, appeal to consumers, and demonstrate innovative architectural and engineering design. Admission is FREE to the public!

The Solar Decathlon Competition

In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, collegiate teams design and build energy-efficient houses powered  by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon. The winning team produces a house that:

  • Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
  • Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
  • Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
  • Provides adequate hot water
  • Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.

Solar Decathlon Teams

The university-led teams that design, build, and operate the competition’s solar-powered houses are the heart of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. These teams  will compete in Solar Decathlon 2013:

The competition is always interesting, and I highly recommend you attend if you would like to learn more about solar energy for homes and innovative new technologies and products for your home.

The Solar Village will be open October 3 – 6 and October 10-13 from 11am to 7pm, at Orange County Great Park, in Irvine, CA. Admission is FREE and parking is $5.

I hope to see you there.

Chelle Wahlberg

LEED Green Associate

The Wahlberg Group

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

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What’s a Walk Score?

Ever heard of Walk Score?

For those of you that haven’t noticed, there’s a new section in the MLS for Green property features. Most of the features do not apply to a typical listing (at least not yet), and have more to do with LEED scoring. However, there is one feature that is easy for anyone without LEED experience to use – Walk Score.

Walk Score is a website that calculates how “walkable” a particular address is – meaning: how far do you have to walk to get to basic amenities like simple groceries, parks, restaurants, and clothing stores? At a location with a high score, most daily errands could be completed without using your car.

How Walk Score Works

Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Learn about Transit Score and Bike Score.

Walk Score® Description
90–100 Walker’s Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89 Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69 Somewhat Walkable
Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
25–49 Car-Dependent
Most errands require a car.
0–24 Car-Dependent
Almost all errands require a car

Walk Score has also launched Bike Score – which gives a score based on the bike-ability of a particular neighborhood; taking into account whether it’s hilly or flat, available bike lanes, or heavy traffic.

There is even an application that calculates your daily commute. You enter your home address and your work address, then Walk Score calculates how long it takes to get to work by car, with public transportation, on foot, or on bike. It also details how much time and gas you spend each month on your commute.

Taking advantage of a more walk-able or bike-able neighborhood could potentially reduce your daily commute times, lower your overall carbon footprint, and possibly improve your overall health.

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Chelle Wahlberg

LEED Green Associate

Spring is here, Time for Spring Cleaning…

Since our time just “sprang forward” on Sunday, it sounds like a good time to tackle some Spring Cleaning. Time to dust and scrub every inch of the house (at least the parts I can reach).

Here are a few, often overlooked cleaning tasks to help keep your house running smoothly and looking its best.

  1. Change your air filter. Optimally this should be done every 3 months, but it’s easy to forget about it. Even if you’re usually great about staying on top of this task, chances are you were running the heater a little more often last month, so it’s probably time to replace. I like using the higher performance filters from 3M, which help with pollen, pet dander, and dust particles.
  2. Open the doors and windows. Even if your air filter has been changed, it’s still a great idea to open all your doors and windows to let in some nice, warm spring air. While they’re open, I like to vacuum, clean, and lubricate the tracks on the window sills. This helps the windows open and close nicely.
  3. Clean light fixtures. This seems like a common-sense thing to do, but how often do we actually pull down the glass covers and wash them? It takes just a few minutes, but makes the lights shine a little brighter (without the accumulated bug corpses). While you’re at it, replace any burned out light bulbs.
  4. Get your carpets cleaned. There are many local carpet cleaning companies that will clean not only your carpet, but tile floors, upholstery, and even your air ducts. If that’s outside of your budget, at least rent a good carpet cleaner and get the traffic stains up, which will help prolong the life of your carpet.
  5. Call an HVAC service person. Get your heater and air conditioning units inspected, and ducts cleaned if necessary.
  6. De-clutter. This is the most important and most overlooked step in getting your house “magazine cover” beautiful. (I am often guilty of forgetting to do this.) Go through your closets and donate anything you haven’t worn in a long time. It may seem like a “waste” to give perfectly good items away, but maybe someone in need can actually make use of it. What you’ll gain is a closet that you can actually organize. Also, go through kitchen drawers and get rid of items you don’t need, never use, or are broken. Do you really need one solitary corn cob holder?
  7. Clean out the fridge and freezer. This goes along with the de-cluttering concept, but how often do you look in the freezer and find a U.F.O (unidentified frozen object). Take a few minutes and clear everything out of the fridge and freezer. Wash the shelves and baskets, and only put back what is not expired, wilted, or gross.

Happy Spring!

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Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

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