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While it’s important and wonderful to spend time outside in nature, sometimes we also just want to bring a little bit of nature back inside with us. Recently, houseplants seem to have exploded in popularity, with many first-timers trying their hand at indoor gardening over the last couple of years.  And, frankly, we aren’t surprised. Adding plants to your home can infuse a refreshing dose of style into any room.

The good news? There are tons of plant varieties that do well (and look beautiful) in indoor settings. The bad news? It can be hard to choose when so many options are available. Considering different factors – like how much light, humidity, warmth, and attention a plant may get in a particular room – can help narrow the field. Here are our choices for the best houseplants for different rooms.

Bedroom Plants

Like any room, it’s important to know the conditions your bedroom can offer a plant. Is there lots of light, or is it dark? Is it drafty? Is there enough space for plants to grow? But beyond that, you might also want to consider what the plant can offer you in return. For example, many plants have been proven to remove and filter toxins from the air. In theory, this might provide you with cleaner air to breathe while you’re sleeping.

Snake Plants

In addition to being adaptable to a multitude of conditions and very easy to grow, the snake plant is also on NASA’s top 10 list of air purifying plants. While it prefers bright indirect light, it can survive in almost any lighting, as long as it sees daylight for at least part of the day. It does best with regular, occasional watering, but is hearty enough that it can survive for quite a while even if you forget to hydrate it. Uniquely, the snake plant is able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen around the clock, not just during the daytime like most other plants. Eleanor Harris (American, 1901-1942)


Another practically fool-proof plant, the philodendron is extremely low maintenance. There are several variations of the philodendron, and most of them are well-suited to indoor cultivation. The philodendron is known to absorb formaldehyde from the air, helping to purify the air in your bedroom. However, this plant is toxic when eaten, so it may be best to avoid putting it in small children’s bedrooms and keep it out of reach of pets.

English Ivy

This small, delicate ivy variety is a pretty addition to any bedroom. It thrives with moderate sunlight and regular watering but is otherwise relatively low maintenance. Another air filtration master, this plant absorbs harmful substances like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. There’s even some evidence that it may be able to purify the air of mold and help improve environmental allergy symptoms.

Bathroom Plants

When choosing plants for the bathroom, it’s important to select varieties that thrive in humid environments. But you should also look for plants that can handle temperature swings. Plus, it can be easy to forget about watering bathroom plants, so the more resilient the plant, the better.

Boston Fern

While many ferns are well suited to the bathroom, we’re partial to the Boston Fern. It’s attractive, elegant fronds add a touch of class to any bathroom, and easily handle the wide variations in humidity common to a bathroom. In fact, you may be able to hang your Boston fern directly in the shower and allow it to be watered every time the shower is used!

Chinese Evergreen

Most Chinese evergreens would grow well in any bathroom, but our favorite is the uniquely colored Red Emerald Chinese Evergreen. This easy-to-grow variety can survive poor lighting and ventilation, which means it can grow even in a bathroom without windows, as long it gets regular exposure to an artificial light source. To control the size of the plant, choose its pot size wisely. A small pot will discourage extensive growth, while a larger one will allow it to get quite big.

Aloe Vera

The easy-to-grow succulent aloe vera can survive without frequent watering, making it an ideal plant for lesser used bathrooms, where it may occasionally be forgotten. (But don’t forget about it completely – it needs at least occasional watering to survive.) The lively green plant brightens up any space, and its medicinal values somehow seem well suited for a spot next to the medicine cabinet!

Kitchen Plants

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s often where people gather to connect, catch up, and break bread together. That means that any plant placed in the kitchen should add a feeling of warmth and welcome to the space.

Cast Iron Plant

Okay, we’ll be honest here. Part of the reason we chose this plant is because of the name. A cast iron plant just feels like it should live nearby your cast iron skillet! But beyond that, the cast iron plant is hearty and super low maintenance. It can handle extreme temperature fluctuations, making it an ideal choice to put near a stove or oven. Plus, its long, bold leaves make it a unique and attractive statement piece.


