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4 Things Homeowners Must Stop Doing!

April 18, 2012 in blog by useraccount  |  No Comments

Mood of the Market

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson
Inman News®

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Bad-habit cessation is the holy grail of behavior-change specialists and self-help gurus alike. Many millions of dollars have been made and books bought by consumers on the hunt for the key to stop whatever self-destructive actions constitute their particular vice, from smoking to overeating to overspending and gambling.

But these are simply the behaviors on the extremely and obviously destructive end of the bad-behavior spectrum.

In almost every area of our lives, there’s something we could do differently or better to get closer to the results we want. Often, we learn these lessons and are motivated out of our bad behavior the hard way, as so many homeowners and mortgage consumers learned what not do to with respect to their real estate decisions by the collective spanking the housing market took in the recent recession. But our memories can be short, and the more subtle bad habits can be the hardest to break.

So even while the market seems to be giving off hints that it might be making a slow turn onto the path to recovery, I think now is precisely the right time to revisit some of the common homeowner behaviors that we should stop doing — now.

1. Trying to time the market. There is some core human psychological craving to chase after windfalls, no matter how risky or unlikely the chase, and to avoid losses at any costs. Perhaps it’s even a sign of a healthy dose of self-esteem that we each seem to feel entitled to avoid the natural ups and downs of the economic markets, including the real estate market.

When it comes to buying and selling homes, locking mortgage rates and the like, people who have zero financial credentials and can barely balance their checkbooks seem, for some strange reason, to believe that they can and should make moves timed to always sell at the top and buy and lock in their interest rates at the very bottom.

The problem is, the data overwhelmingly shows that other human tendencies and flawed logic flows make the vast majority of us really, really bad at timing the market — especially the housing market.

Think about it, at the top of the market, you see your neighbors achieve such high profits on their homes that you feel like a fool if you’re not in the game, and buy as much house as you can as soon as you can. At the bottom, you are afraid to buy a home that may still continue to decline in value after closing, so you sit right on that fence until prices come up — maybe even selling a home or walking away in a desire to cut your losses, locking them in in the process.

Bargain-hunting buyers who wait for the bottom tend to wait too long, until prices have already started to recover, when buying seems like it might be a good idea once again.

Think about it: The true market-beating strategy with any investment is to buy at or just before the bottom and to sell at the top, which, by definition, is when others are buying. But homes are nowhere near as liquid (easy to sell) as other investments, and they are not even pure investments. For most us, they’re also the place where we live!

I believe that we’ll make better real estate decisions around our homes when we make those decisions based on what is right for our lifestyles and our families and our personal finances at a given time (then optimize those decisions based on market dynamics), rather than trying to time the market for big profits and no losses.

2. Complaining. For such an affluent bunch (on average, relative to renters), homeowners sure do complain a lot. They complain about the market. They complain about real estate commissions. They complain about buyers and how aggressive they are. They complain about property taxes … heaters breaking down … the banks … this president … the last president … the president before that … and the list goes on.

They say that whatever we focus on grows. So, if we focus on our complaints, they will seem to get larger and larger, more and more important, crowding out all the things we should truly be grateful for, like the fact that a mortgage empowered us to buy the comfortable place in which we live, or the amazing tax advantages we’re getting by virtue of homeownership, or simply having a roof over our heads and having made it through the recession this intact.

Complaining is precisely how homeowners who planned to be in their homes for decades and still have the same jobs and incomes they always did wind themselves up into being frustrated with the down market and strategically defaulting on their mortgages, losing their homes and incurring myriad credit and even legal troubles when it really doesn’t make financial sense. (This is not to say that strategic defaults are never sensible, just that I’ve observed many that are not.)

3. Fixating on things beyond their control. You can’t make the banks grant your loan modification. You can’t make interest rates stay where you want them until you can wrangle a high-enough appraisal to refinance your home. You can’t make a buyer show up with a suitcase full of exactly enough cash to pay off your mortgage and slide you comfortably into your next home.

