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About Robyne Curry

Robyne Curry, Content & Email Marketing Manager at Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal, once headed her own interior design business but these days is most at home writing about the joys of home ownership. Contact her at robynecurry@cbbainseal.com or by phone at 425-456-9573.


Recent Posts

Why do homes sell? Is it because of location? Price? Architectural style? Surely these all come into play, but more than anything else, homes sell because buyers fall in love with them. And love, generally, has little to do with location, money or architecture. People buy homes with their hearts. It’s an emotional thing.

I’ve been using the same tax accountant for about 15 years now and I always try to meet with her early enough to avoid the last-minute rush to April 15. This year, after we exchanged the usual pleasantries and I handed over the usual suspects – my W2s, charity receipts, car tab bill, etc. – she began the annual inquisition: “Did you buy a new car? Did you refinance? Did you do any remodeling?”

Once, a Jetsons kind of life seemed like a pipe dream, the stuff of cartoons. Well, even pipe dreams come true. Though we’re not yet zipping through the sky to commute to and from work, today’s smart home technology is making many of our daily commutes more than just a way home. Example:

Even though it’s almost February, 2017, I’m still struggling to polish off my New Year’s resolutions for last year. I only had three: attention to health, organization and comfort. I did manage to hit the gym more often than not, and I bought a bunch of new shoes that make my feet deliriously happy. So, two out of three ain’t bad. But organization … well, I’m still working on that one. I successfully cleaned out my closets and reorganized my kitchen cabinets and pantry early in the year, but my home office is still not the tidy, efficient workspace I know it can be. And every weekend, it seems, something more fun exciting urgent keeps popping up instead.  

It doesn’t matter whether you bought that to-die-for bungalow that needed just a little TLC or you opted for a brand-new home in the ‘burbs – sooner or later something in your house is going to burn out, fall apart or start leaking. Maybe all three. At the same time.

Jun 30, 2016

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Robyne Curry

You’re packed and ready to go. The cooler’s in the car and your emergency contacts have a copy of your itinerary. Yep, you’re vacation ready. But is your house?

May 11, 2016

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Robyne Curry

If you paid Uncle Sam more than necessary last year and an income tax refund has your name on it, you’ve no doubt compiled a long list of items to spend or splurge your money on.

May 5, 2016

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Robyne Curry

If you’ve already bought the flowers and made brunch reservations to fete Mom this Mother’s Day, congratulations and well done! For everybody else, don’t despair. We’ve got 10 really cool ideas that’ll show your love and make Mom feel like the queen of her castle all year long.

Mar 31, 2016

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Robyne Curry
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Selling, Decorating

Selling a house today means your buyer is likely starting his or her home search online. Gone are the days when house hunters cruised their favorite neighborhoods and grabbed a flyer from houses that looked promising. Now a home’s first impression is created on the internet, not at the curb, and it’s got to be dazzling enough to lure looky-loos away from their devices and to your front door.

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