Herbs! In the kitchen! We know this may sound like a no-brainer, but our very favorite thing to grow in the kitchen is herbs. There’s something special about being able to pick fresh herbs that you’ve grown yourself, inside your own home, and adding them to your food. We especially like basil because it’s fairly easy to grow. As long as you can provide the plant with lots of light and keep the soil moist, this plant can thrive. Plus, it’s super versatile and can be used in tons of different types of recipes!


There are tons of varieties of pothos plants ranging from common to rare, but they all add a stylish accent to any room they’re in.  We especially like them for the kitchen because of their ability to cascade and add drama to the environment. The vines of the pothos tend to overflow and hang down from whatever pot they’re planted in. In kitchens, this can be really visually pleasing when the pothos is placed on an open shelf or atop a cabinet and allowed to grow and drape downward. Plus, they’re super easy to care for. (Starting to sense a theme here?)

Office Plants

Now more than ever, many of us regularly work from home. Because of the sharp increase in remote and hybrid work environments, we’re spending more time in our home offices. And many of them might need some sprucing up. Here are a few plants to infuse some life into your workspace.


Many home offices can tend to be on the small side, or function as a multi-use space. With space at a premium, we want plants that pack a lot of visual punch into a small place. That’s why we chose the anthurium as one of our office plant picks. The relatively compact plant, with its dark green leaves, is known for its striking, shiny, vibrant, heart-shaped blooms. Depending on the variety you choose, the flowers can be a variety of colors, but we’re partial to the bright red hues of the red success anthurium.

Peace Lily

No matter the industry or position, most jobs can become chaotic, stressful, and anxiety-inducing from time to time. For that, we wanted to introduce a calming presence into the workspace. True to its name, the stark white flowers of the peace lily can add an air of tranquility and calm to any room. Plus, they’re almost impossible to kill!

Money Tree

While we’re sad to report that this plant does not, in fact, produce money, we do think it’s an excellent addition to any office. Depending on your space constraints, these can be purchased as small, desktop plants, or as potted indoor trees. Their signature braided trunk adds some texture and depth to the environment, and the wide spread of leaves can be eye-catching. Thought by some cultures to bring good luck, this is a great plant to keep in your office to remind you why you work as hard as you do – it’s all about the money (tree), honey.

Houseplants are a wonderful way to bring some of the great outdoors into your home. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your office, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, we hope you’ve found some new houseplants to add to your home.

Happy gardening! For more information about plants and home improvements, please call us at 949-929-5727.


When a home in your neighborhood is for sale, it will attract drive-by traffic from potential buyers scouting the home and the neighborhood, before they even think about stepping inside the house.  That can make you feel like your neighborhood is a glass fishbowl. 

Rest assured, we understand how you feel.  What you do want to focus on are these opportunities that are presented when homes in your neighborhood are on the market for sale. 

Neighbors of Your Choice

We’ve all been told that you can’t choose your neighbors but that is just not true! This is the perfect time to have a family member or friend move to your neighborhood.  Call them and tell them about the home for sale down the street. They may need time to get their financing in order, should they decide to put in an offer (and need a loan from a lender). A home in Orange Country is on the market for an average of 48 days1.  Typically offers are accepted in the first for 5-7 days of the home hitting the market. Timing is key and loan pre-approval is necessary for anyone considering a home purchase.  So, reach out to the people you truly want as your neighbors! 

Referrals to Contractors and Tradespeople

There’s usually work that needs to be done before a house goes on the market.  Finding good, reliable, and affordable contractors and tradespeople can be time-consuming and difficult.  When they are already working in your neighborhood, you can potentially save yourself time and energy to get your home project underway! Contractors love to be able to schedule multiple projects in the same area.  It saves them commute times and gives them more exposure in the areas they serve. So, piggyback off all the leg work your neighbor did in finding the right people to do the job!