So stop fixating on these things.

Obsessing about things that we have no control over is a shortcut to fear, panic and chronic stress, all of which, in turn, lead to irrational decision-making. If you’re inclined to engage in these sorts of fixations, shift your focus to the things over which you do have some control, like:

  • following up and making sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed on your modification paperwork (even if that means sending the same documents in a dozen times);
  • watching the sales prices of homes in your area for any seasonal spring upticks in sales prices that might boost the chances your refinance appraisal will come through; and
  • staging, prepping, primping and pricing your property to lure in the right buyers and get it sold.

4. Looking for tricks and shortcuts to sound financial principles. A homeowner I know recently told me that he’d applied over and over for a loan modification (on a mortgage vastly outsized to what he can truly afford, by the way) and was frustrated by the repeated rejections he’d received. The specifics of the situation suggested to me that it was not that he failed to show a sufficient hardship, but more an indicator that the subprime-era mortgage was simply set up to fail because the home was more than his income would ever be able to sustainably support.

As I tried to advise this young man, he said in exasperation: “I know they just want me to say the right numbers, but no one will tell me what they are. I need an inside connection!”

As I see it, one of the worst impacts on the housing-consumer populace of the subprime era and late-night “get rich with real estate” infomercials has been the creation of the sense that it is acceptable, even savvy, to game the mortgage system to get your short-term real estate goals met, at any cost.

Sometimes, situations arise in which you may have to go to great lengths or leverage your agent or mortgage broker’s relationships or expertise to get your mortgage application approved or to get your loan mod application through the bowels of your lender’s loss mitigation maze.

But engaging in paperwork or document trickery with the specific intention to subvert the core financial standards and affordability principles that were once built into loan-qualifying guidelines has turned out to be more harmful than helpful, on net, to American homeowners.

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is author of “The Savvy Woman’s Homebuying Handbook” and “Trillion Dollar Women: Use Your Power to Make Buying and Remodeling Decisions.” Tara is also the Consumer Ambassador and Educator for real estate listings search site Trulia.com. Ask her a real estate question online or visit her website, www.rethinkrealestate.com.

10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

April 10, 2012 in blog by useraccount  |  No Comments

When was the last time you checked your foundation vents?

By Paul Bianchina
Inman News®

The sun is peeking out and the plants are starting to blossom, so it must be about time for spring chores again. Here’s my annual spring checklist of important issues to tend to around the house.

1. Roofing repairs: If you suspect winter storms may have damaged your roof, it needs to be inspected. (If you’re not comfortable with the height or steepness of your roof, hire a licensed roofing contractor for the inspection.) Look for missing or loose shingles, including ridge-cap shingles.

Examine the condition of the flashings around chimneys, flue pipes, vent caps, and anyplace where the roof and walls intersect. Look for overhanging trees that could damage the roof in a wind storm, as well as buildups of leaves and other debris.

If you have roof damage in a number of areas, or if older shingles makes patching impractical, consider having the entire roof redone. Also, remember that if the shingles have been damaged by wind or by impact from falling tree limbs, the damage may be covered by your homeowners insurance.

2. Check gutters and downspouts: Look for areas where the fasteners may have pulled loose, and for any sags in the gutter run. Also, check for water stains that may indicate joints that have worked loose and are leaking. Clean leaves and debris to be ready for spring and summer rains.

3. Fences and gates: Fence posts are especially susceptible to groundwater saturation, and will loosen up and tilt if the soil around them gets soaked too deeply. Check fence posts in various areas by wiggling them to see how solidly embedded they are.

If any are loose, wait until the surrounding soil has dried out, then excavate around the bottom of the posts and pour additional concrete to stabilize them. Replace any posts that have rotted.

4. Clear yard debris: Inspect landscaping for damage, especially trees. If you see any cracked, leaning or otherwise dangerous conditions with any of your trees, have a licensed, insured tree company inspect and trim or remove them as needed.

