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The Real Estate Advisor: January 2020

Did you know plants clean the air? Three good-sized plants will work wonders for an average living room.

Some projects get bigger bang for buck – Remodeling master bathrooms and kitchens may preoccupy home sellers, but they aren’t necessarily where owners can recoup most of their money. Sellers recover, on average, about 60% of their kitchen and bathroom renovation costs, according to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report from the NAR and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “You’ll never get dollar for dollar out of the renovation,” Baisden says. For sellers on a tighter budget, Baisden advises starting with projects such as painting and flooring. Set a budget of about $2,000 for the painting and $4,000 for flooring. Another worthwhile project is decluttering. If painting the whole house isn’t an option, prioritize painting the front door where buyers walk in and parts of the house that are in high-traffic zones, including hallways, entryways and kitchens, he says. Don’t overlook outside work. Sellers can recover about three times the cost of $300 spent on a lawn and seeding service, says Lautz, who stresses the strong selling points of a well-maintained lawn. “It’s really curb appeal at the end of the day.”

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Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:54 PM
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🏡Eye-catching ways to decorate with plants 🏡

#Houseplants are more popular than ever before—especially with #millennials, who are setting up their homes for the first time and discovering that nothing can add #energy, #style, and that essential “lived-in-ness” to their spaces better than a little bit of green. Whether it’s a statement-making fiddle-leaf fig or a tiny tabletop #succulent, a houseplant instantly elevates the look of your home. But where to begin?
 
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Posted on January 2, 2020 at 7:02 PM
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🔮SMARTmoves | JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1

🔮SMARTmoves | JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1

▪️January is National Radon Action Month
▪️Homeowner Tip: Cut Your Energy Costs Day is 1/10
▪️Appliance Maintenance Resolutions for 2020
▪️One-Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
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Posted on January 1, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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Home Maintenance Tip 12: Fridge Maintenance

Refrigerator Maintenance

+ What? Most refrigerators require simple maintenance you can DIY (do it yourself)!

+ Why? It will keep your #fridge running like new and can greatly extend the life & efficiency of your unit.

+ How? Here are a few easy things you can do every year.

– Clean your cooling #coils by vacuuming or dusting them. This will most likely require you to remove a #grill #grate or cover. Refer to your user manual if you need help finding them.

– Replace or clean the water filter if your fridge has an automatic ice maker or #water #dispenser. Refer to your owners manual for the proper procedure as their location can vary.

– Clean #door #gaskets with a wet cloth to make sure that the refrigerator is #sealing properly. A solid #seal will save you #money and #protect your $food from #spoilage.

 

*** A few more quick refrigerator maintenance tips ***

• Always #unplug the appliance before you clean or check it.

• Make sure the temperatures inside the fridge are right.

• Any problem with the #thermostat or another fridge part for that matter must be fixed quickly.

• Keep food stored in the fridge well stored to avoid #condensation and keep the appliance relatively clean.

• Keep the fridge full. To maintain the right #temperatures, these #appliances need a lot of items.

 

 

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Posted on December 16, 2019 at 8:01 PM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property

5 PLACES WHERE DIRT LOVES TO HIDE IN YOUR HOME

Almost everyone enjoys living in spaces that look and smell clean. Many homeowners do a great job of staying on top of routine cleaning chores.

However, a generally clean house often has dirt lurking here and there. It may not be visually noticeable, but hidden dirt impacts the quality of the air you breath and is a big difference-maker in giving your home that fresh smell.

It is impossible for your home to always be 100% germ, bacteria, and dirt free. However, knowing where dirt resides is the first step in making your home a cleaner and friendlier place. Some places that need to be cleaned are very hard to reach and, as a result, you might want to call a professional to help you out. 

On the other hand, now that you know what you should keep an eye on, some areas are very easy to clean, you just have to remember to do them. Write down a list of all places that are tricky to clean and it shouldn’t be a problem.

All in all, a clean home is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. As a result, it is important to try and keep it that way as much as possible. 

 


Here are five places where dirt often
hides in nearly everyone’s home

 


1. Windows

The glass in your windows may be sparkling, but how long has it been since you’ve cleaned your window treatments? If you can’t remember, it’s probably been too long!

Curtains, blinds, and even the upper surface of window frames can hide dust, pollen, and a plethora of other nasties that can impact the indoor air quality of your home.

Don’t forget to scrub the windowsills and remove any gunk in the window tracks. In addition to keeping your windows completely clean, this will also help them function well for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 


2. Air Vents and Ductwork

The very system used to circulate heated and cooled air in your home may be lowering your home’s air quality. Air filters should be changed monthly. Vents should be vacuumed every time you sweep the floor.

