Repairs Every New Homebuyer Should Make

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Moving can be time consuming… well “life” consuming.  The last thing you need to be worried about is remembering what to check/repair in your new home.  Here’s a great list of reminders to help you down the road:

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  • Make it a point to turn on all of your major appliances and let them run for a complete cycle, especially if your home is newly built to look for leaks.
  • Be sure to read your warranty — don’t wait until an emergency to start familiarizing yourself with your legal rights and responsibilities.

45 Days Later

  • Change the filter on your HVAC system, and vacuum out the air intake vents. Capturing dirt and dust with the right filter can go a long way toward reducing dust.

Six Months Later

  • During summer months, keep an eye out for invasive animals like squirrels, birds and wasps. These pests look for loose soffits and buckled siding as a way to get into your home.
  • Twice a year in the summer and fall, inspect the exterior of your house to make sure rainwater is draining properly.
  • Landscaping should be negatively graded away from the house.
  • Each winter, check to make sure that your pipes are properly insulated against freezing.

Every Year

  • Inspect your roof or have a professional roofer conduct an inspection. Look for missing shingles, gaps in the flashing around chimneys and other hazards. Indoors, check your ceiling for water spots.

Every Two Years

  • Have a professional HVAC contractor inspect your furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater.
  • Inspect exterior paint and touch up as needed.

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm
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The Price of Real-Estate Experience: About $25,000 – WSJ.com

Interesting article… Does it pay to have a more experienced agent?

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:44 am
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Sales Prices On the RISE!

Check out this latest news! According to the Bratton report this month, median sales prices have increased approximately 4% annually since 1997 until now. Despite the ups and downs in the market over the past few years, the average median sales price has continued to rise. We are now looking at a healthy and growing market!

Median Sales Prices

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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Staging your home – Is it worth it?

It has been our experience that staging really does help sell homes. Decluttering your home is a great way to help buyer’s to focus on seeing the house, not your stuff. Check out this great article for 10 simple and effective tips for staging your home.

10 Secrets of Home Staging
by Carla Hill

In a tough market, sellers need all the competitive edge they can get. Home staging is a great way to make your home appear to its best advantage.

Staging is about appealing to a broad range of buyers. It’s about creating an image of a lifestyle that buyers can’t resist. They need to be able to imagine themselves living in your house.

Staging doesn’t require a big budget either. Although, if you have the budget to make your home a showpiece, go for it! In general, though, successful staging means paying attention to the details.

Here are 10 secrets of staging that can help your home sell.

Read more at realtytimes.com

 

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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3 Tips For Lowering Your Homeowners Insurance Bill

‘Tis the season to take advantage of savings, especially if you can find ways to decrease your homeowners insurance. Here’s 3 of 10 great tips on how to do it.

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am
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NAR Study Shows There’s Real Value in Owning a Home

If your home is under water, maybe you’ve questioned the value of continued ownership. This article may help ease your concerns.
Is there value in owning a home? The recently released 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers brings us some promising results. Today homeowners are living in their homes longer, and after several years of price declines, are seeing rises in home equity gains.
It was only earlier this decade that so many buyers jumped on the investment bandwagon. They bought and sold within incredibly short time frames, and walked away with profits. But as the booms busted, many sellers found they had bought at the top of the market and as prices corrected, they lost more than just dollars. Foreclosure rates skyrocketed. Historically, however, homeownership is a long term investment, and one that brings many rewards.
“Sellers who purchased at the top of the market and had to sell in a short time frame were hurt by the price correction, but the vast majority who are able to stay for a normal period of home ownership generally built enough equity to make a trade-up purchase,” NAR 2010 President Vicki Cox Golder said. “Despite swings in the housing market in recent years, the fact is most long-term owners see healthy gains in the value of their property.”

Read more at realtytimes.com

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 6:59 am
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