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Photo displays can be a challenge to put together, but with these tips, they'll be showstoppers.

When you move into a new house, one of the first priorities — after setting up the kitchen and bathroom, of course — is taking care of the little details that really make it feel like home. Putting up family photos is a great way to do that.

But wouldn't it also be nice to create something new with those old photos? Our real estate agents have a few ideas about how you can breathe new life into your pictures by hanging them in unique and innovative ways that really take your decor to another level.

Go Big or Go Home
Blowing up photos into poster-sized art is a fun way to give your living space a simple, yet dramatic flair. It works best with photos that are more scenic and landscape-oriented (close-up portraits at that scale can be a little overpowering). Try hanging just one oversized photo on a wall, and keep the frame simple. Creating oversized prints works best if you still have the film negatives, but it can also be done with digital photos if you have high-resolution files.

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It's the perfect time of the year to sit outdoors with some delicious food and drinks. Here are the places in South Bend to visit.

Whether you're new to the neighborhood, a longtime resident, or just hoping to move here soon, summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new culinary experience. Many of South Bend's favorite restaurants offer outdoor seating this time of year to allow you to enjoy every minute of this beautiful weather. Here are five fantastic eateries our real estate agents recommend, each offering a different atmosphere and cuisine. Visit one for your next meal out or when you're in the neighborhood after a day of touring South Bend homes for sale.

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We were recently shown some videos that displayed unacceptable behavior and demeanor by agent Tyler Owens during showings of a commercial property.

The content of the videos is very upsetting to us as the behavior does not reflect our values, our expected practices, or the professionalism our agents are known for. After listening to everyone involved, we promptly took action and terminated our relationship with the agent. This termination occurred last week and well before the videos were publicly shared on social media.

Further, we notified the Elkhart County Board of REALTORS® about the incident so they may review the matter according to their Professional Standards.

Cressy & Everett Real Estate takes very seriously any remarks related to race or ethnicity. Our agents receive mandatory education regarding the REALTOR® Code of Ethics as well as Fair Housing. We will use this situation to improve our training efforts to help ensure that similar problems do not occur in the future.

Our sincere apologies to everyone impacted by this individual's regrettable actions.

John De Souza, President


If your home feels a little cluttered, some minimalism tips may be helpful. Here are some ideas to test in your home.

Whether or not you consider yourself one, decorating like a minimalist can help you take your decor to the next level. Minimalism means less clutter, less feeling crowded in your own home, and more clean, open spaces that encourage relaxation. Minimalist decor is great for selling your home, too! Homebuyers love neutral decor in South Bend homes for sale, as it enables them to better imagine their own lives in those spaces.

Here are five tips for improving your home's decor with minimalist ideas.

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Want to support local artists and style up your home? Check out these South Bend stops for stellar artwork.

Are you staging your old home for sale, decorating a new home, or perhaps looking for that perfect piece to commemorate the purchase of your dream home? Art makes a fantastic way to decorate not just your own home, but also a home you're selling, according to our real estate agents. Next time you're in the neighborhood to tour South Bend homes for sale, check out these art galleries and studios where you can go shopping, dream, or even make a little art of your own.

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