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The Re/MAX Balloon, it’s Fleet & Brand Connotation

RE/MAX Ballon at the Ballunar Festival in Texas

RE/MAX Ballon at the Ballunar Festival in Texas

What do you think of when you see the RE/MAX balloon? The first thoughts that pop into your mind are probably along the lines of “Oh yeah that Real Estate company”. Right? I’ve been around RE/MAX for a couple decades now, so I’ve just always known about the company and the balloon, but I’m fairly certain it’s a world renown brand symbol most people have an idea of what it represents… however, what’s really behind the balloon power?

“It’s one of the most recognized corporate symbols on the planet, and understandably so. At seven stories tall, the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon grabs attention wherever it flies.

First introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, the balloon perfectly represented the RE/MAX network’s “Above the Crowd” commitment to quality. Today, the nearly 120 RE/MAX Hot Air Balloons in operation comprise the largest fleet on the planet. Read more

On Trend, The Next Hot Colors

The next in Colors

The next in Colors, Source: House Beautiful

Colors from top left to right:

1. C2 Fusion

2. Pittsburg Paints Turning Oakleaf

3. Pantone Linden Green

4. Farrow & Ball Stiffk

5. Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray

6. Behr Tropical Tide

7. Valspar Salmon Run

8. Fine Paints of Europe Rain Slicker

9. Glidden Indigo Night

What’s your favorite? I’m really liking this entire selection, all very versatile and have a calming vibe. Read more takes on each shade at

Pier 1 Fall 2013 Catalog is Here

The Pier 1 Fall Catalog is here, an excellent quick and free reference for fall decor ideas. Either use pieces you already have at home, or pick up a few new items here. Pier 1 is one of my favorite stylish and eclectic home decor stores; offering products from around the world. Autumn in the home to me equates to warm colors, candles and fireplaces, and overall coziness.

Pier 1 Fall Catalog

Check out their little mascot for this page’s spread… gotta love beagles :).

Visit for their full catalog.

Southern CA Home Sales Soar in July, Prices Steady

Southern California’s recovering housing market remains red-hot with sales hitting an eight-year high for July and prices remaining firm, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

There were 25,419 new and used homes and condominiums sold last month in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties, DataQuick said. That’s up 17.6% from June and 23.5% compared to a year earlier. In fact, sales were only a half-percent below the historically normal level for July.

The median sales price {meaning half of the homes sold for more and half for less} was $385,000. That was the same as in June but up nearly 26% since July 2012.

San Diego Values to Aug 28, 2013

San Diego Values to Aug 28, 2013

The median price has now risen year-over-year for 16 months in a row.

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