Clean up leaves, needles, small limbs and other material that has accumulated. Do any spring pruning that’s necessary. Remove and dispose of all dead plant material so it won’t become a fire hazard as it dries.

5. Fans and air conditioners: Clean and check the operation of cooling fans, air conditioners and whole-house fans. Shut the power to the fan, remove the cover and wash with mild soapy water, then clean out dust from inside the fan with a shop vacuum — do not operate the fan with the cover removed.

Check outdoor central air conditioning units for damage or debris buildup, and clean or replace any filters. Check the roof or wall caps where the fan ducts terminate to make sure they are undamaged and well sealed. Check dampers for smooth operation.

6. Check and adjust sprinklers: Run each set of in-ground sprinklers through a cycle, and watch how and where the water is hitting. Adjust or replace any sprinklers that are hitting your siding, washing out loose soil areas, spraying over foundation vents, or in any other way wetting areas on and around your house that shouldn’t be getting wet.

7. Check vent blocks and faucet covers: As soon as you’re comfortable that the danger of winter freezing is over, remove foundation vent blocks or open vent covers to allow air circulation in the crawl space.

While removing the vent covers, check the grade level around the foundation vents. Winter weather can move soil and create buildups or grade problems that will allow groundwater to drain through the vents into the crawl space, so regrade as necessary. Remove outdoor faucet covers. Turn on the water supply to outdoor faucets if it’s been shut off.

8. Prepare yard tools: Replace broken or damaged handles, and clean and condition metal parts. Tighten fittings and fasteners, sharpen cutting tools and mower blades, and service engines and belts in lawn mowers and other power equipment.

9. Change furnace filters: Now is the time to replace furnace filters that have become choked with dust from the winter heating season. This is especially important if you have central air conditioning, or if you utilize your heating system’s fan to circulate air during the summer.

10. Check smoke detectors: Daylight Savings Time snuck up early again this year, and that’s usually the semi-annual reminder to check your smoke alarms. So if you haven’t already done it, now’s the time. Replace the batteries, clean the covers, and test the detector’s operation before it’s too late.

If you have gas-fired appliances in the house, add a carbon monoxide detector as well (or check the operation of your existing one). CO2 detectors are inexpensive and easy to install, and are available at most home centers and other retailers of electrical parts and supplies.

Remodeling and repair questions? Email Paul at paulbianchina@inman.com. All product reviews are based on the author’s actual testing of free review samples provided by the manufacturers

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March 29, 2012 in Real Estate Agent by useraccount  |  No Comments

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9 home renovation ideas to increase livability

March 22, 2012 in blog by useraccount  |  No Comments

From Zillow blog

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Editor’s note: This guest perspective is reposted with permission of Zillow. View the original item: “9 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Home.”

By RICHARD TAYLOR

Conventional wisdom, as it relates to houses, is often too much convention and not enough wisdom.

Every year, somebody publishes a list of which conventional home improvements will give you the best (or the worst) return on your remodeling investment.

Remodel a bathroom. Replace your siding. Don’t build a swimming pool. Paint everything neutral colors.

Sit up straight. Get a haircut. Call your mother.

If return on investment (ROI) is why you bought a home, or why you’re remodeling one, you can stop reading now. Because the rest of this article isn’t for you.

Three, two, one … still here?

You invest in your home to improve livability first, not value. If you get more value in the process, consider it a bonus, but don’t make ROI your prime directive.

Otherwise, you’ll end up like the potential client who came into my office a few years ago with a three-page, single-spaced typewritten (as in made with a “typewriter”) list of things he wanted in his house.

His list included this line: “A large dining room, near the kitchen. Although we don’t need or want a dining room.” Why would he want to build a room he didn’t need?

Because he’s thinking of things to make the house valuable, instead of things to make it livable.

So let me rephrase the remodeling-ROI question this way: What are some cost-effective ways to improve the livability of your house?

