Mel Foster Co. Supports Local Businesses and Families

Mel Foster Co. is supporting local businesses and families this holiday season with several company initiatives that are part of the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Agents and staff pledged to donate 1,000 volunteer hours in 2021 and tripled their pledge, completing over 3,000 hours to date. Mel Foster Co. agents and staff make a difference by ringing bells for the Salvation Army, donating gift baskets to CASI and competing for bragging rights within the company by collecting for the corporate Student Hunger Drive.

Lynsey Engels, president real estate brokerage of Mel Foster Co., explains why supporting the local community is so important. “This community is our home.  We are a local, family-owned business. To keep our community strong, we need to buy local when we can so money keeps circulating close to home and supporting our friends and neighbors. We started a Think. Buy. Be. Local. initiative at Mel Foster Co. to remind our agents and staff to spend money in their community on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year. It’s easy to shop local when we have so many unique stores and businesses.” Small Business Saturday is November 27, 2021.

Agents from the company’s I-74 office recently went shopping and filled their carts for families in need. Other Mel Foster Co. offices are also adopting families this holiday season. 

Home Design And Remodeling Trends

Today’s design and remodeling trends can be followed by tracking what homeowners are searching online. Companies compare last year’s to this year’s website searches to get a glimpse at what people are researching. See what trends have been popular in the first half of this year, as reported by Houzz Pro.

Dedicated Activity Space

Having flexible and functional space at home became important once working from home became prevalent. Home office searches jumped 108% over last year’s searches, indicating that finding practical use of existing space at home is a big deal. Turn a spare bedroom into a place for work. Rearrange the furniture to carve out a nook for a desk and laptop near the window.

Green Makes A Statement

After years of cool grays, blues and white, homeowners turn to green to add warmth to the home. And where do we see green? Pretty much everywhere! The most significant search trend for green is for kitchen cabinets and bathroom tiles. Living spaces are filled with organic green botanical motifs when combined with natural wood. Existing chairs and sofas are being recovered in luscious, velvety fabrics in stunning emerald or peacock.

Decorating Accents

Add flair to a room by introducing new accent pieces to your living space. Replace your existing mirror with a luxurious and contemporary gold one. Swap your faucets, light fixtures and handles in the powder room with the updated champagne finish from the matte silver you have now. Jazz up your furniture pieces by purchasing new accent pillows for a fresh feel.

Swimming Pool And Water Features

Swimming pools are fun, and homeowners want control over when they can enjoy one and with whom they can enjoy it with. Pools that offer a water feature, like a waterfall, also provide the luxury and soothing sounds for relaxation owners seek. Pool companies are having a hard time keeping up with demand for the addition of this feature, confirming that the searching trend for pools being up 797% is right on point.

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Parade of Homes Fall 2021

See the latest trends in new home construction at the Fall 2021 Quad Cities Parade of Homes. Admission is free! Come and see the Parade of Homes:

Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17 from 1pm-5pm
Wednesday, October 20 from 5pm-7pm
Saturday, October 23 & Sunday, October 24 from 1pm-5pm

2021 Quad Cities Fall Parade of Home
5653 E. Creekside Lane, Bettendorf
  • Builder’s Model Home
  • Ranch Style Villas With Zero Entry
  • 2-3 Bedrooms & 2-3 Bathrooms
  • Flat Or Walk-Out Lots With Mature Trees & Pond Views
2021 Quad Cities Fall Parade of Home
4069 Orchard Dr., Bettendorf
  • Urban Inspired “Tanglewood Place” Townhomes
  • Open Concept Design
  • 3-4 Bedrooms
  • Customize Your Townhome Today
2021 Quad Cities Fall Parade of Home
3708 N. Birchwood Ave., Davenport
  • 2,492 Square Feet Total
  • Main Floor Features 9′ Ceilings
  • 3-Bedroooms With Their Own Individual Bathrooms
  • 16 x17 Primary Bedroom Includes Walk-In Closet

To see all the homes in the parade, click here. To see more homes for sale, visit Mel Foster Co.


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