Twice a year (when you change your clocks, test your smoke detectors, and check the gauge on your fire extinguishers), remove the vent panels and vacuum or wipe down the ducts as far as you can reach. After everything has dried completely, replace the cover.

Consider hiring a company to clean your ducts once a year thoroughly. You might be surprised by what their special tools can pull out of your ductwork!

 

 


3. Doors, Doorknobs, and Light Switches

We tend to become “dirt blind” to things we see and use frequently. Over time, your doors can accumulate grime on and around the doorknob, and any place you (or a family member) regularly grabs or pushes on a door.

While wiping down your doors, be sure to clean any thresholds and any tracks (like those used by folding doors). Be sure to wipe down the top edge of the door and the frame too!

Light switches are often handled dozens of times a week and aren’t cleaned nearly often enough. How long has it been since you objectively observed the cleanliness of the switch plates in your home?

 

 

 

 

 


4. Appliances and Large Furniture Items

If it’s been a while since you’ve pulled out the stove, the refrigerator, the couch, or the bookshelf, the chances are excellent that grimy gremlins (and giant dust bunnies) are hiding there, waiting for you.

To avoid damaging these items (and your back), get some help moving heavy pieces so you can sweep, vacuum, and chase those little monsters away!

 

 

 


5. Baseboards

Baseboards can get pretty dusty, especially the sections behind curtains, furniture, and other visual barriers. Even if you always dust the baseboards when you vacuum and sweep, you may be missing part of the dirt.

The edges where your flooring meets the quarter-round or baseboard can collect more dust than other nooks and crannies in your home. Use your vacuum cleaner’s crevice tool to suck out the junk that has migrated here from other areas of your floor.

Once you conquer these five prime areas for concealed dirt, you may want to go on a mission to find more hiding spots. For example, you can probably eye your computer keyboard and mouse, any accent pillows and throws, and household trash cans with suspicion too.

 

 


Posted on December 13, 2019 at 11:23 PM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Glossary of Housing & RE Terms, Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property

SMARTmoves Newsletter | DECEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 12

SMARTmoves | DECEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 12

+ Easy Holiday Home Improvement Projects

+ Home Tip: Let Your Oven Breathe

+ The Lowdown on Mysterious Mistletoe

+ Super (Simple) Peppermint Bark

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Posted on December 1, 2019 at 12:44 AM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Holiday Greetings, Home Care & Maintenance, Newsletter-CFC

DISPELLING REFINANCING MYTHS: Reasons to Refinance your Mortgage

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.


YOU’RE NOT TOO LATE.

For years now, we’ve been hearing that interest rates will be on the rise, and although there have been some small increases, you’re still in a great position to drastically lower your interest rate. The general rule is if your mortgage interest rate is more than one percent above the current market rate, you should consider refinancing.

IT’S NOT TOO TIME CONSUMING.

Don’t brush off refinancing just because it seems like a long and daunting process. An informational call with a lender to see how rates compare will only take a few minutes. There are also some programs for streamlining the application process. And besides, isn’t the amount of money you could save worth the time and effort?

ARMS CAN BE REFINANCED, TOO.

Seeing your Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) increase after the introductory period can be incredibly stressful and place a squeeze on your budget. Many people assume they’re stuck, but ARMs can be refinanced, just like fixed-rate mortgages. You can even switch to a shorter term fixed-rate mortgage, such as 15 or 23 years. The longer you’re planning to stay in the home, the more sense it makes to look into refinancing.

 


Reasons to Refinance your Mortgage

 


 

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 6:25 PM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Credit & Home Finance, Credit & Home Finance, Glossary of Housing & RE Terms, Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property

LEAVE IT BE? Or, What to do with all those leaves in the back and front yard?

WEIGHING YOUR FALL CLEAN-UP OPTIONS


For many homeowners, fall ushers in one unavoidable dilemma: What should I do with the leaves in my yard?

The answer depends on many factors, including: 

  • Your community – Do you live in an area that offers curbside leaf collection services? Or, are you governed by a Homeowners’ Association that stipulates fall clean-up requirements?
  • Personal preferences – Do you take pride in keeping your yard neat and tidy? Or, would you rather compromise on appearances and create an environmentally-friendly oasis?
  • Your neighbors – Will leaves from your yard impact the family next door, or vice versa?


All these considerations, plus others, make fall leaf clean-up a surprisingly complicated chore for homeowners.