Qualified Buyers

The median price of a single-family home in Orange County is $900,0002! The turn-around time from start to closing is quick and that leads me to the best part of home sales in your neighborhood. It is currently a “seller’s market,” meaning there are more buyers than there are homes for sale.  This forces buyers into extremely competitive situations.  We average 10 or more offers for each listing, typically over the asking price.   Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into this market of qualified buyers who already know they want to live in your neighborhood? If you want to learn more about qualified buyers in search of a home in your neighborhood, call or email us, and we are happy to share that information with you!

So, while it may feel like you are living in a fishbowl, the drive-bys won’t last long. Homes are selling quickly in this hot market.  The opportunities you’ll reap should outweigh any discomfort!    

We love working with Buyers to find their dream homes.  We would be honored to assist you or anyone you know of in the Orange County area with any and all home selling, buying, or investing needs.

Here is a list of more tips for home sellers:

How to pick the best offer on your home

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Call: 949-929-5727

Email: [email protected]

  2. California National Association Realtors Aug. 2021 Stats

Robert W. Martin, CPA
Martin & Company
Certified Public Accountants

(858) 673-0620
[email protected]
11717 Bernardo Plaza Ct Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92128


Rob Logoteta


Appliance World
(714) 530-9551
[email protected]


Fabio Rigo de Righi
Domani Architecture + Planning INC.
226 S. Beverly Drive Ste 220
Beverly Hills, Ca.  90212
[email protected]


Art & Frame Warehouse
(949) 448-8145
27911 La Paz Rd #C
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Grizzly Turf
(866) 237 – 8873
[email protected]


Pacific Environmental
Abatement Solutions
(714) 379-5029
[email protected]


Zachariah R. Tomlin
Cummins & White, LLP
2424 S.E. Bristol Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 852-1800
[email protected]

David Dowling
California Family Mediation Center
(949) 463-1832
[email protected]


Larry Waldron
(949) 215-2323
[email protected]
[email protected]


Elite Productions Party Planning
Pawntra Shadab
(949) 367-2900

Whisk & Heart Waffle Batons
Waffle Cart
[email protected]


Cabinets Plus
Greg Baird
(949) 463-7552
[email protected]


Family Man Carpet Cleaning
(949) 395-4979
[email protected]


Mercy Warehouse
(949) 910-0024
[email protected]
27632 El Lazo
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Ignacio Gozalez
(626) 391-6198
[email protected]


Alex Ramirez
(714) 749-4492
[email protected]

Bryan Anderson Electric
(949) 939-7245
[email protected]


Corner Escrow
Chris Folsom & Christine Westgarth

(949) 325-3003
[email protected]
[email protected]


John S. Reynard, ESQ., LL.M. (Tax)Partner
[email protected]
(619) 220-8688


California Estate Sales
Catherine King

[email protected]


Mike Campbell
Financial Advisor
Silversage Advisors ®

19200 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 370
Irvine, California 92612
(949) 223-5175
[email protected]


Simple Floors
Diego Martinez

(714) 333-1126
[email protected]
518 W. Katella Avenue
Orange, CA 92867


CityScape Garage Doors

(949) 515-8363
[email protected]


Smart Garage

(805) 312-4860
[email protected]


Vince Doche
Marouni Industries Inc.
(714) 225-5252

William Frey Construction
(949) 929-9722
[email protected]


Robert Ruff
(714) 920-7744
[email protected]

Borella Geology
Peter Borella
(949) 494-3566

Mike Childs
(949) 494-2721
305 N Coast Hwy. Suite R
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Rolling Boba
DIY Boba Gift Baskets
[email protected]


Controlled Climates
Kevin Vieson
[email protected]


Jack Jacques
(714) 926-4416
[email protected]


Jack Walker
(714) 235-5845
[email protected]


