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School is out in most parts of the country and summer is
finally here! That means days of playing in the yard, swimming in the pool, and
fun in the sun. Spring is usually the season that we clear out the house and
get rid of everything we no longer need and start preparing for the warmer
seasons. Now that summer is upon us, we have a couple tips to make sure your
house in 100% prepared for hot weather.
Check your window screens. Screens can take a
beating during the snows of winters and winds of the spring. Are yours still in
good shape? Will they repel the mosquitos and other bugs that will try to
infiltrate your house during the summer? If not, repair or replace them so that
your home stays bug-free and clean.
Until it is too hot, use your windows as air
conditioning. While it may be tempting to switch on the AC as soon as the warm
days hit, it will be more cost effective to hold off until it is really hot to
start running it full blast. On cooler days, opening a couple windows and
letting a breeze in will keep the house comfortable and properly ventilated.
Before you really need it, check the air
conditioning system. If you have window units, clean the filters and test each
unit to make sure it is running properly. If you have an AC system, do a rest
run, clean the filters, and get it checked out by a professional if you have
concerns. In order to help circulate the cold air as the AC produces it, you
might want to think about putting ceiling fans in each room.
Get some yard work under your belt. Warmer
weather means lawns and gardens will need more attention. Water in the early
morning or after dark to help prevent your efforts from simply evaporating into
the atmosphere and going to waste.
Wash down your patio furniture. Over the fall,
winter, and spring, patio furniture can collect dust and bird droppings. Set
them out on the lawn or patio and give them a good spray down with the hose. If
youíre no longer loving the color of the paint, you can spend an afternoon repainting
them so they fit into this yearís summer colors.
Turn it off! If you arenít using it, turn it
off. Energy bills are characteristically more expensive in the summer, because
we are always running our fans and AC. If itís cool enough to give them a
break, or if you are leaving the house, donít be afraid to turn it off and save
For more tips on getting your house ready for summer or
anything else related to real estate give Century 21 Sexton & Donahue a
If you are thinking of buying a home, you have likely heard
plenty about "the marketĒ and needing to find a "good marketĒ for buyers. But
what does that actually mean? How do you know if the market you are looking in
is a good market for someone looking to buy a home?
While there are plenty of articles on the internet about
which markets and which cities are great for first time home buyers and which
markets should be avoided, you rarely will have the luxury of choosing one city
over another just because of the housing market, especially if you are moving
to take a job or to be close to your family. In general, most people end up in
a certain market out of necessity.
But that doesnít mean that your market isnít great for first
time home buyers or that there arenít factors about your area that make it
attractive, even if it isnít one of the "ten bestĒ markets. There are five
aspects of a city or neighborhood that realtors look at in order to determine whether
or not the market favors buyers or sellers. While your realtor can likely tell
you the exact data on these categories, doing some independent research never
hurts. The factors are:
Your locationís popularity. Are there many
people looking for homes in your area? Is it a safe neighborhood that people
want to move into? Does it have attractive features like parks, good schools,
and shopping nearby?
How affordable the area is. Is it easy for first
time homebuyers to make a purchase? Are the houses reasonably priced or are
there positive externalities that drive up home prices, even if the homes
themselves would be less expensive in another city or part of town.
The number of homes for sale. Are there plenty
of houses on the market? Are there only a few in a highly desirable area?
How long it takes for a home to sell. If houses
sell soon after they are put on the market, this situation indicates that the
location is popular and that the houses are reasonably priced, which may
indicate a sellerís market, rather than a buyerís.
Surrounding employment opportunities. Is the
area desirable because it is near business where the individuals who live in
the area work? Is there a thriving job market along with a housing market?
Even if you are going into a sellerís market, your realtor
will be able to advise how to make the most of the situation to ensure you get
the right house, at the right price. For more information about markets and how
to determine what kind of market you are going into and how to handle it,
contact us at Century 21 Sexton & Donohue today!
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