 

 

Reasons To Keep Your Leaves

If you have some leeway in deciding if your leaves will stay or go, consider these reasons for letting them hang around.

1. Leaves in Landfills

According to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency estimates (2015), U.S. municipalities collect over 34.7 million tons of leaves, brush, and grass clippings each year. Over two-thirds of those yard trimmings (21.3 million tons) are composted. The remainder is sent to landfills, along with solid waste.

 

Environmental experts say that leaves in landfills take up valuable space and contribute to the production of the greenhouse gas methane when the leaves decompose along with other organic materials.

 

2. Free Fertilizer and Mulch

Leaves that decompose in your yard can add valuable nutrients to your soil, lawn, and plantings. The leaves will break down faster if they’re chopped into smaller pieces, using a lawn mower’s mulching feature, for example.

Larger leaves left in perennial borders and garden beds can act as a weed deterrent and help protect plants and bulbs from extreme winter freezes.

 

3. Bugs, Butterflies, and Birds

Many beneficial insects rely on leaf litter as a safe hiding spot for laying their eggs. If you remove the leaves, you may, for example, see fewer butterflies in your yard next summer. 

Since birds rely on insect larvae to feed themselves and their babies in the spring, so you may also negatively affect the local bird population.

Clean-up Options

Leaf clean-up doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Options include:

  • Use a mulching lawnmower to break down significant accumulations of leaves on your grass. You may need to repeat the process. 
  • Rake your leaves into your beds and borders, then wait until spring to clean them up.
  • Add leaves to a compost pile, either raking by hand or using your lawnmower’s bagging attachment.

Of course, hand-powered tools are a more environmentally-friendly choice than gas-powered equipment, so you may prefer to use a rake instead of a lawnmower or leaf blower.

 

Neighborly Considerations

Perhaps you’re convinced that it’s time to postpone or stop removing your leaves. But what if your neighbor puts a lot of time and effort into keeping their yard leaf-free?

Fall weather often includes strong, windy days, rapidly relocating leaves from one yard to the next. 

If you’ve mulched your leaves, they’ll probably sit tight. However, if you’ve collected larger leaves in spots amidst your plantings, try lightly watering them into these spaces. They’ll be less likely to take flight.

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 12:08 AM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property

smartmoves Newsletter| NOVEMBER 2019 |VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 11 

smartmoves Newsletter| NOVEMBER 2019 |VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 11 
+ Your Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving
​ ​+ Homeowner Tip: Don’t Ignore Your Garage Door
​ ​+ Avoid a Thanksgiving Plumbing Emergency Visit
​ ​​​+ The Perfect Apple Crumble


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Posted on November 6, 2019 at 10:55 PM
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SELLERS: DON’T SABOTAGE YOUR HOME SALE

Sometimes sellers sabotage their home sales.

Usually it’s because they are doing things unintentionally that are making it hard, if not impossible, to sell their home in a reasonable time frame and for top dollar.

And sometimes seller do not do the things they ought to do that would facilitate a sale. 

Here are some examples of how home sales may get sabotaged:

PRICING – this is probably the biggest offender. No matter how nice the home looks, and no matter how much marketing is done, if the price is too high the market will reject you. You wouldn’t overpay for something you see in a store that you know you can get elsewhere for less money, or if you feel it costs more than it’s worth, would you? Neither will today’s buyers! And with the Internet they are pretty savvy about today’s pricing, as is their real estate agent.

 

AVAILABILITY TO SHOW – limited showing times and days, and requiring extensive notice for an appointment make your home tough to show.

 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CONDITION – if your lifestyle tends to result in a lot of personal stuff laying around, or your home just does not look inviting inside (need for paint, need for repairs, dirty carpets, etc.), it might make buyers want to run the other direction. This is also true if there is deferred maintenance. Buyers will start subtracting dollars from a potential offer, and will become concerned that there is a lot of deferred maintenance to take care of.

 

CURB APPEAL – does your home encourage buyers to want to see the inside or does it make them decide to keep on driving? Is the yard a mess? Bushes and grass not trimmed? Junk all over the yard? Will buyers see it as a place that will require a lot of elbow grease in order to make it presentable? Would they be ashamed to be the new owners?

 

These examples of sabotage send a message to buyers, perhaps unknowingly, that selling may not be your objective.

SELLERS: DON’T SABOTAGE YOUR HOME SALE

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WHAT TO REPAIR BEFORE YOU LIST

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.

 

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Posted on October 14, 2019 at 12:22 AM
Carlos Camargo | Category: Home Care & Maintenance, Investment Property, Newsletter-CFC