Here’s my short list:

1. Walk-in pantry instead of kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are expensive. Half of them are up high on the wall where they’re hard to reach, and the wall space they take up could be better used for windows. A pantry takes up less space, stores a lot more, is much easier to use, and costs less to build.

2. Comfortable shower instead of big bathtub

My firm does a lot of work in late-’70s/early-’80s neighborhoods that are loaded with huge tubs. We’re taking them all out, one at a time, and replacing them with comfortably sized showers (not the racquetball court-sized ones you see in home shows) that people actually use every day.

A shower takes up less space, uses less hot water, and is far more sanitary than a big tub.

3. Group windows together facing best views instead of scattering them around the house

Got a great view somewhere? Bring it into the house with lots of glass. Take excess windows from bedrooms and bathrooms and use them to connect the inside of the house with the outside.

We once remodeled a house on the coast of Lake Erie that had one window — one — facing the lake. Hey, pal, did you notice you have one of the Great Lakes in your backyard?

4. Keep ceiling heights reasonable for the room size

“Volume” ceilings do not automatically make better rooms. They just make taller rooms, rooms that are harder to decorate and more expensive to heat and cool.

Instead, focus attention on a view, a large fireplace or other element — and away from the ceiling height. Use wall trim and multiple paint colors to break up the volume of the room and create the illusion of height.

5. Spend more time planning, and less money building

I toured a client’s existing home before we began designing the new one. “Of course,” she said as we peeked in on the kids’ rooms, “These bedrooms are way too small.”

“Really?” I thought. The smallest was probably 14 feet by 15 feet. But each bedroom had at least one door or one window on each wall.

Pretty, but the design left little room for furniture.

I suggested we more carefully design the new bedrooms, keeping the furniture placement in mind. In the end, we were able to easily accommodate each child’s bedroom furniture comfortably in smaller bedrooms than what they’d had before.

6. Consider the simple elegance of the box-form house

Subtlety and restraint used to be virtues in home design. These days, far too often, inexperienced designers attempt to attract attention to their homes by adding more stuff: more gables, more materials, more bay windows, etc. Others know that proper proportion, scale and details are what turn heads.

The simple box-house is a classic American form that’s survived 150 years of stylistic changes. Greek Revival, American Four-Square, Tidewater Georgian … all simple boxes. Great proportions, great details … done.

And here’s a bonus: The box-form is easier and cheaper to build, and because it encloses a larger volume in less perimeter, it’s less expensive to heat, cool and maintain.

7. Share part of the master bath

This isn’t for everyone, but it really tightens up the budget and the floor plan. Make the toilet and a sink in the master bath accessible to the rest of the house, instead of building a separate half-bath — it won’t be used much by you during the day, and rarely by guests at night.

Why have two baths when one will do?

8. Spend it when you have it, not before

Sure, it’d be great to have those granite countertops now, but your budget’s tight and granite is 10 times the cost of laminate tops. So how about putting in nice laminate tops now, and replacing them with granite in five years when you have the cash? You can easily do the same with light fixtures, flooring, window treatment …

9. Compartmentalized bath — two baths in the space of 1 1/2 baths

Each kid doesn’t need a personal bathroom, but does need privacy and room to share. A compartmentalized bath puts two sinks in one room and the toilet and tub/shower in another, so three kids can use the bath at once and keep a little more harmony in the family home.

I doubt any of these ideas will ever make a magazine’s list of “Best Remodeling ROI” projects. But every one saves you money over a more “conventional” design strategy, and every one increases the livability of your home.

Richard Taylor is a residential architect based in Dublin, Ohio, and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with him at http://www.rtastudio.com/index.htm.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

6 Rules of Curb Appeal

March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized by useraccount  |  No Comments

How to beat out competition when selling your home

By Paul Bianchina
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It’s that time of year again, when I take a moment to talk to all of you who are thinking of putting your home on the market this spring. If real estate’s favorite old adage is “location, location, location,” then it’s got to be followed closely by, “You get only one chance to make a first impression.”