Sunrise Home Inspection
Chuck Lambert
(714) 915-2443
[email protected]


Signature Home Inspections
(888) 860-2688
[email protected]


Penelope Pots
Jackie Miller
(949) 612-7105
2001 Westcliff Drive, Suite 101
Newport Beach, CA 92660


Creative Home Care
April Gemora
(949) 702-0008


State Farm
Lisa Mae Trapp
(909) 455-5462
[email protected]


Eric Chenowith
16842 Von Karman Ave, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92606
(714) 931-4060 mobile
(949) 404-5990 office
eric.chenowit[email protected]


Bethany Campbell
The Posh Home
(480) 516-1297
[email protected]


The Removers
[email protected]


The Tile Factor
[email protected]


Bryan Anderson Electric
(949) 939-7245
[email protected]


Please call for recommendations. I have a wide resource of lenders and depending on your loan type and goals I will match you to the best lender(s) for a rate quote and loan comparison.


Coastal Locksmith
(949) 900-9015
[email protected]


The LoftCrafters, Inc.
Doug Waters
8 Hammond, Ste 102
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 456-1234
[email protected]


Rich Nelson Moving Services
Richard Nelson
(949) 412-0361
[email protected]


Right Option Painting
Ed Aleman
(714) 634-3914
[email protected]


System Pavers
(949) 263-8301
[email protected]


15791 Rockfield Blvd #N
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 353-6779
[email protected]


Swan Pools
24512 Bridger Rd,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(800) 692-8870

Mission Pools
22600 Lambert St Ste 1104
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 588-0100

Dreamscapes by MGR
1901 Newport Blvd, Suite 350
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Mobile: (949) 608-1726
[email protected]


All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers
(714) 712-6233
[email protected]


Emily Selecky
(949) 690-8747
[email protected]


Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
2040 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
(800) 564-6611


Roadrunner Exterminating
(714) 434-3920
[email protected]


Gary Fox Roofing Inc.
(License #685119)
Gary Fox
[email protected]

Blue Shoe Roofing Co.
Rod Ford
(949) 387-9428
(949) 283-4075
[email protected]


Verso Homes
Orange County, CA
Natalie Boyle
(949) 929-5727

Shoreline Properties
San Diego, CA
Seth Chalnick, Broker
2093 San Elijo Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
(619) 251-8803
[email protected]

Rain Maker Real Estate
Silicon Valley, CA
Alex Wang
95 1st Street, Suite 110
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 384-0676
[email protected]


Urban Energy Solar
Mark Mendoza
(562) 447-4971
[email protected]


Assembly Solutions
(800) 330-6395
[email protected]


(855) 706-4758


O’Corra Termite & Construction
(949) 887-6210
[email protected]

Astro Termite
James Erion
(949) 322-0002
5405 Alton Pkwy, #350
Irvine, CA 92604
[email protected]


Stoneshine Restoration
(800) 770-7789


Jarvis Restoration
25721 Via Solis
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 362-5388
[email protected]


South County Window Coverings & Retractable Screen Doors
(949) 246-3855
[email protected]

Taking Advantage Of Today’s Skyrocketing House Prices For Retirement!

Recently, I placed my mother-in-law’s home on the market for sale.  It’s an incredibly cute beachfront condo located within a highly coveted private gated community in Huntington Beach.  Ocean views, stunning sunsets, and just steps from the beach – Location, Location, Location!  To top it off, these homes rarely go up for sale!  Mom is retiring in less than a year and wondering, “should I sell my house when I retire?” Like many of us, she has been witnessing the escalating prices in the market and the accelerating value of her home.  After looking at her impressive equity, nearly tripling her investment in less than a decade, she felt that she was in a great position to sell her place when she retires!  Great News, right? Well, not so fast.

