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Vacation? - How to Prep Your Home

by BHHS Select Properties

How to Prep Your Home for Vacation

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

If you’re heading out of town soon, you’re likely packing and preparing. But have you given thought to the home you’re leaving behind?

Webber offers the following tips to prepare the home before leaving for vacation:

Unplug appliances – Appliances continue to use energy even when the device is turned off. It is best to unplug all devices including phone chargers, computers, televisions and coffee pots. This will not only save energy, but it will prevent damage from lightning strikes and power surges.

Adjust air conditioning – The air conditioning system uses a significant amount of energy. Turn the temperature up 10 degrees higher than it is usually set, or have a professional install a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted to turn on and cool the home just before returning from vacation.

Clean garbage disposal – The waste disposal is notorious for developing unpleasant odors while the house is empty. It is wise to flush the garbage disposal out with ½ cup of white vinegar and hot water while the disposal is turned on.

Change the setting on the water heater – There is no need to heat water for an empty home. Adjust the water heater to vacation mode. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode, turn the temperature down. This will save a significant amount of money on the energy bill.

Put lights on a timer – According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August. If a home is dark, it is a sure sign that someone is not home. Put a couple of lamps on a timer inside the home. Set these to go on and off at different intervals. This will give the illusion that someone is home and make the home less vulnerable to burglaries.

Treat stagnant water in toilet – Water left inactive in the toilet can produce a foul odor and a difficult to remove ring that forms around the toilet bowl. To prevent this, place ½ cup of bleach in the toilet bowl just before leaving home.

Four Realestate Facts for Home Buyers and Sellers

by Mike Simms reports statistice from Home price Expe

Home Price Expectation Survey, Pulsenomics and KCM have reported that over

 

The Next Five Years:

  • Home values will appreciate by 4.3% in 2015.
  • The cumulative appreciation will be 19.4% by 2019.
  • That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.6% over the next 5 years.
  • Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of 11.8% by 2019.

​​Good news for those who are buying and selling homes.  

 

 

RisMedia Reports On Home Prices Increasing In March

by Mike Simms Profides Data Posted by RisMedia

 

   
 
 
 
 
Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Midwest, all major regions experienced strong sales gains in March and are above their year-over-year...
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Realestate Growth to 2017

by Mike Simms posts RisMedia Info on Realestate Growt
Solid Real Estate Growth Predicted through 2017 
 
The real estate industry is expected to remain on a sustainable course of solid growth for 2015 through 2017, according to a new three-year forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The outlook – the latest installment of the semi-annual ULI Real Estate Consensus...
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Home or Mortgage Officer First? - Five Questions for The First Time Home Buyer

by Mike Simms Reports RIS Media Article for First Tim
 
 
 
 
(TNS)—Usually, a first-time homebuyer picks out a house before lining up financing, but experts say it should be the opposite. Dan Huss, a mortgage consultant with BNC National Bank in Scottsdale, Ariz., says buyers often call a REALTOR® first and then the Realtor® refers them to a mortgage person. “The first call really should be to a loan officer,” Huss says. But before you make that first call, sit down and do some hard... 
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NAR Reports Mortgage Rates Shrink for First Time in Four Weeks

by Mike Simms Reports NAR Article on Mortgage Rates

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving lower for the first time in four weeks and remaining near late May, 2013 lows.... READ MORE >

 

 

Tiny Homes Topic of The Day

by Mike Simms

Saint Louis Area news reported that Tiny homes have become the trend for first time home buyers and people who are retiring/downsizing. These homes sport attractive kitchens and baths and utilize every inch of space possible.  Are these a good investment?  Let us know what you think.

 

 

St Charles County Realestate Board Reports Local Housing Off to a Strong Start

by Mike Simms Reporting St. Charles County Realestate

The St. Charles County real estate market is off to a strong start in 2015!  January saw an over 19 percent increase in pending sales, contracts accepted, over January of one year ago.  Plus January sales volume was up over 9 percent.
There is also good news for home owners the median home price in January was $176,210, an increase of almost $10,000 over last January.
 Click on the Housing Stats Icon at 
www.StCharlesREALTORS.com for more information.

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RISMedia Reports On Home Prices Increasing at Twice the Rate of Inflation in 2014

by Mike Simms Provides RISMedia Report on Increasing

 

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for December 2014 shows a slight uptick in home prices across the country. Nine cities reported monthly increases in prices. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw year-over-year... READ MORE >

National Association of Realtors Discusses Home Prices and Affordability are on The Rise

by Mike Simms Repost of NAR Article

Both Home Prices and Affordability on the Rise

The spring market will likely be a hotter one this year, as low interest rates and a healthier economy lure more home buyers to the marketplace. 

NAR's latest housing report: Tight Supplies Put Home Prices on the Move

“Interest rates below 4 percent, rising rents, and healthier local job markets are convincing more consumers to consider home ownership,” Chris Polychron, National Association of REALTORS® president, said in a recent news release showing fourth-quarter 2014 home prices moving up. To Read more click here

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