You can’t change your home’s location, but you can certainly do everything within your power to make that first impression a strong one, so let’s go over the basics of that all-important must-have for a successful sale: curb appeal.

Start with a step back

You’ve seen the outside of your house so many times that you don’t really see it anymore. So now’s the time to look at it with new eyes, from the perspective of a prospective buyer. And if you can’t do it objectively, get a friend, a neighbor or your real estate agent to do it for you.

Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, and make a written list of those things that might raise some concerns for you if you were thinking of buying it. And while the front of the house is the primary focal point, don’t overlook the sides and rear of the house as well. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Exterior paint: The color and condition of your home’s exterior paint job is one of the single most important things to a prospective buyer. The color makes a visceral impact the moment a buyer walks up, and while you might have thought that the hot pink siding with neon purple trim was a great showcase of your individuality when you painted the house, it’s going to severely limit the home’s appeal.

And no matter what color the house is, if the paint job is faded and peeling, it’s an immediate warning sign to buyers that the house hasn’t been maintained, so they’ll have their magnifying glass out to look for other defects.

If you’re handy with a brush and an airless sprayer, you might just want to undertake a repainting project yourself. A long weekend and a few hundred dollars in paint can make a world of difference in how well the home shows and how quickly it sells.

If you don’t want to paint the entire house — or if it doesn’t really need it — just painting the trim, exterior doors, garage door or window shutters can make a big difference as well.

Roofing: A bad roof is another indicator of a general lack of maintenance, and may point a finger at potential structural and even mold problems resulting from leaks. Roofs are expensive to replace, but depending on your market and your desire to reap top dollar from the sale, you may want to take a hard look at the economics of re-roofing.

Talk with your agent about the pros and cons of re-roofing now versus crediting the cost of a new roof to the buyer in escrow.

Driveway and walkways: Driveways are a pretty dominant feature in most homes. Clean any oil-stained concrete, and repair small cracks before they get larger. For asphalt driveways, a seal-coat can often make a big difference in appearance and help prolong the asphalt as well.

For concrete or asphalt that’s badly damaged, it’s time to be thinking about replacement. You can replace the driveway with the same material as before, or consider an updated look by using paving stones instead — they hold up well in all types of weather, and can even be a very satisfying do-it-yourself project.

How about walkways? When someone arrives, is there a clear and safe path to your front door? You may not mind walking across your front lawn, but guests and prospective buyers would definitely prefer a walkway. There are lots of options for creating a new front walkway or replacing an existing one, so check out your home center or some landscaping magazines for ideas.

Landscaping: Are things overgrown? Dead or dying? Obviously neglected? Landscaping is a huge part of that first impression, so remember to take a critical look at it.

  • Fertilize and water the lawn regularly to green it up, and run an edger along sidewalks and driveway edges.
  • Rake up leaves and pine needles.
  • Repair sprinkler systems.
  • Prune back or even remove those wild shrubs, and trim overhanging tree branches.
  • Use bright flowers to create borders and accent areas that add both color and hominess to the yard.
  • Consider adding new shade trees in front, which help a home look more established and appealing. Trees look best planted in odd numbers — a grouping of three or five for example — and the folks at your local nursery can help you with proper spacing.

Clean and organize: Finally — clean! If you’re not going to paint, wash down the siding to remove dirt and stains and get it looking fresh and clean. Wash driveways, walkways and patios. If you have a wood deck, consider a complete cleaning to restore the wood to a fresher look.

Wash all the windows, inside and out, and wash the screens as well. Polish doorknobs and light fixtures. Stow all of your garden tools and kids’ toys away to remove clutter and potential tripping hazards. Take a trip to the local landfill and dump all the stuff that’s accumulated in and around the yard.

Check the night view

One last thing: Check the night view as well. A home that shows well at night really creates an impression. Replace any burned-out lightbulbs, and consider adding a timer or two to keep the lights on a little longer into the evening.

