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Friday, May 31 2013

The national housing report indicates that home prices and sales of home are on the rise, there also appears to be an improvement in the inventory level.   For the first time since June 2010 the number of homes for sale in April 2013 increased over the number of homes for sale in March 2013 - the increase 1.6%.   At the same time, Closed Transactions and Median Prices both remained 10% higher than last year's levels.  Additional encouraging news is the Days On Market - the national average is 77 days - that is a decrease of 8 days over the average in March 2013. 

Read the full report here

To find out how your neighborhood real estate market is compared to the national report, contact us!

Helping you find and buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

 

Reechia & Keith

Powell Realty Group

 

Posted by: AT 12:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 22 2013

We all know about recycling newspapers, phone books, 2-liter bottles, and cans, so today we are going to offer some tips about how to recycle other “every day” items in your home. 

Cell Phones: Fewer than 20% of cell phones are recycled each year.  Go to www.GoWirelessGoGreen.org to find charities accepting cell phones. 

Crayons: Transform your child’s used crayons into new ones.  Go to www.CrazyCrayons.com which is the National Crayon Recycle Program.

Juice Pouches: Visit www.Terracycle.com to see how your juice pouches can be recycled and turned into purses, totes, and pencil cases.  

Wine Corks: Create flooring and wall tiles out of your wine corks. Visit www.Yemmhart.com for more information. 

Carpet: If you are getting new carpet, go to www.CarpetRecovery.org to find out what you can do with your old carpet. 

Shoes: Donate shoes in decent condition to www.GiveShoes.org

TV’s: Visit your local Office Depot and purchase a Tech Recycling Box.  Put your old television in the box and drop it off at any Office Depot store.  Visit www.OfficeDepot.com and search tech recycling.  

Gadgets:  Help a great cause by requesting free shipping labels from www.RecycleForBreastCancer.org to recycle your old I-pods, MP3 players and other gadgets. 

Computers: We all know technology is improving every day and today’s computers are quickly leaving yesterday’s systems in the past, or in your closets, basements, and attics.  Dell makes recycling your computer easy with Dell Reconnect, visit www.dellreconnect.com

There are more great recycling ideas at www.Earth911.org.

Happy Recycling,

Reechia & Keith Powell

Powell Realty Group

Posted by: AT 07:18 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, May 20 2013

Home buyers - especially first time home buyers - can often times have unrealistic expectations and high emotions as they begin viewing homes.  We often coach buyers to not let their hearts control their heads, when it comes to choosing and purchasing a home it is a business transaction.  

Here are 6 common myths:

1. "The perfect home is out there."  Many buyers tend to focus on one thing that is wrong with the house, rather than the 10 things that are just right for them.  Buying a home is an exercise in compromise; don't expect to get everything on your wish list. 

2. "The house has to speak to you."  Buyer often get caught up in how the home "feels" or "speaks" to them.  Homes are often staged to appeal to your senses and remember that the furnishings often don't stay with the home, so step back and visualize your furniture and life-style in the home.

3.  "The listing information is always accurate."  When it comes to listing sheets and descriptive words you see on various web sites the rule of thumb is: don't believe until you see it.  If you are seeking a certain square footage, take you tape measure; if you have to have a certain school, call the school district to verify the address and boundaries; count the cupboards and closets, verify what is important to you! 

4.  "You should buy as much house as you can get."  In real estate's heyday, it was normal to see two people living in 8 bedroom, 5,000 square feet homes.  These days, it doesn't make financial sense.  Buy a home based on what you need and can comfortably live with, not excessively.  

5.  "If your offer was accepted right away, you offered too much."  Buyers remorse is common, especially in an uncertain market.  But if you are comfortable with the offer you made before you knew the seller's reaction, there there's no point in second-guessing yourself.  In any business transaction the goal is to make everyone feel like a winner. 

6.  "The value of the home will increase."  If we have learned anything in the past several years it is that homes are not cash cows.  No one can truly predict what the market will do in the future. 

We are experienced real agents, and we will help you every step of the way.  

 

Helping you find and buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

 

Reechia & Keith

Powell Realty Group



 

 

Posted by: AT 06:44 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, May 14 2013

As we begin the traditionally “busy” home selling season many home sellers are doing their best to make a great first impression but often times sellers get so wrapped up in fresh interior paint or de-cluttering their home they forget about the first thing home buyers see – your front door!  There is your real first impression! 

The front door is an important place to focus your attention on for many reasons.  It allows you to
show off your taste and style before guests enter your home.  Plus, you deserve to come home to a welcoming front door!   Good news, helping your front door put its best foot forward is simple. 
Here are three easy steps:

      
The Door – first choose a door that reflects your style and personality – painting or staining it a contrasting color makes it a focal point.  Consider Red, black or stained finishes.  

      
If your door is in good shape and you are preparing to put your home on the market a fresh coat of paint or stain will give it that “new” look without the cost of a new door. 

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The Accessories – just like any room in your home, the accessories are the finishing touch; you have several options: the door hardware, the house numbers, door knocker, doorbell, mailbox, doormats,
lighting and plants.  Since, typically, the area is small or compacted be sure to keep that in mind as you select your accessories.

  
A Commitment – keep the area neat and clean.  A simple sweeping or wiping down usually
does the trick.  But do it often – and pay attention to be sure you have removed webs, dust, finger prints or leaves.  Flower pots are a nice touch, keep the flowers looking fresh too. 

Last piece of advice, be sure that the entry way is clear of clutter, if they open the door can they get in too?  Many of us typically enter our homes through the garage so it can be easy to forget the front door and the front entry way.

We are here to help you prepare your home for the market, contact us!  

Helping you sell your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Reechia & Keith

Powell Realty Group



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