Something Didn’t Feel Right

As anticipated, multiple offers were received within days of the listing.  However, something wasn’t right for Mom, the offers were making her feel sick instead of happy.  She insisted, “I’m retiring, it’s the right time to sell my house, I can make so much money,” it didn’t feel like the great news she had initially expected. Instead, the offers signaled the fast-approaching imminent sale of her home and it didn’t feel good. She began asking herself again, “why should I sell my house when I retire?”

We talked and it became obvious that making money was not actually her motivation for selling; it was not her “Why,” so I didn’t feel right either.  My goal as an agent is not to maximize profits for my customers. It’s great when that happens, but it’s not my purpose. My purpose is to take care of all the real estate needs of my clients. I value positive energy and a feeling of connection with my clients.  For me, it is of paramount importance to more deeply understand my client’s needs and to identify their unique “why.”

The Importance of Identifying Our Client’s “Why”

What does the “Why” mean?  The “why” refers to why a client is doing what they are deciding to do.  While it seems simple enough, this experience led me to refine my process of how I work with clients to identify their “why.”  The word itself, why, can often make us feel defensive and can trigger pressure to provide a “good reason” for choosing whatever it is we’re choosing.  Answers like, “I want to make money”, can be void of any real meaning and unfortunately lead to an unfullfilling outcome. 

Exploring Mom’s Why – why should I sell my house when I retire?

Back to my Mother-in-Law, we realized that she was feeling the pressure of retiring and the markets skyrocketing prices.  Mom realized that she was unsure of the next chapter in her life.  So she asked her self again, why should I sell my house when I retire? She loves the beach and wants to be close to her family, and she wants to ensure her financial future.  However, the “Why” did not live inside any of these reasons!  After a few sleepless nights, I realized that taking her home off the market was the right thing to suggest.  I knew it was the right thing to do when I witnessed her relief.  I called the other agents who had offers in and respectfully declined their offers at or above the asking price.  

Changing The Plan – Deciding Not To Sell The House

There is no tripling of the investment for mom, there is no commission for me as the agent . . . and there is no better place to be! You see, the best transaction I can make as a real estate agent is the one that satisfies the real “Why.”  If a client is not feeling confident and joyful about their “why,” then the “why” is definitely in question.  In the end, we established that mom’s “why” didn’t feel good to her.  Essentially, when the “why” doesn’t feel right, it means we didn’t actually have a “why” to begin with.  I am proud of Mom’s decision to keep her beautiful beach home, and I am pleased to say I kept my promise to always “take care of my client’s real estate needs.”  

Defining The Why – The Verso Homes Process

I’m grateful and thankful that Mom realized her “why” – that selling her home wasn’t the right thing to do.  Together we learned how important it is to ask, how does my “why” feel?  This experience allowed me to hone in on my process of identifying my clients “why”.  In addition to gathering answers to questions like “what is the square footage of your home,” I also apply a systematic approach to developing and honoring my client’s “why.”  If we can’t confidently and happily establish the “why,” I’m no longer in alignment with my core values.  When the “Why” is clearly defined, I know how to take care of my clients, their transactions, and I can assure a positive outcome 🙂

With thanks and appreciation!

Natalie Boyle

More tips for Home Sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

How to pick the best offer on your home

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Here are some considerations to make when preparing to sell your home.


Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.


You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.


Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

Here are some more tips I have for buying and selling homes!

Dealing With Financing

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Home Buying Packet

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

How to pick the best offer on your home

Always seek the assistance of a real estate professional when you are preparing to sell your home!

Thinking about making a move?  Contact Natalie today, 949.929.5727.

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here ares some great tips for relocation to make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move.

It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan.

There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home.

Don’t Move Without Preparation

Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved.

Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet.

City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

I hope these great tips for relocation were helpful!

Here are some extra tips for moving!

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Dealing With Financing

How to Evaluate a Neighborhood

10 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Home Buying Checklist

Always seek the assistance of a real estate professional when you are considering relocation!

Thinking about making a move?  Contact Natalie today, 949.929.5727.

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