Consider some low-voltage or solar lights to accent front walkways, and maybe provide up-lighting to accent trees and larger shrubbery. Keep a light or two on in the front windows as well, to add to the feeling of coziness and comfort.

Remodeling and repair questions? Email Paul at paulbianchina@inman.com. All product reviews are based on the author’s actual testing of free review samples provided by the manufacturers.

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5 Ways for Sellers to Lure More Buyers

March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized by useraccount  |  No Comments

5 Ways for Sellers to Lure More Buyers

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Pricing your home realistically will most certainly get potential buyers through the door, but how do you get them to fall in love with the home? A recent article at U.S. News & World Report offers some of the following tips for sellers in enhancing their home’s appeal.

  1. Add curb appeal: “Make sure the house is cleared of winter clutter, that windows are washed, that the front door is painted or clean,” says Brad Knapp, regional vice president for the National Association of REALTORS® for Ohio and Michigan. “You have to give the house good curb appeal.”
  2. Declutter: Remove clutter from the home so that buyers can actually see what all the home has to offer. Any excess belongings of the sellers should be stored in the garage or in a storage unit.
  3. Be careful not to offend: “Hunters and fisherman often have game hanging on the walls,” Knapp notes. “Some people are offended, so get that off the walls and into the garage.”
  4. Consider staging: “It might behoove [sellers] to hire a professional stager to help them,” says Robert Simon, a professor at Cleveland State University. “You have to get it right so it looks lived in, but definitely not cluttered.”
  5. Complete routine maintenance: Make sure your sellers complete any routine maintenance projects before the home is listed. Also, sellers need to realize that “people don’t care if you spent $15,000 fixing the roof. It’s worth nothing,” Simon says. “The market expects the roof to be in tip-top shape. You have to go above and beyond.”

Source: “Steps You can Take to Boost Your Home’s Value,” U.S. News & World Report (March 5, 2012)

Tina Gaughan RE/MAX State Line

March 5, 2012 in Real Estate Agent by useraccount  |  13 Comments

Tina Gaughan RE/MAX State Line

Whether you are purchasing or selling a home you need to work with a professional and you will want it to be someone you can trust and rely on. Tina Gaughan will provide you with exceptional service and attention to details.  She is accessible to her clients, sensitive to their needs and knowledgeable about today’s market. 

Additionally, she has earned the SRES designation giving her a special understanding of senior clients and their unique challenges. She has earned the respect of many seniors and their family members that assist them through the transition of downsizing.

It is her goal to inform you completely of all information about your real estate transaction, insure your understanding of each step along the way, professionally handle all facets of your sale/purchase and EXCEED your expectations!  Her long term goal is to gain a “client for life” by providing an excellent experience with their real estate needs.

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The 10 Most Common Home Concerns

February 23, 2012 in blog by useraccount  |  No Comments

The 10 Most Common Home Concerns

Buyers and sellers may believe that every home is unique, but home inspectors find that most homes’ defects are strikingly similar. In fact, there are 10 common home defects that inspectors can typically identify. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with them so you can learn to recognize signs of trouble that an inspector might identify and start planning ahead for repairs or work you might need to do if you buy a property with some of the most common issues.

Here’s a look at the ten most common home defects identified by inspectors:

