If you’re thinking about selling a home and would like top dollar then here’s the first in a series of “Tips on Getting Your Home Ready To Sell” that will help you to get it and yourself ready. Here’s Tip # 1 (Outside)
Take a long hard look at the outside and ask yourself the following questions for starters:
- Does it need paint?
- How’s the roof looking? Check for missing and broken tiles or shingles.
- What condition is the yard in? Is it clean, well cared for, free of weeds, dog droppings, dead foliage, irrigation system working and mowed if applicable? Think curb appeal!
- Are the windows clean and screens all in place?
- If there’s a pool how’s it looking?
- How’s the AC unit(s) looking. Are they dirty etc.
- Any paint/repairs needed on the fencing or party wall?
- Is there any evidence of pests including termites, pigeons or other obvious signs of insect problems?
- Think of yourself as a buyer and take a hard look as you walk up to the front door then look at the back and sides of the house like they would. Would you buy it? Then take another look with the mindset of an inspector and appraiser. Critique it accordingly and try to ask yourself what they’d think.
- Lastly, take a look at the Sellers Property Disclosure Statement for clues on what you’ll be asked. Is there anything there?
If you have any questions feel free to call or e-mail me. Check back for Tip # 2 and comments welcomed.
By David Marine
Loosen that belt buckle and break out the sweater that’s extra roomy because there’s a lot of eatin’ going on this week. Before you either jump for joy or start feeling depressed, let’s kick off this week of feasting with a Thanksgiving themed weekly dose of real estate headlines:
Miles Standish wishes he had this ultimate Thanksgiving Spotify playlist to make that first Thanksgiving even more festive.
A Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is like American Idol without Ryan Seacrest. It just isn’t right. However, if you’re feeling adventurous here are 5 new ways to serve pumpkin pie from your kitchen.
Eating your turkey in front of the TV? I bet you wish you were instead having dinner at one of these fictional TV homes who would offer a ridiculously entertaining Thanksgiving.
So you’re the guy (or gal) who wants to deep fry that bird this holiday. In order to ensure you make it to New Year’s please take a look at these tips to deep fry that turkey safely.
Heading over the river and through the woods or just around the corner? Either way many of us will be “Homeward Bound” and there’s definitely a Thanksgiving-esque sentiment behind the lyrics to this classic Simon & Garfunkel tune.
Uh oh. Just found out your cousin’s girlfriend is a vegetarian? Here are some tips on hosting a vegetarian for Thanksgiving. (Hint: Avoid Tofurkey.)
What’s that? You’re going to serve turducken at your house? John Madden has some tips for you.
Don’t be the home that has a vegetable platter for appetizers. Try one of these 15 delicious appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving.
Does your dining room table need a turkey centerpiece? I’m pretty sure it does. Etsy has some options for you.
And finally, round apple pies are so 2012. Here’s a recipe for the best apple pie you’ll ever have come out of your kitchen…and it’s square.
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By David Marine of Coldwell Banker BlueMatter
There once was a man who had a plan for how his company could take over the world. Like a magician using slight of hand, this master of illusion made the world think his plan would come to fruition through the working force world where nearly everyone would be familiar with his company’s name. But quietly and gradually he inserted the very same product inside homes across the world until one day you would suddenly realize your home cannot function with out it.
That man is Bill Gates and that company is Microsoft. And the Xbox is the most powerful computer system he’s ever created.
The dream of a computer in every living room became a reality not through laptops or tablets, but with Xbox. Disguised as a video game console, the Microsoft product has become a digital epicenter for your home. Sure it is still used for playing Halo, Fifa and Batman: Arkham Origins, but with the release of the Xbox One it’s no longer trying to disguise itself.
The Xbox One launch might be the most devastating assault on the entertainment world and your living room since the dawn of cable TV. Go ahead and look at your TV in your family room. You probably have at least 4 other “boxes” hooked up to it. The Xbox One wants to eventually replace all of those.
At launch in addition to playing video games and DVDs, the Xbox One will offer homes with certain cable companies to allow you to ditch the often confusing TV channel lineup visuals and DVR functionality and instead access it through your Xbox One. The display of the TV interface for Xbox One is extremely simple and can be navigated using a controller or your smartphone. That’s at least one less remote you have to worry about.
What about that Apple TV or Roku box? The Xbox One wants you to forget about those too. With a subscription to Xbox Live, you can access apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, NFL programming and the uber popular YouTube channel, Machinima all on your console. Plus you can rent movies, download TV shows or stream music through the Xbox’s entertainment library. Plus you’ll be able to stream content from your Windows PC directly to your TV through Microsoft’s embedded software suite.
And we haven’t even gotten to how the Kinect motion-based system and camera will allow you to Skype with friends while playing games or watching TV and use motion or voice-based controls to browse through your Xbox dashboard.
Did I mention it plays games too?
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Via Economist Commentaries, by Danielle Hale, Research Economist
In each Economic Update, the Research staff analyzes recently released economic indicators and addresses what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s second update discusses FHFA data on home prices.
- FHFA data today confirmed that home price increases continued in August rising by 8.5 percent from August 2012. Earlier NAR data showed a gain of 13.4 percent in the same period and showed continued but slowing gains of 11.7 percent in the year ending September 2013.
- While this increase was the 19th consecutive month of year over year increases in home prices reported by the FHFA, the increase remains 9.4 percent below the peak it reached in April 2007.
- NAR reports the median price of all homes that have sold while FHFA reports the results of a weighted repeat-sales index. Because home sales among higher priced properties have been growing more than among lower price tiers, the NAR median price has risen by more than the weighted repeat sales index—which computes price change based on repeat sales of the same property.
- FHFA sources data primarily from Fannie and Freddie mortgages, transactions using prime conventional financing, and misses out on cash transactions as well as jumbo, subprime, and government backed transactions such as those using VA or FHA financing.
- FHFA releases data at the Census division level and it confirms the trend seen in NAR measures. The most robust gains from a year ago were in the West. Year over year prices rose 18.2 percent in the Pacific division which includes Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California and 13.8 percent in the Mountain division which includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. NAR data showed the smallest price gains from a year ago in the Northeast, and FHFA showed a similar pattern. Prices rose 4.2 percent in New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut) and 4.0 percent in the Middle Atlantic states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) from one year ago.
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WOW 15,000 Arizona kids, what is going on? This is not good for the kids.
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