  1. Poor drainage: Inspectors will review whether water moves away from the house properly and whether the roof needs new gutters and downspouts or if ground-level drainage systems have been properly graded.
  2. Faulty electrical wiring: If electrical wiring hasn’t been properly installed or grounded, a home may be vulnerable to fire and inhabitants may risk electrical shock. Older homes often need electrical upgrades, including new wiring and circuit breaker panels which replace old-fashioned fuse boxes.
  3. A leaking roof: Leaking roofs result from poor flashing (intersections where parts of the roof are joined) or aging shingles and roofing materials. If the roof has leaked, repairs could range from minor (replacing shingles) to extensive (replacing an entire roof).
  4. An aging or defective heating system: Older heating systems require maintenance and may be energy-inefficient. Non-electrical heating systems also run the risk of emitting carbon monoxide fumes, making a carbon monoxide detector advisable.
  5. Poor maintenance: A do-it-yourself seller’s bandaid fixes to plumbing, electrical or other problems can sometimes do more harm than good.
  6. Structural damage: A leaking roof or settling foundation may mean doorways, walls and support beams are off-kilter. You’ll need to fix these problems to remain safe.
  7. Plumbing problems: Inspectors look for faulty pipes and fixtures, and also look at whether plumbing parts are made of compatible materials. Leak-prone polybutylene (PB) plumbing pipes, popular in the 1970s till the mid-1990s, may have to be replaced.
  8. Water seepage through windows and doors: If there’s evidence of water damage or intrusion, then re-caulking windows and doors, adding weather-stripping or other more extensive repairs may be necessary.
  9. Poor ventilation:  If moisture has accumulated in a home, it may be most obvious in bathrooms. Installing ventilation fans and keeping windows open can help, but buyers may find they need to replace walls or other structural aspects of a home.
  10. Hazardous materials: Older homes may contain lead-based paint and asbestos materials. Depending on structure and climate, homes may also contain unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide, radon gas, or toxic molds. Homes with oil heat typically store fuel in underground tanks which need to be checked for leakage.

Rob Elsey RE/MAX Revolution

February 20, 2012 in Real Estate Agent by useraccount  |  No Comments

Rob Elsey RE/MAX Revolution

Rob Elsey, a.k.a. “Rob the Realtor”, is a real estate expert who has an impressively diverse background in real estate.  His real estate experience ranges from listing and selling new homes and resale properties to investing and even homebuilding.

Although Rob thoroughly enjoys every aspect of real estate he is currently focusing his efforts in the area of assisting buyers and sellers realize there real estate dreams and goals.  With Rob’s diverse background, and over decade of experience he is the ideal candidate to assist you with the sale or purchase of your next home or investment property.

During his first year of real estate, Rob won the “Rookie of the Year” award for the northland Reece and Nichols Realtors, with sales volume of over $5 million.  He is also recognized by his pursuit of continuing education and his resulting certifications of Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) and Certified New Homes Sales Professional (CSP).

Prior to entering the real estate industry in the year 2000, Rob had a successful career in manufacturing management where he honed a broad range of skills in business management and the intricacies of quality control. 

What makes Rob extremely unique is his true passion for real estate.  He has studied the real estate market for many years, even prior to his career in manufacturing management began.  He watched the market evolve through its many cycles and has developed a keen sense of how the various trends impact price points and the respective interested buyers for those price points.

Rob’s goal is to establish life long relationships with his clients.  He gets to know each and every client and encourages them to enjoy the process of either buying or selling their home.  He has a sense of humor that won’t quit, but has the intellect, work ethic and industry knowledge that gives each of his clients the confidence of knowing they are working with the best realtor available. 

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Max Jones RE/MAX Revolution

February 17, 2012 in Real Estate Agent by useraccount  |  No Comments

Max Jones RE/MAX Revolution

Max Jones and The MoJo team specialize in referral clientele.  By going above and beyond for each and every client, regardless of price range, our aim is to build a robust referral tree with a vast network of branches.  We want everyone we work with to be so satisfied with the experience, they are implored to introduce us to their friends and family.  Ours is a business model built on integrity and trust, whereas every detail is handled personally to ensure the absolute best deal for our clients.

We do it all!  We work with everyone from first-time homebuyers to savvy investors.  We are listing agents who will help you sell your home fast and for the most money.  We are buyers agents who will help you find your dream home and negotiate the best price.  We are consultants should you need some advise. Feel free to call anytime.  We are a resource should you need a referral for a contractor, insurance man, or mortgage officer.  We are also are investors and entrepreneurs in our own right, so if you have any proposals of your own, we are all ears. 

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816-896-8890

MaxJones@remax.net

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